The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee (Mills)

Why do we read biographies? Why do I read biographies of authors? Why did I read Charles Shields’ bio of Lee, one that I now know Lee had no interest in? 188 more words


Pic of the Day: "The Outfit" revisited

Today’s pic is another one from John Flynn‘s The Outfit (1973). Earl Macklin (Robert Duvall) is about to put the hurt big time on mean thug Jake Menner. 69 more words

Timothy Carey

To Kill a Mockingbird // Harper Lee



When enough years had gone by to enable us to look back on them, we sometimes discussed the events leading to his accident. I maintain that the Ewells started it all, but Jem, who was four years my senior, said it started long before that. 23 more words

A Slew of Summer Work

I was so lucky to be able to work with some very talented people this summer. I just can’t convey how thankful I am to have had the opportunities to learn from Jensine Eckwall, Lily Padula, Daniel Fishel and David Johnson. 383 more words


Hey, Boo.

I was excited. My two youngest children were skeptical. With great fanfare, I had presented each of them with their own copy of To Kill A Mockingbird… 526 more words


Homeschooling on the road: first catch your child

It’s almost the end of our first two months in Latin America and that also means eight weeks of our first attempts to teach Ivan on the road, on the bus, on the plane, on the wherever we happen to be. 803 more words


My latest talking books...

Around the World in 80 Days – Michael Palin

In 1989 Michael Palin embarked on the first of his hugely successful travel series. In my family, we all watched avidly and then when the accompanying book was published I bought a copy for my father as he had enjoyed the show so much. 231 more words

Childrens Books