Saturday, April 28, 2012

Weekend Edition

Were you raised with classic Mother Goose rhymes
Which were your favorite? Least favorite?
(Have you critiqued them lately?)
(Miss Muffet should consider low fat yogurt and organic insect spray.)

Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey;
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away.

We Have Winners

 Don't forget to claim your Speedbo prizes. We've listed them here. You have 8 weeks to claim your Speedbo prize as well as this week's prizes per our UPDATED rules here. If we forgot a mailing (remind us after 8 weeks please), give us a nudge or a kick in the pants at our Seekerville address here. 

 Avalon author Sandra LeeSmith brought us "We All Have Different Tastes--So Do Editors and Agents" on Tuesday.  Winner of  a Seeker book is Debra Marvin

Wednesday Seekerville welcomed back Love Inspired debut author Mia Ross. Winner of Mia's debut  release, Hometown Family are Andrea Strong, Patricia W & Natalie Monk. 

Thursday Thomas Nelson author Cara Lynn James shared  a post on Fairy Tales. The winner of  Love By the Book is Lyndee.

Friday we welcomed three-time Christy Award finalist and RITA Award winner Gayle Roper, author of more than 40 books. Winners of Ruth Logan Herne's newest release A Family to Cherish are Jennifer (from Author Avenue) and Nancy C.

Hey diddle diddle,
The Cat and the fiddle,
The Cow jumped over the moon,
The little Dog laughed to see such sport,
And the Dish ran away with the Spoon.

Next Week In Seekerville

Monday: Award-winning author Deborah Raney will be "Doing Time" in Seekerville on Monday, April 30.  She'll offer helpful hints (born from experience) on how to keep track of story timelines.  As a special bonus, Deb will be giving away a three-book set of her Hanover Falls novels to one lucky winner!

Tuesday: A FESTIVAL of Stars take us on a Treasure Hunt! Valerie Comer, Annalisa Daughety, Nicole O’Dell and Cara Putman, the authors of the novella anthology, Rainbow’s End visit Seekerville to tell you where X marks the spot.

Wednesday:  On Wednesday, hold on to your hats because literary agent Wendy Lawton, vice-president of Books & Such Literary is here in Seekerville to "Show You the Money!".  Stop in during the day for a frank discussion (Wendy is famous for those!) of mid-list, "A" list and how a publishing money path works... or doesn't work!  Wendy has donated a gorgeous gift basket for one lucky commenter!

Thursday:  Please join Love Inspired author, Audra Harders in a stealthy pursuit of clues as she snoops in your drawers...and on your nightstand...and on your bookshelves... Let's find out exactly what kind of book you should be writing! Of course, there'll be a surprise giveaway...isn't there always??

Friday: Time for the May Contest Update. The prize vault is open and we're giving away two copies of Jill Marie Nelson's  Rivet Your Readers With Deep Point of View.

Diddle diddle dumpling, my son John
Went to bed with his breeches on,
One stocking off, and one stocking on;
Diddle diddle dumpling, my son John.

Seeker Sightings

Missy Tippens will be taking part in an event at the Winder Community Center (113 East Athens St., Winder, GA 30680) on Sunday, April 29th, from 1-3 pm. Stop by for the Meet & Greet and book signing sponsored by the Winder Friends of the Library and funded by a grant from the Friends of Georgia Libraries. Missy will be be signing  A House Full of Hope, and she'd love for you to come out and support the Winder Library programs! 

 WHOO-HOO ... a new contest to have a character named after you in Julie Lessman's  A Love Surrendered, a $50 gift card and a signed copy of that book ... PLUS one of  Julie's favorite love scenes from it as well!! Check it out in this week's Journal Jots.

Mary Connealy along with Revell author Lorna Seilstad
and many other area authors will be at The Council Bluffs Library
(400 Willow Ave,Council Bluffs, Iowa ) at the Local Author Fair, Tomorrow--Sunday, April 29 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Humpty Dumpty
Sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty
Had a great fall.

All the King's horses,
And all the King's men
Couldn't put Humpty
Together again.

