True Confessions from Quarantine

True Confessions from Quarantine

I hope everyone is dong well, staying sane, and keeping safe during this strange and unique time. There are so many emotions that hop through my head on a daily basis that can be difficult to reconcile. I thought I'd share my thoughts in case someone else feels like...

Picture Books to Teach Tough Topics in History

Picture Books to Teach Tough Topics in History

  It's no secret that I believe picture books can save the world. Picture books can teach kindness, empathy, and emotional support for anxiety, grief, or anger issues (an so much more.) I wanted to share how picture books can be used to introduce tough subjects...

“Trying to Stay Afloat” – a short story.

“Trying to Stay Afloat” – a short story.

Recently, I entered a short story contest with the writing prompt to include "a goldfish" and "the library." I didn't win - no big deal, but I wanted to share my story here. Suicide is real and sometimes a simple act of kindness or an acknowledgment of someone's...

The Responsibility of a Children’s Author

The Responsibility of a Children’s Author

When a child reads a novel, they want to be entertained and swept away into familiar worlds or magical places. I used to be a kid ... long, long ago. As a fourth grader, I craved mystery and detective stories. I voraciously read Nancy Drew mysteries and Stephen King....

Fun with Filters – Advice from a potato and a frog

Fun with Filters – Advice from a potato and a frog

I decided to have fun with this blog post. I'm not trying to preach life lessons - I'M NO EXPERT! If you've ever tried to explain something to your kids, and they stare at you with glassy eyes, BUT then a person next to you shows them a video or an Instagram post...

Anxiety Brain – The Constant Battle

Anxiety Brain – The Constant Battle

The frustrating part of anxiety is that little voice in your brain zipping around your head telling you things that are absurd and irrational. Deep inside, I know it's not the truth, but it's exhausting. The next time your friend, mom, sister, aunt, husband, or loved...

So You Want to Write a Picture Book!

So You Want to Write a Picture Book!

Writing a picture book is hard. Very hard. The sweet books you read to your children are poured over by their author with scrutiny for every word on the page. When I’m told, “I’ve always wanted to write a picture book – I have so many ideas!” That is fantastic! But...

Being Creative: No Training Required

Being Creative: No Training Required

When I get frustrated with writing and revising, or on the days when words get stuck, I take a break. But I have to justify my breaks to my obnoxious, overactive brain that insists I don't waste life flipping channels (Stupid brain.) One outlet I have is working with...

What’s All the Hype? It’s Just a Straw…

What’s All the Hype? It’s Just a Straw…

I've been enlightened by my thirteen year-old daughter, Sydney. (A typical day around here.) Her passion for change is contagious. After she wrote a report about plastic pollution, she shared her research and knowledge. We no longer use straws. In fact, if we use the...

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