Climate Strike – Friday!

The younger generation has not so subtly pointed out that past generations have done nothing to end the climate crisis. They are right.  Among the many things that youth around the world are doing to incite change is this week’s … Continue reading

Climate Activism

When I saw the TED Talk by 16 year-old Greta Thunberg, I was awestruck, amazed, inspired, and grateful. This young Swede has become the face of climate activism, rallying youth and adults around the world. When she first heard about … Continue reading

Wildflowers, Part 5

This is the last of my wildflower series, a nod to summer season that is all too quickly coming to an end. Even though Colorado is a great place to be outdoors in any season, the end of summer is … Continue reading

Wildflowers, Part 4

I recently spent a day hiking with my sister and niece. We did one of our favorite hikes, to a high mountain lake above tree line (quite possibly the best way to spend a day). And, thanks to late and … Continue reading

Contraptions on My Doorstep

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been fascinated by Rube Goldberg machines (if you aren’t familiar with ol’ Rube, click here). As an author I thought that these crazy contraptions would be a great way to teach kids about … Continue reading

Cover Reveal!

In 2006 I wrote my first picture book. Then I wrote a couple more. Easy, right? Not at all. But I kept trying. Looking back, some of those first manuscripts were full of all the newbie mistakes that I just … Continue reading

Wildflowers, Part 3

Last month I went to Glacier National Park as part of an epic family road trip. Needless to say, the scenery was stunning. I also discovered a wildflower that was entirely new to me – beargrass. Beargrass is not actually … Continue reading

Wildflowers, Part 2

In the Colorado high country there are hundreds of different kinds of wildflowers – certainly too many to highlight in this blog. Choosing which ones to showcase is difficult, yet this year a flower that I continue to see more … Continue reading

Wildflowers, Part 1

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to hike in the high country and enjoy the wildflowers. It’s like nature is celebrating summer too. And these flowers, sometimes blanketing hillsides, are absolutely brilliant. Then a closer … Continue reading

Meet the Beaver

I’ve mentioned before that I am in the middle of researching and writing a series of picture books on animal adaptations, which has been so much fun. Deciding which animals to put in each book (I only get to pick … Continue reading