Chronicles of a Barnyard Life

Smile Mr. Cow!

Chronicles of a Barnyard Life

What do you do when you can't cheer yourself up? Mr. Cow is in the same predicament. His adorable comrades try their best to make him smile, but wise Mother Hen succeeds by reminding him to pause, look around, and appreciate the little things. The story line is centered on cultivating gratitude and empathy in children--Gratitude as expressed by Mr. Cow and Empathy by his friends. Gratitude and empathy taught through social interactions and stories, such as this, are integral to the development and happiness of children. Fulfillment grows from the seeds of gratitude. Human connection spreads in the roots of empathy.

The Athenaeum

Journal of Literature, Science and the Fine Arts

The Athenaeum


Coin Street Chronicles

Memoirs of an Evacuee from London’S Old South Bank

Coin Street Chronicles

In January 1929, in a grimy, working-class neighborhood on the south bank of the Thames, Eileen Gwynneth Yvonne Redfern was born. From her inauspicious beginning as the unwelcome third occupant of Old Ma Tanners one-room apartment on Coin Street to an eighteen-year-old on the brink of university life, author Gwen Southgate weaves a fascinating story of a vanished time and a way of life on Londons old south bank. In this memoir, telling tales of the 1930s and 1940s, Gwen provides a glimpse into a broader tapestry portraying the sweep of life in Britain as seen through the eyes of a young girl. Among its many colorful and lively characters are the big-hearted, chain-smoking Aunt-mum; yarn-spinning, practical joker Grampa Benson; and Gwens feisty, much-married mother. After a wartime evacuation from London opens wider horizons, Gwen shares how she managed to survive in a world where the mere stealing of a spoonful of rice pudding could lead to dire consequences and even the enjoyment of a Sunday walk was condemned as sinful. Coin Street Chronicles paints a vivid and captivating portrait of Britain and her people before, during, and after World War II.