For some reason I’ve been thinking about a stick horse I had as a kid. I made it from a broomstick with an old sock stuck on one end. The sock was stuffed and eyes, ears, etc. were partly drawn on and partly made of pieces of fabric glued on. I named the horse Melodiette…

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Guardian Angel Publishing, the house that published my books, is definitely going out of business.I’m sad, but understand that it’s necessary.I still have a few copies that I might be able to sell at conferences and school visits in the future, but those things won’t happen again for a long time.This is just one more…

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It may seem strange, but I think these times of racial unrest are a good opportunity for kids to read my book, Slime & All. The book is about a giant, talking worm who needs a friend and a boy who helps him and makes more friends himself as a result. Although the book doesn’t…

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In this time of racial unrest it might be a good idea for kids to read my book, Slime & All. The book is about a giant, talking worm who wants a friend and the boy who helps him and makes more friends himself as a result. This book will help kids learn to accept…

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There are a LOT more good people than bad ones in the world. The bad ones get the publicity because they’re unusual. Think how boring the news would be if it only told us about people going about their everyday lives and being pleasant to everyone. Back before Covid-19 it was the bad guys who…

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Since kids are starting school, mostly in unusual ways, this seems like a good time to let people know about my book, Signs of Trouble. It’s about kids who get separated from their Special Ed class on a field trip and use what they’ve learned about safety rules and recognizing signs to get reunited.All young…

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A few days ago I mentioned my experience as a child with newly invented plastic. Today plastics and other synthetics have taken over the world, at least in developed countries. Just imagine what would happen if they were all to suddenly disappear. People would be walking around naked, or with transparent clothes.Car seats and other…

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It was a bright red-orange toy canoe about ten inches long for me to play with in the bathtub. The canoe was made of a new substance called plastic that had been developed during World War II, which had recently ended. Whenever my parents had company over, Daddy had me bring out the canoe to…

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There have been times in history when major epidemics happened, like the Spanish Influenza, Polio and Smallpox.There have been racial riots before.There have been nasty politics and major economic problems in the past.There have been fires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters.Thousands of people have lost jobs, and businesses have become bankrupt in previous times.But there…

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Back in the day of cowboy stories the villains covered the lower part of their faces with kerchiefs and nobody could recognize them. But when I see people I know with kerchiefs covering half their faces I easily recognize them. And the modern masks covering noses and mouths are even less likely to hide people’s…

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