Friday, November 16, 2012

Put Your Ideas on Paper, Don't Continue to Dream.

Since “facebook” has come into each one of our lives do you feel your writings, blogging and keeping up your website last slowed down – I do. Facebook is good for a short note to connect with your fans, people with the same interest and family. But, do we get too involve trying to fill an hour or two of lonely space when we should be writing? How many articles or books would you have started or finished if you had stayed off the internet? Oh, I am sooo guilty. I do continue to write my monthly column, "Twin Lakes Area Writers" for the Ozark Regional Arts Council's newsletter.

I feel blog posting is important, very important to promote yourself and your products (writing, books or other creative forms). Interweave some of your personal interest; I love to garden, draw and photograph nature. Continuously writing blog post, books, or articles in my head does no one any good, most of all me. It causes me to feel I am failing as a writer and I know keeping up a blog does jump start my writing. I love to write, but distraction can slow me down to a snail’s pace. I have several children fiction book manuscripts finished and a few nonfiction books outlined to include photographs.

Kids Magazine (ezine) Writers, edited by Jan Field closed. I wrote an article on how important blogging was for her last issue. I just discovered author Evelyn B. Christensen
( is continuing to provide information on magazines that
have closed and submission guidelines to ones that are open.

I spoke on the basics of creating a blog and how it can promote you and your work Wednesday, November 7th at The Spring River Branch of the League of American pen Women. President, C J Clark and members made me feel at home and I enjoyed hearing what has been happening in their lives. On Saturday, November 17, at the Twin Lakes Writers, I will be speaking beyond the basics of having a blog, including connects I have made by starting a blog before my first book was release. I hope a few of the writers will find this useful.

Ideas? My head is full of them, one after the other, but they serve no purpose there. They must be put down on paper, one after the other. - Camilo Jose Cela

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Local Authors Book Sale and Signing

My apologies. If you tried to register and couldn’t because you didn’t have a Library card, you’ll now be able register without one. The form has been updated. Have a great day!

From: Kathe []

Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2012 12:19 PM


Subject: Invitation to local author book sale

Hello author!
Registration has begun for December’s event.
Local Author Book Sale & Signing Event

The Library will showcase local authors at this holiday book sale and signing event. Meet neighbors who are authors over a cup of hot spiced cider and have them autograph your purchases. Books make great gifts, so shop locally and support talented local authors!

Date: Sunday Dec 2, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Contact: Kathe Altazan 870-580-0987 x 2975

Location: Knox Community Room A&B Combined
If you are a published author, please register for booth space during November by clicking on the following link.
Space will be available on a 1st come 1st served basis.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween Gate

      Photo (c) by Mary Nida Smith

Beware of mind games people play.
I wish Halloween would go back to it's roots
when it celebrated the Bible Saints - All Saints Day.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Dr. Brooks Blevins and the Library

Sunday October 7th  I attended Baxter County Library Lincoln (The Constitution and the Civil War) Special Exhibit Sept 25-Nov 9 to hear Dr. Brooks Blevins speak on life and times in the Ozarks. He has several books:  Ghost of the Ozarks, Arkansas/Arkansaw:How Bear Hunters, Hillbillies, and Good Ol' Boys Defined a State and HillFolks: A History of Arkansas Ozarkers and Their Image.  Check at the library and Gaston's Visitors Center/Bull Shoals

I won a door prize the book - Mr. Lincoln's Camera Man, Mathew B. Brady.

Saturday Oct 6th attended Midway Baptist Church ladies Ministry - Refreshments and speaker.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Friends of the Library meet Sept 26, !:30 P.m., with guest speaker Reference Librarian Vincent Anderson on: Lincoln and the Civil War. Vincent is a very interesting speaker. FOL is celebrating a birthday with a cake - join us for fun & refreshments.

