ALLERGIES Over 10% of people are allergic to cats. For them, the gentle purr of a feline friend comes with anything from sneezing and sniffling to skin rashes and asthma. So what do you do if you love cats (or hate mice) but can’t breathe when Fluffy is around? The options are limited: Antihistamines (pills […]


HOW TO DO DECAF There are several different ways to decaffeinate coffee. The most common methods involve soaking unroasted coffee beans and adding a solvent to draw the caffeine out of the bean. If you enjoy your java sans caffeine, you may want to stop reading now. But if you want to know more, here’s some detail: […]

Middle Grade Grows Up

As you know from my reviews of  We Are All Made of Molecules and I’ll Give You The Sun, I’ve been thinking a lot about the difference between young adult (YA) and middle grade (MG) books. Two of my recent works-in-progress have straddled the line between these two categories of children’s literature so I wanted to explore the line between […]