The helicopter parent phenomenon

The helicopter parent phenomenon

Why is the number of micromanaging, obsessively-hovering parents growing, and what’s that doing to our kids? According to author and economic journalist Megan McArdle, the increase is due partly to the “professionalization” of a generation: Compared...
Free panel for future children’s writers

Free panel for future children’s writers

The Writing and Illustrating Kids’ Books panel (formerly Getting Started in Children’s Books), is an annual event at the Vancouver Public Library (Vancouver, Canada).Co-sponsored by the Children’s Writers and Illustrators of British Columbia...
Pam Withers’ 18th adventure novel – for free!

Pam Withers’ 18th adventure novel – for free!

Book me for a presentation at your school or library this spring and get an autographed copy of my forthcoming book, Bungee Jump (Orca Currents, not yet available for order, but soon)! For those in ONTARIO, here’s a brand-new announcement at Authors’...
Escaping the Paris crisis

Escaping the Paris crisis

Our vacation: Birds flying high overhead. Pink sunset glowing through wind-tossed surf waves. A mountain-meadow chorus of sheep bells as the flock grazes its way through rich grass, unaware of the drop-away view to ancient valleys below, or the medley they’re...
Do you read in the bathroom?

Do you read in the bathroom?

Do you read in the bathroom? Well, 11% of females and 17% of males do. So, stock up the bathroom with reading material; it’s whatever keeps us all reading, right? According to the same poll (of Germans by Lufthansa Magazine October 2015, p. 31), 13% of us often...
Jay’s story: A mother and her ADHD son

Jay’s story: A mother and her ADHD son

This moving story of a mother and her ADHD son involves my sister Cynthia Gill and her son Jay. Cynthia is co-author with me of Jump-Starting Boys, from which this is excerpted. Cynthia noticed something different about her third son, Jay, long before he reached...
Confession: Je suis à Toulouse, France (I am in Toulouse)

Confession: Je suis à Toulouse, France (I am in Toulouse)

  And another confession: Je ne parle pas français. (I don’t speak French.) Well, let’s just say that phrase pretty much exhausts my French. Luckily, my husband is fluent, because we are in Toulouse, France for eight weeks for his work (teaching and...
Dad, 1927 – 2015

Dad, 1927 – 2015

  Top: me, my dad Richard Miller and my son Jeremy Second, me and Dad in Hawaii 2013 Third: Jeremy and Dad viewing the Arizona memorial at Pearl Harbour in Honolulu Bottom: Jeremy, me and Dad in his nursing home He taught me much of what I know in life,...