Baum: A Heart Is Not Judged By…

“A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.” L. Frank Baum


Jannuzzi: All I Can Tell You About Fashion…

All I can tell you about fashion and style is this: buy and wear what makes you happy.

John Jannuzzi

Hughes: I Just Want…

I just want to celebrate another day of living; I just want to celebrate another day of life!

Glenn Hughes

Proverbs: In All Labor…

In all labor there is profit.

Proverbs 14:23

Einstein: Your Imagination…

Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.

Albert Einstein

Ash: Aerodynamically, the bumblebee…

Aerodynamically, the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that, so it goes on flying anyway.

Mary Kay Ash

Wagner: Joy Is Not…

Joy is not in things; it is in us.

Richard Wagner

Kennedy: You Must Be Prepared…

You must be prepared for good luck.

Edward Kennedy

“The Ocean Under My Bed” in Spider Magazine! And other updates…

I am delighted to announce that my story, “The Ocean Under My Bed”, is in the July/August 2015 issue of the award-winning children’s magazine, Spider, under my other name, Adrienne Wood. Stephanie Dehennin created the most beautiful illustrations to accompany it, for which I am so grateful. My thanks also to editors Margaret Mincks and Danny Resner for their work in bringing the magazine to press. This ocean-themed issue (with a fabulous pirate ship on the cover!) also features the work of Pamela Dell, Charles Ghingna, Barry Gott, Dagmar Kost, Jada Rowland, Robyn Opie Parnell, Dan Krall, Robert Scotellaro, Mike Wohnoutka, Joan Peronto, Denise Plauche, Elizabeth Armstrong Hall, Anna Eidelman, Dom Mansell, and Michael Chesworth,

I subscribed to Cricket, the original magazine of Carus Publishing, years ago and still have over a decade of back issues on my shelves, and my children have progressed from Ladybug to Spider and now Cricket. I’m thrilled and honored to be published in their pages and in such amazing company.

Once I finish weaving my way through the technical difficulties, I will have a real, official author website at  I have several children’s projects underway, including further stories in this series, and look forward to announcing those as they are completed. (If you’d like to be added to the mailing list for updates, please email me at ebbablake (at)gmail (dot  ) com.)

Finally, the long, long overdue Zip-Code Project (now titled _Here:This_) is nearing the end of an insane combination of technical difficulties and family crises (and crises, and crises and a few more crises just for fun). I’m done jousting the four horsemen–I hope–and should be making that announcement soon as well. Whew. My immense gratitude to the various contributors for their patience. The end product is a fabulous collection of pieces that beautifully illustrate what it means to be Here, in this one patch of ground.

Dillard: Push It. Examine All Things…

Push it. Examine all things intensely and relentlessly. Probe and search each object in a piece of art; do not leave it, do not course over it, as if it were understood, but instead follow it down until you see it in the mystery of its own specificity and strength.

Annie Dillard

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