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Solstice and the (almost) full moon

As the shortest day of the year turns from daylight to darkness, the moon rises.

This beautiful gibbous moon, just one day shy of a full moon, brightens the night. This was the inspiration for Aliana Reaches for the Moon.

Look for more photos of the moon tomorrow.

Why I’m feeling over the moon 🌙 💜 🌝

This week, we received accolades from two STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) professionals for the book ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON. 

“This short children’s book imparts many pearls of wisdom about the qualities of a scientist, while telling an engaging story about a girl’s caring relationship with her younger brother. Using her ingenuity, imagination, and ordinary household materials, Aliana creates a special experience for Gustavo’s 5th birthday. Aliana Reaches for the Moon encourages all children – and especially girls – to read, explore, experiment, and to take notice of the natural world. There’s even an important message for parents – doing science can be messy!”    ~ Grace Wolf-Chase, PhD; Astronomer, Adler Planetarium

If you’re not familiar with Adler Planetarium, in Chicago, IL you should make plans to visit and you can check it out here: Adlerplanetarium.org

Curiosity and imagination, paired with research and experimental play, help Aliana bring her unique idea to life. Aliana Reaches for the Moon will inspire readers to use science, imagination, and experimental play to create their own innovations.”   ~Linda Schwab, Flight Director,  Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana

The Challenger Center is an educational organization that offers amazing opportunities for learning about Space Science Education at over 40 centers around the world, primarily located in the US.

More can be learned here: https://www.challenger.org

Preorder here: EifrigPublishing.com

An Evening with Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama has a beautifully written memoir and is on a multi city (21 cities on her calendar to date) tour promoting the book. But more importantly, bringing her message to so many of us who miss the dignity of the 8 years her husband was the president of the United States.

I was lucky enough to be in the audience for her Denver stop. She spent part of the day in Denver visiting a children’s hospital which aligns closely with her mission as a mother and First Lady. Her personal campaign fighting childhood obesity changed school lunch programs across the nation. She raised two daughters in the harsh spotlight of public scrutiny in an admirable way with amazing results. Both Sasha and Malia are impressive young women.

She spoke about her childhood, getting into Princeton, meeting Barack, and about how hard marriage and children are in a candid way that had Reese Witherspoon laughing beside her on stage and the crowd at the Pepsi Center laughing and cheering. For me personally, as a girl from the same neighborhood in Chicago, I was mesmerized.

Life imitates Art

Waking up to the beauty of sunrise over the mountains is something I appreciate every day. I’m currently reading and loving KATERINA’S WISH by Jeannie Mobley, which has cover art that reminds me of my sunrises.

This is exactly the kind of book that made me love reading. It’s the story of an immigrant girl who has big dreams for her family and works hard to make them happen.

The writing is beautiful and each character is lovingly created in a way to make them memorable and a hero of their own story. Mobley weaves in little stories and folk tales in a way that is charming and important to both character development and plot.

Cover Reveal for my debut picture book!

“In this charming STEM book, children will see how the light of the full moon inspires Aliana to create a present for her brother Gustavo which will surprise the whole family.”

ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON releases 2/19/2019 with Eifrig Publishing and is available for preorder now at EifrigPublishing.com and Amazon.com

Beautifully illustrated by Ariel Boroff

Full Moon Announcement

The full moon, has always been an inspiration for me. On this full moon, I’m happy to announce that I have signed contracts with my publisher and my illustrator for a book that will be released in early 2019!

Photo of the harvest moon 9/24/2018

Why did you name him Charlie?

Two months ago, I brought home a wonderfully sweet Goldendoodle puppy and named him Charlie. The three questions I am most often asked:

What kind of dog is he? What’s his name? (Followed by)

Why did you name him Charlie?

I had decided on the name Charlie earlier in the week, knowing we were going to meet him that Saturday. I thought about other names, tried saying them softly and calling them loudly. I never wavered. Charlie felt right. I didn’t have any specific connection to the name, no it’s not the name of an old boyfriend, I just liked the way it sounded. I had a few other names suggested to me but nothing came close. I waited until the following day, having said “Charlie” to my new bundle of joy many times in the first 36 hours and watching him respond. It’s a happy name that fits the expert criteria of naming a dog: 2 syllables and ending in an E sound so they can distinguish their name from other commands.

It wasn’t until this week, when I reread my favorite book from childhood, All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor, that I realized where my affinity for the name began. This charming story published in 1951 and set in 1912, centers around a Jewish immigrant family living on the lower east side of New York with five daughters. Their family friend, one of only two nonJewish characters in the book is named Charlie. I don’t want to give anything away, because I highly recommend this book, but I now understand why I loved the name from all those years ago.

A writer’s life

I was lucky enough to spend the weekend at a writers conference this weekend with an amazing faculty of agents, editors, and authors. In addition to the outstanding experts, I was surrounded by inspiring writers in my critique groups, workshops, and I also had a fantastic roommate to share writing with.

After the conference, I met up with a friend and came across this quote from Louis L’Amour and it made me think of writing, or more accurately, revising. I’m sure other writers and artists will be able to relate.