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May 21, 2020Like

Let Me Send You a Gift!

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I’ve been sending cards and notes like crazy during the pandemic. Why? Because I read a study that when we receive a note in the mail, our body releases oxytocin, the same hormone that we feel when we get a hug from a friend. And since we aren’t getting a lot of hugs right now, I think opening a note from a friend is the next best thing. And I want to send you a note, too. So here’s how we’re going to do it:

When you pre-order NAME TAGS & OTHER SIXTH GRADE DISASTERS, send me an email with

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May 15, 2020Like

NAME TAGS & OTHER SIXTH GRADE DISASTERS

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When twelve-year old Lizbeth has to start sixth grade all over again at a new school because of her parents’ divorce, she gets stuck sitting with the Weirdos. She’s also forced to wear a name tag until everyone learns her name—or makes up a new one for her. Meanwhile, all her plans to reunite her parents go awry as she accidentally saves the school arts program and stands up for outsiders everywhere. Oh, and did I mention there’s a SuperChicken?

You’ll laugh out loud, shed a tear at the ending, and close the book with a big huge grin.

We

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April 22, 2020Like

One encouraging thought for today

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“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.”
Augustine

This morning I listened to a professor from Oxford ask the question, “Can anything new be written about Jesus?”

He didn’t wait for a reply, presumably because there could be none, but I wanted to shout across the Atlantic.

“Well, yes, actually. You are here, aren’t you?”

And since Jesus is a physical representation of God’s unconditional, all-powerful love, it follows that a new story of unconditional, all powerful love can be told today through you.

In the middle of a

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April 1, 2020Like

Will This Be Your Year of Wonders?

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As I read the incredible article below, I couldn’t help but reflect on a scripture that’s been on my mind all week:

“Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of Jesus.” Acts 4

May it be.

And now, enjoy this amazing article from Kerry McDonald at the Foundation for Economic Education, published on Friday, March 27, 2020:

College students around the world left campus this month, unsure when they would return and what daily life would look like until then. Forced to leave their friends and classmates

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March 25, 2020Like

Meditation-To-Go Basket

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Ready to create your own Meditation-To-Go basket? Now more than ever, we need to seize every chance we have to recharge our emotional batteries. But if your living situation has gotten complicated by the current crisis, having a meditation basket that you can grab and take anywhere is a big help. Here’s how I made mine:

 

First, find any basket that is easy to carry. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just functional.

Next, add in two inspirational books. Why only two? Because we’re all overwhelmed right now. Don’t bring that feeling into your quiet time. For me, it’s

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March 18, 20201

Staying Productive

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Do good and do not forget to share what you have.” -Hebrews 13:16
Daily Action Plan:
Every day, there are three core practices I use to replenish my creative reserves and prep for the day’s work. In order, they are:

Morning meditation. Here is just one of the many books I love. (I’ll share a video next week on how to make a


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October 16, 20191

9 Novels for Kids Who Feel Like Outsiders

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The Last Monster    by Ginger Garrett
When thirteen-year-old Sofia discovers that she is the Guardian to ancient monsters that still roam the earth, unseen and unloved, she faces the ultimate choice. Will she find the courage to love the very ones that the world would like to forget? And can these forgotten creatures of
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June 26, 2019Like

Time to Celebrate!

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This announcement just ran in Publishers Weekly:

“Amy Fitzgerald at Lerner/Carolrhoda has bought Ginger Garrett’s middle-grade novel Name Tags and Other Terrible Ideas (Most of Them Mine). When sixth grader Lizbeth finds her plans to get rid of her father’s new girlfriend and make friends at her new school derailed, an art project prompts her to think outside the box. Publication is slated for fall 2020; Melissa Jeglinski at the Knight Agency brokered the deal for world rights.”

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May 22, 20191

Lessons from a Thrift Store Pearl

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I am a woman obsessed with pearls.

Delicate and hypnotic, I love to watch the way each one catches the light, reflecting a soft, ethereal glow.

Here are the top three reasons why everyone should be obsessed with pearls.

First, they symbolize the secrets of the heart: hidden wisdom, the discovery of heaven-on-earth, and tears of joy.

Second, you can often find pearls in thrift stores, like I do. It’s a little tricky to tell a real pearl from a fake one, but once you master the secrets (which you can learn anywhere online) it gets easier. I pay as

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April 11, 2019Like

Snowdrift the Pyrenees Subdues Her Nemesis

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Snowdrift is a Great Pyrenees mix that my wonderful vet helped us save from the dreaded disease parvo. Snowy stared down death at a young age, so she has a stoic personality. We adopted Watson the black and tan bloodhound mix, and it would be incorrect to say he has a personality. No, he IS personality. A very loud personality that includes yodeling in the early hours of the morning.

But I love this photo because at some point every afternoon, Watson naps. And when he does, Snowy watches over him. She can’t resist the pull of her Pyrenees DNA

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