Showing posts from March, 2016

A Chance to Win a Free Book and to Meet the Amazing Author of the Wickware Sagas: Penny Estelle

Exciting books are often taken from legends, or myths. They didn't begin as books, but as stories that may or may not have been based on a true event. Those stories were then shared with friends who shared it with their friends. Each story teller added something to the original story until it evolved into a legend that cannot be proved or dismissed. One story teller who has taken historical legends to a new level is Penny Estelle, author of The Wickware Sagas. This is her story.
Good morning, Sherry.   First, I would like to thank you for letting me stop by to visit.  I really appreciate it.  I want to tell you and your readers about my series called The Wickware Sagas.
A few years back I was visiting my daughter in Utah and my ten-year old grandson was playing with some of his friends.  Somehow, the subject of William Tell came up and not one of these boys had any idea who William Tell was.  This is how my series, The Wickware Sagas, started.  It seems so much of our history is …

Kids:Do You Know a Friend Who is Drinking Alcohol?

Do you know a friend who drinks? No, I'm not talking about milk and cookies, though I wish I were. Instead, I'm talking about something else--alcohol. According to the CDC, kids 12-20 years of age drink 11 percent of all alcohol in the U.S. and more than 8.7 million admit to heavy drinking. So the odds are that you have a friend that is drinking this instead of milk and cookies. It's easy to see where you might think alcohol can make the party, the dance, or just life in general more fun. You see advertisements for it everywhere. But, alcohol is a drug! It impairs your brain, and actually slows down the amount of time it takes for you to process your thoughts. It can affect your balance, your speech, and the way you react to a dangerous situation. So why do kids drink?
Some kids turn to alcohol for the same reasons they turn to drugs--stress, loneliness, low self-esteem, and even abuse. Others turn to alcohol because of peer pressure. And, still others drink just because …

Kids: Just say "No" is not old news!

This week was a time to remember a great lady, First Lady Nancy Reagan, and her plea to kids to "Just say No". It's easy to say, "Yeah, but that is such old news." But while there is a slight decline in drug abuse by kids, kids are still using, popping, smoking, and drinking their way through life. So, "Just say no" is not old news. 
I'm not going to bore you with facts. We all know that you are extremely smart, and if you want to get high on something besides yourself, you can get your hands on alcohol, pills, inhalants, or whatever. Notice, I said "High on yourself?"
As you've heard me say multiple times, you are the future. You are creative, thoughtful, imaginative, and amazing human beings. Here are three things you can do to remind yourself of how wonderful you are.Volunteer. I know, you've heard me say this many times, but volunteering whether it's at a foodbank, the Red Cross, school, an animal clinic, or anywhere els…

A Magical Adventure You Don't Want to Miss Reading: THINGS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM

What would you do if a pigeon started talking to you? Would you think you were going crazy? Would you run? Or, would you hear him out? Remember, Things Are Not What They Seem!
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What would you do if you were sitting on a park bench, minding your own business, and one of those annoying pigeons suddenly started to talk to you? And what if the pigeon didn’t just talk to you – in a meticulous British accent, no less – but pleaded with you to help untangle a piece of string that had accidentally attached his leg to a wrought iron fence? And what if, while you are still convinced that this is all a big nasty trick, a hawk swoops down out of the sky and starts cursing at you, also in the King’s English, for getting in his way when he wanted to execute the pigeon? 
That is the quandary in which 13 year old Jennifer  finds herself one sweltering July morning while babysitting her 11-year-old brother James and his allergy-prone friend Sleepy. She soon learns that the bird is actually a m…