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Holiday blessings

Posted: December 25th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

Share the love.

Spread the wealth.

Keep on truckin’.


Sing along!

Posted: December 19th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

I have written about my distant relative, American songwriter Cornelius Power, and his fierce, artistic rivalry with his BFF, composer James Lord Pierpont, author of the immortal classic “Jingle Bells.”

Cornelius’s sleigh-ride song, “Horsey Snow Ride,” is not as well-known. The sheet music has been lost in the sands of time, sadly, but the lyrics can be sung to the tune of “America the Beautiful.” Whether or not it’s snowing outside, it makes a rousing holiday number. Let’s all sing along!

HORSEY SNOW RIDE by Cornelius Power (1821-1915)

Let’s take a sleigh ride on the snow

And travel to and fro

While snowflakes pile on our heads

As we cry, “Here we go!”

Oh horsey ride, oh horsey ride,

You are so fast and fun!

You make us glad that winter’s here.

God bless us, every one!


Fowl play

Posted: November 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Thanksgiving is almost here. And so is that bloated feeling from eating WAY too much. When all you want to do is flop on the couch and watch TV, consider this handy way of creating some fun entertainment with a minimum of effort. All you need is a bright light, a pair of hands, and a wall to create these fascinating shadow animals.

Now that you’ve practiced, it’s time to create the STAR OF THE SHOW … Tom Turkey!


Happy Halloween!

Posted: October 31st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: | No Comments »

Who went trick-or-treating as a ’70s basketball player this Halloween? I DID. I hope everyone had a howling good time!


A brush with danger

Posted: October 19th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Letters to T | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

George from Portland, OR writes:

Dear T,

Everyone has gotten a good scare with my Halloween stories The Evil Lightbulb and Organ-ic Blood Orange. Well, this year’s story is even more frightening. It’s about a toothbrush that comes to life on Halloween night with a sinister mission—to keep brushing and brushing and brushing. It doesn’t stop brushing until it’s brushed your head right off. Ha ha! What do you think of that?

P.S. Since I charged ten dollars for last year’s story, my mom made me give this one away for free. All the copies are already gone.

T replies:

What can I say, George? You’ve done it again. Another ordinary household item is now scaring me out of my wits, thanks to your lurid imagination. Needless to say I will NOT be brushing my teeth this Halloween night. I’ll just have to brush TWICE the next morning.


See me in person…I don’t bite!

Posted: September 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Hey, everyone! I’m going to be at the SCBWI booth at the West Hollywood Book Fair in Los Angeles, CA from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, October 2, 2011. Come by and say hi, grab a copy of THE BOY WHO HOWLED if you haven’t got one already, and get a wolf paw stamp on your hand!


Muggle Quidditch summer camp, please!

Posted: June 13th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »




“Muggle Quidditch,” or “Ground Quidditch,” began in 2005 as an intramural league at Middlebury College in Vermont. The rules were adapted from JK Rowling’s Harry Potter novels by Alexander Manshel, the first Quidditch Commissioner.

Since then the IQA has helped students from more than 400 colleges and 300 high schools form teams. The IQA serves to promote Quidditch as a new sport and lead outreach programs to increase athletic participation among children and young adults and bring magic to communities.

Learn more about it here!


Stephen and Callum=wolf brothers

Posted: May 15th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

On the May 11 episode of The Colbert Report, America’s most patriotic pundit Stephen Colbert revealed that he had been raised by a North American Gray Wolf named Lucan.

Stephen and Callum from THE BOY WHO HOWLED share a lot in common, perhaps even a taste for raw spleen and pancreas. Wolf brothers for the win!


THE BOY WHO HOWLED is number one!

Posted: May 10th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »


Thank you, Diana Wynne Jones

Posted: March 26th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Writer Diana Wynne Jones said goodbye to our earthly realm today.

She was the author of HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE, one of my absolute favorite books of all time. I discovered it as an adult. I wish I had read it when I was a kid, because I would have no doubt read all her other books by now!

As it is, I have the great blessing to catch up now.