Friday, December 1, 2023

Storyteller's Journey

My Writer's Update!

Since learning of my cancer diagnosis, my writing has nearly disappeared, but thankfully, not completely. I have two completed unpublished manuscripts that need to be edited - both by me, and my editor. So, I'm just beginning to revise/edit my middle grade novel entitled: THE RABBIT OF ROUEN. 

It's set first in Normandy, France, and then proceeds to Paris during World War II, specifically in 1944. Since the story includes the Liberation of Paris, and 2024 marks the 80th anniversary of that event, I'm hoping to release it next year. But that will be a tall order!

Wish me luck with my goal; I just began chemotherapy.

Friday, November 24, 2023

Storyteller's Journey

Why I'm Grateful

At this time of year most people reflect on what they're grateful for; family, friends and faith are common topics. 

And while I, too, am grateful for those things, since receiving a diagnosis of cancer last summer, I now view gratitude a bit differently.

Like many cancer patients, when I first heard my diagnosis, I was stunned, afraid, and even angry. However, it didn't take me long to learn the importance of a positive attitude. That wasn't always easy. The way I improved my ability to maintain positivity was to focus on those things I could still be grateful for. Some days it wasn't easy. But I began to thank God when I woke up alive. And when I was strong enough to walk outside. Then, too, my family, friends, and faith were always things I remembered to mention.

It was a choice. We've all heard the old adage, "to be happy is to make the choice to be happy." I believe the same can be said for being grateful. After working on this new habit for several weeks, I realized it wasn't just an exercise anymore; I could actually feel the gratitude in my heart. I began to find it easier to deal with my diagnosis, and to accept the treatment plan recommended for me by my oncologist of two surgeries and four cycles of chemotherapy. Even more surprising is that I'm even grateful for it; it just might save my life.

Now I'm grateful for many things that on the surface might look like a negative. So many of these challenges are really beautiful lessons about life in disguise. 

Am I grateful for having cancer? I'm still working on it.

Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving Weekend!

After two surgeries; prior to chemotherapy

Monday, September 18, 2023

Bibliophile's Corner

by Matthew Cordell

Flap Copy Description:
Evergreen the squirrel is afraid of many things: thunder, hawks, and the dark paths of Buckthorn Forest. But when her mother tasks Evergreen with delivering soup to her sick Granny Oak, the little squirrel must face her fears and make the journey.
Along the way, Evergreen meets other forest dwellers - some want to help her, but some want her mother's delicious soup! 

My Thoughts:
Evergreen is Caldecott Medalist Matthew Cordell's most recent picture book - I love it! The whimsical illustrations perfectly bring the heartwarming story to life, and the little protagonist is entertaining as she overcomes her fears! I highly recommend Evergreen for children aged three to seven.

Click here to learn about the author-illustrator Matthew Cordell.

Friday, September 15, 2023

Storyteller's Journey

Autumn's Arrival

As much as I enjoy the sunny days of summer, autumn is my favorite season. One of the things I love about fall is that I almost always begin a new project each September.

This year I plan to continue working on Book 2 in The Time Travel Tales of Livvi Biddle. It's too early to share a synopsis but stay tuned!

Click here to read my recently released newsletter.

Wishing each of you an outstanding autumn!

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Whimsical Word of the Week

Coterie - (n.)
a small group of people with shared interests or tastes.
Example: The coterie of writers and artists met weekly at a local cafe.

Monday, September 11, 2023

Bibliophile's Corner

by C.C.Harrington

Flap Copy Description:
A Snow Leopard.
A Child.
An Ancient Forest
When fates collide, the unimaginable can happen...
Maggie Stephens's stutter makes school especially hard. She will do almost anything to avoid speaking in class or calling attention to herself. So when her unsympathetic father threatens to send her away for so-called "treatment," she reluctantly agrees to her mother's intervention plan: a few weeks in the fresh air of Wildoak Forest, visiting a grandfather she hardly knows. It is there, in an extraordinary twist of fate, that she encounters a abandoned snow leopard cub, an exotic gift to a wealthy Londoner that proved too wild to domesticate. But once the cub's presence is discovered by others, danger follows, and Maggie soon realizes that time is running out, not only for the leopard, but for herself and the forest as well.

My Thoughts:
Wildoak is a wonderful new middle grade novel with a protagonist you'll want to embrace. While Maggie's stutter has made it difficult to make friends, she has a gift for befriending animals. As her adventure unfolds, she not only learns to speak up for herself, but she also has an impact on the whole community around her. I highly recommend Wildoak to readers aged eight to twelve!

