Jena Ball – Have Fun, Be Kind!

    Tammy Massman likes to say that she is forever in 3rd grade, but I beg to differ. She is forever exploring, thinking like and with her third graders, but her vision for how she’d like them to experience learning is way beyond third grade. Sorry Ms....

Jena Ball – Be Kind Because….

Be Kind Because…. I took a walk with Ricky Bobby the other day – the real Ricky Bobby, who is every bit as cute and a whole lot feistier than my illustration. Trotting along in his squeaky cart with his ears flapping and toenails clicking, he was a magnet for...

Jena Ball – Thoughts to Chew On #3: I’m a Work in Progress

I’m a Work in Progress You wouldn’t know it by the way popular media idolizes over achievers, superheroes, and those with “Extreme” lifestyles, but most of us are works in progress. This is particularly true of kids, and it’s important...

Jena Ball – Thoughts to Chew on #2: Who Rescues Who?

Who Rescues Who? Chapter 8 of the latest CritterKin book, “Meet the Mutts,”  is about a tiny black and tan dachshund named Ricky Bobby who was rescued from a puppy mill. He is loosely based on an actual dog who now lives with my friend Megan Bliss. Megan...

The Sounds of Kindness: Part II

The Sounds of Kindness: Part II The second half of the “Dog Adoption and Humane Awards” event began with an invitation to present First Lady Ann McCrory with the framed artwork I’d created for the occasion. To understand the significance of the invitation, you need a...