Monday, December 24, 2018


Every time I see this it fascinates me. Tumbleweeds make a beautiful Christmas tree.Just don't touch. How did it get started? Read below.

History of the Tumbleweed Christmas Tree

In 1957, Chandler resident Earl Barnum raised the idea of a tumbleweed tree after he saw a similar one in Indiana built out of cone-shaped chicken wire with pine boughs stuck in the holes. Members of the community helped create the first tree in Chandler using tumbleweeds that they gathered from around town.
Since then, this annual tradition has blossomed into a must-see attraction for Christmastime visitors to Arizona, featuring some of the best talent and most dazzling displays of lights in the region, and the parade started just a few years after the first tumbleweed tree was constructed and has since grown into a city-wide event.



Monday, December 17, 2018

Quote for the Week:  Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!” 
― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas a lovely time of the year. If you don't celebrate Christmas, do you have another special day to celebrate? At Christmas time we usually see lovely trees decorating stores, homes, and just about every place we go. Some of you have seen this before, so just bare with me. Thanks. Have you ever had a tumbleweed tree at Christmas? Next week I'll show you a place that puts one up every year. (Again, some of you have seen this, but I love to see it over and over.) I was so fascinated by the idea that I wrote a story about a Tumbleweed Tree a  few years ago. Just have to share the cover with you again.

Christmas is the time for miracles, but sometimes, a child must make her own miracle, and one for her siblings.

Have a great week.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018


It's the first Wednesday in December, which means - 

Awesome Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of the IWSG. 

His awesome co-hosts for the December 5 posting of the IWSG are J.H. Moncrieff, Tonja Drecker , Patsy Collins, and Chrys Fey!

Every month we have a question. Optional. For December 5th the question is: 
What are five objects we'd find in your writing space? 

My laptop. My desk. Pictures on the wall. My printer. One or more cats. 

(A lot of other stuff because I'm not well organized, but that's the five main things.)

If you're not a member of the IWSG, why not take a look? You'll meet a lot of nice people.  Check here. Visit their sites. Say "Hi."

Happy Writing!

Monday, December 3, 2018


Awhile back I shared the cover of THE LAND OF YESTERDAY. I finally read the book and would like to share my thoughts with you. Enjoy.


By K. A. Reynolds

From the lovely cover of THE LAND OF YESTERDAY to the final pages, K. A. Reynolds has written a magical story of a family and a house, a house like you’ve never before seen. The Land of Yesterday is where all souls go when they die. It, too, is a land like you’ve never before seen. This is a story about the death of a young boy and the effect it has on the mother, father, and sister, as well as on their most unusual house.

It took me a while to get into what was happening to the characters, but when I finally did, I understood Cecelia Dahl and what she had to do. This is a sad story about life and death, love and forgiveness. And for those that have lost family members, especially young ones, they most likely will understand Cecelia’s emotions and reasons for attempting to bring her brother home again.

I think middle grade, tween, and teen readers, as well as adults will enjoy reading K. A. Reynolds stories. It would be a nice addition for school libraries, public libraries, and your personal library. Happy Reading!

Have a great week!