Sunday, August 28, 2011

"Let's Talk Christmas"

Growing up when Summer gave way to Fall meant it was time to say to the adults, "Let's talk Christmas" as we gathered around our grandmother's kitchen table. One aunt in particular loved to talk Christmas. Most of the time on those Saturday afternoons or Sunday mornings she'd do all the talking-telling us of their Christmases in the old farmhouse. We'd hear about the oranges and nuts in their stockings; the meals prepared; the spirit of the Season shared.

With the Holidays less than 16 weeks away I'd like to talk Christmas by sharing a few odd little Christmas bits of trivia-fun to know-especially good for crossword puzzles! Here we go:
. In the poem, "The Night Before Christmas" Donder and Blitzen were originally named Dunder & Blixen.
. The Christmas window displays seen in the original movie, "Miracle on 34th Street", are on display at a bank in Milwaukee every December in the bank's lobby.

Have fun! Enjoy! More to come!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

I am happy to announce that "The Reindeer Keeper" has been named a "Mom's Choice Awards Gold Recipient" in Adult Fiction! I thank Mom's Choice Awards for this honor. When writing "The Reindeer Keeper" awards and honors were never part of my plan. I had a story inside me that was bursting to be told. That was my focus. While I was the instrument through which the story was written, the characters themselves led me from the first page straight through to the last.

I can't help but think back to that chicken coop clubhouse where all of this began. They say when you are a young child what interests you have stay with you throughout your lifetime. Problem is they can get buried under all the stuff that comes with growing up. If you get confused as to where you are headed or if you find yourself at a crossroads and not sure in which direction to take the next step, think back to that little child within you. That child is still there. You might have to stay quiet to be able to reconnect but that child has stayed with you all along.

There are times when I go back in my mind to that chicken coop clubhouse. I can see every nook and cranny of that dilapidated old building. The smells, the excitement, the joy of pure imagination are all still there waiting for me! By plugging back into what that little girl was all about I can keep moving forward with a clearer vision as to where I am going. Receiving recognition like the "Mom's Choice Award" confirms to the little girl that the big girl is still the same girl!