Chill: a book for kids (and others) who are trying to calm down

I know there are times you feel overwhelmed by everything and you snap. In your head, you know you are about to snap.  You don’t want to snap, but you do. 

There are three kinds of meltdowns:  anger, panic, and depression.  Some of us have a go-to; others dabble in all three. 

I fixed a bunch of things in my thinking and in my life that were leading to meltdowns.  You can fix them too. This book will show you how. 

Trash Talk

A Book for Kids

You heard that comment. You know you heard it. It felt like a jab, a crack, a shot, but you can’t put your finger on it.

When he talks to you, you feel attacked, shamed, uncomfortable, or just a little bit smaller.

This book will help you spot the trash talk, and, even better, this book will help you understand the trash talker.

Do you know why those are good things to know?

The trash talker might be you.


I’m a Jersey Woman, born and raised just outside Manhattan.

I was that introverted kid who daydreamed and watched the clouds roll by. When my nose wasn’t buried in a book, I ran long distance, wrote stories, and plotted world peace.

I got my bachelor’s degree in American Studies at Rutgers University. I wrote wild stuff while in college, and I wrote wild stuff after college.

I traveled around a bunch, and I grew to love hiking, nature, adventure, opera, jazz, and yoga.

Thanks to a lifelong obsession with the printed word and a fascination with how people talk to each other, I got my master’s degree in Communication Arts. That’s when I started teaching.

I now live in Florida and enjoy the ocean, running, reading, thunderstorms, and sunshine.