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Isolation Shorts
for Book Clubs and Book Study Groups


I am proud to announce that the Isolation Shorts  book study boxes are ready to go. Each box include a book, journal, study guide, duplicatable handouts and pencil holder with all the goodies that you need for delving into Isolation Shorts. There are even a few fun surprises to help you and your group through your journey of reflection, response, and prayer.

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Isolation Shorts

2020 Arrives and then...

What can a person do when suddenly all plans are cancelled, all trips are cancelled, restaurants, schools, stores, and even churches are closed?  Weird sociological stuff, like toilet paper shortages and mask conflicts arise because we need to keep our distance and not spread germs.

2020 came in with a bang and just never let up. Even worse, we could not meet with others to process this year. Suddenly we all found ourselves with lots of time and nothing to do. Isolation Shorts is a book of short readings that observe our world and try to process the events, emotions, and reflect on life, the state of the soul, and how to improve our world when stuck in the house.


During isolation, I found myself journaling the events and my responses, reading the Bible, and reflecting on my life, actions, and beliefs through the lens of the Bible teachings.  I was reading Forward Day by Day and different Guidepost books, and their use of bible verse and devotional reading for thought inspired the idea to write a short piece, go to the Bible and other spiritual books for guidance, then use a verse to introduce the reaction reading, and follow it with a "well now that you know this, what are you going to do about it?" type of thing. 

When I taught, I realized that the most powerful teaching or staff development created a dissonance, reflection, and change. In Isolation Shorts, this became Reflection and Response followed by a prayer for moving forward. The readings may inspire, anger, but mostly they bring us together through recognizing how we can help one another get through this stuff. We may feel alone, but we are not.

Feel free to check out some of the Shorts on my blog, and if you would like a signed copy of the book, click here.


What Time Is It?

Part 1 of 3

Suzy Mallard is the first to own a fancy new Feeder Finder, boosting her status among the backyard critters. With Suzy's leadership and direction, most of the critters use their own FeederFinders to find their food and be alerted when nearby predators, RC Hawk, Cooper Hawk, and Smiley Gator, enter their area. Parents rest easy knowing that these great devices provide a helpful tool for teaching as it keeps an eye on their children. Life in the backyard seems so much easier and filled with conveniences. 


Yet, what happens to those, like their beloved teacher, Mr. Jay, who do not trust the new devices and prefer the old ways of living? How will the critters respond when some of them disappear? Will the critters be able to keep their community together, or will some be

forced to leave?

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"I love Selvyn! He is just like me. He can do great things and finds ways to get what he wants. I love how he keeps trying, no matter what.

Go Selvyn!"

Selvyn  Rings the Bell
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Selvyn wants that food in the feeder, but whenever he tries to get to it, he is stopped by a giant bell, which rings loudly, announcing his failure to the world. Tommy Titmouse doesn’t make it any better with his teasing. What is a squirrel to do?
Nancy Nason Guss creates worlds where she wants to live, where all characters are good, find happy solutions to their problems, and live together in harmony. In her world, there is always a happy ending. Selvin Squirrel perseveres, and with the help of his mother and sister, he learns a valuable lesson.
Selvin Rings the Bell is one of the Backyard Tales stories. Backyard Tales is a series of simple, straightforward stories that help grownups and children connect to creation and each other when they read the stories and then venture outside to meet the “characters” for themselves. Spending special times with loved ones becomes a way to create everlasting memories and record them in these little books.

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Lady Lily helps Curt the Crow through a very tough day. Meet two Backyard Tales characters who are so different and find ways to understand each other and get along. They also make the world a better place. Available now in paperback or ebook on

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I received a lot of interesting feedback from my post on inhalers. It seems that many are interested, but they do not have the essential oils or inhalers on hand and do not want to invest in materials needed to create them until they actually try them. That makes sense; they are not cheap.  One friend asked me if I would make them for her to purchase.  They are now on my marketing page for purchase.  Be sure to let me know if you have allergies (especially to citrus) in the comment box, and feel free to share which type of inhaler you want. 

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