Issue #1 October, 2020
Greetings & Salutations!
Welcome to the first issue of The Simpsonian Muse. I am your scribe, Martha Seif Simpson, Author and Children's Librarian. As the header says, this monthly newsletter will feature:
· News – Mine as well as other interesting tidbits
· Views – A few photos from my world travels
· Stuff you Can Use – A mish-mash of activities, crafts,
story-stretcher ideas, or whatever I am excited about sharing
Thanks for joining me on this adventure. I hope you will find something to inform and entertain you.
My picture book, Esther's Gragger: A Toyshop Tale of Purim, won two medals from the Midwest Book Awards sponsored by the Midwest Independent Publishers Association – a silver medal in the Picture Book category, and the gold medal for Children's Fiction.
Here's the link:
But wait, there's more!
Esther's Gragger was one of three Picture Book Finalists for the Connecticut Book Award sponsored by the CT Center for the Book.
Prior to Covid, my husband (John) and I did quite a but of traveling. So in this section, I'd like to showcase some of the places we've been.
In September 2018, we took a bus tour through parts of tour of Germany, Austria, Lichtenstein, and Switzerland. We saw a lot of castles from the outside, and a few from inside. Here's one of my favorites.
Like many people, I was sad to learn about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Her life and career were an inspiration, especially for women and girls.
To honor her memory, I wanted to make a lace collar like the ones she wore over her robe. Problem is, I can't crochet and I don't have a sewing machine. So instead of starting from scratch, I found a lace doily in my china cabinet and, with a few simple adjustments, re-purposed it into an RBG collar.
You can do it, too! Here's what I did.
I hope you enjoyed this month's Simpsonian Muse. If you know someone who would be interested in reading it, please forward this issue and tell them to subscribe.
Until next month, remember to amuse your muse!