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September 24, 2012


Donna Hudgins

Long live the Mother Goose Reading Corner I created for my grandchildren. It was under our stairs in our great room leading upstairs. A decorative swan objet d'art was under there. Swan, goose what did they know! I have done it for each of my five grandchildren. Ater the first few reading times with first one, my daughter arrived for child pick up, saying Ok. Where is the MGRC? I'm now on #5 who is 3. Thanks to MGRC they have become readers.


Marcia, I once bought a Triumph Spitfire convertible because it approximated Nancy's roadster. But you're a better fan than I am -- I got mine in green because I thought that was a better color for me. I told myself Nancy would understand.

As a bookseller, I only see the kids who read, not the ones who don't. (Mostly) It warms my heart when I see how much some kids still love books. When they bring them to the counter and show me what they found and are so excited, or when they don't want to hand them over for scanning because they can't bear to let go of them -- oh, does that give me hope!

Skipper Hammond

Wish you had led a sleep-over for my Girl Scout troop. A CSI workshop sure sounds like more fun than weaving pot holders.
But tell me, please. Why do people complain that kids today don't write but then complain they spend so much time texting? Text means written words. Kids are writing when they text, just as truly as Western Unions telegraph operators wrote.

Elaine Viets

No mystery why you chose that blue roadster, Marcia. It's a beauty. When I worked at a bookstore, I saw how many kids loved books. Their parents brought them to the store. Guess that explains where they learned to like books.

Marcia Talley

Hi, Donna! Thanks for stopping by. I've actually SEEN your MGRC, so I know what a special place it is! I, too, read to my daughters and read to the grands. One of my faves is Richard Scarry's Best Storybook Ever. Was mortified to discover when I went to purchase copies for my grandkids that the new editions had eliminated Laura's favorite story, Pierre Bear, because it was "sexist" and "advocated violence." WTF? Seems Pierre "bought" a bride (he met Mrs. Pierre when he stopped into the trading post where she was working behind the counter) and then he killed a seal to make her a coat. It's FICTION, people!!! Anyway, I managed to find copies of the original edition on the internet so my grandkids can love Pierre Bear just as much as my daughter did.

Marcia Talley

Kris, I once bought a paperback for a little guy at a Barnes and Noble who had been left to his own devices in the children's section while his mother went to get her hair done!! When I gave it to him (with the sales receipt attached so his mother -- when she ever appeared -- would know it'd been paid for) he clasped to his chest and said, "I can keep it? For ever and ever?"

As for the car, it matches your eyes, right??

Marcia Talley

Skipper, you're right about texting being writing, of a sort. Sadly, it's so ephemeral and, I don't know about you, but it's like reading code! Reginald Hill wrote a book, The Price of Butcher's Meat, that was about 1/3 email messages with no punctuation and little capitalization and I found it a tough slog. An interesting concept, though. Multiple viewpoints, and Andy Dalziel's POV was from a tape transcription.

As for the workshops, they are W-A-Y more fun than making potholders or sit-upons. LOL.

Marcia Talley

Elaine, you and I have love affairs with our cars! How is Black Beauty doing?

Karen in Ohio

Holy cow, someone left a child alone in this day and age? What a great idea, to give him a book, Marcia.

I'm in the process of downscaling my life and making decisions about which books to keep and which to donate. I'm totally stymied by the children's books, hundreds of them, from my three kids' childhoods. So many amazing memories, and my grandson loves them, as well.

Marcia Talley

Karen, it's hard to choose, isn't it? We kept all the Little House Books, the CS Lewis, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Landmark classics, Mother Goose, Grimm, HC Andersen ... the list goes on. You might ask your kids to decide which ones to keep, and tell them they need to be ruthless! I donated a lot of my books to a friend who collects books for libraries in the poorer parts of West Virginia, but I'll bet there are needy libraries/schools in Ohio, too. I'm off to Cleveland (where I was born) in about a week for Bouchercon. Will be touring for 3 days before hand with the Deadly Divas. Check out the schedule on the Deadly Divas webpage and if you're nearby, hope to see you.

