I'm excited to be pitching several of my picture book manuscripts today in the Twitter author pitch party, #PBPitch! If you visit me over there at @SavannahHNN, leave an encouraging comment under the pitches you like but save the ❤s for agents and editors. Thanks!…………Bitsy spider, piggy toes,patty cake and kiss my nose.You hold me … Continue reading It’s Picture Book Pitch Party Time!
My daily walkie-talkie streak nearly came to a halt Tuesday when my first cancellation happened in the morning. (Yes, I'm behind on my posts.) Thankfully, my fabulous neighbor and homeschooling friend Tonya Risser saved the day! We ended up going out after 8:30 pm, and wow, was the 65-degree temperature divine! We walked for two … Continue reading Walk Day #9, Tonya
Three years ago I challenged myself during NaNoWriMo (National November Writing Month) to write not a 50,000-word novel, but a poem each day. By the end of November I had written or found in my piles of old writings enough material for three or four children's books. (I ended up starting with a poetry collection. … Continue reading Walk Day #6, Betsy
Let's meet up for a walk! I was inspired this week by an Epoch Times story about dad and baseball fanatic Ethan Bryan, who spent a year playing catch with all sorts of people, no matter the weather. They found fun and community. This morning on a walk in my neighborhood I thought about how … Continue reading Wanna Walk?
Earlier this year I entered a couple of poems into consideration for a book designed to help students in classrooms get their wiggles out. When the shutdowns happened, the publishers included quarantine and other 2020 topics. I'll post my entry poems below. (I didn't make it into this book, but several of my poet friends … Continue reading Poems for Getting Your Wiggles Out
My Mom really is a hero. One night she kept our beautiful wooden house from burning down after our overzealous fireplace fire set the roof ablaze. I was in seventh or eighth grade, and doing my homework in the toasty living room fire pit area one chilly winter evening. Mom was there next to me, … Continue reading Mom Saved Our Burning House
It's a common question students ask, isn't it? There was an enlightening thread this week on the Ambleside Online Facebook group about how to answer this age old question. It got me pondering how I might answer my own kids when they ask. Here are my thoughts on why we need to learn "all this … Continue reading Why Do We Need to Learn All This Stuff?
I fell hard off the wagon of writing children's books during the disruption, emotion and confusion of Covid shutdowns this summer. I really hadn't yet regained my footing from when my Mom died last October. I usually like to write sweet or fun rollicking rhymes... and it has been a struggle to get back on … Continue reading Four New Book Babies Are Born!
I am, I can, I ought, I will... Children are born persons... Education is a feast of ideas rather than the filling of a bucket... Nineteenth Century British educator Charlotte Mason had many wonderful, family-centered, empowering ideas about the human spirit and education. I'm inspired by her work. My favorite homeschool curriculum is a mostly-free, … Continue reading ‘Charlotte Mason Says’
The skies have been clear here these last few nights. Mars has been redder and brighter than I've ever seen it! I have fond memories of lying on patio loungers, the driveway, or the bed of our truck with the kids and scanning the sky for meteors, satellites, comets, the Milky Way, planets and constellations, … Continue reading ‘A Midnight Clear,’ Sung by McKenna and Me