Writer on a Horse
And a Dog

The world looks better from the back of a horse and the roads of life are easier with a good dog beside you.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Starred Review for Dear Wandering Wildebeest YEA for Irene

Kirkus Star

DEAR WANDERING WILDEBEEST

KIRKUS REVIEW


A poetic celebration of animal life found in the African grasslands.
Inspired by wildlife photographer Greg du Toit, who submerged himself in a Kenyan water hole to capture glimpses of the creatures gathering there, Latham and illustrator Wadham showcase the splendors of that world in this riveting picture-book tribute. Through spare lyric poems and brief but illuminating prose descriptions set within warm, subdued-toned spreads, the duo invite young readers to explore the importance of the water hole for no fewer than 15 species who congregate at this vital life source. Unusual beasts with sonorous names like impala, oxpecker, nightjar and wildebeest all come to drink, sometimes risking life and limb when met by dangerous snakes—“Puff adder / hisses— / rarely misses”—who also frequent the water hole to survive. In an effort to ward off other would-be predators, including the unrelenting African sun, a “rugby tangle” of frolicking zebras or a herd of elephants luxuriating in a “dust bath at dusk” may be spotted, all hoping to evade the services of the “mean-eyed marabou,” the bald-headed carrion-eating stork. Latham’s finely crafted verse, at once humorous and serious, dazzlingly opens the imagination to the wilds of the world.
Enlightening and engaging, a thrilling panorama of the diversity to be found throughout the animal kingdom.

School Library Journal

Starred Review on JULY 1, 2014  |  Preschool to Grade 4

Gr 2–5—This will be a much-sought-after book for teaching reading and inquiry skills. Each animal (which include the wildebeest, impala, meerkat, black mamba, puff adder, and more) features a poem on the left side of the spread and an informational text box on the right. Latham's knowledge of these creatures enhances both the well-crafted poems and the informational texts, the two working in tandem

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bad Gardener

Here is what my pot looked like before the bad gardener













Here is after







Which one do you think is the bad gardener??


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Want y'all to meet Loretta... a real sweet heart

Loretta was born the day after Mother's day on May 12th  She has one sister Georgia and six brothers... Archie, Luke. Arrow, Bear, and two that the new owners didn't let me know what they named them.  Loretta wasn't the prettiest pup but what she lacks in beauty she makes up in charisma and she has tons of that.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July

In the month of July I'm going to blog about things that make happy I live in a free country
First thing:
Have you ever noticed that athletes from other countries look like they don't enjoy the sport.  Like it's a job instead of a passion.  I'm so happy we can have sporting events for pleasure not work... and with that

 Roll Tide Roll


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Makes me want to put a fountain in my front yard


To me this picture says it all... make your life beautiful, graceful, and motion....Run with no cares and live... okay I know this horses are not real but I can see the image as if they were running... can't you feel the pounding of their hoofs and hear their calls to each other... my Indian blood is pumping

Friday, June 20, 2014

Happy Birthday to my baby


40 years ago today my son was born... I'm so proud of the man he has become and would like to share some pic of him though the years











Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Stormy Nights and Cloudy Days

rain rain go away
come back a hot dry day
my puppies want to play

wind wind stop the blow
the tomatoes are so low
I want red to flow






Everything is growing in North Alabama... flowers, puppies, chicks, weeds and green beans

I should have veggies in a few weeks. Yeah

I just hope I can plow my garden this week or I will have to wade a weed sea.