Category Archives: Life

Spooky Halloween Dinner for Vegetarians – Menu and Recipes

Here’s a very easy menu for a simple Halloween Dinner, vegetarian style.  And as a bonus, at the end of the post is a link to my old-fashioned ghost story you can print out and read aloud at your party … Continue reading

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Kidlit Fiction about Child Movie Actors and Oscar Trivia – Nominated Kids

I did quite a bit of research on child actors to write WOLF STORM, and even though I never had a desire to act as a child (direct, yes!), it’s fascinating to consider what they go through and how they … Continue reading

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Fun Facts about the Presidents #3 – Which President got married in the White House and who was the youngest First Lady? (It wasn’t Jackie Kennedy.)

In honor of President’s Day, and of all the Presidents who have served our country, I thought I’d do a series of blog posts with interesting information about individual Presidents. Here’s the latest: Frances Folsom Cleveland was only twenty-one when … Continue reading

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Presidents Day-Fun Facts about the Presidents #2 Which President noticed the White House was about to fall down?

In honor of President’s Day, and of all the Presidents who have served the U.S, I thought I’d do a series of blog posts about individual Presidents. Here’s the latest: We have Harry Truman to thank for realizing the White … Continue reading

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Presidents Day-Fun Facts about the Presidents #1 Who was a good cook?

In honor of Presidents Day, and of all the Presidents who have served our country, I thought I’d do a series of blog posts with interesting information about individual Presidents. First up: President Dwight Eisenhower had a reputation as a … Continue reading

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If you have to hide a book, it must be valuable

THE WHALES, a picture book by Cynthia Rylant full of beautiful illustrations of whales, naturally, was the first book I was driven to hide. Now, I’m as fond of whales as the next person, and I’m fond of picture books. … Continue reading

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In remembrance of Armistice Day – A letter from France 08/06/1918

My great-uncle Wendell Garretson, a doctor and a Quaker, spent much of World War I working in military hospitals in Europe. The following is a letter he wrote to his parents back on their Iowa farm after he joined the French Red … Continue reading

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