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Sharing the Dream

The galloping heart in my chest was the least of my concerns. I swallowed boldly and whispered sweet nothings to my stomach, begging for it to forgo the summersaults. My car seemed to know the way to Darlington School from the countless times I’d been there before, when I worked there as the school event… Continue reading Sharing the Dream

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When A Cockatrice is Cloned

When Hundreds of Cody Plush Toys Arrive ... It's a party! Cody the Cockatrice has had quite the adventure coming into physical being. Everything from his heart-shaped tail to his big blue eyes came together one step at a time. Cody becoming a plush toy that can fly into the homes of his adventurous fans… Continue reading When A Cockatrice is Cloned

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Life Can Be …

My eyes burned from the sea of red lights. My extremities numb, I no longer felt blood run through my hands as they clutched the cars steering wheel, nor my foot as it somehow found its way from brake to throttle repeatedly. As I glanced over my shoulder, trying to find an inch to make… Continue reading Life Can Be …

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When Telepathy is Heard!

Cody’s Voice How does Cody the Cockatrice have a voice when in fact, Cody communicates telepathically? Cody vicariously transmits information to his guardian children and to everyone else who believes in him, sees him, including all critters on Earth large and small. Cody’s job is to protect children, like a fairy-godparent, but he calls himself… Continue reading When Telepathy is Heard!

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Sprinkle a Little Magic

When you are surrounded by talented young people…you smile all the time. I have to admit, my cheeks hurt at times, but what a blessing that is! Zane W Anderson My oldest son’s best friend is in the film industry, still working his way up the ladder. He heard I was looking for a short… Continue reading Sprinkle a Little Magic

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We Hide In Plain Sight

HCM is one of those ‘underlying conditions’ that most people actually don’t know they have. Actually, one in 500 people all around the world have it. I have always felt very lucky to know about my HCM diagnosis. For me, I felt completely ‘normal’ like I had before the doctors identified my HCM. I can… Continue reading We Hide In Plain Sight

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How Cody Comes to Life – Part Two

Cody the Cockatrice plush prototype arrived, and he is perfect! Now we wait for all his hundreds of clones to arrive in the new year. As the original Cody plush sat on my desk staring into my eyes, I knew he was pleading for more. He wants to reach more than a few hundred children.… Continue reading How Cody Comes to Life – Part Two

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How Cody Comes to Life – Part One

“One, two, three, gray, cracked cobblestones pass beneath these little rooster feet; Four, five, six, my dragon wings and tail casting shadows on the bricks; Seven, eight, nine, with each small stride I’m counting the steps along the Rhine,” groused Cody the Cockatrice. Well, what do you do when you are stressed, lost in a… Continue reading How Cody Comes to Life – Part One

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Inspiration for Once Upon the Rhine

A very special Fairy TripMother (ftmtravel.com) used her unique powers to send my husband and I away on a magical Disney riverboat cruise down the Rhine River. My second Young Adult novel The Last Crabtree Girl was about to be launched and this was the perfect time to do something new and adventurous. It was… Continue reading Inspiration for Once Upon the Rhine