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Friday, March 17, 2017

Irish Activity

Saint Paddy's Day Fun!
Everyone loves an Irish Blessing.
 May there always be work for your hands to do...
May there always be work for your hands to do
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your windowpane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wrapped Up In Reading

It's a conglomeration of mystery and action. The ends tie up just enough, while leaving a hint of uncertainty that leaves me wanting more. Isn't this what mysteries are supposed to do? On our last book romp we stumbled on The Midnight Library series, by Damien Graves. I'd classify these children's short stories as tween or early teen horror fiction. In fact my ten year old is wrapped up in The Midnight Library #5: Liar.  And books are not the only thing she's wrapped up in. Notice The sling!

When I picked her up from school last week, she wasn't moving her shoulder and was in a bit of pain She never complains, so I knew something was wrong. Not to mention it looked different from the other shoulder. A trip to the hospital confirmed a fractured collarbone. Luckily no surgery, but going to be a long time without the use of her right arm. Activities for a one armed fourth grader?

Back to the books. The author, Damien Graves real name is Allan Frewin Jones but writes under other alias names. In using my detective skills, I learned this English author is a ghost writer. The Midnight Library collection has three spooky funny short stories in each book. These are not his newer books, but all that our library carries. I'm requesting our library purchase the series of Codename Quicksilver and The Six Crowns (Sundered Lands)

Until then, the Amazon book fairy will be delivering. 
My one armed reader picked one from the different alias names.   
            https://www.amazon.com/Elephant-Parvati-Talisman-Allan-Frewin/dp/0340882271/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1488383301&sr=1-3&keywords=The+Elephant+Of+Parvati         https://www.amazon.com/Ghostlight-Paths-Allan-Frewin-Jones/dp/0330392395/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1488384227&sr=1-1&keywords=ghostlight+Dark+Paths+%238        https://www.amazon.com/Voices-Midnight-Library-Damien-Graves/dp/0439863562/ref=sr_1_sc_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1488384869&sr=1-3-spell&keywords=the+midnight+library+voicews

While your on Amazon be sure and check out my author page,
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

#ASKGARYVEE & why I hate carrot cake.

When did things get so high-tech? My 4th grader went into the children's hospital for a CT scan due to frequent headaches. It was straight out of a sci-fi movie. First she was given a movie menu and then we got to pick our room theme. Of course, we went Japanese. Then afterwards they served us sushi. No not really, we had to go to a restaurant for that.  Lights, music, action!  
They found something called cavernous angioma. Much relieved that this isn't dangerous. We will see a neurologist  to follow up, but my worries have dissipated.

We don't go anywhere without our reads.

Mom's Crushing it with #ASKGARYVEE
He's a bit much and his language offensive to some, but this guy gets me.  He's got charisma and the massive energy that I posses.  I start every morning with dose of  Gary Vee and a caffeinated beverage. No, I'm not hustling the streets of New York, nor out to buy the Jets. But crushing it my own way. Kids and books are my hustle and it's up to me to figure out my unique path. Here's what I've learned on the journey thus far. #Thanks GARYVEE
  • Most people stop building their business because of  time or money. For me it's money, it's expensive going out on your own. - But I'm not stopping. Wait until it all comes together and it will. - Then I'll reward my doubters.
  • Keep your eyes open and take advantage of social media platforms. I subscribe to Entrepreneur Magazine. It's keeps me up to date with emerging networks, always be first.
  • Be straightforward with your intentions.  My passion is writing for children and something I do full time. I've started selling my first early chapter book on Amazon. So you are going to see book promos and bookish content on this page. It would mean the world to me if I had your support on my journey. I'm all about creating a love of reading to children and invite you to check out my new book and leave comments about the book.
  • Stand out and look for inspiration where no one else is looking. I'm fascinated with Steve Jobs and how his out of the box thinking was the gateway to success. Here's to those of us that put the circle in the square hole.
  • If you can use failure to your advantage, then you got the stuff to build your game. If not get out.
  • No one gives a sh**. Outside your circle, most don't care. This brings me to carrot cake. Who thought to put carrots in a dessert, they belong at the dinner table.  My dislike is perhaps the things people put in it, like raisins and pineapple. And let's not forget the glue like substance they call icing.  Or maybe it's the negative experiences have been served with it. What's up with control and carrot cake? Every time I've been served this cake it's because the other person likes it. "I know it's  your birthday, but I'm gluten free and so got you this carrot cake instead,"  No thanks I'll pass, again.
A morning vlog from Gary Vee

The Patient's reading Harry Potter.

