Ivy’s Ever After Giveaway!


A writing friend of mine, Dawn Lairamore, just had her first middle-grade novel published: I’m really excited–not only for Dawn, but also because she’s giving away a signed copy here! Before I get to the giveaway details, here’s a little more information about Ivy’s Ever After, which Dawn describes as a, “fun, fractured fairy tale about a princess and a […] Read more…

And I held on tight


I stood there in my daughter’s fifth-grade classroom at open house night, looking at all the things she’s made throughout the year… the life-sized human body, the history timelines, the intricate drawings of plant and animal cells… and it hit me all over again how much older she’s getting. Middle school, I thought, almost not […] Read more…

And we woke up to… snow!


Where we are in California, it never snows. So you can imagine how excited my kids were when they looked out the window this morning and saw the top of the swing set… It wasn’t much; just a dusting… But it was enough for a snowball or two… And a whole lot of smiles. :) […] Read more…