Archive for May, 2011

An Interview with Superstition Review

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Superstition Review is the online literary magazine of Arizona State University. It’s editor, Britney Gulbrandsen, asked if she could interview me for the latest issue. “Sure, why not?” I replied.

Britney and I covered a lot of ground, chatting via email about Marley & Me, The Longest Trip Home, my children’s books, and even some of my columns from my days at the Philadelphia Inquirer. Here is Britney’s Q&A with me:

http://superstitionreview.asu.edu/n7/bio.php?author=johngrogan&bio=interviews

Chicks on Parade

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Spring is in full flight here in eastern Pennsylvania, which means, in addition to blooming lilacs, runaway dandelions, and grass that seems to grow an inch an hour, it’s the time for newly hatched chicks.
Regular readers here know I’ve long had backyard chickens. For eggs, of course; but mostly because they are cute and comical and amuse us to no end. My flock over the years has ranged from four to 20. As of late, due in part to a couple of hawk attacks, we are down to seven. I decided it was time to bring in reinforcements.
Over the weekend, my friend Kathy Sproger made the trip to an Agway out in the country to pick up her order and mine. Now on the laundry room counter, in an oversized plastic bin and with a light bulb to provide warmth, I have 12 new additions to the Grogan avian family. There are a few each of buff orpington, black barred rock, and ameraucana, known for their pastel blue eggs.
They sleep a lot, and spend every waking moment doing what they do best, namely eating, drinking, and pooping.
Meanwhile the adult hens are pecking their way across the lawn as I write this, growing fat on earthworms, grubs, and sweet young shoots. And giving us an egg each per day.