It’s been a busy couple of weeks for us and many other military families around the nation. Veteran’s Day is perhaps the biggest day of the year for all vets. It gives the public the opportunity to honor them in so many ways. John & I participated in Fort Wayne’s Veteran’s Day Parade. He rode... Continue Reading →
Spreading the Word about WWII Vets
Last week was a busy, fruitful week for spreading the word about honoring our nation’s World War II vets! Not one, not two, but three speaking engagements! One was even on TV! That’s a trifecta for this small town girl who enrolled in Toastmasters to learn how to speak to a group! On Sunday August... Continue Reading →
WWII Radio Interview: Success!
You can tell by the expressions on our faces that World War II vets Bob Foster & Don Shady and I enjoyed our time on the air last week with talk show host Nelson Price. Nelson is the host of a long-running live history talk show —Hoosier History Live! Hoosier History Live is... Continue Reading →
Meet Distinguished WWII Vets at Free Event!
If you’ve wanted to meet a World War II vet and ask questions about his or her service, you’ll have a unique opportunity to do so on Sat, Jan 24 at River Terrace Estates in Bluffton, Indiana. Two vets from my book, World War II Legacies: Stories of Northeast Indiana Veterans, have agreed to... Continue Reading →
Wayne Center Elementary School Enhances Students’ Interests with Visit from Medusa!
I love visiting schools to talk with students about the importance of reading for success in life. I may not look successful in my Medusa costume, complete with a wig of rubber snakes, but I'll swallow my pride to get kids excited about books! Recently I spoke to all 400 students in Grades 1-6 at... Continue Reading →
Medusa Visits Bluffton Elementary School!
When a principal at a school asks you to attend because she believes in you and your books, it’s really an honor. Julie Meitzler, principal of Bluffton Elementary School sent me a request earlier this year, saying that she had contacted teachers in her school with the recommendation that they invite me to visit their... Continue Reading →
Southern Wells Elementary School Hosts Medusa!
Great kids, beautiful building, friendly staff—Southern Wells Elementary School has it all! After receiving an invite from Laura McKinney to speak to her second graders, I gladly accepted (Thanks Tricia Tucker for the recommendation!)! I walked into their group with my Medusa costume which you can see here. By the time this photo was taken,... Continue Reading →
Learn to Make Cuban Sandwich, Papaya Mango Shake
If you don't know by now how much I love libraries and the people who work in them, then we need to spend more time together! I’ve worked in a college library and now work in a school library. I love being surrounded by books! As an author, it’s a joy to see librarians excited... Continue Reading →
Bluffton-Harrison Middle School Eighth Graders Learn Writing Tips
It’s a thrilling opportunity to spend time talking to students about writing. Recently, the 8th grade Language Arts teacher at Bluffton Middle School where I work, Cathy Micklitsch, invited me to speak to her students about the subject of writing and my writing career. Caption: My new book from Purple Toad Publishing: biography of popular singing... Continue Reading →
Indy Author Fair Offers Opportunities for Writers, Readers
Recently I was honored to be chosen to participate in the Indy Author Fair. It was held at the Central Library in downtown Indianapolis. The Indy Author Fair is presented by the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award and The Indianapolis Public Library. The fair was free and included other free activities including a... Continue Reading →