A Seven Kingdoms #BookBirthday Celebration!

Under Pressure with a Squash on tablet, phone, and hardcover

Available Now! Click here for more. Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting 1 can (16 oz.) pumpkin2 cups sugar1 cup vegetable oil4 eggs lightly beaten2 cups all-purpose flour2 tsp. baking soda1 tsp. ground cinnamon1/2 tsp salt Beat pumpkin, sugar and oil. Add eggs and mix well. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, add to […]

Multiplication Magic

In the story I’m working on right now . . . (see below if you want to see which one) Magellan is REALLY not interested in Times Tables. Especially not the SEVENS! He has maps to make and dragons to rescue! I started looking around for things that would make it more interesting. For him. […]

Happy Birthday to the Queen! (And to a brand new winter squash!)

Trouble With Parsnips tablet, phone and hardcover editions

It’s a brand-new, baby squash seedling! Hooray!!! Why all the excitement? I don’t know how things are going at your house, but I re-planted three times this year. I’d given up hope. Wishing you lots of hope this summer–we’re getting lots of chances to re-plant our lives in 2020! May they bear good fruit for […]

Tour the Saffron Kingdom: Burg Rheinfels

Burg Rheinfels is the next stop in our Tour of the Seven Kingdoms! The Saffron Kingdom! The Seven Kingdoms fairy tale world is inspired by real castles in the Rhine and Mosel River valleys in Germany. Clip the map below to find all the tours:

Tour Magenta Kingdom: Festung Ehrenbreitstein in Koblenz

View from Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Rhine and Mosel Rivers come together at the Deutscher Eck.

Koblenz is the next stop in our Tour of the Seven Kingdoms! This fairy tale world is inspired by real castles in the Rhine and Mosel River valleys in Germany. When you take the train, you can look up and see the fortress as the train pulls into the station. The big, hulking rock towers […]

Tour a Fairy Kingdom???

Yesterday, we walked for five or six hours and I got buckets of new ideas about the Fairy Kingdom. I love the “Traumpfad” hiking trails that we’ve already been on. This one is special for its caves and variety! Here’s a virtual dream hike for you:

Tour the Blackfly Kingdom: Pfalzgrafenstein Castle

View of the Pfalz castle from the ferry

When we travel these days, we often drive or fly. In earlier times, the rivers were the highways. Big and long rivers, like the Rhine River in Germany were important for delivering people and things. [Is that why Amazon is named after a river in Brazil? I don’t know, do you?] If you visit, you […]

How to make something invisible

Think how much writing–and reading–you could get done if no one knew you were there. This is eerily simple: just use 4 lenses to bend the light around the thing you want to “cloak.”  Will we resort to deep sea fish later to help us find things in the “dark”?