Friday, August 19, 2011

The Whitest Wall meets National Curriculum Standards

The high school version of The Whitest Wall just came to my office by UPS. A Gold Award winning novel by Mom's Choice it meets high school curriculum standards in the following areas while building awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disoroders. Consider it for the high schools in your areas. Email if you are interested in getting this novel into your high school curriculum.

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The Whitest Wall


  1. The Whitest Wall promotes an understanding of the diversity of the American English language in both a current and historic sense with the use of patterns and dialect.

  2. The reader will cross cultures, ethnic groups, geographic regions and social roles to acquire new information for a better response to the needs and demands of society and the workplace.

  3. The reader will draw on personal experience to reflect on the understanding of the other citizens. They will be challenged by portions of the texts with word meanings and misunderstandings.


  1. Written for the development of a democratic citizenry to enable learners to engage in civic discourse and problem-solving, and to take informed civic action.

  2. The Whitest Wall can provide classroom discourse in the seven of ten theme areas:
    i) Culture
    ii) Time, continuity and change
    iii) People, places and environments
    iv) Individual development and identity
    v) Individuals, groups and institutions
    vi) Power, authority and governance
    vii) Global connections
    viii) Civic ideals and practice


  1. Students analyze the influence of culture, media, technology and other factors on health.

  2. Students demonstrate understanding of health-enhancing behaviors, reduce health risks, use decision-making skills to enhance health and advocate for personal, family and community health.

  3. The Whitest Wall provides for opens discussion in content areas addressed by the US Center of Disease Control
    i) behaviors that result in intentional or unintentional injury
    ii) alcohol and other drug use
    iii) sexual behaviors
    iv) prevention of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Here is the link to get the library special package

International Phone Number

Sick and Tired of Winter

I need you all during this while I am down for a few counts
Our furnace is out - needs a new motor. I got blessed with the crud from Liz and Karl and the Internet was down all night.
Braided Cord is not 100 points behind My Baby Rides the Short Bus - help pull us out guys, my little engine is pretty slow today.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Braided Cord - Tough Time In and Out Finalist for Memoirs

We were surprised yesterday that Liz's new book Braided Cord is a finalist in You can vote once a day for as many days as you like between now and March 8, 2011. Liz shares her adult transition with fetal alcohol to build understanding and hopefully create a catalyst of strategies for the next generation of affected young people.

Just click here and vote: Braided Cord
(Please consider joining us in helping her win this award - all it takes is a quick click!) Braided Cord

If you want a copy of her book click here

List Price: $24.95
6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
320 pages
Better Endings New Beginnings
ISBN-13: 978-0984200719
ISBN-10: 0984200711
BISAC: Self-Help / Substance Abuse & Addictions / General

I was born an addict and ever since I was tiny I have overdone, overlooked or overwhelmed myself. I was born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, otherwise known as FASD. That means my mom drank while I was trying to grow in her stomach and because of her drinking some of my parts got mixed up and didn't grow too well. My differences are hidden and that's a real pain, because it is easy to judge a person by what you see.
The most difficult parts of my life are caused from my brain which was probably the most affected. I have trouble learning new things and I live in a world that is louder, softer, harder, scratchier, noisier, shakier, slippery and more chaotic than most of the people reading this. I want you to imagine what it is like to feel the seams of your socks, the label on your clothes, the flicker of fluorescent lights, the mumblings and rumblings of every noise around you, and then try to learn new things.
Yes, that is what it is often for me.
My mom's drinking ripped away who I was to be and helped create who I am today and what I am able to be. If she had known how it would change my life I bet she would have made a different choice. But she didn't, and we can't change how things are. I am as I am. I can't even talk to her about it. She's dead. I was a foster baby and then adopted.
I had to fail first in order to succeed.
And I failed over,
and over,
and over again.
I am just one of hundreds of thousands of people whose lives are affect each year by alcohol consumption before breathing your first breath of air. For those of you who were not pickled before birth, who believe you are wiser than I am, I ask you to take my thoughts and use your brains to make a difference.