Click here to learn about the author C.C. Harrington.

Friday, September 8, 2023

Storyteller's Journey

The Summer of '23

When you live in the Pacific Northwest with his long dark winters, making summer plans is something you look forward to. I know I certainly do!

My main goal for the summer of 2023 was to complete and publish my middle grade novel, The Sibylline Scroll - book one in The Time Travel Tales of Livvi Biddle. That being said, spending time in the sunshine was a close second! My husband Michael and I planned to continue landscaping our property (which we purchased in 2021), visit some of our favorite local sites, and spend time with family. All of our plans were met, including my new novel being released next Tuesday!

However, something that wasn't on my summer list was an unexpected health challenge that began in late July and is still ongoing. I won't go into the details, but I have been diagnosed with cancer. Needless to say, this has been a significant challenge to the way I had hoped my summer would unfold. I have a difficult road ahead. Due to the cancer diagnosis, and my severe weakness, the book launch events I had scheduled have been postponed or cancelled. Wish me luck!

I learned years ago that writing and reading keep me on a positive path; I'm reminded of that in a big way right now. I'm so excited for the release of my new novel - The Sibylline Scroll - next Tuesday, 9/12! 

Friday, June 16, 2023

Storyteller's Journey

It's Time for Summer Vacation!

Even though my middle grade novel, The Sibylline Scroll, will release in September, I'll be taking my usual summer break from Writ of Whimsy. (Columbia River Gorge.)

That being said, I'll be busy planning the book's launch, giveaways, and of course, a bit of networking. Then, too, I'm hoping to make some headway with our home's landscaping; we still need to complete that.

Click here for my summer reading list for kids! 

Click here to read my recent quarterly newsletter! 

Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter; that's where you'll find the latest news on my book release - plus news on fun launch events!

Wishing each of you a safe and sensational summer! 

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Whimsical Word of the Week

Querencia - (n.)
a refuge; a sanctuary.
Example: The teenager's second-floor bedroom had become a quiet querencia from the family chaos below.

Monday, June 12, 2023

Bibliophile's Corner

My Friend Anne Frank
by Hannah Pick-Goslar

Flap Copy Description:
In 1933, Hannah Pick-Goslar and her family fled Nazi Germany to live in Amsterdam, where she struck up a close friendship with her next-door neighbor, an outspoken and fun-loving young girl named Anne Frank. For several years, the inseparable pair enjoyed a carefree childhood of games, sleepovers, and treats with other children in their neighborhood of Rivierenbuurt. But in 1942, Hannah's and Anne's lives abruptly changed forever. As the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam progressed, Anne and the Frank family seemingly vanished, leaving behind unmade beds and dishes in the sink - but no trace of Anne's precious diary. Torn from her dear friend without warning, Hannah spent the next two years tormented by questions about Anne's fate, wondering if she had, by some miracle, managed to escape danger.

My Thoughts:
This recently released memoir by Hannah Pick-Goslar is another intimate look into a Jewish family during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam during World War II. The fact that the author was one of Anne Frank's friends when they were young children gives us another perspective into the life of Frank. The serendipitous thread that weaves its way through the lives of the two girls, to the very end of Anne's life, is extraordinary. I highly recommend My Friend Anne Frank to readers aged twelve and up.

Note: Today would have been the 94th birthday of Anne Frank.

Friday, June 9, 2023

Storyteller's Journey

A Book Trailer for Livvi Biddle!

As I mentioned last Friday, this image of my protagonist Livvi Biddle from The Sibylline Scroll (my upcoming MG novel), is my way of introducing you to my main character prior to the book's release in September 2023.
Another way is this new book trailer!

I had a blast creating this video - I hope you enjoy it!

Artwork by Michael Lindstrom Artist

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Whimsical Word of the Week

Munificence - (n.)
the quality of being extremely generous.
Example: The charity organization was grateful for the philanthropist's munificence.

Monday, June 5, 2023

Bibliophile's Corner

The Book of Charlie
by David Von Drehle

Flap Copy Description:
When a veteran Washington journalist moved to the Midwest, he met a new neighbor who was more than a century old. Little did he know that he was beginning a long friendship - and a profound lesson in the meaning of life. Charlie White was no ordinary neighbor. Born before radio, Charlie lived long enough to use a smartphone. When a shocking tragedy interrupted his idyllic boyhood, Charlie mastered survival strategies that reflect thousands of years of human wisdom. Thus armored, Charlie's sense of adventure carried him on an epic journey across the continent, and later found him swinging across bandstands of the Jazz Age, racing aboard ambulances through Depression-era gangster wars, improvising techniques for early open-heart surgery, and cruising the Amazon as a guest of Peru's president.

