St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

photo-jpg Whether you’re a parent, an aunt, an uncle, a grandparent, or a friend, we all watch those St. Jude T.V. commercials showing sick children undergoing treatments we wouldn’t wish on our worst enemies.  I cry during each and every one of those commercials.  In my 28 year nursing career I have focused my time mostly on adult critical care.  I have come into contact with a few sick children, but none with cancer.  I have three healthy children, and I thank God every day that they are healthy.  Like any parent, sometimes I think, what if that were my child in that commercial, what would I do, how would I cope?  I answer myself in denial, but the reality is that 1 in 285 children will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20.  Some of those children will be treated in their home state, and may be covered by their parents insurance, but there are many that do not have access to top medical care, and who cannot afford it. This is where St. Jude Children’s hospital comes in.

Named after the St. of lost causes, and founded by actor Danny Thomas, St. Jude Children’s hospital fulfilled a promise that Danny made to St. Jude in return for providing him guidance in his life.  Through tireless fundraising events, and the help of the Arab-American community (ALSAC), monies were raised, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened their doors on February 4, 1962.  The cost of treatment is free for those who otherwise could not afford it.

At the time of the opening of St. Jude Children’s Hospital the survival rate for childhood cancer was 20%.  With the sophisticated research capabilities of St. Jude, that survival rate has climbed to 80%, and diseases that were considered a death sentence, now have a survival rate of 94%.


St. Jude has always been a charity close to my heart, and this November 5th I will be running the Savannah 1/2 Rock-n-Roll Marathon under the banner of St. Jude.  I have volunteered to collect $500.00 for this run to donate to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  If possible, I would ask anyone reading this to donate what you can.  Any amount is helpful.  I have collected $385.00 so far which is 77% of my goal.  And if you cannot donate at this time in your life, please consider donating to St. Jude at some time in the future.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this post, and donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The link to my page can be found below.

God Bless!




RhyPiBoMo 2016 Blogger Calendar

If you’re not sure what RhyPiBoMo is then you’re not alone.  Head on over to Angie Karcher’s site to learn all about RhyPiBoMo and why you might want to give it a try.  Hope to see you there!

Angie Karcher

RhyPiBoMo 2016 Calendar

Thank you to all our fabulous authors, agents and editors who support what we do and have graciously agreed to share their knowledge with us! We are grateful!

This is the 3rd year for Rhyming Picture Book Month and I am humbled to see the support this event continues to receive. This idea of celebrating RPBs in 2013 started out small and now has blossomed into an annual event, a Best in Rhyme Award, a RPB Revolution Conference, the sale of our 2015 Conference Recording and a thriving Facebook Group of over 500 people!

  Rhyme Award Best In Rhyme      RPB Reg Open Logo

   Writing in Rhyme to WOW! class logo       Critique badge

I stay busy teaching my monthly Writing in Rhyme Class as well as doing Rhyming Manuscript Critiques. Last year was an exceptionally exciting and CRAZY year of firsts! This year, I vow to write more RPBs as my planning hat took over and stomped on my writing…

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Happy Birthday Charles Perrault

Charles Perrault

Charles Perrault

Charles Perrault was born on this day 1628 in Paris, France.  Perrault began his career as a lawyer, but had a penchant for poetry, and writing.  He is most famous for his book Histoires ou Contes du temps passé (Stories or Tales of The Past) which included eight famous stories we are all familiar with listed below:

Subtitle: Contes de ma mère l'Oye (Tales of Mother Goose)

Subtitle: Contes de ma mère l’Oye (Tales of Mother Goose)

La belle au bois dormant (The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood)
Le petit chaperon rouge (Little Red Riding Hood)
La Barbe bleüe (Blue Beard)
Le Maistre Chat, ou le Chat Botté (The Master Cat; or, Puss in Boots)
Les Fées (The Fairies)
Cendrillon, ou la petite pantoufle de verre (Cinderella; or, The Little Glass Slipper)
Riquet à la Houppe (Ricky of the Tuft)
Le petit Pouçet (Little Thumb)

Charles Perrault was born into wealth and prestige, and was highly educated, and an excellent student. Perrault was successful in the law, and worked for the government under King Louis XIV.  He was elected to the Académie française in 1671.  Ironically while in the Académie, he was involved in “The Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns”, a bipolar dispute that pitted ancient literature up against modern-day writings.  Perrault took a modernist stance believing that ancient literature was not as sophisticated as modern literature.

Charles Perrault became a widower after only six years of marriage.  His wife bore three sons, and a daughter.  He was forced to retire from government life at age 56, and went home to care for and educate his four children.  In 1697 at age 69 he published Histoires ou Contes du temps passé.  This is a great lesson for all writers that it’s never too late to pick up quill and parchment, Underwood, or Apple.  It was his love of oral folklore telling, and the subsequent rewriting of those tales that have allowed them to be passed from one generation to the next; not quite the modernist after all.

Gustave Dore's Engraving

Gustave Dore’s Engraving

He is the inspiration for my story The Full Worm Moonand I am happy to wish him a Happy 388th Birthday.  It is an impressive feat to remain so relevant after death, and to continue to touch so many minds with such wonderful storytelling.


Holiday Contest Finalists.

           The Peanuts by Charles Schulz.

             The Peanuts by Charles Schulz.

Hi Everyone.  Well the top 12 finalists for the Holiday Writing Contest are posted, and I suggest you head over to Susanna Leonard Hill’s website to check out their stories, and vote for your favorite.  They are all amazing.  Until next year…Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!



Thank you, Tara Lazar

Couldn’t have said it better!

Josh Funk Books

The 7th annual Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) came to a close yesterday and I’d like to congratulate everyone who took part in the challenge.

I’d also like to thank Tara Lazar, the PiBoIdMo founder and organizer. For those who don’t know, Tara spends countless hours each summer and fall lining up guest posts, contacting agents for prizes, organizing a Cafe Press store (where she donates all proceeds to Reading Is Fundamental – RIF), moderating registration, managing the PiBoIdMo Facebook Group, sorting out and awarding prizes, and probably a dozen more things I don’t even know about.

She does this all for us. PiBoIdMo is completely free. For everyone.

And while all of this work does give Tara’s books some exposure, that exposure doesn’t count for much unless we, the PiBoIdMo participants, take action.

So this holiday season, I encourage everyone to purchase at least one (or…

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