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Welcome to My Seriously Joy-filled World of Words! 

In a world that makes no sense to me, making nonsense makes sense.

I'm a writer, reciter, a speaker, a teacher, a sister, a daughter, a mother, a wife. A listener, a seeker, a maker of nonsense, a reader, a leader, a lipslippery fool. A doctor, a walker, a talk-talk-talk- talker, a giggle-glad Oma, an odd sort of soul.

Yearner and learner
An ever beginner!
Hope is my teacher
Life is my school.

Portrait by Sydney Smith



No personal account.

But you can find me here sometimes

and here--- as working member of River JOHN SOS


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Come live and be merry and join with me and sing the sweet chorus of Ha Ha Hee.  ~ William Blake

Mabel Murple


A children’s classic now back in print with new illustrations What if there was a purple planet with purple people on it? Sheree Fitch answers this question with a zany tongue-twister of a poem featuring Mabel Murple, a daredevil who rides a purple motorbike through purple puddles, skis on purple snow, and on her pancakes pours maple syrple. With a rich and vivid purple palette, Sydney Smith’s brand-new illustrations reflect the wild joy in this classic poem.Originally published in 1995, Mabel Murple won the Ann Connor Brimer award for children’s literature.

Sheree Fitch’s first two books, Toes in My Nose and Sleeping Dragons All Around, launched her career as a poet, rhymster, and a'kind of Canadian female Dr. Seuss.' Fitch has won almost every major award for Canadian children’s literature since then, including the 2000 Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work Inspirational to Canadian Children. She has over twenty-five books to her credit, including her bestselling and critically praised adult novel, Kiss the Joy As It Flies. Fitch’s home base is the East Coast of Canada.

Sydney Smith is a NSCAD University graduate. Well-known for his artwork for local musicians, he illustrated The Dread Crew: Pirates of the Backwoods. His cover art for Migration Songs won’s 'Judge a Book By Its Cover' competition. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Illustrated by Sydney Smith
Nimbus Publishing (2010)
ISBN 10: 9781551097886
ISBN 13: 1551097885