Vultures

Let’s talk about vultures. They are definitely not the most glamorous of animals. After all, they’re a bit odd looking (even ugly?) and they eat roadkill. But they are oh, so cool. Let’s start with why many species of vultures … Continue reading

Happy Book Birthday to Me!

Tomorrow I will celebrate a very important birthday…Crazy Contraptions: Build Rube Goldberg Machines that Swoop, Spin, Stack, and Swivel will (officially) be released. This particular book has had an interesting life leading up to publication…proposal, acceptance, contract, completion, submission, release … Continue reading

Pocket Shark

While you wouldn’t actually want to put this shark in your pocket, it would fit there. But that’s not how it got its name – it was so-named because it actually has pocket-like glands near the pectoral fins. And, it … Continue reading

Climate Strike Reflection

“…the climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions. All we have to do is to wake up and change.” (Greta Thunberg, November 2018) Last Friday was the day of the global climate strike. … Continue reading

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