Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A few good Lincoln books for the long weekend

Looking for a good book to take to the park or beach or to read on your deck or in your comfy chair? During the bicentennial year, I shared my take on some of my favs.

Check out my reviews here:

If you’re a first-time visitor to my blog, you’ll find more than 200 blog posts on Lincoln Buff 2. As you have time, check them out. I’ve always hoped that my enthusiasm for Abraham Lincoln’s story is contagious. By reading my posts from the past couple years, you can relive the bicentennial through my eyes. Thanks for visiting. Enjoy the journey – and come back often.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I'll be back...

Thanks to Mike Kienzler, who writes The Abraham Lincoln Observer blog for The State Journal-Register. You'll find The ALO at

I appreciate your words of congratulations, Mike, and your challenge to get back into the blogosphere. Although my time is somewhat limited of late, I think readers will find much of interest in my earlier posts.

So, come back again folks. My next post, to be published later this week, will lead you to my reviews about a handful of the scores of books written about Lincoln in recent years. I can bet with great certainty no matter what your interest, you'll find a Lincoln book you'll enjoy among those I'll share.

Keep your eyes open - and come back to see what I've found to share with you.

In the meantime, keep on reading something every day - even if it's Twitter or an online news source. Now, like never before, people across the world are sharing a wealth of information. Make sure you take the time to take advantage of the opportunities in your path.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Lincoln Buff 2 Bicentennial Campaign was a winner

I was gone when the mail arrived yesterday, so someone else brought it in the house. Imagine my excitement when, on my kitchen counter, I saw a large white mailer with a yellow sticker bearing the words, "APEX Award Notification." I'd entered my Lincoln Buff 2 Blog and Twitter account in the Twenty-second Annual APEX Awards for Publication Excellence: A Competition for Communications Professionals. I must admit I'm pretty darned excited my work earned these laurels.

From October 2008 to December 2010, I posted more than 200 blog posts and too many tweets to count in celebration of the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln. I presented the two as a Lincoln Bicentennial Campaign in the Special Purpose Campaigns, Programs and Plans category. I was one of five winners in my category. One of the others was from ESPN!

The APEX Award drew more than 3,700 entries this year in 11 major categories, 127 subcategories. Grand Awards went to 100 people for outstanding work. Awards of Excellence, like mine, recognize exceptional entries - 1,132 in all.

Thanks, APEX for the opportunity to enter your competition and for recognizing my efforts in keeping the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln alive 200 years after his birth.