Showing posts from April, 2014


I am pleaded to announce the release of two new books for kids from fellow authors that I admire. "If we take a special one from the sea, the sea will take a special one from us. Or maybe, Little Orchid thinks, a not-so-special one."

Little Orchid's Sea Monster Trouble is written by fellow author, Claudine Gueh Yanting, for readers 9 and up. It is a story about Little Orchid, a 9 year old girl who thinks she causes too much trouble for her family. Set in a Malaysian fishing village in the 1960s, Little Orchid discovers her mother's trust and family's love when she turns into a cuttlefish. It is an excellent book for kids, but also for parents, grandparents, and anyone who loves children and worry about their feelings. It is available as an ebook through Amazon from Carryusoffbooks. You can also follow her blog like I do at
"When a new girl comes to town, nothing in AJ's life is safe from disaster . . . not even cheer leading and c…

Bully Injustice

When did recording a bully's taunts become wire-tapping? That is the question I would like to ask South Fayette High School principal Scott Milburne. This story hit the news last week, and it still has me reeling. All of you who read my blog know how I feel about bullying. It needs to stop!

So why didn't the Pennsylvania high school teachers step up and stop the bullying of their 15 year old student?
It seems that the young student was taunted on a daily basis for several months by other kids, and most of it was done right in front of his teachers.  According to him, bullies had tripped, shoved, taunted, and even threatened to burn him with a cigarette lighter. When no one stepped forward to stop it, the boy decided to prove he was being bullied by recording the bullies themselves. He made a seven minute recording of an incident in math class that occurred while the teacher was working with him to solve a problem. In the recording, the bullies were clearly heard taunting him …


What is the art of giving?  Generally speaking, the art of giving is the expression of one's creative way of sharing. It can be both intrinsic and extrinsic, and it encompasses many areas in life. We give what we can, when we can, and how we can. 
Children are intrinsic givers. Sharing comes naturally to them. Sure, there are times when toddlers learn the word "mine" and refuse to share their favorite toy, but as a whole, they willingly and openly share what they have with others. Children are not the only ones who are intrinsic givers, so are you. 
Every time you show kindness to another person, tolerate someone's ideas or lifestyle, understand a predicament, sympathize with a bruised heart, forgive a wrong, or lend a hand to a stranger--you are practicing the art of giving. And, it doesn't stop there. When you share your dreams, ideas, values, thoughts, writing, peace, faith, hope, struggles, and triumphs--you are practicing the art of giving. When you encoura…