Episode 55: A Chat with Author/Illustrator Dori Durbin



 

 

My guest for Episode 55 is author/illustrator Dori Durbin.  Her book series is titles Little Cat Feelings. She has published two picture books in that series: “Little Cat Needs Space” and “Little Cat Feels Left Out.” She will release her third book, a chapter book titled, “Little Cat & Dog’s Birthday Bake: A Recipe in Caring,” February 2, 2022.

The former teacher and fitness instructor lives in Michigan with her husband, son, daughter, three pampered indoor cats, and her old Great Dane.

A few days before our conversation, the Durbins were in Florida for her daughter’s soccer tournament. Before we talked about her books, Dori and I chatted about the trip.

Dori Durbin  https://doridurbin.com

Instagram: https://instagram.com/dori_durbin

Dori Durbin, Author & Illustrator (facebook.com)

Dori Durbin (Author of Little Cat Needs Space) (goodreads.com)

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The books are My Family Tree for children ages 5-12; My Life in Pictures: A Legacy Journal for Teens; and Snap Shots of My Life for adults.


Episode 54. Storytelling



 

The Adventures with Grammy Podcast is pleased to welcome Storyteller Debra Weller, a creative performance artist using oral tradition storytelling, puppets and music to engage her audiences and students.

Debra began her career as a Storyteller more than forty years ago in New Jersey as part of the Annie Lynn Storytellers. They performed in schools, libraries, festivals and the Philadelphia Folk Festival. After a move to California, she helped to form the non-profit, South Coast Storytellers Guild. In California, she led storytelling camps, after school storytelling clubs, performed at schools, libraries and festivals as well as teaching kindergarten for thirty years.

She was the Storyteller in Residence at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles for six months. Her favorite character is Mrs. Santa Storyteller. Three years ago, she moved to Florida and has served as the president of the Tale Tellers of St. Augustine and on the Board of Directors of the Florida Storytelling Association. Debra has taught workshops from docent training to teacher professional development. Storytelling has taken her to China, Vietnam, and Scotland.

During the past two years, Debra has been presenting at international, virtual conferences and storytelling concerts. Her presentations deliver quality professional development and entertainment. In June 2021, she presented a workshop, Storytelling the Heart of the Curriculum for Early Childhood Development Forum and was a speaker at the Sphere of Influence Forum.

She provides voice overs for the Magic Polygon Storytelling App and is a frequent guest teller on Basket of Talez podcast. She offers online education and virtual coaching on her web site: https://story-tellingcourses.com and her YouTube channel. She is driven by a personal philosophy to provide valuable, educational experiences and performances for children and adults to bring stories alive!

DEBRA WELLER-EDUCATOR, STORYTELLER, CONSULTANT
949-295-7634 debteller136@gmail.com
https://story-tellingcourses.com @debstoryteller

https://youtube.com/c/DebraWellerStoryteller8084
https://www.facebook.com/debra.weller.18
http://linkedin.com/in/debra-weller-904bab1b3
@debstoryteller Instagram

https://memorykpr.com/

https://www.magicpolygon.com/

Learn about the Adventures with Grammy’s books at https://adventureswithgrammy.com

The books are My Family Tree for children ages 5-12; My Life in Pictures: A Legacy Journal for Teens; and Snap Shots of My Life for adults.


Episode 53. The Dad Connection: A Bridge to Your Children



 

The Adventures with Grammy podcast welcomes Scott Handley, author of The Dad Connection: A Bridge to Your children.

Listen to this single dad talk about his determination to build good relationships with his two sons. His journey as a single parent provides a wellspring of experience, advice, and know-how.

Using his own deeply personal notes on the process of raising his children, recorded as their lives unfolded, he determined that love and respect would be the simple base upon which he would build relationships.

This guide for parents showcases the understanding of love, respect, patience, energy, care, perspective, service, and trust needed to build strong and deeply loving parent-child relationships. It is a life-altering lens through which to see, understand, and love the relationships you have been blessed to receive.

Learn more about Scott and his book at https://scotthanley.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1036863591

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scotthanleypdx/

Learn about the Adventures with Grammy’s books at https://adventureswithgrammy.com

The books are My Family Tree for children ages 5-12; My Life in Pictures: A Legacy Journal for Teens; and Snap Shots of My Life for adults.


