Friend Friday

November 20th, 2020|books, illustration, picture books, women, writing|

I love it when my friends help me make new friends! Thank you Dana Sullivan for connecting me with Susan Novich. And thank you Susan for sharing your book creation [...]

Friend Friday

October 30th, 2020|books, fantasy, illustration, picture books, reading, women, writing|

My sweet friend Helen Ketteman and I have known each other longer than dirt's been around. In our early writing careers, we were part of a magical group called The [...]

Friend Friday

October 16th, 2020|animals, books, illustration, picture books, women|

What a joy to make the acquaintance of Jennifer Ward, a fellow bird lover. As a complete amateur, I am in awe of Jennifer's knowledge and how she shares it [...]

Friend Friday

October 2nd, 2020|books, family, illustration, inspiration, writing|

A few years back, I was chatting with Varian Johnson after a long day of conference presentations. He was debating leaving his day job to write full time. He had [...]

Friend Friday

September 25th, 2020|books, family, illustration, inspiration, poetry, writing|

Three squeezes are woven into the fabric of the Larson family household. From the time my kids were itsy, they knew that three squeezes when holding hands meant "I love [...]

Friend Friday

September 11th, 2020|books, illustration, picture books, reading, women, writing|

Who offers a complete stranger a ride from the Detroit airport to nErDCamp? Anica Mrose Rissi, that's who. She's so generous, she not only gave me that ride some years [...]

Friend Friday

July 31st, 2020|books, history, illustration, picture books, writing|

I so appreciate that complete strangers will allow me to count them as friends! Often, I see a mention of a new book and I boldly contact the author, asking [...]

Friend Friday

June 12th, 2020|books, illustration, inspiration, picture books, reading, writing|

Mr. Rogers advised looking for the helpers in troubled times; clearly, Faith Pray is one of those helpers. Her words today seem perfectly timed and I am grateful for the [...]

Friend Friday

May 29th, 2020|animals, books, illustration, inspiration, writing|

Today's post is about gifts: faithful dogs and faithful friends who walk beside us when we are hurting. Julie Paschkis and Margaret Chodos-Irvine share the poignant story behind the story [...]

Friend Friday

May 15th, 2020|books, illustration, inspiration, picture books|

What a treat to host Robert Pizzo today in celebration of his newest books, Let's Fix Up the House and Let's Fix Up the Yard (Schiffer Publishing). As a grandma [...]