May 212019
 

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I read this the other day and my thoughts went back to Lilly in KINDERGARTEN when almost the same thing happened. She was only six to seven years old. Lilly wasn’t officially charged, as was this boy who is nine. (How do you arrest an under-sized Kindergarten girl?)

Our educators need to be trauma-informed, because this type of thing surely comes from trauma. The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children has loads of information to help educators so I’ve included their link so you can check it out or pass it on. They have some great resources!

-Nealie

Apr 012019
 

summer pictureChasing Lilly Readers,

You may not be aware that I have two Middle Grade Mystery books completed, and that’s no joke! Maybe you didn’t know that I have books for kids, and that includes a book about Dementia for children? Here are more Nealie Rose books that are available through Amazon:

(Please leave a review for me on Amazon. Good reviews are so helpful…I love my readers and appreciate you!)

The Portal in the Attic, Revel Street Mystery #1

The Skatepark Kidnapping, Revel Street Mystery #2

Grandpa When, a book about Dementia for elementary ages

Bella the Dancing Beetle, for elementary age kids who always try to please everyone

The Z Book (Pure silliness!)

Travis Woke Up His Father -A Week Early! (What happens when a hibernating bear family has a cub that wakes up too early?)

And don’t forget that Chasing Lilly is available on AUDIBLES, too!

There’s a basic Curriculum and Discussion Workbook to go with the college and university use of Chasing Lilly.

🙂 Nealie

 

Skunk Days

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Mar 202019
 

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The little guy in the photo is really cute, but four people I know (including Lilly) have had really bad skunk adventures. This kind of stuff is hard to forget because it gives me shivers!

Carol’s Dachshund  was sprayed and ran into her house, straight for the master bedroom, hid under the bed and wouldn’t come out… Wow.

Jackie’s dog was sprayed (for a second time) and got into the house and putrefied it. She asked if she smelled like a skunk when we saw her. (Well…)

Debb’s dog didn’t get sprayed but killed a skunk last week. Very sad for the skunk, but it was amazing her dog wasn’t sprayed.

Then there’s Lilly’s story. Here’s an excerpt from Chasing Lilly:

“One day Lilly noticed a skunk at the edge of the woods. She didn’t include skunks in her group of friends and took off out the door after it. She scooped up a stick and pursued the evil beast as fast as she could. Lilly later recounted the skunk didn’t react until she whacked it with the stick and shouted, “Get out of here, you devil!”

As soon as it sprayed her, she yelled some more and dropped the stick and ran fast toward the Blair houses. She tried the door of the first house she came to, and it opened.

“Lilly –whoa!” The door slammed shut in her face.

She ran to the next door and they wouldn’t let her in, either.

The third door was her own house, and they decided to let her in –probably after thinking about what could happen to them if they didn’t.”

Lilly and I were laughing about that the other day. (She’s doing really well at the government-run residential center.)

Have a skunk-free day! 🙂

-Nealie

 

 

 

 

Reflecting

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Mar 042019
 

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I lost my father yesterday. I knew it was coming and was prepared as much as anyone could be.

And so Lilly lost a grandfather. She was not super close to him because she was in and out of so many “places” over the years, and that made visiting difficult. But, he was her grandfather in this family, and there was a connection…two ornery people. 🙂

She will have to be told soon, but I hesitate to pick up the phone and tell her.

Lilly has lost probably over a hundred people over the years. Her bio parents, many foster parents, bio and foster siblings, favorite caregivers and caseworkers, and the special therapists…

A few have died. Others came and went with the many placements. Such loss, yet Lilly gives back in the small ways she can. Like a picture she colored, a Kit Kat candy bar, or a phone call with words of encouragement. Lilly is exceptionally giving, which is really something for someone who has lost so much.

I’m going to call her soon. Please say a prayer for her.

-Nealie