Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Bravely Battle Brace-ism - A Book Written to Help Kids Who Wear Braces

Bravely Battle Brace-ism by Debbie Dunn was written to benefit a young friend who had a case of nerves of getting braces and being bullied (aka experiencing Brace-ism). I hope this book will help all young people bravely battle Brace-ism.


 Goofy Jane

Book Description

When Sarah discovered that she was going to have to enter the seventh grade wearing braces, she wondered, “How will I handle it when people taunt me with brace-ist remarks? Will I manage to feel empowered or belittled?”

Three other rising seventh graders wondered the very same thing. All four of them spent the summer preparing.

When the school year began, they joined forces and interchanged multiple humorous and clever retorts. Before long, they found themselves relishing the opportunity to trailblaze numerous ways to triumph over toxic Brace-ism.

Should your preteen and teen have to also wear braces, they, too, will learn multiple ways to successfully challenge Brace-ism. You may even wish to donate an extra copy to your orthodontist and school library.

About the Author - Debbie Dunn

Debbie Dunn has been a professional storyteller since 1989. She has also served as a teacher of at-risk teens, an anti-bullying specialist, and she taught both elementary and middle school. She now indulges her passion for anti-bullying and her love of nature, traveling, and writing as she follows the trail of at-risk animals and strives to help young people at risk, as well.

Amazon Link to all children’s books by Debbie Dunn

Here is the link to the author’s page on Amazon of all paperback and kindle books by Debbie Dunn.. It will open up in a new window. This includes the book called “Bravely Battle Brace-ism.”


Monday, March 23, 2020

Goofy Jane - Newly published on Amazon

Goofy Jane by Debbie Dunn was written to demonstrate the importance of utilizing good communication skills in order to help you achieve your dreams.



 Goofy Jane

Book Description

Once there was a goofy gal named Jane. More than anything in the world, eighteen-year-old Jane wanted to be a movie star. To that end, each day, she would go into town to take either dancing lessons or singing lessons or acting lessons.

An important Hollywood agent, Mr. Headworthy, lived just down the street. On his days off, as he worked in his garden, he got very curious to always see Jane sashay by on her way to and from town. One day, he decided to ask her. And that is where the fun begins.

It will soon become very clear just why it is so important to be an effective communicator. Just watch the numerous ways that Jane very nearly ruined her chance to be an actress in Hollywood.

About the Author - Debbie Dunn

Debbie Dunn has been a professional storyteller since 1989. She has also served as a teacher of at-risk teens, an anti-bullying specialist, and she taught both elementary and middle school. She now indulges her passion for anti-bullying and her love of nature, traveling, and writing as she follows the trail of at-risk animals and strives to help young people at risk, as well.


Amazon Link to all children’s books by Debbie Dunn

Here is the link to the author’s page on Amazon of all paperback and kindle books by Debbie Dunn.. It will open up in a new window. This includes the book called “Goofy Jane.”


Thursday, January 30, 2020

Squirrel Rejects his Bushy Tail

Squirrel Rejects his Bushy Tail by Debbie Dunn was written to demonstrate the importance of valuing each and every part of our body and lives.



 Squirrel Rejects his Bushy Tail

Book Description

Squirrel loved to brag more than just about anything else in the world. Sadly, all that bragging was a cover-up for hiding his big secret.

What was his secret? Squirrel truly thought his tail was ugly and useless.

When confronted by a hungry hawk, will Squirrel learn his lesson that all parts of his body are essential and important before it is too late?

This story of Squirrel attempting to reject his bushy tail was inspired by hearing a Native American tale about Coyote plus the author’s past weight loss efforts. See if it reminds you of any time when you might have rejected or put down any part of your body or life.

Amazon Link to all children’s books by Debbie Dunn

Here is the link to the author’s page on Amazon of all paperback and kindle books by Debbie Dunn.. It will open up in a new window. That includes the book called "Squirrel Rejects His Bushy Tail."


Friday, January 24, 2020

Parables of Strange Fox & Martin Rabbit

Parables of Strange Fox & Martin Rabbit by Debbie Dunn was written in honor of #BlackHistoryMonth and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.



Parables of Strange Fox & Martin Rabbit

Book Description

This trilogy of tales was written in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black History Month. After reading multiple biographies of his great life, the author was inspired to write a story that demonstrates that the sky would not fall if people of all races co-mingled.

Tale #1: Parable of Strange Fox: A ‘stranger-danger’ fox arrives at a peaceful forest. He manages to convince President Bear to confine all rabbits to Forest Corner or else the sky would come crashing down upon their heads.

Tale #2: Parable of Martin Rabbit and Grandmother Frog: Years later, young Martin Rabbit meets with his mentor, Grandmother Frog. Will she convince him to bravely take a stand?

Tale #3: Parable of What Martin Rabbit Taught President Bear: When facing starvation, Martin Rabbit leads the rabbits to the fallen tree to meet with President Bear the 3rd. Will Martin be able to convince one and all that a bad law is a law needing to be changed?

Tune in to read this trilogy of three parables to find the answer.

About the Author - Debbie Dunn

Debbie Dunn has been a professional storyteller since 1989. She has also served as a teacher of at-risk teens, an anti-bullying specialist, and she taught both elementary and middle school. She now indulges her passion for anti-bullying and her love of nature, traveling, and writing as she follows the trail of at-risk animals and strives to help young people at risk, as well.



