A cameo in my next book!

My children’s picture book, Bee Wars, will be published later this month. Like my other children’s books, A Gift at the Door and Bully Pie, I use photographs translated into cartoon-like images. The lovely tire horse (pictured above) has a cameo in several scenes in Bee Wars.

The swing holds special memories. My sister, Karen Bowman, first bought the swing for my parents who lived on a farm in Kansas. Grandchildren, cousins, and an occasional adult would ride this beauty in their side yard. A yard, I must say, that would put most parks to shame. When my parents passed, my sister graciously gifted the much-loved swing to my husband and me for our grandchildren. Although Karen is no longer with us, her gift of joy for the next generation flows through the memories of my grandchildren.

Inktober 2019 Day 2 – Mindless — Melanie Franz

(Here’s some fun… Go to your blog reader and type in “Inktober 2019” and you’ll find all kinds of fun folks who are challenging themselves with drawing a sketch a day for the entire month. I did it today and so many sketches caught my eye. This one, by Melanie Franz, made me smile. There are prompts that go with each day…but no two interpretations are the same. Try it! You can thank me later.

Inktober 2019 Day 2 – Mindless — Melanie Franz

Squirrels Won’t Stay Still!


The other day I entered the dining room to find my dear husband, binoculars in hand, getting a close up of the squirrels and birds feasting a few yards past our deck.  Not satisfied with the details a smart phone picture would include.  He spent the morning shifting between his glasses and binoculars to practice some wildlife drawings.

Although admittedly biased, I think he did a lovely job!



Silverton, Oregon USA


Friday, December 1st is going to be a busier “First Friday” than usual because it will include the yearly tree lighting.  Many of the stores will be open late (7-4pm).

My husband is part of the Lunaria Gallery and many of the artists will be representing that night.  If you are nearby, join the fun!

If you won’t be in the area, you can still check out the gallery by clicking on their website: www.lunariagallery.com

*Poster created by Lunaria Artist: Rebecca Cozart