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I can’t say enough about how wonderful 2018 is and will be! This is the year that I continue the journey towards achieving my goals and making my dreams a reality!

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It snowed here on Friday, enough that they closed the local schools and I spent the afternoon with my sons in the backyard. We made snow angels, threw snowballs and drank hot chocolate as we warmed up! I may be finding my was to success but it means nothing if I am not making positive memories with my children who are my why!

After my sons went back home, which is just next door as I rent a home to their mother and step-father. I love being so close to my kids and thank my God for allowing such an opportunity to be here. Anyhow, after they walked home, I found myself online when I came across a question from my friend Boyd, a biohacker extraordinaire, who ask for all of his friends to post a song that fit their moods right then.

I had been pumped for 2018 and began thinking of a movie that I had not seen in some time. An eighties movie called ‘The Secret of My Success’ staring Micheal J. Fox. That soundtrack has a song performed by Pat Benetar called, ‘Sometimes The Good Guys Finish First’. I had to post that song!

Thank got me to really thinking about what I still feared and the desire to take those head on! We have but one life and I am a successful author and speaker, now it is time to go out there and get what is mine!

I woke up and went in on this Martin Luther King day (my personal thank you to Dr. King for having his own dream and going after it), and went into work at the high school and helped clear snow off the walkways. I was blessed to use a snow blower but found myself getting quite cold after four hours. I watched as the snow came out and thought to myself, ‘There is more and I am going to get it!’

Now, with school being out tomorrow also due to the weather, I will be returning to work in the morning to do a bit more before moving inside for a short time. It will be a short day but enough to inspire me to work even harder to make each day my own! Before I go, I want to wish you a safe and warm rest of the week. If your reading this and have a school I can come and speak at, LET ME KNOW! We’ll make something happen! Have a great day ahead everyone!!

P.S. I got back into The Boondock Kids today and completed pages seventy-three and seventy-four!

This week I was honored to be a part of ‘Inspired By JimmyL’ again; this time for the new series segment, ‘Positivity Chat’. This was a great time and I now have an amazing friend in host, Jimmy Warr-Mize. I encourage you to like his Facebook and Instagram sites! Jimmy is really helping others!

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I want to begin by wishing you a save and happy new year! My hope for you is nothing less than the magnificent life you have waiting for you!

It has been a long time coming for this moment. Once an idea in my head for a couple of years, now to the point that I am able to reveal the cover for my new book: WHEN THE STORM RUNS OUT OF RAIN!

This cover comes with the help of my good friend, Dr. Gage Caudell, not only a surgeon but a successful photographer who blessed me with the image seen above! This photo captures the very heart of this book and I am blessed to have him so graciously allow this cover to be here now!

I want to thank my son, Lynden for so much positive support through the writing of this book. My mentor and good friend, Dr. Coyte Cooper, for coaching me through some crazy moments and writing two books himself (Impressions, Make Your Mark) and being a guide for what a book should say. My new friend, Nicole Zeien-Cox, author of Foster To Fosters, for being the straw that broke the back of this camel and set the pace for a crazy 30 days of writing!

This book is now in editing and then to interior layout. It is scheduled for a 2018 publication date.

It is my wish for everyone who reads this book that they find the power, belief and will to make every goal they set a reality and know that sometimes a setback is the beginning of a comeback!

More posts will follow as time draws near publication. Wishing everyone a wonderful 2018!!!!

Tuesday and Wednesday have been awesome!

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On Tuesday, I traveled back to N.I.C.E (North Intermediate Center of Education) and held a book signing for the students I had the privilege of meeting back in Feburary. I promised the kids that I would return and they were super excited to see me and I was so happy to reconnect with them as well!

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As we began, the kids loved seeing the new posters of Barney & Lexi that were made after my last visit. We talked about how I really wished they had been made before our visit but that I wanted them to see both of the posters now and they thought they looked ‘very cool’!

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The local paper stopped by and the incredibly kind reporter spoke with me and the kids! She was unable to stay for too long, turns out that she was not just the reporter but also the managing editor and handled almost the entire newspaper on her own. Talk about a staying busy! I love watching the children light up when they see a t.v. crew or a newspaper coming to their school. They take a great deal of pride in their schools and love to know that they are very much important too!