Random News & Information

Speed Dating with Associate Editor Emily Rodmell. Don't miss this opportunity for published and unpublished writers to pitch for a Love Inspired Line.(eHarlequin)

The Grace Livingston Hill Classics Book Club

Character Flaws by Kat Duncan (Savvy Authors)

 10 Ways to Launch Strong Scenes by Jordan Rosenfeld (Writer's Digest)

 Perfecting Your First Page (Jane Fiedman)

 Character V. Plot (Harlequin Historical Authors Blog)

Ann Voskamp: Farm Wife and Publishing Phenom (PW)

Several authors form Rock*It Reads brand for self-pubbed romance (USA TODAY-HEA)

 E-book Price-Fixing: Finding the Best Model for Publishers — and Readers (Time Magazine)

Why Isn't My Book Selling? (Healing Hearts)

And if you're brave, go join the Show Versus Tell, Deep POV, Head-Hopping  Debate at Philosophy of Romance!

We leave you with these fun photos from the Southern Kentucky Book Fest!
Missy Tippens & Ann Gabhart

 Missy Tippens signing beside Allie Pleiter, Virginia Smith & Lori Copeland.
Lori Copeland & Missy
 Inspirational Authors panel with (L to R) Allie Pleiter, Patti Lacy, Ann Gabhart & Missy


  1. Hi Tina:

    There’s a reason why after ten thousand years they still call them storytellers. 'Story- showers' are called mimes.

    Telling won’t make a good story bad nor will showing make a bad story good.

    “Show, don’t tell” is a false dichotomy. Showing can lead to confusion because the reader is not seeing what the writer is seeing. Showing is implied narrative while telling is explicit narrative. While the writer can control what she implies she cannot control what the reader infers.

    A lot of showing makes the writing worse not better. Showing tends to be too visual at the expense of the other senses. Better would be: '5-sense what you are telling'.

    The ‘show’ part of the dictum is not so bad but the ‘don’t tell’ part is ludicrous. Who seriously is prepared to tell storytellers not to tell their stories?

    “Show, don’t tell” is a false friend of the writer. Its gurus take it as an article of faith but it has caused much ‘showing for showing’s sake’ which is about as pragmatic as ‘art for art’s sake.”

    “Show, don’t tell” is pretty. It’s like Helen’s face that launched a thousand ships. For each of these ships I will in turn launch a thousand torpedoes so that no ‘show, don’t tell’ quote given to an innocent class of aspiring writers will ever be safe from a counter quotation.

    Ah, you talk about sales?

    What about the “Greatest Story Ever Told” and the wisdom of the words "I believe because the Bible tells me so?”.

    If you have a gauntlet, prepare to cast it now!


  2. Vince:

    I had a little brain blip for a moment there. I read "story-showers" as "story-showers," like in rain.

    I read this post, but now I have to go back and read the links.

    Oh, yes, there's coffe a-plenty. Line up.


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  4. Congratulations winners,
    My name was not found anywhere is the post... Boo hoo. Woe is me. But I'm glad for every one else.

    Vince, I stopped in and tossed my gauntlet, or maybe it was my handy War Hammer

    considering rhymes. I always wondered what the dish saw in the spoon. And wonder if Miss Peeps sheep made it home. And were their tales wagging? And did Jill break her crown like Jack? Those are some deep subjects.

  5. Congrats to the winners! Aww...the Mother Goose rhymes bring back good memories. I was just sharing with my hubby when we were on the road yesterday that I missed Sunday "dinners" at my grandparents with all of my family. When you're a kid you think those times are going to last forever and don't appreciate them as much. I wish I could relive one of those get-togethers! Some of the things I loved was watching my grandmother make apple fritters from scratch and sitting with her and reading her big Mother Goose book. We must've read that book a zillion times over the years. Those were the days! : ) Blessings~stacey

  6. Tina interesting thoughts.
    I actually have a nursery rhyme book which tells the story of some of the rhymes. Its quite an interesting reading about the rhymes.

    Congrats to all winners.

  7. Congratulations to all the winners.

    My sister had a Mother Goose nursey rhyme book. Now I'm wondering where it went. I'll have to ask her...

    Looks like another great line up next week. Hmmm...speed dating with an editor. I'd better go back and read that one.

  8. oh I had 'story showers' as precipitation as well...

    cute post. there are no more morbid or desperate people than those who populate nursery rhymes.

    ...cut off their tails with a carving knife?"

    So, does this mean I'm a wiener of ANY SEEKER BOOK? What are you up to now, about 150 to choose from?

    thank you so much. I know Sandra is at the conference today and i look forward to a photo of Sandra and Glynna, right?

    have a great day everyone!

