Good morning. 9/11, a sad day. Still makes me want to cry at all of the lives lost.

So I guess this is day 2 of blogging. I am trying to figure out what to “blog”. I suppose once I have some feedback that can start discussion it will get easier.

So I started writing, well I guess I always liked writing… I wrote my first book, Penelope, while I was visiting my father, after hearing about the birth of my great niece, Penelope. I didn’t really intend for it to be a book. I was just writing a cute story about this little girl. Anyhow, that being March, my husband, Penelope’s great uncle, passed away that June. It wasn’t until that August that I thought I would pursue the publishing process. You see, Bob, my husband, had read what I wrote about Penelope and said he thought it was “actually, really good”. Holding on to that one memory I searched the internet for publishers. Well, the writing and publishing process can go two ways…you can navigate it yourself, publish yourself, etc. or pay and have someone do all that work and wait for the finished product. Some say the first is better, saves money. I did the latter because, frankly, I wanted it to be done right the first time. I am happy with the results and also very happy that I have quite a few books lined up in this Penelope series to keep me busy.

Have a delightful day.

My first Blog!

Wow! I can’t even believe that not only have I published three books but I am also blogging! These are just a few of the things on my Bucket List. I love writing and I love writing about things that I believe will be fun and educational for children. I think a key to teaching children, which is my background, is showing them how much fun learning is and also knowing that each tidbit of knowledge you introduce to a child is another piece of information to help them learn more about the world around them. Many of my stories have societal values incorporated in them and I touch upon ethnicity and social “norms”. I welcome feedback and criticism if you have it. I don’t shy away from creative criticism. I have learned to reflect upon what I do so that the next time I do it better.

About me….

So, you might wonder, why am I blogging. To be totally honest, I have wanted to do this for some time now but never knew how. Now that I have books published there are all different ways of “getting my name out there”, so to speak. I guess my biggest goal with blogging is to get ideas about what people want their kids to learn about. I want feedback so that if a story isn’t that great I don’t keep writing ones just like it. My third story, Penelope’s New Puppy, is a favorite for many people. I think some of the upcoming books in the series are going to be great for introducing more of the world to kids. Most adults think that with all of this technology we have, our kids are learning more. Well, my personal opinion is the opposite. Technology keeps kids in their own little worlds. The unlike, unpost, or unfollow what or who they don’t like. Easy as pie. Well, the world doesn’t work that easy when you grow up and I think many kids don’t learn this early on. I have told students of mine that you might have a boss that you cannot stand but you need to deal with it because if you don’t, you don’t have a job! Picking and choosing your preferences seems so routine to kids now that they don’t realize you don’t always get to pick and choose things that make you happy. Sometimes you have to do the right thing because it is the right thing to do, even if you don’t “like” everyone involved. You learn to like them or keep your opinions to yourself and keep going. Hard lesson to learn if you don’t learn it until you are 16 or 17 and at your first job!

Enough preaching. Keep me thinking on here. Ask questions. Look for answers. We can all learn something new every day!