Welcome to Three Questions with Van Heerling. This is where you get to meet authors, actors, painters and anyone else that is bent toward the arts, but on a more personal level.
Today I have the pleasure of meeting Dvora Swickle, author of several children's books.
VH: Hi there Dvora, if you could go back in time to when you were seven years old, what wisdom or advice would you pass on to yourself?
DS: I would tell myself that looks are not everything. Do not hate people who are mean, just try to understand and be true to yourself. Go ahead and ask questions even if you are laughed at, it is the answer you want, not the reaction. Happiness is not a gift someone can give you in a box, it is inside you and to love yourself for who you are and all your quirks, for even the most popular kids have the same they just don't show it. Try to not be so open about your life, let people guess, sometimes they give more credit than you can imagine.
VH: For what are you grateful?
DS: I am so grateful for finding my husband and his family. He has taught me love and generosity and that failure is just a way of figuring out something different to do. I found that love is shown in action and compassion. My books have all of that and more. I struggled in life as a child and write for that child who has questions but not sure how to ask. My lovely girls are what drove my compassion to go from writing songs to short moral stories to questions and answers they wished, in the classroom I would see a problem and write a story for the next week on how to solve or understand things that happen in life. Remember youth is a clean start but it doesn't have to be written in gold. Growing can be very tricky, in this busy world we need books that will talk to each child and make them know there feelings are important no matter how small they may think they are.
VH: What is the number one lie you tell yourself? How is that working out?
DS: Well the number one lie is that eating one blizzard a month is not going to hurt me and I wont gain weight because it is just once. It was good in theory but now I am doing it with, french fries, onion rings, tacos, and yes it is not working out for losing weight at all. I think there is a book in that as well. We can tell ourselves anything we want, we can believe it too but really, in the end we eventually have to look at the whole picture and say maybe once a year. I will tell you how that worked out at a later date. :)
VH: Once a year!? Now that is comittment. Thank you Dvora.
The Wormy Story
A worm finds himself hanging from a fishy hook. Here he has to make a choice and the one he made was a good one.
Lil' Gobble listens into other turkey's conversions and gets the wrong message.
Suddenly he finds himself in a awkward, scary situation.
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