Monday, November 23, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello!  I just wanted to pop on here to wish a happy holiday season to whomever may wander onto this page and to give a squirrelly update.  I am informed of the good news that the illustrations are almost complete, and I am hoping for even better news that they are all the way complete soon!  

In the meantime, more manuscripts are in the process of development, and both Green Gooey Goop and Silly Moments are available as soft cover and ebook in time for the holidays.  

In addition, Possum and I are adjusting well, and we are enjoying our strolls around the neighborhood.  He tries to go fast, but he's like 98 years old, so fast is really just measured by bursts of enthusiasm over bees and butterflies, and then he slows down again so he can pee everywhere.  It's idyllic, really.

I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, October 9, 2015

An Owly Birthday

This week has been a week of firsts--first Petco trip without buying anything for King, first time I tried to diaper a dog (Possum) (this is more difficult than you might think), first time I tried to scoop pomegranate seeds out of a pomegranate (also more difficult than you might think), and now it's the first birthday since King departed.  

While the Petco trip had me in tears, and the loose diaper had me scurrying around with towels (as did the pomegranate episode), this birthday is actually quite positive.  I've received an outpouring of warmth and well wishes, and I know that King is right beside me, adding to the love.

Therefore, I chose to honor King with my birthday cake decoration of a wise owl perched on a tree branch surrounded by autumn leaves.  What does an owl have to do with a Beagle/Shepherd mix?  Well, there is an enormous owl on a tree branch painted on the brick wall in the back yard, and when we moved in here in 2012, it was fall, and we would spend countless hours together in the back yard, near the friendly gaze of the owl.  So, these days are commemorated in this, my 46th birthday cake.

I will raise a fork to King tonight as I savor my lemon birthday cake.  Here, I'll share some with you, too!  Enjoy!

Made by the exquisite hands of the bakers and decorators at Great Dane Bakery

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Return to Joy

So, I sat down to log in to an early-morning webinar today (8 a.m. on a Saturday--ugh!), sipping my Trader Joe's pumpkin spice chai latte, remembering when I would take the dogs for daily walks in the cool October air and shop at TJ's weekly just because I could because we lived near one finally. I was crying, of course, because that's what people do when their dogs die. I remembered so much joy when we first moved in here in 2012, and it brought more tears as I waited for the meeting to begin. Thankfully, my mic was not activated.

I expected this morning's webinar to be boring and unproductive, and I wanted to go back to bed, possibly for ten more hours. Why not? Shrug. Meh.

Then I logged in to the webinar, and this wonderful song was playing, and it was performed on the piano, and there are just no piano songs that I don't know, like none at all, and I didn't know this one, which puzzled me, so I looked at the title of the song, and it was...

Return to Joy.

Here was King sending me a message to return to the joy and wonder that we once shared when we explored living in this wonderful house in this ideal area and breathed the sea breezes together, reveling in the blossoming palm tree in the back yard and all of the fresh new flowers to sniff (and pee on) (him--not me!) as we would walk around the neighborhood every chance we could.

Ours was a joy of hoodies and flip-flops in October, when pumpkin spice flowed freely, and adventure was only a leash-length away.

So I bought the song. I bought the whole collection of songs--JoyPack1 by ADG3 (Adrien Gardiner).

And I will listen to it as I do my grading this weekend and sip my pumpkin spice chai latte, and I will remember the joy and return to it, continuing it.

A King's Farewell

(2004 - 2015)

King is the one closest to the birdbath in this picture.  

King lost his extended battle with cancer Thursday, October 1, 2015.  

He will always be remembered as a constant source of joy and unconditional love.

I love you, King.

Friday, September 25, 2015

It's Good to Be...a Mom

For a few moments too many, I felt very small in comparison to my colleagues and fellow classmates, and I believed I should be doing "something important" like writing more books or a song or solving homelessness or..."something important."

Then I realized I'm raising a child.

There is nothing more important than this endeavor. There are things I can "also" do, but nothing will ever come first. That's his place.

For all of us who are important in a child’s life, remember that your role is a sacred one and will always be valued in the memories of an adult who was once a cherished child.

On that note, my “It’s Good to Be...” series continues as I draft more manuscripts and cross my fingers for publication.  I am looking forward to sharing my inspiration with readers of all ages very soon!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Green Gooey Goop Earns Honorable Mention at the 2015 Green Book Festival

Hello, everyone!  I am excited to share with you that Green Gooey Goop has earned Honorable Mention at the 2015 Green Book Festival!  

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Squirrel Superhighway Contract Signed

Hello!  I had the pleasure of signing the contract for my next children's picture book, Squirrel Superhighway on Friday, and I'm excited to share the news with you!  Squirrel Superhighway features a dog on a self-discovery mission who is surrounded by many graceful squirrels.  This will be another vocabulary booster in my series of feel-good stories for children of all ages and those who read with and to them.

Squirrel Superhighway will be published through Guardian Angel Publishing, which is the same publishing house that published Green Gooey Goop and Silly Moments, both of which are available as ebooks and in soft cover.  Squirrel Superhighway will be illustrated by the renowned artist, Vanda Lavar, who illustrated Tucker's Tale and Mr. Topper, the Potbellied Pig.

Look for Squirrel Superhighway soon, and I will post updates here on my blog!  Thank you!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Orson Welles -- The Other Side of the Wind -- Indiegogo


Please join me in supporting a cause that is near and dear to my heart--the unfinished work of the late, great Orson Welles.  If you reserve a digital download of the movie for yourself for $30, you will help this film become a reality.  If you are interested in some of the other perks, there are many to choose from, including luxurious terry cloth robes and even a box of cigars.  Please visit the Indiegogo site and pledge today!  Thank you!