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Thank you so much for your patronage to my site! Please note that we have moved my blog over to a brand spankin' new website! I can't wait to catch back up with you on the new blog! www.BlufftonBooksBlog.com Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Carole Marsh Blog
2016 Louisiana's Social Studies Curriculum Catalog View our online catalog Got New Standards? Close the gap with Gallopade...more details coming soon! Every new year brings exciting (and sometimes stressful) challenges and opportunities. Louisiana's Social Studies Content Standards, Grade Level Expectations and Common Core are a few of the things high... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Louisiana Curriculum
Who IS Carole Marsh... Questions Asked and Answered, Short and Sweet* *Hey, Carole Marsh is short... and sweet! 1. Home base? My new home on the South Carolina coast! 2. Job? Writing as many books as I can! 3. Working on? A book about my 34 years of school visits! 4. New Year's Resolution? Finish the book! 5. Family? Papa, a son, daughter and 6 grandchildren, 18 months-18 years! 6. Favorite thing? Sitting on my porch reading a book and eating something chocolaty! 7. I'll never get tired of... WRITING! 8. I secretly want to be... A fourth-grader! 9. Least... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at Carole Marsh Blog
So, where were you? That's the big question going around. I was in class. It was announced over the PA system. We could not believe it. Our president—ASSASSINATED?! This was not in the history books we grouched about...this WAS history, being made, alas, before our eyes. It was a whole new world. A LOT of kids today would read the above paragraph and have no idea what I was talking about. Think about it: A LOT of kids today were not even born when 9/11 happened. So for kids or teens, or even adults who can't see why we bother... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2013 at Carole Marsh Blog
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People love zombies. I did not know that. I just wrote a book—MY LIFE AS A THIRD GRADE ZOMBIE. I didn’t even know that I love zombies, nor why, but after signing books at the annual Savannah Children’s Book Festival, I have some new insights into zombie love. First off, to my surprise, it seems to have nothing to do with The Walking Dead; out of 100 people, I only heard one reference to this popular TV show, and it was,“I don’t watch it; it scares me.” [This was from a 20-something year old man.] I sat right by the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at Carole Marsh Blog
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COME ONE, COME ALL, LADIES AND GENTS, COWBOYS AND CITY SLICKERS, BOYS AND GIRLS OF ALL AGES! Ok, you're not gonna want to miss this! Just now strung and hung and waiting for your eyeballs! No it’s not just one, but TWO, exciting, rare, unheard of in the South, art exhibitions that are just a gallop away! The High Museum of Art (you know, the big white Guggenheimy-looking building on Peachtree Street) is hosting GO WEST! ART OF THE AMERICAN FRONTIER FROM THE BUFFALO BILL CENTER OF THE WEST, now through April 13, 2014. Aw, don't moan and groan...you DO... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2013 at Carole Marsh Blog
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Space, or Bust! That's how I always felt as a kid! If you did, or know a kid today who's space crazy, or needs to be, take them to one of the many Challenger Learning Centers around the country! I just visited a great one in Columbus, Georgia. As soon as you launch yourself through the door, you are immersed in all things astronauty and space-agey, both historical, and, as cutting edge as it comes. (They had a new 3D printer working away!) Of course, the Big Deal at a Challenger Center is participating in one of their mission programs.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at Carole Marsh Blog
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There are many, many book festivals held around America each year.Some of them go wayyyy back, and are still popular as ever. Bob and I have been to many; but many we have never gotten around to attending. Each book festival has its own personality. We love the Chicago book fair, which is held on one of the old streets, has a tunnel of white tents, and a gazillion books...just a rip-roarin' literary fest, with warm chili, cold beer, and more! This past Saturday, our very own Fayette County hosted its first annual book festival: Books Down South. Joyce Beverly,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2013 at Carole Marsh Blog
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Why is a Grammy so enamored of zombies? Good question! I've always been a big fan of the unusual, strange, and especially "possible?" impossible! My life as an author just seems to lead me to weird subjects, places, people, and events... hence my new book: My Life As A Third Grade Zombie! My grandmother really did have a voodoo doll pincushion. I have read many scientific things about how there really can be "zombies." Along the same lines: (and especially since I plan sequels) My Life as a Third Grade...Werewolf and My Life as a Third Grade Vampire, and perhaps,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2013 at Carole Marsh Blog
I AM MALALA! (I will just assume you know whom this means; if not, find out.) Our government is just now finding out that most of us (as a new poll proves) are independent, intelligent, do not fit in a box, do understand what's going on, and are a threat to their often assumed "automatic" vote to reelection. I think we're taking the wrong approach with kid cyber-bullies. Instead of trying to get kids to not cyber-bully, we should get kids who are vulnerable to being bullied (i.e., all kids who are bullied) to think differently. I know it might... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2013 at Carole Marsh Blog
