Spring time Showers bring Summer time Rainbows

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Is your spring a bit wet? Here in Maine we have seen our fair share of rain. One of my most asked questions, when I do a book reading at a school is: “What about blue?” If you have read The Rainbow Pants, you know that Peter chooses his pants based on his feelings. I leave out certain colors so that the reader can answer that blue and purple (or indigo) question. I think with all of our rain today I would wear blue in honor of our spring raindrops. But always remember without rain we couldn’t have Rainbows!!! So let the water fall on your face and answer back with a “rainbow smile”.

Putting together a Benefit for a Family who lost all to a fire.

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My posts are usually tied to The Rainbow Pants book or at least my writing. This one will be different. I live in a small town in Maine. Sometimes when you live in a small town it is difficult, everybody knows your business, there are small town politics, people with certain last names tend to run the town. BUT not here in Orrington. We are definitely small town, and sure I suppose people do know what is going on in neighborhoods, but for the most part we all get along. How we shine here in Orrington and truly show our colors is after a tragedy.

A little over a year ago in our town a fire ripped through a home killing 3 kids and their dad, it was a tragedy like no other. We all rallied around the mom and also tried to help our fire department who bared witness to this heartbreak. On January 1st of this year, we heard the sirens again. The family lost their home and all of the contents as well as a family dog, but all were alive and are now learning how to be survivors of a fire.

On Sunday we will be holding a benefit spaghetti lunch with a raffle. Many businesses and local people have donated items and food for the lunch. We can only hope this will be a success for this family. If you are in the Orrington, Maine area on Sunday from 12-2 come on by to the Center Drive School. Consider yourself invited.

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.

A Cold Winter Day and Sharing a Blanket or Two….

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Ok so I know it is not really winter yet, Dec 20th is the actual date, but here in New England it is freezing. I am lucky to have a warm wood stove burning hot, keeping my family warm. It is days like today that I can’t help but think of the families who are out in the cold with no place to go. Today my kids and I decided to go through our closets and find blankets and jackets to donate to our local homeless shelter. Here in America, we are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, a time to stop and pause to give thanks for all we have. I challenge to all of us: look to see what else you can do this holiday season to help a person in need.

When I wrote The Rainbow Pants, I wanted to be sure to use a rainbow because I think of rainbows as hope, encouragement, and new beginnings. So my “Holiday Rainbow Hope” is for people to find warmth and full bellies.

What is your “Holiday Rainbow Hope”?

I won a Liebster Blog Award 2013

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As I am totally new to blogging I was humbled and honored to receive a Liebster Award. Of course I also did not know anything about it. First: thank you to DonCharisma.org for choosing TheRainbowPants.wordpress.com. I was nominated and accepted this award on October 30th 2013, well with 3 young kids and Halloween being our second most important holiday, I have been a little behind in posting my Liebster Award, but I am very grateful!!

Secondly: I needed to do a little research on what this award was.  After all I am a writer, and research just comes second nature to me. The Liebster Award is given to bloggers by other bloggers. Marketing at it’s very best “word of mouth” or at least the internet way of talking. A great way to “Pay it Forward” among bloggers.

If you accept it formally than you have a little work to do, think “a chain letter” you don’t want to break it. You can also accept it honorary and just say “thank you”. BUT I like the post by LorraineMarieReguly.wordpress.com who said:   ” It is said that the Liebster award was created to recognize and/or discover new bloggers and welcome them to the blogosphere. In the digital world of the internet, this seems like a nice gesture, in my opinion!”

Liebster is a German word that can mean kindest, dearest, or beloved. What I find most intreguing is that no one seems to know where the Liebster Award began or who started it. The basic rules are: I will answer the questions posted to me by DonCharisma.org (since he is the one who nominated me). I will then nominate other bloggers with less than 1000 followers (although this number changes based on how you research). The bloggers I nominate will have to decide if they accept their Liebster Award and answer some questions that I ask of them.