Amazon Link to all children’s books by Debbie Dunn

Here is the link to the author’s page on Amazon of all paperback and kindle books by Debbie Dunn.. It will open up in a new window. That includes the book called "Parables of Strange Fox and Martin Rabbit."


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Cork City Gaol in Cork, Ireland - Part 3 of 6

While visiting Cork, Ireland, our wonderful taxi driver took us to stee the Cork City Gaol (Jail). This is part 3 of 6 of this photo collection.


The former Cork City Gaol (Jail) in Cork, Ireland - Part 3

While visiting Cork, Ireland, my two best friends and I toured this Cork City Gaol (Jail).

In he area where many of the prison cells were located, we were able to view inside several of them to see vignettes of past prisoners and the conditions they faced.

This next sample jail cell is the prisoner by the name of Mary McDonnell.





























Here is another locked cell door.


























The next cell over is the prisoner by the name of Countess Markievicz.













































Here is a copy of the letter that she was writing. The text of this letter is shown below this photo.


























Copy of letter written by Countellss Markievicz

Cork jail.

14 June 1919

Dearest Old Darling Sister,

Clare has just written that you are ill and I am so sorry that I just got arrested, for I know how that will worry you. But you needn’t bother, for I am in excellent health and spirits. I am here for advising girls not to walk out with the police and a few other remarks of that sort. The whole thing would make a very funny story for a magazine!

I’m afraid the green brooch was not very nice, but it was the nearest thing I could get for what I remembered of the old, but it strikes me as having too much silver and too little pattern. Some day we’ll find a better one.

I have been so busy since I was back in Ireland and had a lovely time. Spent two days among the mountains with Bella and saw and hugged Mr. P. He was like a stunned person when he saw me. I thought he was going to faint. Certainly animals are more human than some people, especially English politicians.

This is the most comfortable jail I have been in yet. There’s a nice garden, full of pinks, and you can hear birds sing. I have heaps of friends here who send me in lots of very good food – in fact, all my meals. Our people are such darlings. In Dublin, my meals were sent in, and at Mallow, when they made sure of the police being able to identify me and changed and improved the warrant, a girl gave me a teapot of lovely tea and some cakes to keep me going.

I wonder if Gaga realized she was talking sedition when she used to abuse Maggie Campbell for walking with a policeman, years and years ago. It was a terrible crime in her eyes, and she sacked Medhbh’s first nurse for doing ditto! I wonder what her present point of view is! Someone ought to warn her of the risks she runs.

I can’t help laughing all the time. Anyhow, I’m alright, so don’t you worry. I got in at the psychological moment, if I mistake not! and I’m glad.

I’ll write again soon, so take care of your dear old self. Do write me a line if you can. I know I’m a selfish devil to ask you.

Love to Esther and all the love of my heart to yourself,

Mise I gCuis nah Eireann,

Constance de Markievicz


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Another part of the jail labeled Gaol Graffiti.
































That's Carrie in the foreground and Maddy in the background reading some of it.


Here are some more views of this jail:

























Here is the prisoner by the name of Julia Twomey.




























The young prisoner, by the name of Edward O'Brien, is receiving a whipping in the next cell. If I recall correctly, he was in there for stealing.



























After a view of the outside, a ghost is the next thing to be viewed. In reality, it is a hologram ebbing and flowing. I suppose it represents someone who died of illness or was killed inside these jail walls.





























Please visit part 4 of this blog to continue this tour.

Until then, best wishes to you, and have a wonderful day!

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Please visit these other blog posts about the Cork City Gaol in Cork, Ireland. Here are the links. They will each open up in a new window.






Amazon Link to all children’s books by Debbie Dunn

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Cork City Gaol in Cork, Ireland - Part 2 of 6

While visiting Cork, Ireland, our wonderful taxi driver took us to stee the Cork City Gaol (Jail). This is part 2 of 6 of this photo collection.


The former Cork City Gaol (Jail) in Cork, Ireland - Part 2

While visiting Cork, Ireland, my two best friends and I toured this Cork City Gaol (Jail).

In he area where many of the prison cells were located, we were able to view inside several of them to see vignettes of past prisoners and the conditions they faced.

Here is the door of one of those jail cells.




This next cell is labeled as the cell of Thomas Raile.



















































Here you can see another locked door plus the area where they likely pushed in the meal for the prisoner.























The next prisoner's sample cell is labeled as Cornelius Kelleher.





























The visiting inmates, that is us, (LOL!), have the opportunity to try a cell - if we choose. Check out Carrie and Maddy as they try out that very thing. Carrie is the "jailbird" on the left. Maddy is the "jailbird" on the right.






























Here is a long hallway.



























Next comes the cell of James Burns alias Henry White.































Another locked jail cell door:
















































The prisoner by the name of Mary-Ann Twohig











Please visit part 3 of this blog to continue the tour.

Until then, best wishes to you, and have a wonderful day!

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Please visit these other blog posts about the Cork City Gaol in Cork, Ireland. Here are the links. They will each open up in a new window.





Amazon Link to all children’s books by Debbie Dunn

Here is the link to the author’s page on Amazon of all paperback and kindle books by Debbie Dunn.. It will open up in a new window.