Fun Friday: From Rescue Dog to Reading Pal

Touching story of Brittany the 9/11 rescue dog who retires to life as a reading companion for children. I love the idea of taking children who are scared to read aloud and teaching them to read to dogs. They truly are great listeners.  Makes me want to train my own writing-buddy dog for the job.

If you could train your dog to do anything, what would it be?

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Fun Friday: Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Happy Halloween!

Here’s a little treat for your Halloween, a clip from my fav 90s kid’s show Are You Afraid of the Dark? Who says Nickelodeon never had edge? This under-rated gem featured big stars like Ryan Gosling, Neve Campbell and Jewel Staite before the were famous. Now you can find all the episodes on YouTube. This clip illustrates exactly why no one dares to go trick-or-treating anymore … unless they’re really brave.

Want More AyAOTD? fun? Check out these sites:

25 Future Stars Who Appeared on Are You Afraid of the Dark? via Mental Floss

Features a list of stars and clips from their respective Are You Afraid of the Dark? episodes

Tale of the 90’s Zingers via Movies & Mayhem

The best insults, pickup lines, and name-calling oddities from the show.

What’s your favorite Are You Afraid of the Dark episode? I know, there’s SO many to choose from.

Fun Friday: 10 Jobs For Wombats

It’s easy to mistake these funny-looking marsupials for giant squirrels on steroids. They even remind me of Rodents of Unusual Size—1 of the 3 terrors of the Fire Swamp from The Princess Bride. Not to worry. Apparently they’re taming the R.O.U.S.’s in Australia and giving them jobs. What has the world come to?

Would you give on of these furry guys a job or send them back to the Fire Swamp?


Next week is Halloween Week here on the blog. I’ll be posting about the weirdest fears ever. Come back … if you dare.

Fun Friday: Travelling Gnomes?

Apparently this is what UK gnomes do when their owners leave for work! Makes me want to book that trip to London right now. I have a feeling my garden gnome goes to Hobbiton in New Zealand without me. How rude!

If you were a travelling gnome, where would you go? Post your gnome’s travel pics and adventures here …

Kronk’s Shoulder Angel: Funny Take on Angel Theology

TGIF! Here’s a Fun Friday clip for you. Enjoy . . .

I’ve been asked to talk about angels in young adult literature at the Maranatha Book Fest this weekend. (My first author event! Can you stand it? 🙂 ) Funny that one of the first images that popped into my mind was Kronk’s dilemma with his shoulder angel.

Do you think I can work this Disney take on angels into my presentation?

Because it’s media like this that has shaped our angel theology, right? Of course, it takes a lot more than a character like Kronk to influence our ideas about angels. But it’s a great image to get kids thinking about those winged messengers that save our bacon. (According to my new Tweep, Janice C. Johnson)

What images come to mind when you think about angels?
I’d love to hear from you.