Tuesday, December 16, 2014

holiday card

I'm so sorry I haven't posted in FOREVER. I have a deadline! I promise I'll be better… in a week!

In the meantime, I can't stop laughing and looking at this:

http://www.thebos.co/p/09IAPX&ref=fb

http://www.thebos.co/p/09IAPX&ref=fb

Penguin Publishing has been really clever this year! All of the digital cards, honestly, I think are kind of impersonal and boring but they have taken digital and used it in a creative and great way. Bravo!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A FEW THINGS FROM THE EARLY 1900s

This is the stuff that the winner of the 1904 Marathon used. It's considered an early "doping" method. Thomas Hicks would have been much better off if he hadn't taken it. 


Below is an ad I stumbled upon while looking for photographs of old bicycles. I can't imagine what it must have been like for ladies to exercise wearing any kind of corset!  


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

NONFICTION RESEARCH - ALICE ROOSEVELT NOT AT 1904 MARATHON

I am in the midst of a new book project. This one is on the 1904 Marathon held at the St. Louis World's Fair. As with all of my nonfiction projects, I have stumbled upon many inconsistancies in "the facts." I put this in quotes because the more books I work on the more I have come to realize that there is no truth, it is all perspective. 

One of my obsesions was to determine whether Alice Roosevelt was at the 1904 Marathon and whether she placed a wreath upon Fred Lorz's head. Lorz had cheated and rode part of the race via car due to cramps. He got out of the car because it broke down and started running again. Feeling quite well he finished first. Here's the puzzle I have been trying to figure out: Was Alice Roosevelt (President Teddy Roosevelt's daughter) at the ceremony and did she place a wreath upon Lorz's head?


The Smithsonian Magazine states: "Alice Roosevelt, the 20-year-old daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt, placed a wreath upon Lorz’s head and was just about to lower the gold medal around his neck when, one witness reported, “someone called an indignant halt to the proceedings with the charge that Lorz was an impostor.” You can read the rest of the article here. 


If you google the name "Alice Roosevelt" and "1904 Marathon" many, many webpages come up siting the incident of Roosevelt placing a wreath upon Lorz's head. Current books also mention the same thing. 


I wanted to confirm this and also to find the "photo" that many websites claim exists of Alice and Lorz.


I went digging. Not only do I think I found the REAL answer but I found out some amusing things about Alice (and in one case her brother) as well. 



Below is Alice in trouble for getting caught betting on horses...



And this article is Alice denying it...sort of.


Then I stumbled upon this ridiculous article about Quentin Roosevelt and his goat:


And back to my research about Alice and whether she was in St. Louis giving out medals -- what I did find was that she WAS there a month earlier:


What I found super odd was that they gave her a girdle! As my mom said, "Isn't that kind of personal?"

So... yet another project for me. I knew that the girdle we think of today... or rather a 1950s type girdle...can't possible be what they were referring to in the article. I found another article that mentioned a "girdle belt." So I key word searched that in google. Nothing. I tried the historical newspapers and found that belt girdles came with jackets. So I looked further and found this article:


So from what I can surmise, the belt girdle is what the lady is wearing on the right. It's the belt on the outside of her dress. 

So back to the other mystery of where was Alice: I was not having any luck searching for her in St. Louis but from all of the articles I was finding it was clear that newsmen at that time followed her everywhere! One letter to the editor even complained about just that and suggested that the newsmen leave her alone and stop reporting on her daily activities. So what I needed to do was find out where she was not where she wasn't.

That's when I found this article:


The article was dated the day the Olympic Marathon happened. Now, one can surmise that an article would be written a day or two after an incident BUT it would also take an individual time to get from place to place and Alice was not in St. Louise on this day. On a side note: I found SEVERAL Alice fainting articles.

I then found this article:


Not only was Alice in Newport, RI on the day of the Marathon but she would remain there for another week! 

One must ask how this myth of Alice Roosevelt got rolling and why everyone believed it... including such renowned institutions such as the Smithsonian. It IS always possible that the news articles I found were untrue but in that case I would like to see the photograph of Alice in question. Until then I will stick with my guns and say that I have disproven a long held myth.





Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Other Meghan McCarthys

I keep getting mistaken for one of the other Meghans!



Monday, March 24, 2014

SIBLINGS DRAW CRAZY ALIENS

These kids had a snow day and spent some time drawing some crazy aliens!

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

HOW TO PAINT AN EYE

I've been really busy but I do want to post on this! I've been working on some videos. One is a sort of "day in the life of an author" kind of thing. In the meantime, please enjoy this video of how to paint an eyeball:

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Monday, February 17, 2014

HAND MAKING A BOOK





The silence is because I'm moving... to who knows where. All of my things are going into storage! Eeek! Stay tuned for more on that. Anyway, isn't this video mesmerizing?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

MY ONE STAR REVIEW

My friend Marc Tyler Nobleman got this idea based on my favorite late night guy Jimmy Kimmel:



So this was my response:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxJzbGJiTc8&feature=c4-overview&list=UUviaE5osnagBOVWgAZKC2og

I found out it was too long.  Alas. Marc got too many responses so I needed to give him like 10 sec. And I wasn't supposed to put sound in, etc. So I'm posting the video here. This is not for kids so that's why it's here and not on my website. I can't have them knowing that I swear! Maybe I'll edit it when I have the time...