New Review for Tails of Sweetbrier!

Tails New Cover SmallHaving participated in horse shows as a child, I was immediately drawn into Deanie Humphrys-Dunne’s book Tails of Sweetbrier.   The story details the challenges and excitement of horse showing for those who have done it and defines the horse terms for those who have not.  Ultimately, however, Sweetbrier is not a story about horse shows or horses, but about facing the challenges that life brings us.

The author reveals her own personal battle with a physical handicap and her endless determination to succeed in her personal endeavors.  In Sweetbrier the reader spends time with Deanie as she falls and falls…but never refers to her falls as “fails”.  She just brushes herself off and tries again with the endless support of her father.

The family motto was “The Humphrys don’t give up.” Daddy would pick me up,

give me a kiss, put me back on and start again.

Later in the story, Deanie faces surgery, but again she meets the challenge with a positive and determined mindset:

I’ll be able to ride better than ever.  I’ll be able to walk more like other

people…The doctor said I would be in the hospital for two weeks.

My goal was to come home in ten days.

Tails of Sweetbrier leads the reader through the challenges of having a physical handicap, solutions, recovery and determination in a positive way.  While Deanie loves to win ribbons at her shows, it is clear that her biggest wins are her positive attitude and strength of character.  Deanie tells the reader to keep trying and to meet every trial that life presents head on.  A positive life-lesson story for children ages 8-12.

Learn more about Deanie Humphrys-Dunne and her books

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The Butterfly Light Award

Conditions for Accepting this Award:

  1. You must write an acceptance post. making sure to link back to the blogger who awarded you and thank them. YOU MAY NOT lump this award with a batch of other awards.
  2.  You must individually name and re-award to a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 9999999 bloggers. You must let them know either personally with a comment on their blog OR a pingback (I’d suggest their about page)
  3. 4. You must write a short paragraph (yes only one paragraph – damn this is easy) – Entitled either “How I’m Spreading Light” OR “How I’m A Positive Influence”

    5. Display Belinda’s lovely “Butterfly Light Award” badge on your blog.

    Thank you so much, Janice for this beautiful Award! It’s such an honor to receive it and your confidence is me is amazing. You are absolutely one of the most special people I have ever met. It is a supreme honor to be listed among your many friends.

    How I am a positive influence:
    As you may know, I love writing children’s stories with the goal of helping young people to develop healthy self-esteem, and good character. All of my books: award-winning Tails of Sweetbrier, as well as: Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, and Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, promote positive messages for children.They are illustrated by my gifted sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, who makes the stories come to life.My objective is to write entertaining stories with enduring, important lessons. I have donated my books to schools, libraries, and individuals. In my view, it’s extremely important to teach children good values so that they will use those lessons to make the world a better, happier  place. In addition, I work as secretary to renowned author, Claire Power Murphy, in her organization, The CPM Foundation. Claire and are featured on episode promoting good character. Additionally, I write blogs on my website,,about young people who are amazing role models.

    And the nominees are:

    • Sarah Mazor
    • Yael Rosenberg
    • Bertha Mukodzani
    • Lily Blake

    I know that Sarah and Yael are very busy and may not be able to fulfill all of the requirements for this award, but they are extraordinary people, and incredible authors. They specialize in children’s books that promote good values. You can find out more about their books at:

    Please be sure to check out this link:

The Inner Peace Award

Conditions For Accepting The Award

The only “rule” for the inner peace award is that you write a short piece on why you are accepting it. I would suggest that you forward on to other bloggers who you think would like it, 3-10 up to you:)

First of all, I’d like to thank my dear and talented friend, Janice Spina, for nominating me for this award. I’m so grateful to have you as my friend and I recognize and revel in your many talents.

Why I’m accepting this award:

Again, I’m humbled by the fact that Janice has honored me with this award. I think it’s important for each of us to make a positive difference in the world. With this in mind, I try to encourage people to reach their full potential. I write books with life lessons in hopes that children will share their talents with others. Basically, I try to do the things that would make my Heavenly Father (and Earthly father) proud.Also, I volunteer for the CPM(Claire Power Murphy) Foundation, which as a mission statement,” To help people reach their full potential.”  One thing my dad taught us was that bravery doesn’t always involve not being afraid, but doing the thing that you fear, in spite of your feelings. Whenever I try something new, I’m apprehensive, but I try to do it regardless, and this helps me to grow as a person.

And the Nominees are…

  • Bertha Mukodzani
  • Sarah Mazor
  • Yael Rosenberg
  • Carla Burke
  • Amb. Claire Power Murphy

i wish all of you inner peace and that you may be using your talents to benefit others. Thank you for all you do. I realize that you may not have time to formally accept this award, but I wanted to recognize your efforts to help others.

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This week we’re celebrating….

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As you may know, every Friday we celebrate little things and bigger things that make us happy. Thank you, VikLit, for starting this group. Everyone is invited to stop by her blog, to see what other people are celebrating.

Here’s what we’re happy about this week.

  • We had a lovely family gathering last weekend. The only regret was that our son, Shane, couldn’t attend.
  • Making some progress on my new story, so every little bit helps in that regard.
  • I’m being interviewed by Amb. Claire Power Murphy on The interview will air on Saturday and will be playing for a week before it moves to the archives.
  • I’m adjusting to the new tasks involved in my volunteer jobs.
  • If you missed the initial broadcast of my interview with host, Don McCauley, on, it will be featured all weekend. You can listen any time Friday, April 11-Sunday, April 12.

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