Raise Your Thoughts


Smiling is infectious; you catch it like the flu.

When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.

I passed around a corner, and someone saw my grin.

When he smiled, I realized I had passed it on to him.

 I thought about that smile, and then realized its worth.

A single smile, just like mine, could travel round the Earth.

So if you feel a smile begin, don't leave it undetected.

Let's start an epidemic quick, and get the world infected.

                                        Author Unknown

I am smiling because my fourth children's book is now in print.

                                       (Illustrated by P. Anthony Visco)

#4 - Jake and the Magic Penis now available on Amazon.com. It is about bullying which is unfortunately a subject that needs to be addressed. There are so many ways in which to be attacked by a bully. This is but one. My teaching background knows for sure it exists. However, our children are amazing, and in this case, forgiveness and friendship triumph over the bullying with the help of a very interesting pen purchased by the bully himself.

#3 wasRoland Faissett and the Wizards of Wee Ville.  Roland is a child dealing with childhood leukemia. Like too many of our children, he has learned to "roll and face it" (as his name implies) through his treatments. He enters Wee Ville Elementary School wearing a wizard's hat and robe, and carries a crystal ball. What he sees in his crystal ball gives him hope and courage to move forward. His friends see nothing at all.. "You must believe," he tells them. The story is not a medical account. It's about kids being kids. The children of Wee Ville accept and befriend Roland, who is very different from them in appearance. This book ties in with my theme of random acts of kindness, which is a thread woven into all of my children's stories.

About the illustrator: I was delighted to meet P. Anthony Visco and his writer wife, Candace, at a local author's meeting. I am very grateful that he was willing to undertake the task of illustrating my books. He has  presented the readers with bright, colorful pictures that reflect the personalities of my characters so well! And he is great at using  my favorite painting medium, water colors.

To view his work go to panthonyvisco.com