I do love this monkey. He makes me smile. But I realize it’s time to stop monkeying around and time to start writing. I keep telling myself, “Self. You should write more.” But myself won’t listen.

Thanks to someone sharing something, I’ve come upon a contest that has inspired me. Once you read the details of this contest, you will want to give it a try. Trust me. I encourage you to check it out here, Time is running out. Don’t wait. Go there immediately. So far, I’ve written four sentences and not one of them involves a monkey.

Now, I’m going to tell you about a most talented friend of mine, Joan Y. Edwards. She is the perfect example of what happens when you stop monkeying around and start writing. She’s a genius and works hard at putting sentences together. This month, she had some fabulous news! Read all about her book contract for LARRY, THE TERRIFYING TURKEY. And while you are there, check out her addictive blog.

I know this is a short entry, but I still have one more sentence to conjure up. Yes, I’m through monkeying around but that doesn’t mean I have to remove my happy, smiling monkey picture from my desktop. Does it?



I got a round tuit!

I’m so excited to be back here on my blog.  I’ve neglected it.  The entire month of January, I kept saying to myself, “Self.  I truly will post something on my blog, just as soon as I get around to it.”  January flew by.  February was about to fly by. And then… it happened. Finally, in the nick of time, I got a round tuit!  And I have a picture to prove it!

So, now that I’m back, I have a few things to share.  First of all, I’m changing “Word Wednesdays” to “Word Whenever Days” because you never know when you’ll discover a new word.  And sometimes, you just can’t wait to share the excitement.

Also, here is my link to my latest article.  I hope you had a fantastic, Valentines Day filled with lots of laughter and chocolate.

And  in case you haven’t heard, my favorite author, Kate DiCamillo was named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2014 -2015.   The theme for this year is, Stories Connect Us.  Here is the link to read more.

Notice at the bottom it says, Request Ambassador Appearance.  Yes, there is a form to complete but, OH MY GOSH!!!!!  How cool would that be!!!!  Let me know if she is coming to your town, I won’t be far behind!!  I just reread her book, Because of Winn Dixie, and I’m convinced that if everyone would read that book, the world would be a better place.  Thank you, Kate DiCamillo for your stories.

Whew! I’m glad I finally got  a round tuit!  If you are in need of one, I hope you find one.  I’d share mine, but one never knows when they’ll desperately need to get a round tuit!

I caught a cloud!


Okay.  I know it’s not the third Thursday of the month.  But I missed last week.  As I said yesterday, I went off the grid and went to the beach.

And while everyone else seemed to be catching a cold, I was busy catching a cloud! It passed right by my balcony and landed in the palm of my hand. It was light as a feather, soft as goose down. And what’s even more amazing, is the fact that my husband was nearby with camera in hand ready to snap this photo.

That… is why you should never be without your camera.  I don’t know how many times I’ve said, “Oh, wow! I wish I had my camera.”  This morning was one of those times.

A new subdivision is being built around the corner from my house.  It’s now to the point where the grass seed has been put down. I was driving past this morning and lo and behold, a gaggle of geese were stomping around gobbling up the free, grass seed. But that’s not why I wanted my camera.

I wanted my camera because these geese were blatantly hanging out just beyond the big orange sign that read, “NO TRESPASSING.”

Quick!  Somebody call the Geese Police, please!

These geese obviously thought they were above the law, bad to the bone, fearless to the feathers, outright rule breakers.  Or maybe… they just couldn’t read. Whatever the reason, I’m hoping to catch these outlaws on camera.  And when I do, you’ll be the first to know. So, stay tuned.  I’m putting my camera in my purse and I’m never going to be without it again.

Now, here is my question to you.  If you had a camera in your hand this minute and could take any photograph, what would it be?  Is it on a metropolitan street, skyscrapers looming above with distorted window reflections closing in on you?  Are you witnessing a phantasmagoric scene? (See my words from yesterday, Word Wednesday;)  Riding a bike through an imaginative place?  Rolling pierogies in a church basement?  Or maybe it’s just a gaggle of geese eating someone else’s grass seed.  Whatever it is… it’s your vision.

All I ask… is that you take at least five minutes out of your busy day and use your imagination. Describe your photo in words.

Oh and by the way, I didn’t really catch a cloud.  It’s just one of those crazy, depth of field photographs, a dreamy, optical illusion.

Don’t forget to check out my column from earlier this month!