Resources and Inspiration for Discovering Inner Joy

Issue #3 - 2003


Purpose Statement:

The purpose of the Joyful Times Ezine is to uplift the spirit through inspiration and information. To this end we will emphasize the positive and focus on the good that is taking place in this world.


Philosophy statement:

We can create joyful times in our personal world by directing our thoughts and feelings. Seeing or feeling the perfection we want in our lives and in the lives of others has been called the highest form of prayer. This can lift us into the "high joy vibration" and through the "law of attraction" joyful times will result. Our motto is "joy is an inside job."

Pegi Joy Jenkins Ph.D. - Founder of Joyful You - Joyful Child, Inc


Letter from the Editor:

     Welcome to the third issue of "Joyful Times Ezine"!  We are an extension of the Joyful You - Joyful Child website at   It is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1990 by Pegi Joy Jenkins, Ph.D. This issue seemed to take on its own agenda to send out messages about FLOW.

     I experienced that theme personally during the layout phase. I was reminded twice in the past 24 hours of the ebb and flow of life.  My vision of the uncertain future and decisions about the natural process of dying were often mentally and physically blocked by tears.  Yet, my heart was reopened to the 5-step grief process flow, the 'come to know' and the spirit-to-spirit energy that losing a loved one (or two) can evoke.  I had a light bulb moment of the extreme value of the short lives of my two betta fish "Bing Cherry" and "Aqua Velva", when they died within 17 hours of each other.

     Anyone close to me can tell you I am deeply heart-connected (also known as Empathetic Central) to any breathing thing - young or old.  I have always loved animals and treated my pets as close companions or family members.  And I realize my pet friends tend to bring out the nurturing and compassionate woman in me, as well as my silly 'inner child' side.  This was true with my fish.  The "boys" (as I referred to them,) were Siamese fighting fish - only inches long and each with that 'little man/bigger than life' personality syndrome - who became my buddies at work.  They afforded me escape and dream time, and were 'betta' than a chill pill at curing my stress headaches.

     The sunset after they both passed on to the greater pond in the great beyond - with its hues of buttermilk yellows, soft pinks, deep reds, multiple blues, and kingly purples floating on the night sky - looked like a bigger than life, colorful, full-flowing finnage of my two friends combined.  That sunset was my sign of their peace. 

     For more on what they taught me about the joy of living - see their 'BETTA' LIVING LESSONS under the Universal Principles section of this issue.

     We hope to stir your joy juices with this issue. We welcome your comments and suggestions. Thank You!

Finding 'joy in the journey,'

Joy Smiley


Table of Contents:

  1. Universal Principles
  2. Big Picture Parenting
  3. Joyful Relationships
  4. Activating My Inner Joy
  5. Global Good News
  6. Book and other Media Recommendations
  7. Joy Inspiring Products, Services & Classes
  8. Quotes to Ponder
  9. Contact Information


Universal Principles

Universal Principle of FLOW

What we put out we will receive back in turn.  FLOW is an energy force that can take on a life of its own.  The words from our mouths, the intentions of our hearts, and the spirit of our actions FLOW from who we are - into all we come in contact with.

Is your FLOW an out of control river that has overtaken the boundaries of others or flooded their foundation? Is your FLOW a dam that has blocked the free flow of energy for you, or others?  Is your FLOW a torrent, destroying nature along the way?  Is your FLOW being fed by toxic rain?  Is your FLOW full of someone else's bottled up water?


Does your FLOW redistribute unconditional love?  Does your FLOW radiate hopeful possibilities?  Does your FLOW circulate gentle peace?  Does your FLOW disperse negotiable alternatives? 


FLOW    a poem by Noel McInnis


as water is,

without friction.


Flow around the edges

of those upon your path.

Surround within your ever-moving depths

those who come to rest there - enfold them,

while never for a moment holding on.


Accept whatever distance

others are moved within your flow.

Be with them gently,

as far as they allow your strength to take them,

and fill with your own being

the remaining space when they are left behind.


When dropping down life's rapids,

froth and bubble into fragments if you must,

knowing that the one of you now many

will just as many times be one again.


