Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Darwin! Or Beagles?

One of my many writing activities is as the Managing Editor of Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies where I help run the journal and curate a series called "In the Classroom." We are so grateful to our friend Gail Riekie -- you know her from Bouncing Bertie's blog -- for contributing a fantastic piece on Darwin.

Thank you for popping over to read it, here.


Thank you, Gail!

-Renée (& Tootsie, of course)

 Did Darwin feel like this when he set off on the voyage of the Beagle?

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Earth Day

We hope you had a wonderful Earth Day and March for Science!


We waddled our way to the top of Monte Covreto, which is on the border between northern Italy and southern Switzerland.


It's very dry for this time of year, and we're looking forward to rain next week.


If you look closely at this photograph you can see a recent burn on the hill just behind us. It was a small fire, but it's unusual in this area. The smell of soot lingers in the air.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

For Truffle

Many of you remember our dear Truffle, so I want to share a piece I wrote for Truffle. It's for a wonderful literary journal that focuses on housekeeping tips you remember from your dearly beloveds.

You can read it over at Dead Housekeeping, here.



Thank you for taking a look!
--Renee


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Thank You

Dear KulturMama, the Library in Thalwil, and all the kids & parents:

We had such a wonderful time at English Storytime. The library was so sweet to welcome us and to give Tootsie treats. Danke!

We're amazed Tootsie fell asleep during Jeff Crosby's Wiener Wolf--it's her favorite book of all time!--but it was so relaxing being surrounded by amazing kidlets. A special thanks, too, to Grandpa for his Tootsie limericks. Read one, here.

An extra special thank you to KulturMama for all her work. Please sign up for her newsletter--and könig beatty projects--right, here. Marisa König Beatty (aka KulturMama) covers wonderful events in Switzerland, and there's lots of great information. (Swiss Cats -- take a look!)

Love,
Tootsie and Renée 


Monday, March 20, 2017

English Storytime with KulturMama!

We are reading at English Storytime with Kulturmama in Thalwil, Switzerland! It's a short program for kidlets. We're going to sing "Itsy bitsy spider" with changed lyrics... "itsy bitsy dachshund." And we might sing "the wheels on the bus go round and round" set to dachshund lyrics... "my dachshund paws go round and round." We'll see.


We're going to read Grandpa's limericks, which he wrote for me. We're going to read Jeff Crosby's Wiener Wolf, my favorite book of all time. And we'll read How Dogs Really Work! by Alan Snow. It's a good manual.

Wish us luck!


P.s. Mom just spent forty-five minutes looking for her special Swiss train day pass. (She had put it in a special place.)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Mom Returns Home

Tootsie: "But, where were you?"
Mom: "I was a visiting writer at Lebanon Valley College. It was wonderful!"


"And, Tootsie. I brought you an English-language magazine from America."


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