Saturday, January 31, 2015

National Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

Art ~ it inspires even as it makes you think. Art pulls at the emotions and seldom leaves you unmoved. From brush strokes to fabric, whatever the medium, art is beautiful!

Check out these wonderful artists and their art!

Cassie Celestain
Art in Pastels 
Check out Cassie's blog at

Kathi Rodgers
The patchwork pattern is "Around the World." It's hand-quilted on the diagonal with a heart in one corner, something she does on all of her quilts. Kathi wrote a post about it here:
Her blog is Oak Hill Homestead where she hopes to inspire readers with stories of a simple, self-reliant life.

Cathy Collar
An example of the beaded jewelry that Cathy sells at craft shows. A percentage of her sales is donated to St. Judes Hospital and The Leukemia Lymphoma Society. All of Cathy's jewelry can be found on her blog. 


Marla F. Jones 
Marla is the illustrator of my picture book Grrr...Night! She is also working on our new collaboration, The Mystery of the Red Mitten. You can get a sneak peak at the illustrations above. Marla has several picture books published. You can check them and more of her beautiful paper artwork out at:

Stephanie Clinton
Fabric Mosaic wall hangings
Check out Stephanie's blog:

"Keep reading and dreaming'

God Bless,

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Guest Poet: Howard F. Stein

Winter Arrives       HF Stein  

Winter declared itself today
with rude finality.
Relentless cold rain and wind
tore the last reluctant leaves
from scrawny scrub oak.
Bare branches cut spectral figures
against the gray, bone-chilling afternoon.

Heedless of any calendar,
winter stole the stage.
“I arrive when I please,”
winter decreed to its shivering audience,
who put on their heavy coats
and left the theater
for biting wind, howling trees,
and a perilous trip home.

It was a simple matter
of who was sovereign
and who was subject.
Howard, thank you so much for letting me share your poem!
Check out more of Howard's writing on Amazon.
"Keep reading and dreaming"
God bless,

Sunday, January 11, 2015

National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day

Well, it may be a little cold to splash anybody today. Not to mention, any found puddles may be slightly frozen. But, the thought of puddles and splashing makes me think of spring. So below is my springy thought for the day:

"Keep reading and dreaming"

God Bless,

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Interview with Marla F. Jones

Check out Marla F. Jones' interview on life as an author and illustrator.
Marla is the illustrator on Grrr...Night! Her new book, Let's Follow Them! is available on Amazon.


"Keep reading and dreaming"

God bless,

Sunday, January 4, 2015

I'm Thankful for... Unseen Early Morning Hours

Suddenly wide awake, I stare at the clock. Two hours before I officially have to rise and shine (okay, the shining is optional). That's not too bad. I stare up at the ceiling. "If you don't get back to sleep, you'll be dead tired in the morning," I warn myself. Myself doesn't listen. I toss and turn. Time passes. I peek at the clock again. Okay, if you go to sleep RIGHT  NOW, you'll get an hour... 45 minutes... 30... I finally fall asleep about ten minutes before the alarm rings.
See! I told you you'd be dead tired.
Today (through sleep deprived, bleary eyes) I'm thankful for those unseen early morning hours, the ones I don't see because I"m blissfully asleep. Maybe it's a sign of old age that I'm thankful for sleep. So be it. I'll not worry about that the next 3:00 am when I'm snuggled down in blissful slumber.

"Keep reading and dreaming"

God bless,

Thursday, January 1, 2015

One Moment

This year, I decided to go another way on the same-old-same-old resolutions. Moments are just too precious to be wasted.

Happy New Year!

"Keep reading and dreaming"

God Bless,

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas Fudge

"Keep reading and dreaming"

God Bless,