Sharing the story

It’s difficult to fathom the tragedy of suicide, especially among youths. I was stunned to read that since last fall, suicide has claimed the lives of eight teenagers in northeast Ohio. Because Linda Shaw, illustrator for The Story of The Bear lives in that area, The Record-Courier newspaper in Kent, Ohio, published an article about The Story of The Bear. Here’s the link to the story.

Thank you

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Today, I dropped off copies of The Story of The Bear at The Raven Book Store in Lawrence, Kansas. Thank you to owner Danny Caine, whose bookshop is the inaugural store to carry this book.



Just a step


From the ups and downs we all experience, we know life isn’t as easy as it looks. In the sweet innocence of childhood, these girls show that a single step — or jump — might  bring out the unexpected smile.

Something beautiful


Today, the honeybees were busy sipping nectar from the flowers of an ironweed plant. This little bee’s abdomen and legs are speckled with pollen as he goes about his business. Each worker bee can visit thousands of flowers in a day and during its lifetime will produce one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey. The anything-but-simple wonders of nature never cease to amaze me.

A difficult conversation

A loved one’s suicide leaves family and friends with unanswered questions. After asking why and what did we miss, one of the biggest questions is, “How do we tell the kids?”

When my children’s grandfather took his own life, the last thing I wanted to do was tell them how Grampa died. But when a newspaper headlined the details, I knew I had no choice. I went to bed that night wondering how I would tell them, and The Story of The Bear came to me in the night.

It was a way for me to open the difficult conversation. After I told them the story, my then 7-year-old son said, “That was a good story, but it’s too bad the bear had to die.”

And then I told them the rest of the story.

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