Starting Somewhere – Why Not Right Here?

There’s lots of bad news in the world, and thanks to technology, it’s all at our fingertips, all the time. I am quick to hide my eyes and ears from gruesome stories of murder, abduction, or other such crimes, but I don’t hide from all the ugly. I am trying to learn from it, figure…
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Trying

I watched almost an entire infomercial this morning on a product called “My Baby Can Read” where all these tiny taters were, it appears, reading words printed on oversized flash cards. I was enthralled. And completely ready to slap down the 200 hundred bucks for the program. And no, I don’t have any children. But…
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The Story of Henrietta

The Great Impersonator was not the first children’s story I’ve written. The one that I thought I would have published first was about our chicken, Henrietta. Henrietta came to us as a stray. A stray chicken is most likely a phenomenon that only happens within the city limits of Portland, Oregon. But a stray she…
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Books on Heavy Rotation

Inspired by my friend over at The Chronicles of a Children’s Book Writer blog, who asks, “It’s Monday, what are you reading?” I thought I’d share the books that are on the top of the pile over here. Yes, there are a few. There are so many great picture books – old and new – and…
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Suffering from P.P.D.

I’m going to admit it. I’m suffering from what an artist friend of mine calls “Post Project Depression.” Not uncommon among creative types. Happens when you pour your heart and soul into a project and then, upon its completion, you are left feeling…sad? let down? like it could have been better? I find it hard…
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Gratitude.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” This quote from William Arthur Ward is new to me, but its sentiment really struck me this morning. It just so happens I am grateful for so much, and I’ve been thinking for way too long about how to perfectly…
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