David Von Drehle came to understand that Charlie's resilience and willingness to grow made this remarkable neighbor a master in the art of thriving through times of dramatic change...

My Thoughts:
I discovered The Book of Charlie via the Instagram account of Tom Hanks; thanks so much Mr. Hanks! It's always a pleasure to read an authentically inspirational book; when it's full of humor, wisdom, and history, well, I'm all in. Mr. Von Drehle's book would make a great graduation or Father's Day gift. I'll be purchasing more copies for gifts myself. Bravo, David Von Drehle!

Friday, June 2, 2023

Storyteller's Journey


After twelve years of outlining, writing, revising, and editing, my upper middle grade fantasy novel is finally about to become a reality! The Sibylline Scroll is the first novel in my new book series: The Time Travel Tales of Livvi Biddle. I absolutely love the cover! Many thanks to Michael Lindstrom and Kriston Clark for bringing it to life.

I had hoped to use this image of Livvi Biddle on the front cover, but as we went through the arduous process of creating the cover, it was clear that that just wouldn't work. But something else did...

When we began designing the back cover, we realized that there was a perfect spot for the image of Livvi Biddle!

The process of creating this novel has been the most rigorous, and the most rewarding, of any of the books I've written. To learn more about The Sibylline Scroll, and to subscribe to my newsletter, check out my website, here. 

Stay tuned! The book will be available this autumn 2023!

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Whimsical Word of the Week

Xertz - (v.)
the act of gulping down a beverage in haste.
Example: The wasabi sauce was so hot that the teen needed to xertz a pitcher of water after only one bite.

Monday, May 29, 2023

Bibliophile's Corner

Palace of Books
by Patricia Polacco

Flap Copy Description:
"You mean they have a whole big building that is only for books?"
When young Patricia Polacco's family moves from Union to Battle Creek, Michigan, it is hard for Patricia to believe this new place will ever feel like home. But soon she meets the kind librarian, Mrs. Creavy, and discovers the library's doors are always open. Now Patricia has a place to explore and study books about the birds that she loves. Mrs. Creavy even shows her the books of John James Audobon and helps Patricia introduce her classmates to the joy of birds and become the first member of the Audobon bird club of Fremont Elementary.

My Thoughts:
Just one more children's book review of the season - for lovers of libraries! If ever there was a book for children about the joys of a library, it would be Palace of Books! While the book is an autobiographical account of one chapter of the author's childhood, what I found so endearing was how the kindness of one librarian - and the books that she shares - can change the life of a child forever. I highly recommend Palace of Books by Patricia Polacco to readers aged four to seven!

Click here to learn about the author/illustrator, Patricia Polacco.

Friday, May 26, 2023

Storyteller's Journey

My Annual Summer Reading List!
Once again, it's time to feature the list of children's books that are my favorites since last fall. Merely select a title, click on it, and read my review. Enjoy!

YA = Young adult, MG = Middle Grade, PB = Picture book

Freewater by Amina Luqman-Dawson (MG)

Fairy Tale by Stephen King (YA)

Beneath the Keep by Erika Johansen (YA)

Northwind by Gary Paulsen (MG)

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (YA)

Elf Dog & Owl Head by M.T. Anderson (MG)

Frigg's Journey to Anasgar by Deb Cushman (MG)

Hot Dog by Doug Salati (PB)

The First Notes by Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton (PB)

by Mary Seabag-Montefiore (Anthology)

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There's something here for everyone! Happy reading this summer!

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Whimsical Word of the Week

Alpenglow - (n.)
a reddish glow seen at sunrise or sunset on the summits of mountains.
Example: After setting up his campsite, the mountain climber relaxed and enjoyed the alpenglow. 

Monday, May 22, 2023

Bibliophile's Corner

Elf Dog & Owl Head
by M.T. Anderson

Flap Copy Description:
A summer spent sharing the family computer with his annoying sisters, trying to tune out his parents' financial worries, and video-calling with his friends. That's what Clay has to look forward to during that first summer of the sickness all over the world. But one day, in the woods, everything changes.
From the moment he sees the peculiar young dog with the fancy collar, Clay knows there's something special about her. There are other things in the woods, too - beautiful, ancient things, tucked in the invisible folds of the forest, where reality ripples and other worlds are glimpsed. But as Clay and his mysterious dog explore day after day, Clay comes to realize that the woods also hold secrets and traps and things to be scared of. If he's not careful, Clay might just step off the path and never find his way back.