I am slowly organizing my studio and art room(guest bedroom). I am going through boxes of frames, art paper, supplies, drawings and paintings. So much stuff and I sold a lot when I thought I would never draw or paint again. I haven't been painting or involved with art guilds since I moved from Siloam Springs 1998) where I was the president of Siloam Springs Artist Guild, involved with Sager Creek Art Center and Harvard Avenue Baptist Church Art Ministry. I still may never get a chance to paint -who knows what tomorrow will bring. Don't get me wrong I am still writing.

I found my lost post.

What Happened?

I spent time writing an updated blog and in the blink of my eyes it disappeared. I'll try again later.
Have a quiet evening.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Watch for New Email

Please hold all emails to until you are provided with a new email address. If needed phone 870-431-5369 or leave a message on Facebook. Thank you.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Watching God's Creatures.

I wanted to place photos on my blog like I use to and now can't -WHY?

Friday, July 27, 2012

Chicago, Photographs,Arts Council and Story Book Chair

It feels strange to be back. The trip to Chicago and area was very

special. It has been a busy couple of months.

I have been busy uploading my Kodak photo albums to Shutterfly

over 500 albums. I wish I could limit how many photos I take,

I see beauty and wonderment in every little or big thing I see.

I had problems with my computer, mostly my email password

and I still do. My server said it wasn’t their fault so I had a local

computer man come out who said I had a virus where I needed

all my files cleaned. So while he went on a trip I took it to Staples

where they checked it out to be okay and they added some memory.

I do know I need to get a new one soon.

Check out the updated Ozark Regional Arts Council website and read their newsletter.

I write “Twin Lakes Area Writers,” a monthly column promoting

writers groups from Hardy, Mountain View to Harrison, Arkansas

and from Ava, West Plains, Gainesville, Missouri to Mountain Home.

I joined for $25. Each club member pays a dollar. If you belong to a

photography club or any other club, please join and support the

creative people in your area.

The Princess Paisley Story Book Chair created by Carole T. Jones &

Dorothy Anderson, two very talented members of the Palette Art

League at Yellville will be up for bids in August to help raise funds for

the Gamma House in Mountain Home, AR. I am crazy the chair. I will

soon be announcing the release of Carole’s colored illustrated kids

cookbook. Illustrations are of animals cooking or eating and it includes

coloring pages for kids to enjoy. To see the chair visit my facebook.
I can't find the insert on this updated

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Helpful Books for Writers

Two books that can help you as a writer:
  • The Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches & Proposals by Moirs Allen
  • THE RIGHT WAY TO WRITE, PUBLISH AND SELL YOUR BOOK Your Complete guide to Successful Authorship by Patricia L. Fry

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Is this Bragging or Promoting

Is this Bragging or Promoting? It is difficult to write up my own bio - I feel silly - like bragging as a child when my mother said it was a "no-no." I wrote my first long bio.  I have been involved in many creative areas. If I thought I had a chance I entered/submitted a foot in the door and sometimes it was only a toe. Sometimes I was paid and some not. Everything I tried I learned from that experience.  At workshops, retreats and conferences, they stress you must promote yourself - get your name out there.

If you allow people to make more withdrawls than deposits in your life, you will be out of balance in the negative. Know when to close the account - Christie Williams.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Missy Ann's Card

The bottom of this card did not show. It has a pedestal. My granddaughter Missy showers me with beautiful hand crafted cards from PAPYRUS  for she knows I love them. Thanks Missy Ann, I love it.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012


Art Odyessy tour May 17-18-19, Mountain Home, Arkansas and surrounding area artisans studio tour. The Ozark Regional Arts Council newsletter -Regional Arts Gazette (RAG) will be out next week. The updates and news about authors/writers in North Central Arkansas and South Central Missouri will be part of the newsletter. So, authors/writers please keep me updated with your news. Exciting creative adventures are happening in this area and I am over-joyed.

Monday, May 07, 2012


Please support the authors in your local area at bookstores, libraries, and their signings. Purchase a book
for a child and watch their eyes light up and a big smile fill their face. Children's books are fun to read - ask an adult for they have always loved children's books.

Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running literacy initiative

in the country. Each year, books for young people and the joy of reading are feted

for a full week with author and illustrator appearances, storytelling, parties,

and other book-related events at schools, libraries, bookstores, museums, and homes

from coast to coast!

