Every Day, by David Levithan

Every now and then, you come across a book—a book you don’t want to put down, a book that changes the way you look at things, a book that when you’re through with it you’re both upset that it’s over but overjoyed with what you got from it. I recently read a book like that: […]

A Dream of Fields 5: The Montreal Expos


Baseball north of the border! On a trip to French-speaking Canada, my then-wife and I caught a ball game in Montreal. That trip? Our honeymoon. Vendredi, 3 Juillet 1998, 19H05 Stade Olympique Montreal Expos 8, Florida Marlins 4 Yes, it was our honeymoon. We drove to Quebec City—one of my favorite cities in the world, […]

Author Spotlight: Tara St. Pierre


Let’s welcome YA author Tara St. Pierre and her new book Just a Few Inches: Hello Tara! Tell us all sorts of stuff about your book! – – – Thanks for having me here to promote my book.   What is the book about? It’s about a high school senior named Carrie. At the start of the […]

A Dream of Fields 4: The Baltimore Orioles


For the fourth entry in this summer series, I give you a tale of first dates and long-lasting streaks. A tale of long car rides and gutsy What-Ifs. And a tale of when the dream of fields really started taking form. Saturday, July 19, 1997, 1:15pm Oriole Park at Camden Yards Baltimore Orioles 8, Chicago […]

A Dream of Fields 3: The Los Angeles Dodgers


This is the third entry in my summer 2015 series of telling stories about all the different baseball fields I’ve been to. Click the links for the first two: Red Sox and Twins. Another west coast trip. Another west coast wedding. Another baseball opportunity, but no layover necessary. And hello, National League! Friday, July 5, […]

Contrasting IS Comparing

It’s that time of year—standardized testing time—so it’s the perfect time to rant about one of the most pressing issues in education today. No, it’s not the validity of the tests themselves. It’s one particular question that some of these tests (and many teachers) insist on asking, even when students aren’t usually answering it correctly. […]

A Dream of Fields 2: The Minnesota Twins


This is the second entry in my summer 2015 series of telling stories about all the different baseball fields I’ve been to. You can read about my first, Boston’s Fenway Park of course, here. It wasn’t until I was twenty-two years old that I finally made it to see a baseball game anywhere other than […]

Marathon Steps

Today marks the 119th running of the Boston Marathon, the most-viewed sporting event in the city I’m proud to call my hometown. From the moment that starter pistol sounds to the moment they cross the finish line, thousands of entrants are focusing on pushing themselves perhaps like they never have before. Though it’s rainy, those […]

A Dream of Fields: Opening Day at Fenway Park


If you’ve read all sorts of the stuff here on the Stuff, then you know I’m a baseball fan. Specifically, I’m a Boston Red Sox fan. The identity of a Red Sox fan changed in 2004 when they won the World Series after an 86-year drought. We were no longer “there’s always next year” fans, […]

Ready for Camp NaNoWriMo

It’s National Novel Writing Month Again! The original NaNoWriMo occurs in November, but since it grew in popularity, the organizers of the event run it again in April and July, and they adopt a summer camp theme for it. Click HERE to check it out. The premise is simple. There are many people out there who dream […]