DOIN’ THE HAPPY DANCE – A Dream Come True

Beth Terrill at NorthSouth Books and Elena Rittinghausen at NordSüd Verlag have bought world rights to

 

There Are No Dragons in This Book, a debut picture book by Donna Weidner (l.), illustrated by Carla Haslbauer, about a dragon explaining to readers that there are no actual dragons in the book… except for him. Publication is scheduled for spring 2024; Stephen Fraser at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency represented the author, and the illustrator was unagented.

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SERMERSSUAQ UKARPALUGPOQ – An Earth Day Tribute

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Tender Is The Knight

Alice Wetherby-Pimms was at it again. Although she claimed to have done her best to rein in the part of her responsible for her unkind actions on numerous occasions, the child was simply unable to contain the spiteful goblin living within her small, plump frame. 

If you ask anyone in the village, they’ll not tell you otherwise, as her most recent villainous act was witnessed by the family’s faithful groundskeeper whose gentle son had borne the brunt of the girl’s anger the day the boy lifted his gaze from the flagstone floor in her presence. It was only to Continue reading

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STORY TIME ON THE BAY ON A BEAUTIFUL WINTER’S DAY

A clear blue sky and warm inviting weather reigned supreme as prolific indie author Jacqueline ‘Jacquie’ H. Faber recently read three of her picture books to a group of children and adults at Sausalito Books By The Bay.

And what better way is there to begin than with the tale of SuperGoldfish when the view out the bookstore window is stocked with yachts, sailboats, and dinghies moored in a tranquil harbour.

 

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In Memory of THICH NHAT HANH

In 2012 my husband and son had the great honor and pleasure of meeting with and filming zen master, global spiritual leader, poet, and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh in conversation with Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk and old friend. They spoke about their common work for peace, the powers of love and gratefulness, freedom and the search for happiness, among other things. The young monks of Plum Village added their personal stories and the effect practicing mindfulness has had on their lives.

May Thich Nhat Hanh’s memory and teachings continue to inspire us
all the days of our lives.

The following quotes are a few of my favorites. Please feel free to share yours too…

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LAST (99) WORD (S) for ’21

Sanskrit translation:

May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.

 

As it often happens when I choose a random animal subject from my photo library, it offers a message that strikes home. In this case Ram represents boldness, new beginnings, Continue reading

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MULTIPLE CHOICE – Fillings for your fortuneless cookie

What do you do when this happens?

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POISON(ed) IVY – A Macabre All Hallows Tale

WARNING: This is not my usual punny Halloween vignette. Why? You’ll see…

Pale webs of blue veins, barely visible beneath their translucent skin, resemble a roadmap. Dead end alleys lead to narrow lanes, spill into broad streets, and widen into main thoroughfares.  

The thoroughfare, in Ivy’s case at least, pulses with life. But just barely.

The interlacing design mirrors the fine, bone china tableware her father had shipped home from Denmark while on a business trip when she was nine. He said the pattern, Blue Fluted Royal Copenhagen, reminded him of her, his most precious child.

“How so?” she asked, wrapping her Continue reading

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MOONSCAPE – A Dose of Nonsense

When you were a kid, did anyone ever stare up at the sky and refer to a crescent moon as God’s toenail clipping?

Or suggest to you the moon is made of green cheese?
I could understand swiss cheese. Maybe.
But roqufort?
No.

On evenings when the moon was full, did anyone ever point out the pocked face of a man and comment on how he was watching you?

Creeeeeepy!
Right?

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MOLECULARLY SPEAKING…


…we are all that is, was, and ever shall be

gas, liquid, solid
bustling atoms bond,
breeding beings of 
breath, blood, bone

 

 

a convergence of matter = a mass 

of varied shapes, colors, sizes
furred, feathered, scaled,
petaled, prickly,
slick

 

we inhale
O2, CO2, H2O depending on our species

we exhale
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