I Fear for Our Children & Grandchildren :-(

I think most people would agree we are living in a world in which there is much to fear and be deeply concerned about.

Though of greatest concern is the dying of our environment, countless species, and eventually — humankind — that is not the specific fear I’m referring to which prompted this blog post. I’m not referring to the dying due to the horror of gun violence in America, or the dying of our democracy due to the state of this country’s politics. What I’m referring to is the very thing which is at the root of these and many other terrifying realities throughout the world — the dying of decency.

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UP!–Wow! It’s Int’l #DotDay 2019! :D

Every year there’s a touch of “creative magic” in the air 🦄✨ as International Dot Day approaches, this year on Sunday, September 15th. Since my first dot 🟠 to celebrate the day back in 2014, when I had the pleasure of interviewing Terry Shay, the co-founder of Dot Day, I’ve gotten excited anticipating all the amazing, shared creativity worldwide and getting to see SO many DOTS! I’m also, as you would expect, a HUGE fan of Celebri-dots, a site where published authors, illustrators and celebrities post their dots 🥰 😎. Continue reading

UP!–ENCORE! for Mister Rogers Talks with Parents

If ever there is a book for parents that needs to go back into print, it’s this one (available at exorbitant prices). I am now a grandmother and also write for children, so am reading this book with great appreciation. This is as thoughtful, and full of common sense and invaluable knowledge as a parent could want or need. I don’t understand why it ever went OUT of print!

Several reviewers on Goodreads commented that there are parts which are “outdated” and gave it a 4-star review for that reason. I wholeheartedly disagree! The nature of being a child doesn’t change—the world they live in and how adults approach parenting is what changes. In my opinion, the wisdom contained in this book is timeless—as relevant today as it was when, and before, the book was written. Continue reading

UP!–And the Lucky “MY QUIET SHIP” Winners are… :D

Yes, you heard me right! I said “WinnerS“—in the plural 😀

I already know Hallee has a big heart, so I wasn’t surprised when she told me she wanted all the Giveaway entrants to win something 😃❤🤗

With that in mind, to celebrate the release of her debut book My Quiet Ship, we let Rafflecopter randomly select a “Grand Prize” Winner who will receive the full “My Quiet Ship” package; and First and Second “Runners Up,” each of whom will receive a signed copy of My Quiet Ship! ALL OTHER ENTRANTS will receive a little surprise from Hallee! Is that cool or what?! 😎 Continue reading