The Laplandian Series

Happy to write that the 5th ‘Tee and Heddie’ storybook, set in Lapland, is now available: Tee’s Easter.  The series illustrates the importance of friendship, kindness, caring, adventure, expectation, science, social studies, animal intelligence which culminate to foster the idea that all life on earth is connected; this is represented by dear Jaska, the talking rock.  Tee’s Gift stands apart, in the series, as Tee is on her own in that story, ready as ever to help St. Nick when he has an upset at the North Pole once snowy Christmas.  The other 4 storybooks bring the Arctic friends together and introduce new characters in each book which include Bud and Rosebay Badger, Skatt the mouse, Mikko the eagle, Torto the owl, Mig and Janii Artic Hares, and in the lastest story, Tee’s Easter, the reader meets Piotrusz, a lost stork from Poland.  Tee and Heddie are those little friends that leave one with the smile hoped for when reading a children’s storybook.

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Tee’s Easter:



Tee’s Treasure-True Forest



The lights go out in the Laplandian Forest causing all sorts of unusual occurences.  Skatt, the mouse, seems to understand nature’s wonders, but Tee and Heddie count on Jaska, the smart talking rock, to guide them along.  Together they find the goodness in their ‘what-the-heck-happens-next’ kind of a day!

Tee’s Treasure-True Forest is a Valentine story for elementary children; happy, funny, and fun.  Andrzej Wroblewski’s illustrations bring this sweet story to life!


Tee the Reindeer

Children’s books are a special part of holidays and for a very good reason!  They send  children on adventures that allow for special dreams of possibilities to be accomplished in their lifetimes ahead.  The Tee series focuses on friendship, geography, science, problem solving and most importantly, kindness.

Tee the reindeer, Heddie the hedgehog, Mikko the eagle, Skatt the mouse, Piotrus the stork, Jaska the talking rock and other forest friends invite you to gift a Tee book for the upcoming holidays.

Tee’s Gift:


Tee’s Song:



Durham, N.C. ComiCon


It is just to share what two wonderful comic book artists shared with a group of ComiCon goers November 12th in downtown Durham.  Mr. Shawn Crystal, the Deadpool artist and Mr. Tommy Lee Edwards, the Wolverine artist, offered a group conversation about how they generate a story board for a comic book page.  The results were fun, enjoyable, interesting and educational. The audience was better for having been there!  What’s the moral of this story? Well, just that age is only a number and comic books and comic book characters are for everyone, of all ages and times – there is never not a good time to have fun!

Rose Hawthorne


I recently read the book, Rose Hawthorne, The Pilgrimage of Nathaniel’s Daughter.  There were many points that were impressive about the 1800’s American Hawthorne family, but one that stands out was how valued, loved and free girls were.  I remembering when I was younger traveling overseas, and how I often thought how lucky I am that I was born an American woman.  Many countries view women as second class citizens, and these stories, philosophies and tragedies have been heard by all.  What this woman’s life tells me is that our roots in America were based on a philosophy, that should continue through the decades generating a firm respect for all persons, thereby allowing that all are able to excel to become who each was meant to be, regardless of any physical aspect by which a person is judged.  Rose Hawthorne was privileged, true, yet the foundations of respect were blossoming (and being fought over) seemingly in the right direction, during her era.

Rose Hawthorne experienced the deepest sadness in life, joy at times, yet always a yearning, feeling something inside of her calling and urging her that there was more; her job on earth was important, but what was it.  By virtue of experiencing life, she found the answer; she was brave whilst doing so. She is a beautiful inspiration and it is worth the time to experience her story!

Food – We All Love It, But!

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As I walked past my sweet girl, one of the smartest and best children ever, I stopped to have a second look at her snack.  I felt very sad when I saw it.  She is loved dearly by everyone: family, friends and teachers, a true blessing.  But, is it ok for children to have snacks every day that offer a variety of sugar?

A new building is nearly completed not far from where we live, on a main, well traveled street, and it is right next to McDonald’s, and a Hot Dog place, and Bo Jangles, and Krispy Kream donuts and two other fast food places.  We were wondering and wondering what would it be, and it was finally revealed to be a new Wendy’s.

I have nothing against fast food, and nothing against sugar.  But, studies have shown time and time again that children love ‘good’ food, too.  The only point that needs to be made is that, fun food is fine, perhaps best when it is the exception, rather than the rule.

Our children are too precious not to feed them well.

Tee’s Halloween

Join Tee, Heddie and the gang when they greet the Laplandian Forest’s first Halloween!  Ghosts, goblins, whirling-twirling black cats and great mysteries overtake the girls as they experience the fun (and maybe a little fear) of the season.

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