Authors that care about children..

Thank you, Rhonda Patton.

The Croak 500

In the top 5 children’s books, 4-time award-winning true story sure to inspire your child. “TAILS OF SWEETBRIER”

#2 children’s book, Meet the adorable animal characters and find out how they helped their friends. “CHARLENE THE STAR AND HATTIES HEROES”

What if your child has a disability?

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We made the semi-finals!

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 Voting is now open: November 1, 2016!

I’m so excited to announce we made the semi-finals in the cover contest. If you could please vote for Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog, I’d be very grateful Thank you.

copyright 2016: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Children’s books: helping others

Perhaps you have a talented child you loves acting or singing. Maybe he or she even writes children’s books about their experience. What if your daughter uses her talents to help others? That’s something Abigail Lupi does regularly.  How does Abigail help others? For several years she  has been singing at assisted living centers because she noticed many of the residents don’t have visitors. But that’s not all. Abigail is an enterprising young lady. She started her own group of thirteen girls who perform at children’s hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The singers and dancers are called “Care Grilz.”

Abigail earned a great deal of recognition for her talents. “She and only seven other children nationwide were selected by the magazine as “Kids of the Year” and featured in the February 2011 article, “Eight Amazing Kids Who Make A Difference.” “It was so amazing to see my face in ‘Parenting’ magazine,” said Abigail. “This award was a complete surprise. A phone call came ‘out of the blue.’ A woman at Parenting magazine said that I had come to their attention and they wanted some more information about me!”

Did you know Abigail began performing at the tender age of three years old? Isn’t that remarkable? At first, only she and her sister performed for the assisted living facility where their great-grandma lived. But before long, Abigail wanted to start her own group of talented performers. How did she choose the name for the group?

“We love what we do,” said Abigail. “I think there are three things that all the Care Girlz want kids [others] to know — you are never too young to make a difference, always try your best and do what you love.” Isn’t that excellent advice?

When I began writing children’s books my instructors said, “Write about what you know.” Because I grew up with horses, they’re featured in my books. In  my book, Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog,” Hattie the Chicken and her friends are very upset when they read the headline in the newspaper. Hattie comes up with a wonderfully creative plan to help her friends. Whether you choose to write children’s books or something else, I hope you love your work as much as I do.

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copyright 2016: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

It’s getting up that counts..

I listened to the most incredible video starring Scott Hamilton. If you’re a figure skating fan like me, you already know he’s not only an amazing figure skater, but also an extraordinary person. Why do I say that?  Scott has faced many daunting challenges in his life. He’s met them head on and overcome every one of them.
Scott was first diagnosed with cancer in 1997. He overcame that, but seven years later he developed a benign brain tumor. Again, he was cured. But now it “wanted an encore” in Scott’s words, for the third time. He said it’s important for us to realize we’re going to fall. I read he fell five times during his first competition. His mom told him not to worry because, after all, it was only his first competitive event. She reminded him next time he’d surely do better. Guess what? He did. He’s an Olympic champion.
Scott says we all have choices. He “chooses to celebrate life.” He also sets the stage for how his family will react to the news. His oldest son asked,’ Is your tumor back?” Scott replied, “Yeah it is.” He kept positive and as cheerful as possible when relaying the news to his son. No doubt his son and siblings truly believe he’ll prevail once again.

Scott says we all have choices. He “chooses to celebrate life.” He also sets the stage for how his family will react to the news. His oldest son asked,’ Is your tumor back?” Scott replied, “Yeah it is.” He kept positive and as cheerful as possible when relaying the news to his son. No doubt his son and siblings truly believe he’ll prevail once again.
You may know I grew up riding horses. My single passion was to become a champion horseback rider. Many people thought it impossible to beat the odds and reach this goal. But my dad and I set out to prove the doubters wrong. You may read about this journey in my award-winning true story, “Tails of Sweetbrier.”
Scott Hamilton has remarkable wisdom. He said we all should realize part of life involves falling down and getting up. The most important part is getting up and what happens next. If you get up, brush yourself off, and start again, you’ll learn and grow. You’ll be inching closer to victory. You can reach your goals. Remember Scott Hamilton’s wonderful advice next time you face a challenge.

copyright 2016: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

What if your child has a disability?

What if your child has a disability? You’re probably thinking you feel like the world came crashing in on you. But if you look outside the sun might be shining and the sky is right where it belongs. How do I know about this?  The reason is simple. My parents were told I’d never walk when I was nearly four years old. But he didn’t handle it in the average way. He refused to accept that as fact. My dad told me,”Don’t pay any attention to what the doctor said. It doesn’t make him right. I’m going to teach you to ride and you’ll be fine.” I totally trusted him so he and I started on our journey together.
I loved riding and my first pony, Little Man. He was a little devil though and much smarter than I. He played a trick on me every chance he got. If you read my true story, Tails of Sweetbrier, you’ll find out exactly what Little Man did when he got bored.
I think when you face any type of adversity, the outcome depends on the action you take. What if my dad had taken the doctor’s word as the truth? Maybe he’d have babied and coddled me. Worse than that, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to set goals and work toward them. I’d have missed the experience of a lifetime. If you battle any type of adversity, you choose the course of action. In many ways, you may determine the outcome by persevering until you succeed.
I fell of my horse or pony so many times. It seemed I became an expert at falling off and getting up. In our family none of us were allowed to quit. It’s a blessing because quitting only assures defeat.
In closing, I’ll leave you with the last sentence in my book, “You have the power to make your dreams come true so reach for them and don’t accept anything less!”

copyright 2016: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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What if?

Sunday, October 16, 2016

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Let’s imagine you have a big dream. You want to become a published author. But how could you find the time between your job, your children, etc. Remember, we all have obstacles that can derail us if we allow it to happen. Instead, remind yourself there is always a way. I’ve told myself that my whole life. For example, I wanted to become a champion horseback rider, even after doctors told my parents I’d never walk. But my dad wouldn’t accept that. He told me not to listen to what the doctor said. Together, we found a way to persevere. What if you’re afraid of failure? So am I. Example:When I learned to ride, most days I learned how to fall off and get up again. Did I like that? Not at all. I asked my dad,” Daddy why do I always fall off?” He responded,”That’s how you learn to stay on.” Boy, was a wishing for another way. But eventually, I managed to stay on the horse more and more often. What if I had given up? Then fears and doubts would have won. But instead, perseverance brought me many victories, both small and large. Failures can stiffen your resolve and that’s a good thing.

 What if you feel like you’re the only person on the planet who has issues like no time to write, or you’re tired after a hard day at work?  Maybe you need to take your children to a soccer game. You can jot down a few notes for your blog or your book while you’re at the game. Again, there is always a solution.
Finally, I’d say whatever you dream about, go after it. Set priorities. My parents always said, “You can do anything you want if you put your mind to it.” Don’t you think that’s excellent advice? Find your passion and develop it. It’s worth the effort, in my view.

copyright: 2016: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

celebrate the small things…

Hi Everyone,
I hope you all had a great week. Be sure to stop by to see what she and her co-hosts have to say this week. Isn’t it great we can cheer about things every week? What are you celebrating? Here’s what we’re celebrating this week:

  • A lovely visit with our sons. They brought pizza and appetizers for us. We had a great time.
  • My friend and gifted author, Janice Spina, has just released a new book. I haven’t read it yet, but no doubt it’s a great story. Isn’t the cover cute?
copyright 2016: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne