Itching to Write

  • March 26, 2015 4:14 pm

I do a lot of substitute teaching. There just isn’t a lot of time to write right now. The other day I was teaching sixth grade. The read-aloud book as Fablehaven, by Brandon Mull. I had, of course, heard of this novel but had never read it. I had some free time during the school day and picked the book up and was instantly drawn into the story. Not only that, but as I immersed myself in the book, I started salivating with creative juices. I felt myself itching to work on my newest junior fiction book. I can’t wait for spring break when I can hopefully get back to work on the third of my Secret Worlds books.

Painting the World

  • March 20, 2015 8:09 am

I am a Webelo scout leader. We’ve been working on the Artist award, and one of the assignments was to draw or paint something outside. I took the boys outside and talked to them a little about plein air art. We talked about how to measure relationships in distance using a pencil. I told them that when you are out in nature, you look around you and you want to paint or draw everything. You feel overwhelmed. It is important, therefore, to pin down what you want to focus on. Zero in on something.

I was interested in what the boys chose to draw. One drew an intricate drawing of the trailer parked in the driveway next door. The details he added even included the bolts. Another boy drew the telephone pole across the street.

Plein air art is amazing. It brings out individuality in a remarkable way.

Friday Night at the Books

  • March 12, 2015 5:46 pm

When our kids were growing up, one of our family traditions was Friday Night at the Movies. On school nights we didn’t turn on movies (and we never watched TV–rotten reception), so by the time Friday night came we were eager to watch a good show.

I remember one Friday night the power went out. No movies. Bummer. Before any of us got too disappointed, however, we decided to have Friday Night at the Books. We read together by kerosene lamp. It was so cozy and fun.

Happy Birthday to Me

  • March 6, 2015 5:38 am

Today is my birthday. The first thing I did when I woke up was say my morning prayer…which has actually continued throughout the day. It is a prayer of thanks–all thanks, no asking, today. It’s been a good life–not always easy, but good. I’ve been thinking of the specific things for which I am grateful.

I thank my Heavenly Father today for books, for the ability to read. Think about the impact that the ability to read has had in your life! What an amazing miracle.

Love of Books

  • February 26, 2015 10:28 am

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.

~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

We were watching a couple of our grandsons last week. I was working in the other room. It was quiet where they were–sometimes a dangerous sign. When I walked in, however, there was our 10-year-old grandson totally immersed in a book. I love that sight!


Reading Books Over and Over

  • February 19, 2015 9:08 pm

I have a shelf of children’s books in my office. Some are in pristine condition, hardly been opened. Others are so worn they are falling apart–evidence of a child’s love.

It probably doesn’t come as any surprise to you that children gain attachment for certain books. Give them a choice, and they’ll select these books for Mom or Dad to read to them…over and over, the same books. It’s a little maddening.

Here’s a great quotation by Oscar Wilde:

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”

–Oscar Wilde


Should Writing be a Punishment? No!

  • February 5, 2015 6:00 pm

I subbed in a class recently in which one of the punishments was to write a certain sentence over and over…I don’t remember how many times.

I really disagree with such a punishment. It makes writing an unpleasant thing, something to be avoided.

Surely there are other ways to discipline.

Encouraging a Love of Music

  • January 28, 2015 8:19 pm

Helping children develop a love of music is synonymous with developing creativity.

This article gives some great ways to encourage a love for music in children:

1. Listen to music.

2. Move to music.

3. Listen to rhymes and sing songs.

4. Learn and play with music toys.

5. Make homemade musical instruments.

6. Read books about music.

7. Do music-related crafts and activities.

8. Take a music class/lessons.

9. Attend live musical performances.

10. Let them make noise.

11. Learn about instruments.

Thinking What No One Else Has Thought

  • January 22, 2015 7:33 pm

Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what no one else has thought.

~ Albert Einstein

Getting the Word Out

  • January 15, 2015 6:50 pm

I received notification today that Charly James had posted one of my Grandma Bubbles Books on her Google+ page. Thank you, Charly, for helping to get the word out about this series of books that help make reading fun and intriguing for beginning readers. Here’s the link: