I am grateful for so many fine children’s book and grown-ups’ books editors. They seldom put their names on books, so you have to know which books they’ve worked on through the grapevine, but the work they do is intense, precise, encouraging, and skilled. One of the best passed away this week. Richard Jackson was highly respected by so many people in the children’s lit world. Many of the people I know are feeling sad, knowing we won’t experience his deft touch with a manuscript again. Farewell, Mr. Jackson. I am grateful for your talent and your dedication throughout many decades. (pictured here with two of the books he authored after he retired)
I am grateful for Rosalie Maggio and the lifetime of work she has done collecting quotes (think about how organized she must be) and writing books about non-discriminatory language, how to say it and how to write it (the right words and phrases for every occasion), and great letters for every occasion. If you’re a writer, you know how much you enjoy having her books on hand. And if you’re not a writer, well, you know how much you need to have her books on hand. Rosalie lived in our area for awhile and I was privileged to meet her. I am in awe of this women’s prodigious knowledge of language … and grateful that she shares a daily quote that provokes me to think. She is an Extraordinary Woman.
You’ll most likely agree, some days it’s tough to swing your legs out of bed and stand up to face the hours ahead.
On those days, I think of Nancy Carlson, author and illustrator, mom and wife, school visitor, grandmother, who cared for her husband during the years when he descended into Frontotemporal Dementia. Troubles mounting, finances threatening, her husband’s mind disappearing,
Nancy wrote a blog called One Foot in Front of the Other, sharing her challenges with all of us. She posted a doodle on social media every single day. And she kept speaking at schools and conferences, writing and illustrating books.
Nancy Carlson’s doodle above, “And we all looked out to God, although He is the color of the wind.” (Laura Nyro lyric) is one of many you can see at her A Doodle a Day: Ten Year Doodle Journey show on exhibit through December 28, 2018, at Artistry in Bloomington, MN. I am grateful for this brave and talented woman, who helps me believe in tomorrow. She is an extraordinary woman.
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