Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A great way to keep kids cool...Read about snow and moose and Christmas! Book Buster sale extended one more day!



Book Buster Sale Extended!
Begins midnight on Tuesday, June 26th and ends Wednesday Thursday, June 27th 28th at 11:59 P.M.


The Release Date of The Moose at the Manger is Tuesday June 26, 2012.  To celebrate, the moose and I are having a 48 hour Book Buster Sale!  It's the 6th month of the year so prices are slashed to $6.00 per book. That's over a 33% savings off the regular price of $8.99!  To further celebrate, we are cutting prices on the companion-coloring book down to the low-low price of just $4.00.  To save even more, buy The Moose at the Manger Set (one storybook and one coloring book) for only $9.50





Companion-Coloring Book

Books come with a free audio download too!  

If you are not in the market for a children's book, please share this with any parent or grandparent who wants to pass on the love of reading to their children.

About the book

Book Buster prices begin Tuesday at midnight.  Don't miss out!




Sorry, orders shipped only in the USA at this time.  Anyone interested in making a purchase outside the USA could always buy the book on Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com

Friday, June 22, 2012

Looking for something to do outdoors on Saturday...


Vogt Visual Arts Center

Come to the 4th Annual Vogt Visual Arts Center Art Show and Sale.  

When: Saturday- June 23rd
Where: 17420 S. 67th Court
Tinley Park, IL 
Time: 10:00am -3:00pm

Stop by my booth and mention you saw this on my blog and get a free gift!

Thanks WJOB!


Thanks to Debbie Wargo and Jim Dedelow from WJOB for having me on as a guest to talk about the release of my new children's book The Moose at the Manger, as well as, my first book My Hero, My Ding. I hope the WJOB listeners enjoyed the interview as much as I enjoyed doing it.

~Click on video to listen to interview~

Mention this interview when placing an order for either book and receive a bonus gift!


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

'til Death Do Us Part...

Recently my husband and I celebrated 23 years of wedded bliss!  We were discussing what we thought the secret was to being married this long... He decided to show me in the way of a greeting card.



I thought it had something to do with one of the wedding vows I slipped in...
I took out that "obey" section and included this instead -
 

and so far, I've been true to my word.


In the middle of our discussion, we realized just about everything  these days come with an expiration date...driver's license, food and  even things like toothpaste.  Well, we got a little curious...we dug out our wedding license to look for its expiration date. 

Lo and behold there wasn't one...so we'll take that as a sign to live 
"happily ever after"!


Saturday, June 16, 2012

Happy Father's Day




When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
MARK TWAIN




Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is "soap-on-a-rope." 
BILL COSBY


"A father is a banker provided by nature." 
FRENCH PROVERB


My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, "You're tearing up the grass." "We're not raising grass," Dad would reply. "We're raising boys."  
HARMON KILLEBREW




He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.  
CLARENCE BUDINGTON KELLAND




A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. ~Author Unknown





Friday, June 15, 2012

Looking for something to do on Saturday...

So Close to Summer

Craft and Vendor Show


Saturday, June 16th / 9am-3 pm
50+ Vendors, Food, and FUN!





Round Lake Area Public Library
906 Hart Road
Round Lake, IL 60073





Would love to see you there!
For more information visit this website - http://www.rlalibrary.org/






Thursday, June 14, 2012

Long May She Wave...Proud May She Wave...O'er the Free and the Brave!


I'm Your Flag
Teryl E. Williamson, Pewaukee, Wisconsin on September 14, 2001
Submitted November 30, 2010
I was born of a people, who refused a corrupt king,
Instead they chose America to do their own thing.
I'm Your Flag
First put together from thread and old cloth,
I came into this world through Betsy Ross.
I'm Your Flag
Over the years I've flown so serene.
Yet I've served in the worst battles you've ever seen.
I'm Your Flag
I've been saluted, I've been burned,
Veterans have carried me, as all heads turned.
I'm Your Flag
I've served in the rain, I've served in the snow,
You've never asked twice, I was ready to go.
I'm Your Flag
I've flown at events where people have cried,
You've seen me drape the caskets of those who died.
I'm Your Flag
Now a new challenge awaits us all,
And a new generation must meet the call.
I'm Your Flag
As always, I'll be with you charging into the fray,
Take heart fellow Americans, we will not stray
I'm Your Flag
From the beginning until today, I've stood for freedom
without any sway, so grab the torch and hold it high,
for I AM YOUR FLAG AND I WILL NEVER DIE!
Original news source http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/more/poetry.html


John Wayne and The Pledge of Allegiance


Red Skelton and The Pledge of Allegiance

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Father's Day FREE autographed book GIVEAWAY! Don't miss out!

Update:
Congratulations to Linda N. and Lynn H. the winners of the Father's Day Giveaway!

Two lucky winners will be able to have an autographed copy of MY HERO, MY DING to give to their dad or grandpa for Father's Day. 

