HONEY by Sarah Weeks

I just finished reading “HONEY” by Sarah Weeks. It was a delicious story about ten year old Melody, her good friend Nick, and a dog named Mo. Melody was hoping her father would find someone to marry, since her mother died way back when. But when she hears her father calling someone “Honey,” she was thrown for a loop. She had a hunch it might be her least favorite teacher, Mrs. Hogan. Was she ever wrong. A terrific story about family and relationships. Thank you Sarah!

The Great Good Summer

The Great Good Summer is a book you do not want to miss. Liz Garton Scalon has written a truly beautiful book about family and the south of Texas. Her word choice is perfect. I should know because I am a native Mississippian. Click on the title above to read the first page of this wonderful story. I recommend heading down to the nearest book store or library and dive right in. Believe me, you will not be able to put this one down. Thank you Liz!

Cornbread Cook-off Winner

Cornbread Cook-off winner Linda Whitaker, (center) and illustrator Cheryl Pilgrim (right) in Fort Worth at The West Hampton Sandwich Shop for the tasting. Congratulations Linda!

Her recipe will be featured in “HOUND DAWG”, a Southern retelling of “The Three Little Pigs.”

A special thank you to the judges:  Janet Herald, Dick Stenson, and Regan Vermillion, and especially to Rebecca Allen, TCU Press, for organizing the cook-off.

Christ the King Catholic School in Dallas

I presented to Kindergarden, First, Second, Third, and Fourth grade students at Christ the King in Dallas on Monday, March 31st ,2015. It was so much fun. They were perfect listeners and asked brilliant questions. “After your book was published, what didn’t you like about it?’ and “Why did you name your book “Texas Chili? Oh My?”


The Society’s Publication Awards, which take place every other year, publicly recognize the authors of the best recently published books on Texas history. Please save the date for our next awards luncheon, which will take place on Friday, March 20, 2015 at The Argyle. The San Antonio Conservation Society Congratulates All The Winners Of The 2015 Publication Awards. Chili Texano? Ay Dios!/Texas Chili? Oh My! By Patricia Vermillion

Photo courtesy of Vicki Raney.

Sudie Williams Elementary

On Monday night Patricia Vermillion, The Lamplighter School’s librarian, made a visit to Sudie Williams Elementary School’s Reading Night for a writing workshop. Over 20 families attended the event.

Aside from being Lamplighter’s librarian, Vermillion is also a children’s book author. She read her 2013 book “Texas Chili? Oh My!” to students and their parents, and then discussed the process of writing a children’s book.

“What a rewarding experience,” Vermillion said. “The students and parents at Sudie Williams were very interested in the reading and writing process.”

Sudie Williams and Lamplighter are part of the COMMIT! partnership that aims to strengthen the academic skills of students in Dallas County. Dr. Joan Hill, Lamplighter’s Head of School, said the initiative is “intricately connected to Lamplighter’s literacy program with a goal to advance third grade reading scores.” The partnership includes other independent schools as well as public school districts throughout the D/FW area.

Michelle Staubach Grimes, a former Lamplighter Parent and daughter of former Dallas Cowboy Roger Staubach, joined Vermillion at Reading Night. Grimes’ book “Where is Pidge?” is scheduled to be released this month.



My new favorite book! RAIN REIGN by Ann M. Martin.

A heart-touching story about a bright eleven year-old girl named Rose who has a love for homonyms

and is dealing with Asperger’s syndrome. Other members of Rose’s family are her father

Wesley Howard, her good friend Uncle Weldon, and Rain her dog. Rose’s father found a

lost dog in the rain and brought him home to Rose. So naturally, Rose would name the dog Rain.

He was found in the rain and the word has two homonyms. This is a must read for readers of all ages!

Cornbread Cook-off Winners are …

Congratulations to Rebecca Henderson-Smotherman, Linda Whitaker, Aimee Whitaker, Donna Thomas, Sally Keeling, Deborah Taylor, Cynthia Wildridge, Jean Cook, Donna Bartee, Valerie Bergstrom. The final touches for the cook-off are being put together by Rebecca Allen, TCU Press. The new West Hampton Bistro will host the event in January. More news to follow by Rebecca.