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The Blessing of the Boats

The Blessing of the Boats

Fishing is an industry on Prince Edward Island, the setting of Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog. Many people earn their living this way. In Chapter 4, Pastor MacDougal performs The Blessing of the Boats at the beginning of the lobster season on May 4th. In honor of that day, here is a poem… Read More


A Writing Prompt

I’ve shared that one of my favorite places to visit is Prince Edward Island, so much that I wrote an entire book set there! Here’s a slideshow of some of the photos I’ve taken over the years. Is there a place that has a lot of meaning for you? Good memories? Beautiful vistas? Tourist attractions… Read More


Anne’s Avonlea

Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog is set on Prince Edward Island, a locale I’ve visited many times, encouraged by reading L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables books. Here are some beautiful photos of Prince Edward Island  from Victoria magazine.


Do you have a dog that would save your life?

In Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog, Tango learns to be brave. Even though they’re quite small compared to some dogs, Yorkshire terriers are loyal and smart. Yorkshire Terrier Saves Owner From a Bear  A different bear story: Yorkie Fights Off Bear  Spunky Yorkshire Terrier Saves Her Owner’s Life  Yorkie Doodle Dandy: A Canine… Read More


Yorkshire terrier

A Yorkie Inspired My Novel

Tango, my beloved dog who passed on last year, the model for one of the main characters in Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog, was a Yorkshire Terrier. Do you know much about this breed? Do you realize that it has been a popular pet since Victorian times, first being recognized by the American… Read More


When Wishes Come True

Tango is traveling by boat on the ocean with his person, Marcellina, and her boyfriend Diego when Tango is washed overboard! In the months that follow, his fondest wish is to find his way home to Marcellina. He does everything within his power to make that wish come true. He has a lot of help… Read More


“Hey, Rat-Boy!”

In the Teachers’ Guide for Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog, I’ve suggested that you develop a script for Chapter 34—“A Fair Fight”—and act out the scene. Start the scene at the point that Beau hears a voice call into the night: You’ll find good dialogue to work with and it’s a tense scene,… Read More


The Longest Night

Lighting the Winter Dark

Augusta and McKenna make enchanted candles for the tourists in Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog. Perhaps you’d like to make your own for the darkest night of the year, the Winter Solstice on December 21st. Here’s a video tutorial on making your own pillar candles. Have fun! And here’s another book for your… Read More


Fantastic Mr. Fox

Beau Fox’s Booklist

Beau Fox sent me a note last week. He’s such a reading advocate that he wanted to share a list of books about foxes with you, dear readers. “When asked, I’m partial to my own story of course, Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog, in which I impart a good deal of wisdom to… Read More


Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea

Reading Aloud and Signed Books

During this season of gift-giving, I—like so many other grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends—turn to books as the perfect present for a special child. Nothing gives me more pleasure than knowing that a book I’ve selected might become his or her favorite, destined to be read over and over again. But… Read More