December 29, 2007
With glorious winter weather upon us, I’m determined to enjoy some of the special places in our area this year.
I played tourist today, grabbed our youngest son and climbed 105 steps to the top of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.
What a view! Boats cruised through Jupiter Inlet from the ocean to the Intracoastal Waterway. The lighthouse was one of the first to use the Fresnel lens. And it was erected because boats kept crashing into the reefs that extend two miles beyond Jupiter’s shores.
I’d never been in a lighthouse before. Have you?
It was fun to do something different. We even received a certificate stating that we climbed to the top of the lighthouse . . . and survived!
Can’t wait to see what other adventures await this winter!
December 25, 2007
December 14, 2007
I took a break from novel revisions, parenting and pet care to spend a glorious long weekend in D.C. with Hubby.
And we walked and walked. And walked! And saw amazing things.
The White House (from really far away because of security fences)
Then we strolled through a park with a pond full of ducks.
But most of the ducks had their heads in the waters, so it was actually a pond full of . . .
As if that weren’t funny enough, when we reached the
They provided lots of laughs and candy for nearby children.
The man who started all of this, James Smithson, had never set foot in the
The next day, it was off to the National Zoo where I saw . . .
And pandas, iguanas, an octopus, lions, a baby hippo and a tarantula so large it eats small birds.
And butterfly butts! (Okay, I don’t think butterflies have butts.)
December 5, 2007
Every year for the past eleven years, our family has collected children’s books for the
People know about our book drive and often hand us bags of wonderful books. Area schools and businesses have helped our collection efforts as well.
But we’ve never had anything like this happen:
A couple weeks ago while volunteering at our school’s book fair, I met Lucia, a fellow volunteer. When a student was a few dollars short, Lucia reached into her pocket. That child left with the book she’d wanted. And I left with a great impression of Lucia.
Two days ago, Lucia called. “Do you still need books for your book drive?”
“My son, Todd, has some he’d like to donate.”
With a couple plastic bags in hand, hubby and I showed up at their home. We should have brought a Mack Truck.
Stacks of books covered their dining room table. Hardbacks. Paperbacks. Fantasy. Mystery. Humor. Classics. Current favorites.
“309!” said Todd, a sixth grader, standing beside the books.
“Did you read all these?” I asked.
He nodded. Then he helped us load his books into our car so we could bring them to the Palm Beach County Literacy Council to be distributed to children in our area.
Todd’s a charming kid who collects author’s autographs. He handed me a card and asked for mine. I put my signature at the end of sincere thank you note.
Thank you, Todd, for proving the naysayers wrong. Boys do read! Thank you for generously donating your books so other children can have good books to read. And thank you for being the kind of kid who makes me glad I’m a children’s book author.
If you’d like to drop Todd a line, leave a comment on this blog, and I’ll make sure he reads it. A gift certificate is on its way to Todd so he can begin to replenish his supply of books.
Happy reading everyone and hope your holiday happenings are happy ones,