That Bookstore In Blytheville will have several events celebrating CBW, including

author appearances, book readings, and give aways. Come down and help us spread

the joy of reading to our local youth!


Mary Gay Shipley

That Bookstore in Blytheville

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Charlaine Harris, author Southern Vampire Mysteries

That Bookstore In Blytheville is proud to host best selling author Charlaine Harris.
Harris is an Arkansas author famous for her Southern Vampire Mysteries series, which
was picked up as an HBO television series in 2008. May 8 at 7:00. Join us at the
 Ritz for a Q&A with Charlaine, then come dow to That Bookstore In Blytheville to
meet this amazing author and get your books signed. Harris will be here promoting
the latest book in her hit series, Deadlocked. We hope to see you there!

Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse Book 12)
By Charlaine Harris

With Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada),
in town, it's the worst possible time for a body to show up in Eric Northman's front
yard - especially the body of a woman whose blood he just drank.

Now, it's up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the
murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl's fate has nothing
 to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she
would ever suspect, who's out to make Sookie's world come crashing down.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Poetry Month:
Children’s poetry
New book by David L Harrison “COWBOYS” illustrated by Dan Burr
Cowboy Poets Yearly Gathering at Elko, Nevada. Founder Hal Cannon.

THE THING VIII 1-4 Saturday April 21st at the Baxter County/Donald W. Reynolds

TWIN LAKES WRITERS meet April 21, 10 -12 a.m.

I will be attending:
Tuesday, April 17 Ozark Regional Arts Council
Wednesday, April 18, Pals/Palette Art League, Yellville
Saturday, April 21, Twin Lakes Writers and The Thing.
Tuesday, April 24, Marvelous Magazine Gals Night Out
Wednesday, April 25, Friends of the Library auction, it is going to be the best ever. To view a few of the items check our cabinet display at the library.

I have been very busy trying to keep up with church, friends, family and household chores. Many times it becomes a crazy balancing act with my writing. I try to write each
day and to submit more often. My poem for author David L. Harrison’s word of the month is up on his blog. I continue to prepare and submit to markets. I have a book of poems I am working on to be self-published this year. I keep plugging along. I am preparing some published items and my books for show and tell when I speak at the library in May.

Monday, April 16, I attended the Friends of the Library board meeting and the Bull Shoals Historical Society meeting. My friend Kerri Fivecoat Campbell was the speaker.
She did a great job of sharing how having a blog and facebook can be like writing a journal and keeping up with family.
There have been so many things I wanted to share since attending the Ozarks Writers League in February, but I have been busy writing and taking time out for family. I can’t promise to do better in the future, but will try. Catch me on FACEBOOK

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Arkansas author Robyn Leatherman’s novel Summer Rain tells the story of a young Cherokee woman named Rain who comes of age at the time of the Cherokee Removal.
The whole title of the book is Summer Rain: Getsikahvda Anitsalagi (The Removal of the People).
This journey begins in Georgia in a typical Cherokee village in the early 1800s, where a young girl and her best friend realize there are strangers poised to take their land and home away from the Cherokee and from neighboring tribes.The girls witness the birth of the new written language of Tsalagi in the year 1821 and the acquisition of a printing press in the year 1827. The Cherokee Phoenix would mark the first newspaper to ever be printed and circulated by a Native American tribe.
Rain falls in love with a white boy and is forced to follow her heart and save her own life, or to remain loyal to her family, knowing that in doing so, she could lose not only her true love, but also her life.
Both the author and her husband are Cherokee. Leatherman’s research into the period and events includes stories told by grandparents. The book can be ordered at the publisher’s website, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.
Dana Johnson, PAL President
Palette Art League
The P.A.L.'s Fine Art Gallery
"Personally, I experience the greatest degree of pleasure in having contact with works of art.
They furnish me with happy feelings of an intensity such as I cannot derive from other realms." Albert Einstein

"Art and Artisans of the Ozarks" volume two, purchase your copies now @ $29.95 , they going fast.

