May A Rainbow Shine Down On You!

May A Rainbow Shine Down On You!

6/23/2017

GENEOLOGY REQUEST:

I'VE BEEN TRYING TO RESEARCH THE FAMILY HISTORY OF MY MATERNAL GRANDPARENTS.   IF THERE IS ANYONE READING THIS THAT IS RELATED TO THE OERTEL'S, (ORTEL, ORTELL), HATTOCK, HATOCK, HATTOK, PIECHOWIAK FAMILIES, I WOULD APPRECIATE A REPLY.   I HAVE A LOT OF INFORMATION BUT SOME IS MISSING.  I'M VERY INTERESTED IN A MARY JANE OERTEL, BORN 3-3-1922 AT 11:40 P.M.,  EVIDENTLY BORN AS A TWIN AND BORN ALIVE.   THERE IS NOTHING AFTER THAT.   THERE IS A PHYSICAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE FOR HER BUT THAT'S WHERE THE TRAIL ENDS.   MOST OF THESE PEOPLE WERE FROM THE LEAVENWORTH COUNTY, KANSAS AREA AROUND LEAVENWORTH, EASTON, POTTER, KICKAPOO AREAS.  MY GREAT GRANDFATHER  OR GREAT UNCLE, BOTH WITH THE NAME GEORGE LEONARD OERTEL, RAN THE  "PIKE TAVERN" AND BOARDING HOUSE AT 2201 S. 4TH ST IN LEAVENWORTH BACK IN THE LATE 1890'S AND THE EARLY 1900'S.  

GEORGE LEONARD OERTEL SR MARRIED AN ELIZABETH MISTLER SPINDLER WHO EVIDENTLY WAS A PROMINENT LEAVENWORTH WOMAN. SHE RAN WHAT WAS CALLED "THE CHOCTAW HOUSE"  5TH AND CHOCTAW LEAVENWORTH, KANSAS IN 1890   CAN'T FIND ANY INFORMATION ON IT AT ALL. 

IF THERE IS ANYONE WHO IS RELATED OR KNOWS OF ANY OF THESE NAMES, PLEASE CONTACT ME AT       bemiown@yahoo.com   

THANKS EVER SO MUCH!

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GATHERING THE THREADS

THE AMISH OF SUMMER GROVE

BOOK 3 OF 3
Gathering the Threads 
After three months of draus in da Welt, Ariana has returned to Summer Grove, the Old Order Amish community where she was raised for twenty years, and life with her Brenneman family. Skylar Nash, the Englisch-raised young woman is working in Ariana s cafe while getting to know her birth family and their Plain way of life. Skylar's time in Summer Grove has changed her outlook, just as Ariana has grown to see her personal faith in God in a different light than the manner she was taught while growing up. Both women will have to make decisions about their paths and Ariana must decide what role her childhood friend, ex-Amish Quill Schlabach, will play in her life.
Gathering the Threads is the third and final novel in the Amish of Summer Grove series."
 

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4/22/2017

SPIFFY KIDS



 SPIFFY KIDS
Storybook of Feelings Collection
by J.R. Robinson 

Spiffy Kids are the crazy, fun loving characters that stay by your side every moment of your day--they're those wonderful things we call feelings. So whether it's Mad, Happy, Sad, Shy, Worry, or any of the many other Spiffy Kids, at least one is always with you -- even right now! This clever little  book describes a child's various emotions in a fun and entertaining way, with bright illustrations and lots of humor. It also gives children ways of dealing with these feelings and lets them know they are not alone. Everyone struggles with being mad, having worry, and sadness, and everyone has moments of being happy.  Spiffy Kids is a must have for any child's library! The Spiffy Kids were created by a seven year old girl who grew up with an important rule of thumb. Never completely lose what it is like to be a child. By using her imagination, she came up with a way to express herself, giving rise to fun characters that children can relate to. 

AUTHOR: J.R.ROBINSON lives in Northern California with her epic husband and rock star daughter. Raised in Michigan, she was an only child throughout much of her adolescence -- a latchkey kid who learned the true magic and power of the imagination. J.R. Robinson is a believer in the world of imagination above all else. She is also the author of Theodore Roberts and the Key to the Imaginary Door.

For more information, visit https://outskirtspress.com/SpiffyKids
www.myspiffykids.com


MY THOUGHTS:
Sometimes it's hard for kids to deal with all of the various emotions that go on inside of everybody.  One minute you can be happy and the next minute sad.  This book doesn't call them feelings, they're called Spiffy Kids.  Sometimes children don't know what to do with all the emotions they are feeling.  They are given help with that in this book.  They get to know their emotions in an interesting and helpful way.  They get to see that they aren't the only ones feeling these things.  Everyone does.  This is a fun and interesting way for children to get to know their feelings through the characters in the book. They will get to know that the Spiffy Kids are right there with them all the time.  The characters are given names of emotions which help the child have fun, such as Mad, Happy, Sad, Shy and Worry along with many others.  There are cute colorful pictures of the Spiffy Kids that show their emotions so that the child reading can relate.  I particularly liked the quote from the book, "No one's going to make me feel bad about being me!  Because I'm bold! I'm brave! so self-assured! Don't you agree?!  What a wonderful, fun way for children to learn about and deal with their emotions.  Every child should have this book on their shelf to read and re-read when those emotions kick in.

