Welcoming 2017

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Just wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year.  We spent our Christmas in Baltimore.  Spending the holidays with family is always enjoyable, relaxing, and energizing.  We explored many new eating places and had an opportunity to explore some of Washington, D.C.’s monuments. Our dog, Bekah, accompanied us this Christmas Season road trip. Bekah had a great time visiting with our daughter’s dog, Kete.

We traveled to Baltimore via a southern route.  We were very fortunate with regard to decent weather and traffic.  This made traveling enjoyable.  Bekah is a great traveler.  Along the way we struck up conversations with several interesting families.  It is always nice to meet new people at rest stops and coffee shops along the way.

Returning home is always exciting, despite, all of the unpacking and laundry.  Bekah and my hubby surprised me with an early birthday present–a new addition to our family.  Meet our new King Charles Cavalier puppy, Ginger.

I am happy to announce that my two Cavaliers are getting to know each other.  img_1298

It is such a great way to start the new year.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Bekah and I send Thanksgiving Greetings to all our friends

and family we hold so dear.

We stop to reflect on all the joys and blessings of the year

We take time to pause from all the hustle and bustle

And relax our tired muscles.

And on this very special holiday

We extend our  love to you all, today.

MY ARTIST STATEMENT

Hi there!  I’m a writer of children’s narrative nonfiction books.  Growing up in Hawaii story telling is a large part of our culture.  Everyone gathers together just to “talk story” and always over a meal.  Oral history is passed down from one generation to the next as young children learn about the world around them.  Hence, it is not surprising that I am returning to the traditions of my youth to share information through narrative nonfiction works.

As an educator, I learned that reading is fundamental to children’s academic success.  Nonfiction reading, in particular, builds reading comprehension as well as general knowledge.  In my tenure as a school administrator I worked with our teachers in developing reading campaigns to entice children to read.  This became the cornerstone of my administrative career and a lifetime passion.
I strive to continue following this passion through my encore career as a children’s author.  My goal is to reach out to children everywhere help them to read, read and read!

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators–Book Blast

           It is that time of year again for the annual Book Blast promotion. Visit this site to see my Bookblast for Bekah’s First Adventure.

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While you browse around please take some time to look at offerings from other members.  With the Christmas season looming buy, a browse through the Bookblast options is an great opportunity to buy a member’s book for a little reader in your home.  (http://www.scbwi.org/bookblast)

See you around the Bookblast!

Catching Up

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As we enter this Autumn season, I cannot believe how quickly the year has flown by.  So many positive experiences transpired in the last ten months.  We started 2016 off with a bang with the publication of Bekah’s First Adventure. In this narrative nonfiction, Bekah shares her experience of adoption, traveling over 300 miles and overcoming fears and uncertainties as she carves out a new life with her new family.

Bekah and I send our heartfelt thanks to all of our fans who bought the first book of her adventure series.  Now comfortably acclimated, Bekah’s inquisitive nature affords her opportunities to explore and learn from her travels.  In fact, it is her love of traveling, discovering new places and meeting fellow travelers that catapulted the launching of her own Facebook page–Bekah, The Charming Cavalier.

In the upcoming second book in the series fans will soon learn more about Bekah’s exploits and discoveries in Death Valley. We are currently in the editing phase.  Stay tuned for more on our progress.

 

Book Giveaway – David Harrison

I can’t wait to get my hands on this book of poems.

Writing and Illustrating

I thought you would enjoy the opportunity to win a copy of David L. Harrison’s NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T that came out earlier this year. David has taken his wonderful talent for poetry and used it to tell a story about the creatures in our world.

All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you did to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you. Check back on October 3rd to discover the winner.

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PreS-Gr 1-Mama and Papa Raccoon have a problem. Their cozy tree house is too noisy and crowded due to a nest of baby blue jays…

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Greetings!

img_0451Earlier this year, Bekah’s First Adventure hit the stands.  Since that time both Bekah and I have kept ourselves quite busy.  Thought it was now time to update everyone on some the happenings.  But, before I do that I have news to share.

To help you all get to know Bekah, we decided to give Bekah a platform.  There was much brainstorming over an appropriate venue.  Alas, we decided on a face book page dedicated to the subject of my books–Bekah.  Bekah will keep you up to date on her travels and her days.  Stop by for a visit any time.

To check it out just click on the following–Bekah The Charming Cavalier–www.facebook.com/BekahTheCharmingCavalier.