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D is for 9 1/2 David

Posted by lindamartinandersen on April 5, 2016


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A Writer’s Playground–a place to find wordplay, writing prompts, reasons to celebrate, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart  “D is for 9 1/2 David” by Linda Martin Andersen

This month I’m sharing photos and blog posts from A-Z.  I’m excited about trying something new.  I hope you’ll stop by often throughout the month.

Check out the participants for the April (2016) Challenge.  There are plenty to choose from http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

Just so you know, my selection for “D” may not seem to quite fit.  Stick with me!

D is for 9 1/2 David

9 1/2 David. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

9 1/2 David. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

  • My husband wears a 9 1/2 D shoe.  When he goes to the shoe store, he asks for a 9 1/2 David and the clerk never seems to bat an eye.  She returns with just what he asked for.  My husband learned to ask for his size this way years ago.  Maybe it’s part of the shoe trade talk.  Other family shoe trivia: My dad wore a double d width. My older grandson wears a bigger size shoe than his dad and he’s only 14.  I understand he may soon outgrow the stocked sizes.  If his next shoes have to be special ordered,  I imagine that will be rather expensive.
  • Perhaps you have special shoe shopping needs.  I have a narrow heel with a wide foot, which makes it difficult to find a non-lace shoe that fits.  For dress shoes, I tend to stick to a name brand that usually fits pretty well.  How about you?  Shoes…do you love them or hate them? 

More about shoes–but no reference to “D,” unless D is for Darlings–little darlings. Little Darlings’ shoes.  Little Darlings’ bronzed shoes.  (Please excuse the dust and the imperfect finish)

Bronzed Baby Shoes. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Bronzed Baby Shoes. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

  • When young parents begin their family, they often keep baby books, scrapbooks, photo albums, or may even consider a tradition that goes back to the 1930s or so–  Bronzed baby shoes http://www.americanbronzing.com/  Have you ever seen any bronzed shoes?  Were they placed on bookends, like these?

Even more about shoes and a connection to another “D.”  D is for dumped shoes. Yes, dumped.  Lost, thrown away, dumped.

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A word from Jennifer Larson, author and collector:  “Over the years, I’ve photographed more than 100 lone shoes. I’m always on the lookout for the next one. If you have a lost sole find and want to share, please visit my website www.authorjenniferlarson.com. I love receiving photographs of lost soles from everywhere.” To keep up with Jennifer’s latest finds, follow her blog at www.authorjenniferlarson.blogspot.com.

What “D” words come to mind for you? I hope you’ll share why they’re special to you.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

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Lucky Winner Announced–Jennifer Larson’s Giveaway

Posted by lindamartinandersen on November 16, 2014


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“Lucky Winner Announced–Jennifer Larson’s Giveaway” by Linda Martin Andersen

Today, I announce the winner of the book giveaway.  But first, I’d like to share a recent observation that included shoes.   Last week near lunch time, my husband and I were riding down a busy highway and stopped for a traffic light.  A truck that serves prepared food was parked at an auto parts store on the corner.  People were standing near the window of the food truck, which was opposite our view.  All we could see was the truck and shoes underneath.  It was a humorous sight and reminded me of Jennifer Larson’s book called Lost Soles.  When did you pay attention to shoes this past week?  Comment about it below.

Thanks to all who visited “Have You Ever Found a Lost Shoe?  Book Giveaway!” and left a comment.  Those names were placed in a drawing for a free copy of Lost Soles by Jennifer Larson.  The names on cards, plus a plastic lucky frog foot, were shaken and my husband drew the winning name.

And the winner is Susan Williams.  Congratulations Susan.  Let’s give her a shoe-tongue flapping, double-knot tieing “Writer’s Playground” round of applause.  Susan Williams, would you please email me and provide your mailing address?  I will forward the information to  Jennifer who will send you a copy of Lost Soles.  Enjoy!

Jennifer, thanks for being a guest blogger here and for providing a giveaway.  It was great to have you. 

Readers, the next time you see a single lost shoe, think of Jennifer Larson.  Support her book launch by visiting http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Soles-Jennifer-Larson/dp/1492294179/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416138105&sr=8-1&keywords=Lost+Soles+by+Jennifer+Larson

Book copies are available just in time for holiday giving.  To learn more about Jennifer Larson, please visit her website  at www.authorjenniferlarson.com.  She loves receiving photographs of lost soles from everywhere. And to keep up with her latest find, follow her blog at www.authorjenniferlarson.blogspot.com.

Any shoe sightings you’d like to share?  Any lone sole sightings?  Please leave a comment below.  Thanks for visiting. Come again and bring a friend. 

Children 13 years old or older may leave a comment. Read more about the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. (COPPA) See: http://www.coppa.org/coppa.htm

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Have You Ever Found a Lost Shoe? Book Giveaway!

Posted by lindamartinandersen on November 8, 2014


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“Have You Ever Found a Lost Shoe?  Book Giveaway!”

Have you ever found a shoe when walking to the playground, riding down the road, walking on the beach, or somewhere else?  Not a pair of shoes, but one shoe?  One lone lost sole?  I have and I’m pretty sure you have too. I know someone who is on the lookout for lost shoes every day.  She takes pictures of them, and guess what…she has even written a book about them. Today, I’m honored to introduce this special lady to you. Please help me welcome Jennifer Larson, author of Lost Soles.  Let’s give her a shoe-tongue flapping, double-knot tieing “Writer’s Playground” welcome.  And here’s Jennifer…

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Thanks for having me here today.  My inspiration for Lost Soles began when I started noticing lone shoes in random places. There’d be a sandal in the median, a flip flop on the sidewalk, or a sneaker on the side of  the road.

 

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I began photographing these lone shoes ten years ago, creating a portfolio of boots, heels, cleats, and more.

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I’ve even found a slipper. Then I started to wonder how these shoes had come to rest alone in such odd places. Where was their mate? How did they get separated from their other half?And that’s when I decided to tell the children’s story of a pair of flip flops, Flip and Flop, that get separated from each other after a day at the beach. Flip flies off the beach cart and gets left behind. He then embarks on a journey to find his way home in hopes of reuniting with his “sole mate.”

 

I decided to self-publish, and after two years and a lot of hard work, my first children’s picture book, Lost Soles, is coming out and will be available on amazon.com.FINAL COVER September 30 copy - Version 3 (2)

 

Over the years, I’ve photographed more than 100 lone shoes. I’m always on the lookout for the next one. If you have a lost sole find and want to share, please visit my website www.authorjenniferlarson.com. I love receiving photographs of lost soles from everywhere. And to keep up with my latest find, follow my blog at www.authorjenniferlarson.blogspot.com.

Jennifer, thanks for joining us today.  Love the book cover and story idea. 

Readers:   Jennifer is offering a free copy of Lost Soles to some lucky person who leaves a comment here by November 15.  The winner will be announced at “A Writer’s Playground” shortly afterwards. 

Don’t you love Jennifer’s way of taking cast off items and making them something special?  Show your admiration by visiting her photos and blog and by commenting here.  Thanks for visiting. Come again and bring a friend. 

Children 13 years old or older may leave a comment. Read more about the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. (COPPA) See: http://www.coppa.org/coppa.htm

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