Christmas…singing to the very young and the very old

Arkansas State Capital annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration. We read our Christmas book and sang Christmas carols. “The capital event is always a highlight of the season for us.”Authors and musicians Carol Dabney, Cindy Reyes and Rod Ragsdale sharing their story-telling and musical gifts with the very young and the very old…We read at schools and nursing homes all season…we want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas 2015.

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Reading our storybook with Herald the mouse on my lap at the Nixon Library in Jacksonville. The kids come there after school and have dinner while we read.

Entertained at Lakewood Nursing Home in North Little Rock. One gentlemen loved the patriotic songs, he kept tip toeing his wheelchair closer and closer to me singing along.

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WE read in English and Spanish for students at E-Stem. They were studying different languages. We sang a few extra songs in Spanish as well. They had lots of great questions and were most amazing young people. Gave us a fun send off too. Thank you teacher Michelle Hanvey.

 

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Sang at Elmcroft Seniors. We sing there twice a month and getting to know the residents. Having a great deal of fun each time.

Clinton Library and Learning Center. Lots of my music students came to this event and that made me very happy. I am very blessed to teach at St Mark Day School

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Reading our stories in Byrant for a daycare. so adorable and good listeners too

Scott Plantation Festival 2015

Rod Ragsdale playing his guitar and harmonica at the Plantation Festival 2015

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Santa’s North Pole at turtle Creek Mall in Jonesboro. This little cutie is a #1 Carol Dabney fan for sure. She comes to so many of my events and has all my books, and she is not even two yet… They live in the Northeast area where I came from but travel to the Good Earth Pooches and Pumpkins in central Arkansas every fall and other places I announce. I just love her!

I was honored to be the Special guest speaker at the First Baptist Women’s Cup of Christmas Joy near Scott. Thank you ladies for this opportunity. However I did miss my two side kicks: Rod and Cindy. This was a solo act. I spoke about being a writer and ¬†about my first illustration which was my Christmas book and sang a few songs. Introduced my animal parable series, which I think is so sweet and hope folks will begun to enjoy as much as they do the Christmas book

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Rod likes to break out the Magic tricks at schools. We were in England and they children were in awe.

We played in Nashville Grill and then it was time to pack it up and go have Christmas by the fireplace with the grandkids. Egg nog time and watching Its a Wonderful Life (my favorite) in our PJs. Merry Christmas and God bless us everyone… Young and old.

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It Doesn’t have to snow for all of us to know

Christmas in your heart can last the whole year round. It doesn’t have to wait till the frost is on the ground.

from Manhattan’s frosty snow to Hawaii’s ocean mist, there’s one things I know you don’t need… mistletoe to kiss…

don’t need a Christmas tree for all of us to see

Christmas is like home, with love so strong

no matter where you roam to last your whole life long.

It’s not the tinsel not the toys

not just for little girls and boys

not just for the young you see but for anyone who can BELIEVE.

Carol Dabney

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Alzheimer’s Kick-off

The Arkansas chapter had their 2015 kick-off banquet May 6 at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock. The announcement was made that this years Walk for the cure will be held Saturday Oct 17.

These women surrounding me do all the work to make these events happen.  Thanks to Jane Gunter for inviting Rod and I to sing.

These women surrounding me do all the work to make these events happen. Thanks to Jane Gunter for inviting Rod and I to sing.

Why We Walk is a children's book I have written and illustrated about Alzheimer's that I will be reading at area schools next fall.

Why We Walk is a children’s book I have written and illustrated about Alzheimer’s that I will be reading at area schools next fall.

Rod and I sang

Rod and I sang “I’m in Purple” a song composed by Rod reflecting my children’s story “Why We Walk” for the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Little Rock community gathers to plan Alzheimer's awareness. Rod and I sang during the event.

The Little Rock community gathers to plan Alzheimer’s awareness. Rod and I sang during the event.

