Sunday, November 10, 2019

Veterans Day: Thank a Vet: U.S. Navy Pilot Captain Rosemary Mariner and U.S.Army Infantry Officer Captain Kristen Griest

Veterans Day Honoring Veterans
of the U.S. Military Services

On Veterans Day, November 11, we honor veterans who served in the U.S. Military. This date also marks the end of World War I when the armistice with Germany was signed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Happy Labor Day! Check out the jobs featured in Girls Succeed! Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women

Today is Labor Day in the USA! How are you celebrating this day that recognizes all the men and women who contribute their skills, time and effort to our country and make our lives better?

We cooked cheeseburgers on the grill, and had sweet corn on the cob, green beans and potatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, watermelon and BROWNIES. YUM!

What job do you want to do when you grow up? What's your dream job?

The Girls Succeed! Stories of Behind the Careers of Successful Women features amazing women in all kinds of jobs.
Can you figure out what job each woman in the picture has?
Answers below.

These smart, talented women share their stories with you. Find out who helped them along the way and the obstacles they had to overcome to achieve their dream job.

Click the links below to download this interactive eBook packed with inspiration and entertainment for Middle Grade girls. A reader's guide is also included. 

Available at your favorite digital bookseller

Answers to the women and their jobs.
Top row L to R--horticulturalist (she works with plants and flowers). horse trainer, bike racer, chef, technology expert,
Middle row L to R--medical doctor, chef, professional clown, author and artist, teacher,
Bottom row L to R--social worker, scientist, truck driver, professional clown (she spoofed us and got in here twice!!) and minister

Friday, July 19, 2019

50TH Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, Trailblazer: Poppy Northcutt

50 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing!
July 20, 1969-July 20, 2019

INCREDIBLE.That's the only word I can use to describe the accomplishment of the NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Mission to the Moon! In the 1960's President Kennedy declared America would land a man on the moon by the end of the decade.The plan to land a man on the moon, let alone by 1970, sounded like such a fairy tale. 

Trying to achieve such a goal sounded foolish given we had nothing to go on about space and rockets and lunar landers and even if a human being could live in the environs of outer space. Everything was just one big fat question mark. Only brilliant, courageous, determined, hard-working men and women could pull it off. AND they did! For all of us! We couldn't take our eyes off our TV's watching NASA's every planned step that would land us on the moon. 

Frances "Poppy" Northcutt was a part of the team on that mission to the moon in the 1960's. As the first woman engineer to work in NASA's Mission Control, her job was to calculate the return-to-Earth trajectories.  In the video below, Poppy talks about how the simulations with the astronauts in the capsule located in the building, not in space, tested everyone with training exercises. She was actually surprised at how well the actual Apollo 11flight went after having worked through so many possibilities of failure.
Image by Pexels from Pixabay 

The moon landing is one of the most significant events in the 20th century and one that brought all Americans together cheering for the amazing outcome of Neil Armstrong actually climbing down the 3.5 foot long ladder to leave his footprint on the moon's surface. Next, astronaut Buzz Aldrin joined him on the ground and planted the American flag.


Apollo 11 mission control's Poppy Northcutt on being "part of history," 1969

Congratulations to those who made this what seemed an improbable mission a reality! Congratulations to the NASA Team USA!!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019


Image by Ernesto Rodriguez from Pixabay 
What a time! We were thrilled and excited when Team USA played all the way to the win on Sunday, July 7 in Lyon, France. Both teams were fierce players giving it their all, but at the end of the game, Rose Lavelle blasted the soccer ball past the Netherlands goalie to win the game--USA 2 Netherlands 1. 

Rose has played soccer ever since she was in grade school. Her dream was to play in the World Cup and she did it! Did she ever!

Take a peek at Rose Lavelle's journey playing soccer. The support she received from her hometown, Cincinnati, Ohio, led her to achieve her dream and her place in the history of Women's U.S. Soccer.