And when you've gone as far as you can go,

quietly await your next beginning.


To read more poetry and writings by this poet, please link to:

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'BETTA' LIVING LESSONS : How to Flow Through Life with Joy

or Everything I Need To Know My Betta Fish Taught Me   by Joy Smiley  ,2003

Aqua Velva and Bing Cherry were bettas sent to me with a mission of joy. Their small size and unique blend of beautiful bright colors spreading from their tummies to the ends of their flow fins... inspired me and their unique personalities taught me: 

    • Your individuality and uniqueness make you who you are.
    • There is majesty in just being...
    • Let your play/your dance of life, look like colorful brush strokes of movement on a canvas. You were placed on earth, even if only for a moment, to paint a picture no one else can paint.
    • If you can't fly, then swim.  Do what you were born to do.
    • Create your own personal style of projection.
    • Remember to stop every once in a while to just come up to the surface and breathe.
    • Blow bubbles.  Get in touch with your own joyful passions.
    • Create a soft 'bubble nest' of hopes in anticipation of planting the essence of your dreams and watching them grow.
    • Know that your dreams and their birthing are a fragile process.  Both need to be nurtured to survive.  You the dreamer also need nurturing.
    • Be ready to catch any fallen dreams and carry them back to the nest of hopes for a second chance.
    • Radiate positive energy.  It can change the course of a room.
    • Expect and adapt to change.  Your reaction determines the outcome.
    • Explore all the possibilities in the space of where you are.
    • Look outside the bowl.  It's a great big world out there.  There is no lid on your bowl for a reason. A bowl has windows on all sides.
    • Communicate with all your senses and gifts (physical, visual, mental, emotional, verbal & spiritual) so that one of them can reach the one who matters most. (Sometimes that 'one' will be trying to stay afloat beside you - and sometimes that 'one' will be you.)
    • Your empowerment comes from within.
    • Present yourself with confidence.
    • There is a time for displaying the bigger self.  You will instinctively know when the situation requires it.
    • Go with the flow of each new day, but fight for what you believe in.
    • Decide on clear-cut boundaries that you dutifully protect against all intrusions - even your own!.
    • Expect battles.
    • Have a fight plan.  Be prepared to fight for what you believe in and/or fight for what is yours.
    • Fight the good fight (where everyone wins.) Then rest.
    • There is a time and a season for everything.
  • In their own 'betta' way - Aqua Velva and Bing Cherry were my teachers as well as my friends.  I hope you are blessed by what they taught me and are inspired to apply some of their teachings to your day.  Live each day in joy.  Enjoy the flow.



Big Picture Parenting


In trying to help a friend deal with anger that was not flowing in a healthy way... I was reminded of my mother's method when I was a child on the farm.  She would give me a hammer and say, "You go outside with that anger and you hammer that sidewalk until you make sparks and all your anger is gone!"  (I used to think if I would pound even harder and faster, I might make a hole through to the other side of the world, or start a fire!)  Well, needless to say, I usually made sparks (except in the winter,) but I never made a fire... and I never broke through the concrete before defusing my anger.  It did help to do something physical that didn't hurt anyone (me included.) And sometime afterwards I would be able to talk about it either to myself or another person in a much calmer state.


I recently came across a great web-site at  with healthy alternatives for dealing with the anger of children, other adults and even our own.  It is based on a book by Lynne Namka.  She has many great ideas on her website for ALL ages about identifying your anger and dealing with it in a healthy and healing fashion.  I would suggest you scroll down to review articles in other sections of the website, such as: FOR GROWNUPS,  FOR KIDS AND GROWNUPS TOO,  FOR PARENTS,  FOR COUPLES.  And make a special effort to read the ANGER HELPER WORDS.  May you find encouragement and reason to incorporate one of the methods below (or on the website) to help your children and grandchildren constructively 'get the mads out'.  It could make a joyful difference in your home!



