Promoting Literacy, Interactive Reading, and a Love for Learning & Language at an Early Age.
The Mary Muse of MarMooWorks
When I was four, I wanted to be a chipmunk. However, once the orthodontist snipped the wires on my braces, that career path was extracted, along with my Wisdom Teeth. Think about it: how many chipmunks have straight teeth? However, straight teeth wasn’t the only thing preventing me from joining the ranks of Alvin and his brothers or and Chip & Dale. During high school, and again in college, I made the astute observation that neither Chipmunk nor Rodentia was an Ethnicity listed on any form. As I had to check a box to pursue anything, I needed to re-think my Life Goals.
I contemplated majoring in theater, as that would have allowed me to audition for Rodentia Roles, but I began to fear falling off the stage, swept out the back door, or, worse, Collapsing by D-Con. I considered music, as well; but being the dutiful daughter that I was (at least, for a time), I decided to go where no one else from my home town did: my father’s alma mater where I majored in Literature, played in the orchestra, and was sited in a few one-acts.
That’s just the beginning of the nuts (a.k.a., bio-bytes) tunneled underground. Rather than bore you with an extended C.V., which no one reads any more anyway, I thought I’d just give you a run-down of Fact v. Fiction that, perhaps, in the distance future may help you on Jeopardy (in my dreams).
Fiction: I bear a strong resemblance to the Rodentia Order of the Rodent Family. Fiction: I love the chipmunks excavating our house with a tunnel system the early Romans would envy. Fiction: I dream of perching myself on a wooden fence and harping away in an incessant high-pitched chirp.
Fact: I am not a chipmunk, nor do I resemble anything bearing the Rodentia Coat of Arms. Neither to I flail a tail. Fact: I hold an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. Fact: My life has been one of re-invention, the latest and most unconventional -- for me, that is — has been the founding of MarMooWorks, a company featuring original children's books and companion pieces. Fact: MarMooWorks evolved from my passion to promote literacy, interactive reading, a love for learning and language at an early age; and from my passion engage children, from infancy through those adults still nurturing their child spirit. Fact: I love hanging out with kids. Fact: I love Mrs. Bryne’s Dictionary, which one of my former students gave to me, and Jeffery Kacirk’s Forgotten English Word-of-the-Day Calendar.
Furthering the a Facts since founding MarMooWorks in 2012
2012: MarMooWorks was awarded with the 2012 InnovationErie Grand Prize for overall business concept & the Multi-Media Design Arts Competition 2012: Christopher Counts The Constellations (audio, print, and interactive app) 2013: A Hero at Three (audio, print) 2014: A Hullabaloo of Hippos: A Lollapalooza of Language from A to Z (audio, print) 2014: Goin’ Explorin’: Fffffft Fffffft Fffffft and Off They Go! (print, published by reCAP Mason Jars Company) 2016: When the Camel Sneezed (print)