Creating with an Artist’s Heart

It has been a wild couple of weeks. My workday world is currently coming to a close as virtual teaching/learning ends for an eagerly anticipated summer break. During this time something that has continued to be a struggle for me is to make art; to create, write, draw, or doodle! It is hard right now. However, I remain optimistic as I begin to rediscover a sense of calm, the freedom of time and space in which to recognize what fuels my creative spirit. Several writer friends have often commented to me on how their writing has suffered or taken a back seat while our overactive minds process what’s happening in the world around us. So, I asked them, “What helps to calm your mind? Or unlock those creative thoughts?” Each of them replied, “TEA!”. Read more

Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards – 2019 – Silver Medal Award – What Makes an Opossum Tick?

On October 4th, 2019, I opened my email inbox to find the following announcement:

Congratulations on being a Moonbeam medalist!

Attached to this long letter was the following link. (see below)

So, I clicked on it; doubting that this had anything to do with me and was probably SPAM or sent to all of the authors who submitted books and an application. I had sent my paperwork into the committee in late May and frankly had all but forgotten about it! So, much happens between May and October! Read more