Rules For Getting Your MADS Out **  by Lynne Namka

  • Check your tummy, jaws and your fists.  See if the mads are coming.
  • Breathe!  Blow your mad out.
  • Get your control.  Feel good about getting your control.
  • Stop and think; make a good choice.
  • People are not to be hurt with your hands, feet or voice.  You can't hurt people just because you are mad.
  • Remember to use your firm words, not your fists.
  • Use a strong voice and talk your mads out.  Say "I feel mad when you ________."
  • Sometimes you need to take a time out to get your control back.
  • Take yourself off to a safe place and talk to yourself.
  • Pat yourself on the back for getting your mad out nicely.



Things To Do Later If The MADS Are Still There** by Lynne Namka

  • Remember, mads don't have to stay inside you.  Talk to someone who can help you sort out the feelings that made you feel bad.
  • Draw lots of pictures about what makes you angry.  Make big, colorful angry drawings.   Make mad noises when you draw.  BIG, MAD NOISES!
  • Put your pictures in the freezer to cool off those mads.  Or let your refrigerator hold pictures of your mads.
  • Pound on clay or on pillows.  Scream and yell and pull those mads out of your stomach.  Let those mads run down your fists and into the pillow.
  • Go out in the back yard and dig a hole. (Or just pretend to dig in your living room.) Pull all those mads up and out of you and put them down in the hole.  Then cover them up with dirt and jump up and down, stomping on the mads.
  • Put your mads in soap bubbles and blow them away. Watch those feelings float up to the sun and poof!  Act out the story of your mads with dolls, stuffed animals or plastic dinosaurs.
  • Get permission to tear up an old magazine.  Rip each page out, one by one as you make "big mad noises."  Then throw those mad feelings away by putting all the pages in the trash.
  • Get permission to put your anger in a raw egg.  Write the name of the person you are mad at on an egg.  Go to a wide open space and pull up all your mads to put in the egg.  Throw your mads as far as you can and yell and scream... "Aaaaaagh!"

**This information is from the book, The Mad Family Gets Their Mads Out ($9.95 + $3 s&h from Talk, Trust and Feel Therapeutics * 1120 Buchanan Avenue * Charleston, IL 61920 * 217-345-2982.) Text and illustrations , 1995, Lynne Namka.   Please visit her website for a plethora of ideas at



Joyful Relationships

Create An Open Heart Support Team    by Suzanne Falter-Barnes

     First find a little quiet time out of reach of pager, phones, kids, etc... (I personally love going to the nearest not-too-noisy coffee bar, where I can sit at a table in the corner with a cup of tea.)  Then pull out your journal and get busy.


I. Make the following lists:

    • If I Could Do Anything In The World, I Would...
    • Things I've Most Wanted To Do But Am Most Afraid Of
    • Feelings And Other Truths I Never, Ever Want Anyone To Know


II. Now draw a line down the center of a new page:

    • On the left write:  People I Hide Myself From
    • Leave a little space below each name for additional writing. 
    • On the right side write: People I Actively Share Myself With
    • Complete both lists.
    • Now go back over these lists and below each name, write down why you hide or share yourself with that person.

III. Next, turn to a clean page of paper, and letting your pen flow, create a list of exactly what you really need to fulfill your mission or dream(s) in life. 

  • Think qualitatively... do you need
    • quiet morning time?
    • more courage?
    • more training?
    • someone to bounce ideas off of?
    • a really comfortable chair in your home office?
    • more sunlight or some plants?
    • constructive criticism?
    • deep encouragement?
    • a tireless supporter who believes in you more than you do?
  •  What is it that your soul is asking for now?
  •  Let your pen move across the page as you assemble this important list of qualities.

IV. Put that list in front of you, and study it for a moment.  Some items are things you can create for yourself - like a comfy chair, or quiet morning time. 

  • Tick off those that you can get busy putting in place now. 
  • Then circle those that need the help of another person to accomplish, like getting constructive criticism or deep encouragement.

V. Now put that list, and the People I Actively Share Myself With list in front of you.  Looking back and forth between the two lists, assemble a group of people who can give you what you really need.  This is your Open Heart Support Group.  How could each of the people or organizations in this group support you?  What do you need from them, specifically?  Really try to pinpoint it.

VI. Finally (and this is the most important part)

  • ...get in touch with the people or organizations on that list.
  • Screw up your courage and approach these folks directly. 
  • Share this exercise (and essay) with them, if need be, and see if they'd like to open their heart as well. 
  • You can be their supporter in turn.

This article reprinted with permission from Suzanne Falter-Barnes' free ezine, The Joy Letter (, 2003, Suzanne Falter-Barnes.) To subscribe, go to



Activating My Inner Joy

How I Activate My Inner Joy  by Pegi Joy Jenkins, Ph.D. - Founder of Joyful You - Joyful Child, Inc

      "What will activate my inner joy today?"  This is the question I was asking myself this morning.  I mentally ran through my list of Sweet Sixteen Joy Activators.  (You can find the list on my website at

     Nothing grabbed me as a focus for the day and it was a day I really wanted to manage my vibrations. (As we think and feel, we vibrate; as we vibrate we attract.)

     However, the question invited the answer and the Law of Attraction went to work.  Thirty minutes later, I found myself listening to a CD (Lesson 14 from the Initiation Program,) which I had recently purchased from Higher Awareness.  Wow!  My Joy Juices bubbled up and I had the truly joyful "thought for the day" that I wanted...

     It was one of those really big Universal Principles:  "All thought creates."  However, it went deeper and broader than I heard it before... beyond the "consciousness creates reality" that I was used to repeating.  It was based on quantum physics research.  What I grabbed hold of is that there is nothing there and we're making it all up.  The physical universe does not exist except when observed by mind.  It is the act of seeing or observing something that makes it become real.  Our world is a figment of our collective imagination.  And individually, it's a figment of our individual imagination.  As the Delfin Knowledge System states, "material conditions must change in order to be in harmony with their creator, which is thought."

     That was enough to make me start flowing thought to what I wanted, not to what I didn't want.  I knew I wanted to get out of my box and play with juicy images and bodacious ideas.  So I picked up my SARK books (all seven of them) because she (as an author) triggers my imagination.  She's an advocate for drenching our self in self-kindness, stamping out conformity, making Yes your favorite word, being ridiculous, and living a succulent wild life.  Today she will be my Joy vitamin as I remember "All thought creates."



How I Activate My Inner Joy  by Linda B. (a woman thrilled to be alive and awake in the world and blessed to be a wife, mother, Inner-Life Coach, and Joyful Child Trainer.)

     I love the out of doors and I love meditation so I have some favorite places in nature that I go to be reconnected with nature and in turn with my inner joy.  The two seem synonymous to me.   

     One place I love to go is called the Naturerealm.  It is property owned by one of the rubber magnates in Akron, Ohio where I live.  All year-round it is a place of beauty. 

     On one of my walks, it was as if this one particular tree on the path jumped out and called my name.  It is a very tall tree with a trunk just the right size for hugging. My intuition led me to put my back up against the tree. I allowed the touch association of my spine to this tree to be the conduit for whatever message the tree had for me.  I came away feeling like the tree and I were meant to be friends for a long, long time.  In response, I promised the tree to do a "reconnecting with nature" meditation each time I needed to feel the relationship with nature. 

     The upshot is, I feel more connected than ever to this tree.  Weird as this may sound, I even think about the tree during hours that I cannot possibly be with the tree.

     Somehow the memory serves as a link to what I am unable to physically make contact with.  So, I give thanks for the tree in my morning devotions and I feel the image of this tree as an imprint upon my mind whenever I need to feel how the tree and I are "ONE". 

      This always produces a feeling of "activating my inner joy."  It also gives me renewed inner strength, and the neat thing is we don't have to say things verbally.  There is always a sense that what I intend has been picked up by my tree-friend... that is truly inner joy!!!!

     My other inner joy activity is just playing music and allowing my body to dance the music in light of what it needs to learn.  Always, my body finds a way of swaying to the music and letting each part of me express itself.  This is extremely freeing and therapeutic and uplifting ---- just what I need as inspiration to let the joy flow into choosing what to wear and how I respond to what the day brings me.

     These nature practices have come into my life through training in Michael Cohen's online course called "Reconnecting With Nature," thus the emphasis on the word "connecting".  Connecting refers to the life force in me which CONNECTS with the life force in the tree -- in other words our oneness is found in the life force through which we are united.  The joy comes in recognizing and engaging in this natural connection.

     The movement to music practice came to me as a result of experiencing Gabriel Roth's work and also the patterns found in Eurythmy, which is a beautiful way of physically making words and music visible through movement.  Scientifically research shows that when these specific movements of vowels and tones are "danced" there is a healing and empowering effect within.  For me, it ignites a sense of inner joy.



FUTURE SUBMISSIONS TO THIS SECTION: What Activates YOUR joy? We would love to hear from our readers. Your personal submissions will be considered for future issues.  To share your own story of present moment revelations of how your own joy is activated, please submit a short article by email to  with the heading What Activates My Inner Joy. Please include your first name - and a point of contact. 



Global Good News

FLOWING YOUR ENERGY   by Sharon Warren, M.A.

    I CREATE THE JUICE. Paul Bauer in Dream Builders newsletter shared having a conversation with an interesting man a few years ago from whom he needed some programming work.  They ended up talking about what they both did and how they got started in their respective businesses.  The man who did the programming said he had worked for a very large telecommunications company in the Midwest.  His job was to help route phone cables and install them underground.  Some days he had to crawl through dark musty tunnels to verify cable paths.  Other days he'd discover and plan new cable routes.  One major problem often encountered before putting new cable in the ground was first determining if previous cable was already buried there to avoid any damage.  One day, he figured, "There had to be an easier way to find the cables with an existing pattern somewhere."  He decided to write a computer program to discover and report the "patterns" of where the cables were that he discovered.  This saved countless hours of labor and testing.

     Here's the "rub."  After he wrote this revolutionary program, it saved this telecommunications giant firm EIGHT MILLION dollars in construction and labor costs!  Yes!  $8,000,000.00! This fellow who created the program that saved this company so much money figured that maybe he'd get a nice bonus.  What would you guess it would be worth?  An extra week of vacation?  A "Creativity Reward?" When it came time for his "bonus," guess how much he received?  $10,000.00?  $5,000.00?  Can you believe he only received $100.00?  One hundred dollars for saving this multi-BILLION dollar company EIGHT MILLION?!  What do you feel you would deserve for the "fruits of your labors" in this situation?  If others don't value you, you still must value yourself and create your own reality and destiny by always following your heart.

     A BIG WAKE UP CALL!  This event changed the course of this man's life!  He decided if he could create a program that was worth $8,000,000.00 in savings to his employer, then he would use his energy to CREATE his own business.  He would then reap the benefits of his efforts directly.  So, this "normal person" pursued his dream.  Today, his company is a thriving service that inspires the employees and creates enduring value for his customers.

     "Optimism is positive thinking lighted up."-Norman Vincent Peale.  I invite you to toss your magnet out and create your heart's desires.  When you hold a passionate image of the life you imagine, your pure, positive, pulsating energy will create your reality through the Law of Attraction in Action.  In my book, Magnetizing Your Heart's Desire, I share how to live your life on purpose through creative choices by being FOCUSED on your highest outcomes.  Today is a good time to rekindle the thrill of your heart's desires through the vibration of enthusiasm.  The last four letters in enthusiasm are IASM.  That could be an anagram for I Am Sold Myself.  As a CREATOR, when you feel inner excitement and joy generated through your enthusiasm, you will then know you are in alignment with your heart's desires.  Enthusiasm in its root form is defined as "en + thos = in God" meaning you are intensely eager, exhilarated, elated, exuberated and inspired.  Your enthusiasm vibration radiates and pulsates the power of your magnetic "coming attractions" in action.  Your emotional tones and feelings energetically accelerate the process.  Imagine whom you are with, what is being said, and what you are feeling and doing in your "dream scene."

     "Joy is the sign that creative emotion is fulfilling its purpose."-Charles Du Bos    

     Think of an hourglass at the midpoint with the upper chamber and neck hovering over your heart's desires as a time continuum that is dropping in your INTENTIONS with steady consistency.  Your intent's importance, meaning the charge you feel based on your beliefs and your passion for your heart's desire (without resistance), is then determined by how long it takes to be fully released or dissipated in time.  You ask and intend, boundaries yield and Source answer when you are aligned with aliveness and focused awareness.  Then, a progression of events is pulled into physical reality.  Intents cannot shove their way into expression all at one time.  They are broken down in a span of time.  My February column, Being A drip, shared how meditations are initially just 'drips'.  Gradually, and with practice, the drips become more frequent until there is no gap between drips and water, which eventually form a stream of consciousness.

     I invite you to write down WHY you chose to receive your heart's desire.  I choose it because... I receive it because... I deserve it because... (you may be surprised how effective this process is). BE the CAUSE in your life.  Get out your colored markers and make your outcomes vibrant and alive.  Make a SPECTRUM OF YOUR SELF.  Creating a collage is very powerful.  Be your own magic genie (imagine = I am a genie = your divine creation). Your clarity is what creates your outcomes fulfilled and your wishes granted with divine timing and synchronicity.  Decide and intend what you desire and why.  There is a deliciousness in creating for the sheer pleasure and anticipation of it.  You then have the time buffer to change it, re-arrange it or fine tune before it manifests.  The Law of Attraction always responds to your most dominant vibration.  Then, give thanks it is already here, which molds and sets it in place.  Appreciation is the fastest tool for personal growth and it is one of the strongest emotions you have as a CREATOR.   Stay focused, follow your heart and let your words and feelings match your highest choices.  Believe, dream, will and then put it in the hands of God. 

     "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you've always imagined!" - Thoreau


Sharon Warren's Flowing Your Energy Column is featured at:  Sharon may also be reached by email:


Book And Other Media Recommendations


Go With The FLow (jazz) Walter Beasley

Orinoco Flow - (from the album "Watermark") Enya

Orinoco Flow - Music Of Enya by the Taliesin Orchestra (easy listening)

Flow (folk/blue grass)- Ten Mile Tide

Flow (meditation/ambiance/synthesizers) - Jon Jenkins 




Flow     by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life  by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

This University of Chicago Psychologist's name may be hard to pronounce... but the concepts of his books are easy to read and understand.  The author believes that people are the happiest when they are absorbed in something they are passionate about -- using their skills -- and being challenged.  This is the point he calls "flow".  Both books are short overviews that are presented in a self-help format.  Are you doing something that brings you joy?  If so, you are probably flowing. 


Writing in Flow: Keys to Enhanced Creativity  by Susan K. Perry 

Do you have writers block?  Are you stumped for words to express what you feel?  Is your once blank piece of paper still blank?  Then perhaps this compilation of interviews where Susan gleaned the ways that 76 well-known writers open up their hearts and minds to flow will stimulate your creativity.  We all are challenged... those who write for a living face the same boulders that try to block their streams of consciousness. Open up the channels and let experience be your teacher by reading these personal revelations. 



Succulent Wild Woman: Dancing  with Your Wonder-full Self  by SARK

Creative Companion: How to Free Your Creative Spirit   by SARK

The Bodacious Book of Succulence: Daring to Live Your Succulent Wild Life by SARK

Transformation Soup: Healing for the Splendidly Imperfect  by SARK

Change Your Life Without Getting Out Of Bed: The Ultimate Nap Book  by SARK

Eat Mangoes Naked: Finding Pleasure Everywhere and Dancing With The Pits by SARK

Prosperity Pie: How to Relax About Money and Everything Else  by SARK

Living Juicy: Daily Morsels for Your Creative Soul (meditation/daybook)  by SARK

Reach for any one of these SARK's books - and you are reaching for the true joy all around us.  She invites us to recognize the good in every day, and in every encounter -- and value it. I often give these books as gifts to friends or loved ones in the hospital or who are going through a time of 'going through'.  Why?  Because SARK uses childlike expressive drawings, and her own colorful handwritten humor to keep a positive outlook on daily struggles we all face.  Her books are inspiring and can help you get in touch with the joy you thought you'd lost.