I have been asked to be the speaker for the June 11 2015 Alzheimer's Gala to be held in Northeast Arkansas. I will be introducing my book Why We Walk in detail and singing the Alzheimer's Song.

I have been asked to be the speaker for the June 11 2015 Alzheimer’s Gala to be held in Northeast Arkansas. I will be introducing my book Why We Walk in detail and singing the Alzheimer’s Song.

for more information contact Jane Gunter or Sherry Pearce at Alz.org
Join us in the walk to find a cure

Through The Looking Glass with Kinia

Through The Looking Glass with Kinia. She will be interviewing Carol Dabney about children's book Saturday March 7, at 7pm Eastern time out of Atlanta.

Through The Looking Glass with Kinia. She will be interviewing Carol Dabney about children’s book Saturday March 7, at 7pm Eastern time out of Atlanta.

Kinia and her radio program Through the Looking Glass will be talking with Carol Dabney

Kinia and her radio program Through the Looking Glass will be talking with Carol Dabney

Radio interview with Carol Dabney by Kinia Colbert out of Atlanta Through The Looking Glass Saturday night program March 7, 2015  at 7 Eastern time

Radio interview with Carol Dabney by Kinia Colbert out of Atlanta Through The Looking Glass Saturday night program March 7, 2015 at 7 Eastern time

Growing Bows and Butterflies  - new 2015 children's story book about butterflies  by Carol Dabney

Growing Bows and Butterflies – new 2015 children’s story book about butterflies by Carol Dabney

Why WE Walk written to help children understand  the Alzheimer's Disease by Carol Dabney... New book 2015...

Why WE Walk written to help children understand the Alzheimer’s Disease by Carol Dabney… New book 2015…

author, illustrator and composer Carol Dabney

author, illustrator and composer Carol Dabney

I am so excited to be as to a guest on Through The Looking Glass radio show this coming Saturday night with Kinia Colbert. I have some new children’s books in the works: “Growing Bows and Butterflies” about a caterpillar named Carlos who has lots of personality and big dreams. We watch Carlos go through the many stages of a butterfly’s life from egg to the beautiful winged creature migrating to Mexico for the winter. This story has a wonderful song that goes with it, written by wordsmith Donna Watkins and composer Rod Ragsdale called “On The Wings Of Dreams” We have all become a team this past year working on several stories about winged creatures such as honeybees, birds and butterflies.

Also new this Spring is “Why We Walk” a book for young children to help them understand the Alzheimer’s Disease. Many of my stories are bilingual translated by Cindy Reyes, which adds an enriching cultural experience to young children. We read all fall and straight through Christmas all around the Little Rock area and the children enjoyed our interactive programs which now has stuffed animals and puppets and of course music.

With Spanish teacher Cindy Reyes

With Spanish teacher Cindy Reyes

I am very excited to be working at Blue Chair Recording Studio with musician Rod Ragsdale who has helped composed several songs for our Animals Used By God Series created by Everett O. Martindale and myself. These books will be audiobooks with songs. Rod adds guitar and harmonica as well as vocals to our presentations.

musician Rod Ragsdale

musician Rod Ragsdale

with Musician Rod Ragsdale

with Musician Rod Ragsdale

One of our most exciting events was presenting Christmas music and Twas The Mouse before Christmas at the Arkansas State Capital at their annual Christmas Tree Lighting in December.

