Saturday, May 25, 2019

Gold Friends

Back when I was a Girl Scout we used to sing, “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver but the other is gold.”

Thanks to the internet and other modern technology I’m now able to keep in touch with old friends I hadn’t seen or heard from in decades.

But that’s still not as good as seeing them face to face in real life.

In a few weeks I plan to attend a high school reunion and I can hardly wait to see some of my gold friends in person. 

Of course now most of us have silver, not gold, brown, or red hair, but we’re all still kids on the inside.

Friday, May 17, 2019

What Is That Strange Noise?

Karen Carr and her granddaughter, Piper Andersen, have written a cute picture book together that’s sort of about them.

But what happens couldn’t have happened in real life.

In the book a grandmother and her granddaughter, Piper go for a drive and the grandmother keeps hearing sounds of strange animals from the back seat where Piper is sitting.

Soon the back seat is filled with all kinds of animals.

This book will be enjoyed by little kids who are learning about different kinds of animals and the noises they make.

The illustrations by KC Snider are cute and colorful.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Rich or Poor

I’m officially low income. 

I live in a mobile home park, drive a 17 year old car, and can’t afford to go on vacations, buy expensive clothes, or go out to theaters or concerts.

Some people would consider me poor.

But compared to lots of people in the world, I’m rich.

I have a roof over my head, heat, electricity, fresh water and plumbing, a car to drive, medical care, and plenty of food.

I can read and write, use the internet to communicate with friends and family, and give gifts to people I love for special occasions.

And I have a lot of wealth money can’t buy. I’m educated. I can see and hear the beauty around me. I can walk and talk.  

 I could go on and on about all the good things in my life.

What about you? Do you consider yourself rich or poor?

Wednesday, May 8, 2019


I’ve been involved with kids who have Special Needs for most of my life. I was a foster parent, worked at California School for the Deaf, and was a substitute teacher in many Special Ed classes, to name only a few ways I’ve done that.

But the book, Focused, by Alyson Gerber, gave me a better understanding of what it’s like to have ADHD than I’ve ever had. ADHD is Attention Deficit Disorder, a condition that makes it extremely difficult to focus on one thing.

Clea, the main character in this book, has that disorder, although she doesn’t know it. 

The story is well written and the plot kept me turning the pages.

I highly recommend Focused to middle grade readers because they would enjoy reading it and also learn to understand kids they may know who have ADHD.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Blog About Blogging

Way back in ancient history when the internet first got started ,somebody invented the term, web log, to define regular online posts by the same person.

Obviously those words were compacted into one and we now use the word, blog.

When my first book was coming out in 2009 Was told to start blogging for publicity. I wondered how I could possibly think of something to say once or twice every week. 

Well, it has been about ten years, and I’m still doing it, although I’ve skipped some posts because of things like moving, health problems, or emergencies.

I’m not sure blogging has done much to help my book sales, but I enjoy doing it.

I share most of my blog posts on Facebook so I seldom get comments on my actual blog site.

If anyone who reads this would be kind enough to go to and leave a comment I’d appreciate that very much.