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I had a wonderful time from my childhood in the garden digging, planting, making compost, working with mentor farmers and gardeners to grow food, flowers and make compost. Compost is made like a cake recipe with leaves, parts of plants, food scraps, and many other natural earthy substances that are piled up together and break down over time into healthy living soil that farmer gardeners need to feed growing things. The earthworm is an essential part of this process. The pages of this site are dedicated to these unique creatures. The Earthworm Book is where you can learn more and start your own small worm farm. I have been involved in Bio-Dynamic Farming and organic methods.
FREE GIFT with PURCHASE of the 2nd Edition is a full-length CD narrated audio book with the catchy informative lyrics of "The Earthworm Song" that will have you singing along plus even more music to enjoy for nap time or anytime!
My second book is mixed media illustrated about protecting the Mojave desert, the Native American ancient cultural resources and the animals. It's called "The Strange Disappearance of Walter Tortoise." The "green" industry looks like a worthy cause on the outside, but there is harm being done that we don't see. We need to teach our children how to be better thinkers and engineers, so they can avoid the mess that we are making and truly be sustainable by working with all lives concerned. I'm ready to release "Tortoise Valley" the signature song and will make an audio book with the animal character voices soon.
Commissioned by BioMassters, INC. actively helping farmers and bees worldwide I created the illustrated book "Give Bees a Chance." Important to help children understand how this essential insect is to our whole system of food production and even our own existence! There is also "Give Bees a Chance Song" a film of bees doing their incredible waggle dance to my original tune. You can find it inside the book linked to YouTube and the song "Give Bees a Chance" is streaming on Spotify and many other music channels.
My fourth book "What Paradise Found" is about to be released distributed through Adriel Publishing. It is an illustrated fantasy story to help children cope with having to move because of divorce, military etc.
Ebook and paperback. I have several other children's books I have been writing and illustrating with an emphasis on the love of nature. I believe children need to understand where their food comes from and the origins of life in a tactile way. Get your hands in the soil. Soil is not dirt, its life
I have been a Professional Musician for over 30 years, have a vast discography, worldwide performing on stage for TV video and radio. Writing, singing, violin, bass, percussion and acoustic guitar. Since the early 80's my electric violin has been a pioneer for changing people's ideas of what a violin can do. I was one of those performing improvising and dancing at the same time.
I have been a violin teacher for over 15 years. My own teachers being top professionals, they helped me have insight to write a book of my violin beginning technique which helps students have a perfect hand position for good intonation. The Previn Points Technique. It will one day be available to the public, not just my students!
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