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Twitter is on Fire!

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Last night, something wonderful happened on twitter. After WNYC’s Brian Lehrer asked his listeners to share stories about their grandfathers, a friend joined in, tweeted about what her grandfather taught her and encouraged everyone else to share. By the end of the night, there were hundreds of tweets with the hashtag #howtobuildafire. Some were really sweet, some funny, some a little heartbreaking. Here are a few:

“My Dido taught me that sometimes those who talk least say the most & to always keep a 2nd fridge in the house just for beer.” -@NatalieOksana

“My grandpa taught me that when the fish call, you don’t let a little thing like cancer get in the way.” -@denise_hinson

“My other grandpa taught me that you’re never too old to pinch your wife’s behind and call her gorgeous.” -@jabrockmole

There are now almost 300 tweets about grandfathers, with the tag #howtobuildafire.  If you search the hashtag, you can read them all. In case you’re not on twitter, you can see some here.

I woke up this morning, and people are still sharing. The best part of writing  this book (besides the grandpas in the book): Now other people are remembering their own grandfathers. Like another friend on twitter said:

“I’ll be sure the stories I’ve heard about the grandpa I never knew will be told to his great-grandchildren.” -@jbbmegan

Keep it going!



Meet me at the Bust Craftacular

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Hey New Yorkers! I’ll be at the Bust Craftacular today from 11 to 2PM, signing copies of How to Build a Fire and How to Sew a Button. Please swing by, say hello and pick up a free pack of firestarters!

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