On Turning 40, Loss, and Moving On

  Something about turning 40 makes one reflective. This seems like one of those milestone birthdays where something important is supposed to happen. In all honesty, I was hoping for something great. Instead, 16 days before the big day, I opened an e-mail from my agent in the teacher’s lounge one awful Monday afternoon. I was waiting to hear back about a couple of [...]

Making Time

I've heard it said that people make time for the things they love. Or maybe it's that we should make time... For what's important. Things like family and friends and chasing after dreams or sitting down to finish that book that was started weeks ago. Other important things always seem to make their way up front first, demanding the time, things [...]

A Christmas Picture Book Review

I love the Christmas season. The decorations, the songs, the food, the family traditions, and all the Christmas picture books! I keep a little collection of them. The Christmas picture books were one of my favorite things to bring out at Christmas time and read with my kids when they were little. Even though they aren't so little anymore I've [...]

Creating With Light and Memories

Cyanotypes – Printing With the Sun  Lazy summer days. These are the days I long for. Summer days hold the most beautiful treasures. Summer is slow and hot. Sometimes it brings the adventure of long-awaited vacation, sometimes endless days of boredom. And somewhere in between something magic happens. An unexpected new interest pops up.. Summer memories linger and stick together and ask [...]

Brave Beauty Review and Giveaway!

A Book Review and Giveaway! *Winner Robin H. –Congratulations! “Lord, I’m looking for something good.” This was my short prayer offered up a few weeks ago. When I came home late that afternoon a little package of something good was there, just like that, waiting on the doorstep. In it was Lynn Cowell’s book Brave Beauty: Finding the Fearless You In recent weeks, our [...]

Sunflowers

Weekend Wonder My father in law always shares his newspaper with me when my family and I come up for a visit. This particular visit there was an article about a farmer and his sunflowers. Five acres in bloom. Only a few days remaining for the golden-yellow field. I knew I had to go and see. We follow the route on the GPS to [...]

Shore Birds

Noisy, playful, insistent, curious... I've got an idea in mind for a new book. And in this little book is where a seagull lives. I needed to get to the beach and  find my seagull. Thankfully this weekend was a perfect beach day kind of weekend. We packed all the usual, sunscreen, towels, body boards, and beach buckets. My family picked out their [...]

Election Day (Peanuts Style)!

Happy Election Day! Ok, so it isn't really Thursday yet. It's Tuesday, November 8th, 2016. And it's been quite a while since I've posted a throwback picture book, but this one is too good not to share a few days early. So here's a little light-hearted distraction to bring you a smile as we wait for all the poll results to come [...]

The True Story of a Common Grackle

Weekend Wonder My daughter and I were spending the afternoon together, a little bit of me time and a little bit of her time. Our day included coffee and doughnut treats, antique shops and thrift stores, and volunteering together at the cat rescue (this one in particular for my little animal lover's soul). We were just walking back to the car [...]