Book No. 3 – Road Trip

Book No. 3 in the series, “Kids Have Ups and Downs Too” is subtitled “Road Trip”. The reader will find Booker Weed and friends on road trip to Character County. They will visit many cities named after character traits. They are joined by Billy Elims (smile backwards), the star of Book No. 2, which should be available on Amazon & Barnes & Noble in about three weeks.
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Footbag – What You May Not Know About Me

In 1982 I became a Certified Footbag Instructor with the World Footbag Association (WFA) where I learned that Hacky Sack is a brand name but the sport is footbag – many kickers still call it “Hacky” but regardless it remains to this day a fun activity. “A Bully’s #Journal”, my next kid’s book in the series #Kids Have Ups and Downs Too, will feature footbag in one of the chapters. Booker Weed will befriend the school bully by inviting him to join him. Soon Billy will learn that finding something he could become good at will help him to fit in and get along with others and finally become a buddy not a bully. in one of the chapters. Booker Weed will invite Billy, the school bully, to kick with him. One thing will lead to another and soon Billy will learn what it’s like to be a buddy not a #bully.

Sneak Preview Book No. 2

“Kids Have Ups and Downs Too! … A Bully’s Journal” will be out this Spring and takes a look at bulying from the bully’s perspective. Follow Booker Weed as he befriends Ill-Will Bill – Please stay tuned … THX!

Waiting for the Edits …

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My work is done except for edits from the publisher. I suspect there could be a new artwork required but for the most part, at this time, I can work on my social media promotions and my marketing campaign. Watch for Kids Have Ups and Downs Too! this summer …


Summer 2012 is the release of “Kids Have Ups and Downs Too!” Was hoping by April but two jobs, Job 1: Entertaining 3800 elementary students each week across the nation and New Zealand this summer; Job 2: Author and illustrator for the series of kids books from Fertile Ground. Whew! More later as it is 1:45 AM and I have to be on the road by 5:15AM …

Friends … Be One!

FriendsNo matter what it’s like at home, in our neighborhood, or with our friends we can learn to make right choices – Learn from your mistakes. Learn from example, it doesn’t have to be your own. The example you are will be the friends you choose …

Wear Your Helmet When Skateboarding

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Yes wearing a helmet for your safety is not only smart but making a right choice. Although it has nothing to do with this post it helps me make a small point – “No matter what it’s like in our home, our neighborhood, or with our frineds we can learn to make right choices.” I say “learn” hoping that it is someone else’s example and not your own that your learn this. Here’s a chapter from my book, “Kids Have Ups & Downs Too!:
No matter what it’s like at home, in my neighborhood or with my friends I have what it takes to make positive healthy choices. When I make mistakes I try to learn from them and not make them again. At home I help when I’m asked, clean my room when needed, and eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for breakfast lunch and dinner – I wish.
Our neighborhood can be crazy sometimes. We have neighbors that don’t get along, a bully that lives at the end of the block, and our neighbor’s goat gets out and eats skateboards, baseball gloves and lets our cat ride on his back. When the neighbors aren’t getting along I ride my bike the other way. Our block has a look-out-for-the-bully plan when he is spotted in the area so we have a chance to avoid him.
Good friends treat each other fair and respectful. Treating others the way I want to be treated is always the right thing to do. I make choices every day, all day. I make them based on what’s right, not on what others try to get me to do. Sometimes it’s easy to go along with the crowd but making right choices will always leave you feeling good inside. It’s my responsibility to do what’s right, it’s hard sometimes but if I stop and think about something before I do it I make better choices.
What matters most is being the best I can be in my home, my neighborhood and with my friends. I’m not the best at yoyos or a world champion skateboarder but I have what it takes to make right choices.
… Thx for reading – Only 8 more illustrations to complete …