Prioritizing and Living Life

Prioritizing and Living Life

 Soooooo, I haven't posted for a while! My bad. The summer swallowed me up and writing got pushed aside. When it comes to priorities, family wins every time. My teenage daughters hung out all summer, and they still don't mind spending time with their parents. That...

Highlights – Where I Found My Story

Highlights – Where I Found My Story

Lessons from Highlights.             Sometimes it takes a journey to find the heart of your story. After a week at the Highlights Foundation Workshop on Writing the Unreal, I am energized and ready to create. Amazing mentors and new friends with similar aspirations...

Sometimes You Need a Swift Kick

Sometimes You Need a Swift Kick

I’ve been in a funk lately. In my search for motivation and inspiration, I decided to make a list of things to get me going. Instead of turning to cheesy hash browns and a cold beer on a regular basis, I'm making other plans. Take a walk – The flowering trees are...

Merci Suarez Changes Gears – A Novel Packed with Power

Merci Suarez Changes Gears – A Novel Packed with Power

There is no surprise that Meg Medina won the Newberry Medal for her most recent middle grade novel, Merci Suarez Changes Gears. The novel explores school bullying, enlightens the reader to rich Latino culture, touches on socioeconomic stressors the trickle down to...

You Deserve More than the Crusty Piece

You Deserve More than the Crusty Piece

  My kids eat a good breakfast every morning before school, but I often show up to work and realize I have forgotten to eat. I make sure the kids get to appointments, math bee practice and piano lessons, but I have not been to the dentist for over a year. Nobody in my...

Getting Away – Finding What’s Important: Daytona Beach

Getting Away – Finding What’s Important: Daytona Beach

Vacation has a way of clearing out the muck swirling in your brain to filter your thoughts. Doesn’t matter where I go . . . getting away is all that matters. Recently my family traveled to Daytona Beach Florida and spent the days on the beach without a plan or...

Words to Live By – A Short Story of Fiction

Words to Live By – A Short Story of Fiction

This is a short story I entered into a contest - I didn't win - but wanted to share it! It is fiction and not based on true events. Words to Live By            I found a clump of Mom’s hair in the shower. Trying to ignore its meaning, I scooped it up but hesitated to...

Celebrating Diversity with Picture Books

Celebrating Diversity with Picture Books

            I grew up in rural Iowa and rarely saw a person of color, I had no experience with sexual identity issues, and my religious knowledge consisted of what I learned at Sunday school. With continued education, life experience, and traveling outside of my...

SAWKILL GIRLS and SADIE – Fantastic Novels in Multiple POV

SAWKILL GIRLS and SADIE – Fantastic Novels in Multiple POV

  I discovered two new favorite Young Adult (YA) novels – SADIE, by Courtney Summers, and SAWKILL GIRLS, by Claire Legrand. Each book held my attention and kept me reading to find answers and solve the mysteries buried in the pages. These novels share a common format...

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