Catching Fireflies

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Raising Mighty Girls

March 8th is International Women’s Day. It was first observed in 1909 in New York and is now a holiday in many nations around the world. It has typically been a day for people to protest and strike for women’s rights around the world. While some people look at this as an activist’s dream, or …

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The Tingle of Magic

Two months ago, I pulled out the manuscript for Book #2. I hadn’t looked at it in over five years. It was time to dust it off and start with the revisions. I like to think that if I let my stories languish on a shelf or thumb drive, marinating for a number of years, they …

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This is a book.

I came across a beautiful ode to books the other day. It is called “A Father Introduces His Newborn Daughter to Books,” and it was posted on a wonderful site for readers called BookRiot.com. Go on, I will wait while you zip over there to read it… 🙂     This new dad has an …

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A Gentle Reminder from the Past

Facebook has a lovely feature that shows you your posts from prior years. This blog post from a few years ago recently appeared on my time line and it couldn’t have come at a better time. See, lately, I have felt like life has been getting in the way of my dreams, and I was …

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Prepare the Blanket Fort! Summer Reading is Here!

As the days get warmer, I start to itch for a good book. Not just any book. A big fat book filled with a sprawling epic adventure, something with the power to fill a slow, lazy afternoon when the only movement you make is to turn a page or reach for the icy glass of …

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The Classic Wind in the Willows

I didn’t remember much about Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows (1908). Whenever I came across the title on my shelves, I had a brief image of a toad and a rat having tea, but I couldn’t say for certain if that truly took place. All I did remember was that I was enchanted as I …

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Things That Go Bump in the Night

In honor of Halloween, and in my Saturday tradition of talking about kids’ books, I thought I would recommend some great collections of scary stories for kids of all ages! The Complete Tales of the Brothers Grimm (1812-15)was always a favorite around the campfire as a kid. Those original tales are full of evil characters who …

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Giving Me Goosebumps!

Back in the mid-90s, my nephew used to read R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books. I admit that I never picked one up back then and only recently read a few entries in the long list of books by this author. There are over 200 of them! R.L. Stine (1943-present) is a seriously prolific writer! Often called the …

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