Jack and I are holding up. Amidst scorching Texas heat, a local (insane) squirrel population run amok, and alternating periods of anxiety and depression, we’ve still found at least a few moments to smile. And why not? Overall, life is pretty good.
And what about bagels? Bagels are good. That’s something positive. Right?
Heat and psychotic squirrels and bipolar disorder aren’t keeping me-n-Jack down. We’re still doing our two-a-days at the park, takin’ care of bidness.
Time for bagels…
Something Signing at BOOPA’S
This is the third signing that Holly Pils of Boopa’s Bagel Deli has hosted for me. She’s a kind-hearted lady who does a lot for her community. (I will always be grateful to her for giving me my big break into book signing.) Thankfully, that commitment has rewarded her with years of successful business and a great reputation in Fort Worth.
If you’re coming to the signing, here are some pre-arrival details that might be helpful:
- Time: 11 – 1:30
- I’ll be in the back of the shop, sitting next to a box of books. (I’ll have some of my older titles available, in addition to Something.)
- Plan to eat lunch there. The food is always good! I’ll put a link to the menu below.
- Payment for books will be directly to me, so bring cash (tens) or check (no plastic).
- Address: 6513 N. Beach, Fort Worth, 76137
- Here’s a link to BOOPA’S web site:
BOOK REVIEW: Henry Reed, Inc.
(This review was recently posted at Amazon and Goodreads.)
A FAVORITE CLASSIC FOR YOUNG AND OLD
It was a hot (HOT!) summer day in Corpus Christi, Texas. I was bicycling home from the public library with eleven books stacked precariously on my handlebars. (No basket, just books-on-the-bars, old style. Why eleven? If you have to ask, you’re not a bookworm/bibliophile.) One of the eleven was HENRY REED, INC. by Keith Robertson.
HENRY REED, INC. would soon become one of the favorites of my youth. (The version I enjoyed was illustrated by the masterful Robert McCloskey.) On the cover, bespectacled, slender, sly-faced Henry sits with feet propped on a desk, a tank of laboratory gas standing nearby. (How could a nerdy, bespectacled me NOT be drawn to this book?) Robertson’s skilled writing relates to us the fascinating tale of Henry’s summer adventures in Princeton, New Jersey with Uncle Alfred, Aunt Mabel, Henry’s new friend/source of irritation, Midge, and of course… a dog! (A high-spirited beagle named Agony.)
What does this book offer young readers? An entertaining, tongue-in-cheek introduction to the world of research and development mixed with good, clean, humorous summer fun. Almost thirty years after first reading it, during my initial semester as a middle school teacher, I spied the long-forgotten book on the shelves of our school library. Delighted at discovering this old friend, I checked it out and re-read it — still a good read as an adult. A decade later, I would incorporate passages from a copy I purchased (and still own) into one of my high school physics classes.
HENRY REED, INC. — Good for ALL ages!
(Try to get one of the originals that has McCloskey’s illustrations.)
“I sold another dozen earthworms today and we rigged up a trap to catch the white rabbit. We haven’t had a chance to try it out yet, but I think it will work.”
Here’s the link to the original Goodreads review:
I’m finishing up a second Kevin and Jack children’s picture book. This one is about being able to rely on people to stick to their commitments. It’s inspired by a specific lesson I learned when I was a child — When you say you’re going to do something, you do it. And you do it well.
The release date is up in the air right now because I’m also looking for gainful employment. (Such is the life of most writers. Ah, well.)
Feeling low? Heat baking your brains? Squirrels knocking at the door?
Think you’re alone in this hot, crazy, cruel world?
Please hang in there. You’ve got something important to do. If you don’t know what that “something” is just yet… Wait! It will come to you.
It may be the next knock on your door, the next person you meet, the next email you answer, the next phone call or text.
And when IT happens, remember to do well what you’ve been given to do…
And to be thankful.