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Barefoot Books Black Friday Sale – 2009!

Posted by Talula on November 25, 2009

BAREFOOT BOOKS BLACK FRIDAY SALE FOR 2009 STARTS 4PM TODAY!

 VALID  THROUGH MONDAY NOV. 30TH. 

AND WITH YOUR $35.00 PURCHASE , YOU WILL ALSO RECEIVE FREE SHIPPING!

FIND PIRATES, PRINCESSES, KNIGHTS & FAIRIES!

SHARE BEDTIME STORIES OF BEARS, BUNNIES, & FARM ANIMALS!

HELP YOUR CHILD DO THEIR HOLIDAY READING HOMEWORK WITH OUR ILLUSTRATED CHAPTER BOOKS!

LISTEN TO STORIES ON CD’S ON THE WAY TO GRANDMA’S HOUSE FOR CHRISTMAS! 

AND BEST OF ALL >>> HAVE A WARM AND WONDERFUL BAREFOOT CHRISTMAS!

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HIP HIP HOORAY! POSSUM’S HEART SURGERY WAS A SUCCESS!

Posted by Talula on September 18, 2009

"Possum" & Mommy Possum

"Possum" & Mommy Possum

JUST SAW THE TWEET (SENT 17 HOURS AGO IN AUSTRALIA)– POSSUM SHOULD BE SAFE AT HOME BY NOW WITH HIS MOMMY (children’s author – Karen Collum), DADDY, AND TWIN LITTLE BROTHERS! aFTER 4 DAYS IN THE HOSPITAL – HIS MOM’S TWEET SAYS IT MUST BE WORLD RECORD FOR SHORTEST STAY AFTER SUCH AN EXTENSIVE OPEN HEART SURGERY. THANKS FOR ALL THE WORLD-WIDE PRAYERS FOR THIS LITTLE GUY! Talula

WHEN HE IS FINALLY RECOVERED — WATCH FOR HIS SPECIAL BOOK THAT MOM (KAREN COLLUM) WROTE CALLED “POSSUM’S HEART” (its working title).

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Yes! We still carry the beautiful Red Chinese Dragon puppet!

Posted by Talula on July 24, 2009

Red Dragon Puppet $19.99

Red Dragon Puppet $19.99

 

THIS POST IS FOR THOSE FOLKS WHO COME BY AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK LOOKING FOR OUR GORGEOUS RED CHINESE DRAGON PUPPET!

This beautiful red shimmery puppet is 20″ long with gold highlights, soft fabric teeth, and moveable eyes, tongue, and front legs! Teachers can use it with Barefoot’s Asian-inspired stories like Stories from the Silk Road, The Great Race, Motherbridge of LoveWe’re Riding on a Caravan and  our newest title – Lin Yi’s Lantern ~ A Moon Festival Tale to do a unit on Chinese culture.  

YOU CAN STILL FIND IT* BY CLICKING ON “BAREFOOT BOOKS” OVER IN THE BLOGROLL!

Then Click “shop”  in the header of the landing page and then in left column – under “BY SUBJECT”,   go down to “Puppets, puzzles & more” and click to see all puppets. It is listed as “Red Dragon Puppet” and is listed at $19.99.

*Note: It is currently out of stock, but should be back in the warehouse shortly!

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Families of Children with Heart Problems, Please Read About “Possum’s Heart!”

Posted by Talula on July 5, 2009

 

Read "Possum's Heart" by Karen Collum below.

Read "Possum's Heart" by Karen Collum below.

 

 

This post is NOT one of my normal children’s book-spouting posts…

As you will see if you continue reading, there IS A CHILDREN’S BOOK INVOLVED ; but it is a very special book being written as we speak for a very special little almost-4 year old boy! 

His mom (Karen Collum) is a wonderful blogger friend of mine and I am proud to know her. It also happens that she is a published children’s author, with many more books in the works over the last few months. In recent weeks; she felt she might be writing ‘Too Much’ and decided to slow down and spend a lot more time “in-the-moment” with her 1 year old twins and her almost 4 year old son she calls “Possum” in her blog.

