Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Please join me in wishing Tori
September 13, 2010

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday dear Tori
Happy birthday to you!

We love you Tori.
Hope your sleep over was fun!
We'll see you tonight for our celebration.

My granddaughter, Victoria, is an A+ student, talented artist, wonderful singer, and an incredible writer.  She has always been an insatiable reader.  Her favorite genre is fantasy.  She's currently working on her first novel.  It's full of rich description and fascinating characters.  Here's one of her drawings:

Like so many writers, Tori started writing poetry very early on to express her inner thoughts.   Her poetry has been published in an anthology titled, A Celebration of Poets, and a in school anthology.

Another one of Tori's poems has been accepted for publication by Dallas Woodburn's Write On Publishing.   This book titled, Dancing with the Pen, is slated to come out this fall.

Dallas is a young writer who has paid it forward by setting up a non profit organization, Write On! For Literacy, that teaches and inspires kids to read and write.  She was recently featured in Glamour Magazine.Dallas has a long list of publication credits and awards received. Please take the time to check out her organization and her books.

Here is a sampling of Tori's poems:


Shinning brightly in the day,
Near sunset it fades away.
At nightfall its twin arises,
Shrouded in mystery and surprises.
Less light comes from this twin,
But at dawn they switch again.
What a glorious day to see the rises,
Shrouded in mystery and surprises!


Ringing of the bells
Once announced celebrations
Now they ring for tragedy
Melody that once was sweet
Warped into morbid tunes
Dawn till dusk
Signaling lost souls
While disease sweeps through the town
Taking unfortunate lives
Dusk again rings its last tone
All fall silent
Chirpless crikets
Owls without their hoot
Winds stay still and cold
Brooks refuse to bubble
Even birds sit mute
All in mourning.

Please leave an encouraging word and a birthday wish for Tori.  I hope she continues to follow her dreams and walks in all that God has planned for her life. God bless you, honey! Mamaw

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Janet Ann Collins said...

She has great potential.

NancyCL said...

Kathy, you're too young to have a sixteen-year-old granddaughter! And by the looks of it, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree! She is quite a talented young lady, just like her grandma!

Mayra Calvani said...

My gosh, Kathy, you must be so proud to have such a talented and special granddaughter! Congrats!

I hope she'll keep writing and drawing--what a talent! I really wish her the best in the future.

kathy stemke said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by. She'll be soooo excited to see that real authors think she has potential. I'm not sure she beeived me.

And Nancy, you're right I AM too YOUNG to have a 16 year old granddaughter. But my grandson is 19 and he's a marine in Afghanistan.
Please pray for him!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to a born writer. Your poetry is thought provoking. Great job.
J. Aday Kennedy
The Differently-Abled Writer & Speaker

Anonymous said...

I'm always willing to help support our youth. I'm always impressed at multi facted talent, especially when it comes to art and writing as I love both with a passion. Thanks Kathy for sharing your granddaughter's talents with us. Have a great day!

Stephen Tremp

Dallas said...

Happy birthday Tori!! What an amazing young woman -- her writing is so creative, beautiful, and wise beyond her years. It's a joy to include her work in "Dancing With The Pen."

Anonymous said...

Happy 16th Birthday. Keep writing and drawing. You are quite a talented young women.

Dennise Sleeper

Donna M. McDine said...

Absolutely wonderful drawing and her poetry is beautiful. Tell Victoria to keep up the great work and to never give up!

kathy stemke said...

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to encourage Tori. Blessings!

Deb Buckminster said...

Happy belated birthday, Tori!

At a time when many teens are wasting their talents (and their time), it is thrilling to see that you are doing neither!!

I especially enjoyed your poem entitled, "Mourning," as your descriptions tugged at my emotions and imagination.

Well done!!

Jack Foster said...

Happy (belated) birthday to your very talented granddaughter! Hmmm I wonder where she gets it? :o) Today is my grandsons 4th birthday! Aren't grandkids great?!