Monday, May 1, 2017, I had the honor to speak to the third graders at West Marion Elementary School for their special event, "Author Day". We met in the gymnasium and I spoke briefly about my journey in writing, "My Days with Nell" and "Treasures of My Heart." The students have been studying McDowell County History and I shared a small reading of my Carson House book, "Treasures of My Heart" and how Stoneman's Raiders attacked the house nine days after the Civil War had ended. We had a short question and answer time and the students were, as always, well behaved, courteous and kind. West Marion is my home school. It's where I developed a deep love for children's literature. I love the people there who give their time, talent and love to a diverse population of youngsters. They are encouragers and their generosity of spirit knows no boundaries. I miss them; a part of them goes with me to every school I visit. They are my standard... and they always end up on top. A special thank you to Ms. Ashley Greene, meda coordinator, for the invitation.