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My grandson got his official school t-shirt last week: Class of 2027. I don’t want to think about how old I’ll be when he graduates from high school. It does make me think about what the world will be like as he decides what he will do for a living and what problems his generation Read More →

For everyone who wants to comment on my articles,  I have to add a bit of inconvience – Captcha.  The little box that adds a question or phrase you have to answer before posting a comment.  My site has been hit by SEO spammers leaving me with 100′s of links per day to review.  Sorry Read More →

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I am one of the rare people who like to move. I like sorting stuff. I like throwing stuff away. I like having new, clean space to fill with things I need rather than things I might need someday. I like traveling for the same reason. There is serenity in having everything you need in Read More →

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Most of the time, I do months of research before even starting to write a book. I explore settings, historical characters, and historical events taking place not only where my story takes place but in the rest of the world at the time. I like to feel comfortable with my stage before my characters even Read More →

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I got the opportunity of a lifetime — not my lifetime — last week. I took my 4 and 5-year-old grandsons back to Oklahoma to meet Great Grandad, their uncle, great uncles and aunts, cousins, second cousins once removed … you get the idea. There’s a lot of family. We trekked from Grand Lake through Read More →

I must admit that the first reason I was drawn to Anna was her name. I’ve been researching books set in eastern Europe for years and have a love for names that take me there. Then I discovered she had written the picture book POWER DOWN, LITTLE ROBOT – which is brilliant. I was eager Read More →

What do you remember about Huck Finn? As I prepared to reread THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN in preparation for writing a condensation of the story for Caramel Tree, I remembered that it was about Tom Sawyer’s sidekick Huck and Jim, a slave, and their adventures rafting down the Mississippi. I remembered it was hard Read More →

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My newest book from Reading a-z, THE GREAT LAND RUN, is coming soon! The illustrations are fantastic. I love the way the story turned out. It was quite a journey to get it to this final stage. Originally, I was contracted to write a non-fiction book about The Old West. Easy enough. I’ve spent many Read More →

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I had a great time sharing my decorated egg collection with Ms. Leticia’s preschool class. We talked about different types of eggs: quail, chicken, emu. We talked about different types of decoration: painting, dying, carving. Then I shared a  story from my manuscript-in-waiting, LEGEND OF THE RUSALKY. The story is about Ukrainian Easter eggs — Read More →

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Made it back from Oklahoma (my old stomping grounds) where I attended the OWFI Conference — they know how to throw quite a shindig. Lots going on in two days: networking, great speakers, banquets, signings, and a chance to pitch my new work. Success! Will be sending pages off soon. I also managed to grab Read More →