Tickletoe Tree Thoughts



I believe a while back I shared some lines from a book I’m considering publishing titled A Day in the Shade of a Tickletoe Tree. The first four lines began as:

“One day in the shade of a Tickletoe Tree

I thought how funny the world would be

if we saw with our ears, tasted with toes,

smelled with our eyes. and touched with our nose.”

My initial material was too short for a book so I recently added more lines. In fact I got on a roll and probably have many more lines than are needed for a single book. Then I noticed that there were clusters of topics, such as these rough unedited lines about numbers:

What if the number one was really two?

Then what would number two have to do?

Would it try to be like number three?

Or have some fun and become number one?

And would number four being really sore

If number five played tricks on six?

What if number eight was always late

and number seven was named Kevin?

Would number nine get out of line

If number ten was at the end?

Would nine throw a fit

Because ten came after it?

That got me to thinking. Perhaps I should have a series of Tickletoe Tree books with each focused on a different theme such as numbers, letters, animals, colors, and food. What do you think?

With Love,


About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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