E. L. Konigsberg has passed away. She of “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,” and “Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth,” and The View From Saturday,” and “A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver”. If you have not read these and read them to your children, do. over and over. again.
1. Do not tolerate injustice or monotony.
2. Don’t run from somewhere, run to somewhere. Somewhere awesome.
3. Embrace teamwork. [this one is worth including it its entirety]Mission Metropolitan Museum was no solo undertaking. It was Team Claudia and Jamie, siblings working together against all odds and obstacles to evade and outsmart adults at every turn. How did they do it? To quote from the book: Becoming a team didn’t mean the end of their arguments. But it did mean that the arguments became a part of the adventure — discussions, not threats. To an outsider the arguments would appear to be the same because feeling like part of a team is something that happens invisibly. You might call it caring. You could even call it love. That’s some pretty solid any-kinda-relationship advice right there.
4. Yes, you are brilliant. Take the compliment.
5. Wear fresh underwear every day.
6. Let art overwhelm you.
7. Show executive ability.
8. Practice mirror moderation.
9. Persevere through rejection.
10. Eat at an Automat.