In following Julia Butterfly Hill via social media the past couple years, I've watched her continually give of her time and energy helping individuals and non-profits with their efforts to do good work in the world. Presently, Julia is challenged with health issues from Lyme Disease. We ALL need support of one kind or another at times, don't we? I was trying to think of a way to support Julia – whose story, courage, and generosity inspired me to write and illustrate Luna & Me (Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt). While I don't normally sell my kids books, I thought a special sale of signed Luna & Me books might help her with medical bills. (She graciously and humbly accepted.) And, what a great way to share the story of Julia "Butterfly" and Luna with even more of our youth. :) She is a wonderful example for our kids and how they can make a difference!
Sometimes you just have to go for it. Maybe it's not exactly how you have dreamed it up in your head, but if you jump – if you "begin anywhere" – you can go on from there. For several years, Patrick, Tulsi and I have been *talking* about getting a dreamy VW pop-top, OR a [...]
Happy New Year! I feel like I am standing in front of swinging double dutch jump ropes, trying to get the timing right (and the nerve) to jump back into blogging. I’ve been away for most of the past year except for my Facebook page and Mothering With Soul. It has been quite a full [...]
I'm loving the consistency of changing mountain weather and how it keeps us spontaneous. Friday called for a snowy walk near the silent Rio Grande goddess. L-O-V-E! Saturday brought more Spring chicken dances, tropical greenhouse creations, and snuggles galore. And on Sunday came a temple visit colored with music, community, purple bulbs peeking out of [...]
I just created a page "FOR KIDS" (and parents, teachers, big kids...) -- it is now in my menu above. I think it's super fun, and I hope it will inspire young authors and illustrators. At the top is an interactive page with 27 different "clicks" that shares some of my writing & art process [...]
EVERYBODY and every being. Sometimes I need this reminder. Thank you, Ram Das.
And...another beautiful, awesome, sweet, lovely day on the homestead full of incredible and ordinary things that remind me of just how blessed I am.
Tulsi and I had Valentines on our minds yesterday and after making one very involved one and deciding it was "so much work", we embarked on a little print-making play like our friends Veda and Penny. Tulsi's Valentine is of her holding a flower (for her friends). The two circles on her body are her [...]
Patrick woke me up this morning whispering, "Jenny, go outside into the tub and watch the sunrise. It's amazing." This is a glimpse of that beauty -- as much as my camera could take in. Upon stepping outside, fifteen hens came speed-waddling down the mud-frozen garden trail to give a cheerful "good morning" and Little [...]
Hello out there! Anyone still listening? :) After a fun, whirlwind month-long book tour, including 12 bookstore and library events, 25 presentations at schools, 8 cities, and 48 hours in NYC, this mama and daughter are HAPPY to be back home with Papa Bear, in our sweet world full of hidden funny faces and magical [...]