My Thoughts:
This recently released middle grade novel is fanciful, imaginative, and a wonderful example of magical realism. Elf Dog & Owl Head is an extraordinary novel for children. The charcoal etchings really add to M.T. Anderson's enchanting story. I highly recommend this book to readers aged seven to twelve. 
I was lucky enough to hear the author speak at a SCBWI Writer's Conference in Los Angeles, CA, years ago. That's where I first heard of him!  He shared several illuminating tips for writers. (His excellent nonfiction book, Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad, is one of my all-time favorite books.) 

Click here to learn about the award-winning author, M.T. Anderson.

Friday, May 19, 2023

Storyteller's Journey

Inspiration for Livvi Biddle
Living in the southwest portion of Washington State for most of my life, I've found there's no shortage of inspiration for an author. This sign is just down the road from my previous residence, in my old neighborhood.

The Biddle Family was prominent, and significant in the history of Southwest Washington State, specifically, in Clark County. In fact, one of Henry Biddle's descendants lives just down the way on Biddle Rd. (We've been to the home of Erskine & Sandy Wood where they held an event honoring the Nez Perce tribe.) Years ago, this neighborhood inspired me to draft a story with a protagonist called Livvi Biddle. Her world includes these railroad tracks running parallel to this country road.

The historic Vancouver Trout Hatchery was built in 1938 and is also along the same country road. It, too, is included in my upcoming middle grade novel.

Down the road from the hatchery, is the Fisher Cemetery. It was built in 1852 and was the inspiration for the cemetery included in my new novel, The Sibylline Scroll.

This oversized pond is called Biddle Lake. The branch of the Biddle Family that settled along the Columbia River, was originally from the prominent family in Philadelphia, PA. (However, I took a bit of liberty with Livvi's ancestry.)

If you're interested in learning more about the Biddle Family, specifically about Henry Jonathon Biddle, click here.

My middle grade book cover reveal is just two weeks away!

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Whimsical Word of the Week

Riposte - (n.)
a quick, clever reply to an insult or criticism.
Example: The normally introverted woman was finally able to riposte to the ever-negative neighbor's comment.


Monday, May 15, 2023

Bibliophile's Corner

Make Way
by Angela Burke Kunkel
illustrated by Claire Keene

Flap Copy Description:
In the beginning, in Hamilton, Ohio, there was a boy named Robert. His hands were always moving, always creating. Many years later, after attending art school in Boston, Robert McCloskey would think about his days wandering through Boston Public Garden and write the classic story Make Way for Ducklings.
In the beginning, there was also a girl named Nancy. She grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, working in her father's green-house, twisting wire and boughs into wreaths. Many years later Nancy Schön would look at Bob's drawings in Make Way for Ducklings and get the seed of an idea. That seed became the bronze sculptures of Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings that stand in Boston Public Garden today.
The stunning and innovative picture book biography intertwines the lives of two phenomenal artists - who were contemporaries and friends - and reveals the extraordinary impact they've had on generations of children.

My Thoughts:
Like most fans of children's books, I have always loved the picture book, Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey. Make Way - The Story of Robert McCloskey and Nancy Schön, and Some Very Famous Ducks is the perfect biography to honor Mr. McCloskey and Ms. Schön! The combination of the enchanting illustrations and the biographical details works together to create a truly beautiful picture book. There are additional details about Mr. McCloskey and Ms. Schön at the back of the book. I highly recommend Make Way for readers of all ages!

Friday, May 12, 2023

Champions of Creativity

L. Frank Baum

Lyman Frank Baum was born on May 15, 1856; next Monday marks his 167th birthday. He is best known for his children's book series, The Wonderful World of Oz, fourteen books in all. Mr. Baum was a prolific writer, penning forty-one novels, eighty-four short stories, two hundred poems, and at least forty-two scripts. He was a truly creative soul, making several attempts to bring his works to the stage and screen. In 1939, the adaptation of The Wizard of Oz was finally brought to the silver screen, becoming a landmark of twentieth-century cinema.

Frank Baum suffered from heart problems and found the warm sunshine of Coronado, California, wonderful weather to restore his health - and to write! The photograph on the left is of the Frank Baum House where the author and his small family occasionally resided between 1904-1910. Mr. Baum would write in the mornings, and in the afternoons would golf, or spend time reading to children in the courtyard of The Hotel Del Coronado.

