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This is Puzzles Giraffe

People have often asked me about the little giraffe that sits on my bookshelf. He was a gift from my mother. I'd like you to meet, Puzzles Giraffe! In a way, he's sort of become my mascot. When I was a little, my mother used to tell me stories about Puzzles, about how...

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This is Lucy

She was my friend and next-door neighbor for many years. When I was 3 years old I can remember toddling over to her house, where she'd greet me with a smile and treats from her cupboard. Through the years I kept visiting Lucy. I would tell her my worries as well as my...

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Part 4: Starting Over

A few years later my brother said: “You’ve got to try again.” At the time he’d been having trouble sleeping and was watching online videos to help him fall asleep. He thought it would be nice if he could hear me reading aloud like I used to when he was younger, but on...

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Part 3: “The Next Mister Rogers?”

I'd only discovered Fred Rogers at 15, more than a decade later than most kids. When people asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up my standard answer was: "I'd like to make television programs for children and sing songs and read stories." The all too often...

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Part 2: “Let’s start a non-profit!”

I talked with a lot of different people about the idea of a fundraiser and soon it became clear what needed to be done. If we wanted to raise enough money to create the kind of project I had in mind, we would need to establish a non-profit organization. “How hard...

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Part 1: How it began

When I was 10 years-old, like many children, my parents got a divorce. In my family, this meant my mom had to go back to work after years of being a stay-at-home mom. We were poor. My brothers were only four and six at the time, and because we couldn't afford a...

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My first blog post

Writing has been important to me as far back as I can remember, and yet it never occurred to me to try and start something like a blog until recently. When I think about some of my favorite writers, if they were alive today, they would have probably, most definitely,...

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