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Celebrate the small things

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Hi everyone,
Hope you had a great week. It’s been kind of a frazzling week here so I’m going to celebrate everyone who always stops by to support me. You’re fantastic. Remember to tell me what you’re cheering about this week.

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copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

*reblogged from dhdunne.blogspot.com

Coming Soon: Revised version of Charlene the Star!

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Coming Soon: Revised version of Charlene the Star!

 We have a big announcement today. A revised edition of Charlene the Star will be available shortly. Stay tuned for more updates. Here is the back of the book text from Charlene the Star:

Charlene the Star was born into a family of famous racehorses. Unlike her big brother, Charlie, Charlene decides she doesn’t like racing. How will she explain this to her mom? How does she show her trainers she doesn’t like racing?  Will she become a model instead?  Will Charlene discover her natural gift? Her career path takes many twists and turns before she finds her place to shine. You’ll love reading about Charlene’s adventures. She may surprise you with her unusual talent.

Charlene the Star is first in the series of Charlene the Star books. The others are Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog. In addition, she wrote a children’s autobiography called Tails of Sweetbrier, as well as Charlie the Horse.

All of Deanie’s books have won  “The Fifty Great Books You Should Be Reading” award from TheAuthorsShow.com, Deanie enjoys spending time with her family and their dog, Elliott. She also likes watching equestrian events, figure skating, and baseball.

 

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Charlene meeting Ann and Blossom : illustration by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj

 

 

 

Holly’s passion for Art began at an early age under the guidance of renowned artist, Ray Quigley. She earned a Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University. She devotes her talents to equestrian and family portraits, along with children’s book illustrations.

copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

*reblogged from dhdunne.blogspot.com

 

Are you setting goals?

Hi everyone,
Do you believe in setting goals? I think it’s a good idea because you have something to work toward. But make your goals realistic. Don’t write down you want to make a million dollars this week, or lose 10 lbs in a week. You want to set yourself up for success so keep that in mind. You’ll build your confidence along the way.
For example, what if you want to lose 5 lbs. in the next 6 weeks? The first thing to do is write it down because you can review it whenever you want and it’ll help keep you focused. Are you an author?Write down your goals as an author. Would you like to sell a certain number of books? Write 3 books this year? Remember, add that to your list if it’s one of your goals.
As a children’s author, I believe every child deserves to be inspired to follow his/ her dreams.My goal is to reach as many children as possible. My books, Tails of Sweetbrier, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog, all share valuable life lessons like sharing and helping others.
What are your goals for this year?

copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
reblogged from deanie@dhdunne.blogspot.com

Interview with the amazing author/illustrator, Virginia Wright

Thank you so much for inviting me on your blog, Deanie. I feel honored to be your guest author.  Big Bear Hugs, –Virginia

 How long have you been an author? In 1981, when I sold my first writing to a regional publication Washington County Magazine, is when I consider myself first published. After that, while raising my children, I would write and then tuck away my writings, thinking that one day I might get back to writing. Then it wasn’t until after my mother died in 2007 when I was going through her cedar chest, and I found a yellowed envelope with coffee stains on it that I opened up and inside were old manuscripts that I had given my mother to hold onto. I started writing again as a method of healing the loss of my mum.

It must’ve been exciting to find that envelope. I’m glad you did and so are your many fans.

 Is it something you always dreamed about? Yes, being a writer is always something I wanted to do, ever since being a young girl I put words to paper. I can remember sitting on the veranda of the house I grew up in with pen and pad in hand—back then, I wrote mostly poetry and haikus. My excitement for writing was realized in 1981, and it continued to grow!

  It’s important for everyone to follow their dreams, like you did, Virginia. You’re a gifted author and illustrator.

How did you get the idea for the story? I got the idea for Buzzzzzzzz What Honeybees Do from being a beekeeper.  But I would like to add to that statement because the book is dedicated to my granddaughter Abigail for a good reason. She came for a visit, and her grandfather took her to the apiary so she could get an idea of what beekeeping was all about and when they got back home, Abigail was full of questions that needed answering. Buzzzzzzzz What Honeybees Do answers her questions.

It’s an informative story that children will love and value.

What age range do you think would enjoy it most? While Buzzzzzzzz is meant for older aged children, I consider it appropriate for all ages. Many adults have told me that they learned things about honeybees, they didn’t know before reading Buzzzzzzzz.

I learned new things from it as well, Virginia.
Have you gotten comments from some of your readers? Yes, Buzzzzzzzz has many five star reviews on Amazon.com.
   I ‘m not surprised you’ve gotten many impressive reviews for it, congratulations.

