This message from my friend Donnie Kanter Winokur: About.com (a New York Times Company) has chosen our new book, Nuzzle - love between a boy and his service dog, about Chancer and Iyal, as one of the finalists in this year's Award for Favorite New Special Needs Children's Book. Please help us move our issue forward and have 2012 be the year that FASD is seen and heard as well as Autism. So many individuals living with FASD are also challenged by Autism...but they may never receive the appropriate supports and services if FASD is never considered as part of their experience. Right now, the autism books are "ahead" in the voting process. You can click on this link to vote for Nuzzle every day through March 21st. Your votes will also help our story remain the #1 most emailed article in The New York Times in the last 30 days which will promote the awareness of FASDs. By forwarding this to your friends and family, posting it on facebook - we can connect the dots between "The Wonder Dog" story and Nuzzle - which is written through Chancer's voice. Thanks in advance for your help. Donnie and family http://specialchildren.about.com/b/2012/02/22/vote-for-favorite-new-special-needs-childrens-book.htm
Archives for February 2012
By Judy Vorfeld Want to know how to write engaging headlines? Much depends on the audience. If you're writing headlines or headings for a business, you'll probably avoid being cutesy. But cutesy might work well for headings in an informal ezine or newsletter. In any event, aim for bright, attention-grabbing headings. Think "action verbs." Take a look at what The Arizona Republic published a while ago. My comments are in parentheses. 1. Twang with a bang Glendale gig highlights marriage of rock and country 2. Nun but the brave Never underestimate the appeal of a nun who's not afraid to administer a little discipline (stage show) 3. The Sooner the better: "Oklahoma" at Gammage (Oklahoma Sooners: get it?) 4. Beach pollution a bummer 5. Historical stable burned, pig is singed at Pioneer (Do most people know what "singe" means? I vote for pig escapes barbeque.) 6. S. Mountain perk (Article featuring several hikes people can take at South Mountain Park.) 7. Timely hits brighten D-Backs' foul mood 8. The great Wal of retail 9. Companies hop on brand wagon Enough with cute and clever. You're here for ideas, and the URLs below are packed with ideas to help you write headings tightly and brightly. Writing Effective and Eye Catching Headlines http://tutorials.beginners.co.uk/read/id/28 Writing Headlines People Will Read http://www.webreference.com/content/writing/headlines.html Action Verbs: Alphabetical Listing http://www.quintcareers.com/action_alpha.html Top 10 Headline Starters: You Tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O96bhjP68OE How to Write Headlines That Sell http://www.database101.com/wordpress/2011/05/how-to-write-headlines-that-sell/
Yesterday my brother David Crook and I reveled in the stark beauty and promise we found at McDowell Mountain Regional Park near Scottsdale, Arizona. Too early for the carpeting of brilliant wildflowers and cactus blossoms, we still knew we'd find subjects for our cameras. And we did. Mostly desert driftwood and dying trees. We rejoiced in the bleak beauty of the fallen (and falling) trees and cactus, fully aware that they were God's gift to us on that day, and at that time. After lunch, we went to our homes to view and edit our pictures. And began placing some of the best on Facebook. "Guess you have to be there...really trying to appreciate the 'beauty' here...see a lot of dried up, prickly old things that I'd walk from the garden to the compost bin with..." said one of his friends on his Facebook page. And she's absolutely right. It's all about perception and attitude. The compost bin isn't a place of endings. In a sense, it promises new beginnings, doesn't it? Now if she'd said "trash," I might have had a different response. One of the reasons that some dried up, prickly old things go out and photograph is to listen to and learn from their Creator. This describes me and David. We can't help but experience our surroundings in fresh, new ways. We "see" with our imaginations, we "hear" with our hearts. We sense and appreciate history as well as the future. The future? How can that be? God is the Supreme Storyteller. And there is no end to the variety of his presentations. Peeking up through the hard-packed landscape were a few bright pink owl clover, lavender lupine, and feisty yellow brittlebush blossoms. Plus the occasional sage-green coffeebush. A lavish carpet preparing to burst into full bloom at the right time. Promise. Even hope. By the time we'd finished shooting and headed to Fountain Hills for lunch, we were, in perhaps a strange way, satisfied with what we photographed and saw. Like our grandmother, Sue C. Boynton, who wrote this poem (Old Tree) in the mid-1900s: Lord, let me learn from this old tree That there is dignity in loneliness, Beauty in broken branches, Strength in twisted, storm beaten torso. Help me to understand that underneath, If roots go deep enough, No storm can wreck the life That from them reaches to the sky. Help me to remember To stand Where God has placed me. I appreciate David's friend for the realistic reminder that a compost bin is not just an end, but a promise of new beginnings.