With Spanish teacher Cindy Reyes

With Spanish teacher Cindy Reyes

Twas The Mouse Before Christmas

Twas The Mouse Before Christmas

Events coming up is a children’s writers workshop at the children’s library Monday afternoon March 23.
Saturday March 28 is the Central Arkansas Fiction Writers meeting. Other authors such as Heather Sutherlin and others in this writers group have pulled together sharing ideas and helping each other. I love Indie Publishers writers and illustrators.
Saturday April 11 we will be presenting a story and song for the Junior League Little Readers Rocks at the Children’s Library.
I will be attending the Craighead County Author Fair in Jonesboro April 18 and NEA Writers meeting with Linda Nance and Donna Watkins. So many people helped me learn along the way.
St Paul Public Library has invited me to read for their summer reading program June 13.
and a Meet the Author event Saturday June 20 at the Hillary Clinton Children’s Library in Little Rock

I received a contract from Mockingbird Lane Press this week, to look over for them to become my publishers, for my father’s biography “Dance Me Home.” It was endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association last year and featured in Senior Moments Magazine. Editor Dustin Hood introduced me at a Barnes and Nobles meet the author event last August.

Northeast Arkansas Writers Linda Nance and Donna Watkins  supportive writers at Barnes and Nobles meet the author event hosted by editor Dustin Hood Senior Moment magazine

Northeast Arkansas Writers Linda Nance and Donna Watkins supportive writers at Barnes and Nobles meet the author event hosted by editor Dustin Hood Senior Moment magazine

I illustrated pictured for children’s author Dale Black for his Amanda Adventures and then Donna Watkins asked me to illustrate for honeybee book while we were recording the song for her project. I love illustrating for my author friends. I have a fun time getting to know the characters to their stories this way. They become apart of me. I have cute little bees and butterflies and a bunch of stuffed animals that go with my stories all over my apt. It makes my life colorful.

We loved reading for school assemblies

We loved reading for school assemblies

I returned from my trip to Hawaii in August. I Read for the military children at Schofield Barracks and Sgt Yano Library on base and then at the Amador County Library “Paws To Read” summer reading program in California on my journey home. Great trip. My family sisters and children have been such an inspiration to me and helped me with photography and promotions and editing and losing weight. Hugs to you all. My daughter was deployed and I brought back and kept her two year old daughter Aliyah Jane while she was gone overseas for 3 months. What a kick that girl is!!! That’s when I began writing those stories about a little girl named Jane in the storybook “Growing Bows” All those adorable girls at school wearing huge bows in their hair. Southern Bells who wear bows. I could not resist a story.

Hula and song at Amador County Library  Califonia

Hula and song at Amador County Library Califonia

My grand daughter Aliyah Jane and I at St Mark's School where I teach music

My grand daughter Aliyah Jane and I at St Mark’s School where I teach music

hula is for everyone

hula is for everyone

Cindy, Rod and I had a few birthday parties and luaus along the way as well and a couple more recording sessions to finish our work for Spring. Everett is still coming up with animals. Rod is a sweetheart and has some great ideas of his own that we have started putting together. More to share later. The end of 2014 and beginning of 2015 has been an exciting time so far and now looking forward to my interview with Kinia.

You can find all my books and music on http://www.amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/Carol-Dabney/e/B0056B1AFW

I would love it if you listen to THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS radio show with Kinia Cobert this Saturday March 7, at 7 and call in…

If you have read one of my books please leave a review on amazon for others readers

http://www.amazon.com/Pablo-Donkey-Used-God-Childrens/dp/1484939182/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Thank you so much Carol Dabney

Nov 8, 2014 Alzheimer’s Walk Little Rock 8am Clinton Park

Nov 8th at 8am Meet at the Clinton Presidential Park in Little Rock, Arkansas and walk with thousands of others to make a difference. Alzheimer’s Walk 2014

Alzheimer's Walk 2014 is November 8th in Little Rock Arkansas. We walk to make a difference.

Alzheimer’s Walk 2014 is November 8th in Little Rock Arkansas. We walk to make a difference.

My dad Navy Man Robert Jones Junior in his later years at Three Rivers Nursing Home in Marked Tree Arkansas.

