Father’s Day

We all know that the way to a dad’s heart is through his tummy! That is true of my dad, and this Father’s Day will be no different. Some great places to check out some tasty recipes are: http://www.pillsburybaking.com and http://www.adashofsass.com. One of the most loved recipes in my house is Hershey’s Chewy Chocolate Cookies. Go to the grocery and pick up a bag of Hershey’s Peanut Butter Baking Chips. The recipe for these truly scrumptious cookies is on the back of the baking chips bag. You will not be sorry!

Besides giving great tips on what to gift your dad for Father’s Day, I wanted to share how my dad helped inspire me to be a reader. I believe it is important to know where an author is coming from and what makes them the author they are. One thing I hope to accomplish with this blog is to help readers understand the REAL me and where I came from.

What I love most about writing, and about books, is they take you places. They take you to unthinkable depths of the earth. They place you in someone else’s shoes and they bring to  life a whole different world outside of your own. Sounds like a crazy roller coaster (minus the stomach flips) and that’s why I love to read and write. But to really tell a story you must have a good narrative, and my dad is the best narrator. When I was little he read the whole series: The Chronicles of Narnia (by C.S. Lewis) out loud. Me and my brother would lay on the floor and listen to him read for hours. My dad has such a soothing voice, and such great inflection, that I felt like I was right there with Digory and Polly jumping into puddles with our green and yellow rings. As I grew up I would mimic that same inflection and now I can’t read anything without giving every comma, period, question mark, and exclamation point its proper salute.  There is something so grand about hearing someone read something the way it was written and the way the author intended it to be heard.

That is one reason why I love children’s literature. There is so much room for inflection within a children’s book, it makes them enjoyable to read (especially to a class of eager students.) Next time you pick up a book, really pay attention to the placement of the punctuation, and read it the way the author intended you to. You might get something out of the story that you would not have any other way.

As always Kisses XXXX to Dad’s on Father’s Day, and a big I LOVE YOU TONS  to my dad 🙂

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