June 17, 2008

My name in print!

I have an editorial in the Baltimore Sun today!

Well, technically it isn't in their editorial or op-ed section---it's in a column called "Having Your Say" that revolves around local issues in the Baltimore community.

I'll be the first to admit that the essay is a bit cheesy and heavy-handed in parts, but I am very passionate about instilling a love of reading into our children's lives! (Oh, and I was trying to stretch my original 500-word piece into 700-words.)

I'm so excited and I wish Justin was here so I can do a little dance for him! Oh well. I guess I'll have to do my little jig for myself and myself alone---unless you live in North Carolina and want to drive to my apartment to see me in action.

(By the way... The introduction of the piece may sound a little familiar because I plagiarized one of my old blog entries. Bwahaha. I'm the queen of recycled material.)


  1. Love it! I only hope that once I'm a parent I'll have the energy and determination to follow your advice! TV is an easy babysitter, after all, and unfortunately I think that's often the case...

  2. Hehe. I totally agree, Kris! Whenever I babysat or worked at a summer camp, TV and movies were a LIFESAVER! I just hope that my future kids will be born perfectly well-behaved and who naturally gravitate towards books rather than cartoons and video games.

    Yeah...right... :)

  3. Thats so awesome Caroline! I'll come over to your apt.and watch you dance a little jig. :)

  4. Yay Caroline! I loved it.

    And It is possible to raise bookworms. Aubree almost always has a book with her. She reads while she walks to the bookstop, which is cool but maybe a bit dangerous.

  5. I am very impressed. I feel that same way, but I just rant to my husband...I don't get to tell the world (or Baltimore)
    Way to go!

  6. Congratulations! I'll do a dance for you too! Persistence pays off!

  7. (this is kristen's former roommate, if you remember me from her wedding)

    caroline, great blog you've got here! it's well-written, thought provoking, entertaining...what more could you ask for? i hope you don't mind if i weigh in on future discussions.

    congrats on the editorial. i was raised in a home chock full of TV, movies, and short on one-on-one time with the parents (8 kids!) and i was still a little bookworm. i can only imagine that with parental attention and good book choices, any kid could learn to love reading.

    what are your goals for your writing? permanent free-lance? book? job? change the world?

  8. Thanks everyone for the nice comments!

    Welcome to my blog, Meredith! Of course, I remember you! And please feel free to comment on any of the quirky rants I put up here on my blog. I love comments.

    My goals with writing include publishing my very own children's novel. I'm working on one right now and I'm about halfway finished. I'm taking a brief hiatus from it though because I have massive writer's block and I'm beginning to think that my story is awful. Haha. The woes of being a writer, I suppose.

    I hope to write my entire life, whether it's editorials or personal essays or kid's novels. But if I can't make a good living as a writer, I'd like to get a PhD in history and teach at the university level. I'd much rather write kid's books but it seems like it's a very hard market to crack into!

  9. PS I too know what it's like to grow up in a house with lots of TV! (Goodness knows, I still watch a ton of television. I need to work on that...) In elementary school, both of my parents worked a lot so my brother and I would watch cartoons after school.

    Those were the good ol' days... Two hours of Gummy Bears, Talespin, Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers, and Ducktales. Unfortunately, my future kids won't have it so easy! More books, less TV when I'm mom.