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 […]

My Rebellion Checklist, by Susan Soares


In her first two books, Susan Soares tells a comedic and supernatural romance (My Zombie Ex-Boyfriends), and a sweet tearjerker about coping with grief and loss (Heart on a String). In her third book, My Rebellion Checklist, she rebels against the plots of her previous stories in the best way possible and delivers her best book […]

Author Spotlight: Susan Soares


Though not this blog’s first author spotlight, I’m really excited to spotlight an author on the day after her latest book was released. For that reason, and with her approval, I’m substituting an interview with an excerpt from the first chapter of her new book! I’ll be posting a review of her book next week, but first, let’s […]

Author Spotlight: Katie O’Sullivan


This week, let’s welcome fellow YA mermaid author Katie O’Sullivan: Hello Katie! Tell us all sorts of stuff about yourself! – – – Hi, Pete! Thanks for inviting me to chat about my books.   What is your book about? Like you, I write mermaid stories for young adult readers. I have two books published […]