The first book, The Sorcerer's Stone is a great introduction to Rowling's world of wizardry and magic. Sure it's 309 pages, but an easy read to boot. With an hour wait at the hospital, she made a sizeable dent. Every fourth grader should read this. If they don't want to read alone, then read aloud to them. We have book nights every other day, where I read to her before bed.  She still loves to listen to stories. We just finished a personal favorite of mine, Alice In wonderland. I'm thinking of starting a classic next, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Pixie's Library Romps

My daughter, the inspiration behind Pixie is also reading these 3 books. Kids these days have an amazing ability to multitask. Can you read more than one  book at a time?
                      https://www.amazon.com/INGRAM-DISTRIBUTOR-ING0440414806-HOLES-PAPERBACK/dp/B004JKR1WC/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485986884&sr=1-3&keywords=holes       https://www.amazon.com/Miss-Peregrines-Home-Peculiar-Children/dp/0316245283/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485987668&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=perigreens+home+for+peculair+children+graphic+novel    https://www.amazon.com/Fantastic-Beasts-Where-Find-Them/dp/1338109065/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485986788&sr=1-1&keywords=fantastic+beast+harry+potter


“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” - J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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Saturday, January 28, 2017

John Denver/Flying For Me

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas Reads & Goodbye Tree

It was a bookish Christmas in south town. Our new reads include James Patterson, Wendy Mass, Raina Telgemeier, Harry Potter, and Suzanne Nelson. My personal favorite, The Little Prince. So much that I had to stop reading because I didn't want the book to be over. Have you ever done that? After seeing the movie on Netflix, I discovered the French author and pilot, Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry 1900–1944. If you have not read this French classic,  make your way over to Amazon and order it...


Things You didn't Know About The Little Prince

Christmas is over and it's time to take down our decorated delightfully smelling Nordman tree. While some procrastinate, others are specific on when the tree comes down. For us it's tradition to take it down a few days after Christmas. But to some it's superstition. Like if you don't take your tree down by New Year's Eve, your bringing baggage into the new year. But I'm not superstitious, just ready to bring in the New Year!  

It 79 degrees here and I long for a cozy reading experience. So tonight I'll make my grandmothers spiced tea, drop the ac, and wrap myself in a fluffy blanket. In case you didn't know, I intend on moving to Japan or Colorado after I sell 1 million copies of my book. #lovesnow

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Geese Are Here & So Are Graphic Novels

This was  from Word Press, I didn't want ya'll to miss anything .
The snowbirds arrived on Thanksgiving and this means winter is here. When geese start to show up, so do the other “snowbirds” or winter Texans with their RVs. At Whataburger this morning, the seniors were attacking the free coffee. This happens when you live in a touristy kinda place.

But what a spectacular sight!

I spent Black Friday and the rest of the weekend eating leftovers and searching graphic novels for my 4th grade reader. In case you haven’t seen, graphic novels are everywhere!  My girl has always read Japanese books or Manga. The attraction being, they tell fascinating stories and read backwards, or right to left. Also, most adults can’t easily read them.
But now the comic world has crossed into mainstream books. My college kids and elementary reader can’t seem to put them down. I never read comics as a kid and personally not into them. But children are drawn to visual media these days, so this doesn’t surprise me. And who knows, maybe Pixie will be sucked in a graphic novel on one of her upcoming journeys.
I will say that graphic novels have got kids reading. And what a great tool for pushing along reluctant readers. But most of the elementary teachers and librarians I’ve talked to haven't joined the graphic novel bandwagon. Mainly because they don’t make good classroom read-alouds or guided readings. And kids are leaving the school library bookless when the graphic novels are checked out. There are both pros and cons here, but as long as children are getting a well balanced literary diet, they’ll continue to grow as readers.
Top Shelf Graphic Novels  
These are my 4th graders books. My personal favorite is Ghosts.  
Learn more about the author 
    https://www.amazon.com/Stonekeeper-Amulet-1-Kazu-Kibuishi/dp/0439846811/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482245212&sr=1-1&keywords=amulet+1        https://www.amazon.com/Ghosts-Raina-Telgemeier/dp/0545540623/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482245136&sr=1-1&keywords=ghosts+raina+telgemeier   https://www.amazon.com/Sunny-Side-Up-Jennifer-Holm/dp/0545741661/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482245168&sr=1-1&keywords=sunny+side+up+book
https://www.amazon.com/Maximum-Ride-Manga-Vol-1/dp/0759529515/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482244827&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=maximum+ride+graphich+novel++1        https://www.amazon.com/Maximum-Ride-Manga-Vol-2/dp/075952968X/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482244900&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=maximum+ride+graphich+novel+2        https://www.amazon.com/Maximum-Ride-Manga-Vol-3/dp/0759529698/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482244948&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=maximum+ride+graphich+novel+3
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