Story Book – Hiocpely http://hiocpely.com/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 13:48:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://hiocpely.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/hiocpely-icon.jpg Story Book – Hiocpely http://hiocpely.com/ 32 32 Remona Htoo writes a book for adventurous toddlers, in English and Karen https://hiocpely.com/remona-htoo-writes-a-book-for-adventurous-toddlers-in-english-and-karen/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 13:30:00 +0000 https://hiocpely.com/remona-htoo-writes-a-book-for-adventurous-toddlers-in-english-and-karen/ Remona Htoo didn’t have any children’s books growing up. Now she is posting one of her own. Htoo was born into a Karen family fleeing the civil war in Myanmar. She spent 10 years in a refugee camp in Thailand before her family resettled in Idaho in 2007. At the time, the 12-year-old girl spoke […]]]>



Remona Htoo didn’t have any children’s books growing up. Now she is posting one of her own.

Htoo was born into a Karen family fleeing the civil war in Myanmar. She spent 10 years in a refugee camp in Thailand before her family resettled in Idaho in 2007. At the time, the 12-year-old girl spoke no English.

Refugees do not choose where in the United States they end up. A large Karen population came to Minnesota, but only about 20 families landed in Idaho, Htoo said.

There she discovered a love for the outdoors and found a sense of comfort from a difficult and culturally isolated childhood. While in college at a small Christian university, she began taking trips to the Sawtooth Mountains, where she fell in love with the scenery of mountains, pine trees, and clear lakes.

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Mariah Carey announces first children’s book – Billboard https://hiocpely.com/mariah-carey-announces-first-childrens-book-billboard/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 17:37:11 +0000 https://hiocpely.com/mariah-carey-announces-first-childrens-book-billboard/ Get ready, little Lambs, because Mariah Carey announced on Wednesday (January 12) that she is releasing her own children’s book. “The Christmas Princess is a fairy tale for holiday lovers of all ages! Little Mariah represents my inner child believing in her own vision, she represents all children, especially those who feel like strangers or […]]]>

Get ready, little Lambs, because Mariah Carey announced on Wednesday (January 12) that she is releasing her own children’s book.

“The Christmas Princess is a fairy tale for holiday lovers of all ages! Little Mariah represents my inner child believing in her own vision, she represents all children, especially those who feel like strangers or “others”, striving to believe in themselves, “the star commented. his Instagram ad with the book cover. “It was empowering to turn the turmoil of my childhood into a modern classic fairy tale full of boundless wonder and hope.”

The tome is co-written by Michaela Angela Davis – who also worked with Elusive Singer on her 2020 memoir. The meaning of Mariah Carey – with original illustrations by Fuuji Takashi. It should be released this fall via Henry Holt Books for Young Readers.

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“Many of us have been drowned in ‘gloom’ for a year and a half, why not create an enchanted land in which to escape? »Carey Recount People. “Christmas princess springs from the same need as my memories The meaning of Mariah Carey – to emancipate the little girl in me.

While Christmas princess won’t arrive until Christmas is approaching, Carey just wrapped up his most festive holiday season yet with his # 1 hit “All I Want for Christmas Is You” making his annual climb to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for the third year in a row. (The modern Christmas classic also ushered in the New Year as the No. 1 debut song of 2022 after surpassing one billion streams on Spotify.)

Additionally, the superstar created her second holiday music extravaganza with Apple TV +, Mariah’s Christmas: the magic continues, and partnered with McDonald’s to create its own holiday-themed Mariah menu in the 12 days leading up to Christmas.

See his ad and the cover of Christmas princess below:

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Duchess of York reveals she is suspending Fergie and Friends children’s book series https://hiocpely.com/duchess-of-york-reveals-she-is-suspending-fergie-and-friends-childrens-book-series/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 18:47:55 +0000 https://hiocpely.com/duchess-of-york-reveals-she-is-suspending-fergie-and-friends-childrens-book-series/ The Duchess of York has announced that she is taking a hiatus from her YouTube series Storytime with Fergie and Friends. Sarah Ferguson, 62, commonly known as Fergie, has revealed that she will temporarily stop posting daily videos to her YouTube channel – which she started on lockdown. The mother-of-two launched the channel in April […]]]>

The Duchess of York has announced that she is taking a hiatus from her YouTube series Storytime with Fergie and Friends.

