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“Seven days without laughter makes one weak.” ~ Mort Walker

Copyright © 2014 Margie Moore

1. Big thanks to children’s book illustrator Margie Moore for allowing me to showcase her adorable “Mouse’s Kitchen” in my blog header this month. Since I had to crop some of the illo to fit the header space, thought I’d post the original so you can see some of the details at the bottom. Margie says she did this watercolor for Babybug Magazine. FYI, Margie is CakeSpy Jessie Oleson Moore’s mother. Sweets and awesome talent run in the family! :)

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2. Heads up, Poets: Richer Resources Publications is seeking poems about food and eating for a new anthology to be published in 2015. You can submit up to 3 original poems (simultaneous and previously published okay). Deadline: November 1, 2014. More here.

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3. Have you heard about the brand new BookDragon Book Club? It’s presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and hosted by Terry Hong and HapaMama’s Grace Hwang Lynch, who invite you to join them each month for tasty reads by notable Asian Pacific American authors. They will announce a new book the first Tuesday of each month and then hold a live virtual conversation with the author on the last Tuesday. In between, they will post reviews, guest posts, resources, etc., with lots of chances for discussion and interaction.

Their inaugural title is Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh (Beth) Nguyen. It’s been getting rave reviews and Terry Hong says it’s one of her top 3 favorites for 2014 thus far. It sounds intriguing — a connection between Laura Ingalls Wilder and Vietnam? Click here to learn more about the club and watch Beth’s welcome video.

The live virtual chat with Beth (and with fellow readers, bloggers, etc.) will be held tomorrow (Tuesday, August 26) at 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST.

4. Speaking of Laura Ingalls Wilder, novelist and biographer Pamela Smith Hill will be teaching a free online course via Missouri State University that runs from September 22 to December 1, 2014. Laura Ingalls Wilder: Exploring Her Work & Writing Life, “will expand your understanding of the literary themes, style, and historical underpinnings of Wilder’s Little House series.” Click here for full course description and enrollment information.

 

Some of you may know that Pamela Smith Hill is also the editor of Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography (South Dakota State Historical Society, 2014), the much anticipated previously unpublished autobiography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, to be released on November 20, 2014. Learn more about this exciting book at The Pioneer Girl Project site.

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5. If you’re a fan of haiku and haibun, check out Penny Harter’s guest post, “Circling the Pine: Haibun and the Spiral Image” at The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog. We’ve had the pleasure of featuring the work of both of these fabulous poets here at Alphabet Soup, and are pleased to mention their new books:

Penny’s The Resonance Around Us (Mountains & Rivers Press, 2013), just came out last Fall, and Adele’s new book, A Lightness, A Thirst, or Nothing At All (Welcome Rain Publishers, 2014) will be out in December, and is now available for pre-order.

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6. Because of my interest in the handmade and heart-made, and because the spoon is my favorite utensil, I find Josh Nava’s 365 Spoons project very cool. This Nashville woodworker is hand carving a spoon from local wood every day in 2014. You can follow Josh’s progress on Instagram. Here’s a short video showing him at work:

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7. Last, but certainly not least, in case you missed this short film about Maira Kalman from Gael Towey’s wonderful “Portraits in Creativity” series, I’m sharing it here. I love that Maira thinks everyone is “deeply eccentric,” and that she’s playing a duck in Isaac Mizrahi’s production of “Peter and The Wolf.”

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Happy Monday, All!

I hope at least 7 good things happen to you this week — that you write 7 good words, share 7 kind words with others, and reflect on 7 things you’re thankful for. :)

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Copyright © 2014 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

 

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jama:

So sorry to hear of Walter Dean Myers’s passing. The world of children’s literature has lost a giant.

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Walter Dean Myers, in his own words and what he hoped his legacy would be.

“I hope that my legacy is that I was useful for young people…”

“…I want to make people of color human beings, and I want to make poor people human beings. I want to include them in my books so that they can look at my books and say that could be me, and this guy understands who I am as a poor person.”

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Attention: Good-looking friends, blog readers, lurkers and chocolate lovers!

Washington, DC’s favorite (and first independent) chocolate shop, Chocolate Chocolate, needs your vote. They recently learned they will be losing half their storefront due to a building renovation (boo! hiss!). Naturally this will decrease their visibility from the street and shut out some of the natural light.

You may remember my interviewing owners Frances and Ginger Park, who opened this ‘little shop that could’ about 30 years ago. Those of you who’ve been there know this is more than just a business — this shop with its awesome level of personalized service is an extension of their home.

Chocolate Chocolate has just entered the Wells Fargo Works for Small Business Contest – where five winners will be chosen to receive $25,000 each. This mentorship would enable Frances and Ginger to boost their online presence via social media and advertising, and develop more marketing strategies for the 21st century.

To cast your vote, click here. But hurry, the contest ends today, June 30, midnight PT.

Support small business! Support CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE!

Please share the contest link with all your friends and on all your social networks!

Thank you!

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Copyright © 2014 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

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Remember how excited I was to hear that Colin Firth was going to voice Paddington Bear in the new movie to be released Christmas Day in the U.S.?

The other day I saw the official movie trailer and something felt wrong. Can’t explain it — the bear on the screen looked like Paddington, but he didn’t feel like the character I had grown to love so much from reading Michael Bond’s books. I know how more often than not, the book is usually better than the movie. And the producer of this project did say they were going to put their own spin on the character. But still.

See for yourself:

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Okay, maybe I’m just used to the Paddington puppets from the old TV series. Or maybe I’m stuck on the Paddington of my own imagination. Maybe I like him so much I’d be disappointed no matter what.

Now I’ve learned that Colin Firth has left the film. Apparently it was mutually agreed that his voice didn’t suit the on-screen character they had created (who so far feels more like a “Ted” than a child-centric bear).

Sigh. Wonder who will take Colin’s place. No one can, really.

Sigh.

I really need a marmalade sandwich.

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Copyright © 2014 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

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jama:

Check out this fun Q&A with my niece Cobi Kim of Veggietorials fame. :)

Originally posted on Meaty Vegan:

Photo by: Hannah Kaminsky

Going from 100% omni to 100%vegan overnight meant I had to relearn everything I knew about cooking. No longer could I rely on a hunk of meat to anchor the plate and surround it by sides and sauces. Cooking vegan takes a higher skill level, a level of finesse, and, in the end, is far more rewarding in so many delicious ways.

With over two years experience under my now smaller belt, my ability in the kitchen pales in comparison to one of the Internet’s most popular vegan instructors and chefs: Cobi Kim.

Currently (for a few more day, actually) residing in Hawaii, Cobi draws from her own background to create colorful dishes that make any foodie’s mouth water. Cobi took time out of her very busy schedule to answer a few questions with the Meaty Vegan.

MV: You seem to travel extensively, what is your favorite vegan destination…

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