On my “About” page,
I mention four books, only
three covers are displayed today.
One missing original from
the olden days,
is long gone. . .
I sent the original in one of
those insured manila envelopes
where the receiver has to sign,
enclosing my children’s abuse
and neglect “book” which I
had used with almost all
the 150 children I met
at a battered women’s
shelter. In my position
of child advocate which I
was only able to stay 18 months.
I left the town with my 3 kids
and started over here in
my small town.
Another post someday. . . On abuse
blogs I have already written these.
I shared horror stories which hit
too close to my children and me.
The pamphlet or mini-manual
was child-friendly and I named
it using one child’s name
who died when she went back
into her dangerous family situation.
“Nutmeg and Cinnamon”
was sent to a famous person
(Yeah, I know how silly and
delusional could I get?)
I had the Post Office here in my
“new” town, weigh and calculate
a second equally insured manila
It never came back!
I have redone it but until I have
possible publication, I have not
completed it to “best” of my ability.
The Bunny book was made into
a 4H coloring book, in the days where
God was still present at meetings
and among the members of the club.
I also made copies for my Sunday
school classes to color. My ABC
for kids using my often used
which my Dad and a
storekeeper named John,
displayed my art in their
Dad and Mom were located
on Lake Erie, in Vermilion, Ohio.
Their portion of a Victorian shop
named Old Jib’s Corner was
The Oldrieve Studio.
Dad while at NASA, had dreamed
of the years he and Mom
would retire. He with
an easel on a wharf at the
Vermilion Lagoons or
She who loved to sew and make
doll clothes, collecting dolls
who sometimes needed wardrobes.
Anyway, here is a group of art,
which doesn’t include a “window”
in my friend’s basement looking
out at a lighthouse in the
Atlantic Ocean nor the
home paintings I literally did
on every wall of our past
So, I could polish these up
or leave them as is, I have been
Blessed to talk to three children’s
authors who illustrated their own books,
in person over a meal and on
drives to the Detroit Airport.
Thanks to Rich, while a professor
at BGSU, was on the welcoming
committee for the famous authors
Spring event where so many
Wonderful children’s writers
and illustrators participated.
Each of the 3 gave me lovely and
thoughtful advice which warms
my heart and allows me to
have hope that one day
I may have something
displayed or published.
Delaware, Ohio had a downtown
storefront window full
of the eight homes on one annual
AAUW historical home tour!
This made it into the local newspaper.
Hope you don’t turn your back
upon any one of your own,
In honor of Don Quixote and
his remarkable creator:
Author, Miguel de Cervantes,
who was a dreamer of
I wonder if Cervantes ever had hopes
of being remembered not just
as a writer; but as a source of
comfort and spiritual uplifting?
Today is Cervantes memorial
long past death on April 22, 1616.
Good luck at tilting windmills!