In addition to L. Frank Baum (who famously designed the crown chandeliers still hanging in the Crown Room of the hotel), many other famous guests frequented The Del, including actors, politicians, and even royalty.

Since my father was stationed at the North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado, I was born on that sunny paradise island. Consequently, over the years I've become interested in the history of Coronado. Since Mr. Baum was a children's book author, I've enjoyed learning about him. 

Remember to follow your yellow brick road!

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Whimsical Word of the Week

Verisimilitude (n.)
the appearance of being true or real.
Example: The author's in-depth character development added to the verisimilitude in her new novel.

Monday, May 8, 2023

Bibliophile's Corner

The First Notes
The Story of Do, Re, Mi
by Julie Andrews and 
Emma Walton Hamilton

Flap Copy Description:
"When you know the notes to sing, you can sing most anything!"
Imagine a time very long ago, when music couldn't be written or read and could only be learned by live performance. A monk named Guido d'Arezzo dreamed of finding a way to write music as words are written in books, so that people far and wide could read and learn melodies. With creativity, passion, and perseverance, one humble man invented a way to share music across the world.

My Thoughts:
There's so much I love about this picture book! Not only does it share the history of musical notes, at the back of the book it includes a glossary, more information about the monk, Guido d'Arezzo, and a page about the song "Do-Re-Mi" which was written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. Julie Andrews and the award-winning author, Emma Walton Hamilton (daughter of Ms. Andrews), have created a book every child should read - especially if they're a budding musician of any kind!

Click here to learn about author Emma Walton Hamilton. 

Friday, May 5, 2023

Storyteller's Journey

Walk in the Woods

Last week was the first time it finally felt like spring in my neck of the woods. The Salmon Creek runs through the common area of our neighborhood and is one of my favorite natural sites.

This historic covered horse bridge serves not only horses and hikers, but also acts as a meeting place for our neighborhood get togethers in the summer. 
While many of our neighbors are horse owners, we are not. However, since I grew up with horses as a child, being around the majestic creatures always gives me a sense of deja vu. These two stallions were quite curious by my presence at first, but soon realized I was just out for a walk.
I thought this view through the trees of the distant hills was just lovely. 
As I continued walking, I soon came upon one of several ponds in the area.

I've mentioned before how much Mother Nature inspires me. While I'm busy preparing for my middle grade novel's publication in the fall, I still need to get my nature fix as regularly as I can!

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Whimsical Word of the Week

Accismus (n.)
the feigning of disinterest in something, while actually desiring it.
Example: The actor's comment that he was "glad he wasn't chosen for the movie role" was not convincing, revealing his accismus.

Monday, May 1, 2023

Bibliophile's Corner

King Charles
by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Back Cover Description:
Little Charles became heir to the throne aged just three. He grew up loving nature and dedicated himself to helping people and the planet through environmental activism and charity work. When he became king, Charles promised to serve his people with loyalty and respect. This amazing story of the king's life features a facts and photos section at the back.

My Thoughts:
Since the coronation of King Charles is coming up at the end of the week, I thought this book would be the perfect title to review. The story is a lovely overview about the monarch's life, and deals with his first wife, Princess Diana, in a tactful way. If you're looking to introduce your youngster to the new king, this book definitely fits the bill!

Friday, April 28, 2023

Storyteller's Journey

Structuring a Book Series
There are a number of resource books on the subject of structuring a book series; I've read a few. However, today I'd like to share my insights, gained primarily from reading lots of book series.

After creating your cast of characters, developing your plot, & building your world you'll need to ask yourself what kind of a series do I want?

There are a few approaches an author can use to craft a book series:

1- Would you like a group of independent stories with the same main character and world? (Think The Nancy Drew Books.) In this type of book series, there is no need for an overarching plot since each story has its own components; the books are connected to one another merely by the main character and her individual adventures. (It's imperative that you create a unique protagonist.) This is an Anthology Series.

2- If you're a fan of the Marvel Comic Books, you might want to create a super strong world, where each book has a new and unique protagonist. However, the world must be extraordinary, since you'll be introducing a new main character in each book. Another example would be if you've designed a magical forest or a fanciful farm as your world you could use a different animal in each of your books. Think the Beatrix Potter Books.  These would also be considered Anthology Series.

3- If you've spent a lot of time world building and have a large cast of characters, you might want to explore your world with a different character from your original cast in each book. In this approach, the story works best when there is an overarching plot throughout the series since the cast of characters are connected to one another - and the world is also a character. (Think The Chronicles of Narnia.)