It's Free! It's Easy! And...it's FUN!






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I hope you join in the excitement!  Just use your e-mail or FB log-in and then you get to choose what to do to enter.
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Saturday, June 9, 2012

44 years ago...

Today is the anniversary of the day of my birth and I thought it would be fun to look back at life in 1968.

Cost of Living 1968

How Much things cost in 1968

Yearly Inflation Rate USA 4.27%

Yearly Inflation Rate UK 4.7%

Year End Dow Jones Industrial Average 943

Average Cost of new house $14,950.00

Average Income per year $7,850.00  

Average Monthly Rent $130.00 

Gas per Gallon 34 cents

Average Cost of a new car $2,822.00

Movie Ticket$1.50

The Federal Hourly Minimum Wage is $1.60 an hour

Below are some Prices for UK guides in Pounds Sterling
Average House Price 4,344
Gallon of Petrol 5 shillings 5 pence or 28 new pence
Barbie Doll Sports Car From The 1960s

To read more facts, fun, and history, click on the links below...




And for all the Cub fans out there...what were they doing on this day in 1968?

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Update: Spin VS Fact about those bad CPS teachers!

Arrggghhhh!!! I am dizzy from all the spinning in the news about the upcoming Strike AUTHORIZATION Vote. I don't want to beat a dead horse here, but I think that the teacher's viewpoint is certainly one that is NOT being heard in the mainstream media.

First off this vote is a vote to authorize (give permission to) our union to go on strike if, when, should the need arise.  This is NOT a vote to strike as soon as the ballots are counted.  That being said here are a few points that keep coming up in the media...

SPIN: Brizard said many times that we are in negotiations and teachers should wait until the process is complete before this vote tomorrow.

FACT: CPS and CTU had been in negotions for one year.  There wasn't much give and take, BUT under the dictionary definition "negotiations" did take place.  A few weeks ago, with negotiations at a stalemate, CPS and CTU entered into MEDIATION.  The negotiaton portion is OVER!

SPIN:  If teachers vote YES for the authorization to strike the children are going to be the ones who are most hurt by this decision (making it sound like we are going to walk out of the classrooms by the end of the week).

FACT:  If teachers vote YES for the authorization to strike that gives us the leverage to get a FAIR contract before the start of the next school year (without actually having to strike).  If that doesn't happen, then and ONLY then would the teachers go on strike.

SPIN:  "It's premature. It's insulting to teachers. We all know they deserve to have a raise. They're asked to do more, they deserve to get more," said Brizard. 

FACT:  What is insulting is that they expect teachers to work upwards of 90 more minutes each day and 10 days longer a year without fair compensation.  A 2% raise during the first year and raises in the next 4 years tied to STUDENT TEST SCORES is insulting.  If (and this is a big IF) there is NO money to compensate us, then the school day/year should NOT be increased. 

In the last year Brizard has gone from this...


To this...





He and all those in charge would be wise to remember that actions speak louder than words. 
The coming days will be most interesting to say the least.


Friday, June 1, 2012

Who is disrespecting whom?

I had a whole different theme I was going to blog about today, but just hearing a comment made by the CEO of the Chicago Public Schools on the news set me in a different direction.


After teachers endured a whole school year of disrespect from Brizard and Emanuel, CEO Brizard stated today on Channel 7 news that he takes the idea of the teachers having a strike authorization vote as a sign of disrespect of the whole process.  

Let's talk about disrespect...

Teachers did not get a contractual 4% raise this current school year because there wasn't enough money, BUT there was enough money to pay schools to extend their current school days and also buy incentives for students in some of those schools.


Teachers are being told to work longer hours and work a longer school year next year without being compensated fairly for their time.  There isn't enough money, BUT there's enough money to built/fund more Charter schools.


Teachers are being told that the school day needs to be longer "for the children"(as we know, it's always for the children), BUT they are not giving resources to make that longer day run smoothly. 




This is just the tip of the iceberg!  The list goes on and on and on...

So, the teachers have had enough.  They are constantly being disrespected and blamed for the ills of the whole school system. Are there some bad apples?  Sure.  Just like in every profession.  BUT a whole field of educators should not be demonized, especially when most of the problems have been "given" to the teachers in the form of "new initiatives", not wanting to be "left behind", the next up and coming "newest educational fads", and bad (and corrupt) budgeting.

It was announced that the Chicago Teacher's Union will have a strike authorization vote on Wednesday.  This vote gives the Union the authority to set a strike date if it is deemed necessary at the end of the negotiation process.  The teachers are not disrespecting the process.  The teachers are actively take part in the process and letting the "powers that be" know  we are serious.  I for one hope the strike authorization votes passes.  Without it, we have no chance for a fair contract.  It's just too bad the police and firemen can't strike too.  It's always the "worker bees" that get the shaft and nothing will change if we don't stand up for ourselves now!