Who among us parents hasn’t felt the tug of missing time with our little ones during our busy, everyday modern lives? How many of us really listen to that little voice in our heads and do something about it to change our schedules; and actually create more time for just “being” with precious babies before they grow too big for us to cuddle?

Well, Karen did! (Thanks to the ‘voices’ in the universe, God and whoever else you listen to!)

And this is what Karen observed. Her little man ran, jumped and played everyday – but not quite as much as he had a month or two ago.  Several bouts of normal type illness occurred through the last few weeks, each running its course through the whole family. And Karen noticed that her “Possum” didn’t bounce back quite as well as the other members of the family. So she began to worry, as mothers tend to do; and called to make an appoinment with the local doctor. The doctor heard a little murmor in his chest, said it was probably just a symptom hanging around from the virus, and planned another visit to check him out again in a week. The noise was still there; so as doctors do; referred her to a Specialist. Problem was; the soonest visit to be scheduled was for 3-4 months down the road. This was unsettling to the mother. So she prayed for God to intervene in the timing, if he thought “Possum” really needed it.

Read Karen Collum’s  own story here about what happened after that in a very small town in Australia! And you will get the extra bonus of reading her unfinished new book “Possum’s Heart”.

Now “Possum” is scheduled for heart surgery in a few weeks, and true to form for a children’s writer; Karen is writing his story into a book to make it easier for him to deal with the fears and worry that a little guy has when faced with a hospital visit and a major operation. Now this amazing woman who was a ‘childminder’  and ‘Positive Parenting’ teacher in her life before babies;  has embarked on a book  (written almost overnite) to help her own son (and if published later, in the future – many other children) – overcome their  worries when facing major heart surgery.  She has just found an illustrator to put together a few drawings to make it a ‘Real’ book for “Possum” in time for his surgery. 

Plus,  she has contacted the organization for families of children with heart disease  in Australia called;

HEART KIDS (www.heartkids.org.au) to find some more information and correspond with other families dealing with the same type of situation. Maybe by posting this information here in this blog, I can help bring more families a link to more support and information.  

And for those familes facing the same thing at home in the U.S. here is a link to my local children’s hospital Texas Childrens Hospital (renowned around the world for its Pediatric Medicine and support of families).  Families here might find the following pages of use:

Texas Children’s Pediatric Hospital Resources:

Parent Connect

Parent Advice Line

Downloadable pdf of Safety Info to Post On Your Refrigerator   

KAREN ~ I AM PROUD TO CALL YOU MY FRIEND AND “RENAISSANCE WOMAN #2”.

BLESS YOU AND “POSSUM” AND YOUR WHOLE FAMILY!

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Post #2 of “My Confession” to become a published children’s writer

Posted by Talula on April 27, 2009

My Desert Inspiritation

My Desert Inspiritation

 

Part #2 of my plan to become a published writer in the children’s genre.  Part #1 was finally admitting in print that it was my dream to be a writer. (See  march 15, 2009 post on ‘ a little confession’  or ‘following a dream’ in the tags)

Still reading, organizing, and sorting in my office/studio. I don’t really know if anybody is listening (or reading as the case may be); to catch my venture on the road to becoming a children’s book author.  But just in case someone is; here is my second post on my progress.

I have joined a writers group in an online ‘clubhouse’ which is a new site from Write4Kids. I am searching out all my notebooks with half-formed stories, and trying to collect all of them in one place. I am sure that many will be different angles of the same theme; and once I have had a chance to sort them – I will probably have at least 50 ‘starts’ to begin a few really good ones from.  So a lack of material is not an issue, finding it and polishing it is!

At this point; I have to paint a picture of what I have to do while accomplishing that ‘collection’ of story starts! To be brutally honest; I have been beginning stories, or at least writing down the main ideas of stories since I was about 9 or ten years old. Before that I would tell outlandish ‘fairytales’ made up by me; to the very thin air – sitting in a swing or in my favorite perch – the limb of a young chinaberry tree in my yard. My brother & uncle would tease me un-mercifully much of the time – so that was my escape from reality. Funny; now that I am thinking back – I also sang songs in made up languages to my dolls or to imagined babies, as I swung in my seat in the wooden swing with my arms wrapped around the chains and looking down at the ground. I sang them quietly, as one might sing to a baby, and often in a lullabye kind of sing-song.  Perhaps in  a modern psychological viewpoint – I was singing to my inner little girl; or perhaps in a spiritual viewpoint – I was singing in a language from a previous life to a baby from another time & place. Well it is time to move from imagining to action.

