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Mom’s Gift

Mom brings stories to the next generation.

My mom has always been all about stories. When I was little, she read and read to me: Winnie the Pooh, Ramona the Pest, the Book House books (which, heartbreakingly, were lost in a move.) She was, and is a teacher, and she made sure I became a reader.

But there was another gift she gave: she showed me that stories come from ordinary people–and that it is our birthright to create them. At night, she tucked me in by telling me stories of Cherrybrook, her childhood home in Westfield, Indiana, which, to me, was magical. Then she took a children’s writing class and began writing the stories down, along with the “Kathy-Mary” stories, about me and my best friend. And when I began to name my drawings and tell stories, she put my words on paper (“A Cookie Named Gaggy,” is still preserved somewhere.)

Now, we have come full-circle and, to my delight, Mom is taking my writing class.  She thinks she’s creating Cherrybrook stories for herself, because they sing in her, but really she’s giving me one of the best gifts ever.

For whom do you want to be a storytelling example? To whom will you give your stories? What storyteller could use your affirmation even more than that new iPhone?

I would love to have you AND that person in one of my winter classes., where I get to do what Mom did for me. (And if you pick the one in Seattle, you can meet her!)

Happy holidays!


PS Make sure you hurry. The the first classes begin just after New Year and window for registration will close soon.

Call & Response: An All-Day Event for Writers & Dreamers

Call & Response Flyer

Saturday, March 27 9:30-4:00 in Monroe, $25!

I’m so excited about this!!!

Many of you have asked me about writing workshops for adults. Unfortunately I have less and less time to teach, due to current writing commitments. (Did I mention I have an agent? I have an agent! Just in case you missed that…) So what did I do? I enlisted five friends, who ALSO have pressing creative deadlines, to teach an all-day workshop! It’s rare that most of these gals get out to teach anymore, so you are witnessing a miracle. WHY am I doing this? Because One A-Chord Academy of Music has been such a blessing in the life of my son. This program gives music lessons to teens, regardless of their ability to pay. I want to say thank-you, and enable many more kids to be similarly blessed. Why are my friends doing this? Well… because they love me!

Who: Janet Lee Carey, Margaret D. Smith, Molly Blaisdell, Katherine Grace Bond, Heidi Pettit, Dawn Knight
What: Sessions in Fiction Writing, Journaling, Songwriting, Writing for Children, Writing Your Life, and Creative Process Groups
Where: Monroe Community Chapel, 23515 Old Owen Road, Monroe, WA 98272
When: Saturday, March 27 9:30-4:00
How Much: $25 (Additional donations welcome. Checks payable to Monroe Community Chapel)

To Register: robinh (at)

Here’s an article about One A-Chord in the Monroe Monitor. Scroll down to “School of Shrock”

Be a Sweetheart for Orphaned Children in Africa

Songea Kids
From the New Day Africa website 

What a delightful time we had yesterday at our Valentine Party for New Day Africa, making valentines for the children of the Green Door Orphanage in Songea, Tanzania. These are kids who have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS.

Christine Tapert, the “founding mother” of this organization brought such a treasure of art supplies that we were all giddy — especially us grownups.
My husband, Fr. Andrew, loves to cut & paste


A friend and I play with ribbons & “punchy letters”
The lives of these African children have been changed forever. And now the vision of a mom halfway across the world has changed their lives forever again. People with a common vision came together and brought their background and expertise. Partnerships were formed with NGO’s and interested donors. Now the children have a well, they’re getting needed medical care, a new orphanage is being built and a brand new group of children is being helped. Christine says, “Now I know what I want to do for the rest of my life.”

Christine Tapert, my new hero.


If you had to miss the party, there’s still a chance to help. Make a donation to New Day Africa in the amount of $20 or more by February 28. Then write to me at and let me know. Send your mailing address and I’ll send you a signed copy of Legend of the Valentine. Specify whether you prefer the hardcover (the complete version) or the board book (for kids under 5) .