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.