Sunday, December 20, 2009

I Want A Parrot For Christmas

Today, Phil and I had such a fun day. I had a book signing at Chester Park gift shop and then we went to Apple Tree Bookshop where Phil played Santa Claus to about 35 children. They were all so spontaneous and cute, full of wonder and awe. He came in with his Santa hat and his red checkered flannel shirt looking for a lost reindeer. They played along. He took them one by one and sat them on his lap and asked them what they wanted for Christmas. The most unusual request was from a little girl who asked Santa for a parrot. Terry Mize and I laughed and agreed this needed to be made into a song. Well, it is 2:23 AM and the lyrics to a song just came to me. Here it goes:
I WANT A PARROT FOR CHRISTMAS
I want a parrot for Christmas
I don't want a toy looking thing.
Santa, please bring me a parrot
And make sure he knows how to sing.
Yes, I want a parrot for Christmas,
Dear Santa, I hope that you've heard.
I want a parrot for Christ-m-a-s
And not just any ol' bird.
There's Toucans, Macaws, and black Ravens
Love birds and flamingos so tall,
Oh, I want a parrot for Christmas...
If no parrot, then nothing at all!
Don't care if he's yellow or blue
I just want one I can talk to.
Santa, please bring me a parrot
And maybe he'll talk to you too.
Johnny Dep probably has him a parrot,
An island and plenty of loot.
Don't care 'bout islands or treasure;
Just want me a parrot that's cute.
I'll feed him and bath him and love him,
And get him an exercise gym;
I'll teach him to tap dance, then maybe
I'll teach him to yodel a tune.
Oh, I want a p-a-r-r-o-t for Christ-m-a-s...
Please, Santa, make sure it comes soon!!!!!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Turkeys, Toys, Tinsle, and Tears

'Tis the season to be jolly
Christmas trees and boughs of holly,
Rush and push, great crowds of people,
Thoughts of church, those with a steeple.
Family here and family far;
Long trips taken in a car.
Over-eat and under rest;
Making life some sort of test.
Growing up and looking back;
Having more but feeling lack.
Gaining weight, so much to do,
All of this can make you blue!

Remember, Jesus left heaven above,
And came to earth to teach us love.
His angels sing of peace to men
His mission is to cleanse our sin.
He came once and will come again,
On this truth you can depend.
So give the Christ child your broken heart,
Then allow Him to give you a brand new start.
Getting ready for CHRISTMAS DAY,
Feel the joy and make time to play.
Personal fun, but taking care;
For you this is my Christmas prayer.

Friends

A friend is one to whom one may pour out the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take it and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sheep in Scotland

The sun was slow to light up the morning sky due to the heavy rain clouds. Wisps of mist clung to the mountain tops as we spied the sheep as dots of white amid the rocky slope. The windshield wipers, like a metro dome, set the beat as the rain engulfed our car on the dirt road.
"This may not be a good idea coming this way. I don't see any other cars travelling here and the road looks like it could be dangerous with all this rain." The potholes in the road were deeper now causing the car to bounce up and down.
"We'll be just fine." Phil assured me, loving the hint of danger in our off the main road adventure.
The highlands of Scotland were clothed in their autumn apparel as we slowly meandered up in altitude. Along the steep mountain side more and more sheep were wandering aimlessly; fat, dumb, and happy, moving to the next piece of green to eat. Rapid streams had formed due to the heavy rainfall and we observed that the sheep were clueless to its danger. Phil pulled the car off the road and parked next to the stream, getting out to read a marker. I stayed inside to keep warm and dry. The sheep were everywhere now and I looked at their thick woolly bodies and thought about the luscious yarn that would be spun from their beautiful fluffy fleece. My thoughts were interrupted as I caught a movement in my peripheral vision. On the very top of the steep mountain a car appeared and out stepped a man with his two dogs. Without any noise, only the motion of his hand, the dogs descended upon the wayward sheep and began to nip at their heels, herding then into a flock. The dogs looked happy doing what they were breed to do, but the sheep were not happy. They moved away from their mindless bliss of grazing with reluctance, but they moved.
Phil had seen the dogs and returned to the car to make sure I saw them. He turned up the heat and together we sat in the warmth of the car, silently watching. The silence was broken by the sound of the key turning on the ignition as the car engine roared to life. Our journey continued; both of us lost in thought. Around each curve we saw more sheep and more beauty as the sun broke through the clouds and a huge rainbow appeared. Along the road we stopped for tea at a small local restaurant overlooking the scenery of a castle built near a loch. Sipping on our tea, we reflected upon the sight of the dogs working the sheep. Our heavenly Father had used this moment to reveal to us, in parable form, how Christ is our Good Shepherd who watches over us. Sometimes, we as sheep, don't see the big picture which includes dangerous situations. He sees. That is when He sends the dogs of circumstance to us to nip at our heels and lead us to safety. Like sheep of the fields, seldom do we appreciate the dogs moving us away from our carefree lifestyle, even though the Master Shepherd knows best.
I read the 23rd Psalm with new eyes after our trip to Scotland.

