Category Archives: Awesome Finds

Davis shows the NYTimes what’s what

Last October, the NYTimes told everyone that picture books are on their way out. Picture books are in a slump, but it’s just because the Baby Boomer’s kids (which, if you do the math, means we were a boom, too), are now reading YA, not picture books.

So a library in Davis, CA devoted the entire month of February to picture books, getting people of all ages to enjoy them. Then they sent a 15 foot long scroll to the NYTimes editors, telling them how wrong they were! Love it.

I read the NYTimes religiously, but seriously, sometimes they just spew things because they think no one will question it.


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Finding out “squinched” is a real word is my happy thought

Because who would want to live in a world where “squinched”┬áisn’t?

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General loveliness is my happy thought

For a lovely series of couples who have been married fifty years or more, click here and have a better day.

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Miniature animals are my happy thought

A royal antelope calf was just born at the San Diego Zoo. Why can’t all animals remain tiny and cute? Then they would be dorm sized, and I could keep one in my apartment!

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Equality, as always, is my happy thought

Sometimes I think I talk too much about equality on my blog. But then I remember, this is my happy thoughts blog, and this video made me happier than anything else I experienced today. If it makes you happy, that’s awesome. If it makes you think, that’s even better.


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Space is my CRAZY thought

So occasionally, I get to take my awesome babysitting kid, Roan, to the Museum of Natural History on Friday afternoons, because he gets out of school at 1pm and they have a membership which means we get to go to all the movies and the planetarium for free. We also usually spend an inordinate amount of time in the reptile room looking at the wolverines devour a warthog.

Anyway, last time we went (five days ago) we went to the Planetarium and listened to Whoopi Goldberg narrate the beginnings of the universe and show us how stars are born and everything and every time we see this, I cry. The American Museum of Natural History is about as close as I come to organized religion. It just feels incredible to be sitting there, knowing that it’s possible to be sitting there because billions of years ago a gas cloud came together and formed the first stellar nursery. We’ve also seen an IMAX movie on repairing the Hubble Telescope, which is where I first learned about stellar nurseries, so when I saw this video:

I got really excited and somewhat emotional, because what is cooler than learning about where we came from, in the most literal sense of the word? I’m so excited to see what this telescope sees, and to know what it will know!

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Free books are my happy thought

I admit it, pretty much the only reason I want to work in publishing is so I can continue to work in places that will let me take home any book I see. So far including but not limited to: children’s books, YA books, cookbooks, and poetry.

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