And, yes, the mother did. At least it wasn't in a parked car on a hot day, but the CRM gave her a piece of her mind when the woman returned!

Silk Questo

I don't think it's fully appreciated how many generations of girls found their lifelong courage and ambition on the pages of Nancy Drew mysteries. Maybe she was a tiny bit of a spoiled with her powder blue coupe and her amazing amount of freedom to run all over hell's half acre solving crimes ... but for me she was the original teenage feminist. Like you, my Nancy Drew fixation has driven me (finally in middle age) to write mysteries. Right now I and my 4 writer friends have challenged ourselves to write 5 novels in 5 months (see our page on FB). I know we're crazy, but wish us luck.

Marcia Talley

5 novels in 5 months? Eeek! I hope that's one novel apiece, not five each! LOL.

Ray Flynt

Once again you've prompted me to think about early influences. I recall enjoying BOXCAR CHILDREN, about a group of orphans who, at one time, lived in a boxcar.

Aside from living in a town that had three different sets of railroad tracks running through it, I'm sure those stories cultivated my interest in trains, which are a part of my own mystery series.

Marcia Talley

Ray, I still love the mournful sound of the whistle as the train rumbles through town in the night. Back to my mid-west roots, I guess.

Deb Romano

I devoured all the Nancy Drew books as a youngster. What books I did not purchase with my saved allowance I received as gifts from my parents. Reading was as important to them as brushing your teeth! I am grateful to have been taught a love of reading by parents who were also avid readers. They read to us from a very early age. My maternal grandmother not only read to us, she often acted out the stories, particularly fairy tales! Here I am, in my sixties, and I can still picture my tiny little white haired grandmother trotting aound the room, depicting Cinderella's horse-led coach! Such a precious memory!

All this is leading up to saying that a light went on in my head when you talked about Nancy Drew's influence on your choice of car color: Maybe THAT'S why I insisted that my first car had to be blue! About half of the cars I have owned have been blue. My first NON blue car was a lemon (no, it was not yellow:-) and when no garage in town could fix it any longer, I replaced it with a blue car.

I am jealous of all the youngsters who have the privilege of having an author speak to their groups/classes. I still regularly reread some of my favorite childhood books and have recently begun purchasing copies of some of my other favorites, particularly classics such as Alice in Wonderland or Peter Pan.

Some of the games my siblings and I played with each other as kids were based on characters from books we read.

Really, reading has positively influenced my life in more ways than I can ever count!

Marcia Talley

Deb, I'll bet you were like me -- reading under the covers with a flashlight. When my dad took the flashlight away, I devised a method of reflecting the light from the hallway onto the pages of my book using a handheld mirror. Oh, I was a lil' rascal!

Deb Romano

I did the hallway thing, but I did it without a mirror. If I stretched out at the foot of the bed,I was close enough to the hallway light to be able to make out the words -until my parens went to bed. They shut out the light then!

When my youngest sibling was born, my parents were torn between two different names for her. As the oldest child, I was allowed to cast the tie breaking vote. One of the names was the name of a character from one of the classics. (You can easily guess which name I pcked!)


Marcia, yes! You were right to hold out for the blue!

For many years, Mr. G and I used to take our young nephews and nieces to bookstores over Christmas break. Didn't matter if they bought books or CDs or games or magazines, we just wanted them near the books. And I think it took!

Marcia Talley

Dana, I send the nieces/nephews Amazon gift certificates so they can buy books. But you can buy ANYTHING on Amazon these days (I just bought a case of Sucanat - natural dehydrated cane juice - because my Whole Foods has discontinued it, the inconsiderate wretches.) But I digress. Anyway, I feared they were buying toys or tunes or video games but, amazingly, they seem to be buying books!

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