Friday, December 4, 2009

December Calendar

This month is very busy and I love it. Christmas is such a wonderful blessing and of course I am personally dedicated to keeping Christ in Christmas. Here is the calendar of events:

Dec. 5-Book signing at Shalom Christian Bookstore in Wasilla, AK-Noon to 2 PM
Dec.12-Book signing at Pandemonium Booksellers in Wasilla, AK-1:00-4:00 PM
Dec.15- Gingerbread House construction at Apple Tree Book Shop-11:00 AM
Dec.19-Book signing at Chester Park-Noon to 3:00 Pm
Dec. 19- Christmas Party and book sales at Apple Tree Book Shop-4:00 PM

Delicious German Christmas cookies made from the recipe in Tilly's Song will be available to taste and other surprises. Come join us and celebrate the birthday of Jesus and our advent of his return.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

What does it mean to be a poet?

Henrik Ibsen lived in the 1800's and died in 1906. He was considered by some to be the Father of Modern Literature. Although I do not agree with all his philosophies or find all his plays entertaining, I do relate to a quote from a speech he gave in 1874 to a group of Norwegian students. It is as follows:
"...And what does it mean, then to be a poet? It was a long time before I realized that to be a poet means essentially to see, but mark well, to see in such a way that whatever is seen is perceived by the audience just as the poet saw it. But only what has been lived through can be seen in that way. And the secret of modern literature lies percisely in this matter of experience that are lived through. All that I have written these past ten years, I have lived through spiritually.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Off on Another Adventure

A small change of plans. I will not be attending the Saturday evening Oktoberfest, but I am going to be at the Pandemonium Booksellers Bookstore on Saturday afternoon from 1:00-4:00 pm. This is a fun store with a great layout of all types of books and gift ideas. It also has plenty of room in the Deli to eat or drink and read, do crafts, play board games, have meetings, or just get away from the fast pace we all live in. I hope you will come check it out, buy my book or come visit--it's all good!
Sunday is another fun day. In Eagle River there is this bookstore called Apple Tree Book Shop. It carries Tilly's Song. This store is a feast for the eyes. It has old books, used books, new books, gifts, crafts, and a huge children's section in the back of the store. A special treat is storytime on Tuesdays and Saturdays. They are normally closed on Sunday, however this week is their Open House! It will be fun with lots of things to see and experience. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

New Book Promotion Events

October is a busy month. October 2-3, Friday and Saturday evening starting at 7 pm, Anchorage German Club will be presenting Oktoberfest at the Eagan Center. Lots of food, fun, and fellowship is promised. I will be signing Tilly's Song during this celebration of my German roots. Come join us!
On October 3rd, from 1:00-4:00pm at the Pandemonium Booksellers Store in Wasilla, AK, I will be having a book signing. The next day, Sunday, Oct.4, I will in Eagle River at the Apple Tree Book Shop for their Open House from 1:00-5:00 pm. Love to see you at one or all of these varied and fun events.

Friday, September 25, 2009

My Sister, My Friend, Walk with Sensitive Feet

My sister, my friend,
Come walk with me
I have never traveled this way before.

I need your hand to hold
Next to my heart
As we walk this path with sensitive feet,
Together.

Our feet felt the dew on the grass
And the sand on our toes,
When the sun shone bright, we were like playful children.

Now there are stones on the path; the way is unknown.

My sister, my friend,
Please walk with me with sensitive feet.
And we shall face this great journey,
Together.