He might have forgotten yesterday, but he never forgot his days during WWII

He might have forgotten yesterday, but he never forgot his days during WWII

I wrote my father’s biography while he lived in the nursing home, and altho Alzheimer’s made life difficult, he had a lovely story and remembered the details of the past. I am glad I got a chance to listen and write about his life in the book “Dance me Home” a military story, a love story, an American family story… My dad is the reason I walk.

http://www.amazon.com/Dance-Me-Home-Carol-Dabney-ebook/dp/B00L18MWDS/ref=la_B0056B1AFW_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415322216&sr=1-2

Carol Dabney author of Dance me Home, endorsed by the Alzheimer's. Walk to make a difference.

Carol Dabney author of Dance me Home, endorsed by the Alzheimer’s. Walk to make a difference.


Afterwards linger to enjoy food and music and story time. Find me at the KIDS ZONE. Bring the kids and I will have candy bag for the first 100 kids. A story and song for all.

The Knowledge Tree Store Sat Oct 25 at 11am

Carol Dabney children's author at School Readings

Carol Dabney children’s author at School Readings

I enjoyed reading this fun Halloween, Harvest, Thanksgiving holiday story book at The Good Earth Garden Center, for St. Marks’s students, Don Robert’s Elementary in Little Rock and Bryant schools and Day Schools.

Saturday Oct 25 I will be presenting the story again at The Knowledge Tree Store 825 University in Little Rock Arkansas at 11am.

I am also excited to announce that I will be reading this story and singing songs for Alzheimer’s Walk at the Clinton Presidential Park kid zone beginning about 8am. Come on out wear purple and look for the kids zone and come see me and my crew with the kids on Saturday November 8th, 2014 right after the walk in the morning. Come on out and walk for the cure.

Inside the pumpkin story A fun poetic storybook for children with colorful illustrations. A story about sharing Inside the pumpkin story A fun poetic storybook for children with colorful illustrations. A story about sharing

http://www.amazon.com/Happy-Pumpkin-Patch-Carol-Dabney-ebook/dp/B00G9MZ2HE/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1414101760&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Happy+Pumpkin%2C+Patch

One click to buy. Thank you for your support.

http://www.caroldabney.com

Carol Dabney at Barnes and Nobles event Saturday August 9, 2014 4pm in Jonesboro, Arkansas

Meet the author event: Carol Dabney author of Dance me Home biography of her father during the WWII era and a beautiful love story

Meet the author event: Carol Dabney author of Dance me Home biography of her father during the WWII era and a beautiful love story

Dance Me Home Poster up at the Turtle Creek Mall Barnes and Nobles Jonesboro, Arkansas. Meet the author event Saturday August 9 at 4 and hear panel from Alzheimer's Association speakers.

Dance Me Home Poster up at the Turtle Creek Mall Barnes and Nobles Jonesboro, Arkansas. Meet the author event Saturday August 9 at 4 and hear panel from Alzheimer’s Association speakers.

Carol Dabney at Barnes and Nobles event Saturday August 9, 2014 4pm in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Story of Dance Me Home  was featured in Senior Moments Magazine Junes issue 2014.

Story of Dance Me Home was featured in Senior Moments Magazine Junes issue 2014.

Support a local author in Jonesboro, Arkansas and get an autographed copy of Dance Me Home. Give as this year’s Christmas gift to your loved ones who like to read true inspirational love stories. Support the Alzheimer’s Association who will be there to answer questions about the issues concerning Alzheimer’s and help in the fight to find a cure. Saturday August 9th, 2014 from 4-6 with host Dustin Hood editor of Senior Moments Magazine and Barnes and Nobles bookstore.

A tribute to our military men and women. WWII veteran. An American love story. An inspiring story of family. You will cry and laugh out loud.

A tribute to our military men and women. WWII veteran. An American love story. An inspiring story of family. You will cry and laugh out loud.

Available at Barnes and Nobles in Jonesboro, Arkansas Saturday August 9 at author event. Also available online at Amazon.com and Amazon kindle. Come get a copy signed by the author in a personal interview at Turtle Creek Mall Aug 9 at 4pm 2014.