Throwback Thursday

July 14th, 2016|family, gratitude|

Thirty four years ago, this charmer entered our lives and now she's the mom to two darling daughters herself! Her first grade passion for chapter books led me to write [...]

Friend Friday

April 29th, 2016|family, writing|

I am always amazed at the generosity of my writing friends, both with their willingness to share thoughts here on my blog, and with making a difference in the larger [...]

Friend Friday

March 11th, 2016|family, writing|

This is the second time Elana K. Arnold has been a Friend Friday guest; the first was for her book The Question of Miracles (HMH for Young Readers) and I dearly [...]

Friend Friday

March 4th, 2016|books, family|

  Please welcome the prolific (nineteen novels!) Karen Rivers to my blog today to celebrate her newest book, The Girl in the Well is Me (Algonquin Books for Young Readers) which [...]

Friend Friday

February 26th, 2016|family, writing|

It is an honor to host Hannah Barnaby today, in celebration of the publication of her second book, Some of the Parts (Knopf). I am grateful that she shared a [...]

Friend Friday

December 18th, 2015|family, writing|

I've mentioned before how much I love the internet: it has brought me friends I've never met in real life/time. That includes the charming and enthusiastic Tracey Baptiste who has [...]

Throwback Thursday

December 3rd, 2015|family|

My mother in law, Carolyn "Kelly" Larson, passed away a few weeks ago; her memorial service is this Saturday. So I've been thinking a lot about her. She was a [...]

Happy Birthday, Kelly

September 3rd, 2015|family, Love|

My mother in law turns 91 today. Think about this: she was born in 1924 on a poultry farm in northwest Washington State, the oldest of Myron (Mike) and Dorothy [...]

Friend Friday

August 14th, 2015|family, writing|

It's an honor to host Wendy Shang today; I loved her latest book, How Home Looks Now. We got connected through our mutual editor and though we have yet to [...]

Wednesday Wisdom

June 17th, 2015|family, Love|

"The fault-finding will find faults even in Paradise.  Love your life." Henry David Thoreau