Friday, December 6, 2019

Seasonal Attitude Adjustment

I am an autumn girl. I spend the hot summer longing for the return of “Sweater Weather.” I’m into everything associated with autumn – cool mornings, an aromatic crockpot full of chicken noodle soup, layered clothing, snuggling under afghans, the trees changing into their brilliant colors of gold, orange and yellow - it’s my season.

But my sister would make the perfect beach girl. Sun, sand, waves – it’s her dream. She loves the heat. And a good friend of mine simply lives for winter (I know, there’s one in every bunch).  She prays for snow and icicles along with her “hot chocolate and mittens weather.” Spring has its devotees also. And, I admit, after a long, cold winters the first buds of spring make me smile.

Unless you live in a perpetually warm or cool climate, most of us have to endure the seasons we are less fond of to get to the seasons we love. In other words, we have to take turns. Now, if we’re really honest, most of us aren’t fond of taking turns. We want what we want when we want it. But with the seasons we are forced to wait patiently until our favorite comes around. No amount of impatience, coercion, or downright holding our breath will hurry the change of a season along.

In fact, I think the changing seasons may be one of God’s ways of teaching us about attitude adjustment. Even though I hate winter, I still have the choice of being totally miserable or cuddling up under a cozy afghan with a mug of hot chocolate and a good book and enjoying some “me” time. 

Sometimes we make the bad times in life worse by our attitude. And, sometimes we can’t see the good times because we are so busy rehashing the bad times. It never hurts to occasionally take a “seasonal attitude adjustment.” Who knows, you might find out summer isn’t so bad when experienced while holding a glass of lemonade and running through a sprinkler!

Love and blessings,

Snowman Making Time

Merry Christmas!


Sunday, October 6, 2019

Autumn Leaves

Love and blessings,

Illustrator Quickie Interview: David Barrow

(Self portrait and two of the books David has illustrated)

What type of books do you illustrate?
Mostly, I've been illustrating children's picture books. I've also done some early chapter books as well as one-off illustrations for posters.
Where is your favorite place to illustrate?
I have a room in the back of the house where the walls are lined with bookshelves. Most of my illustrating happens there. But I use a IPad and do a great deal of drawing on that. So basically, I want to be able to illustrate anywhere.
What one piece of advice would you give future illustrators?
This sounds pretty predictable, but what I wish I had done more of growing up was practicing. It just kills me to think about all those hours I wasted sitting around as a kid when I could have been practicing. And, of course, there were years I completely abandoned art to get certain things done like raising a family and paying bills. When I look at other artists online much younger than me I can tell they took their art seriously.
Just draw ... allot!
In one to three sentences tell us about your latest book:
This fall "Alfred" by Stephanie Theban will be coming out. It's the story of a moose who loves to dance and ... well, you know how a moose looks. They just don't seem designed to dance.
Website or blog where people can learn more about you?
My website is I also post some kind of fun illustration on Facebook and Instagram each week as Drawing David Barrow.
What are you reading at the moment?
At this very moment I just started "Classic Atelier Painting: A Contemporary Guide To Traditional Studio Practice" by Juliette Aristides. I don't usually read 'how-to' books about painting, but this one starts off with the premise that those of us who were taught art in the later half of the twentieth century were simply told to buy the supplies and then "express ourselves," hopefully abstractly. I certainly started out at those schools which is why I am mostly self-taught. But for centuries artists studied under masters who started them off drawing from sculptures and learning the principles of shading, composition, and form. That's what this book is about.
I like to reread classics like "Huckleberry Finn" or maybe reprints of the Shadow pulp magazines of the 1930s as well as a lot of Bible study guides and things like that.

Thank you for joining us, David. Be sure and check out David's site.

Keep reading and dreaming,

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Cozy Mystery Day

Cozy mysteries are my absolute favorite genre. Some of my favorites at the moment are: The Bunburry series by Helena Marchmont, Cat in the Stacks series by Miranda James, and The David Graham series by Alison Golden.

Keep reading and dreaming,


Thursday, August 15, 2019

A Moment

Love and blessings,

Friday, July 26, 2019

Author Quickie Interview: Desiree Webber

A warm welcome to author, Desiree Webber:

What type of books do you write?  
My books for young people are The Buffalo Train Ride, which was published by Doodle and Peck this year, and Bone Head: Story of the Longhorn. I have also written professional books for teachers and librarians, which include Travel the Globe, The Kids' Book Club and Integrated Library Systems. 

Where is your favorite place to write? ​My home office is where I go to write, research and drink tea.

What one piece of advice would you give future writers?  ​Learn as much as you can about the craft and stay current on the business aspects of publishing. Schedule your day for writing. Even if you don't accomplish much--show up and sit down. Then it will become a habit.

In one to three sentences tell us about your latest book:
The Buffalo Train Ride is about fifteen buffalo who rode a train from the Bronx Zoo in New York to Oklahoma Territory in October 1907. President Teddy Roosevelt and others created America's first bison refuge in Oklahoma. The book contains fun, interesting information including "Buffalo Bits":  "Wolves may have been a bison's deadliest enemy but so was nature. A cyclone caught Mr. Ely Moore while hunting in 1854. He escaped injury but found two unlucky buffalo. The mighty winds had completely stripped them of hair."

Website or blog where people can learn more about you? I have a free curriculum guide for teachers and librarians who purchase my book. Send an email to

What are you reading at the moment? ​I am reading three books: The Story of the Texas Rangers by Walter Prescott Webb, I'll tell you a Tale by J. Frank Dobie and The Shawnee- Cattle Trail by Gary & Margaret Kraisinger.  I love factual books and biographies.

Thank you, Desiree!