Made for TV, Maybe?

Just hopeful I suppose, but I am writing a screen play for Robby’s Quest for Seed. I have tons of work to do, re-write after re-write. Maybe someday your kids will tune in and watch a half hour animated show for children. The pilot follows our first book, sort of, where the birds take off looking for a winter home but eventually make their way to Arizona. Each subsequent show will feature the flock visiting another state and learning a little about the state’s history and geography while making new friends and new life lessons.

I’ve sent the original script out to several producers and I actually received a call from one who gave me lots of advice. Although he doesn’t have time to help me with the creative writing process, hopefully when I’m finished he will read the finished product and who knows then!

Anyway, stay tuned for more information on my quest to see our characters on the TV screen. Wouldn’t that be something!

Thanks,

Don and Cathy

 

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Fall Time Fun – Guest Blog by Becky Cervantez

Fall is my favorite time of year. Even living in the desert, it brings a calmness and coolness to our little world with the change of the season. For us, it means birthdays, our anniversary, and Halloween, but for Abygail it means new adventures in the books for a toddling little 17 month old.

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First, a visit to the pumpkin patch up north in Dewey, AZ. Mortimer Farms is a cute little place for the little ones to wander in amazement, see the petting zoo, and pick a pumpkin. There wasn’t a lot of activities for little Aby, but she was completely content in her favorite place, which is being outside. She wandered in circles, in no particular direction, enjoying the fresh air.

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When it was time to leave we sent daddy off into the pumpkin patch to fetch us her very first pumpkin. I told him to keep it at an average size. I have never carved a pumpkin before so I didn’t want a huge mess for my first go at it. Apparently, in daddy’s eyes, an average pumpkin is 27 lbs!!! It weighed more then our daughter J To this day, as I type this, the pumpkin never got carved. It remains the main piece of my living room floor where Aby dances around it daily doing her “hot-dog dance”.

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As Halloween approaches you can’t help but swoon over all the cute options for costumes for the little ones, but to keep in tune with her garden themed 1st birthday party over the summer, I came across a cute ladybug outfit for her, complete with wings to help keep her buzzing along. We planned to take her to my work to show off our little bug then over to cousin Wendy’s house for an early Mexican fiesta dinner and cap it off with a some candy fun with her cousins.

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I silently stressed over how to approach the event of trick-or-treating. Little Abygail is at a very curious independent stage and keeping her safe while giving her freedom to explore is a constant struggle. Last year she was only 5 months old, so she was very content snuggled up in a stroller. However this year I knew that would not last. We decided to bring her pink “Car stroller” that she received as a birthday gift from her Aunt Cindy. She loves to be pushed around in it and beeps the horn. So I thought that would be a fun way to get her around…I was wrong…it lasted about 20 minutes. Thus, the cute little ladybug antenna’s turned into devil horns as we took turns chasing her the rest of the night.

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Children’s Scary Halloween Blog – 2014

Each Halloween we enjoy showing a few pictures of the kids in costume. This year the children are very frightening indeed!

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(Pumpkins courtesy of Rylie and Aubree.)

Speaking about Aubree, she was just released from the Play Pen for good behavior, but she doesn’t look reformed to me!

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Rylie, on the other hand, is still upholding the law as a SWAT Officer. Rylie is nobody to mess with!

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After trick or treating, it’s back to the big house for Aubree.

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Speaking of crime fighters, Here’s Tyson dressed as Batman. Tyson is stern faced, reminiscent of other famous Caped Crusaders such as Michael Keaton or Adam West.

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It’s a good thing Lady Bugs are not poisonous! Here’s Abygail dressed in full costume. Cute or frightening, you be the judge!

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Here’s Abygail taking some time to pick out her pumpkin and carry it to the car!

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We hope everyone had a safe and fun-filled Halloween!

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Rim to Rim – Hike Across the Grand Canyon

Guest Blog by Becky Cervantez.

On September 27th, 2014, one day after my 37th birthday, I tested the boundaries of my physical, mental, and emotional strength by conquering one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the world, The Grand Canyon. I hiked with my husband and 5 other friends, we descended along the South Kaibab trail at the South Rim of the canyon, down into Phantom Ranch, then across “The Box” of the canyon and finally up the North Kaibab Trail to the North Rim. In total it was 21 miles, which took me just under 13 hours. You carry about 3 liters of water and plenty of salty snacks, electrolyte mixers and emergency gear. The last 5 miles (about 5 hours worth) was done in and out of a constant rain.

