BIG bear's BIRTHday

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Just received my advanced issue of LadyBug Magazine, May/June ‘09, wherein I have a spread of illustrations for a story, “Big Bear and Skinny Rabbit” by Kathleen Stevens.  An amusing tale about a birthday gift Rabbit gives Bear--a hammock.  Bear is thrilled and grateful, then proceeds to figure out more and better ways to enhance the hammock experience. Rabbit happily obliges again,
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and again,
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and again...
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until it finally dawns on Bear that one thing is still missing....

On the writing side of things, I just won 2nd Place in a writing contest for a short story--“Remembering Basha” ...a coming-of-age tale about a Polish girl and her relationship to her doll.  My mom went through her albums and coincidentally found a photo of said doll and Polish girl:

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You can read more about the contest, and find “Remembering Basha” in a sidebar link here: http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=286926&src=1

Currently working on: paintings for “Dance Y’all Dance” picturebook wherein everyone dances, go figure!