February 24, 2018

Big News!  My new book, GREAT POLAR BEAR, will be in bookstores and on Amazon Books, on April 3, 2018.

This book is my debut as an illustrator of my own work. What fun to bring the word pictures I wrote into existence as illustrations.

To purchase this book, click here.

February 22, 2018


A foggy late afternoon now…..after days of rain.  I love writing on these cozy days, but now am up to my eyebrows creating this website and it is overwhelmingly fun and overwhelmingly overwhelming…….we are closing in on completing it, and it has been a look back and forward and both at the same time……

It has been fun to relive my travels and think about……where next?  And then all those maps my dad allowed me to paste over the roses on my wallpapered bedroom came to mind, and now I am thinking……hmmm…… I have missed two continents ….Africa and Australia…..So, maybe…..but I have not yet been to Ireland…… but would also love two weeks in the UK and libraries in Cambridge and Oxford…… would be great too…...

February 14, 2018

     When my major presentation to the International Reading Association in Indianapolis ended, a gaggle of women rushed at me grinning….all talking at once saying….”Could you be away… far away for three weeks in a row?”   

     “Yes, I could,” I answered.   

     “Do you scuba dive?” asked another.

     “I can learn,” I answered, grinning.  “Where are you?”

     “Guam,” they chorused, and we made plans to plan, and I made a mental note to find classes to learn to scuba dive.

     When the Asia-Pacific rep from my publisher heard I would be in the South Pacific, she asked,  “Could you include ten extra days on the island of Palau?  We need a keynote speaker...

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