In 2009, during the midst of this negativity, I published one of my previously written stories as a paperback. The book was titled, "Compassion." Because compassion, empathy and peace is a foundation I build my life on. With everything I create, I strive to make the world a better place. I was in love with the art created by my longtime friend, Christine Chong. She and I had met when she was in Art school and signed up to be a Lakota student of mine.
By 2011, news articles surfaced about the hostile digital environment we Native Lakota speakers had experienced by the European group behind the "Revitalization" of the Lakota language. Finally feeling closure over the emotionally difficult previous 3 years, I decided to hang up my linguistic hat and gifted my language work to S.A.I.V.U.S (Society to Advance Indigenous Vernaculars of the US). I then turned my focus solely to children's literature which had already brought me a great amount of joy.
In total, I've published more than 14 paperbacks (not counting articles, ebooks, software or websites) since 1997 with the 3 most notable publications being my children's storybooks, "Compassion (2009), Emmalyn (2011) and Zomberella (2013)." The Lakhota language resources, specifically the language software I created were my greatest achievement after being a mother.
And all that time, from 1995 to present, I never stopped developing websites even when my writing was paramount in my career.
In 2014, my oldest child was irrevocably injured by another student at school. She suffered a brain injury and vision loss. The aftermath of my child's injury caused my literary and development work to nearly stutter to a stop as I spent considerable time caring for her. Thankfully she became stronger and we adjusted to a new normal (Praise the Lord!). Read this article I wrote in 2021 for, "Mighty Kind Kids Magazine, Issue 7," titled, "We Keep Going: Resilience in the Face of Adversity."