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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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

More fan art!

Here is a nice minimalist picture from an Olivia Brophie super-fan. It's so simple and it illustrates one of my favorite scenes in the Pearl of Tagelus. I love writing about Florida for children all over the world and hearing about their favorite scenes.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Florida Children's Author - Fan Mail!

I received another great fan letter today. This time from Lynn.

"I think you just changed the way I see the world!!!! You're the type of book writer I've been looking for. I just LOVE your books."

Thank you Lynn!

She also included this little picture.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Carprofen, or Rimadyl, for canine pain management - WARNING

Our dachshund Spanky was prescribed Rimadyl / carprofen to help control the pain of an ear infection. Of course, we were concerned that our dog was suffering, so we simply trusted the vets and we didn't investigate the potential side-effects. Within a couple days of using Rimadyl, Spanky was unable to walk due to partial paralysis in his hind legs. He had a terrible seizure that lasted a half-hour. He never recovered.

Unfortunately, it didn't occur to us that Rimadyl could have this effect until our 2nd dachshund Pepper received a single dose and lost the ability to walk within 12 hours. That is when we started researching and discovered countless stories from others with similar experiences.  We are devastated. Please be warned. I know some dogs are helped by Rimadyl /carprofen, but the risks are very real and very serious. These are not "upset stomach" or "lethargy" type of side effects. These are paralysis, liver or renal failure, and death side-effects.  Please use a pain management drug with less risky side-effects. If you decide to use Rimadyl, watch your dog very carefully and start with very small doses. It is absolutely horrible to watch your beloved family member suffer because you kept giving them something you thought was going to help them.  Go to to find out more.