Back to the present for now. In order for me to find all those half-written stories, I had to begin the herculean task of cleaning out my office. Moving furniture has always been my first step to spring-cleaning, sort of a ‘biggest task first’ thing I guess.  So to that end – I am completely rearranging the whole 20′ x 20′ room; to make it much more functional for researching, planning & working on several different  projects at once. 

Here is the PLAN!  A little more than half the space available is to be my office space (about 200 sq ft).  About 1/4  is for my sewing & craft area.  And the last fourth is for the twin bed & a nitestand with a rocker/recliner for reading which is to be my grandchildren’s guest bed area.  They LOVE being in the middle of Granny’s craft materials, digging around in there even when I would rather they not sometimes – because then I can’t get them out to take a nap, a bath or eat their dinner, until they have finished searching for treasure! :()  So I decided to include them in the planned space, then maybe I can take back some control in how & when they use it.

It is a great sized big room for separating into functional spaces. I have a LOT of furniture in there – but now it will all serve new purposes for at least one of those new functional areas, with some pieces serving two purposes.  A large dresser with a tri-mirror will house all my craft supplies and some sewing items. The mirror will help to reflect light onto the table & chair area right in front of the dresser  for sewing or crafting.  An upright 5-drawer chest is now the main sewing items repository.  They flank a wide but shallow closet where I have stashed my Barefoot Books business equip & materials, plus my camping gear.

The office section is going to really be expanded from what it was previously (was about a third). I am going to bring the main desk into almost the center of the room to take advantage of the great light from the wide east window,  with the north window becoming the backdrop for my file cabinets and two tall towers with a light bridge surrounding the file cabinets. That used to be with a queen-size headboard (which I have now re-purposed to be a side bar behind the twin bed for books and a nightlight for the babies), it has a great pull-down for a little table height space for their snacks and drawing on. Then of course my computer desks (I have two) will set on the east wall  beside the window ( big computer desk – to block the glare from the main window ) and small one in the NE corner respectively. The small one will probably be changed to be a printers space, once I have dumped some stuff from my old compter to the new one. then of course I have one tall bookcase ( today I emptied, moved it into the new spot  and re-filled it with more appropriate child development, business, and writing parapheniela [sp?] volumes).  This should make a very large l-shaped production area for the business of writing, with the best use of  natural light in the room.  I have a couple of more pieces which will serve for office supplies and more files. Then I have a large tall entertainment center, which I haven’t decided what to use it for – at least for now – since I took the tv to my bedroom when we hooked up another dish antenna for movies.  I think I’ll just let it simmer for now.

As soon as everything is in place — then I will tackle 2 more phases.

1) Re-painting the room for the display of all my Native American collection of art pieces.

2) Sorting & organizing all the papers (30 years of teaching materials, cookbooks, craft books and collecting stuff from my now-grown children’s lives)

Will report later — major storm is crackling all around me!

I’m BACK! Last night’s storm was loud and messy; caused several electrical & cable outages – none of which lasted very long.  The lightning show went on for about 5  hours. So I didn’t try to bring the computer back up till this morning, although more thunder storms are forecast for later today and it is very overcast right now.  Just saying cause I might have to jump of the air again. Methinks lightening and computers don’t mix very well –   how about you?

Back to the plan! PHASE 2 – Painting the room – will be done to surround me with soothing colors to accent my collection of Native American art pieces.  My native pieces are my creative inspiration and I have never really displayed more than a piece or two at a time. It is going to give me great pleasure glance around my office and see the beauty of my ancestors for dancing with my muse. And since i have such a strong spiritual connection to both my Native American and Irish ancestry ~ I expect they (all of them) will feel totally welcome to visit, and of course give me advice; as usual.    I haven’t totally settled on a color yet – but I will be letting that simmer, also as I finish setting up the room.  My color pallet wiil have to include the existing carpet (a burnt orange/desert sand mix) the furniture is a cream white-wash finish.  Before i started on the room – I had thought to use a pale nature’s misty green – but now I am leaning to a pale turqoise or the same color as the furniture (to just let the furniture secede into the background) and let the art work speak more clearly. Many of the pieces have a strong balance of turquoise in them, some just a touch of it.  

