Guest on Instagram Talk Show

This Thursday September 17th at 7 PM, I’ll be a guest on the Instagram show Funk & Friends, hosted by my former student, wonderful children’s book author, and friend, Josh Funk. You can catch it live or anytime afterwards by searching on Instagram for @joshfunkbooks Not on Instagram? Josh will be posting the episode at… Read more »

Slow Down for Turtles!

One of the joys of summer is seeing wildlife. And despite staying more close to home during this pandemic summer, I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to see wild creatures right in my own neighborhood. I’ve already posted a bunny sheltering under a lawn chair during a rainstorm and an unusual beetle. Another day we had… Read more »

Giants in My Yard!

Continuing the theme of natural wonders in my own backyard, check out these ENORMOUS lilies! My husband (seen below, last week when temps were 30 degrees below what they are today) planted them a few years ago. But this summer they just kept growing…and growing…and growing…until they tower over the aforementioned lovely Al. Well, don’t take… Read more »

Natural Discoveries

Spending more time than usual in my backyard this sheltering, sometimes sweltering summer, my husband and I have encountered some brand new natural phenomena we might not have noticed in previous years. One day we saw two different creatures that seemed to enjoy our lawn furniture…

Story Time Pandemic Style

When my local library, Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, asked if I’d like to read one of my books to share on its YouTube Channel, I thought, “What fun!” And it was. I chose to share my giggles-inducing picture book about Sidney the pig, an aspiring poet who wants to change his name because his name… Read more »

Some Fun Questions

The favorite part of my author visits, whether in-person or virtual, is Question Time. The ager hands waving to be called on, the earnest queries. The virtual visits I’ve switched to due to the pandemic actually make it easier to hear questions and to see  the questioner’s face close-up.            … Read more »

Yay for Technology!

When I read one of my stories during an author visit, I love seeing the bright eyes trained on the big screen as students sit crosslegged on the gymnasium floor. And I relish hearing the giggles when one of my characters says something silly. But hey, we’re in the middle of a pandemic, so what are ya gonna do? Turn… Read more »

How Can I Help?

As a children’s book author, I often talk in classrooms about my writing process, how to enliven writing, and other topics depending on the age group. Trying to think how I could volunteer during this crisis when students are confined to their homes, I had an IDEA!! I can still answer questions or correspond with individual or groups… Read more »

Smiles Wanted

During this real-life science fiction novel we’re all living in, this year’s Passover will be celebrated in disparate ways. Since my picture book Paulie’s Passover Predicament was first published, I’ve loved hearing about families reading it as part of their gatherings. This year, with many families apart, children and relatives can still share the paperback via videochat or through Audible… Read more »