Current Books

On Being Great Again

He was a medical doctor in the South Pacific during World War II. He had a camera, he had the chemicals, and he told his story with the photographs he produced. The soldier/surgeon came home; he delivered baby boomers and raised his own extended family in a postwar world. As part of his extended family, I grew up happy, safe, and instilled with compassion and a can-do attitude.

Santa and the Cotton Tree

It's Christmas Eve day, 1963, in Yardley, Pennsylvania. Eight-year-old Becky Chalmers leads her three younger siblings on a journey to introduce baby Susie to Santa. At home, her father is creating a magical cotton tree, and her mother is preparing for the Christmas Day celebration. The story takes the reader back to a simpler time when a child's freedom to explore the world was almost unlimited. Travel with the Chalmers kids to "Santa's House" and wake up with the whole family together for a magical Christmas.

This was Their Time

They were American families of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. They settled in Bristol, Pennsylvania, seeking a better life. Times were sometimes prosperous, sometimes not. They lived with the same issues we do in the twenty-first century-immigration, substance abuse, and the emerging role of women in society. Take a look back and enjoy the characters:
Sallie-daughter, wife, and mother; a seamstress.
William-her husband, inspector of garbage collection.
Robert and Nathan-Civil War veterans.
And
Bessie-a rascal of sorts.
This was their time.

The Sparkling Adventures of Becky and Friends


Introducing me, Becky Chalmers. I am eight years old and I live on Cadwallader Court in Yardley, Pennsylvania. It’s the 1960s. Jimmy, Billy, Sharon and I, and a few other friends, travel around Yardley having adventures. We don’t always do the right thing and sometimes we do the exactly wrong thing, but we have some great fun. The Sparkling Adventures of Becky and Friends is the second book in a series. The first, Santa and the Cotton Tree is a 2020 Royal Dragonfly Award winner.

Boys and Girls, Dimples and Curls

The Baker and his wife have four baby girls.  They love their baby girls, but they dream of having a baby boy to become the next Baker.  The town wizard helps the Baker and his wife with their dream.

Senecca Starstopper can Fly

Senecca Starstopper is learning to writer her name.  Her name is long and difficult to write.  Bryson Bittlebear has a solution and the whole class learns about the constellations.

Goats And Ginger Ale Floats

Goats and Ginger Ale Floats is a sequel to Santa and the Cotton Tree and The Sparkling Adventures of Becky and Friends.  Becky Chalmers, sister-friend Sharon, twin brothers, Jimmy and Billy, and David, a friend-who’s-a-boy are growing up in Yardley, Pennsylvania.  Each chapter tells a new story.  Becky’s Daddy rescues her, she meets a local war hero and performs in a dance recital.  Becky turns Sunday School into mayhem, she has her first friendship-date and gets her brother out of a sticky situation.  Humor abounds.  Becky’s message is about growing up—something very hard to measure.  Beautifully illustrated these timeless adventures take place in the 1960s.