Sometimes amazing surprises happen. I read my upcoming picture book Special Memory with a release date of Sept. 15th, 2019, to Buffalo State students at a Drop Hammer event and couldn’t have anticipated what happened next. It seems students were to write something on the spot using the theme of my work, or what the them meant to them. The poems and songs that were shared afterwords amazed me. In a world with much anger and negativity, the atmosphere in room at that moment had none of that. Instead, everyone supported one another and shared pain and joy openly. They shared their talent, the kind that comes from the truth of oneself. One student even sang a song while the rest of us listened in awe. Another shared a rap. There was poetry as well. I left the room wishing the world acted this way with one another and thinking what a better place it would be if it were like this.
Special Memory is about using positive memories to get us through the negative times. The story reminds us positive memories get a turn again. They give us strength. The main character is a little girl scared about going to school and amazed when she pulls up the special memory made with her mother and sister the previous summer when they danced in a warm summer rain in their pajamas.
The book is available at