Mailbag - July 2023
Hats off for a keepsake story
Thank you so much for including my daughter, Lizzy [Newhouse], in the recent article, “Where are they Headed?” [Class of 2023: Where are they headed? by Caroline Siegfried, June 2023]. Every year, we look forward to this article and reading about where the graduates are headed and learn a little about them. It’s so exciting to see someone we have known for many years and whom we watched grow up in our neighborhood. I especially love to see their senior year photo side-by-side with their Kinder photo!
This year, it really was a thrill for Lizzy and all of our family to see her in the magazine. This will be a keepsake and a great memory. Thank you for continuing this heart-warming article year after year.
Annie McQueen did an article on dog parks in the Houston area [Dog Parks in Houston: Where pups can play, June 2023] and featured my husband and my love story, which naturally brought me so much joy. I simply wanted to share how much “buzz” I got from friends in the surrounding areas about the article and how much they enjoyed it! Additionally, it was such a joy to work with Annie! I always love reading The Buzz Magazines and look forward to the next edition.
Running around the world
I loved the story about Melanie Margolis and her run streak [Going the Extra Mile: Melanie Margolis marks a personal run streak by Jennifer Oakley, May 2023]. We travel together regularly, and I’ve been in Iceland, New Mexico, California, and New York when she’s had to find a way to get her run in. Her dedication is worthy of the utmost respect, and we’re glad when she returns safely – generally celebrating with a nice glass of wine as she starts her cool down. A great role model for those she coaches. Thanks for highlighting a great friend!
From one ‘AFOL’ to another
I loved the article about Jason Buchman and his Lego creations [Pop Art: Jason Buchman inspires, brick by brick, by Jennifer Oakley, May 2023]. It was nice to read about his progression as an AFOL [Adult Fans Of Lego] by building the Lego walls of so many colors and moving on to more and more builds! Finding “one of our kind” is so nice to come across since so many people think Lego is just for kids and not adults.
I am also an AFOL and am part of a registered Lego User Group (LUG) called Houston Brick Club (houstonbrickclub.com). We also have a large LEGO convention coming up in Sugar Land in the summer called Brick Rodeo (BrickRodeo.com), July 6-9.
Thanks so much for the wonderful article on Ellen Leventhal [Pearls of Positivity: An author’s gift to children, by Cathy Gordon, May 2023]. As a member of her writing critique group, it was fun to watch Ellen’s Debbie Friedman book [Debbie’s Song] come to life. Her lyrical writing is a joy to read. And yes, she revises! It's amazing how she can come back, time after time, with a fresh take on what she's trying to achieve.
Your article captured Ellen's voice, spirit and love of writing along with how she can weave an important message into the books she writes for kids. Debbie’s Song is another one of those inspiring books by Ellen Leventhal.
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