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In my last visit to N.I.C.E., there was a young lady named Jersey, who was in the last 4th grade class that I spoke to that week. Jersey loved the presentation so much that she watched me leave the school before returning to her class, that touched me and made a memory that I will never forget! Before I left, Jersey had asked if we could do a selfie together and because there was no more time to do one with the entire class, we could not make that happen. On this day though, this young lady got that selfie and I will be printing a picture, buying a frame and mailing it to her at the school! What a great girl she is!

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Wednesday arrived and it was off to Indiana for a memorable school visit with Barney & Lexi! I returned to Riley Elementary School for the first time in 33 years. The last time I was in the halls of the school was, as a student in the early 1980’s! I walked through the doors and was blown back to yesteryear, almost making me feel as though I was that young boy walking the halls again.

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Before I met the children, I went on stage, behind the closed curtain and captured the moment on video because I was about to step in the gym for the first time in 33 years and giving back to a school that gave to me! It was also special because my first teacher, Mrs. Battles was in the audience! Still teaching, she was at the beginning of her career when I was her student and now, she mentioned she was going one, or maybe two more years before retiring. Talk about coming full circle for us both! Mrs. Battles gave my creative imagination the foundation to grow into what it is today and I was proud to give something back to her.

I entered the gym and had an amazing time! The kids loved Barney & Lexi, we laughed and gave Mrs. Battles an thunderous applause for being an amazing teacher! The kids lined up afterwards and many snatched up a copy of Barney & Lexi and I enjoyed the smiles more than anything, it meant they were touched by our visit. Signing Mrs. Battles book was not only a reward but humbling to finally be able to thank someone who is part of what got me to this point as a children’s author!

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Before leaving, I gave the students their school banner from Barney & Lexi. The gym went insane over it and moved the principal as the kids presented it to her. All in all simply a rewarding and memorable two days!

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Back home today, I picked up a copy of my weekly column and working on some emails for bookstores and touching up some issues with bookmarks. I hope you have a wonderful day and that great things happen today!

What a weekend to start off with!

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It was an amazing Saturday afternoon and I very much, wanted to take Lynden, Ethan & Rylen to Terre Haute, Indiana and spend the afternoon getting caught up in The Terr Haute Children’s Museum. 3 stories of exploration, imagination and fun. What a time we had! They played in bubbles, climbed a 2 story tree house and got to see themselves on T.V. as news anchors, but the thing they loved the most was the water construction zone! This zone had a running water channel with different damns, fountains and falls. One section kept my children busy by having to put plumbing pipes together to help direct the flow of water. I think they played in this zone for over an hour! At the end of the day, we found an Italian gem, nestled within the city, Piloni’s Italian Restaurant! 100% handmade Italian pizza and pasta and highly recommended if your ever in the Terre Haute, Indiana area!

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With the weekend wrapped, I used my Sunday night to research bookmarks from other authors and as 1 a.m. approached, I had a hand drawn layout of the front and pack of what I will use to begin having my own. I decided on a size, paper, colors, information placement and design. Next it will be off to the printers for fabrication and then time to have on-hand for distribution!

Now, as I prepare to change for my evening job, I have word the Mt. Carmel, Illinois newspaper will be at N.I.C.E tomorrow for my visit with the students. I am returning to sign copies of BARNEY & LEXI: LOST IN LAWRENCEVILLE and wish all of these amazing kids a great summer vacation! I am pumped to have the paper excited to attend and help make this event awesome!

 

I wish you a wonderful afternoon as I go to punch that clock, earn that money and chase that goal!

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I’m pretty pumped! My surprise for next weeks visit to Riley Elementary is almost complete. Here is a sneak peek at a proof of the progress.

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It has been confirmed today that I will be returning to Mt. Carmel, Illinois next week to N.I.C.E and will be holding a book signing for the kids I met back in February. I am so looking forward to seeing those great kids again! I also got approved, today, to speak with the graduating class of Red Hill High School. I will be defeating a long-standing fear and rise to the next level next month. Now, to tie up some loose ends and turn in before midnight, rare. Have a great day ahead!

After the Easter egg hunt, my phone chymned in. I opened to find that the Liske Family from Kirkland, Washington sent a picture of three amazing, young readers who were gifted BARNEY & LEXI: LOST IN LAWRENCEVILLE for Easter! That is so awesome and the kids look just great, dressed for Easter. 

My thanks go out to Mr. & Mrs. Liske for gifting me with three smiling faces. This is why I love my work! 

Happy Easter everyone!

The flyer is finished for Riley Elementary. Tomorrow it gets delivered to hand out to all of the children. Super pumped! Have a great day everybody!

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