Lisa Ricard Claro – Author

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Friends, Romans, Countrymen—Lend Me Your First Grader!

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 by Lisa Ricard Claro   11 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

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Today’s Naked Truth is another smorgasbord. This is becoming a habit!

I’d like to make a request, a wee favor, if you will. Read on, Buttercup, and decide if you can help me.

Darakwon, an educational publisher for which I’ve written in the past, has contracted me to write a children’s book about careers. It will be an interview format, and the careers chosen are: policeman, paramedic, chef, travel writer, and pro athlete/entertainer.

I believe it will be more authentic if the questions are dreamed up by children rather than yours truly. For that reason, I’m looking for first and second graders to offer questions to each of those career professionals listed above. I’ll compile the questions and submit them for answers which I’ll use for the book. If your child/grandchild/friend asks questions, I’ll be sure you receive the answers to share with your young inquirers. Please help if you can. I’m desperate for kid questions!


Now, on to my recent book signing at LeLu Coffee Lounge on Siesta Key. The signing was on the patio, and the temperature was perfect. Nasty weather advisories here at home meant the hubster and I appreciated the breezy-sunshine afternoon even more than we expected. It’s tough to argue with a beachy kinda day in Florida.

Two wonderful things occurred that day. First, ButtonsMom, a frequent commenter here, came out for the signing. We’ve only met once before, and it was such a delight to spend face-to-face chatty time with her. She hung out for quite a while, and I was so happy she came. I missed her hubby—home sick—and Buttons, her pooch. You know Buttons. He’s a frequent star on Pawsitive Pondering. He was, in fact, featured this past Monday. In any event, ButtonsMom flew solo, but her presence made the day special.

The second wonderful thing was the appearance of Joan Mountford, my very own amazing Mrs. M., teacher extraordinaire. I’ve written about her here before (link HERE) and expounded on her virtues. She was the best teacher I’ve ever had. She is, in large part, the reason I believed I could write. At the urging of friends, I found her through Facebook about a year or so ago, and it has been a blessing to communicate with her after all this time. Many people have a favorite teacher, a person who made a major difference in their lives, but not everyone has the opportunity to hug that person more than thirty years later and express thanks and appreciation. I realized after Mrs. M. and her husband left that I hadn’t said all the things I wanted to. That’s okay, she knows. She’s Mrs. M. I’m pretty sure she knows everything. 🙂


In the interest of full disclosure—this being Naked Truth day and all—I have to tell you about a goofball thing I did earlier in the week. The hubster had the wheel and I rode shotgun, chatting on my cell phone with youngest Claro. We decided to stop for dinner, so hubby parked the car and we both exited the vehicle.

“Hold on. Where’s my phone?” I said, confused and a little frantic. “I just had it a minute ago. It couldn’t just disappear.”

My husband gave me a look right about the time my daughter said into my ear . . . through my cell phone  . . . “Mom? Do you need to hang up?”

*hangs head*

And that, Buttercup, is one of the reasons the hubster keeps me around. Not only do I entertain, but I’m pretty sure he’s afraid I’ll never survive alone in the wild.


One last thing. Observations from the Tub and Pawsitive Pondering are now on hiatus. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to post three times a week. I may bring them back at some point, but for now, consider them in a state of suspended animation. Wednesdays will continue to be Naked Truth day, so I’ll see you next week!

Have a great one!

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11 Responses to "Friends, Romans, Countrymen—Lend Me Your First Grader!"

  1. Comment by Claudia
    February 24, 2016 at 10:18 am  

    You are busy woman and I appreciate all you do, am excited by your success and the fun you are having. I got review up on Goodreads and Amazon last night! I saw in the second book some extra zip, confidence maybe, but I enjoyed it!!!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 24, 2016 at 10:23 am  

      I literally just saw your review on Amazon, before seeing your comment here. Thanks so much for leaving a review! I can’t express how much I appreciate it. (And I’m thrilled that you enjoyed Sean & Rebecca’s story.)

  2. Comment by Sioux
    February 24, 2016 at 12:32 pm  

    Lisa–I’ve done the same thing about my glasses. Where are they? Oh, they’re on my face.

    I have a snow day today (whoo hoo!) but will try to get some questions from the first and second graders either tomorrow or Friday.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 24, 2016 at 7:43 pm  

      Oh, Sioux, that would be so fantastic. Thank you so much!

  3. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    February 24, 2016 at 1:01 pm  

    Laughed at the phone incident. I’ve done the same thing. So happy you reunited with friends and “influencers.” Plus, you got beach time! Happy for you.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 24, 2016 at 7:45 pm  

      Our dogs got beach time, too! There’s a dog beach in Venice, and there must have been 30 dogs running around, chasing Frisbees, balls, etc. into the water. It was so much fun!

  4. Comment by Martha Graham-Waldon
    February 24, 2016 at 5:27 pm  

    No first graders here, Lisa but lots of congrats to you on another book deal!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 24, 2016 at 7:45 pm  

      Thanks, Martha!

  5. Comment by Lynn Obermoeller
    February 24, 2016 at 7:36 pm  

    I want to leave a review, but I’m such a chicken. I’m afraid what I say will sound dumb. I really can’t do reviews. Does it count if I just say what an awesome book without any details? And your phone incident made me laugh because I’m always doing those kinds of things. You’re not alone. I’m glad your friend is doing better… sending love.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 24, 2016 at 7:48 pm  

      Oh, please don’t worry about that. You don’t even have to say anything specific. You can give your star rating, whatever it is, and just a sentence, like “I loved this book!” or “Awful! Don’t waste your money.” Be honest when you review, but please, please, please DO REVIEW. I can’t tell you how important those reviews are. The Amazon algorithms take the quantity of reviews into account when they promo books. So important to authors. I had no idea!

  6. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    February 24, 2016 at 9:47 pm  

    It was great seeing you again, too! I’m glad you had fun at the dog beach. We haven’t had Buttons there for quite a while.

    Sorry to hear about your Monday and Friday posts but I totally understand. I don’t have near the stuff going on that you do and I still sometimes miss reading your blog until days after you’ve posted. Thanks for having Buttons star in your final Pawsitive Ponderings. 🙂

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