To market to market to buy something pretty

Hi everyone,

Jeff took this picture of Sandy in Las Vegas at the gift market. It’s his first time to go and one of the few times when I haven’t gone. Gift markets are grindingly hard. You are on your feet all day, in and out of showrooms that number in the hundreds or more (that’s not even the main building behind her in the picture), looking at thousands and thousands of gift products from all over the world, trying to decide which ones will go well in your store for your customers.

Sandy will be gone four nights. I spoke to her last night. We’d all watched the president’s address and they were about to head out for a late dinner. Before she left she stocked up on groceries. I could eat five meals a day and still have left overs.


A Good Place to Start a Family

Hi everyone,

Once in a while you just have to look at your kids and go, WOW, did we start that?

Love you, Robin and Jeff. Thanks for taking after your mom.

P.S. I also happen to be blessed with wonderful daughter-in-law Jennifer and wonderful son-in-law Tim. Who could ask for more?

Jeff’s photography

Hi everyone,

I take a lot of pictures and once in a while I get a decent one. Our son Jeff is the real photographer in the family. He probably takes twenty to every one of mine and has thousands on file. Here are some samples of his work.

Thank you, Jeff!

From blog to book covers

Hi everyone,

Two years and six months ago I posted something called Still seeking research stories. Here’s the link: . Jane Yolen’s response triggered a long standing request from my son Jeff Harrison that I write a story about a tiger for him. He was probably under ten when he asked me. So I responded with an opening line and Jane added a first page, and I added, and she added, etc.

At some point Jane and I went offline to talk about the book we’d just started and we went from there to finish it. Yesterday we learned that we’re about to receive an offer to publish the story as a picture book. What great fun. And it all started here.