Spooky Tales for Halloween

Spooky Tales for Halloween

Spooky Tales - A Review of Scary Books in Children's Literature (Books that are fun for adults, too!) Because I write children's literature, I only read middle-grade or young adult books. They allow me to be a perpetual child! I can honestly say - I don't miss adult...

Have I Learned Anything? Confessions of a 50 year old

Have I Learned Anything? Confessions of a 50 year old

It’s official!  I’m old. Middle-aged. I’m freaking 50 people! Ahhhhhhh. My feelings are mixed on the subject… I love my life and the person I’ve become, but I find myself thinking in a “glass half empty” way. Overwhelming feelings break through that I’m nearing death...

Picture Book Review: Because We All Need to Smile

Picture Book Review: Because We All Need to Smile

Picture Book Review: Because We All Need to Smile Slow Down - and Breathe Today, I forced my 15 and 17 year-old daughters to listen to me read them a book out loud. (They were trapped in the back seat of the car with nowhere to run). As I paged through The Mindful Mr....

Diverse Books in the Classroom

Diverse Books in the Classroom

I was recently informed that some parents want diverse books removed from our North Scott classrooms – I’m shocked and appalled. I want to speak for the many kids out there who need these books: We Need Diverse Books We need diverse books. Period. Being a child or...

Don’t Give Up

Don’t Give Up

Lately I've been replaying this song over and over again on my phone, radio, Alexa, or anywhere I listen. It's called Don't Give Up on Me by Andy Grammar. It's the theme song from the movie Five Feet Apart.  Every time I hear it, I crank the volume LOUD. The refrain...

Hanging out with Author Maria Andreu! Talking about: LOVE IN ENGLISH

Hanging out with Author Maria Andreu! Talking about: LOVE IN ENGLISH

It’s a Pat’s Chat first! I am thrilled to be joined via the virtual world by author, Maria Andreu. Her recent Young Adult novel, LOVE IN ENGLISH, is a beautiful story that explores language and love. This might be a long post...but how can you hurry through such...

My First VLOG – It’s Going to be a Great Year!

My First VLOG – It’s Going to be a Great Year!

I thought I'd try something different! I posted a video of me rambling on and on- how exciting is that! A video blog is a VLOG and this is my first. Hope you are all well and excited for 2021. With optimism, hope, and a little hard work we can enjoy a rejuvenation of...

What I’ve Learned From Covid

What I’ve Learned From Covid

It's been a year.  As of yesterday, over 2 million people have died from Covid-19. That is more people than the entire state of Nebraska or the state of New Mexico.  Gone.  When faced with sadness, loneliness, sickness, and death, we search for something positive to...

Kids Have Questions

Kids Have Questions

Why can't I share my Cheetos with Sam?     Why can't I have a slumber party? Why do I have to wear this mask? As parents, we're already a hot mess (speaking for myself) with uncertainties, questions, and trying to do all we can to keep our family safe. Our kids sit...

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