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 • Inspiration
..from a sign posted near the Montezuma Well, Arizona

Take time to see the sky
Find shapes in the clouds
Hear the murmur of the wind
And touch the cool water.
Walk softly -
We are the intruders
Tolerated briefly
In an infinite universe.


 • I recently read...
   A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children
by Caroline Kennedy
A delightful journey for me. This is a book for all generations. I only started to appreciate poetry afer my brother sent me the poetry, A Leaf, by Bronislaw Maj. This book by Caroline Kennedy has become the permanent fixture on my night table. 'Sweet and Low' on page 128 is my favorite. The woman in the picture reminds me of my mother, and I'm the baby in her arms. Sweet dreams usually follow.

Welcome to LotusWriting.com

My name is Lin Fong O'Neill, and this is my site. In Chinese, “Lin” means “lotus flower,” a beautiful and clean bloom that grows out of mud. It is compared to a person of great virtue for being able to live in muck, without being tainted by it. My father, who believed in Buddhism, named me Lin to symbolize a life of purity, wisdom, and progress to the highest state of consciousness. This has inspired me, as I strive to live up to his expectation.

My love of story-telling, art, nature, and family lay behind the creation of my children’s books. Working with the aspiring and dynamic artists adds excitement to each project, and I have gained invaluable insight from them – outstanding alumnus of Parsons School of Design in New York City, Binghamton University of Vestal, New York, School of Visual Arts in New York City, and Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. These artists currently work respectively as interior designer, environmental activist, art teacher and graphic designer while continue to hone their great craft by illustrating children’s books.




Books
Monkey Mo, Monkey Go! - A boy sacrifices his own pleasure to help a friend to find happiness.

Benny Pig to the Rescue - This book shows young children that success is possible for anyone who is willing to keep trying.

Tiger! Tiger! Tail on Fire! - This book demonstrates that one doesn't have to be big to take on a bullying tiger.

Daddy Why? - This book uses the subject of adoption to show love embraces children regardless of age, gender, race and background.

Mommy Why? - This book addresses important questions in young minds regarding differences in people.



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  • Readings
  • Celebrate Read Across America Day
  • A Creative Journey: Writing & Drawing
  • Chinese New Year
  • Let's Learn Chinese Program
  • My Writing Journey

    Past Event Venues Include:
    Schools:
    Gables Elementary, Neptune, NJ
    Holy Cross Elementary, Rumson, NJ
    Lincroft Elementary, Lincroft, NJ
    Middle Road Elementary, Hazlet, NJ
    Navesink Elementary, Atlantic Highlands, NJ
    Newbury, Howell, NJ
    Red Bank Borough, Red Bank, NJ
    Red Bank Charter, Red Bank, NJ
    School for Children, Eatontown, NJ
    Spring Lake Heights Elementary, NJ
    St. Benedict, Holmdel, NJ
    St. Leo the Great, Lincroft, NJ
    Taylor Mills, Manalapan, NJ

    Libraries in New Jersey:
    Allentown Library
    Atlantic Highlands Library
    Brick Library
    Colts Neck Library
    Fair Haven Library
    Holmdel Library
    Little Silver Library
    Marlboro Library
    Ocean Township Library
    Point Pleasant Library
    Tinton Falls Library
    Organizations:
    Brownie Troop
    Colts Neck Reformed Church - Kindergarten Enrichment program.
    FCC (Families with Children from China ) Ocean/Monmouth County Chapter
    New Jersey Association of School Librarians, Annual Fall Conference
    Pennsylvania Association of School Librarians Book Fair
    Princeton (NJ) Children’s Book Festival
    The Woman's Club of Spring Lake
    Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, New Jersey Chapter
    Red Bank Woman's Club


    Spotlight
    • New Jersey's Colts Neck Township profiled Lin as "People On the Move" in their November 2007 issue. Click to view full article.
    • Lin was featured in Chinese World Journal on July 28th, 2007 for promoting diversity and Chinese Culture. Click to view full article.
    ahherald.com: Friends of the Library host local children's author Lin Fong-O'Neill
    • app.com: Children's book author explores cultural diversity

    app.com - 12.29.2005

    JPMorgan Chase ~ Diversity

    Mommy, Why? appears as the first story on JPMorgan Chase internal Diversity website in October 2005. JPMorgan Chase, a leader in creating a workplace where differences are respected, encourages families to use this book as a tool to teach children about appreciating differences.

    JPMorgan Chase - Diversity website



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