How to Teach a Child to Become a Superhero


Jennie, this is wonderful!!!

A Teacher's Reflections

Superheroes.  Every child wants to be a Superhero.  Ask a child, “What does a Superhero do?” and you will hear everything from “save the day” to “help people” to “get the bad guys.”  These are good things, and Superheros are icons of goodness.

In a child’s eyes, that means doing the right thing.

The problem is, their whole life–all four years–has stressed “Do the right thing!”  A constant reminder of what to do, and what not to do, can often make children feel frustrated.  Even worse, feelings of not measuring up creep in.

I assume, right off the bat, that a child is filled with goodness.  And much more:

Kindness, check.

Helpfulness, check.

Bravery, check.

The check list goes on and on.

Whether or not these are true, a child lives up to our expectations. Knowing that a teacher thinks they measure up with all the “right stuff” is nothing…

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Quotations on Censorship


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“There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches.”

                                                                     Ray Bradbury




“Censorship is to art as lynching is to justice.”

                                                                   Henry Louis Gates Jr.




“If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all—except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our liberty.”

                                                              John F. Kennedy

The execution


Here is another of my students’ blogposts.

Stephanie’s Blog

For our English class, our professor set up the Underground Library Society. In order to become part of the society, we needed to put up a poster around campus about the book we are becoming. I chose The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. My poster consisted of the front cover of the book, which is a picture of dominos in a line. I decided to not add color to the poster on purpose, because the book is so full of intense imagery, but it also includes lots of bleak moments. The black and white of the poster is supposed to symbolize the life and death that is a common theme of the book, the light and the dark. Trying to find a spot for my poster was relatively simple. I went to a very popular location on campus and pinned it in the middle of the mess that was already…

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Meet Guest Author, K.D. Dowdall…


Here is a wonderful biography of a very talented writer!

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

The Journey

Hello, everyone. My name is Karen Anna DeMers Dowdall and as an author, K. D. Dowdall. I am delighted to have been asked to be a part of Chris Graham’s, Author Hall of Fame!

My journey to become a writer and author begins early in my life, in a roundabout way.

I was born in Hartford, Connecticut. I was disappointed though, because I always wanted to be born Chinese. So, I pretended I was Chinese until I was nine. I demanded to eat with Chinese chopsticks at every meal (Try eating oatmeal porridge with chopsticks).

At nine-years-old, my hero author was Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth, although a close second was Hans Christian Andersen’s Classic Fairy Tales. My mother, always an avid reader, introduced us to books at an early age. I still envision her sitting in her English wingback upholstered chair, with a book, reading. She…

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What Book Would You Read? — Revisited




One of my best memories from summers when I was a child was of those days when I didn’t have to do anything. Work had not yet reared its head, chores were finished, and the weather was just right. It wasn’t too hot, and the humidity was low. The sky was filled with imagination-inducing legions of clouds.  On such days, I remember sitting under a tree, leaning back against it and reading a book—all day, with the exception of going in for lunch and supper. They were perfect days.



Now, imagine something like that. For one day, you have no responsibilities, the weather is nice—75 degrees, almost no humidity, and a sky of bright blue and cumulus clouds like scattered cotton candy—and you have the time to indulge in reading a book. At your side is a container of coffee, iced tea, or whatever you like. You also have snacks with you.  Remember, for this day, you are free to relax and read, as if you were a child again.

If I were to do this right now, I think I would begin to reread The Lord of the Rings.



My question is—what book would you read?

I have used this post before, but I love hearing the answers from other readers.


Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.


Please follow the following links to find my novel:


Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:


The Art Show!


This is another wonderful post from Jennie, an extraordinary teacher!

A Teacher's Reflections

“It took me a lifetime to learn to draw like a child.” –Pablo Picasso

“I would like to paint the way a bird sings.” –Claude Monet

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”
Vincent van Gogh

“Color is a power that directly influences the soul.  Color is the keyboard.  The artist is the hand that plays.” –Wassily Kandinsky

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”
Pablo Picasso

“Creativity takes courage.” –Henri Matisse

“Art should make you feel, like music.” –Wassily Kandinsky

“There are flowers for those who want to see them.” –Henri Matisse-

“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” –E.B. White-


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A Tui From New Zealand


This is beautiful art!

Art Expedition

In one of my latest post  (Golden Flicker), my dear friend Su from over at Zimmerbitch and I had a little chat about New Zealand´s national bird – the kiwi – and how she would prefer another one as such, since the kiwi is not only nocturnal but also flightless which contributes to it not being often seen by people.

If it were up to her, she would choose the Tui instead of which she has a pair in her garden.

The tui is a large honeyeater that appears at first glance completely black except for a small tuft of white feathers at its neck and a small white wing patch, causing it to resemble a parson in clerical attire.

On closer inspection however it can be seen that the tui have brown feathers on the back and flanks, a multicoloured iridescent sheen that varies with the angle from which the light strikes them…

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Happy Friday the 13th!




I hope all of you enjoy your day today and do not worry at all about the date. This is not a day that should cause any concern, unless of course you somehow had access to a time machine and were able to travel back in time to October 13, 1307 when the end of this organization was put into play by King Philip the Fair of France.  Apparently his name carried two levels of irony, because many reported that he was not handsome, and certainly his treatment of the Knights Templar shows he was not a man of honor.

He had many arrested on that day, and that began a time of great torture, horror, and death for those involved. So, certainly that day would have been a terrible day to be around on Friday the 13th!

If you had a time machine, perhaps you should choose a different, happier historical day!

But for everyone else, enjoy the Friday! Go out if you normally do, or stay home and enjoy a good book, but have fun, and please do not worry about the date!



Magic on Wings~


Here are more beautiful photographs from Cindy Knoke!

Like the hummers, we have flown away,

to a place where wi-fi doesn’t fly.

I can’t get a satellite signal consistent enough to upload,

here in The Cook Islands.

But, I am getting stunning island vistas.

Sending Holler Hummer hopes that you are healthy and well,

and looking forward to connecting with you when we fly back to civilization.

Until then, cheers to you from the incredible Cooks~

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Here is my interview with K. D. Dowdall


Here is an excellent interview with a talented writer K.D. Dowdall


Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.


Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name.

Hi Fiona and it is a pleasure to do this interview.

My name is Karen DeMers Dowdall and I write as K. D. Dowdall (but that may change. I have always wanted just to use my maiden DeMers.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born in Connecticut, Hartford to be exact. I love New England. The countryside is pastural.

Fiona: A little about yourself (i.e.:  your education, family life, etc.).

I came from a large family that migrated down from Quebec, Canada around 1900. My Grandparents, Amie and Laurenza, had seven children who eventually each had five children each and therefor I grew up with many cousins. We lived in a beautiful forested and farming community near Windsor, Connecticut. I spend most of…

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