Well, mostly, we only hear crime that is grim, horrible, and just hurts our hearts and strains our brain as to "Why?" However, while camped out at West Yellowstone, I actually enjoyed the Local Police Report. A few highlights: •Excessive noise on Madison Avenue. *A person was driving without a license. •A wallet was found in the middle of the highway. •A suspicious phone call was reported. •Report of an abandoned boat (hey, summer's over!) •A brown wallet was found...and returned. •Possible illegal campers at the LDS church. •A vagrant was found sleeping on the porch of the National Smokejumper... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2013 at Carole Marsh Blog
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The issue of the trafficking of women, girls, and even children, was brought to my attention by Kristin Hauch Melton, Gallopade's marketing manager. Of course, I'd been aware of the situation, but she expressed concerned about how prevalent it was in our nearby city of Atlanta. Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2013 at Carole Marsh Blog
What a time for my computer to have cancer of the keyboard! Sorry to use that term, but honestly, the E, L, I, and N are disappearing (and I only knew that because I typed the smeared space that used to actually show those letters! Also, the M, <, >,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2013 at OneSummerWriting
A writer will do a lot to avoid writing. Today I actually ironed—a lot, and just in case that did not take me enough wasted writing time, I grouped all I ironed into “outfits,” including baggies of matching jewelry clothespin-clipped to each ensemble. Suddenly, things I never get around to—ironing,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2013 at OneSummerWriting
Someone has sold my name to every dental supply house, etc. in America! I get emails on devices and how to get new customers (dentists have to worry about that?) and I spend writing time erasing emails! I do not have time to waste; in August I may not do... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2013 at OneSummerWriting
My printer is a pain in the butt! It sends me messages that when I delete it just sends another message, then obnoxious messages…such as “Are you sure you want to close this window?” (I would not have hit CLOSE if I had not wanted to!) Good thing it is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2013 at OneSummerWriting
Obviously all the yummy aforementioned stuff mentioned is not available from SILO; damn! Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2013 at OneSummerWriting
I found something more fun than cooking—watching The Food Network! I never watch the TFN. But I saw a commercial for The Pioneer Woman. I loved her website so much, I asked Kathleen to model my summer blog after it as much as she can. Not a fair request, since... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2013 at OneSummerWriting
The book I lent: it is Tombee: Portrait of a Cotton Planter. Tombee is a plantation house on St. Helena’s Island near me in the Lowcountry. Jim Williams, of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” fame, once bought and lovingly restored Tombee. Tombee is a lovely real home... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2013 at OneSummerWriting
This is a short blog but a severe one. Our nearby town of Palmetto, Georgia, had a police report, and confirmation, of a rape of a three-year-old girl by a 17-year-old, the son of the girl's babysitter. Needless to say, the media was all over this story. Also, as you might imagine, vicious tweets toward the boy/man were rampant. More than 15 years ago, I was invited to speak to the Planned Parenthood Council of Buffalo, New York. I thought I was going to speak about sex education, my new book, Smart Sex Stuff for Kids 7-17, and, defend my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2013 at Carole Marsh Blog
Do you share books? I love to and hate to. When I get ready to write, it necessitates me looking at all my books (and that’s a lot!) to see which ones I want to use for research. This is often a very nostalgic experience…to pull out books with notes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2013 at OneSummerWriting
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Since I mostly cook for two (and we love leftovers, but really, seeing someone once again is plenty for me), I enjoy making small batches of artisanal soup. (Hey, I just made up that artisanal part ’cause it sounds good, and like bespoke and curate, and some other odd terms,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2013 at OneSummerWriting
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In a medium glass bowl, I cracked half a dozen eggs, and beat them fluffy. Next, I added ¼ cup buttermilk, some of the tomatoes, chives, and scallions I chopped, and beat gently. In a medium non-stick frying pan, I chunked a couple of tablespoons of butter and, once melted,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2013 at OneSummerWriting
Here goes: To use all the ingredients, slice and dice one time, and create variety, I… •Minced the spearmint leaves •Minced the rest of the garlic chives •Thin-sliced the scallions •Chopped the red spring onions smallish •Diced the rest of the baby carrots •Chopped the red/green tomatoes into small pieces... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2013 at OneSummerWriting
Ohhhhh, what do you do when the SILO largesse is large, even when you placed a very small order? (Remember, I did not even order this week!) With a quick assessment of SILO stuff and Bob’s garden pickings, the best bets seemed to be: a. a really oniony omelet b.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2013 at OneSummerWriting