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Barney & Lexi’s visit with Bridgeport Grade School will be posted after 3/28! Click to view.

My visit to Bridgeport Grade School will be posted on late evening on Tuesday (tomorrow) the 28th. I hope everyone will be able to watch the segment and share it out! It was a great time and I know it will be a great story!

Have a great Monday afternoon!!


Barney & Lexi And The Greatest Week!

It started on Wednesday afternoon, I went into work and was told that our normal routine would be put on hold to go to the football field and clean some rooms at those buildings. When that work was finished, it was my lunch time and when I returned to begin my normal, nightly work, it was 7 p.m.

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This meant that instead of beginning at 2:30 p.m. and having eight full hours to work, I was beginning at 7 p.m. and had only three and a half hours before my shift ended. I began working and for some time, felt that I would have to stay late in order to complete my classrooms as normal. As I cleaned, I began to think about the following day and traveling to Mt. Carmel, Illinois to visit with the students of South Elementary School. With much to do, a late night at work was not an option!

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As I worked I began to think about what I needed to have an amazing day on Thursday and the answer I had for myself was to finish my work in full so that I did not go into the next day with work unfinished from the day before. Now, at first, I thought there was no way to do all of this work by 10:30 p.m. and go home. There was just to much. Then, as I was listening to my man, Eric Thomas on my cell phone, I decided that I wanted my success at South Elementary to be huge and wanted a positive foundation to start from.

What did that mean? It meant I was going to push myself as hard as I could make it happen for the sake of my own success!


I put my head down and took off. I cleaned, vacuumed and moved from room to room. All I thought of was the kids I would meet and the fun we would have. When I through the last trash bag into the dumpster, I looked down at my phone to see that I had not only completed my work but did it not by 10:30 p.m., but by 10:12 p.m.! I was exhausted but my time doing what I loved had pushed me to the limit to what I had to do.

I felt great about that and carried that momentum into Thursday and created the most amazing presentation I have had yet! The kids and teachers at South Elementary in Mt. Carmel, Illinois were so wonderful! I went through my presentations and every one fell in love with Barney & Lexi!! In fact, one class clapped and yelled when I showed them my print outs of five of my books. They could have cared less if there were pictures in those 1,000 pages, they wanted to read it right there! We laughed and had such a super time!

I finished with my last class when I was surprised by all of the students and their teachers together. The students had made a huge thank you card and signed all of their names inside!! As I opened the card, a Visa gift card fell out. I literally did not know what to say but as I looked to the teachers, they told me that my presentation was wonderful and that I had earned it.

Two wonderful students walked me down to the library where I had 40 copies of BARNEY & LEXI: LOST IN LAWRENCEVILLE were waiting on me to sign for the kids. I sat down in the cozy library and began to sign books to the kids. Near the end, one Ms. Holden, one of the teachers, came in with a large handful of self-made ‘thank you’ cards! There were so many that I had to use an empty box to carry them all to my Jimmy!! I left South Elementary knowing I loved what I had done and want to do nothing else!!

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I left South, drove the miles back home, changed my clothes and then drove to work where I had five hours to do my eight hour job. With a big day to follow again, I knuckled down and pushed myself to being done at 10:30 p.m. and heading home.

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Friday came and I was up at 5:30 prepare for a large event at Bridgeport Grade School (BGS) where Ethan and Rylen attend. Close to 200 students, newspapers and a news crew from a larger upstate Indiana t.v. station where there to record our presentation. With my Lynden helping me run Facebook Live, we put on a knockout presentation. The Mike and Bruce with NBC WTWO/ABC WAWV followed Lynden and I back to 1 Imaginary Fox where we ran some film roll and secondary questions before wrapping up the feature.

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A late lunch for me and Lynden before I headed to work and finish the work week out. My third short night, but things got done and I returned home for the weekend. What a wonderful week for 400 students, Barney & Lexi and myself! Mike and Bruce interviewed Ethan and two girls for t.v. and also Ethan’s teacher Mrs. Earnst. Lynden got to see his dad going after what he wanted and I pushed my comfort zone farther than ever before! I wish everyone a great weekend and stay hungry!!

You Peek Under Your Lid

What a wonderful weekend!

