St. Lucia “Wait for Love” | Sidewalk Sessions

I can’t believe what I saw yesterday
Too many people trying to walk away
Now I believe that you may disagree
That there’s a reason right in front of me

When are you going to start
Making up your heart?
It is never too late for love to come back
I don’t know where to go
I don’t know who to show
There’s nothing left but to wait for love…

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Books make great gifts. Read my new novel, The Good Shepherd, and travel to 1905 Boston this winter…TGS-Cover-Final-cropped-for-kindle

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Happy Lunar New Year!

Shu Rui’s house is not far. There are no sidewalks, but the streets are wide. They’re filled with people because everyone comes home for the fifteen-day celebration of Chinese New Year. It’s The Year of the Tiger, 1998.

I was born in 1989, The Year of the Snake. Everyone says that’s why I talk so much. Grandma always tells me,

Child, you were born under a sign of wisdom. Remember, wisdom is attained by three methods: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.


Learn more about Chinese New Year in The Baiji!


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The Spring Festival / Lunar New Year

“What’s your favorite animal?” I ask her.

“I don’t know . . . a cat?” She shrugs.

“How can you not know which animal is your favorite? Mine is the baiji.”

“The river dolphin? But the baiji are all gone!” Shu Rui says.

“Maybe, but my grandma says the baiji is the Goddess of the Yangtze. She says the baiji will come to visit at special times, like the Spring Festival. Seeing a baiji brings good fortune.”

“Our teacher said the baiji is indignant.”

“Not indignant, silly, endangered.”

February 5, 2019 is the first day of the Lunar New Year (Spring Festival Day). Learn about this celebration and the Chinese River Dolphin in this short story for middle-grade readers, The Baiji.

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Because You Asked Me To…MLK, Jr Tribute

(Quote used in The Red String, Days of the Guardian, Volume 1)


I adore Patti Griffin’s heartbreaking and beautiful song, Up to the Mountain, which was inspired by MLK’s last speech, “I’ve Been Up To The Mountaintop.”
Here’s an excerpt of those beautiful lyrics-

Sometimes I feel like
I’ve never been nothing but tired
And I’ll be walking
Till the day I expire
Sometimes I lay down
No more can I do
But then I go on again
Because you ask me to”

And here’s an excerpt of the original speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. –

We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live – a long life; longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. 


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Hazel And Howl by H. K. Snyder

“Hazel didn’t expect to enter a different world when she explored the woods behind her house. A shadowy beast discovers her, pursuing her with malicious intent, but Howl—a mysterious creature with a patchwork pelt—saves her. Howl leads her to safety and into Hidden Country, a place filled with incredible beasts and countless secrets. Hazel must join Howl on a perilous quest to change his fate. All the while, a malevolent entity haunts Hazel’s dreams and threatens to overtake the pair before their task is completed…”

My review of Hazel and Howl by H. K. Snyder-


Get your own beautiful copy of Hazel and Howl on Amazon. This one’s mine…

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St. Lucia “Wait for Love” | Sidewalk Sessions

I can’t believe what I saw yesterday
Too many people trying to walk away
Now I believe that you may disagree
That there’s a reason right in front of me

When are you going to start
Making up your heart?
It is never too late for love to come back
I don’t know where to go
I don’t know who to show
There’s nothing left but to wait for love…

Get St. Lucia!

Happy Holidays!!!!

Books make great gifts. Read my new novel, The Good Shepherd, and travel to 1905 Boston this winter…TGS-Cover-Final-cropped-for-kindle