Favorite Quote: "Othello" Act 3 Scene 3

I have been asked what my favorite quote is and I have to say it goes back to High School English class when I was learning some of the plays of William Shakespeare. Here it is from my memory:
"Good name in man and woman,dear my lord, is the immediate jewel of thy soul. Who steals my purse, steals trash, twas something, tis nothing and has been a slave to thousands. But he that filches from me my good name, robs me of that which not enriches him but leaves me poor indeed." William did know how to get to the jest of things, wouldn't you agree?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Update on Chef Al's TV Cooking Program

On September 30th from 6:00 to 7:00am I will be featuring Stuffed Pork Chops with fresh applesauce on Chef Al's Cooking Show sponsored by Allen and Peterson and KTUU Channel 2 Early Morning program. I was able to feature one of the recipes found in my novel, Tilly's Song. It was also an opportunity to promote Anchorage German Club's annual Okoberfest at the Eagan Center on Oct.2nd and 3rd at 7:00 PM each evening. I will be there selling and signing my novel in the midst of merriment of food, music, dancing, and celebration. Alaska has experienced a beautiful autumn this year and now that winter is approaching, let's all get out there and enjoy harvest time, German-style. It has been said that in March everyone is a little Irish. Well, I'm here to tell you, in October, everyone is a little German. Here are a few phrases that might help you during Oktoberfest: Spricht heir jemand Englisch? In English: (Does anyone speak English?) Prost! (Cheers), Danke (Thanks), Bitte (You are welcome), gut (good), guten tag (how do you do), sauerkraut (white cabbage, finely chopped and pickled), wurst (sausage), brot(bread), bier(beer), auf Wiedersehen (goodbye). That should help you get through the basics of the festival. GUTE NACHT (Good Night)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

ALASKA'S STATEHOOD CELEBRATION

2009 is the 50th Anniversary of Alaska's statehood. I am filled with excitement that just spilled out of my spirit as a poem.

Majestic eagles are a soarin'
Restless ravens they are a cawin'
Asian cranes are found a nestin'
Long necked swans are heard a trumpetin'
'Cause celebration is in the air!

Bears are amblin' up the hillside
Caribou gruntin' out their song
Fish are schoolin'
Whales a breachin'
Otters playin' on the shore.

Moms and Dads they are a laughin'
Children's hands happily clappin'
Infants gleeful sounds a makin'
All rejoicin' just in knowin'
Celebration is in the air!

Lights from heaven are a shimmerin'
Birch limbs are a quiverin'
The tall mountains are a quakin'
All of nature joins the chorus
Singing songs of Jubilee.

Celebration, celebration!
Let's all give a mighty cheer,
Half a century in the makin'
Of the statehood for this Great Land.
Can you hear it? Celebration is in the air.

You Can Come Home

To Patsy:
I've been told all my life
You can never go home.
Well, they lied because
I just did.
Even though someone else is
Now living in my ol' house,
I can still visit the memories
There in.
The years passed so quickly...
Now where have I heard that said?
Some of the living is simply
A blurr,
But the things that remain
Are those welcoming smiles
And the promise to return
Once again.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Home from the Book Promotion

Hurray, I am home and back to writing. While I was in Oklahoma I was able to conduct some indepth research on a book titled 40 Days with Ruth. It is another book not in the original trilogy. A big thank you goes to Laura Martin at the Oklahoma Historical Society for all her assistance.
It was so good to go home to Duncan. Much to my surprise there were many people at Hastings Bookstore for the book signing. Hastings is a great place to buy books, music, kids books and toys and used books. They treated me well. Thanks, Hasting's staff. I was able to go to the Chishom Trail Museum and found some good books on Stephens County which will also help with the research for my story about a woman in Oklahoma.
I was able to have a book signing and dinner party in Oklahoma City. I was able to prepare and serve several dishes that are featured in the novel, Tilly's Song. A special thanks goes to Nancy and Fred Thompson in Oklahoma City for their support.
Friends from St. Stephens Church were there. There was time to visit with friends: Cathy, Nic and Louise Lowry, and Pam and Del Humphrey, Cheryl and Royce Weddle, Josh and Miranda and their girls. It was good to see you all. A very special thanks goes to Patsy and Jacob Kuhn for hosting me while I was in Oklahoma. You are the best.
My travels took me to Omaha, Nebraska, where my sister and brother-in-law live. Marti, my sister, had done the leg work before I arrived and allowed me to have two very successful book signings while in Nebraska. A very special thank you to the bookstore, Divine Truth. Books are also available at the Christian bookstore, Parables in Omaha.
On the way home, I stopped over in Denver, CO, and stayed with our daughter Bonnie and her husband Art. Both have been very helpful and supportive with this whole book promotion. Art has designed my web-site and Bonnie has become my travel agent. Thank you my loves. Oh, did I fail to mention they have also provided me with absolutely adorable grandchildren? Well, they have and I love 'um! I love all my children and grandchildren. Phil and I are blessed with 13.
I arrived home just in time to help Phil, my husband, dress out and package half a moose.Our son David harvested one this year and was kind enough to share it with us. We now have plenty of meat for the winter and some to share with others. What a blessing.
My life is truly blessed. My hope is that the whatever my Lord has me write will be a blessing to all who choose to read it. Thank you all for your support in my writing adventure.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Chef Al's Cooking Show

