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From Heaven my Mom still makes things happ...

Award Winning Author Kathleen J Shields educational books hamilton troll

One of mom’s favorite poems that I wrote for Mother’s Day has again made it’s showcase… in a most miraculous way. A few months ago a child called me out of the blue from Detroit. She found this poem and decided I was worth calling to find out how to write poetry.  So of course, […]

The Painting 3 – Available Now!

The Painting 3 Book 3 of the Painting Trilogy by author Kathleen J. Shields

I am so excited to announce that the third book of the Painting trilogy is now available! The Painting 3 by Kathleen J. Shields The Painting 3 is now available! Happy Birthday to me! Buy the third book of this inspirational trilogy today at Amazon, Barnes and Noble or anywhere books are sold online including […]

Be a Good You and Let Them Through

The other day I was stuck in traffic, construction traffic, with no shoulders, no turn lanes and then came the train.  Cars were backed up as far as the eye could see and we waited… And waited. Finally the train ended, the gates went up and the traffic started flowing – slowly. As my side […]

DEAR Texas Radio Interview Part 9

Interviewed by DEAR TEXAS Radio: Author Kathleen J. Shields tells all! These past weeks I’ve posted clips from my radio interview from Wimberley Valley Radio 94.1 FM KWVH and their latest show DEAR Texas Radio. The last two questions, in my opinion, were the most important because they gave me a chance to inspire others. […]

If kids aren’t supposed to take candy from...

Don’t take candy from strangers! Do parents still tell that to children? Do parents still teach their children about the dangers of drugs laced in candy or razor blades in chocolate? I remember those talks vividly. I remember mom saying, don’t ever eat an unwrapped piece of candy. Always have her check the candy first. […]

Butter your palms

Ever since we started creating this cookbook for children, I’ve been scouring recipe websites to gain inspiration and insight. I’m not taking recipes, that would be plagiarism, I’m trying to learn what I can because I’m normally not allowed in the kitchen. When Carol wanted to do popcorn balls, I started researching what we were […]

My Thinking Cap – A Funny Poem

Anyone ever feel like this??? Oh my, oh my, what can I do? I’m filling up with doubt. My thinking cap must have a hole ‘Cause my thoughts keep coming out! The other day I went upstairs, …To get what?  I don’t know. And as I stood there like a bump on a log That […]

What makes a successful author?

The other day I met another children’s book author whose publisher suggested she talk with other successful children’s book authors to get an idea of what to do. She told me this because she wanted to talk to me.   I don’t know if she came to that decision after she saw my booth, or the […]

A Very Leprechaun Christmas

‘Twas the evening ‘fore Christmas and all was asleep
Except for the Big Man and his reindeer peep.
They were blasting through snow clouds, delivering gifts
When Rudolph began sneezing and throwing some fits.

They jerked to the right. Then to the left.
The sled was all jostled and cracked from the heft.
Suddenly the magic that made the sleigh go,
Began pouring from the backside in a sparkly flow.

Directing the reindeer towards the first empty field
He landed that sleigh, hopped out a kneeled.
He took in the damage when the reindeer moaned,
All knew this Christmas would be postponed!

Santa was pacing, bleak and upset.
He was shivering cold and his feet were all wet.
Giving up was not him, but the sled wouldn’t fly,
‘Twas no way the reindeer could get back in the sky!

Wimberley Book Festival

Award Winning Author Kathleen J Shields educational books

This event is will be huge! 40+ Texas Authors will be in Attendance 200+ Texas Authors will be Represented Sponsored by: HEB, Wimberley Valley Radio, Wimberley Valley Tourism Association, Wesner Media and the Texas Association of Authors This is an inaugural event that you won’t want to miss! If you like books… if you like […]

The Great Cookie Debacle

When a show requires you to bring six dozen homemade cookies and you don’t bake… think twice!

Why is it that 2 wrongs don’t make a...

  When traveling up north (I’m from Texas) I came across those crazy cloverleaf’s on the road. They are so completely confusing to us southerners who are used to simply making a left turn that I couldn’t wrap my head around them for the longest time. If you look at it from overhead, like from […]

I know I’m in my own little world, but the...

As a writer how many times have you thought this? The worlds I create, that I escape to are so cool! I am not me, boring little me. I am super-human, perfectness that everybody loves. I can do amazing things, I can kick-butt! I tell the students I talk to about writing: “Writing is magical! […]

Roman Numerals and Super Bowl XLIX

So I was watching the Super Bowl last night… for those who know me – they KNOW that would NEVER happen! But alas, I was invited to a Super Bowl party, so I studied up on football and went in ready to enjoy the game (and commercials and halftime show!). While watching the game I noticed […]

Remembering 9/11 from a Writers Perspectiv...

When I remember 9/11 – when I watch those scenes unfold as they replay in their compilation videos each year – I look at the faces of the people. I take in the trauma in the eyes of those walking stone statues covered in soot. I see the people running and feel their fear as they are terrified to turn around to see that billowing cloud of debris barreling towards them. I see the disorientation of the students standing next to President Bush, having smiled with excitement for this auspicious visit, only to hear a terrorist attack has taken place and not having a clue how to respond because even the teachers you look up to are flabbergasted.

Crazy an adjective for good

In 1570 the word crazy was used to describe someone who was diseased or sickly. In 1580 the word crazy described a person of unsound mind, or who was insane. Jump to today and crazy means cool or good. When did insane become cool? And let’s not forget about driving someone crazy. In the sixties, […]

You never know what’s in store – GRWC

What an interesting day! It started out before sunrise Saturday. I was drinking my first cup of coffee when the windows illuminated a brilliant pinkish red color – Uh oh, I thought. Red skies in the morning, sailors warning. My mother’s voice echoed in my head. This was a bad omen. Is this going to […]

I was interviewed by the Van Show!!

Award Winning Author Kathleen J Shields educational books

This was so much fun! I felt like I was 5 years old again and my dream of meeting the muppets had finally come true! I LOVE educating children and I LOVE talking about my books! Hollywood here I come (hint, hint). Watch other great author interviews on their website: library.austintexas.gov/literature-live/van

DEAR Texas Radio Interview Part 7

Interviewed by DEAR TEXAS Radio: Author Kathleen J. Shields tells all! In the past weeks I’ve posted short clips from my radio interview from Wimberley Valley Radio 94.1 FM KWVH and their latest show DEAR Texas Radio. These questions really dug down deep and in this interview question she’s asked about Her Guarded Desire.   […]

Car Wash for Dogs

The other day, while in Ohio visiting family, a conversation came up about a car wash in the neighborhood with a dog wash. As a writer and permanent child – can you imagine the visual that popped into my mind? When I was young, I fondly remember a full-service car wash, on Post Oak in […]

Fly Away – A Dream. A Poem. A Percep...

Fly Away – A Dream by Kathleen J. Shields The other morning I awoke from a fabulous neat dream. As I sat there remembering, I wondered what did it mean? It started in my childhood where I was fed and taught and cared for And followed me throughout my youth, and then went even more […]

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