4- Lastly, if you want an imaginative world, a unique protagonist with a colorful cast of characters (including their interpersonal dynamics), and an epic saga over multiple books, then you'll need to plot and plan before writing your first novel! (Think The Harry Potter Books or The Lord of the Rings Books.) This type of series requires in-depth character development, in-depth world building, and in-depth plot development.

The upper middle grade book series I've crafted most closely resembles the fourth approach. While I do have the same extraordinary protagonist in each book I've outlined, the world building is not nearly as complex as The Harry Potter Books or The Lord of the Rings Books. However, each book in my fantasy series takes place in a different country, so a lot of research was needed, as well as some traveling. 

Here are a few tips I've found important in a complex book series:
Create a strong antagonist and/or hierarchy of antagonists.
Your protagonist is only as compelling as the challenges she overcomes. By having a network of antagonists, she can conquer one at the conclusion of each book without reaching the final victory. However, the antagonists need just as much character development as your primary and secondary characters. (Several blog posts could be written about antagonists!)

Create a series outline at the outset of your storyteller's journey. 
That way you can "plant plot seeds" that you can have come into fruition later in the series. Also, this is the time to create a finale for each book, while making it just one piece of the larger plot puzzle and finale of the entire series.

Create a three-act story structure not only for each book, but also for the entire series.
One way to think about your book series is to embrace it as a super novel. The entire series needs everything each individual novel needs; each novel will serve a different purpose in the structure of the series. Your final novel should be a culmination of everything the protagonist has learned and overcome. It should be the most exciting and the most satisfying for the reader. 

Each book should have a finale; it should be able to be read as a standalone novel.
I don't know about you, but one thing I despise is when an author uses a cliffhanger, rather than a finale, to finish a novel in her series. This is not the way to hook a reader into reading the next book! However, after your finale there should also be a seed of the next book planted.

Be patient.
This might be the most important tip of all. Writing a book series is a marathon, not a sprint. I began outlining my Livvi Biddle Books back in 2011. In the years that have followed, my protagonist has changed, the plot has changed, her world has changed, and most remarkably of all...I've changed. Only this year do I finally believe the first book is ready for publication. (Even though I queried agents for years!) Giving yourself time is like allowing good wine to age; it becomes better with time. So too, do you, if you keep writing. So, be patient!

All the best of luck with structuring your book series!

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Whimsical Word of the Week

Zephyr - (n.)
a warm, calm breeze.
Example: The summer zephyr floated over the Pacific Ocean as the gray whales zigzagged across the sea.


Monday, April 24, 2023

Bibliophile's Corner

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
by Charlie Mackesy

A journey, in search of home...
"I made a film with some friends about a boy, a mole, a fox and a horse - their journey together and the boy's search for home. I hope this book gives you courage and makes you feel loved." Love Charlie x

My Thoughts:
Charlie Mackesy, a British author, artist, and illustrator, wrote a lovely book by the same name that was adapted into an Academy Award winning animated short film. This extraordinarily beautiful book offers hope and inspiration amidst these troubled times. I highly recommend it, and its film, to readers of all ages!

Click here to learn about the author/illustrator, Charlie Mackesy.

Friday, April 21, 2023

Storyteller's Journey

Earth Day 2023
Fifty-three years ago, a young Washingtonian launched the very first Earth Day. Denis Hayes attended Clark College for his undergrad studies; the same institution where years later I received my Dental Hygiene Degree. He also grew up near the Columbia River, as did I.

He still lives in Washington State, Seattle, to be more specific. Click here to learn about this Clark College alumnus and PNW legend.

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In 1962, the non-fiction book, Silent Spring by Rachel Carson was published. It was one of the most-influential books in the environmental movement. Now, presidential historian and environmentalist, Douglas Brinkley, has authored Silent Spring Revolution. It chronicles the environmental movement during the "Long Sixties," the years between 1960-1973. Mr. Brinkley's storytelling skills are masterful as he shares the history of the courageous activists who saved the natural world during that pivotal period of our nation's history. Woven into the narrative is the impact that Rachel Carson, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon, had on the evolution of the environmental movement. I highly recommend Silent Spring Revolution!

 Happy Earth Day!

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Whimsical Word of the Week

Apotheosis - (n.)
the highest point in the development of something; culmination or climax.
Example: Performing the national anthem at the inauguration of the U.S. President was the apotheosis of the singer's career.