  9. Good morning, Seekerville!

    Vince, great thoughts about "show, don't tell". I'd rather think of it as your "5-sense what you are telling", but that gets a little awkward when you try to say it too often. From now on, I'll think it!

    I love the Mother Goose theme today! And the top picture is done by one of my favorite children's illustrators - Jessie Wilcox Smith. You don't see her pictures much anymore.

    When my oldest son was born - nearly 28 years ago - Mother Goose rhymes were going out of fashion. "They" said there was too much violence, and children didn't understand them, and the language was archaic.

    That got my dander up. The language is archaic? The only way language becomes archaic is when people stop using and understanding it. So you better believe I taught my children the Mother Goose rhymes. I remember telling my dear husband that our son might be the only child who knows what the word "fetch" means.

    I'm glad "they" didn't succeed in their campaign to wipe out Mother Goose.

    And come to think of it, that was the beginning of our foray into Classical Education.

    Congrats to all the winners!

  10. Sittin' at Tracey Bateman's workshop with Clari Dees!!!!

    And you're not!!!


  11. Definitely grew up with Mother Goose! We had the Childcraft Encyclopedia set, and one volume was all nursery rhymes. We read that thing all the time!! I had a good many of them memorized. :)

  12. Missy,
    When I was a kid we had the Childcraft Encyclopedia set as well. I don't know what happened to my mom's but a few years ago someone was giving away a set and I gladly took them. Great memories and my kids love reading them.

    Congratulations to the winners!

  13. Missy and Jamie,

    I was recently able to get the set we had when I was a child. My Mom had saved them all these years, and my Dad is down-sizing - so I snatched them from the estate sale pile!

    I have another set that I bought from a library sale - a newer edition than the one I had growing up, but only the covers are different. The copyright is 1960 - 15 volumes. I'd be glad to give them to one of you for the cost of the shipping. Just let me know!

  14. Whoa, look at all those struggling authors, lucky enough to get to stand beside MISSY TIPPENS!

  15. Are Carol and Clari taunting us? Is that nice?

    Not if they share some of what they learn :)

  16. Congrats to all the winners!! Looking forward to all the guests this coming week--WOW! ~ Enjoyed all the "Missy photos"--looks like her Kentucky trip went well (and busy!). Thanks for another great WE, Tina---and I LOVE those classic nursery rhymes/pictures---brought back sooo many sweet memories of reading to my own kiddos years ago*sigh*. ~ Hugs, Patti Jo

  17. p.s. Have to add one more note about the nursery rhymes...When I taught school (first grade then kindergarten) I was always amazed (and saddened) at how many children hadn't heard the classic Mother Goose rhymes...okay, maybe I'm old fashioned, but to me that's part of childhood--learning those rhymes (not to mention it helps develop skills for reading). So I made sure each year that my students heard them repeatedly (and it was funny--because they always enjoyed reciting them with me!) Okay, off my soapbox now...PJ

  18. Vince, you are killing me, once again.

    Faith is what the Bible is based on.

    Sorry but today's mass market fiction is not based on the same walk in the dark.

    The reader must experience the story with the protagonist, yes all five sense, and the story is not told like a storyteller sitting around the fire, but shown like a movie unfolding.

  19. I don't think we should get on Miss Muffet's case over the curds and whey. Just think of the calories she has burned off daily for decades running away from that spider. Miss Muffet should be a fitness poster girl. :-)

    Great weekend edition as always.

    And Vince's debate on show not tell! I've given up figuring that out long ago. Especially since I read a lot of telling from multi-published authors HOWEVER it is artful telling. I have also read hideously boring telling that made me cross-eyed with fatigue...but then those authors' showing were likely the same hom-hum stuff as well. I think the real knack is writing so well your reader doesn't notice whether it is showing or telling -- she is too busy devouring the story to care.

  20. There you have it. Kav it right!!

    The secret is to seamlessly create your story (with Deep Pov, show not tell and lots and lots of PANTSERS!!).

  21. I would like to point out that there are a few Mother Goosies that are dreadfully depressing.

    Jack and Jill?

    Old Mother Hubbard.

    I nearly cried.

  22. BTW, right now, Kat Duncan (we have a link to one of her article in the Weekend Ed today) has a free craft book on Amazon for Kindle.

