Thursday, December 31, 2009

Not the Super Bowl

My original title for this PooPa picture was Super Bowl. However, since the two universities where our children graduated – Jim, Northwestern University & Northwestern University School of Law, and Sarah, Auburn University – will be playing in the Outback Bowl on Friday morning, we’ll temporarily have to call this picture, Family Bowl.

Never in our wildest dreams would we ever have expected our childrens’ schools to meet in a bowl game – just think of the statistical improbability. Now they will.

You can catch the game on ESPN at 11:00 AM Eastern time / 10:00 Central where we live.

So, it may not be the Super Bowl, but it'll be super to us none the less.


PS. What's the funniest thing your pet ever did, or that you did with your pet?

Monday, December 28, 2009

PooPa The Graduate

Here’s the next PooPa picture.

I hope you had a great Christmas…we did.

Later this week, our son, a Northwestern University and Northwestern School of Law graduate, and our daughter, an Auburn University graduate, will be traveling to Tampa, FL for the Outback Bowl. The most amazing thing is that their two schools, from the Big Ten and the SEC, will be playing each other in that game.

This could NEVER happen. And it will likely NEVER happen again. The picture above is in honor of the schools our children graduated from and the game to come.

So, if you’re a football fan, you might want to catch the game on January 1. It’s in the morning.


Monday, December 21, 2009

My Favorite Teacher

Keep posting stories about your favorite dog or cat of all time and why.

This is picture # 3 of the favorite from our family, PooPa.

More to follow.

Max Elliot Anderson

Saturday, December 19, 2009

"A Dog and His Boy" Books

As promised, here's the next picture. PooPa liked to call this, "A Dog and His Boy" books collection.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

“One Gallon Dog in a Ten Gallon Hat.”

Over the next few days, I’m going to post pictures of the greatest dog I ever owned. Her name was PooPa. How’d she get a name like that? It’s the sound of the words children in Germany use to say “little doll.”

Several years ago, I was interested in developing a picture book with this small wonder, and add captions to my photographs. PooPa loved to perform and to please. I call the following picture:

“One Gallon Dog in a Ten Gallon Hat.”

I hope you’ll post a comment about the best dog or cat you’ve ever owned. There is nothing quite like the connection we have with our pets.

More pictures to follow over the next several days.

Max Elliot Anderson

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Limited Edition African Animal Art - Signed and Numbered

Note! Folds across images are from a scan of a printed brochure.

                                                                                                                             By Artist Philip Lasz
It was my distinct honor to know and work with Philip Lasz for several years. Phil was a missionary in Kenya, with an immense talent for capturing African animals on canvas. Sadly, he lost his battle with cancer, but his love for the animals that God created, lives on in his work.
Peace Before the Storm (From edition of 1000 - Signed & Numbered in person by the artist.)

(34" × 21")

Elephant Herd on the Move (From edition of 1000 - Signed & Numbered in person by the artist.)
(34" × 21")
His Majesty (From edition of 1000 - Signed & Numbered in person by the artist.)
(34" × 21")
Greater Kudu (From edition of 1000 - Signed & Numbered in person by the artist.)

(34" × 21")

Signed & Numbered by the artist.

I still have a small supply of his beautiful, Limited Edition, signed and numbered lithographs are available for $99.95 each. These large (34" × 21") impressive works of art are perfect for the living room, den, or office. We'll pay shipping/handling.  
Rush your check before December 31 to:
The Market Place
P.O. Box 4126
Rockford, IL 61110

Questions may be emailed to

Monday, December 14, 2009

New Action-Adventure-Mystery comming soon

Sam, Tony, and Tyler had just finished taking a scuba course at the marina that Tony’s dad owned.

They couldn’t wait to try out what they’d learned in the marina pool. Now they headed out to the open ocean for their first real dive.

The weather looked fine when the boys left port that early morning, but there were a few problems.

Tony didn’t have permission for the rental boat, or any of the diving equipment. Nobody checked the weather, and nobody asked permission to go out that day.

These boys were about to face more trouble than they knew, and the storm was only part of it.

Watch this blog for further details on
a NEW action-adventure-mystery
from author
Max Elliot Anderson.

Monday, December 07, 2009

True Heroes (Make sure to follow the link to this film)

Children today have a twisted view of what makes a real hero.

It's true. They look for their heroes in all the wrong places like professional sports, the music industry, motion pictures, TV, and a few comic books. But it would be time well spent for you and your children to sit down and watch the film, Gray Eagles  
You won't find men filled with self-pride and stuck on their own success. No, what you'll see are men who gave of themselves in WW II, came home, and went back to work.

Gray Eagles is a warm, sensitive documentary film, about a   P-51 Mustang, that will truly touch your heart.

I hope you'll watch it. It'll be time well spent. And when you do, I also hope you'll send a comment to let others know what you thought about this special story.

Thank you,
Max Elliot Anderson

PS. The action-adventure & mystery books that I write for kids, usually present a humble hero who doesn't want to be thought of as a hero...just like the true hero in Gray Eagles.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Mentoring Boys

An excellent site I like to recommend is Mentoring Boys. My daughter teaches 2nd grade, and we've discussed how classroom behavioral problems might improve, if boys were allowed to go out and run off steam for a half hour in the morning and again in the afternoon. She agrees that it would help a lot.

Teachers will especially appreciate Mentoring Boys. You can sign up to receive their newsletter.

Find out more at:

Max Elliot Adnerson

Thursday, December 03, 2009

A New Action-Adventure & Mystery is comming

It's too early to give any of the details yet, and the new book is still months away, but since so many have asked when there will be any new titles available, I wanted to give you a heads up.

The contract is written, but not signed yet, although the manuscript is written and just needs another revision or two.

But if you like the idea of a story with three boys, jet-powered speedboats, scuba diving in the open ocean, and more excitement, mystery, and adventure than you can stand . . .