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Clare & Dante Plant Onions from Seed

A few weeks ago I posted about pruning my blueberry bushes, something I had my characters do in Heirloom. Recently I planted onion seeds to grow my own starts, also something my characters do. I planted some that I know do well in my area, and some I just happened to have the seed for:…

Dedicated to Master Gardeners & to All Who Aspire To Prune With Confidence

The past few days have presented us with marvelous weather in these parts. I’ve finally gotten outdoors and pruned my three blueberry bushes, the pear tree, the hydrangea, and trained the boysenberry bushes. The blueberries are of different varieties and seem a bit different in the way I should be pruning them. And even though I…

Book Review of Hatchet

A few weeks ago I wrote a review of My Side of the Mountain. As I mentioned in that review, I was so underwhelmed at the beginning of reading it, that I checked out reviews on its Amazon page, most notably the minority 1 star reviews. Many of those naysayers compared it to Hatchet, saying […]

World Read Aloud Day 2020

This year we celebrate World Read Aloud Day on February 5. I love the idea of celebrating reading aloud. Last year I wrote about my experiences as a child of having been read aloud to in the classroom. You can read that post here. Today I’m reflecting on my role as a parent who read […]

My Side of the Mountain Review…Sort Of

  As an author, I occasionally read books on writing–On Writing by Stephen King and The Glamour of Grammar (Roy Peter Clark) among my favorites. As I was rereading On Writing recently I got to the section about how we need to read all the time so I walked in the other room and grabbed […]

Schedule An Author Visit Today!

  Are you a teacher, librarian, active parent or part of a large homeschool group? Want to inspire students in their writing and reading? Having an author visit is just the ticket! Author visits are great because kids realize authors are people just like themselves, while at the same time there’s a hint of *celebrity* […]

The Uncomfortableness of Religion in Children’s Literature

And so here we go again. I hesitate to write about topics where we disagree and yet because of personal bias and discomfort combined with Amazon’s algorithm, one of those irksome little reviews has risen in the “top reviews” section for Seed Savers-Treasure. Never mind that it is over a year old and the ayes […]

New Hope for A New Year

I don’t know what it is about a new year that brings new hope, but I felt its power again today, day one of a new year. Sometimes hope is found in places some eyes would see as forlorn. This morning for example, I dashed out between rain showers to take a walk while the […]

Thanks & Gifting

In the spirit of both Thanksgiving and Christmas, today I offer up a gift. The first book in my Seed Savers series is available to download for FREE from today until December 16th. Several other middle-grade authors also are giving away free books or samples. Here is the blurb for Seed Savers-Treasure: Two kids, two […]

Order Your Author-Signed Book in Time for Christmas!

    What child wouldn’t be excited to receive a book signed by the author? Order any of the Seed Savers books directly from me and have them signed and with a personal inscription for you or your child. The Seed Savers books are middle grade reading and interest level (aging up around the last two books in the […]