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  • Value Lessons More than Successes

    I recently heard a speaker say, “Value lessons more than successes.” The presenter also emphasized that there’s no failure, only feedback (Derek Doepker). I needed to hear that. Over the past eighteen months I researched facts and then excitedly began to write my next novel, tentatively titled, All That Glitters. The project, about two orphans accompanying their guardian West …[ read more ]

  • New Beginnings

    Here’s a pic of Grandpa enjoying his time with Noah after helping Noah’s dad (our son, Daniel) put his new swing set together. I thought moving to Texas was the next chapter in our lives. As it turns out, it’s more like a whole new book in our lives! Saying goodbye to family and life-long …[ read more ]

  • Home of the Brave – An Immigrant Story

    “In Kek’s story, I hope readers will see the neighbor child with a strange accent, the new kid in class from some faraway land, the child in odd clothes who doesn’t belong. I hope they see themselves.” Katherine Applegate These words, found on the inside flap of the Katherine Applegate’s first standalone novel, Home of …[ read more ]

  • The Silver Coin – The Aleppo Connection

    John Dewey once said meaningful learning occurs when successive learning experiences “are integrated with one another. It [a learning experience] can be built up only as a world of related objects is constructed.” That’s one of the tasks of volume 3 in the middle grade historical fiction series Ancient Elements –  The Silver Coin. This adventurous series about life …[ read more ]

  • New WIP – All That Glitters – With STEAM

    I’m excited to move forward with my new middle grade historical fiction work in progress, tentatively titled, All That Glitters. Yesterday I visited Oak Hill Memorial Cemetery, the final resting place for several people from the Donner party, including Virginia Reed, who was thirteen when she came West with her mother, stepfather, and siblings. In my middle …[ read more ]