“High atop a windswept Texas hill stood a crooked little tree…”
So begins “The Homeless Christmas Tree”, a heart-warming story based
on actual events surrounding a funny looking mimosa tree that sits
above a busy freeway in Fort Worth, Texas.

homelesschristmastree “The Homeless Christmas Tree” is a
story about hope, Christmas, and an
extraordinary city full of caring people.
Published in 2005, the book features beautiful water
color illustrations by local artist Court
Bailey. “The Homeless Christmas Tree”
embodies the indomitable spirit of
Texas and is currently in its fourth printing.

You can purchase “The Homeless Christmas Tree” on, or get an autographed copy directly from Leslie by contacting her through this website.



Excerpts from new works:

“My Mean Mom”

Boy, was I mad and I thought, “It’s not fair! Other children are out and their mothers don’t care. No, other kids’ mothers try not to be mean, but my mom’s the meanest mom you’ve ever seen!”

“Doodle Ducklings Fly”

“These wings,” said their mama, “will bring you lots of fun. You start out with a waddle then you break into a run. Flap your little wings and point your beaks into the sun, then before you even know it, all the scary stuff is done.”


“Did You Know?”

Did you know that eating butterflies will cause your heart to flutter? Or munching on a woodpecker is sure to make you stutter? Spider legs and turtle eggs will  make your stomach crawl. And llama spit (a lot of it) will help you to grow tall. Lightning bugs are what to eat to get that healthy glow. Not everybody knows these things. I thought you’d like to know.