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Anything Can Be

on January 23, 2012

My mentee and I have been matched one year this week! On Sunday, I attended the Volunteers of America Children of Promise Mentor Recognition Event. We had some snacks, and each mentor got to share a little bit about what mentoring has meant to them.

We also received backpacks filled with goodies. One of the goodies was a bookmark with the following Shel Silverstein quote. (See Below) This quote speaks to me, as this afternoon, I discovered that STAINED GLASS SUMMER is listed in the Top Ten of Children’s Art Books on Amazon. (As of this posting..this number changes all the time).  STAINED GLASS SUMMER has been released for just over three weeks and there have been moments that took my breath away. That list on Amazon was one of them. Another was when I started seeing Fans “like” the STAINED GLASS SUMMER Facebook Page and realized those fans are art kids–just like Jasmine.

STAINED GLASS SUMMER had a long, and torturous journey to publication. There were months that I really doubted the story would ever find it’s way. It took a lot of perseverance, a lot of e-mailing and whining to family and friends, and most importantly, a lot of faith in the story.  I learned to trust in the process, and I learned about risk taking. And now it’s nice to see some wings under the story I believed in for so many years.


“Listen to the MUSTN’TS Child,

Listen to the don’ts–

Listen to the shouldn’ts,


the won’ts–

listen to the never haves

Then listen closely to me,

Anything can happen,


ANYTHING can be.”


6 responses to “Anything Can Be

  1. Jen says:

    :o) This lovely post makes me smile!

  2. Gail Hedrick says:

    Well-deserved congrats on a wonderful, helpful blog and my wish for continued amazing success with Stained Glass.

  3. rhay says:

    Love the post Ms. Mindy!! A great story for a great read!

  4. Thanks Ms. Rhay–who gets many of my whining e-mails….

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