Just saying… thank you.

Most of the give-away winners have received their copies of Long Live Earth (yeah!) but some are still waiting (boo!).  A sincere apology to those still waiting… you have not been forgotten and I sincerely thank you for your continued patience.

Also, a big thank you to give-away winner JC for his hat’s off to the stitched illustrations and to fellow Goodreads author Kat Ward for her thoughtful review of Long Live Earth:

Kat Ward  Amy's Own

Long Live Earth not only has a most pertinent message, but the artistic work in the quilts made by the author are impressive. Her rhyming is sweet, funny, silly, and potent, yet easy enough for toddlers and young kids to understand. It should be in every elementary school library and classroom and on every home bookshelf. It’s a feel good book encouraging kids to care and take action without being preachy. Its bright colors and wonderful quilt pictures made it a must read for my girl when she was young (and now she’s a committed environmentalist at 15 years old; just saying).”
Thanks, Kat!  If you haven’t got a copy of Kat’s book Amy’s Own yet, I hope you’ll join me and grab one.

BIG HISTORY – IT’S HUGE

Have you heard about the Big History project?  Bill Gates was so inspired by the work of Australian academic, David Christian, that he proposed a partnership to expand the teaching of Big History into classrooms around the world.   Here’s  a link with a little background.

And here’s a little Big History video called “A Story For Everyone” which catapults you backwards through time and space  – a whole new perspective in moments.   And don’t forget to scroll down the page a bit to the second video called “What a Difference Humans Make”.

Get the kids.  Call the schools.  This isn’t Big History.  This is HUGE.

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PERFECT DAY by Lou Reed, 1942 – 2013

Lou was a prince and a fighter and I know his songs of the pain and beauty in the world will fill many people with the incredible joy he felt for life. Long live the beauty that comes down and through and onto all of us.

— from an open letter by Laurie Anderson, his loving wife and eternal friend

Lou Reed

“Perfect Day”
– Lou Reed

Just a perfect day
Drink sangria in the park
And then later, when it gets dark
We go homeJust a perfect day
Feed animals in the zoo
Then later a movie, too
And then homeOh, it’s such a perfect day
I’m glad I spent it with you
Oh, such a perfect day
You just keep me hanging on
You just keep me hanging onJust a perfect day
Problems all left alone
Weekenders on our own
It’s such fun

Just a perfect day
You made me forget myself
I thought I was someone else
Someone good

Oh, it’s such a perfect day
I’m glad I spent it with you
Oh, such a perfect day
You just keep me hanging on
You just keep me hanging on

You’re going to reap just what you sow
You’re going to reap just what you sow
You’re going to reap just what you sow
You’re going to reap just what you sow

LONG LIVE EARTH ON PAPER ORANGES BLOG

My dear old friend Susanna featured Long Live Earth on her nifty blog.  Lots of great pics and products for young and old to be found at Susanna’s Paper Oranges.  Click her big Sourpuss to get from here to there.  Thanks Susanna!

She hasn't changed a bit.

She hasn’t changed a bit.