Picture 1- The sign at the “South Kaibab Trailhead”, technically we didn’t hike to the river and back in one day, we hiked to the river, crossed it, and went up the other side 🙂 I trained for about a year for this hike, mainly at North Mountain and Thunderbird Mountain in Phoenix, AZ, carrying Abygail in my Bjorn when she was still light enough to fit in it, then over the summer I trained without her, but carrying my water pack and extra weight to train for the backpack I would carry and the heat we would encounter at the bottom of the canyon. I hiked an average of 5 miles each time I trained.

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Picture 2- The hiking group at the South Kaibab trailhead, at 4:30am. Dan and I are on the right. All night we had group discussions on weather or not we would do this hike. The weather had been poor all week and was calling for 50-80% chance of rain for the day of our hike. For 2 of our hikers, including my husband it was easy for them to blow it off if warranted, as they had done it numerous times before, but the other 5 of us it was our first time. We had prepared and planned for this for a year in the making, it was not possible for us to reschedule for another weekend, rooms for the South end and North end of the canyon must be booked a year in advance. So we were all praying for any signs of hope that we could make this happen. When we woke up at 3:30am, the skies were clear enough to see the stars, so we decided even though we knew we would hit rain at some point, we wanted to take the chance of getting thru as much of the hike as possible before the rain came. We all decided to get an early start, power thru the descent and across the bottom to race the weather. So away we went….

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Picture 3- Sunrise at Cedar Ridge, about 1.5 miles down into the Canyon. As you can see the threat for weather was minimal at this point, and continued that way for the majority of the hike. It kept the weather cool and the sun shaded by clouds coming and going.

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Picture 4- The South Kaibab Trail ahead of us.

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Picture 5- The mighty Colorado

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Picture 6- Dan and I standing on the Suspension Bridge the crosses over the Colorado river, about 8.5 miles achieved, and the weather at the bottom of the canyon was beautiful, about 75 degrees…compared to the 90 to 100 degrees we prepared for and is usually the case…the 7 miles across the canyon was the best part for me…it was beautiful….

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Picture 7 – “The Box” the trail along the bottom of the canyon follows a creek and you are surrounded by canyon walls, you take pit stops at Phantom Ranch, and Cottonwood Campgrounds, where you can replenish your water packs, treat your feet if needed and mentally prepare for the 7 miles ahead of you as you ascend up the North Rim…in the beginning you are slowly gaining elevation and in the process you come across many waterfalls….we also started to come across….the RAIN

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Picture 8- Dan and I, at the bottom of the canyon…we are about 12 miles into our hike at this point….we only got about 3 or 4 more miles before the rain came, thus the last time you would see us dry.

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Picture 9- Our scenery for the remainder of the hike looked a little like this, unable to see the trail we had hiked behind us…walking thru continuous muddy trails that your feet sink into then you have to yank out, in and out of clouds,   the constant runoff of  rain water over canyon walls, the sound of thunder in the distance echoing thru the canyon, your mental health is already breaking, your tired, your feet hurt, your socks and shoes are soaked, you can  feel everything squishing between your toes your pack is heavy and the wetness makes all of that worse…your pushing your body thru elements you never thought possible…and somehow you find that power, that will to GET OUT. I was broken…the last 5 miles I cried on and off I was so exhausted, I would literally take 10-15 painful steps and stop and choke back tears,  but I was also so overwhelmed at what I was achieving…I just kept telling myself…”Its just a walk in the park, it just happens to be “The Grand Canyon National Park” just a really big park. And the little face of my silly baby girl…I knew I could do it…for me…and for her.

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Picture 10 thru 12- Enjoying the sunrise over the North Rim, My husband and I, and the North Rim Lodge, the morning after our journey.

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In hindsight, although a powerful experience for my emotional and mental health, I was disappointed it was so “Rushed” to beat out the weather, I didn’t get to soak it in as much as I would have liked, or take the pictures to really do it justice. And we powered thru it so fast going down and across that by the time we had to go up, with the rain…our bodies were spent.  I may never get the chance to do this again, so I wish I would have been able to take it in just a little bit more, and take my time…not only would I of been able to get a better experience but my body would not of been as beaten up either if I would have been able to “stroll” through it.

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Free Audio Book and Free Book App

Would you like a Free Audio Book? We currently have three books available on Audio, Robby’s Quest for Seed, Robby’s Quest: Ocean Bound and Robby’s Quest: Thrills and Chills. If you would like one (or all) of these Audio Books for Free, send an email to dcrushbooks@cox.net and we will send you the codes for a Free Audio Book. Just be sure to let us know which book you would like and remember to leave your email address so we can send the code and instructions from Audible.com.  All we ask in return is an honest review on Audible.com.

