Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Author Skype Visits

Visiting Olivia Brophie fans in New York

Olivia Brophie fans in Queensland

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A local librarian sent me this photo because it reminded her of the Olivia Brophie Series. It looks like Olivia and her bear-friend Hoolie are walking together.

Bear tracks in the Florida scrub

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Winter and Palmettos in the Florida Scrub

We had our yearly frost last night and it left these beautiful patterns on the palmetto fronds. It would be interesting to investigate why this happens. Why this pattern? I enjoyed the view for a few brief minutes in the morning before the sun worked its magic.





Wintertime Palmettos

Friday, January 8, 2016

Florida Children's Author Visits

Everyone knows I love to visit classrooms that are reading Olivia Brophie books! I recently visited a class in California via Skype and had a great time as always. Sometimes teachers send me photos from their side of the conversation. In this particular case, I discovered the classroom itself was overrun with frogs, something I couldn't see from my video.
Skype visit with frog-loving classroom



Meeting Moki from Sky Island for the first time


Anyway, the class is only on chapter 4 of Pearl of Tagelus, so they have sooooo many adventures ahead of them!

Monday, November 9, 2015

 
The cassia trees are blooming now in central Florida. This one is in our backyard. What you can't see in the photo are the cloudless sulphur butterflies flying all around it. They are the exact same color of yellow and they are busy laying eggs on the leaves for the next generation of sulphurs. 
 
 
 



Monday, October 26, 2015

Song of the Bear Cub

Song of the Bear Cub
(The first bear hunt in Florida in two decades resulted in illegally killed lactating females and cubs. We will never know the actual numbers of the dead)


The woods were quiet this morning
she went out to eat and roam,
new sounds rocked the silence
and mother's not coming home.

Laughter rang through trees
smiling photos on their phones
to them it's proof they're men
and mother's not coming home.

We thought we lived in paradise
the sunlight kept us warm,
she kept us safe and fed
and mother's not coming home.

We aren't sure where to go
because she made us whole
hunger makes dangerous choices
and mother's not coming home.

Now paradise is shaken
soaked with bloody death's moan
there is nothing left to do
our mother's not coming home.
 
 
--Christopher Tozier 26-Oct-2015
 
 

Florida Children's Author Visits School in Gaeta Italy

More photos from my new friends in Gaeta Italy. Yes, my head is gigantic and red. Not sure what is going on there.

I took the opportunity to learn a bit about Gaeta. It is the location of the earliest known written reference to pizza. That alone should endear the town to all of us. They have a mountain named Orlando, the same name as the city I live in. They also have a special olive there. I need to find some of these olives to try.

It turns out, Gaeta is also a beautiful town and, if this class is any indication, it is full of smart, kind people.

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