Book Musings: Liang and the Magic Paintbrush

March 4 2018:

Liang and the Magic Paintbrush

An older DEMI book … from 1980. Yet, still so good.

This one is about a poor boy who receives a magic paintbrush and uses it for good deeds. This was before the illustrations in her books became so much more vivid with color. The illustrations are still amazing with beautiful detail.

Liang and the Magic Paintbrush Book 2016

Book Musings: Cezanne and the Apple Boy

Cezanne and the Apple Boy

The story of Paul Cezanne who revolutionized painting by struggling along the steep path into Modern Art. The Cezanne family were ostracized in the town. They laughed at Cezanne and mocked him about his funny, strange and weird paintings.

He invented a new method of simplifying shapes into cones, cylinders, and spheres. His work was pioneered in Paris by art dealer, Vollard, and he became a rich man. He remained reclusive, built a small studio just outside of town where he worked quietly for the rest of his days.

His great grandson helped with the details of this book. Yes! We enjoyed this one too!!

Cezanne and the Apple Boy Book 2017

Catch and Release House and Hurricane Harvey

September 2 2017:

I think word is getting out that this is a catch and release house. Moths, flies, and itty bitty spiders in the house, bees on the patio (we head back inside and let them hang out) and for two days in a row, a frog. I think it’s some type of tree frog or something similar.

Yesterday morning there was one in the bathtub and tonight there was one happily jumping across the living room floor after our movie. I just can’t figure out how the frogs are getting inside.

I’ve looked up the acronym for frog and frog animal wisdom. Okay. I get the message. You can stop sending frogs …. HA! xoxoxo


September 8 2017:

Post-Hurricane Harvey I connected my ex-Reno-ite-friend-now-living-in-Houston, Kimberly Phipps Nichol, with my Houston area friend Dawn Mitchell to help out one of Dawn’s friends in Houston.

Dawn and Kimberly Hurricane Harvey 9.8.17

September 9 2017:

More fun reading for Thomas. He reads the more typical books too. Yet, he has a wide net of interests for which he wants learn more about.

He has pretty much read every “young people’s” fiction book at the South Valleys Library (that he has an interest in reading). xoxo

Immigration Book Thomas Reading 9.2017


My friend Kimberly also got to meet my Chromosome 18 friend, Monica Tello McDivitt. From Kimberly, “Thanks for connecting us. Monica is beautiful inside and out. Keep up your prayers and support for her family and the thousands others here who are mucking out and starting over. They need all the uplifting vibes they can get.”

Monica and Kimberly Post-Harvey Hurricane 9.9.17

Thank you Kimberly Phipps-Nichol …. Oceans of love to you both and big huge hug to you Monica Tello McDivitt. So happy and blessed you got to meet this beautiful woman with such a loving heart … xoxo

Book Musings: Balloons Over Broadway

September 9 2017:

Balloons Over Broadway – The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade

“Every little movement has a meaning of its own.” ~Tony Sarg
“I have never done a stroke of work in my life.” ~Tony Sarg

Wonderful story of how the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade came to be. As a young boy, Tony Sarg loved to figure out how to make things move. He once said he became a marionette man when he was only six years old.

Tony Sarg taught himself how to carve wood, build sets, sew costumes, engineer electronics, and write plays … and had no formal art lessons. He became one of the busiest artists of his day.

Such an inspiring story and book with great illustrations! We loved it!

Balloons Over Broadway Book 2017

Book Musings: Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale Book 2017

Florence Nightingale

Another wonderfully illustrated and written book by DEMI. We learned about how Florence Nightingale revolutionized the world of medicine by emphasizing cleanliness, food that was hot and nutritious, and organization in hospitals.

Books by DEMI are among are favorites!

No Dessert for Me


April 24, 2012

“I don’t want dessert. I’m too busy reading.” Thomas Darnell

{This kid does not even hear me when he’s reading. Stopped at the grocery store to pick up a few things earlier and he read his book while walking down the aisles!!}


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Did you know Camilla wrote a book? It’s titled “D iz for Different – One Woman’s Journey to Acceptance” and you can read more about it here.

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