Stirring the Imagination

As a writer, I am always trying to stir my imagination so the good stuff comes to the top. One simple way to do this is by connecting with my inner child. Children’s books can be a great escape and a fantastic way to rejuvenate a weary, stressed out adult-mind. C. S. Lewis said:

“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.”

One of the first books that stirred my imagination was McElligot’s Pool by Dr. Seuss. I can still remember how that book awakened my creativity with its fantastic imaginary fish. I checked it out from my library countless times. I own it now, and still am awed by the pure imagination painted upon each page. It’s magical.

There are so many great children’s books. I love the funny rhyming poems of Jack Prelutzky and Shel Silverstein. Continue reading

Pumpkin Soup—It’s what cool people eat!

P1010871I found out that January is NATIONAL SOUP MONTH. Whoohoo! I like soups. If you’ve read my bio in ABOUT, you know that Pumpkin Soup’s my favorite!

I first found this recipe for a Halloween dinner a few years ago, and thought it sounded weird…but fun! I tweaked a few ingredients after making it the first time…and now it’s one of my family’s favorites (definitely mine—I could eat this stuff every day if my husband would let me). It’s a great one for fall (or all year long if you’re like me).

So in honor of National Soup Month, here’s the recipe for you to try (if you like pumpkin and if you like bacon…that’s very important) Continue reading