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Happy Dance Time

12 Apr

Who wants to join me in a happy dance? I just discovered The Denim Jungle has its first blog review.

At which point I pretty much did this…

From Loralee Leavitt of CandyExperiements.com:

“A new picture book invites parents everywhere to get down to kid level and look at the world their children see. In The Denim Jungle, a child explores a forest of blue-jeaned grown-up legs, as ordinary objects magically become exciting.

Angela Taylor Hylland’s easy verse feels like natural conversation, quite an accomplishment for a debut author.

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Missing Somebody Today?

30 Mar

Home QuoteOh, how I love encountering quotes scribbled on coffee shop walls. Call it coincidence, fate, morphic resonance, or pure egotistical naiveté, but they always seem to be speaking directly to me.

Case in point, this quote:
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Five Years

2 Dec

Leaves FrameFive years ago today, I said goodbye to my mother-in-law. I made her many promises that day, not the least of which was fulfilling her dream for The Denim JungleContinue reading

Child’s-Eye View

16 Mar

Legs Kid Perspective Denim JungleCan you imagine what it must be like for most people (and even some household pets) to tower above you?

Add to that a toddler’s limitless imagination—unencumbered by years of practical knowledge and assumptions—and they practically live in a whole other world than our own.

One of the kids’ book I’m working on explores this perspective, so I’ve been keeping my eye out for glimpses of that child’s-eye view.

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Origins of “Ole!”

23 Aug

RondaBullRingOleWhat does the word “Ole!” make you think of?

Rejoicing, dancing, bullfights, Spain?

But before it was Spanish, it was a religious chant from another country altogether.

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“You Can’t Eat Beauty.”

27 Mar
© Carbon-Fibre Media, Flickr Creative Commons

© Carbon-Fibre Media, Flickr Creative Commons

This is Lupita Nyong’o.

You may know her as the Oscar winner from 12 Years a Slave.

But it was her speech on beauty that many of us found more Oscar-worthy—especially us moms already battling the pretty princess phenomenon with our little girls.

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Hope and Hard Truths

6 Feb

Greenlake Seattle SunsetRegardless of your political preferences, this is a refreshingly honest talk on grief (see video below) from Joe Biden to military families in mourning.

For anyone coping with a loss, I hope it will bring you some peace during this reflective time of year.

“There will come a day, I promise you, when the thought of your [lost loved one] brings a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eye. It WILL happen. My prayer for you is, that day will come sooner than later. But … I’m telling you: It will come.” ~Joe Biden

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