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Threads of Influence

Several years ago, I had a hobby of making decorative pens and key chains using thread. I used the same kind of thread used in making custom fishing rods. I would spin the body of the pen while tightly wrapping, weaving and overlapping the threads to produce colorful designs. It would take me 2-3 hours per pen or key chain to wrap it with thread, and then apply several coats of finish to hold and preserve the design.

My first year volunteering full time (2015) at an elementary school was with a class of 6th Grade students. At the end of the school year, I decided to make custom key chains with a design unique to each student. I presented the key chains to them as an elementary school “graduation” memento.

The teacher of this 6th Grade class had a favorite color, which was red. All her students knew this; it was hard to miss. Red was prominent in her classroom décor, wardrobe, car, bulletin board designs, etc. So, as I created each student’s unique key chain I wrapped in a few red threads, to pay homage to the influence this teacher had in their lives during that school year. If you zoom in to the picture you can see the details of each of 23 key chains with the red thread woven into each design.

Children are surrounded by adults who influence their lives in numerous ways. Parents, teachers, caregivers, friends, grandparents, and others, all contribute unique “threads” to the design and tapestry of a child's life. Through our words, actions, and presence, adults mold the values, beliefs, and behaviors that are wrapped and woven into a child's life. What color thread are you adding to a young person life right now?


"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." Ephesians 4:29


Title Revealed!

The title for Book #3 in the Dolph and Gwen adventure series is (drumroll)….

Four Lives Saved: The Coast Guard Adventures of Dolph and Gwen

I realize the title doesn’t reveal much about the story, however it is a true story with a major plot twist. My first two Children’s Books were based on stories I had previously shared in my memoir, To Seek and To Save, but this story has not been told.

Teaser Alert… animals are involved, but not bunnies this time.

The Illustrating process is progressing steadily. Barring unforeseen delays I’m anticipating a launch date of June 15th.

Here are a couple of preliminary story board sketches, from the Illustrator, to provide you a glimpse of what’s coming.


Upcoming Events

— Horizons Spring Vendor Fair, Lacey WA, April 27, 10 am – 4 pm

— Airshow, Olympic Museum of Flight, Olympia Airport, June 15-16, 9 am – 5 pm

— Coast Guard Day events, Port Angeles and Sequim, WA area, August 2-4 (TBA)

Visit the "Events" tab for details on these, and other, upcoming events:


Book Review and Recommendation

This story, revolving around Astra and her pilot, Captain Dan, captures the essence of perseverance, positivity, and embracing change. It weaves together whimsical storytelling with valuable life lessons.

One of the standout features of this book is its captivating illustrations, which vividly bring Astra's adventures to life on every page. The illustrations are not only aesthetically pleasing but also serve to enhance the narrative, making it an engaging story for young readers. Astra’s eyes convey her emotions throughout the story.

Astra, the loveable airplane, is a character with whom children can easily connect. Her journey, coupled with the resilience of Captain Dan, teaches valuable lessons about perseverance and the importance of staying positive in the face of adversity. Despite the challenges she faces, Astra remains steadfast and optimistic.

Through Astra's adventures, children not only embark on a delightful journey but also gain insight into aviation terminology and even some geography. These educational aspects, coupled with the engaging storyline, makes this a valuable resource for both the home and classroom. Additionally, the inclusion of a QR code linking to a tour of Astra by the real Captain Dan adds an interactive element that kids are sure to love.  

I highly recommended this book for families, and it would be a wonderful addition to elementary school libraries and classrooms.


As always, your book reviews on Amazon are greatly appreciated! The 1 year anniversary of the publishing of Into The Storm in May 9th. I’d love to see at least 100 reviews on Amazon by May 9th. If you and/or your kids like my stories please leave a review.

Thank you for your time and support!

You are appreciated!


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