Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A Writer's Point of View

At the top!
On Sunday, Allen and I went for a heart-pounding, challenging hike. Or, as one struggling hiker called it, torture.

About half-way up the mountainside we took a break to let our hearts catch up, and eat a snack. As we sat there, a family of three hiked back down past us. We chatted, learned we had survived the roughest part of the hike, and they continued on. It wasn’t until they were farther down the trail, that I noticed the twenty-something’s prosthetic leg.

The hike, like life in general, is all about the perspective, and the determination from within. Some of us have to work harder, push more. It may take longer to reach our goals, but we can make it if we don’t conjure up excuses, and if we don’t give up.

Allen and I were a wee bit excited to complete the hike!
I can honestly say after completing that heart-pounding hike that the more difficult the challenge, the more exciting and rewarding the victory.
Now onward and upward with my writing . . .

Monday, September 26, 2016

Counting Crows Review

by Kathi Appelt
illustrated by Rob Dunlavey

I'm not usually a fan of counting books, but the cute cover design and clever title captured my curiosity.  I brought the book home.

I've opened it more than one, two, three times. Why? The rhythm and rhyme of the words and the jingle and jime of the illustrations pair up perfectly as though they were created by a single person.

The counting follows the cool, sweater-sporting crows through a day of snacking, hopping, singing, flocking. On it goes all the way to the end where danger lurks close by, and off the crows fly.

Counting Crows is candy for the eyes and ears. I'm indeed a fan.

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