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Happy Easter everyone!! I am pleased to be featured as a guest on Smorgasbord Open House today. You may learn a bit more about me and my books. Pop on over and leave a comment.

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Darlene Foster is an author who brings the wonders of the world into the lives of children who might not have the opportunity to travel themselves. Even travelling within a country as large as Canada might not be possible, but with the magic of words and images a child can enjoy Alberta or travel further afield to England, Spain and even Arabia.

The books feature Amanda Rosswho is a 12 year old Canadian girl who decides that the only way out of her boring existence is to travel outside the country. She makes a wish on her twelfth birthday for a chance to travel and gets an airline ticket to the United Arab Emirates to visit her Aunt the next day. She doesn’t even know where that is and has to look it up on the internet. Once there she meets Leah, an English girl, and before she knows…

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Today I am honoured to be a guest over at Chris the Story Reading Ape’s blog. Check it out and leave a message.

Writing – The Cure for Boredom

Growing up on a farm in the Canadian prairies, I was often bored. Too far from neighbours and not interested in playing boy games with my younger brothers, I ma…

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This is a blog I wrote almost 5 years ago and now I am living in Spain!! Thought I would share it again.

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“To those who are awake, there is one ordered universe, whereas in sleep each man turns away from this world to one of his own” Heraclitus

We all have dreams; some appear during sleep, others while awake. They can guide us through life – as long as we listen to them. So many times we put our dreams on the backburner, but they are always there. They often appear when we least expect them.

When I was living in Calgary, I attended a sales meeting one cold February morning. As a warm-up exercise we were asked to write down our dreams for the next 3 months, the next 2 years and the next 20 years; and then share them with the group. I wrote that I dreamt of going on a holiday to a nice warm place within 3 months, I dreamt of living in a warmer place within 2…

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Happy Three Kings Day – Fiesta de Los Tres Reyes Magos
Here is my post from last year.

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Here in Spain the most important date in the Christmas season is not December 25. It is January 6, Epiphany, the day Three Kings from the east brought gifts to the infant Jesus.  Fiesta de Los Tres Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day) starts on January 5 when the Three Wise Men arrive and parade through the streets handing out candies to all the children eagerly waiting. The parade ends at a church where the Kings become part of a human nativity scene. That night the children put out their shoes and in the morning, if they have been good all year, they find gifts from the Magi. They leave out treats for the Kings and water for the camels. (Like children in North America do for Santa Claus) There are many parties and family dinners on January 6th.

We had the pleasure of experiencing this event here on the Costa Blanca. In Torrevieja, a coastal town…

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Source: Capturing History Challenge Week 19

Some amazing photos of historic sites. Check out the picture I submitted, taken in the North of Spain on a recent trip. A stork’s nest sits on top of the bell tower. In Spain it is believed to be a good luck sign when a stork makes its home on top of the local church.

Happy New Year to all!!

Today I am a guest on Laura Best´s blog, talking about why I love writing for children.

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Today, it’s my pleasure to welcome Darlene Foster to my blog. Brought up on a ranch in southern Alberta, Darlene dreamt of travelling the world, meeting interesting people and writing stories. She is the author of the exciting adventure series featuring spunky 12 year-old Amanda Ross who loves to travel to unique places. Her books include: Amanda in Arabia – The Perfume Flask, Amanda in Spain – The Girl in The Painting, Amanda in England – The Missing Novel and Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone. Readers from seven to seventy enjoy travelling with Amanda as she unravels one mystery after another. Darlene and her husband divide their time between the west coast of Canada and Orihuela Costa, in Spain. She believes everyone is capable of making their dreams come true.

So without further ado, here’s Darlene!

                 

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Some great tips on how to stay creative. How about trying a new flavour of ice cream!! Thanks Susie

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In my last post, I mentioned that even the happiest of people will have their off-days as they feel unmotivated, uninspired, or are emotionally unavailable. Another area you can shut down in is creativity – the inability to create new ideas, ways to have fun, or problem solve.

Whether you’re a stay home parent or working professional, it’s important to stimulate your mind on a daily basis so you can grow and stay engaged. Sometimes, this may mean stepping away from electronic gadgets or changing up the daily routine. As your creative juices begin to flow back, your mind will be open to new ideas and find creative solutions to problems. You’ll also notice an extra pep in your step and a lighthearted joy in your days. Here are 12 simple ways on how to stay creative:

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