Abilities Expo Chicago

July 13th, 2017

A couple weeks ago, I presented and read Wendy on Wheels books at the Abilities Expo Chicago.  I felt like we are going through a difficult time right now. This is so much hate and horrible things in the news happening every day. I wanted to focus on LOVE and CONNECTION. For that, I read Wendy on Wheels Saves the Day.

Wendy makes her Wheeled Wonder costume

Wendy gets inspired by a superhero movie. She begins to wonder, what can I do to make a difference? How can I save the day for others? Then she creates and becomes her own superhero to bring happiness to others. We all have the power to make a difference in the lives of others. EVERY DAY.

It was a good turnout to my presentation. I think it was the most well attended presentation I have ever had at at Abilities Expo.

It was so great to meet Dayna!

It was nice my sister, Mandy, was able to make it to Chicago. She has been wanting to meet Auti Angel for a long time. Auti’s dance workshop was right after my reading.

Mandy and Auti Angel

Luckily, we got to hang out in the Loop for a couple hours before the expo.

We went to see Cloudgate at Millenium Park

 

Wendy on Wheels Visits St. Ambrose

January 31st, 2017

I woke up around 3:30 this morning. I’m an early riser normally. Typically not that early, but I couldn’t get back to sleep. Sometimes, my mind just runs everywhere, as if it is training for a marathon. It was mostly positive. I was excitedly thinking of new material for my visit to St. Ambrose School in Godfrey.

After an hour of meditation, I knew I needed caffeine to make it through the day. I took a quick walk to Starbucks in Cheshire Hotel for a venti Cascara Latte.

Coffee before makeup

Coffee before makeup

I started my first presentation around 9 to the preschool through 3rd grade students. One thing I stressed to them was the importance of, taking a stand, if you see something happening that you know isn’t right, DO SOMETHING! SAY SOMETHING!

Fired up!

Fired up!

The next group was the 3rd through 5th graders. We had a wonderful discussion about creating inner space, finding positive solutions to problems and bullying. It was amazing! That had such insightful ideas and good questions for me.

I enjoyed St. Ambrose very much today! I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to share Wendy on Wheels with such a wonderful group of students and teachers!

 

 

 

Kickstarter Update

November 11th, 2016

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1615564418/wendy-on-wheels-moves-on/posts/1734863

Kickstarter Update on Book 5

July 11th, 2016

Take a look at some sketches from Wendy on Wheels Moves On.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1615564418/wendy-on-wheels-moves-on/posts/1559928

Pierremont School Visit

May 27th, 2016

This post is long overdue. To be honest, I get nervous writing blog posts. I feel like I never know exactly what are the “right” words to say. In March, my sister and I presented Wendy on Wheels at Pierremont Elementary School, in Manchester, Missouri.

Miked up!

Miked up!

Mandy actually went to Pierremont for first grade through 4th grade. Mandy remembered climbing up a net that was still hanging in the gym.

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We talked about bullying in Wendy on Wheels Takes a Stand. Mandy actually left Pierremont a bullying incident, she would rather not discuss. During question and answer time, one teacher asked Mandy is there were any differences between when she went to Pierremont and now. Mandy’s response was, “I feel more respect.”

Stand up to bullies!

Stand up to bullies!

This was a good visit! What a wonderful group of children! They had such good questions. Afterwards, Mandy texted me and said she really appreciated getting to speak at Pierremont. She had felt so many negative emotions about Pierremont for so many years. Going back to talk about her life and experience helped her to let that go. I felt so happy for her.

Wendy rolls in to The Wilson School

February 4th, 2016

Yesterday, my sister and I visited the Wilson School in Clayton, MO.

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Mandy getting Miked up!

Our first group was Senior Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade.

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We started off talking about my life, growing up with Mandy and Mandy in elementary school. This group wanted us to keep reading books. That’s what we did.

Next group was 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades. I read Wendy on Wheels Takes a Stand to them. After I read it, I asked for their thoughts. They sure had a lot of comments! They commented on so many aspects of the books. They noticed hidden morales, imagery and things that I never even thought of.

Shift your mindset.

Shift your mindset.

One young man said he had read all of the Wendy on Wheels books at his previous school. He said he got to know Wendy and he forgot she was in a wheelchair. WOW!!! This is exactly what I am going for!!! I felt giddy.

The last group was the pre-kindergarten and junior kindergarten classes. We read Wendy on Wheels Goes to the Zoo and Wendy on Wheels Saves the Day. Most importantly, they got to look at Mandy’s wheelchair up close and touch it.

A wheelchair! Cool.

A wheelchair! Cool.

It was such an amazing group of kids! I feel truly grateful for being invited to share Wendy on Wheels with the Wilson School.

Wendy on Wheels Will Move On!!!!

August 22nd, 2015

I’m extremely grateful to tell you this: WE MET OUR GOAL!!!!  Wendy WILL MOVE ON as planned.  YAY!!!!!  A huge thanks to everyone who backed the campaign on Kickstarter. I couldn’t have done it without every single backer and every single sharer. Keep an eye out for more updates.

 

You can help create Wendy on Wheels Moves On!!

July 27th, 2015

I’m raising money for Wendy on Wheels Moves On! I’m offering some really cool rewards for backers. One of them is having your child drawn in the book as a character.

Please support and share my kickstarter campaign. Thank you!!!

http://https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1615564418/wendy-on-wheels-moves-on

The reason I wanted E-books and my cousin AJ

July 20th, 2015

After over a year of headaches, frustration and multiple people’s hard work, my books finally became available in e-book format a couple of weeks ago. The whole process was a complete nightmare! I’d like to share with you the reason I pushed through to get them as e-books.

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This cutie, Edgar, communicates nonverbally using an Ipad. He is learning to use his head to select different phrases and options on the iPad. Like many of my fans, Edgar’s hands cannot turn the pages of a paper book. Having Wendy on Wheels on his iPad allows him to read Wendy’s adventures or have them read to him. This brings Wendy’s adventures to a whole group of children who may not have had access to them before.

When I see this picture of Edgar, I am reminded of my cousin, AJ, who passed away about 10 years ago. AJ had a severe form of cerebral palsy. Edgar looks so much like AJ it’s scary.

AJ

My favorite memory of AJ is this one. My dog, Cleo, loved (and still does) to lick people’s faces. She would put her paws up on his wheelchair and lick him all over his face and mouth. AJ would laugh with delight and open his mouth more.

AJ at his prom

AJ at his prom

I will have big news regarding “Wendy on Wheels Moves On” at the end of the week!!!

Wendy’s Updated New Look

July 13th, 2015

I updated Wendy’s new look again. I decided to put her in a more “active” wheelchair. To do this, I lowered the back of Wendy’s chair removed the handles. We also changed the color so that her chair would stand out more on the cover.

Here she is!!!

Here she is!!!

I will have the cover soon. I can’t wait to show you!!!