Saturday, June 25, 2016

More Crazy Adventures With Oliver & Jumpy

Oliver & Jumpy
By Werner Stejskal
Illustrations by Maycee Ann Reyes, Yon Rita'l. and Mario Tereso

Here's another story in the Oliver & Jumpy collection sure to delight both young children and the adults reading to them.This entire series should be in libraries and especially school libraries.

Story 37: Rescue in the Picture
Oliver, our sophisticated cat, is up for travel anywhere, but decides to paint the places he'd like to visit. He paints Jumpy, his kangaroo friend and her little Joey into a picture of a lovely beach with him. As always, when Oliver's around things get out of hand. Read how Oliver and his friends save a girl captured by island natives.

Story 38: Wet Cat
Oliver and his pals take a boat to one of the islands to listen to a Rock band for Joey's birthday. As you know, Oliver doesn't do well in boats or water. Can you guess what happened? I bet you can't.
Story 39: Down River

Oliver decides to return to his old haunt, Ghost Castle. What a busy, curious cat! And he takes a rowboat ride to get there. Doesn't this crazy cat ever learn about cats and water? This is one scary tale even for our brave feline.

As usual, children's author, Werner Stejskal  has outdone himself creating 3 new stories guaranteed to thrill and educate children. These are recommended as an outstanding welcome edition to the Oliver & Jumpy series of books.

Micki Peluso

Friday, June 17, 2016

Origin of Father's Day, past and present celebrations.

Dad's Delight: Another Father’s Day, Not Another Tie

Fathers always seem to get second billing. Father's Day follows Mother's Day, and even Children's Day, although no one takes Children's Day seriously except the children. Mother's Day usually means breakfast in bed (a dubious honor), flowers cards and gifts.

Fathers, on their designated day, used to get ties; hideous dated ties that store owners save up all year and then offer on sale to unsuspecting children. Wives are apt to acknowledge their husbands fulfillment of fatherhood by buying them tools to fix things around the house, then letting them foot the bill. 21th century fathers would much prefer a variety of technical gadgets.

If it weren't for Mrs. John Bruce Dodd of Spokane, Washington fathers might still be a forgotten entity. Dodd suggested venerating fathers to Rev. Conrad Bluhm, president of the Spokane Ministerial Association as a suitable tribute to her own father, who, upon the death of his wife, successfully raised his children.

Her proposal was approved by the Association; the first celebration took place on June 19, 1910 in Spokane. Although the rose is recognized today as the official flower for Father's Day it was originally a lowly dandelion because “the more it is trampled on, the more it grows.” This tongue-in-cheek suggestion reflected the inequality of parenting. Motherhood was revered next to godhood; fatherhood, in this respect, was compared to a common weed.

In 1911, the observance of Father's Day in Chicago came as a novel idea. Jane Addams, the famous social worker, approved the concept, saying “Poor father has been left out in the cold . . . But regardless of his bread-winning proclivities it would be a good thing if he had a day that would mean recognition of him.” Pres. Calvin Coolidge, in 1924, expressed his approval of the idea as he wrote, “As I have indicated heretofore, the widespread observance of this occasion is calculated to establish more intimate relationships between fathers and their children, and also to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations.”

Fathers of the 21st century participate more in the daily care of their children. In some instances it is voluntary, in others it is necessitated by both parents working, causing the workload and pleasure of child rearing to be shared. Feminist pressure has helped to release the male from stereotyped thought and behavior, making nuclear families more a cooperative than a monarchy.

Before there was widespread observation of this holiday, different sectors of the country celebrated independently in different ways, even different years. The tradition eventually spread throughout most of the Americas and parts of Europe and Asia. A general agreement was settled upon on June 16, 1946, more than 30 years after Mrs. Dodd's suggestion. Fathers finally got their day

Both Mother's Day and Father's Day have become “Hallmark Holidays’’ and while florists and confectioners flourish on the second Sunday in May, haberdasher's profit on the third Sunday in June. Commercialism aside, it seems right and fitting that on at least one day of the year fathers receive recognition and tribute from the children who bear their names, their legacies and their love. And what father can’t use another tie?

“Father! To God himself we could not give a holier name”— William Wordsworth 


Friday, June 3, 2016


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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Exciting Event --- Come and Join Me and Enter for a Free Books & Raffle

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Pure Trash is a real treasure!

Pure Trash: The Story

By Bette A. Stevens

What an incredible excursion into the life of the 1950’s emanates from this bittersweet story. One can taste the icy cokes in summer, bike rides and falls from them; fishing in clear streams. The poor, not so poor and even rich kids relished each day as a new adventure.

What author Stevens does so well is display the deep love between two brothers. Nine-year-old Shawn takes responsibility for six-year-old Willie, who, in turn, fully respects his older brother.

These were years when kids were bullied, had none of today’s electronic wonders, and were held responsible for daily chores. Yet when chores were completed, they were free to go outside and experience a carefree life lost to today’s children.

Shawn and Willie were ‘dirt’ poor with a dysfunctional alcoholic father and a mother struggling for their survival. But there seems to be no self-pity among the boys. It was what it was and, if anything, they became stronger for it. They accepted the bad times and reveled in the good—‘making lemonade from lemons.’ I believe one has to have lived during this era to fully understand it, but the author does an excellent job in giving young and older readers a true sense of the ambiance of the times.

