Category Archives: Musings

Spring, etc.

A lovely coating of snow greeted me this morning–the first day of Spring; happily my snowdrops and crocuses held their blossoms high!

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On Writing and Music

I was just writing chapter 22 of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and listening to a recording of Beethoven’s Concerto for Piano No. 5 in E Flat, Op 73 and had to stop–it was soooooo beautiful!

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Car in our front yard

It’s snowing. We’re both home writing–Linda in her second floor office facing the road, me in my basement office. Vaguely I hear Linda’s voice saying something about a car in our front yard. Pulling my mind out of the 19th … Continue reading

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Nonfiction Writer

Last night, I came home with straw on the back of my black pants & make-up on my face. Why? I was interviewed at a turkey farm in East Windsor, NJ, for a History Channel Holiday Special hosted by Lewis … Continue reading

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The Election, 2008

Yippppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Jonathan took Sophie with him to vote. When we arrived for dinner & election-watching, she exuberantly announced that she voted! “For whom,” I asked–”Obama,” she replied. In my classes at Queens College, CUNY, last night, I was delighted by … Continue reading

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Music, Art, Reading & Writing

Re my 10/16/08 post: The teacher, Marie Russell, who uses Vivaldi’s Four Seasons” in her classroom sent me this picture of the autumn results, “Turning Nature into Art: Inspired by Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’” (click on picture for larger image).

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Students and scientific reasoning and Sue Kirch

Here is a link to a short video in which Sue Kirch, a science educator at New York University, discusses the question: Can elementary school students engage in scientific reasoning?

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Music, Teaching, Writing

Last night in my Issues in Children’s Literature class at Queens College, a teacher described how she plays Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” throughout the school year & ties in lessons & activities. She said that her students love the whole experience. … Continue reading

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“You just can’t be afraid.”

What an intense time–I’m writing about the Civil War & I’m following the worldwide financial meltdown & I’m noting the ugly crowd reactions to inflammatory rhetoric by SP, J & CM.

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On Writing & Usefulness

After a break for my son Jon’s electrifying performance of his powerful songs Monday night (you can find him of FaceBook), I’ve been hunkered down in my basement office working on Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. 

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