Episode 52. Every Child Needs a Favorite Grampy



Today’s guest is Manny Oliverez – also known as Favorite Grampy. You can contact Favorite Grampy at

https://favoritegrampy.com/ and https://www.instagram.com/favoritegrampy

Buy his book at Amazon.com: A Love Journal: 100 Things I Love about Grandpa (100 Things I Love About You Journal): 9781638073444: Oliverez, Manny: Books

Visit his author page at Amazon.com: Manny Oliverez: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle

You can contact his daughter’s travel agency at

https://www.facebook.com/FavoriteGrampyTravels/ and https://www.FavoriteGrampyTravels.com/

 

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Episode 51. Christmas Memories



This episode is an edited rebroadcast from Christmas 2020. It is filled with memories of Christmases long ago. What are your Christmas memories? Which carol or song is your favorite? Do you have a traditional Christmas feast, or do you go out? Please share your memories with me for the Christmas 2022 episode.

I mentioned the legacy journals I have compiled. They will jumpstart your memoir writing … quick and easy to follow. The entire purpose of the podcast and my writing is to help grandparents deepen their relationships with their grandchildren. Writing in legacy journals and researching your family trees is an important bonding activity that can be done in person and online. Help your grandchildren find their branches on their family trees.

To learn more, visit https://adventureswithgrammy.com

Questions? Send me an e-mail at carolyn@adventureswithgrammy.com


Episode 50. My Country Cousins: a chapter book series for ages 6-10



Welcome to the Adventures with Grammy podcast. I’m your host, Carolyn Berry. Today my guests are Heather and Quinn, the mother and daughter writing team who uses the pen name Heather N. Quinn. They live in Canada, the setting for their newly released book series, My Country Cousins.
The first book in the series is Journey to Juniper Junction
The second book in the series, Adventures at Almosta Farm, will be available next month.
Contact Information:

Email: hello@heathernquinn.com

https://heathernquinn.com

https://instagram.com/heathernquinn

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100065375386968 ok

Mail: Babblegarden Publishing Ltd.,

PO Box 58, Navan Stn. Main, Navan, ON, Canada

K4B 1J3

Heather was born in Scotland but grew up on a hobby farm in Ontario. In 1990, Heather, her husband, and their daughter Quinn moved to a village in England near the city of Chester, the hometown of their main character, Gemma Merriman.
The family returned to Canada when Quinn was ten years old and thoroughly English, which made adjusting to life in Canada a wee bit trying. However, Quinn says, that personal experience makes it easy for her to identify with Gemma’s feelings.
Join Heather, Quinn and me as we discuss Gemma’s quest for adventure and independence.
Before we jump into the interview, I want to share with you information about the fun activity book I have created.
It’s called My Family Tree. It’s a journal. It’s a photo album. It’s a memory keeper. It’s an introduction to the art and science of family history. It does not require a genealogy subscription to use.
Unlike other journals, this journal is a PDF download designed to fit into a three-ring binder, and it provides lots of opportunities to share with your grandchildren in person or online.
I compiled this journal because my older grandchildren have begun to ask me questions about their late grandfather. This journal is their Christmas present. In it I have included pictures of him from the time he was a baby. I have written lots of stories about him, too.
You can learn more about My Family Tree by visiting my website, https://adventureswithgrammy.com.
If you have questions, please send me an e-mail at carolyn@adventureswithgrammy.com


Episode 49. Queen Vernita’s Magical Christmas Train Ride.



 

Dr. Dawn Menge has won forty-one national awards as the author of the Queen Vernita educational series, which is children’s book series based on her real-life adventures. She holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, a master’s degree and a Clear Credential in moderate/severe disabilities, and a bachelor’s degree in human development. Dr. Menge has been teaching severely handicapped students for nineteen years. She has three children and five beautiful grandchildren and lives in Southern California. She has joined us today to read Queen Vernita’s Magical Christmas Train Ride.

www.drdawnmenge.com

Publisher: www.rushmorepress.com

Social Media

Twitter @queenvernita

Instagram @dawnmenge

Facebook @dawnmenge1

LinkedIn 

Amazon    http://amazon.com/author/drdawnmenge

The Polar Express

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Episode 48. Spin the Dreidel; It’s Hanukkah!



Guest: Deanna Shoss, founder, Intercultural Talk, Inc.

