Recently, I was at the blog and web site of my friend and colleague, Barbara O’Connor, checking out her latest news and marveling at her list of accolades. I was excited to see a shot of her with her fabulous new book, On the Road to Mr. Mineo’s. If you have not collected and read every one of her stories for kids, you are missing out on a good deal of humor and heart.
Humor and heart also characterize a series of snapshots from Barbara’s backyard life – or, to be more exact, from the life of her latest love, her dog Ruby.The pictures have inspired me to share an entirely different take on holes, something other than those of the astronomical, spacetime fabric ilk. So instead of writing about my usual topics– STEM and writing– I thought I’d share an excerpt and the glimpse it provides us humans into a unique, doggy kind of joy. (Don’t tell a certain feline that I live with, okay? Galileo might not understand.) With her life full of such doggone inspiring moments, it’s no wonder Barbara’s How to Steal a Dog has stolen so many hearts.
OK. My inner blogger is telling me it won’t do to leave A Black Hole is NOT a Hole completely out of this picture, so here goes.
I write on Page 2:
A black hole is not a hole—
At least not the kind you can dig in the ground…
To that I now add:
But Ruby’s hole is exactly that! Clearly, Ruby really digs holes!
And I really dig Ruby.
You can see the “hole” story here. But before you do that…Tell me, what do YOU really dig?