News from Florida

My brother John called me this weekend to tell me a story.

He lives in Sarasota, Florida, where I spent most of my childhood as well, and he now lives across the street from a Messianic Jewish temple. Messianic Jews hold to Jewish worship traditions and identity, but accept the idea that Jesus was the . . . → Read More: News from Florida

Happy birthday, White Flour!

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a year since my children’s book White Flour came out. A year and two days, actually. Putting out a book or a CD is, in some ways, like having a child. It goes out into the world and has its own adventures, some of which you witness, . . . → Read More: Happy birthday, White Flour!

White Flour in 'Teaching Tolerance' & 'Intelligence Report'

The Southern Poverty Law Center is the nation’s leading organization tracking hate groups in the United States. One of their well-known periodicals is Intelligence Report, which chronicles the activities of these groups and trends and developments in the struggle against their messages. Another is Teaching Tolerance, widely-read magazine for educators who address issues of racism, . . . → Read More: White Flour in ‘Teaching Tolerance’ & ‘Intelligence Report’

New (free!) White Flour Reading Guide

Jenn Hales and I are thrilled to announce that we’ve released the first two of three resources that have been created to accompany White Flour in different teaching contexts. The first is a Reading Guide that supports the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts by giving teachers information and questions to use in . . . → Read More: New (free!) White Flour Reading Guide

Life Inspires Art (...inspires life)


This morning I heard from several friends about a KKK rally in Charlotte, NC this past Saturday. It seems that my book White Flour had a hand in inspiring some Charlotte clowns (Charlatans?) to meet hatred with humor, just as the Coup Clutz Clowns did in Knoxville in 2007.

The Klan and Neo-Nazis . . . → Read More: Life Inspires Art (…inspires life)

White Flour is now a video

Here’s a way to hear and see this story, that doesn’t require buying the book. Please feel free to share it in any context you like, virtual or actual.


Affirming words from some of my heroes

I got a note in my e-mailbox this morning from Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, that included these words:

White Flour is a story that needs to be told, especially in the world of today. Children need to learn how to meet the hate surrounding us without returning it – and this . . . → Read More: Affirming words from some of my heroes

WNCW Interview

Here is the audio from a lovely interview with Pam Bunch on Western North Carolina’s WNCW, regarding White Flour. Much gratitude to that wonderful radio station for sharing the news about the book.

Click on the highlighted text below to listen:

WNCW Interview—June 2012

Asheville Citizen-Times Article

Here is a beautiful article that ran recently in the Asheville Citizen-Times, Asheville, North Carolina, on the cover of their “Living” section. If only they could have gotten the picture of me a little bit bigger…

Click on the photo below to read the article (thanks to Paul Choi for the photo below).

. . . → Read More: Asheville Citizen-Times Article

White Flour on WUNC's The State of Things

Here is a recent appearance on the syndicated NPR show The State of Things, hosted by Frank Stasio. It was a great conversation, as I suspect any conversation with Frank is.