• Apr26

    Mike Tierney & Pals, Central ParkA favorite photo of my Dad and some pals on a hill in a very un-treed Central Park, probably about 1942. (He’s on the left.)

    I believe the two-towered building back behind them is the San Remo building, which you can read more about on this Flickr page if you are so inclined.

    So, I’d guess they are probably standing somewhere in line with 65th Street or so.

    I’ll have to check out that spot next time I am in the neighborhood and see if I can find that hill.

  • Apr24

    George Washington's SpyGeorge Washington’s Spy by Elvira Woodruff

    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    Just like the first book (“George Washington’s Socks, which came out almost 20 years earlier!), the author has done a wonderful job of incorporating an interesting and well-paced story along with historical perspective.

    While I believe aimed at children in the 8+ range (give or take), both books include partial story lines that are decidedly emotionally and intellectually difficult regarding the reality of war and ethics.

    However, each also does a very nice job of providing enough information and grounding for the young reader to both feel for the character and understand the gray lines that are drawn in difficult times.

    My son is 9 and the difficult passage in “Spy” did affect him – he was very concerned for what happened. But, we took time to discuss the events and the factors involved, which is the point of reading together, isn’t it?

    I appreciate the thought and craft the author put into these books and highly recommend both.

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  • Apr10

    Anyone who has scrolled through website logs know that all kind of odd things are being thrown at servers on the Internetz daily. So, it was not a particularly surprising thing that I noticed a distinct uptick in WordPress login attempts on my self-hosted blog a few weeks back.

    (I am, perhaps naively, assuming I didn’t black out, fly to Romania, Turkey, the Phillipines, and Guam and try to login from each location.)

    Usually when I see these fun activities I look around the Googles and see if some new vulnerability has reared its head or just if others are reporting similar things in their logs. Until today, I have not really seen any others talking about an increase WordPress login attempts so I just kept any eye on things and let the cat roam the server room.

    I still don’t see any chatter out in the world at large, but this morning I received a message from one of the hosting companies I deal with: Read More

  • Apr3

    I was very excited to watch the Rootstech live streams this year and especially loved the ones from the Story@Home track.

    Rootstech 2013
    As a followup to my last post Story, Structure, Napkins, and Lasagna I thought I would post this quick entry pointing to the video streams from two excellent presentations -

    Syd Liberman’s talk during the Thursday Keynote (See his own site here.)

    Kim Weitkamp’s Tell It Again (Visit her site here.)

    I was going to embed the video for both in this post, but couldn’t stop them from autoplaying so have linked to the Rootstech site instead.

    Also, there does not seem to be a direct link to Syd Liberman’s place in the Keynote lineup, so you’ll have to scroll it to some time after the 35 minute mark in the video to catch him. (I had quite a bit of trouble getting that player to get to the exact location I wanted, but the effort was worth it.)

  • Apr2

    Girl with Flowers and Chair - IrelandSeveral months ago I wrote a post called Life on the Banks where I briefly discussed how the smaller details of life can sometimes surprisingly provide the most satisfying stories.

    My experience while visiting Holy Cross church in Manhattan where my grandparents married 90 years before opened my perspective to the often hidden importance of place and detail to the long story.

    In that post I also pointed to an interesting episode of the How Sound podcast, that discussed “intimate journalism” and introduced me to the writing of Will Durant. (See Life on the Banks for more on that.)

    How Sound Logo Well, for you writers and hopeful storytellers, I have another interesting and useful episode of that podcast to link to – My Kingdom For Some Structure goes over the various methods of storytelling used by well-known radio programs.  I especially love the very simple napkin drawings that depict the structures.

    The night after I listened to this episode, I sat down with my 9 year old son to talk about how me might tell some family stories together using both writing and media. Showing him the How Sound post and the napkin drawings gave him a clearer picture of what I was trying to explain to him. (I think. Who really knows what is going on in a 9 year old’s head? I’m sure there’s some Willy Wonka in there. and Minifig Lego men. and lasagna.)

    Image Fragment - Sabina Tierney and Dog If you are trying to learn more about how you might bring your family’s story to life, I suggest you check out those two How Sound podcasts – and follow the feed in general for many excellent tips and tools to help you along.

    Then use those tools to help your stories to the surface – and perhaps even find some hidden behind the ones that are more obvious.