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Thank You Postcards from the Children!

So an absolutely amazing letter came in the mail today.  I did a reading at an elementary school in San Marcos last week and was again able to share my writing enthusiasm with the children.  The smiles on their faces, hands in the air for participation, the exorbitant number of them who actually liked to […]

Nomination: Very Inspiring Blog Award

What a wonderful surprise! Apparently my Mothers Day blog was nominated for the “Very Inspiring Blog Award”. This is a wonderful treat as I had no idea blogging could be so rewarding. I have always intended this blog be inspirational and educational, and am thrilled to know that my heartfelt post about my late mother […]

Honoring Mom on Mother’s Day

What do you get mom on such an important day? A card? Flowers? Candy?  How about a book written by you, illustrated with love and given with the smile only pride could bring out.  That is exactly what I did to honor my mother, even though my mom is no longer with me… Thinking back […]

I was just nominated for the Shine On Awar...

Hi everyone, I just wanted to share this, I was just nominated for the Shine On Award at jemsbooks.wordpress.com Apparently I did or am doing something right. The rules require me to display the award on my blog, link back, state 7 things about myself, nominate other bloggers and notify them. Since I just started […]

Thank You To My Friends

Someone posted a meme the other day that really resonated with me. It said:
“You don’t realize how antisocial you are
until there’s a pandemic and nothing much changes in your life.”
With this stay-at-home order in various cities around me and across the country, everyone is seemingly going stir-crazy. They aren’t used to being stuck at home, having nothing to do… but for weeks – nothing much has changed in MY life.

Imagination is Key – What does that mean?

Award Winning Author Kathleen J Shields educational books

Imagination is the mental ability to create new ideas or concepts. It is the mind’s way of creating things and situations that aren’t there. “Imagination is Key” is my mantra. It is why I write what I write and why I encourage all children to use their imagination. My motto is “The Only Limitation is […]

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.

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