First let me apologize for not writing something sooner – I have been so busy! Between back to back school readings and library visits, to sales for Dandy Lion and then that pesky running my own website and graphic design business as well as getting the latest Hamilton Troll book featuring Elwood Woodpecker published and […]
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. […]
‘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!
When a show requires you to bring six dozen homemade cookies and you don’t bake… think twice!
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 […]
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! […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
Happy Halloween Everyone! I wasn’t sure I’d be able to write a post this Halloween – you see, this was my father’s favorite day of the year. I grew up with a dad who’d terrorize me with his many masks throughout the year in order to prepare me for the chaos that would ensue on […]
I was looking out back from the sliding glass window in Maryland and saw a couple of black squirrels going about their day. I don’t see black squirrels in Texas, at least not in my neighborhood. There we have grey squirrels. I know there are grey and black, have seen white albino and a couple […]
Children are amazing! Their imaginations are awe inspiring. They have so much creativity, so much Magic within them, so many curiosities and adventures and love for the unknown. It’s sad that when you become an adult that gets pulled away from you. When you become a teenager you have to be cool. You lose all […]
It’s been over a month since my last blog post and I could easily blame the holidays. I mean, Halloween was only 3 days before Thanksgiving which was 2 days away from Christmas which was only a day before New Years. Heck the Valentine’s stuff was out at Walmart the day after Christmas! Time is […]
So my illustrator mentioned there was a Unicorn Day and she believed it was on February 11th. But before I added it to my calendar – I did a little research, just to confirm. Did you know there is a National Unicorn Day AND an International Unicorn Day? Did you know cultures from all over […]
I don’t know WHY I wrote this – but I thought it was pretty good. Of course, I’m my biggest fan. 🙂 Generation A: We found wild cherries. Picked them. Jarred them. Sold the excess and bought a bag of flour to make a cherry pie. Generation B: We kept the seeds from the cherries […]
No, you will never find me on American Idol or America’s Got Talent or any crazy singing show and probably not in the karaoke bar either, but I do love to sing. I sing in the shower. I sing in the car while driving. I sing at my desk and I sing at my church. […]
A good friend of mine, Miss Angel, has started an educational children’s show based on her textbook “Here Be Dragons”. She has put together a number of videos so far. In this one – Hamilton Troll visits the land of Far Far and Away from his land called Erin Go Bragh. 🙂 How cute is that? I […]