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 →
Austin Is Fan of Hephaestus, Greek of Forge
[/caption] I love it when students review my books. Here is a review of my book on the Greek god Hephaestus by my friend Austin: It was a great book about a Greek God that was rejected by his mother. And then he started crafting things from pins to tables. Then his mother wanted him... Continue Reading →
Students at Horizon Christian Academy Love My Books!
Recently I had the opportunity to do a book talk at Horizon Christian Academy in Fort Wayne IN. My daughter teaches there and it was great fun seeing her interact with her students. she allowed me to take some of each class period to talk to students in grades 5-12 about my books, the process... Continue Reading →
Middle Schooler Loves Reading about Greek God Hades!
When I spotted Ava, a 7th grader at my school, reading my book on the Greek god Hades, I asked her a) if she liked the book (Yes!) b) if she would take a form to her parent to sign which would give me permission to take a photo of her reading my book and... Continue Reading →
Middle Schooler Inspired by My Book, Celebrities Giving Back!
I love to talk to kids who like to read, especially when they like to read my books! Call me Proud—I am proud of my 11 non-fiction Middle Grade books. They range in subject from Greek gods to biographies on Taylor Swift to stories of famous people who help others. Victoria liked my book called... Continue Reading →
Speaking to Students About Books at Deerfield Elementary School
The past couple of weeks have been busy with speaking opportunities about writing. I confess, I didn't always want to participate in speaking opportunities because I was afraid of public speaking. For decades after high school and colleges when those classes were painfully fulfilled as requirements, I avoided all possible events that might require being... Continue Reading →
Teens Can Learn Ways to Help Prevent Human Trafficking at FREE workshop
Teens, pre-teens, homeschool students listen up! You have the chance to pick up some FREE Indonesian jewelry and make your own at a workshop called ‘Teens Giving Back’ to be held at the Allen County Public Library on June 6 at 1pm in the Young Adults Department. The workshop will be conducted by me and... Continue Reading →
Speaking to Lancaster Elementary School Students Rocks!
Recently I spoke to 3rd and 4th grade students at Lancaster Elementary School in Ossian IN. My friend Lyn Rodgers arranged it and I thank her and the other teachers for allowing me to speak to their students about the writing process, how I get my ideas for writing and the importance of reading, spelling... Continue Reading →
Weave a Beautiful Belt for 50 Cents in 30 Minutes!
It’s fun to get kids excited about crafts. My book, Recipe and Craft Guide to Indonesia, includes 10 crafts made from materials found in your home. Made from yarn, it only requires half a skein depending on the project. This makes it affordable to create gifts for yourself and others! Weaving is an important part... Continue Reading →
Make an Indonesian Weaving Project in 1 Hour
Weaving is not only fun hobby but in Indonesia it is part of the industry. Families may work on weaving projects for years and pass them on as family heirlooms. I’ve always loved to weave since I was a Girl Scout and we wove pot holders on little looms. So it was a delight to include... Continue Reading →