Would these two boys grow up to be bullies, or substance abusers due to their less than exemplary lives? Or enjoy the positives, learn from the difficult experiences in their young lives and determine to forge their own futures. This is a well-written Americana short story that one wishes would not end. In a way it doesn’t. Author Bette A. Steven’s exceptional book, ‘Dog Bone Soup,’ follows up with Shawn and Willie’s lives. Anyone enjoying the prequel ‘Pure Trash: The Story’ will want to read this book as well.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Happy announcement for new book

Hello to all my family and friends. 
I'm happy to announce my children's book, due on Amazon, June 2016. This is based on a true story about my cat, Toby, who recently passed on to heaven at the ripe old age of 21. He was still spry and feisty and full of tricks. Those of you with grand children, great grand children, and nieces and nephews between the ages of 3-7 may want to order this delightful story for them to read and color. I'll give you an update on the exact publishing date as soon as soon as I get it. I'd love to know what you all think in a short review. 

Thanks to you all,


Thursday, May 5, 2016

Motherhood -- The Oldest Profession


This is an article explaining the origins, lore and legends of Mother' Day


his Sunday mother's throughout the country will be honored in many and various ways. Toddlers and preschool children will cheerfully drag their mothers to their favorite fast food places and older children will escort them, with great decorum, to restaurants with actual dinnerware. The majority of children will serve their mothers breakfast in bed, a calamitous tradition that refuses to die. Adult children with children of their own will have greater reverence for their mothers, graced with understanding and empathy. Mothers will righteously accept the presents, cards, flowers and candy, and promises of exemplary behavior in the future. She has always and will continue to deserve the esteem bestowed upon her by her family on this one honored day of each year.

Motherhood, while fulfilling in ways too numerous to mention, has never been easy. Today it is even more difficult due to the diverse roles played by the 21th century mother. Some mothers are the sole support of the family; others work to supplement insufficient incomes, while many choose to balance a career with caretaking — all monumental achievements. Some households with dual incomes have learned to share the ongoing chores of home maintenance and child care, but it usually falls to the mother to be the primary nurturer, manager, coordinator and ‘gopher’. In spite of reports on ‘burnout’ among working mothers, and ‘latchkey’ kids left alone too much, many American women are proving themselves capable of being both mother and working woman, placing the emphasis on quality versus quantity time with their children.

However, a small percentage of women have elected to forgo their careers, reasoning that careers can be resumed, but childrearing is a onetime occupation. Due to the trend toward women bearing children later in life, some women have worked and established careers for 10 or 15 years before having children. The skills they’ve attained are often utilized in creating home enterprises and small businesses, allowing them time with their children.

Unlike Father's Day, which was erratic in its installment, Mother’s Day was accepted with enthusiasm. In May of 1907, Anna M. Jarvis of Philadelphia was inspired by the idea that at least once a year children should pay tribute to their mothers. She organized a special Mothers church service and the concept quickly spread to other churches. By 1911, the observance was widespread, including every state in the union, plus Canada, Mexico, South America, Africa, China, Japan and several islands. Leaflets proposing certain exercises were printed In 10 different languages and distributed to various countries. What the leaflets said in part was: “A day that has shown that it has heart and living interest for all classes, races, creeds, native and foreign-born, high and low, rich and poor, scoffer and churchmen, man, women and child, is Mother’s Day, observed on the second Sunday of May. The common possession of the living world is a mother . . . .”

A Mother's Day International Association was incorporated in December of 1912 to promote a greater observance of the day. The following May, the House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution calling upon all government officials to wear a white carnation in celebration of Mother's Day. In 1914, Congress designated Mother's Day as an official holiday and asked Pres. Woodrow Wilson to display the national flag on all public buildings. On May 9, the president issued a proclamation asking the people to follow suit and display flags on their homes as ‘a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of the country’. The wearing of white carnations on Mother's Day was modified to distinguish living mothers from those deceased. White flowers were worn by the motherless and red flowers by children with living mothers. Gift-giving by children became popular, especially homemade gifts and cards. One gift in great demand for Mother's Day was the reproduction of Whistler’s portrait of his mother, the most famous mother portrait of the times.

Ever since Eve rocked the cradle that begat civilization, mothers held an almost mystical place in society. Research shows that even the caveman, while chauvinistic to the nth degree, cherished and protected his mate, knowing instinctively that without her the clan would become extinct. The cavewoman was healer, food gatherer, herbalist and fur-skinner, as well as mother. The custom of holding festivals to honor motherhood dates back to the ancient Greeks who worshiped Cybele, mother of the gods. Rome adopted the tradition around 250 BC and celebrated the festival of Hilaria on the Ides of March. The festivities lasted three days and included rites in woods and caves, significantly different from modern celebrations.

Today's mother has exhibited proficiency in job skills, self-reliance, and creativity while continuing to supply the cohesive element that binds the family unit. Possibly the only thing that a mother cannot be is a father. On this Mother's Day, as children and fathers lavishly pile gifts and admiration upon her, the mother is reminded of the importance of her role. When beset with trials and stress that would devastate the average person, the mother does her job and does it well; because it is a most rewarding occupation with no mandatory retirement. The benefits of loving and molding young minds far outweigh the tribulations of guiding children from infancy to adulthood. Abraham Lincoln said it best: “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my mother."