All three books are narrated by voice actor Tracy Elman. Tracy does an amazing job bringing our stories to life.

Also, the D.C. Rush Children’s Book App is now available for Free for your Android Mobile from Google Play. Click Here to download and install the app. Here is the thumbnail picture of the app.

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This app is basically a screen shot of our website only for your mobile device. You can read about our books, purchase an eBook, Paperback or Audio Book, listen to a sample Audio Book, watch a Book Trailer or view one of our many beautiful illustrations. Feedback or a review on Google Play is appreciated.

Please enjoy your Free Audio Book and be sure to download our new app so you can keep in touch with current and new projects. We are currently writing a sequel to “Hershey Learns a Lesson” titled “Hershey Pays it Forward” and we began writing a story about three dogs who break up a dog fighting ring called “The Daring Dogs and the K9 Kennel Caper”.

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Animal Summer Safety

Practice Basic Summer Safety

Never leave your pets in a parked car 

Not even for a minute. Not even with the car running and air conditioner on. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Your pet may suffer irreversible organ damage or die. If you see an animal in distress in a parked car, contact the nearest animal shelter or police. Spread the word about the dangers of leaving pets in a hot car. 

Watch the humidity

“It’s important to remember that it’s not just the ambient temperature but also the humidity that can affect your pet,” says Dr. Barry Kellogg, VMD, of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. “Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels—very quickly.” Taking a dog’s temperature will quickly tell you if there is a serious problem. Dogs’ temperatures should not be allowed to get over 104 degrees.

Limit exercise on hot days

Take care when exercising your pet. Adjust intensity and duration of exercise in accordance with the temperature. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours, and be especially careful with pets with white-colored ears, who are more susceptible to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets, who typically have difficulty breathing. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet’s paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible. Always carry water with you to keep your dog from dehydrating.

Don’t rely on a fan

Pets respond differently to heat than humans do. (Dogs, for instance, sweat primarily through their feet.) And fans don’t cool off pets as effectively as they do people.

Provide ample shade and water

Any time your pet is outside, make sure he or she has protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water. In heat waves, add ice to water when possible. Tree shade and tarps are ideal because they don’t obstruct air flow. A doghouse does not provide relief from heat—in fact, it makes it worse.

Watch for signs of heatstroke

Extreme temperatures can cause heatstroke. Some signs of heatstroke are heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness.

Animals are at particular risk for heat stroke if they are very old, very young, overweight, not conditioned to prolonged exercise, or have heart or respiratory disease. Some breeds of dogs—like boxers, pugs, shih tzus, and other dogs and cats with short muzzles—will have a much harder time breathing in extreme heat.

How to treat a pet suffering from heatstroke

Move your pet into the shade or an air-conditioned area. Apply ice packs or cold towels to her head, neck, and chest or run cool (not cold) water over her. Let her drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes. Take her directly to a veterinarian.

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Children’s Audio Book

New on Audio, Robby’s Quest: Return of the Cat, written by D.C. Rush and Narrated by Tracy Elman.

Tracy is an American Voice Actor who has appeared on film, stage and television. Her passion is in voice acting. Tracy has voiced and published a variety of children’s books as well as instructional books. Tracy has voiced over 60 characters as she effortlessly changes voices during the many dialog exchanges between the characters. She has a unique natural soothing voice and does an excellent job bringing our stories to life.

 

Joy the Sparrow and her new best friend Josie want to see the world and why not start in Las Vegas, where the birds can visit Caesars Palace, the Eiffel Tower and New York City, all in the same day. They persuade the flock of birds they live with to take a vacation there. So the loyal group of friends – Sparrows, Robins and a Blackbird – fly there to have some fun.

However, Hershey the Cat, whom they’ve bumped into before, is back in the picture and would love nothing more than ruining the birds’ vacation. He’s determined to have at least one of the birds for a morning snack. Can the birds keep out of his clutches and claws? Will they get to their destination safely? The courageous birds are pushed to their limits and Hershey also has to face some tough truths about himself.

This is a bright and inspiring story about facing challenges and being the best you can.

For more information, visit our website at www.dcrushbooks.com. There you can read more about each book, view some of our amazing illustrations, watch a book trailer or listen to a sample from one of our three Audio Books. Buy Robby’s Quest: Return of the Cat here Audible.com 

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