501-c3 non profit organization
870-405-6316 Gallery
870-656-2057 my cell!/pages/Palette-Art-League/144449325573360?ref=ts

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

The finalists for the 2012 Children's Choice Book Awards were recently announced. I'm excited to say that books written by four of JacketFlap's members are among the finalists! Please join me in congratulating the four finalists by clicking their names below and leaving a congratulations comment on their profiles:Zombie in Love, written by Kelly DiPucchioSidekicks, written and illustrated by Dan SantatPirates Don't Take Baths, written and illustrated by John SegalDORK Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star, written and illustrated by Rachel RussellLaunched in 2008 by the Children's Book Council and Every Child A Reader, The Children's Choice Book Awards is the only national book awards program where the winning titles are selected by children and teens of all ages. Young readers can vote for their favorite books, author, and illustrator of the year at until Thursday, May 3, 2012. Educators, booksellers, and librarians can also tally and enter kids' votes as a group. This year, more than 20,000 children and teens nationwide determined the finalists: children spent months reading and rating books in the classroom through the IRA-CBC Children's Choices Program; teens made their voices heard through voting hosted by The Author and Illustrator of the Year finalists were selected by the Children's Book Council from an evaluation of best-seller lists with an emphasis on Bookscan. The award winners will be announced live at a gala celebration in NYC hosted and presented by kid lit heavyweights on May 7, 2012 as part of Children's Book Week (May 7-13th, 2012), the nation's longest-running literacy initiative.

Friday, March 23, 2012


Took several at this location over the last few months.

A couple nights ago we had a flaming red sunset-magic.

I tried to place photos in my different categories on my facebook,

but they wouldn't upload. A lot of wasted time.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Greetings!Ann B. Ross is coming to Blytheville! Ross is known for her popular Miss Julia series.She will be here promoting the series' latest book, Miss Julia To The Rescue. The new book will be released April 3, so set a reminder and don't miss out on meeting this renown author!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Miss Julia to the Rescue Can Miss Julia spring J. D. Pickens from a sheriff's clutches and investigate a cult-plus keep up appearances as a proper Southern lady?Miss Julia simply can't abide sitting idle. With young Lloyd moving out and husband Sam off to the Holy Land for two weeks, Miss Julia's feeling restless already. Maybe it's time for that overdue home makeover.But before she can even pick a color scheme, Miss Julia must race to the rescue of Hazel Marie's new husband. J.D. has gone missing while on his latest private investigation job. And police in West Virginia have detained an injured man fitting his description. Now it's up to Miss Julia and Etta Mae to free him before he cusses himself into a jail cell.Back in Abbotsville, wealthy eccentric Agnes Whitman has returned to town with a following of misfits. Could they be a religious cult set on converting the locals?And will Miss Julia get back in time to stop them? One thing's for sure: she won't waste time watching paint dry-no matter which shade of beige is the latest rage.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~About The Author Ann B. Ross, who taught literature at the University of North Carolina at Asheville,is the author of Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind, one of the most popular Southern debut novels in years, Miss Julia Takes Over, Miss Julia Throws a Wedding, and Miss Julia Hits the Road. She lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Get To Know Ann B. Ross Over Dinner That Bookstore In Blytheville will be hosting a dinner with Ann B. Ross April 13 at 6:00pm. Dinner location and ticket prices are listed below.Tickets: $15.00Located at That Bookstore In Blytheville316 West Main Street Blythevilla, AR 72315~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Sunday, March 11, 2012

(c) Mary Nida Smith BLOGGING IS IMPORTANT -- It is the start of connecting with others with the same interest and FACEBOOk is a connection to the world. If you want to discover where you are connecting: Placed your name & a category in Google search such as I do every few months.
Mary Nida Smith books
Mary Nida Smith poems
Mary Nida Smith photos
and other categories
Keep up and keep on!

Sunday, March 04, 2012

(c) copyrighted by Mary Nida Smith

Mar-8 That Bookstore In Blytheville begin taking orders for John Grisham's new books, Calico Joe and Theodore Boone: The Accused.

