Future Scholars!

Seeing a group of children reading a book I wrote just warms my whole heart, all the way to my toes! Cultivating a love for books and education at an early age is the surest way to make sure a student wants to continue to study, and seek a higher education, after mandatory schooling ends. At…

Wow! I have a Best-Seller!

That crazy story about the Elbow Fairy who could not decide what to wear has sold 200 copies a day for the last 3 months on GET EPIC! an online platform for children and educators!  It is such a wonderful feeling to know that somewhere out there someone is reading your story and enjoying it!…

Summer Reading Buddies

As one of the poster-girls for United Way’s literacy program United2Read, I once again had the pleasure of going to the Yonkers’ public library in New York to find some summer reading buddies.  It was amazing and gratifying to see how many kids and how many volunteers were there. The place was a magical madhouse of…

I Believe in Magic!

And I believe I can transfer my magic to kids! Books provide enchanting journeys to other worlds and reading is the magic wand we use to tap into that magic. I have some partners in my quest to spread the magic of reading: United Way of Westchester/Putnam, JCY-Westchester Community Partners and the Yonkers Public Library.  The Library’s summer…

Sisterhood gathering: 40 years of women at West Point

Women have been part of the United States Military Academy for 40 years. These days, urinals have been removed from the women’s latrines (bathrooms). Women cadets are allowed to have long hair. They wear skirts and earrings. There are locks on the barracks (dorm room) doors. When women entered West Point as cadets for the…

7 PRACTICAL STEPS TO A HAPPIER LIFE

A rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but how you feel about the rose depends on how you describe it. If you say, “I have to smell those roses,” you communicate a different message to yourself than if you say “I GET to smell the roses.” There are so many great books…

Teaching kids about money with the 3G bank

When our granddaughter, Rachel, turned five, we started giving her an allowance of $5 each time we talked. Since she and her family live on an island in Alaska, we primarily interact with them via Skype. Our usual calls conclude with reading two books; a longer picture book for the older girl and a board book for the two…