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National Spouses Day

National Spouses Day

Today is National Spouses Day.  I can’t think of anyone who deserves a toast today more than my Mom and Dad.  Dad said it best in one of his letters. Here is an excerpt from Football Flyboy to be released later this year. Oh baby, how […]

National Pie Day

National Pie Day

Since today is National Pie Day I thought I would share an excerpt from the new book coming out later this year, Football Flyboy.   While I was growing up, there was always a pie or cake with every meal. Dad knew that dessert was […]

Peculiar People

Peculiar People

Here is a teaser from Football Flyboy due to be released this year:

Aunt Gladys would be at every family gathering. Indeed, she was quite the character. Gladys had enormous boobs that she would suffocate each of my cousins and me with when she hugged us. We hated it because our faces were always just that height to get the full impact of the smothering monsters as she pulled each of us in. I can hear her announcing herself as she entered the house, “Sugar, your Aunt Glad-Ass is here.”

There was no missing “Glad-Ass” with her dyed jet black hair that was piled about 9 inches high on her head—all ratted up. She had big, black glasses shaped like cat eyes with rhinestones all around them. She talked in a raspy, low voice, and called everyone “Sugar.” She would make a grand entrance with her flowing caftans and “Hello, Sugar” everyone in the room with her low Oklahoma accent.

She was a peculiar person. Well, we all know someone like that right? Every family has one of those. For the Cannon family, it was Aunt Gladys, who was fondly known as Glad-Ass.

She liked to faint. She could faint on cue, and do it beautifully. She wore caftans that flowed around her big body. In the south, we called the muumuus. They were always brightly colored with bold designs. Her’s were made of silk from China. She always had a bunch of China junk because her secret husband dealt in foreign trade.

She would suddenly announce, “I think I am going to faint, Sugar.” Then, sure enough, she would slowly fold softly on to the floor spreading her caftan around herself in a perfect puddle.

The family got so they would just step around her and go on visiting as if nothing happened, but Glad-Ass continued to faint adding to their pleasure.

National Hat Day

National Hat Day

National Hat Day brings a ton of memories to my mind.   I can remember my grandmother and all my aunts wearing hats every Sunday to church.  Church was a big event back in the 60’s. People dressed up in their finest, and the poor […]

A Dream Come True!

A Dream Come True!

In Bart’s Escape Out the Gate, I literally made my dream come true. Bart was a dream that I had about a pet dinosaur getting loose.   We lived on 16 acres off of a country road when my kids were younger. We had 5 […]

Rubber Ducky

Rubber Ducky

Rubby Ducky’s raising money for charity?  Whoever heard of such a simple idea raising so much to help many people?

Well, this happens every year in Breckenridge Colorado in September when they release thousands of the little rubber creatures down the cold river. You can purchase a duck with a number then send him( or her) sailing the rapids in a race to the finish.Then you get to keep your duck at the end whether a winner or loser!  The Summit Foundation uses the proceeds for academic, youth development, basic needs, health care, and support services for those in need.

That is one hard working ducky.

Find a cute little duck in your community to support and have good-ole-fun at the same time. Celebrate National Rubber Ducky Day ( Today is the national day but it is too cold out for the tiny fellows right now)

Click here for more information about the Great Rubber Ducky Race. https://www.summitfoundation.org/events/great-rubber-duck-race
Male Watchers

Male Watchers

Yes, there is such a day as male watchers day. To some, it means watching men and seeing all those muscles and yelling, “woohoo.” That is a fun way to celebrate today! However, it made me start thinking that there is more to male watching […]

New Year Poem

New Year Poem

Happy New Year everyone! As I was preparing for the new year, trying to get organized, I found a poem in my mom’s stuff. It’s the perfect poem to get the New Year started. In my novel Football Flyboy, (coming out this year) I talk […]

Mercy Project

Mercy Project

With year-end giving, everyone is reaching out with their best pitch for the last of your charity funds. We do much here in America, and we should for our own land, but don’t forget the bigger picture in the world.  

 

We are the world.

 

I wanted to show a few pictures of Mercy Project in Ghana. Not only do they rescue children from slavery, but they are finding ways to stop the spread and need for child slavery in the villages. They have developed fish farms and even a hatchery to sustain the villages.  Mercy Project is teaching them to farm eliminating the need for child slavery to do the fishing.  They have rescued over 100 children from 8 villages.  The rescue is only the first step.  Their program rehabilitates the children and the families, some have not seen their children for years.

 

This year my goal is to share their book “Under the Mango Tree” which was written by Chris Field.

 

The story is an important one that you can share with your children.  While not a toddler book, it is easily shared with first and second graders.  Children will engage learning about “anansesem”  the art of storytelling. The girls and boys of Ghana will share their stories, and how their world changes as freedom and hope come to their villages.

 

The message is to make the world a better place, and to open our children’s hearts to those who need our help.

 

“It is here, under the mango tree, that a new idea begins to take root.  It is here that starts a new story in which little boys and girls are free and able to go to school and in which the fishermen have new ways to fish.Talk of freedom and hope begins to grow branches and spread through the minds of the people in the village.”

 

To learn more about Mercy Project and to find out how you can help out please click here to visit Mercy Project.

 

Football Flyboy Christmas

Football Flyboy Christmas

When I was doing research for my novel Football Flyboy I found so many letters from my dad to my mom during WW2. The one that he sent on Christmas was a little sad. For him, Christmas wasn’t the same since he was in Manila. […]