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The Book at the Top of the Mountain

October 10, 2017

Once upon a time, I wrote a children’s story for creative writing class. And as week followed week and year followed year, I liked the story so well I decided to publish it as a children’s book. But publishing a children’s book, I discovered, was no easy task. I scaled a high mountain, looking for an illustrator. At the tip top of the mountain, I …

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JOY

September 19, 2017

What does this picture make you think of? It makes me remember one of my favorite children’s books, the one that has the repeated line, “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!” Anyone else love that story? This picture also makes a tiny three letter word run through my mind. Joy. Joy is my middle name, and maybe that is why the quality of joy …

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From the Mouths of Nieces

August 29, 2017

This morning I woke up to one of my favorite sounds in the world: little girl voices. Well, mostly little girl voices. MacKenzie is ten now, and not so very little. Madison is seven and full of questions like: “Why are you laying the wrong way in the bed?” (Because I woke up awhile ago already, and now I’m just resting.) and “Did you have …

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