  23. The old woman in the shoe is an age old ad for birth control. I used to get the new Mother Goose. Remember those?

  24. In The Spirit of the Day

    How do I show
    a nursery rhyme,

    How do I show
    a cat and a fiddle --
    to say nothing of a
    diddle diddle?

    Did the bovine
    as she left
    the atmosphere?

    Bark, bark, bark:
    did the smile reach
    the canine’s eyes
    as the bowwow
    gave the cow
    a high five?

    And did you see
    the fugitive plate
    grab the spoon
    and try to escape?

    Should we turn
    our moms
    into mimes
    so we can show
    our nursery rhymes?

  25. Oh mylanta :-)

    Did I read that right? I won a copy of Ruthy's "A Family to Cherish"?? Beyond thrilled. Thank you!

    And congrats to all the winners.

    Nancy C

  26. Hi Tina:

    Since you like to push
    my buttons
    I wrote you
    a poem:

    Pantsers like dancers
    like to show their stuff
    but after a while
    we’ve all seen enough.

  27. I think the dish and the spoon running away are the first recorded inter-household utensil marriages.

    The downstairs utensils were not supposed to fraternize with the upstairs utensils.

  28. Oh Kav! I have never heard it expressed so well:

    "I think the real knack is writing so well your reader doesn't notice whether it is showing or telling -- she is too busy devouring the story to care."

    See? You wrote that so well it's memorable ;-)

    Nancy C

  29. Vince and Tell went up literary hill to fetch a bit of story.

    Vince fell down and made a frown.

    And story's rating on Amazon went tumbling after.

  30. Oh yeah ... Mother Goose. Not my favorite, especially the rhymes that included meanness to animals.

    Then again, it could have something to do with a verse my mother often told me was written about me:

    "There was a little girl who had a little curl
    Right in the middle of her forehead;
    When she was good, she was very, very good,
    And when she was bad she was horrid."


    Nancy C

  31. Tina: . When I said ‘seen enough’ I was referring to your comment and the fact that we can ‘show too much’:

    “I would like to point out that there are a few Mother Goosies that are dreadfully depressing.”

    Do you really want to show what the mere telling of can make one cry?

    KAV: I think you have it exactly right. Show me but don’t let me see you showing me. That is art.

  32. :) I was hoping you didn't mean that personal, Vince. Otherwise I'd have to come to Oklahoma and mow SHOW on your lawn :)

  33. One more post to say I laughed out loud when I read this:

    "The downstairs utensils were not supposed to fraternize with the upstairs utensils."

    Oh, Vince -- did you look at the Jordan Rosenfeld article? In #7, he mentions coma victims. I could not make this up :-)

    Thanks for the Weekend Edition and the lively conversation.

    Nancy C

  34. My poem for the day:

    It's been my experience
    That poetry that doesn't rhyme
    While evocative
    Is really cheating

    ------------------Mary Connealy

  35. How about a haiku?

    Cold Spring Day
    Winter fading
    Tulips dance

    Writing related

    Where do ideas come
    From life, from books, from nature
    They're a God given gift


    Still trying

    My feet are cold despite sox
    Thick, gray, soft, warm, lovely
    But not quite thick enough

    Okay, now we're getting somewhere

    Mint tea curls and steams
    At my side as I compose
    A Heavenly day

  36. We coudl write songs some weekend.
    I once wrote a song called:

    I've got Bambi on my Hands
    (And ode to buckskin gloves)

  37. Hi Mary:

    I love your song writing idea. I’ll start with the first line.

    Set-up: woman signer, country song, she’s holding a baseball bat:

    “Show me, don’t tell me, I’ve had enough of your lies”…

    Feel free to change singer, style, and setting with your line.


    P.S. I have to check the house right now. Tina might come by and help me cut the grass today.

  38. LOL -- Mary Connealy STOP!!! No odes to buckskin gloves...poor Bambi. So not nice imagery!!!!

    And speaking of fraternizing cutlery -- y'all have to check out these picturebooks:

    Spork by Maclear Kyo -- the heart-rending tail of little Spork -- his dad's a fork and his mum's a spoon and he just doesn't fit in the cutlery drawer. Lovely little tale about celebrating who you are.

    Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Poor Spoon thinks everyone else in the cutlery drawer has it better. Fork, Knife -- even Chopsticks have way more fun and purpose then he does.

    And this just goes to show that with an author with a good imagination can write about anything...much like Mary's poetry.

  39. Oh, Kav. That is just too cute.

    Okay, now here is an interesting thing. Many of the Mother Goose images I looked at had Mother Goosie in a witch like hat. What is the symbolism behind that.

    Even the one I chose the Goose looks a tad bit sinister.

  40. I learned diddle dumpling as

    going to bed with his stockings on.

    One shoe off and one shoe on.

  41. Great WE, Tina. :) It's tough to choose my favorite nursery rhyme. I think the one I remembered best was Jack and Jill. But there are so many other fun ones. I bought a book with them for my kids when they were younger. They had fun picking out one to memorize for kindergarten. :)

    Next week in Seekerville looks fabulous! I'm planning on checking out the article on deep POV a little later on.

    Thanks again, Tina, and all you wonderful Seeker ladies!

  42. Mary's quite contrary,
    Tina's on the prowl.
    Vince is pushing mantra
    On show don't tell me how.

  43. I've Got Bambi on my Hands?? This I gotta hear.

    Or maybe not :-)

    I posted the following info so late yesterday I'm sharing it again:

    Someone asked what episodic writing is ... check out this link:

    Nancy C

  44. Okay, the very worst thing about missing a Seekerville post is that you CAN go back and read the post, but you can't really join in the conversation.

    I LOVE watchign the conversation take twists and turns during the day, as more people come and share their experiences.

    Anyway, that was a side note.

    Can't wait for next week! Now, to go read all the comments and posts from last week, especially yesterday!

  45. And I JUST might be ale to get up the nerve to pop over Vince's page...

  46. HAHAHA! I'm CRYING with laughter!!

    Tina, Vince, Mary, and Tina P...

    I think you all had a conference and brainstormed these lines, then sprung it all on the blog. Because NO ONE can be this funny on the spur of the moment.

    In seriousness, reading 'The Graveyard Book' by Neil Gaimen (won the Newberry!) and there is A LOT of telling. But it's lyrical, charming, like the simplicity of a fairy tale, which makes it seem like showing.

    And like Kav said, it is, but it's not, because you don't notice.

  47. I heard that Ring-around-a-rosy
    Is from the Black Plague days
    Ring -Around-a-rosy (a symptom, red spots)
    A Pocket full of posies (flowers for the dead-or herbs to ward off sickness maybe)
    Ashes ashes (they burned everything someone with the plague had come in contact with)
    We all fall down (we all DIE)

    So, there's your lovely nursery rhyme.

    I found this online:

    ---"Ring around the Rosie"--refers to a red mark, supposedly the first sign of the plague
    ---"A pocket full of posies"-- refers to sachets of herbs carried to ward off infection
    ---"Ashes, ashes" --either a reference to the cremation of plague victims or to the words said in the funeral Mass..."Ashes to ashes, dust to dust."
    ---"We all fall down." -- The Plague was not selective in its victims; both rich and poor, young and old, succumbed.

  48. That is a bit of history I knew, Mary. Interested to read about the others. And see the real story behind the rhyme.

    Virginia, we worked for a month to get that down.
    Not really.

  49. I'm having fun reading Seekerville again. I love nursery rhymes and the meanings behind them. So if anyone comes up with more to post I will read them for sure.
    As for you other poets, you write them I'll read those too.
    I'm going to go bake cookies now. I don't know why.

  50. Some a yuns are crackin' me up today!

    Thanks for a great weekend update, Tina.

    And to Cara for donating a book that I've won, YIPPEEEEE...

    I get tired of the formula used in kid's movies where the mother is dead. I guess it's a way of showing the ultimate struggle, being alone in the big world without mama by the character's side, but still...

    That said, Mary, your mention of Bambi gloves gave me a chuckle. Of course!

    To everyone here who keeps the discussion going. All of you ROCK. Looking forward to next week. Hugs and kisses. Got to get off my tuffet now...

  51. I'd like a cookie. Or a recipe for a cookie. I'm not fussy.

  52. Tina, how about a picture of a cookie?

    Catmom, most of my students (9/10 yr olds) know no nursery rhymes either. Recently when we were studying rhyme in poetry I asked them about favorite nursery rhymes and I got blank looks.

