Family Stories/Special Objects

This Friday, I will share an original memoir piece, “Truth From Under the Branches of My Family’s Tree” and lead an interactive discussion about how special objects help us recall family stories. Participants are encouraged to bring a special object for discussion – holiday treasures are welcomed!

This event will be on the lower level of the Los Alamos Senior Center at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 11.

Come and join us around the tree for a delightful holiday experience.



African History Month

Come hear me tell stories from Africa and enjoy a family friendly event next Saturday, February 7 at Bright Horizons at Naperville.  I’ll be telling stories at noon and 12:30.  For a flyer to share with your friends, visit:  You can also RSVP on Facebook.  Hope to see you there!

“Under the Branches of My Family’s Tree”

Come hear me read a memoir piece about the strength passed down from generations of amazing people in my family.  I’ll be reading at Waterline Writers in Batavia on December 21 at 7 pm.  If you’ve never attend this reading event, it is something to put on your bucket list and cross off on December 21!


Making Time for You

I am inspired by the woman who attended my NaNoWriMo write-in at Geneva Public Library.  We all have responsibilities to juggle in order to keep writing a central part of our lives.  I’m always amazed by mothers who find that balance!  Read about this motivational mom here.

Let’s all commit to 15 minutes a day of time for us – time to bring our story ideas to life!

What it Looks Like to Become Intergenerational PALS 

In this exchange between these two partners in Pages Across the Ages, an eight-year-old boy and eighty-three-year old woman read Verdi by Janell Cannon and bond with each other.


It was funny when Verdi is scared that he will turn green because that meant that he was old.  But he thought that meant he was going to become lazy.  […] Then he understood that he could still be happy even if he was green.  He was still the same inside.

 – Boy, age 8

“Verdi doesn’t want to grow old and green! […] He gets tired and old and decides that being old and green isn’t so bad after all!  My name is Pat.  You’re 8 and I’m 83.  I don’t mind being old but I hope I don’t turn green.” 

– Woman, age 83