Personal updates

Storybook Quilts

This weekend we stayed with friends, and I met and got to know Carolyn Colton, a wonderful lady who makes storybook quilts.  Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Carolyn spent most of her life in Maryland and made her living as an attorney.  (To my surprise, she knows my son and daughter-in-law very well.  It… Continue reading Storybook Quilts

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Personal updates

Puppy Update

I think I've been having puppy postpartum blues.  I admit my expectations were completely unrealistic.  When I dreamed of having a dog, I imagined this cute little dog who would curl up at my feet and keep me company while I wrote.  Instead I got Jaws with ADHD.  We've definitely had a 'rocky' beginning.  The… Continue reading Puppy Update

Personal updates

Read to Children

I have been tutoring two students since the fall, using the Star reading program.  Each day we meet, they work hard at reading, decoding, and learning the phonics skills they need in order to be good readers.  It has been very gratifying to watch them go from barely able to read to being able to… Continue reading Read to Children

Book Reviews

The Tale of Despereaux

The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo, is a beautiful story, lovingly told, with illustrations by Timothy Basil Ering.  It is the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who loves music, stories, and a princess.  It is also the story of Roscuro, a rat who lives in the dark of the castle dungeon but yearns… Continue reading The Tale of Despereaux

Book Reviews

The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets

In this third installment of Enola Holmes Mysteries, Dr. John Watson is missing!  His wife is receiving bizarre bouquets from an unknown person, and Sherlock Holmes has no leads.  But Sherlock's young sister, Enola, realizes that the flowers symbolize death, and it’s up to her to follow the clues and find Dr. Watson, all the… Continue reading The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets