I do have some good news though. "Clarinda Cloud" has been relaunched and is better than ever. Same great text encouraging young children to identify and share their feelings with more professional looking illustrations. Do you know a young child who would benefit from this important building block to wellness?
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Hello everyone. You may have noticed that I haven't been doing the other blogs on the site. I am trying new things to try to get quality work out to you in the most effective way possible. So, please bear with me while this transformation takes place. I may be a bit short on the blog posts. Although, when it is all said and done, I hope it will be worth it for all of us. Thank you!
Hello everyone! I would like to introduce, Deborah Heal. Please give her a warm welcome to the blog. She is a fellow author and she decided to pop in and give us a guest post! (I hope you can see it. It is definitely smaller print than I am used to posting, but with the html it is difficult to resize.) As you know, I post quite a bit about great teachers. It sounds like she had a "Be Great" teacher. Please read her story here!
If You Can Read This, Thank Your Teacher This fall the constant back-to-school sales hype hasn’t been as annoying as usual. Instead, it got me thinking back on my own school days. I hope and pray that all children everywhere have at least one teacher as great as my eighth grade English teacher Ruth Fite. She was not the smiley, gooey-sweet sort that gives stickers to everyone one no matter how slipshod the work. She was tough. She didn’t allow any slacking. We WOULD learn how to diagram sentences if it killed us. And you know what they say about that which doesn’t kill us—yes, it made me a stronger writer. But the trade-off for all that hard work came when we got to write stories. I actually wrote my magnus opus there in Mrs. Fite’s class. It was a story about a person being wrongfully incarcerated in a mental hospital. (The author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest stole my idea or I would be a rich and famous author today.) I felt pretty good about how my story turned out, and that was its own reward. But I also got a red star at the top and Mrs. Fite’s words,
“Be sure to give me a signed copy of your first book!”She probably didn’t realize how important those words were. For all I know, she wrote them on dozens of papers. But those words changed the way I thought about myself and gave me the courage to try. They ignited a dream I never forgot. And so I dedicated my first book to her. Unfortunately, Mrs. Fite was no longer with us when Time and Again came out. But I think she knows. If you have a great teacher like Mrs. Fite in your life, be sure to thank him or her. For after all, you never know how inspiring your words might be to them as well. Deborah Heal, the author of the Time and Again time-travel mystery series, was born not far from the setting of Every Hill and Mountain and grew up “just down the road” from the setting of Time and Again and Unclaimed Legacy. Today she lives with her husband in Waterloo, Illinois, where she enjoys reading, gardening, and learning about regional history. She has three grown children, four grandchildren, and two canine buddies Digger and Scout. She loves to interact with her readers, who may learn more about the history behind the books at her website www.deborahheal.com and her Facebook author page. Her books may be purchased in paper and ebook formats at Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.com. (Pssst! Unclaimed Legacy is on sale for your Kindle--only 99 cents until the end of September. [caption id="attachment_1616" align="aligncenter" width="300"] These are my literary babies. I'm expecting another due in the winter.[/caption]
I hope you all take a moment to check out Deborah's books and see how her English teacher inspired her. Deborah, thank you for popping in and sharing with us!
I'm So Excited to be Back!
Yes, I am so excited to be back! This was a case of making lemonade out of lemons. I was so sad to have that widget take over my site and to have no other choice than to delete the blog. Yet, good things have come out of it. Blog posts are planned to be weekly on Wednesdays! (I am still trying to find the schedule that works!)
First of all, I have a new look! I hope everyone enjoys it. I also have a new "blog motto" I guess you would call it. I have come up with words to go with each letter in the word blog.
The "B" for believe... believe that you can learn and will learn... and I will too! The "L" for learn..... I hope to facilitate a place to learn here! The "O" for optimize..... I hope to optimize your experience and learning opportunities here! The "G" for give.... I hope to give you the type of learning experience and knowledge that you desire!