To promote Oktoberfest, I will be featuring German recipes from Tilly's Song on Al Levinsohn's Channel 2 TV Cooking Show, "What's Cooking, Chef Al?" This show is sponsored by Allen and Peterson of Anchorage and Wasilla. I will be preparing stuffed pork chops with fresh applesauce. This is a quick and easy recipe that everyone enjoys. The program will be aired the first week in October. Look for it on Channel 2 KTUU Anchorage.

Pink Ice Gala: October 17th

I am happy to announce I will be speaking at this year's Pink Ice Gala. This year's theme is "My Sister, My Friend:Walk with Sensitive Feet." The Gala will be held at the Sheraton. I will be speaking on Grief Resolution and the common everyday things each of us can engage in whenever we experience grief.
Pink Ice is an event that promotes awareness, networking, and research to prevent and/or treat breast cancer. Alaskan's are joining together to freeze out breast cancer. During the year tea parties are held to raise money for research. It is a fun way to include all ages of women to take time to talk and share their stories of overcoming fear and dread from times of stress due to illness, loss, and disappointment. I look forward to this gathering.
For more information Gloria at Plethora of Designs is the one to contact. She can be reached at plethora@gci.net or (907) 646-0885. Come network and have fun with us.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Book Promotion in Oklahoma and Nebraska

August 3-12 I will be in Oklahoma promoting Tilly's Song. Sunday the 9th I will be in Duncan visiting my home town church, Wesley United Methodist Church. I look forward to seeing the familiar faces from my childhood. At 3:00 pm I will be having a book signing at Hastings Bookstore. Please come and see me there and browse through the store. On the 7th I will be speaking at Oklahoma City at the Thompson's home around 7:00 pm. Contact me for directions.(907)223-0337.
August 13-20 I will be in Omaha with a book signing at Divine Truth bookstore and at OEA on Monday, Aug.17th at 7:00pm. Look forward to seeing new faces as well as old friendly faces!!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

July 5th Book Signing at Russo's Books in Bakersfield, CA

Hello from Sunny and Hot Bakersfield, CA. Russo's Books is one of the best book stores I have ever been in and it is Jenny's, my daughter's favorite. Her boys love it because it has everything from great book's (of course) to wonderful gifts and hands on displays. They are featuring Tilly's Song on Sunday, Noon to 2PM where I can sell and sign the novel. As part of the promotion, I have post cards with the book cover on one side and a recipe for orange cookies on the other side, featuring not only one of the recipes from the novel but also Bakersfield delicious fresh oranges. After the signing we are all going to Que Pasa's, the best Mexican Restaurant in Bakersfield for a celebration. Que Pasa Restaurant helped me advertise the signing at Russo's Books, for which I am grateful.
More news!!! Tuesday, July 7th, my Nana's birthday, I will be speaking for a group of ladies at Jennifer Bower's home in Bakersfield. The topic is:What Made Up the Story Behind the Story. There will be food offered as refreshments taken from the recipes listed in the novel,and another sampling of orange cookies. This is one of my favorite ways to use Bakersfield's best California oranges.
California is the kick off to my summer book promotion. My next stop will be in Oklahoma. I will be in Okla. City, Midwest City, Edmond, and Duncan during the first week in August. I am working on a date when I will be speaking at Rose College and also doing book signings in the other cities as well. Then I am off to Omaha, NE, for a book club speaking engagement and book signing.
Comments are coming in from those who have finished reading Tilly's Song. By far the most common comments are:"Wonderful story"," I am able to invest in the characters which keeps me reading to find out what happens next", and " I can't wait for the next book!" Thanks everyone for your encouragement. While I am traveling I am working to complete book two, For Richer or Poorer; I Take Thee Marie.
I welcome your comments. My desire is to grow as an author and I am sensitive to what my readers think and feel.

