Self-Compassion for The Reader and The Writer

April 14, 2019

It’s not easy to be self-compassionate. Too often we are focused on the wellbeing and happiness of those around us, so much so that we forget to give ourselves care and love. Once after a talk at a library, I had a child share with me that they “love to read because it helps them […]

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Brady Needs a Nightlight

April 11, 2019

An adorable little bat named Brady is quite unique. Hanging in caves at night where it’s cold and dark frightened him so much so that he finds it difficult to sleep. Unlike his brethren he prefers to play during the say out in the bright sunshine. When inside his home cave, he was scared of […]

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Word Jumbles

April 8, 2019

It sounds like a game but it’s not. Or could it be? Actually, it’s the phrase I use to describe something I experience on a routine basis. Every day I get word jumbles, meaning inner chatter that translates into musings—hence this category. Basically, it’s the beginnings of stories to tell. They spill out in various […]

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Maggie Dew Drop: The Feather Of Flight

March 31, 2019

‘Enchanting’ is the word best used to describe the beautiful images portrayed in this picture book by G. Wayne Mello. The soft and inviting art marries sweetly with the gentle charms of the main character, Maggie Dew Drop, and her new nocturnal family. “Stars wink. Especially to those who dream.” This is a story about […]

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A Very Brand New Day

March 25, 2019

Rich Trout is starting his first day as a seventh grader at his new junior high. Being the new kid at school can be scary for any student, but he just wants to fit in and be like any average kid his age. But Rich isn’t average. He’s a wiz at algebra, has a photographic […]

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First Sun

March 25, 2019

Love, scandal, kidnapping, heroism and Armageddon. If those aren’t enough ingredients to keep the reader on the edge, I don’t know what is. Author Tara Tolly packs all of these in her breakout novel “First Sun” about teenage love between an extraordinary heroine, Eden Warren, and the President’s son, Andrew Wellington. The first half of […]

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