Secondly, I hope to get more people involved! As you can see, I included some links in this post. I will try to keep it educational and not just marketing. But, I won't fool you to say that none of it is marketing. Honesty is the best policy... and I uphold the DUO motto of following the Golden Rule.... do unto others as you would have them do unto you!
As always, I want you to feel comfortable and inspired here! I want you to learn and to share! Feel free to comment or get in touch with me at any time! We can build this site together! Also, share, share, share! Give your friends, educators, homeschoolers, family members this website address. Let them get involved with the educational site that hopes to teach, learn from, inspire, and engage all people! (The Game Room /the-game-room.html is also safe for the little ones! I try to keep nonviolent, educational games that help with strategy, creativity, and academics on the site.)
New things are in the works! I can't wait to let you in on all the new changes for me!
I hear that it is "read an ebook week." Please check out the following site! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Read-an-E-Book-Week/193882590629749?group_id=0 That also means it would be a great time to get "Clarinda Cloud" on Kindle. It is a wonderful concept book that targets feelings and colors for ages 2-5. Please go to: http://www.amazon.com/Clarinda-Cloud-ebook/dp/B00BC2C38W. Thank you so much! This is a great way to promote reading in the 21st Century as ebooks seem to be the new trend! Other great educational books to check out include http://www.amazon.com/Learn-The-ABCs-Friends-ebook/dp/B00BJ4L1IQ by Sarah Bowman. It is a wonderful book with cute animals to help with learning the alphabet! And, http://www.amazon.com/Buzzzzzzzz-What-Honeybees-Do-ebook/dp/B004EYUD9G by Virginia Wright. This is a nonfiction book about honey bees... very informative! Here is a wonderful book to help children cope with loved ones with Alzheimer's Disease and dementia http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/green-kitty-alexandra-faer-bryan/1103826010?ean=2940014919036 by Alexandra Bryan.
Also, check out http://www.amazon.com/Tori-Jeans-Busy-Day-Tori-Jean-ebook/dp/B00AMNSQUQ by Jackie Williams. This is book one of a series. It sounds like the two year old character has a bunch to do! Speaking of a bunch to do... how about checking out a book where five sisters work together for a great cause? Check out http://www.amazon.com/Mommas-Little-Helpers-ebook/dp/B00BCLD1SE by Angie Harris. Here is a free one http://brigantinemedia.com/compass/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Meet-Issy-FREE.pdf which I think is part of a series. This is written by Pat "Gigi" Calfee.
I'd like to thank the authors for allowing me to post their links. I hope you enjoy all these books and more. Many of these authors have more than one title, including myself, so I hope you take time to check out all of the titles by these authors!
Speaking of reading... there is a great new online book club, I would like to share. It is a weekly webinar series where authors and readers get together to talk about books. It is expected to be a new hit.... readers get to discuss books with the authors. And, the best part is that is is FREE! Yes, free for the author and free for the reader! Check it out at http://angieharris.weebly.com/weekly-bookclub-webinar.html.
March Marketing Marvel! If I get 20 purchases of my book in the month of March, I will put everyone's name in a hat and send a free copy to the winner! Here is how it works. Buy a copy! It doesn't matter whether you purchase it at one of the online outlets or from me. It doesn't matter whether it is in book form or on Kindle. Just go ahead and buy a copy. Then, message me that you bought it or post it on my wall. On April 1st, I will count the entries. If I have 20, I will put the names in the hat and draw one out for a free copy to be mailed. I will even sign it if you want me to! (Please don't just add your name as it won't work. I can tell how many books have been sold. I just can't tell who bought them. If the names don't add up with the amount of books bought, the contest will be null and void!) Enjoy and good luck!
Jodi Desautels is a wife and mother. She is a life-long learner, educator, author, illustrator, crafter, creator, and photographer. She lives by two rules: "The Golden Rule" and "Live. Laugh. Love."