Hello world! Here I am at wordpress.org

Hi Everyone, If you’re reading this post, then I’ve successfully transferred my blog from wordpress.com to wordpress.org. I decided to combine my portfolio and blog together. It was frustrating, to say the least. But I think it will be better to be gathered together in one place. Anyhow, pardon anything that’s under construction (and feel …

Why I love writing/illustrating picture books #IWSG post

It’s the first Wednesday in February, which means it’s time for the monthly Insecure Writer’s Group monthly post. It’s a blog hop, so feel free to join in–or just look around and see what other IWSGers are writing about. Here is this month’s OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question:What do you love about the genre you write in …

The lady of the lake (that's me)

I have not written much here these past few months. They have been difficult months for me–from September until December. Although I was having a wonderful year with the children in my Sweet Pea class–one of my best years ever!–I was having a terrible time with the school administration. September started out rough and only …

#IWSG-Persistence and forgiveness: 2 lessons I've learned from my writing life

 Oh, my–it’s already the first Wednesday of the month! And I haven’t visited my dear blog since the last first Wednesday. But here I am, with another Insecure Writer’s Support Group post. The school year is over, and I have definitely switched into vacation mode. I’m losing track of what day it is already, and …

Water Lily–#AtoZChallenge

Who can resist a water lily?  Not me!  Not Claude Monet and not Buddhists, for whom it symbolizes: In Buddhist symbolism the lotus is symbolic of purity of the body, speech, and mind as while rooted in the mud, its flowers blossom on long stalks as if floating above the muddy waters of attachment and …

Violet–#AtoZChallenge

The lovely, lowly violet is now in bloom here in Chicago.  I love to see the yards filled with them.  They grow in my backyard, too, although they haven’t come up yet there.  Their smiling faces make me happy.  They symbolize different things, like spirituality, intuition, modesty, love, affection, nobility.  Violets, with their heart shaped …

Rudbeckia/Black-eyed Susan–#AtoZChallenge

My flower for today is Rudbeckia, also know as Black-eyed Susan.  I couldn’t resist choosing this flower that shares my name and that has grown in my garden, too. It’s a native plant, too, and related to echinacea–their centers are similar. Here’s part of a poem by that the common name might have come from: …