• Transitions of Summer

    Transitioning into summer has been very enjoyable this year in Sacramento.  The temperatures have risen but now seem to be staying mostly in the high 80s and low 90s.  Since school ended in early June I have spent much of my time working on re-creating curriculum for my 5th graders next year and teaching summer school.  But I am definitely going to get out into the Sierra’s this summer.  Plus I am heading to Mérida, Mexico in August – more…

  • A Fully Transparent Solar Cell

    This Could Make All Windows & Screens A Power Source Posted on March 26, 2015 by Gretchen M Fogelstrom. The age of solar power is here.  Every day I read something amazing.  Read this article on a new solar technology that only produces a 1% return, but imagine – if every piece of glass were involved…! Collective Evolution March 24, 2015 by Alanna Ketler Another incredible technology has been invented by researchers at Michigan State University: a fully transparent solar concentrator…

  • 70,000 Plastic Water Bottles

    Whales Swimming in an Ocean of 70,000 Plastic Water Bottles An art installation project in Bristol, England, is turning the spotlight on the problem of single-use containers. TAKE PART by Liz Dwyer Aug 30, 2015 ‘The Bristol Whales’ art installation. (Photo: Instagram) Running a road race—whether it’s a 5K, 10K, half marathon, or the grueling 26.2-mile distance of a full marathon—is certainly an accomplishment worth celebrating. But after the cheering crowds have dispersed and the athletes have gone home with…

  • Sacramento in Spring

    Spring in Sacramento is the perfect time to live here.  The weather has simply been divine.  Mid 70s, slight breeze, glorious sunshine with wispy clouds ever so often… Hopefully it will rain a bit more before the scortching summer heat arrives as we did not have a wet winter and everyone is worried we are going back into drought mode.  But for now, on my Spring Break, it has been delicious. Here are a few flowers in my garden that…

  • The Jade Serpent

    Congratulations!

    Congratulations to Pam Curcio! Pam won “The Treasure Chest Mysteries,” book two: The Jade Serpent in my Amazon giveaway. Thank you to all who entered to win. I hope you enjoyed the holidays, surrounded by friends, family and lots of laughter. After an active, five days with family, I am happily back to writing; working on the outline of Book Three: The Black Tortoise.  Having a couple weeks (total) off from teaching has given me the opportunity to go for…

  • Enter to Win My Book

    Hi Friends, Want to win my latest book that is perfect for the 7 – 9 year old in your life? It is full of adventure, geography and history. Enter for a chance to win “The Jade Serpent.” Simply click on this link to be entered into the drawing! AMAZON Giveaway! Happy Reading Everyone!