April 11, Writers' Workshop with Bruce Hale Sponsored by SCBWI-Missouri Check out their website for the first Saturday meetings at Springfield, Missouri.

June 22-23 Beyond Bootcamp: A workshop for Intermediate Stage Writers & Illustrators Sponsored by SCBWI-Missouri.

Check out children's author David L Harrison's blog for the W.O.M. word of the month where a word is given each month (March-track) to write a poem using that word.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Come down to That Bookstore In Blytheville March 3 and see Martha Dixon, author of Triumph Beyond Measure. She will be at TBIB from 1:00-3:00.From the back-breaking work of picking cotton in the hot Arkansas sun, the daughterof a poor sharecropper, to the dressmaker for the First Lady of the United States,Martha Dixon's story is uniquely American. Starting with nothing but an entrepreneurialdrive, Ms. Dixon rose to the peak of her profession. Triumph Beyond Measure is animpossible story that became possible. A tale of a woman who believed in herselfand set her sights high. Inspirational, motivational, and steeped in lessons learnedalong the way. Triumph Beyond Measure will leave you cheering. "They said you needto crawl before you can walk," writes Ms. Dixon, "but I didn't want to walk. Nor did I want to run. I wanted to fly." Rags to riches. From the poorhouse to theWhite House. Triumph Beyond Measure is a story everyone should read.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Baxter County Library, Mountain Home booksale starts today, February 16-18th. I almost forgot since I have been unable to help set-up or attend. Today, Friday and Saturday will be busy for me. Lunch with some friends from PAL's and next two days in Branson. First time to Ozarks Writers League since February of last year. I have missed it. Saturday 18th, is the Twin Lakes Writers meeting -

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

by Mary Nida Smith ©

Valentine’s Day
in grade school
the teacher creates
a box decorated
with lace and hearts
where everyone
places special cards.
At the end of love
and friendship day
the box is opened.
Excitement fills the room
as one by one names
of classmates are read
Susan, Jimmy,
Jeanne Rae, Mary Lou,
Gary and Terry.
Each desk piles high.
It continues until
the box is empty.
I sat feeling silly
and awkward for
in my hand was one
lone card
with the name, Mrs. Scott.
That was from my teacher.
That is nice,
everyone received one.
Valentine’s Day

has never been
for me ...

This sweet card arrived as I finished writing my poem
from friend, Kerri Fivecoat Campbell. I felt as if she was
looking over my shoulder. Sweet!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Last week was a good week and a sad week.
I worked in the studio weaning myself of a few of my many, many books. It was a difficult job, but one that needed to be accomplished to make room for other books piled
on file boxes, my coffee table and fireplace hearth. I love kids’ books, nature books and old books. I sacked and boxed them with lots of magazines I delivered to a small
library out in the county where bears and bobcats roam. What a pleasure it was to meet head librarian Marcell; a very dedicated book lover. I am grateful to my friend Lonnie for introducing us. Remember to support the small libraries with funds and used books.

Lonnie and Valerie, both writer friends introduced MaryEllen and her blog “Five Tired Dogs” to me. Maryellen is thinking she might want to do some writing. I know one thing after visiting with her she is a natural storyteller. I love meeting new people. Last month I enjoyed the company of artists from Palette Art League in Yellville.

I sent a book query to an independent publisher and a query to a magazine. I wrote the poem “Mystic” for the word of the month/Feb on children’s author David L. Harrison blog. David asked me to provide the word for this month. I chose “supernatural.” My poem was about nature. He also placed a moon photo of mine on his blog and he titled it,
“Moon over Arkansas.” He requested poets to submit a valentine poem on Tuesday.
A picture of me reading and one I took of my neighbor is in Marvelous magazine click on – Show us your M! Relaxation.

