Very Inspiring Blogger Award


I was nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by a woman who, quite frankly, inspires me to be more organized, energetic and creative on a regular basis. Who is this wonder woman? It’s author, mom, blogger and kidlit champion Darlene Beck-Jacobsen. You can find her awesome blog here.  Even better, you can watch the trailer for Darlene’s middle grade historical novel Wheels of Change right here:

Now, without further ado, back to me! The rules of the Very Inspiring Blogger Award are:

• Display the award on your blog

• Link back to the person who nominated you

• State 7 things about yourself

• Nominate 15 bloggers, link to them, and notify them about their nominations


Do you really need that much detail? OK, here we go:

  1. My first “real” job was scooping up ice cream and serving grilled cheese and meatloaf specials…

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How Music Boosts Athletic Performance — for ESPN The Magazine

Katherine Harmon Courage

Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 10.26.59 AMI confess that I cannot imagine running a marathon without my running mix on my iPod shuffle. And science actually has my back.

I chatted recently with the guru of music and sports, Costas Karagrorghis for ESPN The Magazine for some more information on just why so many of us are hooked on music to get us through workouts.

He says not only can music make a workout more enjoyable, but if it’s tuned right, it can actually boost performance by 8-12%. “I often refer to music as a legal drug,” he told me.

Read the rest of the story here–or in the 2015 Music Issue of ESPN The Magazine–for tips on how to dial in your tunes for the best performance.

That means a more scientifically crafted play list might have been able to turn my 3:47 2013 New York City Marathon race into a Boston Marathon-qualifying time…

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#RaisingReaders Monday: Multicultural Children’s Book Day


I’m happy to be part of the team bringing you posts, links, and contests for Multicultural Children’s Book Day.

The Multicultural Children’s Book Day team hopes to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. We encourage readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along via book reviews, author visits, and multicultural book lists and to visit the huge multicultural book review link-up that will occur on the MCCBD website 1/27/15.

I asked my kids to look through our shelves and bring me their favorite books that explored other cultures or featured characters from other cultures/backgrounds.  Once I weeded out the books about witch school, monsters, and fairies (“Yes, kids, those are different cultures. I meant…

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