nine cool things on a tuesday

1. Don’t forget to vote in today’s critical midterm elections!

This cool poster was created by Missouri artist Mary Engelbreit and is available as a free download from her official website. The image fits on an 11″ x 17″ size sheet.


2. Some of you may know that my mother served in the Women’s Army Corps during WWII. She was one of the first 59 women from Hawai’i to enlist (she wrote about her experiences in this short chronology).

Just so happens Maryland author Ann McCallum read my post about Margaret not too long ago and asked to include her in a new book she was writing about women in the U.S. Army. This past summer, I shared more information and photos via email with Ann, who wrote a chapter about Margaret.

Ann recently shared the final cover of the book on social media — what a surprise to see Margaret’s photo right on the front! I know my mother would be thrilled and amazed. Women Heroes of the U.S. Army will be published in July 2019 — can’t wait to see it! Pretty cool, no? 🙂


3. Speaking of notable women, check out this cool print by Massachusetts illustrator Karen Hallion. Her first “She Series” collage features these 9 kickass role models:

Wonder Woman
Rey from Star Wars
Princess Leia
Anne of Green Gables
Angelica Schulyer from the musical Hamilton
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Okoye from Black Panther

You can purchase this 11″ x 14″ open edition print at Karen’s Etsy Shop — a great place to browse, especially if you’re a Star Wars, Harry Potter, Buffy or steampunk fan. Each of these female heroes is also available separately as small 8″ x 10″ signed Lustre prints.


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Mr. Cornelius stumps for Bearack the incumbent.


Copyright © 2012 Cornelius Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

a beautiful thing!


Happy Election Day!

I’m proud and happy to be included on this list of over 1000 children’s authors and illustrators all voting for Barack Obama today.


Authors and Illustrators for Children (AIC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the world for children:

Authors & Illustrators for Children values a government that cares for children’s needs and plans for the needs of future generations.

We believe children have the right to quality education, health care and a clean environment.

We believe that children should be encouraged to think and dream – that is what their minds are for – and that the freedom to express their ideas and dreams is a human right.

We believe personal responsibility should be taught by example at all levels.

Every person listed here believes that Barack Obama is the  candidate who best represents these values. If you haven’t already done so, please read these two inspiring and heartfelt "This I Dream" essays by Bruce Coville and David LaRochelle.

Then take a deep breath, because it’s happening even as we speak. Change, for the better, is coming!!

My half-sister, Sylvia, and her husband, Jim, met Barack at campaign headquarters
in Bend, Oregon, this summer.