An Irish Blessing from The Rainbow Pants

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May the road rise up to meet you

May the wind be always at your back

May the sun shine warm upon your face

And the rain fall soft upon your fields

And until we meet again 

May God hold you in the palm of his hand”

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

from all of us at The Rainbow Pants.

 

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“Oh What a Year It Has Been”

2014

I have to start by saying “I did it” my first resolution that I actually accomplished. Exactly one year ago today I wrote on a piece of paper I will publish my first children’s book…and I DID!!!!

As 2013 comes to an end I am reminded of the many amazing things that it brought. The Rainbow Pants became real. For anyone out there who has wanted to write their own book someday, my best advice…DO IT!!! There are no words to that feeling when your first book arrives in the mail, trust me.

I am grateful to my amazing illustrator Lindsay Weirich who is filled with talent and is a true professional artist. Thank you to all of the people at Maine Author’s Publishing, a true professional publishing house that I am honored to call my publisher. I am indebted to all of the readers who have purchased or borrowed The Rainbow Pants from their local library, Thank you to all of you.

As 2014 begins remember that a new page must be written.  You have a fresh sheet of paper in front of you, a sharp pencil, and a belief of new beginnings. I hope you all wear your rainbow pants with pride and accomplish all of your dreams!!!

Why you should still send Christmas cards….

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I know Christmas or Holiday time is a busy and stressful for most people, BUT I think it is still important to send Christmas cards. It is true I send out the picture cards of my kids and have the computer sign it for us, so I don’t actually hand write them anymore. I do, however,  hand write the addresses on the envelopes. Each address I write makes me think of that family or individual, even if it is only for a minute. I think we owe our friends and family that much.

If you think about it we all get that mail we don’t want, bills, requests for money, solicitation, etc. How great for just a moment does it feel to see a card in the mail. Is it to late this year to mail cards? NO even though the receiver will get them after Christmas it is still the fact you thought of them enough to send a card. Now I am off to the post office to drop off a few more cards. What do you think? Are paper cards still important to you? Do email cards excite you as much as one in your hand?

May you all wear your Rainbow Pants during this festive time!!

Holiday Marketplace with Amazing Maine Authors

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This Saturday I am honored to be one of eleven Maine Authors , who will be present at the

Center Drive School in (Orrington, Maine) Holiday Marketplace. These talented author’s are writers from the publishing house of Maine Author’s Publishing. We will be there between 9-2

The Rainbow Pants will be one of the children’s books represented and many other adult and young adults genre’s will be on hand. Here is a list of the other author’s and their books. 

It is true that books make great gifts but autographed copies make amazing gifts.

Kelly Brooks-Bay author of The Rainbow Pants

Jayne Rowe Jones (parents attending) author of Retsbol Rises 

Alice W. Ingraham author of: Edgar Allen’s Murder: Insights into a Crowe’s World 

Suzanne Massie: author of: Trust but Verify (Reagan, Russia and Me)

Alison Dible: author of: A Skeptic’s Luck

Steven D. Powell author of: Patch Scratching

Ellen Groleau author of : Share with me 

John Cobb author of: Tales of the Cemetery Trees & Judith A Quoddy Tale 

Angela Nickerson author of: Hector 

Laurel Gricson author of Katherine: Elizabeth Full of Grace 

John & Marisue Pickering author of : Maine – Beyond the Usual 

So if you are in the area stop by and say “Hi”

Book Signing at Maritime Merriment Holiday Party at Penobscot Marine Museum

 

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On Friday December 6th from 4-7 the Festivities begin in Seasport, Maine. The Town of Searsport’s Holiday Tree Lighting will be at 4pm and then at the Penobscot Marine Museum their Winter Exhibit begins. It is called:  Underfoot: Footwear, Hooked Rugs, In the Cellar and Below Decks. There will be a holiday party including Christmas gingerbread houses.  The Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery and Shop on Route One in Searsport.

I am honored to be one of the five Maine writers. “The books  of mystery, adventure, and children’s books: Kelly Brooks-Bay, Darcy Scott, John Cobb, Bob Branco and Angela Nickerson, will all be on hand to discuss and sign their books during this holiday party.  Christmas gingerbread houses made by local children and adults, including chefs at Anglers and other local restaurants, will be on display.  Come and vote for your favorite confection.  “People’s Choice” awards will be given to the best gingerbread house made by a child and by an adult”.

Sounds like it will be a festive merriment time. Come say “hello” and pick up your signed copy of The Rainbow Pants on the beautiful coast of Maine.

Happy Thanksgiving from The Rainbow Pants!!

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The delicious aroma of homemade rolls, turkey and yummy pies fill our home, as we get ready for a very Happy Thanksgiving. We take a moment to be grateful for all that we have; including our health, family, and our fabulous memories of 2013.

I would like to say a huge Thank you to my amazing illustrator Lindsay Weirich aka The Frugal Crafter, who gave color and vision to The Rainbow Pants.

Thank you to all of the people who have supported The Rainbow Pants, by purchasing a book, attending events, and/or writing to me and telling me your favorite color pants.

My final Thank you is to the kids who have read, The Rainbow Pants, and have added to their book list.

I wish all of you a peaceful and wonderful Thanksgiving.

Day of the Dead Celebration

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With Halloween just around the corner, I was hoping to find other customs and celebrations around the world that looked at this autumn/fall holiday in a different way.  Than as if my local library was talking to me, I happen upon a “Day of the Dead Celebration”.

The Orrington Public Library held it’s Day of the Dead, a little early: on October 29th.  It was different to think of death  in celebration and remembrance of our lost family and friends instead of the custom of Halloween where dead is to be feared.  Decorating sugar skulls, (see before picture above) which were made by our very talented librarian Audrey Snowden.  I think my kids skulls, in the end, looked like rainbow colored clowns,  but they had fun.  sugar skull

We were served Pan de Muertos – Day of the dead bread, it was a round, sweet bread with shapes on top which are suggestive of bones, sprinkled with sugar. Our drink was a very unique horchata, which was a Mexican rice milk , cinnamon, cream, vanilla and of course rice.

For my first experience with a Day of the Dead celebration it was super fun, educational and I can’t wait until next year to learn more!!!

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