Sad news- the neighbor cut down two Eastern Red cedars at the backyard fence line. The birds were very unhappy, so I am going to plant some trees on our side for my feathered friends.
I continue to try to live one hour at a time and to always be patience in everything

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

ELAINE MOODY WILSON, AUTHOR - you can find her books at Amazon & Barnes & Noble
The kids loved all the fishing items she shared with them.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Children’s Author and Illustrator to Visit Baxter County Library Saturday,February 4th, 2012
Children’s book author and illustrator, Elaine Wilson, will share her books, artwork, and stories in a presentation for the whole family at the Donald W. Reynolds Library Saturday, February 4, 10:30am.

Wilson’s stories, Fisherman Jack’s Secret and Fisherman Jack Meets the River Creatures, were inspired by her father, who spent his summers as a local fishing guide along the White River and winters as a trapper to support their family of eight.

“You can stand on the bridge (at Calico Rock) and look upriver and see the actual rock where Fisherman Jack has a picnic,” said Wilson. Wilson grew up in Calico Rock and now resides in Melbourne, AR. Her books will be available at the Library for purchase and autographing during the event.

All children’s programs are provided at no charge as a service of the Baxter County Library through generous donations and scholarships. Children of all abilities are encouraged to participate.

For additional information, contact Children’s Librarian Deborah Edmonds at 870-580-0987 x2032. For information on all Library programs, visit the Library’s website at The Donald W. Reynolds Library Serving Baxter County is located at 300 Library Hill, Mountain Home, AR.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

GROUNDHOG DAY, this is the only day groundhogs are honored. This tradition was brought by the German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania.
Photo from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
When I lived in Idaho on the Snake River Plains high desert we knew spring was here when the Yellow-belled Marmots came out of their rocky dens.I loved to watch them sun themselves on the rocks and hear their warning whistle when I got too close.

When I was a kid in Wisconsin I went on a fox hunt and came home with two baby groundhogs that changed my feelings about wildlife. I have written a story/a rough draft on that spring adventure. I have so many stories I need one year to donate all my time to.
I love the memories I have growing up on farms – what a playground!

Enjoy the wild creatures for they have feelings too and bring a lot of joy into our lives.
Yesterday, I walked up Oakridge Mountain (discover neat items to photograph) and along the banks of White River at Bull Shoals-White River State Park. I seen eagles, but not close enough for my camera, but was able to photograph two vultures perched in a tree overlooking the river and one of the beautiful Sycamores.

This Saturday February 4, children’s author & illustrator Elaine Wilson will be at the Baxter County library at 10:30 in the children’s library for more click on I’ll be there will you?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

THAT BOOKSTORE: Robert Leleux Book Signing!January 28 at~ 1 p.m Greetings!Robert Leleux will be here with his mother signing copies of his new book, The Living End. The Living End is a tribute to an unforgettable woman, and a testimony to the way a disease can awaken an urgent desire for love and forgiveness. Told with sparkling wit and warmth, The Living End will resonate with families coping with Alzheimer's,and any reader looking for hope and inspiration.Robert Leleux's grandmother JoAnn was a steel magnolia, an elegant and devastatingly witty woman: quick-tongued, generous in her affections, but sometimes oddly indifferent to the emotions of those who most needed her. When JoAnn began exhibiting signs of Alzheimer's, she'd been estranged from her daughter, Robert's mother Jessica, for decades. As her disease progressed, JoAnn lost most of her memories, but she also forgot her old wounds and anger. She became a happy, gentler person who was finally able to reach out to her daughter in what became a strangely life-affirming experience, an unexpected blessing that gave a divided family a second chance.Come out and meet Robert Jan-28 at That Bookstore In Blytheville.That Bookstore in Blytheville316 West Main Blytheville, Arkansas 72315 870-763-3333

Saturday, January 21, 2012


This is one of my friends Mrs. M. We have been friends since she was born in the big Red Oak. That was about five years ago. She comes to visit me at my bedroom window that is high off the ground. She stands up to catch her peanuts and if I am not fast enough, she motions with her hands to hurry and throw one. She is such a little sweetheart. She and her family has provided laughter while entertaining me. I have taken lots of photos.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

THE PATH THROUGH the TREES by Christopher Milne published in 1979, the full story on Winnie-the-Pooh's companion who escaped from under the shadow of his famous father. The further adventures of the author of THE ENCHANTED PLACES - The memoir of Christopher Robin's childhood. In 1979 Mr. Milne was living with his family in Dartmouth, England where they owned a bookstore.