The honeybee story has lots of photos. Did you take them? Yes, I took all the photos in Buzzzzzzzz What Honeybees Do. I also took the photo on the cover of the book.  My second love after writing is nature photography.  J
  If readers would like to see some of your photography from your honeybee book, please visit your Instagram account: http://www.virginiawright.com/blog
  What would you most like your readers to remember about Buzzzzzzzz—What Honeybees Do? I would like readers to bear in mind that the honeybee is our greatest pollinator.  And it is important to be good caretakers of these little buzzers.

I certainly hope everyone remembers to take good care of them.

 Is there anything else you’d like to add? Yes, I would like to add that as a caretaker of this amazing insect, it is important to leave garden space to plant flowers that honeybees enjoy.  If we cut all our grass and don’t plant bee specific plants, where will the honeybees find food to continue surviving?

Yes, we all need to remember the little honeybees are very important to us.

Thank you so much for spending time with me today and discussing your fun, educational, story Buzzzzz What Honeybees Do.

“You’re most welcome, Deanie, We had a great time together.

 Amazon Buy Link:  https://www.amazon.com/Buzzzzzzzz-What-Honeybees-Virginia-Wright/dp/1451552688

    Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/virginiawright

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/virginiabrownwright

  Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/wright.virginia

     Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/virginia_wright
copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

*reblogged from dhdunne.blogspot.com

 

animal stories for Kids: amazing


What do you like best about animals? Do you have a special relationship with them? An amazing young man named Jory Fleming does. I’ll bet you’re wondering what makes Jory exceptional. For one thing, he’s one of the thirty-two young people to win a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University. That single fact is extraordinary in itself, but Jory has autism. He loves animals. In fact, he could create wonderful animal stories for kids if it chose to. You may know children with autism have trouble communicating. He was homeschooled by his mom, who admits she tried many things to help Jory progress. Mrs. Fleming states, “Some things worked while others didn’t.

Jory loves animals. In fact, it was his parakeet who helped him learn communication skills. During a recent TV interview, Jory said his bird helped him learn to relate to others because “They don’t talk and sometimes I’d rather not talk either. This amazing young man also has a service dog named Daisy. In addition to autism, Jory uses a feeding tube and wears braces, due to genetic disorders. Can you imagine overcoming all of these obstacles and earning the honor of studying at Oxford?  He will be studying Geography and Marine Sciences.

How did Jory react when he found out he won the scholarship? He said he “Thought they called the wrong person.”Are you wondering how Jory manages to maintain a 4.0-grade average? He said his “photographic memory” allows him to see everything he read on the page. How remarkable is that?

If you’re a fan of stories about beating the odds, consider checking out my autobiography, Tails of Sweetbrier. This animal story for kids won several awards and recognitions. Like Jory, I set out to beat the odds, with the help of my family. You’ll find out the key to success, in my view. Whether you like writing animal stories for kids, or reading them, be sure to follow your dreams because “You have the power to make your dreams come true, so reach for them and don’t accept anything less!”

copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

for more on Jory’s story, please follow this link:

http://www.sc.edu/uofsc/posts/2016/11/rhodes_scholar_16.php#.WHVaSFMrLIU

 

What is good conformation?

 

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Photo by Bob Moseder from Tails of Sweetbrier.

 

 

If you’re a horse owner or rider, you should know some basic facts about the horse’s conformation and examples of what “good confirmation” includes.

The word “conformation” refers to the body structure of the horse and other important characteristics.

My dad was a professional horseman for many decades. Our family owned a farm called “Sweetbrier.” Dad did a great deal of studying about horses. One of the first thing he studied when he was considering buying a horse was it’s eyes. Why is that? Well, you may have heard the expression “A person’s eyes are the window to the soul.” You can draw a similar conclusion with horses. My dad shied away from a horse with small, sunken eyes, often called “pig eyes.” What do pig eyes signify? A horse with a nasty disposition. Even with training, you can’t change a horse’s temperament. Look for a horse with big eyes and a kind expression. Dad could tell a great deal by the expression of a horse’s eye.

What about the head of the horse? Look for a wide space between the eyes and a little curved or “dish” in his head, not a rounded nose. Horses with round noses are called “roman-nosed” and are more apt to be stubborn.

What about balance? In order to be properly balanced, a horse needs good proportions. He shouldn’t have more weight in front, than behind.  Another important factor is the length of his back. A short back is always preferred. Why? He’ll be much better balanced with a short back and he’ll cost less to feed. When you look at the horse, is his topline shorter than the bottom line? If so, he should be well-built.

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https://ginamc.blogspot.com/2017/01/what-is-good-conformation-by-deanie.html