This photo is so great! This is my friend Annie on the first day of school with her children, Kai and Keshi. You may recognize their names as Kai and Keshi are characters in Kathryn the Grape's Piece of Love. Annie was my boss when I worked at Club Med in 1997, and she left a HUGE footprint of love on my life. Honoring her by including her children in my series has been really important to me.
It makes my heart smile knowing that Kathryn the Grape is the only children's series focused on empowering children with tools of love, compassion, and acceptance that includes real children as characters. Kai and Keshi are two of those children!
May we all help others shine, and be thankful for those who help us shine!
Here are some more pictures of Kai and Keshi, and their pieces from "Piece of Love."
Keshi and Kai off to school, September 2014
Keshi and Kai receiving their advanced copies of Kathryn the Grape's Piece of Love in December 2014
Keshi's piece of love, as shared on page 20
Kai's piece of love, as shared on page 21
They are featured on Kathryn the Grape's signature logo. Can you find them?
This is such a special event packed with fabulous speakers, top-notch and relevant vendors, and fun entertainment. I am thrilled to be on their stage again, and this year I will be performing some Kathryn the Grape songs and other family favorites. Join us!
Earlier this year, I asked him if he would consider endorsing Kathryn the Grape and he joyfully agreed. This is what he shared about my work:
"Giving the gift to a child of inspiring them to be the best they can possibly be is the greatest gift anyone can give another. Kathryn's book does just this."
~ Howard Leonhardt
Howard's endorsement is printed on the back of the newly released paperback version of Kathryn the Grape Just Like Magic, which is available at Amazon.com, and on the testimonial page of this website. It's pretty awesome to have a grape entrepreneur support my grape messages!
The Leonhardt Zinfandel is now on the shelves at Trader Joes. If you enjoy wine, I encourage you to try this selection.
For the past few years, many people have asked me about video books. I got together with my friends at One T Film House, and we put together audio/video books for Kathryn the Grape Just Like Magic, Kathryn the Grape's Colorful Adventure, and Kathryn the Grape's Piece of Love.
Now when you are seeking positive videos to play for your magical young ones—videos that include empowering and helpful messages—you can choose Kathryn the Grape!
Each of the audio/video books are on the Kathryn the Grape YouTube page for your free viewing pleasure. Here are the links to bookmark on your phone, tablet, etc:
Kathryn the Grape Just Like Magic
Kathryn the Grape's Colorful Adventure
Kathryn the Grape's Piece of Love
If you and your child(ren) like the videos, please share them with others. Sharing my Kathryn the Grape messages of love with as many people as possible is, and always has been, the purpose for doing the work I do. FREE videos are a great way to get the messages in the hearts and homes of countless children worldwide.
I hope you have a magical weekend, and continue to ripple loving kindness to everyone you meet.
Oh and I need to make mention (as quite a few people have asked me), the new Kathryn the Grape ("KTG") music CD is in addition to my upcoming Kathryn Cloward Free to Fly music CD! All of the creative energy I have poured into bringing my childhood nickname to life over the past five years, has infused me with the confidence and soul-shining desire to manifest my BIG childhood dream into reality.
If you've been following along for a while, you know that I have always LOVED writing songs. When I was a little girl, I always wrote songs and performed them for my dolls. Throughout the years, I followed my heart to write songs and when my brave button was activated, I sang them for audiences. But my dream always felt too big...too important...too out of reach. There was a rather long season of my life when I stopped writing lyrics and I stopped singing. The music in me went dormant.
Then, a few years ago I started feeling a desire to write a KTG album. The lyrics started flowing through me, and I was thrilled to bring the first KTG music album to life (with co-writer, Astra Kelly). But while I developed confidence in knowing that I am a good lyricist, I lacked vocal confidence! Thus, I chickened out on singing lead on four of the KTG songs, as was originally planned. Argh!
Thankfully, that feeling of being fearful stuck with me over the next year. As a result, I was ignited with a fire to BE BRAVE and do what I have always, always wanted to do...write and sing lead on my own album of songs!
In a few months, I will release my first self titled music album with 11 original songs I wrote (with Rich Wiley) ~ all of which I sing lead on. Free to Fly will share my journey of healing and love, and my childhood dream will be fulfilled at the moment I hold my Free to Fly music CD in my hand. The original "Kathryn the Grape" turned 40 years old on May 5th, and is now only months away from fulfilling her childhood dream...my dream!
You may wonder why I am so passionate about sharing positive and empowering messages with children. It's because I have a pure desire to inspire kids of all ages to live their dreams and follow their heart. You are never too old or too young to live your dream. Shine, Shine, Shine!
"Mrs. Vega," was my third grade teacher at Encanto Elementary School in San Diego back in 1983. When I was inspired with the story for my third book, Kathryn the Grape's Piece of Love, which take place at Kathryn the Grape's school, I knew that the teacher I wanted to honor as Kathryn the Grape's teacher in the book was "Mrs. Vega."
There are many reasons why I loved being in Mrs. Vega's class, but the one thing I loved most was singing songs every day! Each morning after we said The Pledge of Allegiance, Mrs. Vega sat at her piano and together we sang a few songs. She had the words of each song written on a large flip chart for us to easily sing along. One of the songs imprinted in my memory from that year of my life is, "This Land Is Your Land." Mrs. Vega is still in my life, and I have enjoyed getting to experience her love and light now as an adult.
For all of you who are teachers, and perhaps wonder if you are actually making a difference and impacting the lives of the children you nurture each day in your classroom....please know that YOU ARE! While you may not experience the bloom of your influence immediately, the seeds of love you plant matter!
31 years later, on the eve of my 40th birthday, I stood in front of a group of children and families and sang a song that my third grade teacher taught me. Now I share those same seeds with other, and the ripple effect of love continues. I encourage you to keep teaching, keep inspiring, keep planting seeds...because the world needs to experience the bloom of your love and light, too.
In the new paperback Kathryn the Grape books available on Amazon.com, I added some photos of the real-life inspired characters. Here is the graphic I added to the back of "Kathryn the Grape's Piece of Love" in honor of my third grade teacher, "Mrs. Vega."
In each book of the Kathryn the Grape Affirmation Series, I share two important things with readers:
1.) An "I am" affirmation.
2.) A "magical" gift from Maggie, which is really an internal tool of awareness and empowerment for children.
Five years ago on May 5th (my birthday), my friend Jeannie, gifted me with a silver coin with the words "I am magical" on it. I am forever grateful to Jeannie for her magical gift because it planted a seed of inspiration in my consciousness that would become the foundation for so many things.
In fact, it had only been a few months since receiving the silver coin that I woke up on a Friday morning with the story for my first book streaming in my mind. That was only days after the idea of the dream catcher looking magic wand came to me during a women's group. I was in the flow of creativity and I knew it. I felt it!
"I am magical" is the affirmation in Kathryn the Grape Just Like Magic (book #1).
A silver coin with the words “I am love,” is the gift Maggie gives Kathryn the Grape in Kathryn the Grape's Piece of Love (book #3).
Why am I sharing this? I want to remind you to pay attention. You never know when inspiration will be channeled through you, or gifted to you through another messenger. I encourage you to pay attention to signs, and trust that the sign you think might be a sign...is a sign! Also, always remember to express sincere gratitude to those who help you along your path. Gratitude matters.
May you always remember that you are magical, you are colorful, you are love.
Thank you to all of you who have been part of the Kathryn the Grape ripple effect so far, and for all of your continued support as we help children feel empowered and loved.