Monday, May 28, 2012

On Memorial Day...Take a moment to say THANKS!

I received this email and thought it was worth sharing today! 

(sorry about the earlier glitch with the pictures)

It is the
, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.

It is
VETERAN, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.

It is
VETERAN, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.

It is
not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is
VETERAN, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is
VETERAN, not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.

God Bless the USA!

FREE is good!

My new children's book The Moose at the Manger will be released to stores and on-line markets on June 26th!  In celebration I am having a Moose at the Manger Giveaway!  Just click HERE to read all the details.  It's as easy as 1-2-3 and the price is right...FREE! 

Giveaway ends on June 9th, so click on today for your chance to win.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Start your holiday weekend with a trip to Crete's Eurpean Outdoor Market!

Saturday, May 26, 2012
8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Main & Exchange Streets
Crete, Illinois
Whether you're looking for home-grown produce, freshly baked breads, fresh cheese, Kettle Corn, or other specialty products like jewelry, flowers, yard art, Tupperware, etc. they have it all!  Other regular vendors include

Zandstras Produce
Hiemenz Nursery
Pampered Chef
S&S Purses
Foodies Marketplace
Stamper Cheese Company

I will be there also selling advance copies of my soon-to-be-released children's book
The Moose at the Manger

as well as copies of last year's favorite My Hero, My Ding!

According to Crete's Chamber of Commerce:
  • The outdoor corner market with a European flair!
  • The European Market hosts locally grown fresh produce, flowers and other seasonal and specialty items.
  • The European Market has been established for the benefit of the community, the vendor and the consumer alike.

Mention this blog at my book booth and receive a FREE refrigerator magnet!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

CPD...Well done!

After seeing the nonsense on TV today, I know I could NEVER be a police officer.  I would have ended up in jail myself, because I could not have shown the restraint that you all did.  

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Wisdom of Mark Twain

During the hustle and bustle of the weekend take a few minutes to enjoy some wit and wisdom of Mark Twain filled with sarcasm and humor!

Warning: Clicking on video may bring a smile to your face!

How cool is this...Mark Twain filmed in 1909 by Thomas Edison!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

And it's said over and over parents aren't to blame?!

Somewhere out there at a school near you on a Friday afternoon -

It was during the students' bathroom break when a male student returned to the locker he had just visited.  His teacher asked why he's not with the other boys at the bathroom.  His response was that he just got told from the office he has to go home early and he was getting his things to leave.  Here is the alleged conversation as related by the student involved. 

Teacher: Did you know you were leaving early today?

Student: No.

Teacher: Well, that's too bad because you were so excited about going to the golf meet after school [the first one of the season].

Student: Oh, I'll be back for that.

Teacher:  Hmmm. I hope everything is okay and there's not an emergency.

Student:  Oh, it's an emergency

Teacher: Really...a minute ago you didn't know you were leaving early and now it's "an emergency".  Why are you leaving early?

Student: I have to go home and pack.

Teacher:  Pack for what?  Golf?

Student: No...we're going away this weekend and we won't have time to pack later on tonight.

Teacher's reaction!

Teacher: So, let me get this straight.  You're going away for the weekend to have fun...

Student:  No, not for fun. We're going to a quinceanera.

Teacher:  That's a party right?  I'm not stupid.  So you're leaving school early to pack, but you'll have time to come back later to play golf.

Student: Yes.

This is the teacher for the second time!

Teacher:  Does your mother know you have a test at 1:00 today?

Student: No.

Teacher: Well, before you leave school you better tell her you have a test.  If you are not here to take it, you will receive a zero.

Student: [Stares blankly]

Teacher: Do you understand what I just explained.

Student: Yes 

With that the conversation ended and the teacher's head...well...

UPDATE:  As one might figure at this point, the student never returned to class for the test BUT made sure to be at the golf meet! 

Now remind me again whose fault it is that our children are failing in school?

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Remembering Mom on Mother's Day!

Anyone still looking for a unique gift for Mother's Day for a special lady who loves to read?

Well, we have exciting news just in time for Mother's Day!

My Hero, My Ding in NOW AVAILABLE on Kindle through

You can have your Mother's Day gift delivered in under a minute! Wow!

As always, you can still purchase personalized autographed copies directly from this page at any time!