A Serendipity Thanksgiving

It would have been terrible if I had hit the red button on my phone and not taken the call from Daytona Beach, Florida.

Too many calls from unknown callers have made me wary.

This time, on a whim however, I answered and recognized the voice of Dr. Custureri, an educational publisher  I met at the Florida Heritage Book Festival in St. Augustine, Florida.

She had my proposal for a middle grades novel.

“I like this,” she said.   “It rings true.  Look for the contract.”

Talking softly to be gracious, I told the kind lady, “You have made this Thanksgiving special.”

So, I hung up gently, and ran to Ken’s study and shouted,


Taylor and Seale is going to publish my book!”

Ken’s laughter lit the room.

I texted my kids:  Kevin, Betsy, Jon, Jenny, my five sisters, Joan, Claudia, Terry, Carol and Elaine and my amazing helpers, Bruce and Mary.

Then, through the yard I walked, my feet crunching multi-colored leaves, giving thanks to my Heavenly Father.

What a long trip writing this project has been–two years.

As soon as I retired from teaching.  I planned to write something for middle graders while the sparkle of school days lingered in my thoughts.

Then one day I saw this beautiful blue dragonfly perched on the antenna of Kevin’s old Camaro.  The insect looked like he had a story to tell.

So, I researched dragonflies and made up a story about a boy named Flynn who struggles in school and learns from hard knocks how to belong–with the help of Dash, the talking dragonfly.

Dragongly Blue Dasher

Thank goodness,  I answered Dr. Custueri’s call.

And thank goodness for all those friends and family members who dipped their support best wishes, and love into my project.


As usual, God has been so good to me.


Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. Psalm 23.