As the sun began its rise in the East, this beautiful verse from a Bengali prayer floated through my mind
“With every rising and setting of the sun,
a day passes and is lost.
Why do you remain idle and not
serve the lord of the heart?”*
Reflecting on the preciousness of each day, of each moment, was likely spurred by a friend’s letter I read late last night. My friend is recovering from a second cancer surgery, and shared with me, “Every moment is a gift. That’s how I’m seeing my life now.”Read More
“If you’ve seen one beach, you’ve seen them all,” said an elderly man I thought I knew, until he spoke that one telling line. Aghast by such a shallow perception of millions of exquisite, unique beaches, I recoiled. In that moment I doubted we would agree much on life, love, beauty or the heavens.Read More
The following is a true story, and I hope you laugh with me. I had been hankering for awhile to get away from everyone and everything to write and illustrate my next book.
The opportunity came last February when a long time friend asked me to house sit her cottage in Hawaii. She had been away the last several years taking care of her elderly mother. My friend is an artist herself, and spoke of her beautiful large art desk by the north-facing window, the shelves of art supplies, and the ocean view. She sincerely wanted me to come to her place to write and paint.Read More
Delicious organic brownies in 5 minutes or less
While I don’t consider myself a foodie, I do have my weak spots, and brownies are one of them. When I received this recipe (in an email – I kid you not!) I had all the ingredients on hand, and a friend’s luncheon to make them for. There were six of us, so one tray was the perfect amount (so we could all enjoy seconds, too). These brownies were an instant hit. Last week I made homemade chocolates for a birthday bash, and as yummy as my chocolates are, two of my friends requested I bring these brownies next time.Read More
Printed versus Digital Reads
For me a book becomes real when I can hold it, admire it, and turn the pages. In its digital format it is still elusive to me – like it never quite made it to becoming real. (The stories of Pinocchio and The Velveteen Rabbit come to mind.)
I have a large collection of books at home, and I visit libraries and go out to bookstores for recreation. While I am grateful for the digital era, I defend the need for children’s picturebooks and storybooks to be physical, printed books.Read More
When my editor first proposed the name, The Peaceable Forest, India’s Tale of Kindness to Animals, for my book, I hesitated. “I don’t know. I really like the subtitle, but I’m not so sure about the word Peaceable in the title. It is not a word children will know, and it is not used in modern English. Let me spend a day or two thinking it over and I’ll call you back.”Read More