Mrs. Claus is so over cold weather ~~~
Twas a chilly night at the North Pole,
Santa snoozed by a fire in a warm, woolen stole.
A bang of the door ruined his sleep.
Mrs. Claus stomped in with soggy, wet feet.
“That’s it,” she said. “I’m sick of this cold place,
the ice, wind, and snow always stinging my face.
What’s worse, I get chased by a big polar bear,
and Santa, I think that you don’t even care!”
It’s my great pleasure to announce the publication of ALOHA SANTA. Two years ago I wrote the verse to perform in my Sweet Adeline chorus Christmas show. My singing sisters encouraged me to turn the fanciful rhyme of Santa and Mrs. Claus moving Hawaii into a children’s book. Illustrator Jaana Baker brings the story to life with her clever and charming pictures.
ALOHA SANTA is now available in paperback at Amazon. Delight the youngsters in your life with this bright, fun holiday tale. Makes a delightful gift.
20% of all royalties from November 25 thru December 25 will be donated to the Na Leo Lani Chorus of Sweet Adelines International.
Order at Amazon today! ALOHA SANTA
Summer closes; fall opens with a sigh. My summer was filled with activity, travel, children, and “real magic.” It began with a writer’s conference on Maui featuring the president of Hay House Publishing, Reid Tracy, and Dr. Wayne Dyer. I grappled several weeks about spending the big bucks to attend. After all, at this point I have no dreams of becoming the Next Big Hay House Author. Too much work building platforms and pursuing fame and fortune. Who needs it?
Go..go. Fine. I made all the arrangements, put it all on the plastic, and got over the guilt. Maui, here I come!
The hotel was GORGEOUS. A waterfall in the open air lobby, complete with black swan and orange koi. An elegant room to myself, balcony view of volcanic hills and the golf course. Magical sunrises.
The “real magic” came in the form of Wayne Dyer. Seeing him in person for 48 hours as he chatted with Reid Tracy was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Dyer had been on the self-help, spirituality forefront for over forty years. Author of over 40 books, lecturer, talk show favorite. Despite all that “celebrity,” Dyer evolved into a man of wisdom, wit, and love.
Though always gifted with charisma and a brilliant mind, Dyer struggled with anger and alcoholism. He shared the pivotal moment when he found the grave of the father who had deserted his family. The date was August 30, 1974. A spiritual epiphany settled on Dr. Wayne about the man who had fathered him and he experienced profound forgiveness. It changed Everything. Forty one years later, on August 30, 2015, Wayne Dyer slipped out of his corporeal body in the night, his earthly mission completed.
A group of us have bonded that attended the June workshop, now knit tighter with the realization we were among the last groups to experience Wayne Dyer on the planet.
His message continues through books, audio, and videos. I’m reading Real Magic, a book he claimed was largely channeled material. Hay House is currently offering a free viewing of the short film My Greatest Teacher, based on Wayne’s relationship with his father. His Hay House books are being offered at bargain prices.
I will remember a man who exuded Love. He recognized the sacred spirit in everyone he met. He hugged strangers, brought them home, kept pictures of their children. He reached a level of humanity few achieve, as most of us live in fear of others. We keep our shields up. Dr. Wayne had dropped all the shields. He showed us the possibilities of living an Awakened Life.
After that inspirational weekend, I’ve spent the summer enjoying everyday. Living in the Now with my friends and family. I had a grand weekend in Bainbridge Island, WA. Saw fantastic sunsets over Lake Michigan. I had no idea Michigan is such a beautiful state!
Settled into Missouri with my older daughter and her family. Six-year-old Will and three-year-old Gracie kept me hopping’ all summer. Dinosaurs, mine craft, Disney princesses, play dough, swim parties. And then there were my new animal friends– five outdoor cats, a family of raccoons, and the birds of prey circling overhead.
Teaching Will to read inspired a new series of children’s books. Nina’s Kids. Some people knit. I compose books. Using my family archive of photos, Nina’s Kids books are designed to offer the beginning reader a successful reading experience. Learning to read can be painful. Nina’s Kids are digital books to download onto phones and ebook readers. They make reading fun. I invite you to check them out for the children in your life.
I have a lot of pent up blogging bubbling inside me, so I hope you will enjoy upcoming reviews, insights, and information I think worthy of passing on.
Mostly I hope you had a happy summer and are looking forward to a fabulous fall.