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Quotable Tuesday-Jama Rattigan

Today’s quote comes to us from Jama Rattigan. I have never ‘met’ Jama. I know her only from the children’s literature blogosphere but I count as a friend because, well, she leads with her heart. When she posts at

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Seeing Spirit

One of my sisters has cancer. A bad kind. With an ominous stage number and a horrid percentage to beat it.

But here’s something marvelous.

I went to see her and I saw her spirit. I saw how the cancer …



Today I am thinking about eggs.

Specifically, one egg.

This one little egg left the nest this week, attached to the bottom of an email sent to an agent. This is a very big deal, this egg leaving the nest, …


Smile Redux

Smiling is powerful stuff. Back in March, I had this experience. Today, over at Fuse 8 News, Betsy Bird shared this Ted Talk about smiling as she and her husband await their three week old daughter’s first smile.…


Holding a Small Vigil

Very early this morning, I was awakened by fluttering. I raised my head off my pillow and looked out the window thinking I would see a bird there in the dim, dawn light.

No bird.

More fluttering.

I sat up …


Quotable Tuesday-Dianna Hutts Aston

“Your imagination is your preview to coming attractions”
-Albert Einstein

Today’s quote comes to us from my friend Dianna Hutts Aston, author of many picture books for children including the outstanding series, An Egg is Quiet, A Seed is


The Problem is…

So last night a friend told me the following story about a friend of his. Let’s call him David. David and his wife go to Paris. They have heard of a psychic who rearranges people’s souls with her brilliant insights. …


The Mull

I recently sent out my  novel to second round of readers. As their critiques have come in, the mull has begun.

What is the mull, you ask?

Simply, it is the weighing of their comments. You see, this round of …


Quotable Tuesday-Ben Livingston

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others;


The Merry, Merry Month of May

You may have noticed that I dropped off the face of the blogosphere last week. If you didn’t, you were probably swamped by May, the month of school crescendos. Graduations, celebrations, parties. There is a whole lot of hoo-rah that …