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May 2012

Hattiesburg on my mind.

By |May 18th, 2012|

This morning Tulsi whispered in my ear, “Pssssst, let’s go for a ride on a butterfly.”

“Let’s,” I replied. In case you didn’t already know, you know now who keeps me in check. And busy.

There is much I want to share from the past couple months! Where to begin?

I’ll start with Hattiesburg, Mississippi…I was very fortunate […]

March 2012

The Mother’s Wisdom Deck

By |March 20th, 2012|

Last year at this time, I was standing at a journey’s beginning, taking deep breath after deep breath, and contending with doubts, “Can I do this? Can I uphold the integrity of the oracle so beautifully brought to life by the authors? I can think of several other mama artists who could do this better. […]

Same, Same but Different & the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award!

By |March 7th, 2012|

OH Wow! It has been an ongoing joke in our house that Tulsi says, “Mama, your books have no Caldecott Medals, but someday you’ll get a sticker!” I smile and give her sweet head a kiss. Well, I am beyond excited to share some news — The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation awarded me the Ezra […]

snowday. springday. snowday. springday.

By |March 6th, 2012|

I’m loving the consistency of changing mountain weather and how it keeps us spontaneous. Friday called for a snowy walk near the silent Rio Grande goddess. L-O-V-E!

Saturday brought more Spring chicken dances,

tropical greenhouse creations,

and snuggles galore.

And on Sunday came a temple visit colored with music, community, purple bulbs peeking out of the dirt and carrots-peas-beets […]

February 2012

M.A.P.P. Gathering, WOW!

By |February 27th, 2012|

Last week I came upon The M.A.P.P. Gathering, an incredible, growing ocean of mamas, coming together to relate and share, encourage and ignite each others’ flames. The Gathering is a series of interviews with some amazing, wise, gentle, BRIGHT soul-mamas who are all wholly passionate about their mothering AND their “work”: Brene Brown, PhD, Jennifer […]

New Interactive Book Art! – Travel Behind-the-Scenes of my book

By |February 22nd, 2012|

I just created a page “FOR KIDS” (and parents, teachers, big kids…) — it is now in my menu above. I think it’s super fun, and I hope it will inspire young authors and illustrators. At the top is an interactive page with 27 different “clicks” that shares some of my writing & art process […]

When you know how to listen.

By |February 21st, 2012|

EVERYBODY and every being. Sometimes I need this reminder. Thank you, Ram Das.

Audio & Video from SSBD Interactive Art.

By |February 20th, 2012|

These are a few videos from my travels in India and Nepal:

Mata Prasad is spinning clay cups without any electricity!

Do you recognize this game? Two girls at Sunshine School are playing “Jacks” with rocks…

My Indian “sister” Didi is dressing me in a saree…

AND, I thought I’d read you a journal entry from India…riding on a […]

Postcards from India

By |February 19th, 2012|

These postcard treasures began arriving recently for Tulsi (my daughter) from her dear friend Daya (who spends most of her time in India). We love these pictures and Daya’s messages so much, and I thought you would enjoy them, too! Have you received any postcards from another country? If you’d like to share, send a […]

Calling all young explorers and artists! What colors YOUR world?

By |February 16th, 2012|

A few months ago, I shared my new picture book, Same, Same but Different, with my long-time client Karen Capp of Oopsy Daisy Fine art for Kids. She had an idea to host a craft to connect young artists with my book and my travel-inspired Oopsy Daisy art, while encouraging children to create art about […]