Showing posts from March, 2014


In President Obama's 2008 campaign, he promised to end childhood hunger by 2015. Are we close? The only answer is--NO! In 2008, there were 17 million hungry kids living in America, and that number was a 4 million increase from 2007.  Now, six years after the President's promise, there are 16 million hungry kids in our country. Have we seen improvement? Not much.
America is one of the richest countries in the world, so why are we still allowing children to go to bed hungry? If children are really our future--and I firmly believe they are--then why are we wasting our most precious resource? 
Children need good nutrition to grow, develop cognitive thinking, and to become the Einsteins we need in the future. Many people like Michelle Obama are spreading the word about the impact of good nutrition on a child's mind and body. However, telling people who have little what they should be eating is not helping. According to NOKIDHUNGRY, 85% of low income families want to make healt…


This week I'm breaking from the norm. I was nominated for a Sunflower Award by fellow author and blogger Allyn Stotz. Thanks so much Allyn ( for the nomination. It is an unexpected honor.

Sunflower Award nominees are required to share who they are with followers of their blog by following four rules: They are:
     1.     Share eleven facts about yourself
     2.     Answer the questions sent by your nominating blogger
     3.     Nominate eleven bloggers                                                            4.     Set questions for the nominated bloggers
So here goes: Eleven facts:

1. I love--love-love--love spending time with my grand kids
2. I married very young--let's see 45 years of marriage--ahh let's say I was 4? Yeah, I like 4
3. My favorite hiding place as a child was at the top of a 30 ft Fir Tree
4. My favorite sibling is my brother--Johnny (well I call him that, you have to call him John)
5. I believe in Big Foot, Aliens, an…


As a member of the Institute of Children's Literature, I am privileged to get a heads up on other authors new releases. Here are two--one is for kids and one is for Young Adults. Comet is a splendid and itchy fish. He comes from an eccentric family of brilliantly colored scratchers. But Comet holds a dark secret. The secret is he hates scratching. He is tired of being exceptional. All he wants to be is average. One day while he is alone, a rock tumbles. Comet is presented with the opportunity to leave his crooked little pond, his scratchy family, and to enter an ordinary world. Without another thought, he leaps into the mainstream full of anonymity and dangers. 
Wiggle-Wiggle, Scratch-Scratch, Itch-Itch-Itch is the first book for JoJo Cookie (and it won't be her last). Get your copy of this beautiful story at See JoJo at

Sixteen-year-old Cara Tillman, a descendant from the mythical phoenix bird, is nearing her rebirth where she wi…


The Great Camel Experiment of the Old WestToday, I received word that Collca began the release process for my ebook The Great Camel Experiment of the Old West. You might say I am a little EXCITED!Here is part of the official press release:  The Great Camel Experiment of the Old West  introduces readers to a little known event in the mid-1800s that could have changed the American history of the old West. Taken from the diaries and official documents written by the men involved, the book chronicles the true story of the “purchase of camels and importation of dromedaries for military purposes”.  It follows the camels’ journey from their arrival in Texas to their use throughout the Southwest. Twenty-two sidebars, three appendices, and twenty-one color photographs mainly taken during live reenactments by Texas Camel Corps make this ebook exciting as well as informative.
Amazon already has the book on-line, and offers a view inside as well as the first few pages of the book. As of Wednesday…

Water, Water, Everywhere--Not really!

Every child in the world deserves not only deserves to be fed, but they have a right to clean, easily accessible water. Yet, 780 million of the world's population do not have access to clean drinking water. Today is my family's second day without running water. Our pump met its demise. For us that means filling containers with water at my daughter's 8 miles away, and bringing them home to water the stock, flush toilets, wash dishes, cook meals, and do all the wonderful cleaning things that have become almost impossible for most of us in developed countries without running water. While it does take some effort on our part, it is nothing compared to what almost a billion people world-wide go through on a daily basis--but they don't have cars for transportation.

As a child, there were times when we did not have running water or flushing toilets. We carried and hauled, and spent more time than I care to remember using outhouses. But that was 50 years ago. Half of America …