Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving


A single grateful thought toward heaven is the most complete prayer.
-Gotthold Lessing

HAPPY THANKSGIVING



Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Amazing Cockatoo



Just had to share this! Listen and hear for yourself. There is a reason this beautiful bird is called a Cockatoo. The Cockatoo actually belongs to the parrot family. It has a lifespan of around 70 years, but has been known to live much longer. They range in size from 12-26 inches, and also in color. Their native habitat is in the southeastern part of the world in countries like Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Philippines and Indonesia. Its name, Cockatoo, is Indonesian in origin.

 In Malaysia, the Cockatoo is called Kakatua, and there is a popular Malay folk song that children in Malaysia grow up singing. It is a song I use in my book when my characters Callie and Lucas travel to Malaysia to find their mother's family. Listen and you can hear the Malay version.