Books and studying make for a colourful mixture: Solar Messages

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio – When the clouds are dull white and cover a light gray layer … when the ground is damp and brownish green … when the temperature bites through a light fur and decides your nose may soon be covered in frost – that it all means it’s winter in Cleveland.

Piles of what I called “dirty snow” as a little girl decorate the lawns of the trees. The world is waiting for your next step in Cleveland this winter. We can succumb to the gray and let the slack sink. Or we can take up our range of possibilities and shape the landscape with refreshing, uplifting colors in our heads.

It’s not that light gray and matte white lack their own powerful beauty; It’s just that we really long for more. And with a little muscle power, driven by the imagination, this canvas of winter likeness can be filled with new life.

Book Learning: I was thrilled to learn that a Hillcrest-area neighbor wrote a children’s book, certainly a way to brighten up young life – and a way to sparkle her own creativity. An artist was also involved. Stories of creative incubation, collaboration, and manifestation are stories that I never get tired of.

Kim Weybrecht from Highland Heights wrote “Daisy Takes a Ride”. It can be purchased at

Our email interview is reproduced here with nominal processing:

Q: Kim, what made you write this book for children?

I loved telling stories to my kids when they were younger. After hearing the story about Daisy, my daughter told me that she liked her so much that it should be a book.

Q: What are you hoping for readers younger and older without giving up the ending?

I would hope that the reader will find a sense of adventure, but also that home is the heart.

Q: Have you already written other children’s books – or projects for other target groups?

This is my first book!

Q: Have you written – and also illustrated? If you’ve used an illustrator, describe how you worked together.

I wrote the book and was fortunate enough to find Morgan Spicer to illustrate the book. Since she lives out of state, we sent a lot of emails back and forth. We had deadlines to meet and we worked well together. It was a fun process, with a little stress here and there.

Q: Reading is an essential practice for all of us. What do you hope to promote with younger readers?

I hope to encourage them to read. I would hope that they will pick up a book and read it because they enjoy it, not because they need it. I think Daisy’s story will get their attention and they will get invested in her story and what happens to her.

Q: On another topic, do you have a specific type of COVID-19 management that you recommend to others?

Being outdoors is the best way I’ve found to deal with it. Hiking trails in the metroparks or even walks through the neighborhood. Cooking or baking according to new recipes. Take the time to read different types of books.

Correction: Kim’s Weybrechts last name was accidentally misspelled in Sun Messenger last week. We apologize for the mistake.

One Way Traffic: I received a wise round-up from Julie Smith of Hillcrest of something to look out for as we strive to use what I call “COVID etiquette”.

She wrote: “I just read your post … in which you mention your (idea for) a column“ COVID Etiquette ”. I have mostly had positive experiences – most people see their masks (albeit sometimes incorrectly) and are polite to those around them.

“I have a pet problem, however. The grocery store I shop at has signs, floor signs, and frequent announcements asking shoppers to only drive one way in the aisles. Hardly anyone seems to pay attention to what I find inconsiderate and extremely irritating. Thank you for letting me share my thoughts. “

I like the analogy of driving in one-way traffic. Know the road before accelerating! No U-turn. Wise advice and reassurance also from an esteemed reader.

Congratulations: Maria Brown from Lyndhurst received the Belmont University Dean’s List in the fall semester of 2020. Eligibility to participate is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and an average grade of 3.5, with no grade below a C.

Approximately 55 percent of Belmont students this semester qualified for the Dean’s List in Fall 2020.

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