Saturday night, I took Lynden, Ethan & Rylen to the high school I work at and we watched the play: Seussical The Musical. For Ethan and Rylen, it was their first time seeing a play, and they loved it!


Lynden did not want a Cat In The Hat hat but Ethan and Rylen sure did, so I got them both a hat and we went into the auditorium. All three were excited and as the lights dimmed, the magic filled the air!


The play lasted for almost an hour an forty-five minutes and when it was over, my children and I were very excited that we got to see it. All the way home, my Jimmy was filled with sounds of Dr. Seuss music!


As for today, it began with an awesome breakfast, French toast, bacon, hash brown, cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs, sausage links and toast. Yes, it was good! It was then a morning of Ethan, Rylen and me on the living room floor building Batman Lego sets for several hours. When finished, we had a combine, tractor and bat helicopter. Then, it was time for my three sons to return to their mom and I picked up before getting into the next page of The Boondock Kids.


On tonights page, Mario, Louis, Cindy and Cristena stand in the main entrance of Rascone’s home where a coat rank hangs, a large chest sits below that and a large broom sits in the corner by the door. They are all invited into the living area where a warm fire crackles and a short, round table sits with fur rugs covering the floor around it.

Rascone ushers The Boondock Kids and Kelmare to the short, round table and then enters his kitchen in an attempt to prepare them all a meal. The kids notice that from their view, many copper pots and pans hang from what looks like a tree limb with branches holding up the cookware.

He returned to the living area and placed six wooden bowls with lids on the table before returning to get something to help everyone wash down their meal with. Mario, Louis, Sindy & Cristena were silent but each woried about what was under the lids of their bowls. Would it be ok or would it be horrible? Cristena nodded her head at Sindy, who quickly nodded her head to declare that she was, in no way, peeking under her lid. Sindy then looked to Mario and Louis, who neither wanted to either. Mario quickly nodded his which left Louis all by himself.

Mario, Sindy and Cristena held their breath as Louis reluctantly peeked under his lid. Then, his face went blank, leaving his friends confused. As a bang and clang came from the kitchen, Louis showed the bowl to the others and that it was, in fact empty. Mario, Sindy and Cristena raised their lids and found that there was nothing in their bowls as well. They quicly laid their lids down as Kelmare returned with six wooden mugs for them to drink from.

And with that, page 136 of The Boondock Kids is written. A wish goes out for everybody to have a wonderful Monday. May positive things find you!

Risk & Reward

Life is about choices, whatever choice you make determines what path your will steer your life down. For me, I chose a path that involves risk, and for me, a good amount of it.


Barney with 100 copies!

I have very much wanted to bring Barney & Lexi to Bridgeport Grade School and let the entire school meet them. To do this, I met with the school and life presented me with options: 1.) Take a chance (a risk) and work hard to reach the outcome I desired or 2.) Say I can’t do it and let the moment slip away, always regretting it.

Well, I want to succeed so it was #1 that I chose. Now that #1 meant making sure that I had enough books for every student I would be speaking with, that means a total of 1st, 2nd, & 3rd near 200 students and 200 copies of BARNEY & LEXI: LOST IN LAWRENCEVILLE. At $7.00 a book, you can see the risk I had decided to take.


Lexi with 100 copies!

I think of an old saying, “If you want to take the island, you have to burn the boats.”

I got out my credit card and declared my success to the world. Sitting at my feet are 200 copies of BARNEY & LEXI: LOST IN LAWRENCEVILLE. So, time for positive affirmation! I can make a logical guess, based on other school visits I have done, that I will sign 50% of them for some amazing young readers. That will leave me with 100 copies.

Ok, there are libraries everywhere that I know will let me do a signing for free, sell some then, cut that number down. Just like libraries, grade schools are coming up and the remaining copies will be snatched up, thus showing the reward of hard work. 200 young readers are getting to know Barney & Lexi, staying creative and know that it is alright to be imaginative as an adult!

Upon making this decision, a news station from upstate Indiana contacted me and asked to do a feature on Barney & Lexi. Because I chose to take a risk, I am going to a school that I have always wanted to present to, a large news station will be their, a newspaper will be there and it will be Facebook Live!

Remember, some of the hardest climbs lead to the best views, the longest walks lead to the best destinations and you can always take a risk and succeed or learn, but never do you have to fail!