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       Publishing my first picture book in 2020 has been fun, challenging, and a bucket list item for several years.

       It has given me a chance to reflect on my family heritage and relish in times of our past. Out of necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic, our lifestyle has brought families together to a slower, simpler pace. 

       I hope my children's books will inspire questions and opportunities for conversations with adult family members. Children need that sense of belonging and confidence that comes from understanding their family's threads.

      Life is not always easy as I’m sure Olga (my mother) experienced in her large family growing up in the 1940s. Being one of thirteen children to Russian immigrants in the small neighborhood of Maplewood, NY, my cousins and I often heard of these hardship stories (some, probably exaggerated). Olga, though, continued to love her family as reflected in One of Thirteen.  

       It's safe to assume the face of families are changing, but the same important family values remain -- caring, protecting, helping, loving, supporting.

       I’m extremely grateful for my immediate family as a wife, mother, and grandmother. Living in the Northeast, Nature inspires me, especially flowers, summers, being near water, trying new recipes, creativity, and the sports world. I work with elementary school students and am also a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

       One of Thirteen (ages 5-10) is the first of a One of Thirteen series.

2021 -- Hello and Welcome New Year!!

 

Change is such a big part of life.  Seek positivity, since we tend to find what we’re looking for.  Don’t give up on hope in the new year.  Don’t let fear take over (easier said than done). Put faith in God for only he knows what is to come.  Find joy in each day .

Reflecting and trying to keep a grateful spirit in 2020, below are some of my personal highlights.  This is what I usually do at the beginning of a new year. To read, click on "2020 Reflections" below.  We seem to forget so quickly from year to year the many good things in our life (doubt we'll forget 2020 though).   This too, I hope will be passed down to future generations of my family.