Enter for a Chance to Win Free Copy of My Book

Here’s your chance for a free copy of Meditation is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids. Six free books available. Will one be yours? Offer open until August 28 at 11:59pm Read with your kids or with your students. Meditate together! https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/3a3b8dfbbc1b1c44

Radio Interview: WWNO The Reading Life

Check out my radio interview about teaching meditation to kids. Minute 15:45 of interview http://wwno.org/post/reading-life-randy-fertel-and-whitney-stewart

“Finding Reiner” Wins National Travel Writing Award

So excited to announce that my travel research series, “Finding Reiner,” has won a national award. Don’t miss Pawel Wyszomirski’s amazing photographs in this series. http://www.travelgumbo.com/blog/travelgumbo-blogger-historydigger-wins-national-award

“Once Upon a Time” Writing Exercise

Once upon a time…STOP!… I’m not starting this story that old-fashioned way. This is the 21st century, and I have a story you’ll never believe. It all started when the electricity went out right in the middle of my favorite movie. The weird thing is, the TV kept on going. Well, it might have been […]

“Oh no! Not That!” Writing Exercise

Someone serves you a fruit salad. You take a too-big bite and swallow a whole grape, seeds and all. The minute it goes down your throat, you know something is wrong. Your body starts changing. Your brain is rewiring. You lose your speaking voice, but you can write or type out a message. This is […]

Friendship Meditation

Try this meditation to develop kindness in yourself and to help a friend. Sit quietly with your back straight but not stiff. Breathe in slowly and deeply. Watch your belly rise and fall for three breaths. Now, think of someone kind. Someone you know or an imaginary person. You feel happy when this person hugs […]