Monday, April 26, 2010

Book Fair at the 
Alling Coverlet Museum

John Cielinski, owner of Books, ETC in Macedon and 
Marcia Marseille, owner of the Village Book Market in 
Palmyra teamed with the Alling Coverlet Museum in 
Palmyra to present "Books, Authors and Friends," on
Apr. 17 and 18.

Hopefully this will become and annual event.  I met many
new authors and reunited with authors from past events.
I enjoyed the energy, commaderie and lively discussions.

Let me tell you a little bit about some of the authors:

Eileen Loveman

Author of "Rhythms and Rhymes of the Heart." "A Surrender
to the Moon" and "George and Bob Stories." I had met Eileen 
before and we finally got together for dinner after the event!
Check out her site.  


Eileen Loveman, John Cielinski, Sally Valentine

Sally Valentine

Author of "The Ghost of the Charlotte Lighthouse,"
"Theft at George Eastman House," and "What Stinks."
Her books are mysteries for middle grade readers.
Read more about Sally at

Den Linnchan

Author/photographer of nature books NYS: 
"Adirondack Dawn"
"New York State Splendor"

If you visit the Adirondacks check out Hoss's Country Corner
on Long Lake to see Len's books. 

Mary Beth Egeling

A licensed massage therapist, Mary Beth compiled personal 
testimonies that inspired her to write about the wisdom and
innate talents in all of us.  Her book, "Messages from My Hands,
is about self discovery and personal growth.  I must read this!
A second book, "Love-Abouts," explores daily rituals that may
enrich your life and deepen relationships.  This book makes a
wonder gift.

Susan Baruch

Susan's debut novel, "Paternity," brings together a multicultural 
group into one complicated extended family.  Susan has many
writing credits, including essays and poetry.  Learn more on her

Gary L. Fitzpatrick

Gary has many serious history and reference books to 
his credit and other genres.  He worked for over thirty 
years in the Geography and map division of the 
Library of Congress,  lived in Hawaii and taught at the
University of Hawaii.

Some of his books include: 
    ( a satire inspired by his family's connections 
    to Transylvania and his eight trips there.) 
The Early Mapping of Hawai’i  
Surveying the Mahele (with Riley M. Moffat) 
Mapping the Lands and Waters of Hawai’i 
   (with Riley M. Moffat)
International Time Tables
Direct-Line Distances (with Marilyn Modlin)

Ruth Rosenberg-Naparsteck

           Ruth Rosenberg-Naparsteck and Rose O'Keefe

Ruth has over twenty books on regional history and teaches American 
History at R.I.T.  She also founded Heron's Bend Productions.  There 
is a link to her book "The Erie Canal" on this site.

Rose O'Keefe

After buying an 1865 cottage in the South Wedge in 1976, Rose began
research of the area.  She wrote for The Wedge a newspaper dedicated 
to that area and wrote her first Arcadia book "Rochester's South Wedge."

Brooks Tenney

Brooks and I traded books at the fair.  Of course 
"Marco Flamingo" is an easier read than "New Silk Road!"  
Brooks also wrote "The Ten Thousand Things."  
Both novels center around the intrigue of the drug 
and weapons trade.

There were other vendors at the fair who kept all of us 
deliciously fed!  And more who displayed their business 
products and crafts:

Carol & Curt Schreiner
Hand crafted, wire wrapped and silverware jewelry 

Amber Shultz

Amber is a distributor of essential oils through 
Young Living.  She is a vibrant personality that
is dedicated to whole body wellness.  Just a whiff 
of the peppermint oil snapped me out off my morning 
grogginess better than the coffee I was drinking.

Veronique Cheniaux

Vero is a crochet artist who creates colorful hats, scarves, purses 
and jewelry.  I am keeping her in mind for holiday gifts!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Lima Primary School Presentation

Tammy Pulver and me.

On Monday, April 12th, I did an author/illustrator program for
the K-1 students at Lima Primary. I was invited by the librarian, 
Tammy Pulver.

The focus of my interactive program was on the different ways 
to communicate a story, building a story and drawing animals 
characters for a story.

I had a fantastic time!  The students were enthusiatic and 
engaged.  We sang, danced, mimed, and drew. I signed books 
at the end of each presentation and had some of my original art 
to view.

The school is enchanting.  I visited many classrooms and met 
the teachers. The student's writing and art is commendable. 
Kids are learning Spanish; Marco has a bilingual edition.  

I want to thank the staff for a smooth show, for their 
hospitality and for their help every step of the way: 
Jeanine Lupisella (Principal) 
Tammy Pulver (Librarian)  She knows the books kids love.
Cathy Hoose ( Library Paraprofessional) who took fantastic
    photos of the event.  
Scott VanHouter (Custodian) Thanks for the technical help!
Sarah Kamm (PTA Coordinator)  The buffet was amazing.

Here are some photos of the event.  Link to more photos taken 
by Cathy.  The pictures say it all.


February, March and April News

The last week in February we travelled to Atlanta
to see my son, Erik, Emily and Grandkids.  We then 
Went to Brandeton/Sarasota for a month and back to
Atlanta to watch the kids on their school break.
We were on the go from morning till evening!
Here are are few pics (rest will be posted on facebook).

Making Easter cookies.

Taylor with bunny makeup.

Anna poring on the sprinkles.

Reading time, Taylor loves to make up stories.

Anna is an avid reader.


Art time.

Water play.

Gary on the slip n' slide.

Go Grandma!  Oops, I hurt my knee.

Cuddle time.

Celebrating our 43rd Anniversary, April 8th at Maggioni's in
Atlanta with Erik, Emily (9th Anniversary April 21st).  
New grandchild due May 13.

Some nature shots from our Florida 
Snow Bird Get Away

The fishermen.

Terns on Lido Beach.

Dunes on Siesta Key Beach.

Aligator at Myakka River State Park.

American bald eagle nest on Honeymoon Island.

A colony of egrets.

Spent some time with friends Josie and Michael.

Visited Jeff and his boys, Colin and Ryan in Ft. Myers.

Visited Punta Gorda area.

Also visited friends in Punta Gorda-- Gary with Howard.

Venice, Florida.

The Ringley Art Museum, Sarasota:  Saw exhibit on 
Norman Rockwell and saw a play, Managing Maxine, at the
Asolo Theater, part of the Ringley Estate.

On the way back to Atlanta we stayed in a quaint little cottage
in Cedar Key.

And took in some of the shops and sites.