Day of the Dead Celebration

sugar skull rainbow

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!!!

sugar skull done


Come say “Hello” at the Common Ground Fair this weekend!!!

common ground fair

So excited that I will be one of the many authors representing The Maine Authors Publishing company at the Common Ground Fair in Unity Maine. This is a true traditional country fair that draws thousands of people to the amazing talents of rural Maine.

At the Common Ground Fairyou will see handmade pottery, stone ware, all natural foods, fleece products, bands, dancers, delicious food, there is really too much to mention.

I am honored to be signing my book The Rainbow Pants at this annual event. I will be there from 12-3. It is going to be hard to pull myself away from all the cool and unique exhibits. It is suppose to be a sunny, beautiful, autumn day on Saturday so come on down and say “Hello”.


Husband’s, E.R. Visit, and Real Food


Have you ever heard the words: “I am sick of Hamburgers and Hot Dogs”. By the time the end of July roles around our family have seen their fair share of the popular grilling food. My hardworking husband, who works 12 hours shifts, had slipped in a comment, after a long day of work, that he would love to see “real food” again.

I took the hint, and after a day of football clinics for my boys and their friends. I decided to put some meat, vegetables, and potato’s into the crock pot. This way our whole house is not heated by the oven, since we are in a heat wave up here in Maine. Unfortunately, I did not have potato’s, but I did have canned potato (we use them when making hash browns). After my 20 year old can opener ,did not open the can all the way.  I made the decision to slam a spoon into the top of the can.  BAD IDEA!!!!

Up pops the 1/2 open metal can lid and stuck right into the side of my pinky finger. OUCH was the word that came out (since my kids were in the room). I tugged the lid out of my finger and realized I needed to get to the E.R.

But on the way to the E.R. I was able to stop by get a copy of THE RAINBOW PANTS to a business who will be promoting it for their back to school drive. Three stitches later and a new tetanus shot. I am on the mend, and most importantly my husband still got his “real food”, and I am able to wear my rainbow pants with pride, I certainly earned all of those feelings that day.