Friday, September 26, 2014

Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos from Roaring Broo...

In searching for STAR STUFF: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos- I came across this by ttmp :) 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Poem



It's no accident that we all lie nestled together in the curves of the universe. We are tugged by the forces of celestial tides. Time folds in on itself and outward again in gladness as we spin around, each of us an utter miracle in the sea of tiny white stars.

-Jamien E. Morehouse

Thank you to Sharon Lovejoy for the poem :) 

Monday, September 22, 2014

STARRED review (number two!!) for STAR STUFF: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos this one from Kirkus!

Continued floating :)

STAR STUFF: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos has earned a second starred review! This one from Kirkus. Here is an excerpt: 


"Young Carl Sagan looks endearingly like his grown-up self, with expressive dark eyebrows and a cheerful look of inquiry, in this warm account of the life of the notable scientist.

Sisson captures an important moment in young Sagan’s life. In a library, where he has been handed a book on stars, “Carl’s heart beat faster with every page he turned.” The next double-page spread offers a vertical orientation and a gatefold opening skyward, as if Carl himself were soaring into space... Sisson’s economical narrative and lighthearted illustrations convey Sagan’s regard for the power of imagination and his generous approach to knowledge..."

And here is a link to the full review. 




And here is a picture of me with an early story board a couple of years ago for the book attending a meeting got my wonderful critique group back in California. 

Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos STARRED Review from SLJ (School Library Journal)

Floating :) And no, I don't know this wonderful woman who gave the review. 




And excerpt from the review:


Told in narrative format, this beautifully designed and illustrated picture book gives readers a glimpse into the childhood wonderings Sagan experienced as he looked at the night sky and imagined the possibilities. ....  A gorgeous, informative offering for biography and science collections.–Maggie Chase, Boise State University, ID
A link to the full review here

Bill Moyers Put Together a Nice Summary of Climate Change Science

That you can see by clicking here

Saturday, September 20, 2014

What I Did on my Summer Vacation Part Three




There was lots of work revamping my new website- which is scheduled to launch before October 14th. Our talented friend Robin Chilton helped with a mini-movie- which, thanks to his creativity and vision is going to be pretty awesome :)



Going to my favorite yoga studio on the planet with my favorite peeps as much as possible. 



Working on new projects and reviewing books. Loved the one on the table there - a new one coming out in December written and illustrated by the incredible Floyd Cooper

Friday, September 19, 2014

What I Did on My Summer Vacation Part Two


Enjoyed a bit of sun on our deck back home in California, watched pelicans dive for fish pulled weeds, trimmed massive vines invading the garden and planted new things. 




Clean up and properly stored some old friends I haven't used in awhile and probably won't in the near future ...I'm going to take up paddle boarding here in Mauritius. 


Here is a picture of the one made by Shannon McIntyre for me back in 1998- my first surfboard. I took this photo from the water in 2001 and it hangs in may parents' home. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Being with Jane Goodall

What I Did on my Summer Vacation Part One



 Attended the SCBWI Annual Summer conference in Los Angeles for inspiration and to meet up with friends and colleagues .



 Ate oysters on the half shell, excellent sushi, kale, brussel sprouts, ate salad (dark green gorgeous organic salads) and haas avocados...things I have been unable to find in Mauritius.




Did some serious California connecting with  friends and attended as many hot yoga classes as possible. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dream Recipe



Beginning new dreams of faraway places...reading books about Africa and elephants. Tonight I went outside in the dark - we were fogged in. A  sound softening fog....gentle. 

The image above can be found in Isol's Dream Recipe book. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Status Report

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the bus sky, is by no means a waste of time. 


                                   -Sir John Lubbock, The Use of Life


Here I am- back over on the other side of the world again for a short while. I'm connecting with my peeps and rereading the entire Calvin and Hobbes collection. I go out into the garden (which can only be watered on Tuesdays and Fridays) and I put my hands in that gorgeous soil that we have been working on improving for a few years now and I pull some weeds and I trim some things back and find a perfectly beautiful tomato there- the best tomato. 

There is much to do in a short time. Lots of appointments and business meetings and sorting and tossing...rethinking and shopping and retooling to head back to my other home on the exact opposite side of the world. 

Fred was in town for only 4 days. They were a good four days. We watched sunsets, went for walks...talked a lot and ate copious amounts of sushi and visited with friends and family. Now he's somewhere in the atmosphere heading for Dubai and then onto Mauritius. 

I'm joining him in just a short while. I am relishing being home for a little bit- before I head back and continue making a new home in a new place with a new language and culture and all that come with that. Adventure. It's good to be roving and learning and creating. 

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Percolating ....More Soon.

Back in the States for a little bit- finishing up some projects, checking in on the house, visiting family, just got back from L.A. and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Conference (it was great)- saw so many friends and made new ones, was inspired , laughed, laughed and saw Judy Blume- so great... now I'm in a mad rush to finish off some paintings before Fred gets here for a few days. He is at the White House tonight- no kidding...black tie. He looks goods thanks to the most charming tailer, Joseph

I'm doing a whole revamp of the website for the arrival of...




STAR STUFF: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos- looks gorgeous doesn't it??!! Can't wait for copies to get here- this is my wonderful editor, Katherine Jacob's desk in the Flatiron Building in NYC. 

Friday, July 04, 2014

Walter Dean Myers

I had the great fortune of being able to meet this inspiring man - a rare person that made people think and created empathy and understanding. Sad to hear of his death.