As 2022 comes to a close, I am so very grateful for many things! I really appreciate your support for my writing and book and also really appreciate you following this blog. Thank you!
Happy New Year! Cheers to finding your magic in 2023!
Happy New Year! Cheers to finding your magic in 2023!
“Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular,” as stated on the American Library’s Association (ALA)’s website.
Here is the list of the top 10 most challenged and banned books of 2021 and the reasons cited for censoring the books:
To celebrate this week, add these books to reading your list! As the theme of this week says, “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.”
Happy National Read a Book Day! Grab a book and enjoy a few moments of escape, magic, and adventure!
Cheers to Read a Book Day! 📚
As Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “In wilderness is the preservation of the world.”
Happy National Wildlife Day!
On this day 58 years ago, Congress established the Wilderness Act in 1964. Congress wanted to protect undeveloped and wild areas as an enduring resource for the American people. Today, this act protects nearly 112 million acres of wilderness preserving more than 800 wilderness areas in 44 states.
Many benefits exist today from this land conservation including providing habitats for wildlife; clean air; clean drinking water; boosting local economies with tourism and recreation; and providing some really amazing places to escape and appreciate this great land here!
Fun fact: The smallest wilderness area in the National Wilderness Preservation System is the five and half acres Pelican Island Wilderness in Florida.
Enjoy this anniversary and get out in the wilderness today!
Guess who’s turning 106 years old! The National Park Service!
President Woodrow Wilson created the national park service (NPS) back on August 25, 1916.
The act stated that the NPS “is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”
Pick a park to visit and celebrate this important birthday of these amazing treasures!
Happy 1 year to Turtle Tube: An Erutuf National Park Novel! 🎈🐢📚
It’s been a wonderful year from seeing the printed book in person for the first time to reading sweet reviews to meeting new fans to visiting my book in an actual bookstore and receiving an award! I’m really looking forward to year 2 and also book 2 coming out!
For those of you on Instagram, I am hosting a giveaway to celebrate the one year of publication by giving away 6 signed copies of my book. Head over to my Instagram account to check it out and enter the giveaway which ends on 8/25. Good luck! 🍀
If you haven’t had a chance to review my book, please take a few minutes and just write a sentence or two online for it. Each review makes a huge difference in the algorithms online!
Thank you all for your support!!! 🐢📚❤️
Happy 106th to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park!
On August 1, 1916 the United States Congress adopted a bill to establish a National Park in the Territory of Hawaii. According to the National Park Service, the newly formed Hawaii National Park included the following land areas on Hawaii Island: 1) the Kīlauea Section (35,865 acres); 2) the Mauna Loa Section (17,920 acres); and 3) a strip of land to connect the two aforementioned sections. This Hawaii National Park also included Haleakalā on Maui which became a National Park on August 21, 1961.
In early June this summer, we spent a week on the Big Island, Hawaii, and got to visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
It was so cool to see Kilauea! In 2018, the summit of Kilauea collapsed making the caldera sink. Today, you look (from afar) to see the activity in the crater. Here’s a chart from NPS showing the 2018 caldera collapse.
Check out a few photos from our day at this national park. Volcanoes continue to fascinate me!
During the day, you only see smoke coming up.
At night, you can see the glow from the lava inside it. It’s so beautiful. The photo doesn’t really do it justice.
At the south side of the national park, you can see former lava flow from previous eruptions along the Chain of Craters Road.
This national park contains such unique sites, hikes, and drives to enjoy! Highly recommend visiting this national park if you’re on the Big Island in Hawaii!
I have some book news to share….
Turtle Tube: An Erutuf National Park Novel won three Honorable Mention Awards for the Middle Grade Fiction, New Author: Fiction, and Green Books/Environmental categories in the Story Monsters 2022 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards Contest! 🏅 Yay!! 🎉
So honored and grateful! ❤️
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A couple of weeks ago, I received an e-mail thanking me for my information about national parks virtual tours as it helped out Amanda and Grace for their “Exploring the World from Home” workshop at the Rutland County Library in Vermont.
In their research, Amanda found a couple of great online resources that I wanted to share:
Take a virtual trip and see some amazing architecture throughout the world through by clicking here. I really like how you can scroll to a particular place and click to check it out.
Take a virtual reality trip by clicking here. On this page, you can time travel through virtual reality. For example, you can step onto the Titanic as it looked like when it left Great Britain.
Thank you to Amanda and Grace for sharing these really interesting online resources! Good luck with your workshop!
I’m going to take a virtual tour now to check out Anne Frank’s house! Happy online traveling!