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!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Wonder-ful Squirrel News

Hello, everyone!  I apologize for my long absence.  First, it was the summer term, and now it is the fall term, with even more classes to prepare and teach--which I love to do!  One of my favorite classes to teach is transfer-level English Composition at a local community college.  The main textbook that I like to use has a new edition out, and many of the articles that I have used in the past are gone!  However, that just means that this new edition is full of wonderful new articles!

Since I have learned that I have earned a reputation around campus for championing women's issues in my curriculum (although I cover both genders and multiple races in my quest to subvert negative stereotypes), it only makes sense that this semester will lead up to a final exam based on none other than Wonder Woman! 

I'm really looking forward even more than usual to teaching this class!  In the meantime, there's more good news!

Squirrel Superhighway, or It's Good to be a Dog is almost completely illustrated!  I can hardly wait to share the finished product with you!  

I wish you a day full of squirrelly wonder!

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!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Squirrelly Shenanigans Soon!

Hello, everyone!  The light is green for Squirrel Superhighway, as there is a contract on its way this month!  

Please keep a look out for posts regarding the progress of my latest children's picture book about squirrels, more squirrels, even more squirrels, and a dog who wants to be a squirrel!  Thank you!