    I asked if they really didn't know any and a few of them called out that they didn't know any because they hadn't gone to Nursery School.

    Funny but sad. I had to explain Mother Goose has nothing to do with whether or not you went to Nursery School.

  53. HA! I had something more like this in mind...


    And Mary, you owe me a chat.

    Soon as school is out.

  54. Tina, I had a look at your picture link, now I've got to go bake some of those...right after I go run 2 miles. lol.

    The first book I ever had that was really mine, was a HUGE, golden, hardback copy of Mother Goose nursery rhymes. LOVED that book.

    My favorite was "Peter, Peter Pumkin Eater." In the book, Peter was a dapper dressed fox and his lady fair sat in a cozy, well furnished pumpkin. My little mind would always conjure a story about a woman falling in love with her captor. Even at five I was plotting romances. LOL. Still haven't written that story idea. Hmmm...

  55. Oh! A great big THANK YOU to Mia Ross for the giveaway of "Hometown Family!" Can't wait to read it!

  56. We don't celebrate Mother Goose Day at our house................we make a weekend out of it.

    I've got the tree up and the lights on the roof. Just a few more minutes and we'll open gifts. Then tomorrow, the parade.


    I'm going as Wee Willie Winkie again this year. Planned on Jack Horner but I burned the plum pie and had to go with a costume I already had.

    Mazel Tuffet

  57. You all know I'm dieting right? I can only LOOK at cookies.


  58. My link is supposed to say 'that's really SAYING something'
    If I'd said weighing instead of waying, it would be extremely Freudian.

  59. Mazel Tuffet ... lol lol lol

    Thanks for all the grins and laughs today, folks!

    Nancy C

  60. Mary Curry, that IS funny but sad... ~ And even though the rhymes can be "depressing" if analyzed, they're still a classic part of childhood (IMHO) and they help with rhyming/listening skills, etc. ~ Oh least when I have grandkiddos I can make sure they know the rhymes! :)

  61. Those cookies both look delicious Mary and Tina. Thank goodness I don't want any. I'm full to bursting on the strawberry scones with white chocolate chips that I just made.

  62. LOL. Wow, I want to be Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, but I no longer FIT into my costume. Too many cookies.

  63. "Diddle diddle dumpling, my son John." Now you're reminding me of my dad. How often did I hear that nursery rhyme when I was growing up?

    Here's one of my favorites from Robert Louis Stevenson:

    Bed in Summer
    In winter I get up at night
    And dress by yellow candlelight.
    In summer, quite the other way,
    I have to go to bed by day.

    I have to go to bed and see
    The birds still hopping on the tree,
    Or hear the grown-up people's feet
    Still going past me on the street.

    And does it not seem hard to you,
    When all the sky is clear and blue,
    And I should like so much to play,
    To have to go to bed by day?

    (Living as far north as I did, that nursery rhyme made sense to me!)

    And OOOOH! I'm so excited to be a GUEST at Seekerville this week. Wow.

  64. i had my fundamentals of 2D animation class animate nursery rhymes this last semester. 30 seconds was all they had. quite fun. i even joined in and did little miss muffet.

    for those interested. i blogged over at Inkwell Inspirations last Wednesday about being an animator and provided links to a few of the animations my students created. if you are interested - feel free to wander over to the Inkwell and click on their links. i'm quite proud of my students and trust me, it was quite interesting to see how they interpreted rhymes.

    love reading all the comments here. always interesting here at Seekerville.

  65. A tuffet? A tuffet? The only time I've EVER heard of a tuffet was in the Little Miss Muffett poem. Yes, I do recall reading the Mother Goose rhymes when I was a kid. Cute little diddies that don't make a lot of sense.

  66. LOL, Cecilia. A tuffet.

    Tuffet, pouffe or hassock are all terms for a piece of furniture used as a footstool or low seat.

    Who knew???

  67. Thanks, DebH. Will go check it out!!

  68. Yes, Valerie, and we're excited as well. A treasure hunt. Shades of Captain Jack Sparrow.

  69. I see that Debra Marvin finaled in the Daphne.

    Way to go, Debra!!!

  70. Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. Love the nursery rhyme theme.

    Brings back memories of when my kids were little and we read some of those stories over, and over, and over, and ...

  71. Ever sing, My Hat It Has Three Corners?