YOUTUBE VIDEO: The Journey: Rose Lavelle
Video produced by U.S. Soccer

You can achieve your dream too!
Dream BIG!!!
Painting courtesy of Julie McKendrie
What is your Big Dream? Share it below in the comment section below. Thank you.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup is On!

UPDATE: July 6, 2019-- Team USA will play the Netherlands Team on Sunday, July 7. This will be a fantastic game. Good luck to all the players!!
2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
Heads up! The world is watching this month--the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. The games are in full gear in Paris, France. This amazing gathering of talented women is there to play soccer with all their skills and heart. The USA calls the game soccer, the world calls it football.

VIDEO: FIFA World Cup Mascot

Wishing the women of the world good luck and exciting action on a memorable journey to win the World Cup!

Do you love playing soccer? 
Will you watch the Women's World Cup games?
If you like sports, read about the successful female athletes featured in 
Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women
Girls Succeed! Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women
by J. Q. Rose
Women's Hockey Olympic Gold Medalist--Angela Ruggiero
Bike Racer Paralympic Gold Medalist--Mackenzie Woodring 
Dressage Competitor--Pati Pierucci 

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Book Review: Traveling Circus by Ingar Rudholm

Traveling Circus by Ingar Rudholm
Traveling Circus by Ingar Rudholm
Hello and welcome!
Today, I'm sharing with you a magical story about the circus. I fell in love with it, but then again, I love the circus and stories surrounding a circus.

The Big Top circus tent
Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay 
Magical. I always thought of the circus as a magical place. This story is about a circus that truly is magical. So many interesting characters with magical powers. Well-crafted characters who interact in a fantasy set in modern day--Albert the fortune teller, Cordelia the mermaid, two clowns named Sammy and Buster and Marcel a giant with huge muscles. 

Flynn, the main character, reminded me so much of teens today. So much pressure on them causing them to feel insecure so they can't speak up. Can Flynn overcome his insecurity and at the same time "win the heart of a girl named Rena?" This is a page-turning novel perfect for young readers and young-at-heart readers.

I purchased the print book instead of the Kindle format because I loved the circus drawings by the author. 

Find out more about this imaginative book below.
Traveling Circus by Ingar Rudholm
Traveling Circus by Ingar Rudholm


Trapped by a mysterious traveling circus!
 Young Flynn must find his inner courage to battle his way home. A crooked ringmaster, wielding a magic pocket watch that controls time, holds Flynn captive against his will. Escaping requires reaching out to some unusual circus performers. So, he befriends Cordelia who’s cursed to become a mermaid at night and Albert the fortuneteller who has a crystal ball where he can see the future and the past. Using the power of imagination and the fortuneteller's magic, Flynn must escape the circus before the ringmaster erases Flynn's memories forever!

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If you love clowns, check out Brenda Marshall's story of what inspired her to become a clown in the inspiring book for girls-- Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women. 
Brenda Marshall, professional clown, with children in China

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Mother's Day and Promoting Peace Project

Mother's Day is Sunday!

Hello and Welcome!
Do you know that Mother's Day evolved from mothers meeting together to promote peace?  

According to many sources and Wikipedia, the first attempts to establish a "Mother's Day" in the U.S. were mostly marked by women's peace groups. A common early activity was the meeting of groups of mothers whose sons had fought or died on opposite sides of the American Civil War. There were several limited observances in the 1870s and the 1880s but none achieved resonance beyond the local level.

In 1868 Ann Jarvis created a committee to establish a "Mother's Friendship Day" whose purpose was "to reunite families that had been divided during the Civil War", and she wanted to expand it into an annual memorial for mothers, but she died in 1905 before the celebration became popular. Her daughter Anna Jarvis would continue her mother's efforts.

Women have been at the forefront of peace movements to save their children from that horrendous experience and to try and unite people to make a better world for everyone.

Marrying promoting peace with honoring mothers is a powerful idea. Now let's do it!