Summer 2019

Bruce and I in Greencastle, Indiana in May for my Aunt Sherry’s Celebration of Life

…One minute we are here…living, breathing, laughing…and the next? We are memories for those we’ve loved and left behind. We will ALL make this journey out of this world and into the next…what do you want people to say about you after you are gone? Think about your interactions LATELY…with those you love…with those you tolerate and those souls you do not know. Compare THAT with how you WANT to be remembered…? Every day IS a gift of opportunity laid at your feet. What will you do with tomorrow? <3

The Screened Porch

Baxter and I start and finish EVERY day…that ISN’T winter…on the screened porch

My favorite room in our house is the little porch off the kitchen. Screens keep out the bugs and the rain while letting EVERYTHING else in…the wind, the birds, the coyote howls, the owl hoots and the majesty of a thunderstorm!

My Books

Dust Flowers -Book #1 in The American HerStory with Eifrig Publishing

During one of the most trying periods in American History, the Dust Bowl Era, when the dust storms came and scoured the earth, a little girl nurtures a courageous seedling she found trying to survive in the harsh & unforgiving conditions. She knows the blooms would bring a smile to her Mama’s tired face as she has heard stories of the garden she used to keep. What she doesn’t know is that the little flower promises something even more precious…Hope.

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Sewing The Magic In -Book #2 in The American HerStory with Eifrig Publishing

From her spot at the window, a young girl observes things most people have to pay to see. There are men walking around on stilts, giraffes, jugglers, gilded wagons, and a long line of elephants marching down the street, as she works in the costume department for The Greatest Show On Earth! Join Nora as she searches for her role in creating the magic for the circus.

The Cheese Song -Book #3 in The American HerStory with Eifrig Publishing

The two girls watch each other across the crowded train car with intense interest. One holds tight to her little brother and the other clutches a mysterious basket. An unexpected secret will bind the two girls together, but dare they hope to find an adoptive family that will KEEP them together? Join Libby & Josie as they journey on one of the infamous Orphan Trains in 1896 from NYC to the Midwest in search of a forever family.

The Magic of Trees and Other Ramblings

So I’ve decided to be a blogger!! I’ve got the blog so I just need to fill it up with information I’ve got rattling around in my head. This blog will have all my favorite things in it…TREES and all things nature…Children’s Literature…and My family! I will collectively spin all my loves together and TADA!!! I IS a blogger… <3

Ringling Mansion Book Signing

I’ve been offered a three day Author Meet & Greet/book signing opportunity in Baraboo, Wisconsin on July 19, 20 & 21!  Stop in and say Hello!!  I will have copies of “Sewing The Magic In” (Book #2 in the American Herstory Series) available as this is the big CIRCUS REUNION & PARADE weekend!!  I will also have copies of the first book in the series, Dust Flowers, available AND for the FIRST TIME EVER…my newest book in the series…The Cheese Song…going to print on Wednesday!!  🙂

Hope to meet ALL my new Circus Friends from Facebook in Baraboo!  <3


Book Reviews

Tales From American HerStory


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Lynn Polke added 2 new photos.

“As a circus showgirl, there were many days the magic in my costumes got me through. This sweet read touches on the importance of every job that went into making it “The Greatest Show on Earth”! Beautifully illustrated too. Thank you, Lisa Gammon Olson,  I will cherish this book.”

Thank you, Lynne Polke for the lovely review!


“A most delightful children’s book arrived at my home today, “SEWING THE MAGIC IN AT THE RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS” by Lisa Gammon Olson. This story of sewing circus costumes is told by young seamstress, Nora. The combination of vividly detailed circus illustrations woven with Nora’s story of her circus life observations draws the reader in. This book is packed full of quality circus information. “SEWING THE MAGIC IN AT THE RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS” brings circus life to young and old alike in a most enjoyable way!”

Thank you for the review April! (APRIL IS THE FOURTH COUSIN 6 TIMES REMOVED OF PHINEAS TAYLOR BARNUM!) Wow!! So humbled by your kindness! 

April Anderson Byrem

March 3 at 5:27pm

Chris Berry to Circus Historical Society

“I realize this page isn’t usually used for commercial purposes BUT I have just received the most magnificent children’s book titled SEWING THE MAGIC IN AT THE RINGLING BROS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS by our friend Lisa Gammon. If you have kids or grand kids…or if you just want an excellent new book for your circus library click on the link at the bottom of this post

The story is set in Baraboo Winter Quarters in 1912 and tells the tale of a young girl who sews costumes for the Ringling Circus. It is a great story that the kids will love with amazing illustrations (and mentions of elephants, May Wirth and much more!)

Seriously – don’t let this one slip away from you (or your grandkids!). You can order it direct at

Nice work Lisa!”

The mysterious business of… groundhogs!!

At our school, the PreK kids take weather prediction very seriously!!   All you need for a successful Groundhog day is:

#1 … A Groundhog/dancing Caddyshack Gopher…Check!

#2…Easily amused Preschoolers….Check!

#3….A bit of luck with cloud placement!….Check!

…Who needs Punxsutawney Phil…or Sun Prairie Jimmy?

..We have our own RICHARD the Whistle Pig!



Winter Winds

Last weekend and into the early part of the week, it was in the 50’s! Coffee, a blanket and a small dog were the perfect way to start the morning on the screened porch (all cocooned in plastic wrap…like a solarium)…Wed…winter winds started whipping as the temps started dipping and the windchill yesterday and today…. 4 degrees! Gotta love Wisconsin…or move south!