Website: https://interculturaltalk.com

E-mail: info@interculturaltalk.com

Social Media 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/interculturaltalk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deanna.shoss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cultureguru

LinkedIn; https://www.linkedin.com/in/deannashoss

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Interculturaltalks

Information about Hanukkah:

https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/hanukkah-101/

https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/the-origin-of-the-dreidel/

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Episode 47. Amazing Ways to Research Your Family Tree and Write Your Personal History



Episode 47. Amazing Ways to Research Your Family Tree and Write Your Personal History

In honor of Thanksgiving Day, Sharlene Habermeyer and I chat about genealogy and the importance of knowing your ancestors. She tells us how she and her husband began their research and how much easier discovering the leaves of your family tree is today with information posted online.

Sharlene and her husband of 44 years, Mark, were blessed with five sons and 13 grandchildren. They know the joys of parenting and grandparenting and the gut-wrenching emotions of losing their fourth son to a brain disorder.

She wrote the book, Good Music Brighter Children that has been translated into five languages. She taught college for 10 years and founded the Palos Verdes Regional Symphony Orchestra in Southern California that is still going strong.

I mention I have written a family history book for my grandchildren. It is available for sale on my Etsy Shop. The title of the book is My Family Tree. It a journal for children to use as they begin to discover the facts about their living relatives and their deceased ancestors. The link is in the show notes. Be sure visit my Twitter account for a discount code.

 My Family Tree, a child’s introduction to genealogy

https://www.etsy.com/shop/AdventuresWithGrammy

I’m offering a discount on my children’s book: My Family Tree! https://etsy.me/3CRrspX

 

 

Amazing Ways to Research Your Ancestry Family Tree with Grandkids

https://goodparentingbrighterchildren.com/ancestry-family-tree/

 

10 Meaningful Gratitude Thanksgiving Activities for Kids & Grandkids:

https://goodparentingbrighterchildren.com/thanksgiving-activities-for-kids/

 

Strange Trees: And the Stories Behind Them by Bernadette Pourquie and Cecile Gambini

https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Trees-Stories-Behind-Them/dp/1616894598

www.Ancestry.com

www.myheritage.com

www.FamilySearch.org

https://whoareyoumadeof.com/blog/how-many-ancestors-do-you-have/

 

Archival Ink Pens:

Amazon.com : Black Micro-Pen Fineliner Pigment Pens -Set of 9 Archival Ink Waterproof Brush & Calligraphy Tip Nibs For Art Technical Drawing Sketching Calligraphy Illustration Bullet Journaling Scrapbooking : Arts, Crafts & Sewing

 

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Episode 46. We’re doing a podcast swap! Emily Morgan, host of the Grand Life: Wholehearted Grandparenting, is my guest.



We’re doing a podcast swap!

My guest today is Emily Morgan, the host of another grandparenting podcast, The Grand Life: Wholehearted Grandparenting. Her husband, Mike Morgan, is the sound engineer.

Emily shares with us how she and Mike met, how the podcast began, and how it has evolved. Now in its fifth season, The Grand Life entertains, educates, and enlightens grandparents who want to become the best they can be. Emily Morgan says the podcast explores grandparenting, the relationships within the role, and the ways in which our grandparenting impacts our children–and their children.

Podcast Feed

https://omny.fm/shows/thegrandlife

Social Media

https://www.facebook.com/groups/374912494367658

https://www.facebook.com/thegrandlifepodcast

E-Mail

grandlifeconnection@gmail.com

 

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You will receive a micro-book that provides directions for a super fun activity to do with your children and grandchildren!

 

Please sign up for my monthly newsletter, which is for grandparents who want to make a positive difference in their grandchildren’s lives, and for parents who want to ensure that special grandparent bond between their parents and their children. Articles will give you exclusive content I will not share on social media and a heads-up about events, products, and books I think you will find interesting.

 

Adventures with Grammy Podcast

Do you want to be a guest or know someone who would be an awesome guest? Let us know!

 

Personalized Teddy Bears

To buy the personalized stuffed bears, visit etsy.com/shop/adventureswithgrammy/

 

Adventures with Grammy Network

Adventures with Grammy has partnered with creatives around the world to introduce you to amazing children’s literature, activities, and adventures. I am thrilled to introduce you to people who are as passionate about their children and grandchildren as I am about mine. I met most of these lovely people through hosting my podcast; others I know from other associations. The bottom line is each of these connections offers something of value to families, so head to the Adventures with Grammy Network and explore!

 

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