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Blatherings

This space is reserved for Debbie’s Blatherings, which a personal blog she began back in April 1997. She be gradually moving over her posts from that blog but will be doing some editing since many of the links and images are broken because of multiple platform moves (including Greymatter, Moveable Type, Wordpress, Livejournal, and Squarespace). Thanks for your patience!

Scrooge Moment

Reprinted from a 2001 Blatherings post. Since my mother died and especially since my brother and his wife died, Christmas has never been the greatest time of the year for me. The insistent Christmas carols piped into shopping malls, the glitter and party atmosphere, the increased barrage of BUYBUYBUY…I get cranky, . . .



Woodpile Philosophy: A Practical Application

This post has been moved over from my old website, mainly so I can post it as a cautionary tale for those considering starting up their own Mastodon instance or other online community. In June/2000, I sold my Web site to a company to the U.S. and moved to Philadelphia for six . . .



Help an educator #ClearTheList

(Shortlink: https://debbieohi.link/ClearTheList) EDITED Dec.29, 2022: I have a new Twitter thread for educators with crowd-funding projects. Teachers spent an average of $750 out of their own pockets for classroom supplies during the 2020-2021, according to a survey by AdoptAClassroom.org. Many teachers started using the hashtag #clearthelist on social media in . . .



THANK YOU, school librarians!

Photo: With Carrie Davies at Nerd Camp. I continue to be grateful to school librarians for sharing my books and works by fellow creators with young readers. I was lucky enough to meet teacher librarian Carrie Davies (see photo above) in person at Nerd Camp Michigan years ago. I’ve also . . .



Discovering Savoury Oatmeal

I’ve never considered myself a cook. Don’t get me wrong; I used to enjoy cooking, back when we lived out in the countryside and when I was still trying to get published and had more time. I was never one of those intuitive cooks, however, and my rare attempts to . . .




I CAN SEE! Igor, double eye surgery and seeing the world with new eyes

[Edited December 14, 2018: I created this post because it’s the kind of personal viewpoint I was hoping to find while researching for my own eye surgery. Please note that every situation is different – talk to a medical expert before making your own decisions. I am NOT a medical . . .



Gratitude: Lee Wardlaw

Lee Wardlaw was the very first children’s book professional who ever showed an interest in me and my work. Lee’s early encouragement meant SO much to me and she helped me get to the next stage in my career: Lee critiqued two of my middle grade novels and after she worked . . .



Gratitude: Patricia J. Murphy

A Gratitude Post – Some facts about Patricia J. Murphy: 1. When I was a nervous newbie at an early SCBWI conference where I didn’t know many people, Patricia took me under wing and introduced me to people, invited me to sit with her and others (including other nervous newbies) at . . .



Gratitude

My life has had its ups and downs but these days it’s mostly been ups, and I’m grateful. I so wish we could save up these kinds of moments to take out when we most need them, don’t you? Appreciating what I have and the people in my life.