Sarah Ferguson, 62, commonly known as Fergie, has revealed that she will temporarily stop posting daily videos to her YouTube channel – which she started on lockdown.

The mother-of-two launched the channel in April 2020 to keep the kids entertained at home.

In one Instagram Story shared yesterday, Fergie reassured her fans that this hiatus is only temporary, and that they will be updated soon when the show resumes.

“Story time with Fergie and her friends is going to take another break. We’ll keep you posted on a return date soon, ”reads a post shared on Instagram from Princess Beatrice’s mother and Princess Eugenie.

Prince Andrew’s ex-wife shares daily videos on his Youtube channel since the lockdown in April 2020

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, 62, announced she would take a hiatus from her YouTube series Storytime with Fergie and Friends

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, 62, announced she would take a hiatus from her YouTube series Storytime with Fergie and Friends

The grandmother of two shared her latest New Years Eve video where she read Matt Cosgrove’s Macca’s Christmas Crackers. It has been viewed almost 140,000 times.

Other videos have seen her dress up as Little Red Riding Hood and don flower crowns and unicorn hats as part of her animated readings.

It comes after Fergie was spotted in the ski resort of Verbier in Switzerland.

She was joined by Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank as well as Princess Beatrice, her husband Edo Mapelli Mozzi and her son Wolfie.

Families celebrated New Years together at the Duke of York’s £ 17million luxury chalet – which was said to have gone on sale earlier this year – which overlooks the exclusive resort.

Fergie’s Daily Videos, where she often read children’s books from authors she loves – and sometimes her own titles, were watched by thousands during the height of the lockdown.

Sarah Ferguson, 60, gave her fans two videos today as she dressed as Little Red Riding Hood to read the classic children's tale on her YouTube channel (pictured)

Sarah Ferguson, 60, gave her fans two videos today as she dressed as Little Red Riding Hood to read the classic children’s tale on her YouTube channel (pictured)

The Duchess of York donned a red hooded cape and was joined by a mystery guest wearing a wolf mask and nightgown (pictured)

The Duchess of York donned a red hooded cape and was joined by a mystery guest wearing a wolf mask and nightgown (pictured)

In the first episode of “Storytime with Fergie and Friends,” which she posted on her YouTube channel, Sarah put on a very lively performance while reading the children’s classic Hairy Maclary by Lynley Dodd.

Since that first clip was shared, the mother-of-two has updated the channel, often daily, with new videos where she can be seen reading children’s stories.

In total, Fergie shared 543 videos on the channel, garnering more than 42,500 subscribers.

His last video was watched by 139,481 fans, but they will have to wait to watch another of his videos.

The news comes as Fergie’s ex-husband Prince Andrew, 61, is currently awaiting a decision on whether a lawsuit relating to allegations that he sexually assaulted Virginia Giuffre, then 17 years old, three times in 2001 will be relieved of his functions by a judge of New York.

Ms Giuffre, now 38, claims she was trafficked by billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and his girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell to have sex with the prince – at Maxwell’s London home at Epstein’s mansion in New York and on his private island in the Caribbean.

Fergie's latest video was shared on New Years Eve and watched by nearly 140,000 fans.  She read Matt Cosgrove's Macca's Christmas Crackers

Fergie’s latest video was shared on New Years Eve and watched by nearly 140,000 fans. She read Matt Cosgrove’s Macca’s Christmas Crackers

The Duchess shared craft activities and read children's books on her Youtube channel, which has more than 42,500 subscribers

The Duchess shared craft activities and read children’s books on her Youtube channel, which has more than 42,500 subscribers

Prince Andrew vehemently denies the allegations, but his legal team is currently fighting to have the case dismissed on the basis of “technicality” on the grounds that she waived her right to sue him when signed a previous legal settlement of £ 370,000 ($ 500,000) with Epstein.

