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Preview My Book Our Home, The Earth

Here are the first pages of my book Our Home, The Earth!

~enjoy

 This book is dedicated to

all adults.

If you teach a child to care for the Earth

you ARE changing the world.

So thank you.

-KSH

Special thanks go to Samantha Cole and Corey Hawkins

for their photographic contributions.

All Rights Reserved

Copyright © 2012 by Korinn S. Hawkins

No part of this publication can be reproduced without the

prior permission of the author.

Contact the author at KorinnSHawkins@gmail.com

Our Home, The Earth

 

By Korinn S. Hawkins

 

 

It was a brightly lit and beautiful day on planet Earth, and the sky was that perfect shade of blue that you cannot find in a crayon. The birds were singing and the squirrels were chasing around in the park where Gavin and his mother were taking his sister, Marin, for a stroll.

Oh, happy day. Oh, happy, happy, happy day.

They smiled, and they laughed, and they walked, until, that is, they came upon a plastic bag lying abandoned in the grass!

 

“Ewww,” Mom said. “Oh, how sad. How very, very sad, sad, sad.” She shook her head.

“What, Mom? What’s wrong? What is that?” Gavin asked.

“Oh, Gavin, that’s someone’s garbage.”

“Why?” he asked.

“Well, garbage is what’s left over when people use something. It’s the unwanted part, the waste, and somebody must have left it there.”

“Ewww,” Gavin said with a crinkle-nosed face.

 

“But it needs to always be put in a garbage can and never just thrown out on the Earth,” she cautioned.

“Why?” Gavin asked.

You see, Gavin is five, and he quite likes to ask the question, “Why?” So you may just be hearing a lot of that word in this book. And as for his mother, well, she’s doing her best at answering his questions in a way that he will understand, as every parent does when a child asks, “Why?” And usually she would try to answer him in such a way that the “Why?” questions would stop, as most parents do, but not this time. Nope, this is a special question…

Mom invited Gavin to sit with her in the grass and have a drink of water and a box of raisins as his sister napped in the stroller. And, just to remind you, the question was, “Why is it so important to always take care of our garbage and never just leave it lying around anywhere on the Earth?”

And so the story continues…

Gavin’s mom began telling him all that she felt he needed to know. “Gavin, this is our Earth,” she said as she laid her hands in the cool grass and pressed her palms into the ground. “This is our one and only home.”

“Why?” Gavin asked curiously.

“Well, just as we have our home that Daddy, and Sister, and you, and I live in, and that house is special to us, we also live in an even bigger home. One that we share with everyone and everything, and that home is called Earth.”

The story continues from here…

… inspiring an awareness of how to care for the Earth, why it is important, and why children are so important to the Earth as they are able to lend a hand in helping the Earth to be healthy and heal, for the well-being of all. It is my hope for you to delight in sharing this book with the children that you are blessed to lay an impression on. We all want the same thing; a happy healthy world. This book adds to the collective effort that we all make and inspires future generations to do the same.

Thanks for reading this excerpt! If you enjoyed it don’t feel shy to share it with others. As a self-published author word of mouth means everything!

To order your copy please visit:

http://korinn.com/Books.html

Spinning World a Children’s Song

With the extra time I have had to work on Our Home, The Earth I have been coming up with some new ideas. I have a list of possible ideas that could be used in a classroom with the book as a segue for discussing ways to care for our environment. I also wrote a song. The idea for the song came up while I was pushing my daughter on the swing. We often pair the two together, swinging and singing, and coming up with this little rambling I knew I had to write it down and expand on it later. This is the end result:

Spinning world,
Spinning world,
Spreading seeds as the wind does whirl,
Growing food and growing life,
Thank you for air, water, and light.

Touching ears,
And touching knees,
Thank you for this body you feed,
So much joy I jump with glee,
Thank you world for loving me.