Today, January 18th is WINNIE THE POOH DAY the birth date of A.A. Milne in 1882. The initials stand for Allen Alexander.

I have a little statue of Piglet who was one of my favorite. Maybe, it is because I raised a piglet in my house. No, not a Pot-belled pig, a pink farm pig;a runt of the litter. I fed Wiggles with a bottle. No, I never called him "Runt."

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Missouri Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrator has a new website and their events calendar shows a lot of exciting events at Springfield, MO and throughout the state. I know I have to get their newsletter to keep up with all that is happening. This is very exciting.
THAT BOOKSTORE IN BLYTHEVILLE, AR: Check their schedule to see all the authors that will be there. One is using Calico Rock, AR as the backdrop for his book. He is a famous author. I will not give you his name as I want you to be surprised.
Jan-167:00 pm Newbery Honor winner Margi Preus will be having dinner with teachers and librarians from local schools and it is open to the public for $7.50. You must have a reservation to attend. She will visiting with Gosnell students the next morning

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

PELICAN PUBLISHING COMPANY PUBLISHER AND OWNER PASSES(Gretna, La.) January 9, 2012––In March of 2010, New Orleans area based Pelican Publishing Company, Inc., celebrated the fortieth anniversary of publisher and president Dr. Milburn Calhoun. Today we mourn his passing.A bookman, publisher, philanthropist, and retired physician, he died Saturday, January 7, 2012, at West Jefferson Hospital in New Orleans following a lengthy illness. He was eighty-one. Visiting takes place today, Monday, January 9, 2012, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a service immediately following at Oak Park Baptist Church, 1110 Kabel Drive, New Orleans. Additional services will be held Thursday, January 12, 2012, at Kilpatrick Funeral Home, West Monroe, La., with visitation from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with a service and interment immediately following at Sibley Cemetery in Choudrant, La.Born in West Monroe, on January 15, 1930, he was a graduate of Ouachita Parish High School, 1947; Northeast Junior College, 1949; Louisiana State University, 1951; and the LSU School of Medicine, 1955. After an internship at New Orleans Charity Hospital, 1955-56, he practiced medicine in Buras for nine years, interrupted by two years in the United States Air Force where he attained the rank of major. He practiced medicine at Nicholson, Baehr, & Calhoun from 1965 until his retirement in 1997. He also served as chief of staff at West Jefferson Hospital. He was a longtime member of Oak Park Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and in numerous support positions.A lifelong bibliophile, he was a recognized expert on rare books. He founded Bayou Books, an old, rare, and out-of-print book dealer specializing in Louisiana and Southern subjects, and in 1961, he opened a Gretna bookstore by the same name. In 1970, he and family members acquired Pelican Publishing Company, a small New Orleans book publishing company that they relocated to Gretna. Publishing standouts include the blockbuster success of motivational titles such as Zig Ziglar’s See You at the Top and the publication of Cajun Night Before Christmas®. In addition to spawning Pelican’s wildly successful series of more than thirty Night Before Christmas titles and products, the publication of Cajun Night Before Christmas® marked the beginning of Pelican’s children’s book division, which is now the company’s largest niche. Other areas of specialty include cookbooks, architecture titles, the Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year Series, works on Southern history and culture, Civil War scholarship, black studies, and books covering every aspect of life in Louisiana.“We were not a people of means,” Dr. Calhoun said, describing the challenge of purchasing a bankrupt publishing house, “so we did it the old-fashioned way. We published important books that other publishers were not publishing and a large part of the population wanted.”The model worked. Pelican’s sales doubled each year during the first ten years of Dr. Calhoun’s leadership. Business expanded into all fifty states, and soon the company began to establish its international presence and enjoy global distribution in the sale of English-language rights to publishers throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America. Today, with a backlist of more than 2,500 titles, Pelican is the largest independent trade book publisher in the South. In continuous operation since 1926, Pelican remains a family-owned, independent general trade and children’s publisher committed to publishing books of quality and permanence on a wide variety of subjects.In 1998, he funded the Mary and Darrell Calhoun Recreational Center at the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home in Monroe, and in 1999, he endowed the one-million-dollar Mary E. and Darrell L. Calhoun Chair in Pharmacology at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He and his wife established the Milburn and Nancy Calhoun Foundation in 2009 to support religious and educational activities. Donations may be made to the foundation at 9 Muirfield Place, New Orleans, LA 70131.Dr. Calhoun reflects on some of the highlights from his forty years, along with Pelican’s history and the publication of Sherwood Anderson and Other Famous Creoles, the first trade title by William Faulkner and the first book in Pelican Publishing history, here.For media inquiries, contact Antoinette de Alteriis, Promotion Director, Pelican Publishing Company 504-368-1175 x 331 or GoldenPelican Publishing CompanyFan us on FACEBOOK: us on Twitter: @PelicanPub, us on the web:

This was forward by Dr. Fred Pfister, Editor of The Ozarks Mountaineer magazine

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Updates and Good News:
I have been busy reading and mind writing to put pieces I am working on in order. Need to stay calm and not rush around setting too many goals. I must remember finish/prepare one at a time and send by snail mail or email. I will not allow negative spam to stay in my
thoughts over a second before I delete it. No worry –Be happy.

Children’s author David L. Harrison’s blog with W.O.M. (Word of the month) where we write a poem each month from a suggested word from David or one of the involved poets; it is great fun. This month’s word is “eternity.” New Year’s Day we were invited to share a poem only for that day. Mine was titled, “Cold Water and Aspirin.” Also, David and author/playwright Sandy Asher are sharing information to help writers. They started this week. Sandy was once the Missouri’s SCBWI Regional Adviser. So, we can gain a lot of knowledge from both.

44th Annual Children’s Literature Festival James C. Kirkpatrick Library, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO March 18-20, 2012 For information and registration forms visit or call 6660-543-4306 or email to

I was surprised to see my name mentioned on Flashlight Press’s blog for helping spread the word for Pobble’s Way written by Simon Van Booy and illustrated by Wendy Edelson. Dotti Enderle’s book Grandpa for Sale for ages 4-8 and 32 pages was published by Flashlight Press.

I received a card yesterday from The Wisconsin Veterans Museum and Research Center, Madison, Wisconsin that they had received my book, Submarine Stories of World War II that was requested by them to submit to their library. I am a native of Wisconsin
and Ervin O. Schmidt one of the veteran’s story in the book is from Marshfield and he also was at Pearl Harbor when it was bombed. It is an honor to my book in the different museums.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Deborah Niemann is a homesteader, writer, and self-sufficiency expert who presentsextensively on topics including soapmaking, bread baking, cheesemaking, composting,and homeschooling. She and her family raise sheep, pigs, cattle, goats, chickens,and turkeys for meat, eggs, and dairy products, while an organic garden and orchardprovides fruit and vegetables.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Follow-up LinksEvent Calendar []More About Deborah []Buy The Book! []~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Deborah Niemann Book Signing!Deborah Niemann, author of Homegrown and Handmade: A Practical Guide To More Self-ReliantLiving, will be at That Bookstore In Blytheville promoting her new book.Where: That Bookstore In Blytheville316 West Main StreetBlytheville, AR 72315Date: Monday, January 2, 2012Time: 4:00 - 6:00 pm~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Sunday, January 01, 2012


New Year once again
Time to reflect and reject
Keep the good
Reject the bad
March forward
Explore and expand
New beginnings
Time to celebrate
Chance for renewal
The year of possibilities
Dreams and ideas
Rise up, fly the flag
Of trust and confidence
Create the world
Surrounded with dreams
That does come true
© Mary Nida Smith