Monday, June 22, 2009

What People Are Saying about Tilly's Song

Carol: I just finished your book, Tilly's Song and wanted to tell you I really, really liked it. Congratulations, Cheryl Campbell Sims

Carol, you are truly blessed to be so gifted in your writing...I look forward to the next one! Love, Miriam Schluelein

Fabulous! When is the next book coming out? Linda

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Summer Solstice Book Signing Celebration

FUN, FOOD, FIESTA! Come join the fun at the Summer Solstice Celebration at Chepo's Mexican Restaurant, Saturday June 20th. Carol Welty Roper will be part of the festivities promoting her new book, Tilly's Song. She will be selling and signing at 4PM after the Anchorage Mayor's Run. Come join us and buy a good read and one or two as gifts for your friends. Remember your father on Father's Day on Sunday June 21.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Professional Affliation

Member of the following organizations:

Christian Writers Guild
Alaska Writers Guild
American Dietetic Association
National Association of Professional Women

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Timeless Ink Tales presents Carol Welty Roper's new novel, Tilly's Song

Press Release:



Chugiak author plans book launch celebration Alaska Star Staff Chugiak author Carol Welty Roper will host a launch party Sunday for her new book “Tilly’s Song” at Kings Way Ministry Center.The novel is a historical fiction based on the true story of Roper’s great-grandmother, Tilly, and grandmother, Marie. Roper captures her family’s journey to America from a village in Northern Germany devastated by an epidemic that killed everyone except her family.Roper said sharing the story with her youngest daughter, who asked her to tell a story that was not in a book. “I thought for a while and then remembered parts of a story my grandmother told me about how her mother and she came to America in 1894.”That story became the basis for her book as she tells how every part of Tilly’s journey is met with grave challenges and adventures.Printed by Good Catch Publishing, “Tilly’s Song” offers the reader a story of healing and restoration. Throughout the book, old German lyrics, put to music by famous composers, enhance the story. As a bonus, the recipes for the food dishes mentioned in the story and included in the book’s appendix.“As the author, it is my intent to appeal to the senses of the reader; to see the sights, smell the smells, feel the emotions, taste the food, and above all, to hear the song of this story and be touched,” she said. “I hope the book will encourage individuals and families about starting over in life after catastrophe strikes. Knowing we can find help from the past.”“Tilly’s Songs” is available at Amazon.com for $14.95 plus shipping. The launch party begins at 3 p.m. at King’s Way, located at 10336 Eagle River Loop Rd.Reach the reporter at darrell.breese@alaskastar.com.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Tilly's Song

The Official Tilly's Song Book Cover!
Coming Soon! April 09'

Thursday, February 19, 2009

About Me

Carol Welty Roper

This is Carol Welty Roper’s first novel. For the past thirty years she has written technical nonfiction and is now embracing creative writing. Some of her experiences have given her insight into the actions and reactions of people who have left all they know in life to start over in a new land. While living in Oklahoma and working as a clinical dietitian in a free clinic, Carol Roper met many Boat People who emigrated from Southeast Asia. Most of these survivors of the Vietnam War exhibited post-traumatic syndrome and she was able to assist them with their health and coping needs. Another group of people relocating were former autoworkers uprooted from Michigan’s auto industry. They left all they had, except the clothes on their backs and what could fit in their cars and drove to sunny Oklahoma looking for jobs. Carol heard countless stories of hope pour out of these individuals who were filled with grief and heartache, yet clinging onto enough faith to start over again. Many of these homeless families received food from the clinic while they learned skills necessary to make them ready for a different job market. Crisis in her own life lead her to follow her dream and to generate the courage to leave Oklahoma. It was her birthplace and that of her two children. Stepping out in faith, with her children she headed north to Alaska. This was their starting over place. Arriving in Alaska, she worked with Yupik people who had been displaced due to a tuberculosis epidemic. Eager to hear their incredible stories of survival they were willing to share some of the events that paralleled her great-grandmother and grandmother’s relocation story. Living among people from different cultures, she met emigrants from Korea, Eastern Europe, the Philippines, Central America, Africa, and China who endured great personal sacrifice to come to America searching for a brighter future. Much of the emotional content of her novel, either she has experienced or knows those who have.