I was given a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 5 STARS.

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3/07/2017

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH


 WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
 


Jane Adams      Clara Barton      Susan B
                                                                 Anthony    
 Jane Addams                  Clara Barton            Susan B. Anthony


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2/04/2017

DO YOU?

I'm sad.
Are you?

I hurt.
Do you?

I want and need someone to hold me.
Do you?

The tears fall.
Do yours?

I need to go, but where?
Do you?

I want to be happy, although I'm not sure what that is.
Do you?

There's been so much loss.
Have you?

I want it to end.
Do you?

           -anonymous

1/30/2017

THE (not so) LITTLE BOOK OF SURPRISES


THE (not so) LITTLE BOOK OF SURPRISES
by
Deirdre Hade
William Arntz
Photographs and Images
by
Endre Balogh
The (not so) Little Book of Surprises is a verbal and graphic trip to the unexpected, whimsical, and wise worlds of writer and poet Deirdre Hade and her husband and graphic visionary Will Arntz. With images provided by award winning photographer Endre Balogh. These images will inspire you, make you laugh and make you think. The prose and poetry will raise your awareness to the level that great art does when truly enjoyed. You will constantly be surprised and perhaps conclude that this is not such a little book after all. An ideal gift for those on your list who have everything or nothing at all.
(from Amazon)

About the Author

Creator
William Arntz began his professional career as a research laser physicist, developing wave optics simulators for high energy lasing systems. He then wrote a systems management software system called AutoSys. Embraced by Fortune 500 companies around the world, he sold his company and retired. Or so he thought...

After some months on the beach William became interested in disseminating some of the principles gleaned from his decades of spiritual inquiry to the general public. He realized he could satisfy a life-long dream and use the software proceeds to make a movie. That movie started its life as a small documentary about Spirit and Science, but grew in scope (and budget) and became What the BLEEP Do We Know!? Producing, scripting, and co-directing the film, What the BLEEP went on to become a global phenomenon, with well over 100 million viewers experiencing the BLEEP. The companion book to the film What the Bleep has sold over 150,000 copies and has been translated into 20 languages.

AUTHOR
Deirdre Hade is a Modern Day Mystic. A spiritual adept since childhood she has spent her life communicating with the unseen. As a member of the Transformational Leadership Council her wisdom has been cited, for example, in Marci Shimoff’s Love for No Reason. Her work is taught by Jack Canfield, America’ s Success Coach. Ms. Hade founded Radiance Healing and Meditation in 2007 as a system of mindfulness for our modern time, reaching thousands globally with her Radiance Pure Energy program. Years of deep study into the spiritual traditions combined with a direct perception of what those traditions were alluding to has given her the rare ability to imbue her written worlds with the wisdom of the ages: past, present, and future.

PHOTOGRAPHER
From earliest childhood, Endre Balogh has been an internationally-known concert violinist. He spent much of his career touring the world, playing solo recitals, concertos with orchestras, and chamber music - working with such eminent musical luminaries as Zubin Mehta, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Vladimir Horowitz, and Andre Watts. In 2004, he severely curtailed his touring schedule to spend more time with his wife and children and rapidly began honing his passion for photography. Soon, he was winning top awards in contests, and his unique aesthetic vision and reputation for consistently beautiful work earned him an enviable reputation among his photographic colleagues. His photos are prominently displayed in the collections of several connoisseurs of fine photographic and digital art. In 2016 the California Professional Photographers Association named him Number Two among the Top Ten Photographers in California.

 A SURPRISE
Webster defines a surprise as 
"an attack without warning."

MY THOUGHTS
I don't know how to describe this book.  The words and illustrations are simply beautiful and soul warming.  So many interesting, fascinating, educational, surprising and fun words and pictures. It's a book that you can just sit down and find peace.  When you want to take a few moments away from the fast pace, hectic world, just open the book and it takes you away.  This book isn't for just a certain age group, it's for everyone.  It touches the emotions and has so much wisdom, not only in the words but in the beautiful illustrations.  Many will cause you to sit and think about the meaning and how it applies to you.  Surprises come in many forms, some bad, some good.

WE ARE HERE AT A TIME OF NEW BEGINNINGS.
IT IS A TIME TO RETHINK
EVERYTHING THAT YOU
HAVE LEARNED.
*******
IT IS A TIME TO TAKE PERCEPTION AND TURN 
IT ON ITS HEAD.
********
THE DARKNESS SERVES THE LIGHT,
IF YOU ARE CONSCIOUS.
**********

THE DARKNESS IS JUST THE DARKNESS,
IF YOU ARE UNCONSCIOUS.
       (quotes from book)
I found peace and a bit of magic from reading this book.   A warming of the heart, a soothing of the soul.  This is a book that would make a wonderful gift for anyone, for any occasion.   Make it a gift to yourself for those get away moments.


I received this book from the authors and have voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 5 STARS.

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