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A Creative Thought Gone Wild – T Shirt Design Contest

Every now and then I have (what I think) is a fabulous idea. Sometimes these ideas take on a life of their own and become much, much bigger! Such is the case with my seemingly simple idea to have a t-shirt designed for Lil Blu Dragonfly. I had been thinking about designing a t-shirt for Lil Blu Dragonfly for at least a year now and actively talking about it for about 3 months. I did my research, talked to people and looked online for printing places. And then, I stalled and stalled. You see, I realized no one – not a soul – would wear any shirt I designed unless they really, really liked me or were looking for some major brownie points! Then flash, boom, bang a flash of inspiration – what if I got a talented high school

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The Cricket In Times Square


Some books become beloved best friends. You read them over and over and over again.  I discovered The Cricket in Times Square around 4th grade and it quickly fell into the beloved friend category.  I have no idea how many times I read it, but it was multiple, multiple times. However, I can tell you I settled in on the couch and reread it last week. It was like being with a best friend you hadn’t seen in 20 years (hate to say it, but it was probably closer to 30 with The Cricket and me!!).  I found myself totally engrossed and laughing out loud, not something I can say about every grownup book I read. So, without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to my friend – The Cricket in Times Square. Chester Cricket has a love for

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Lucky Number 8

We have a winner!!! Thank-you to everyone who participated in the 2nd children’s book giveaway.  This month’s lucky number, as you can see below, is the number 8. I’ve always had a special spot in my heart for the number 8.  You see, certain numbers, in my head, have a personality and well 8 has always been the forgotten middle child.  She’s stuck between wanna be just like nine 7 and bratty 9.  Today 8 gets to shine all on her own! I’ve contacted the winner and soon will be sending Harold on his way.  I hope they enjoy it as much as I did!

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Harold and the Purple Crayon


So maybe, possibly, quite probably, starting a new monthly series the month before I moved 300 miles – Connecticut to Maryland – was not well planned out. Somehow, I pushed aside all of my previous moving experiences. I didn’t fully recall the chaos and the amount of time it takes to settle in. But oooh I have been reminded.  It’s only this week that I now finally have reliable phone service at the house! (Thank-you Mr Dixon for solving my communications “Black Hole” problem!!) Things seem to be 3/4′s of the way back on track now – whew! I’m ready to announce this month’s book giveaway AND a bonus extra to making up for my dropping the ball! Without further ado I give you: Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. One night Harold decides to take a walk

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Talk to Me – What Changes Would You Like to See?

Today I was going to unveil the 2nd book in my new Children’s Book Giveaway.  Instead something else has been running through my brain.  So I’m asking for a little patience and I promise I’ll bring back the Children’s Book Giveaway next week. A few weeks ago I visited Blue Sky Factory’s website.  As most of you know, I’m moving to Baltimore in June and was doing some research on companies in the area that intrigued me.  I was curious to see where they were located and clicked on their Corporate Office Directions Page.  What I loved, made me laugh out loud and stuck with me was at the bottom of the page there are walking directions from the parking garage to their front door. Here’s why it stayed with me.  With this one paragraph I understood that they really

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