     "I invite you to expand pleasure and the true joy in all that it is to be human,"  urges SARK. "I will share my process, lessons, failings, discoveries and blessings with you.  Lets proceed into pleasure."


children's books    

Sing Sophie by Dayle Ann Dodds     illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger  

Do you know someone who is always singing or humming?  Have you ever made up songs about getting dressed or the food you hate?  If you have songs inside of you that just need to come out, but others just don't get it or can't stand it... then you'll relate to Sophie's expressions of activating her inner joy.  I know I did!


The Kitten Who Thought He Was A Mouse  by Miriam Norton  illustrated by Garth Williams

We all grow according to the environment we were raised in.  But each of us have the potential to be so much more.  You and your child will laugh and sigh as you follow the saga of a newborn kitten, found and adopted by a mouse family -- who discovers his differences can "make" a difference.


Dreams by Ezra Jack Keats

You never know what will happen to the things our hands and hearts create.  Roberto finds out we only need to be awake to the possibilities and dream.  Let this book awaken your inner child with its sensory pictures and words.


Stone Soup  retold by Marilyn Sapienza   illustrations by Hans Wilhelm

Two traveling pigs (Molly and Max) are strangers in town.  These two are hungry and tired, but no one will help them. The local townspeople are not interested in learning anything about who they don't know, what they don't know, and decide not to share! The villagers hide their stuff, close their doors and practice looking hungry.  Molly and Max discover that people who don't share are often just afraid.  Come join these pigs as they share a recipe that steams away fear and produces a rich aroma that brings people together.



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"I read the game questions and haven't laughed so hard for so long in a long time.  I love it!"  - Dixie, Sunday School Teacher


"This game is so wonderful! I learned so much about my son, his dreams, his goals and his wishes.  I learned that his thoughts are much deeper than I ever imagined.  I strongly recommend this game to all parents."  - Lisa, Mother of two


"I didn't want to go to bed.  I kept wanting to answer just one more question.  This game is really fun -- and my answers are always right."   - Vaughn, a nine year old





"Will have a wide range of appeal for the educational field -- and I do admire the author's emphasis on the performance rather than the construction of puppets."  -Burr Tillstrom, Puppeteer for Kukla, Fran and Ollie


There is tremendous value in puppetry for children.  With a puppet doing the talking, a child will stop stuttering, sing a song, speak his/her truth, and retain the message from other puppets.  There are 20 other values of puppetry listed in this book.  It emphasizes making "instant" puppets so the children have time to use them wherever they may be.

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"This book should be on the desk of every teacher who deals with children."  -Frank Ballard, Director of Puppetry Workshops, Univ. of Connecticut


Quotes To Ponder

"The world is a great mirror.  It reflects back to you what you are.  If you are loving, if you are friendly, if you are helpful, the world will prove loving and friendly and helpful to you.  The world is what you are."     - Thomas Drier - Author


"Happiness is to be found along the way, not at the end of the road, for then the journey is over and it is too late.  Today, this hour, this minute is the day, the hour, the minute for each of us to sense the fact that life is good, with all of its trials and troubles, and perhaps more interesting because of them."  - Robert R. Updegraff - Author of "Be Thankful For Your Troubles"


"MY BEAUTY TIPS - For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.  For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.  For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.  For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.  For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.  People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed: never throw out anyone.  Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.  As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others."    - poem written by Audrey Hepburn - Actress


"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn." - James Muir


"You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks, jump over the hurdles and break through the brick walls that are always going to be placed in front of you.  If you don't have that kind of feeling for what it is you are doing, you'll stop at the first giant hurdle."  - George Lucas - Film Director and Producer


"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face... You must do the thing you think you cannot do."   - Eleanor Roosevelt - Social activist and Former First Lady of the United States


"You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you." - Heraclitus


"Praise is like sunlight to the human spirit: we cannot flower and grow without it."  - Jess Lair


"Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people."   - W.C. Fields - comedian


"Training is everything.  The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education." - Mark Twain - Author


"Again and again, a voice commands us to get out of the rut, to leave bag and baggage, to change cars, change directions." - Henry Miller


"Never continue in a job you don't enjoy.  If you're happy in what you're doing, you'll like yourself and have inner peace.  And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.  - Johnny Carson - Comedian


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