Spinning world,
Spinning world,
Spreading seeds as the wind does whirl,
Planting hopes and planting dreams,
Watering gardens with life’s stream,

Touching hearts,
And holding hands,
Thank you for this place I stand,
So much joy to sing we must,
Thank you world for loving us!

I even have motions for the kids to do as they sing it. And a local piano teacher is working on writing the music notes for me. It would be super cute to see performed. So my current plan is to include Spinning World at the back of the book. So fun!

Inspiration Springs and Reassessment Grounds

Over the weekend I was able to indulge in the opportunity to attend a class with Yael Grauer at the Loft Literary Center about freelance writing. I found it to be both insightful and inspirational. It outlined all the proper steps that I would need to take in order to break into being a freelance writer and it gave me hope that “Yes, I can do this!” And so it seems another new door has opened and with it another outlet to plug my passion for writing into. I am very excited!

But wait a minute; I am sure this is a path I want to select and explore but I need to be honest with myself and selective about my choices. It would be just like me to jump right in. To take off running with this new possibility only to then look down and see that my feet are running faster than the ground underneath can support me and that I am actually suspended in thin air, setting myself up for a fall. My guidance is always reminding me in subtle ways to not go too fast, to “slow down,” “take your time,” and “enjoy life.” These are good reminders for me. It seems they know me well.

Seriously I want to do, do, do, and then do some more but I wonder when does what I bite off become more than I can chew? So I find myself circling back to finding balance and anchoring into the task at hand. I sense a caution here and so I know I must get real with myself and revisit my current focus. I acknowledge that this new information has been really valuable and enticing and that I can put it to good use, but for now it’s more important for me to not burn myself out. I dream of taking the plunge into freelance writing and just flying with it but I also see that it would be too much for me right now. So I reassess: here is where I am and here is what I need to do.

#1 Make my final changes to my new book and get that out there for all of you lovely people!

#2 Keep writing my blog. I am loving it and I am so thrilled to be able to connect with readers but honestly it is a lot of work. Well for me anyway, but that could just be my obsessive perfectionist streak getting the best of me.

#3 Continue working on my next project for a book in which I am partnering with another author in developing a keepsake journal for young readers and writers.

Sometimes I feel like this whole world of writing could just swallow me right up. I could get so lost in it and forget to come up for air. Jeez, as I’m reading this back to myself, I guess it’s kind of scary that I’m not so sure if that’s a bad thing. But beyond my writing goals I thank God that I have two sweet and constant reminders in my children to not get too carried away. I feel an itch to get ahead but they help to ground me and illustrate ever so perfectly the reason that I have to “slow down,” “take my time,” and “enjoy life.” And so through all of this that calls to me to be preoccupied I know I must also be diligent in paying special attention to not be too preoccupied and miss out on the fullness of life with them. This too is a good reminder.

This feels good. This is a happy balance for me.

Life is beautiful.

Love Realized.

Related Links:

Are you interested in freelance writing? Here is a link that concisely explains what it is:

http://freelancewrite.about.com/od/basicsoffreelancing/f/whatisit.htm

Loft Literary Center – Minneapolis, MN (They do offer some online courses).

https://www.loft.org/

Yael Grauer:

http://yaelwrites.com/

Fun Photo Editing Website!

Our Home, The Earth my fourth children’s book has been sent off to print!

In editing the images for the illustrations my niece had told me about a great website where you can really get creative with your pictures. It is so easy! Check it out at http://www.picmonkey.com

Here is the cover of my book:

But this is what I started with:

And from here you can do this:

Or this:

How about this:

Or maybe this:

Really I could go on and on, but seriously it’s so easy! Just go to the website http://www.picmonkey.com/. Click on “Edit a Photo,” pick an image file from your computer that you would like to enhance, and go for it.

Have fun!

Hello world!

Intuition is kind of like dancing to a song.

You listen for the beat to follow as you take steps but the lyrics are sometimes hard to understand.

At least that’s where I am and where this blog begins…

Welcome to my world.

Sincerely,

Author-Illustrator-Intuitive Healer

www.Korinn.com