PHASE 3 ~ sorting, organizing, and dispensing of my papers. This is no week-ends work! I could probably fill a dump truck with all the papers I have in there. Left overs from classrooms I have taught in, conferences I have attended, workshops I ran for teachers, research for parents on their child’s issues, games I have created for classrooms, craft books for classrooms and many I still use for my grandchildren,   half-finished sewing projects & materials, drawings my children did, report cards from their school days, photos of children in my classes & of my children and grandchildren (I will be hanging many of those)…but I think you now can picture it quite well!!!! My plan is to sort last, since I can do a small box at a time while watching a movie, etc. ,  once it is down to what I cant just throw out.

OK – I guess that is enough stalling for today – I’d better go make some of the above happen!

Funny little note here; I was clicking categories to tag this post and I saw “Teacher’s Gifts” – and I thought about what all I have stored in those papers & books — It really is a “‘Teacher’s Gift”  that is in all those papers — my gift of knowledge to thousands of children over the years! That makes me smile, although it may make it harder to part with some of it. Alas; it must be done to move into the next part of my life – becoming a writer!

Watch for the next report soon; as i will have to take a break from all the dust & sneezing! Ta – Ta from Talula.

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National (U.S.) Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions Feb. 5, 2009 is resounding success!

Posted by Talula on January 30, 2009

National Teach-In 2009

NEW! Hot Off The Press! The National Teach-In happened in EVERY state in the U.S. and even a few locations in Canada and Mexico!!

Yay! That is Awesome Participation For the Youth of Our Nation! Now we have to grab our congressmen & women and make them HEAR OUR SHOUT!

To see the maps yourself; just click on the site link below and go to action maps.
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Has anyone called you an “advocate”, not an “educator” for global warming information? Then listen up and link up here!

This is an urgent last minute shout-out for all science teachers, and other folks that are interested in helping to educate the masses about everyday solutions on a scale of both huge and small ways to combat global warming. Join 600 (and growing) schools on the list to watch the webcast in your class or aduitorium and take an active interest in finding solutions to the climate crisis. Get the scientific facts here & start the discussion in your school!

It is not too late to participate in the National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions to be held on February 5, 2009!

National Teach-In <<< Link Here!

Go here to register your class, school, college, church or civic organization to watch the National Teach-In Broadcast on Feb. 5, 2009; and then download the “First 100 Days” webcast with David Orr, Hunter Lovins and Youth Climate leaders Billy Parrish & Wahela Johns!

Download a packet of info to publicise your event, invite state or local representatives, make a video of your discussion to post on YouTube and link it for the U.S. Congress to see what American youth are saying; or any one of many more ways to involve your community in the active state of doing ‘something’ about the issue of caring for our environment. You will find info on the site to all these and more; like read about partner groups (Green For All, Audubon Society, 1Sky, OXfam, Earth Day Network, National Wildlife Fund, Lewis & Clark College, Interfaith Power & Light, etc.), download posters, download curriculum for K-8/high school/ college/ university/ faith/ civic groups, join regular national/states calls (1-218-486-8700 password 020509) with Ed Markey to discuss initiatives and plan larger events and campaigns.

You can also see new books available on global warming like How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming by Gary & Lynne Cherry; or The Green Collar Economy

Check out new films like Everything’s Cool or Revolution Green.

Read about President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton’s beginning work for the environment in the first week of his presidency.
“To protect our climate and our collective security, we must call together a truly global coalition…My administration will not deny facts – we will be guided by them.” President Barack Obama January 26, 2009

More Info:
And teachers can find even more info to use on Stephen Leahy’s Environmental Journalist Blog over in my blogroll. He has some great stuff for teachers over there!

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