Saturday, September 15, 2018

International Dot Day

I just learned that today is International Dot Day. It means everyone is encouraged to use their creativity today, no mater what that may be.

Do you write? Paint? Draw? Sculpt? Photograph? Act or perform? Dance? Sing? Play an instrument?
Design houses, vehicles, or other things?

Nearly everyone has some creativity in them and this is a perfect day to let it out. Please do.

How are you creative?

For more information about Dot Day please see

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Hi, Ho, Come to the Fair

Today I’m helping at the Gold Country Writers booth at the Gold Country Fair in Auburn, CA.
We’re inside one of the buildings so we don’t have to sit in the sun. 
We’ll get to spend time with some writer friends, meet lots of nice people, and, hopefully, sell some of our own books along with those of other members.

I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon and evening.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Rich or Poor

Do you ever worry about finances? I think most people do, even if they’re rich.
But what does it mean to be rich?
Compared to many people, perhaps millions, even people in the USA on welfare are rich. 
If we have a roof over our head, plumbing and water, gas or electricity, enough food to survive on, transportation, and medical care we’re millionaires compared to many people in the world. 
Besides the homeless in our own country there are thousands - perhaps even millions - of people in the world who struggle to survive. Often big families live in one room and must walk for miles just to get water.
It’s still only Summer, but I’m thinking about Thanksgiving and all that I have to be thankful for.

What do you feel thankful for?

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Bread Crusts

What do you do with bread crusts? 
Sometimes I use them instead of pasta in casseroles

Other times I use them to make bread pudding.

I don’t like to eat them as I do other bread slices, for toast or sandwiches.

I’d love to hear your suggestions.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

A Stitch in Time

At first I found the title of this book confusing because it didn’t seem to be about sewing. But it actually is. Taxidermy involves sewing animal skins together after the insides have been removed and the skins are stuffed. 
Donut is only eleven years old, but she has already learned to stuff small, dead animals and add glass eyes to make them look alive.
Her godfather, Uncle Sam, has taught her how to do that.
But Donut has become an orphan and her irritating aunt has come from Boston and intends to take the girl back there and put her in a school. 
No! Donut is determined not to go and is willing to take any risk to stay where she has always lived. As the story unfolds she gets into all sorts of trouble.
A Stitch in Time is historical fiction and takes place in the early 20th century. It’s well written, the characters are believable, and the conflict is real.

I look forward to reading more books by Daphne Kilmar in the future.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018


When I was a kid if a woman wanted to be fragrant she’d wear perfume, cologne, or “toilet water” (That was a translation of the French term, eau de toilette) and men might use aftershave. If there was a bad odor in a house people would use Air Wick to overpower it.
But now fragrances are everywhere. 
Lots of public buildings are loaded with fragrances, supposedly to make them attractive to customers, but they have the opposite effect on people with allergies and sensitivities.
Most cleaning products, laundry detergents, cosmetics, personal care items, and many other things now contain fragrances. Odor eliminators simply make people unable to smell them, but the actual odors are still in the air.
Years ago I read about a study that said about 18% of people have some sensitivity to fragrances. More recently I read one saying more than 30% of the population have adverse effects from fragrances.
I’m certainly one of those.

Since unscented products are now available, there are obviously a lot of other people like me. I wish everyone would use unscented products.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Signs of Trouble

I don’t often mention my own books here, but since it’s the beginning of the school year I think it’s a good time to mention this one.

Signs of Trouble is about kids who get separated from their Special Ed class on a field trip to a shopping mall. I went on similar field trips with a Special Ed class years ago, but none of the kids ever got separated.

The kids in Signs of Trouble use what they’ve learned about safety rules and recognizing signs to get reunited with their class.

There are educational materials at the end of the book that will be helpful to all young children as well as those with special needs. I used similar activities as a preschool teacher. 

The book can be ordered through local bookstores or the usual internet venues.