Emily Martin | Writing the Quiet World

Notes from the Domestic Front: The Laundry

July 11th, 2014

Every day, you walk past its door. It scares you like the DMV scares you. Like the lines in the airport scare you. Like the paper stuff that keeps coming in the mail. Like administrative tasks and drying your hair. Like blood work and taxes. Like people who like to talk. One day you draw …

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In Memoriam – Spot’s Dad

June 27th, 2014

I was so sad to hear about the passing of legendary children’s book author and illustrator Eric Hill back on June 6. His books left such a deep impression on my childhood, and are doing the same today for my own little peanuts.

As a parent, I look for stories that promote kindness, love of …

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Downpour spotted in our local Barnes & Noble

December 3rd, 2013

Our little family was browsing our local Barnes & Noble this past weekend when we came across… you guessed it: Downpour!


I couldn’t help but ask a bookseller to snap a picture, so then I regretted having my Sunday hair on. But …

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Downpour Featured at Early Literacy Fair

November 22nd, 2013

The time was 9:30am-12:00pm. The date: November 20. And the place was the Harker Heights Public Library, just outside of Fort Hood, TX. The Military Child Education Coalition‘s Parent to Parent Team at Fort Hood (or The Ladies in Purple!)  joined many other organizations as part of an early literacy fair aimed to …

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Early Literacy Blog “Ripper Resources” Features Downpour

November 15th, 2013

It’s always a little moment in heaven when you’re futzing about the internet and you come across the sharp little blog of an educator, who has a fondness for poppies and the rain.

Ripper Resources is a lovely and thorough blog (relatively new, too, so get on it!) that describes ways in which different …

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