National Siblings Day

May 26 2024

Perilous Moments in a Sibling Relationship

Sibling relationships can be some of the most complex connections in our lives. For many, there are pivotal moments—turning points—that dramatically alter the dynamic with our brothers or sisters. ✨ Which “turning points” in your relationship with your sibling(s) altered your connection? How did things change? Have you ever found yourself asking, "How did this happen?" Whether a specific event, a gradual drift, or a sudden realization, these moments can ...
May 14 2024

Agreeing to Terms of Engagement to repair a broken relationship

Sisters avoid old hurts and identify safe topics to mend their broken relationship. They ask what's necessary: Admitting wrongdoing? An apology? Forgiveness?
May 9 2024

A sunflower and my mother’s remarkable resilience

My wonderful friend, Kathryn Gilbert, sent this photo to me. She is preparing to plant the sunflower seeds we distributed at my mother’s Celebration of Life ceremony. In my favorite photo of Mom, she is encouraging the sunflower she planted in "Oma's Patch" to grow. And it did! It grew so tall that it towered over all the raised beds at her senior residence. That summer, her Jack-in-the-Beanstalk became a ...
Apr 22 2024

Students respond to Middle School Sleuths

Always thrilling to receive mail from young readers. These wonderful illustrations are from 5th grade students at Crestview Heights Elementary School in Waldport, OR. They read IS IT NIGHT OR DAY? and MIDDLE SCHOOL SLEUTHS. Thanks to Liz Ulmer for introducing my work to her students! Wish Mom could see their work; I appreciate their condolences.
Apr 10 2024

Broadening National Siblings Day to Include the Estranged

Ever wonder how National Siblings Day got started. Learn all about its founder and the controversy surrounding the day.
Mar 28 2024

How Religious Shunning Ruins Lives

Religious shunning is a form of institutionalized estrangement and emotional abuse.
Mar 22 2024

New series gently introduces young readers to Holocaust

A series that gently introduces young readers to the Holocaust! These remarkable personal stories inspire and inform as they introduce young readers to this important chapter in history and its long reach! Ideal for middle-school discussions on moral guidance, citizenship, and historical responsibility, the books in the Legacy of the Holocaust series use photographs, texts, and historical documents to cultivate empathy in readers. * Middle School Sleuths shows how an ...
Mar 4 2024

A reader says “The ‘Why’ Haunts Me”

My sister, (11 months/2 weeks older than I at 70,) has not spoken to me in over 2 years. Growing up we were not particularly close as she was an overachiever and I grew up in her shadow; but we always communicated through the years and she was active in my life especially after I had my children. She had a good relationship with my daughter. However, when it became ...
Mar 1 2024

New covers, new titles, for The Legacy of the Holocaust series!

Here are the links on Amazon to these three books:
Mar 1 2024

Is It Night or Day? is now available as an audiobook!

  New cover, new Author's Note, and now available as an audio book! The photo on the cover shows some of the One Thousand Children, who fled Nazi Germany for America, as they first lay eyes on the Statue of Liberty!