As DonCharmisma.org states the rules:

To accept this award, the awardee must do the following:

  1.  Link back and recognize the blogger who awarded you. (TheRainbowPants.wordpress.com)
  2. Answer the ten questions posted by the blogger who awarded you!
  3. Give between 3-10 bloggers the award and let them know.
  4. Create ten questions for your awardees to answer.
  5. Notify your awardees.

And then be excited that other people will learn about your blog and your followers will hopefully grow!!!

Ok so here goes on answering  my questions from: DonCharmisma.org

1) What would you do if you could do anything and you knew you couldn’t fail? I would jump out of a plane. My fear of heights keeps me from this but if I knew I couldn’t fail “Bombs Away”!!!!

2) Three reasons why WordPress.com is better than Facebook?: 1. I find it easier to post pictures. 2. I can write a whole lot more and tell a story. 3. Facebook feels more like “peeking into neighbors windows” (man I hope I am not in trouble for saying that one) and people are to quick to judge what they see or read. 

3) Who is (or was) the most influential person in your life? My parents who instilled the love of reading and writing and supported me in publishing The Rainbow Pants.

4) What’s your favorite thing to post about on your blog? I love to write about the people I meet when doing book signings and readings for The Rainbow Pants.

5) How do you best handle heated/angry situations?: As a counselor I try to teach kids to use coping skills like counting to 10, scream in a pillow or write it down. I usually have to walk away and say the word “perspective” in my head over and over again. It helps keep me grounded instead of blowing up.

6) What is the most inspiring thing you’ve ever read, heard, or seen, and how has it helped you on your life’s journey?: I am inspired in little ways every day. I have worked with kids who do not have heat in their home or food in their bellies but they still come to school every day with smiles on their faces and a positive attitude!!!

7) What do you think are the three qualities to building and maintaining good friendships/relationships?: 1. Honesty, 2. Respect, 3. Laughter (with each other not at each other)

8) How did you pick your blog’s name?: Easy one it is the name of my first Children’s Picture book. The Rainbow Pants

9) What is your favorite book/author, or film(movie)/director, or play/play-write, or song/band, or symphony/composer  and why?: I love the entire Harry Potter series and I love J.K. Rowling story of writing where ever she could. I also love Jodi Picoult and have read everything she has written. She has a way of truly developing characters better than any other author I have read.  I have so many to write on this one I will just leave it at these 2.

10) What’s your favorite recipe you make?: I love to make homemade bread and Maine Baked Beans slow cooked all day long on a cold winter’s day in Maine. The delicious smell is delectable and takes over the entire home.

Now Comes the fun part I would like to Nominate and Award the Liebster award to the following blog:

1. StampingPeace.wordpress.com

2. AreWeThereYet?

3.Kimchilatkes.com

4.spilledmilkblog.wordpress.com

5. thehighchairchic.com

6.Thefrugalcrafter.wordpress.com

Ok so now my 10 questions to answer:

1. How did you name your blog? What was your inspiration?

2. Why did you want to blog?

3. What is your favorite time of the day and why?

4. If you found a treasurer box in the middle of an empty room would you open it? Why or Why not?

5. Who are your inspirations in life?

6. Do you believe in fate? why or why not?

7. If you could choose a color pant to represent how you feel right now, what color would it be, and what feeling would it represent? (Example: grumpy pants red)

8. What is your dream job?

9. What is your favorite name?

10. Was blogging all you thought it would be why or why not?

The Rainbow Pants is on its Second Printing

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I am so very grateful to everyone who has supported my first children’s book, The Rainbow Pants. It has done so well we have just received our second printing. I did not think that anything could beat the feeling of getting my first box of books, that was until I received my box of “second printing” books. The local Key Bank in Brewer, Maine has chosen to have The Rainbow Pants be their “business of the month” and it is prominently displayed in their lobby, (pictures to come). I never could have predicted how well people truly enjoyed the story of Peter T. Peacock and his pants.

I just want to say a huge Thank you to my amazing illustrator:

Lindsay Weirich aka: The Frugal Crafter & to all of you who have read and shared The Rainbow Pants with others.

I am grateful & blessed!!