Life Lessons Found In Books...

Sometimes our “ah-ha” moments come from books. Even fiction helps us find our truths and learn which path to take. Journaling is also a wonderful way to gain insight. Even writing your own story uncovers personal insight while sharing your story, pains and triumphs. It may also help you share your valuable life lessons with […]

Writing When You Don’t Want To Write...

I laugh when I think about my history with schoolwork. Though I was a decent student, I was never keen on homework. Instead, I would write all sorts of fictional stories and journal entries (still have many of them). Literally, I would avoid homework to write. Things haven’t changed much. Now I avoid work to […]

Not Another Blog-Filled Schooling...

Listen, I like to have fun and laugh and enjoy my free time creatively. The last thing I want to do is get schooled by a blog. Unfortunately, in my workday, I’m asked to read and write all kinds of educational pieces. So yes, that’s me out there schooling all over the place. So forgive […]

What’s Fun For You? Reading, Of Course!...

Parents love good children’s books just as much as young people like adult reads. How do you categorize a book’s age appropriateness? Sometimes what’s fun for you is the best way to decide—ah-hem as long as the maturity level is taken into account. So you have the afternoon free. It’s raining. No school. No work. […]

She’s Outta This World!...

Favorite Hero: Princess Leah Any other Star Wars fans out there? What is it about the original Star Wars: A New Hope? Probably, because it sets precedence for all that would follow in the genre of Science Fiction. Princess Leah was both the “girl that got recused” and the “girl who rescued.” Finally, a female […]

Another World...

Do you believe there are other worlds out there? Perhaps inhabited by aliens, mystical creatures, angels or anything else beyond our wild imaginations? I do. I can’t quite figure out what they might be or where they might live, but I believe in a lot that isn’t seen by human eyes. I sometimes feel that […]

What a Rainy Day Can Do For You...

Sometimes, I just love the rain. I like to have an excuse to stay indoors and read, write, watch movies or just take a nap. I also love to get out and enjoy the rain, too! A summer rain is so inspiring and refreshing. We used to have a swimming pool and yes, we even […]

Book Review: A Stranger In the Woods...

When a book makes you smile in your heart, simply by looking at the cover—it’s magic. A Stranger in the Woods by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick, has that magic. Though I’m cautious to open any tome that has the theme of winter midsummer, I ran across this favorite as I was organizing […]

A Bouquet of Colored Pencils...

What is it about colored pencils that make you feel so creative? I love color. And adding bursts of it throughout my notebooks and journals makes me smile. Anything I can do to add color to my world and writing seems to make things brighter and even happier. Is there someone you know who could […]

I Double Dog Dare You!...

My first book was written on a dare. I always loved to write and had completed many short stories and little novelas but nothing really full on until I was double dog dared. About 10 years ago, my best friend dared me to write a book. We were talking about our dreams, whishes and hopes […]

How to Pick the Best Books...

Sorry. There’s no secret formula for book selection. Truth is, we all have our “things” that we look for when we’re picking the best books. Sometimes it’s a suggestion from a friend, other times it’s a review we find online. But for many, it can be a compelling little story by the author that makes […]

Day Off For Love?...

When the Dreidles are put away, the Christmas trees taken down and the Mkekas are set aside, there is little to celebrate until spring. Despite the nationally recognized holidays that occur during the first few months of the calendar year, there’s nothing that opens the heart like the month of December. So, why not break […]

Writing is Good For You...

There’s nothing more enjoyable then writing and being around others who love to write. At conferences, clubs, or workshops with new and seasoned writers, it’s feels inspiring to be around others who love the craft. Just this weekend, I connected over coffee with Jack Monroe, a great writer of political intrigue tales for young readers. He’s going […]

What Get’s You Squirming?...

We all like a good scare from time to time, but I like the kind I can switch off when I want. You know. You’re watching a haunting flick, the scene grows still, the ax is about to drop, and then suddenly…It’s time for popcorn! Just another reason I love books. When I get squirming, […]