They also accused Ms Giuffre of being after “another salary at her expense”.

A decision on whether the case will go to trial could be made this week following a hearing last Tuesday.

The allegations, however, have mired the Duke for the past two years and led to a car crash interview with Emily Maitlis on Newsnight in which he claimed he was “unable to sweat”.

Sarah started the daily YouTube show (pictured) during the lockdown to keep the little ones stuck at home entertained

Sarah started the daily YouTube show (pictured) during the lockdown to keep the little ones stuck at home entertained

Meanwhile, Prince Andrew, pictured in 2019, is currently awaiting a decision on whether legal action over allegations he sexually assaulted then-17-year-old Virginia Giuffre on three separate occasions in 2001 will be dismissed by a New York judge.

Meanwhile, Prince Andrew, pictured in 2019, is currently awaiting a decision on whether legal action over allegations he sexually assaulted then-17-year-old Virginia Giuffre on three separate occasions in 2001 will be dismissed by a New York judge.

It was reported by the Sunday opening hours this his expensive list of advisers is around £ 2million.

The list includes a lawyer nicknamed “Good News Gary” and a lawyer who represented crime boss Terry Adams and Britain’s most violent prisoner, Charles Bronson.

The Duke’s ex-wife Sarah was also allegedly involved in a briefing against Ms Giuffre.

A source said the situation “is a mess” and Andrew is “receiving terrible advice” despite not being helped by his family who “gave him up”.

The allegations first came to light in 2011, but the prince provided no public explanation until the November 2019 interview on Newsnight.

Sources say he accepted the interview over a concern to repair his reputation ahead of his 60th birthday and the wedding of his daughter, Princess Beatrice.

It is understood that he wanted to “come to the fore” and finally get his side of the story known to the public.

Andrew initially declined to appear on Newsnight for an interview on the basis that his public relations adviser Jason Stein, former special adviser to Amber Rudd, thought it was a bad idea.

However, he was later convinced by his private secretary Amanda Thirsk.

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North Dakota musician writes children’s book https://hiocpely.com/north-dakota-musician-writes-childrens-book/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 23:28:04 +0000 https://hiocpely.com/north-dakota-musician-writes-childrens-book/ A North Dakota musician and children’s book author teaches the state’s children through music and artwork. Jessie Veeder is on tour in North Dakota to visit eight libraries. Bismarck was his first stop. KX News spoke to the artist about his teaching style and his first children’s book. Jessie Veeder loves her creative ways of […]]]>

A North Dakota musician and children’s book author teaches the state’s children through music and artwork.

Jessie Veeder is on tour in North Dakota to visit eight libraries.

Bismarck was his first stop. KX News spoke to the artist about his teaching style and his first children’s book.

Jessie Veeder loves her creative ways of keeping children engaged through music and drawing.

“Getting kids to create and be able to sing to them and tell a story through song, show them the pictures, show them how the pictures were inspired, introduce them to artistic techniques with different mediums,” Veeder said.

It’s not the only way she captures the minds of children aged five to 11.

She recently wrote her first children’s book, Prairie Princess, which chronicles how to live on a ranch and learn to care for animals through the eyes of a little girl.

“I grew up on a ranch outside of Watford City on the edge of the badlands and just loved this environment to be raised where you had all this wide open space, all these animals to take care of. “said Veeder.

The kids had the opportunity to learn all about ranch life as Veeder read them the children’s story in addition to performing a song about owning a dog.

“A lot of these kids have animal connections, and I certainly grew up and still do,” Veeder said.

Lee Nagel is a father of two who decided to bring his children to the workshop.

“They loved it. They loved coming and doing the drawing, they had an art project for them, and they loved hearing the music and the songs, and now my son wants a guitar,” Nagel said.

But it does not stop there.

“My daughter loves to draw, she has her own art station at home, so she really enjoyed it,” Nagel added.

The next stop for Veeder will be the Grands Forks Library next Saturday.


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Costa Children’s Book Award 2021: Channel Crossing Novel Wins Children’s Book Award https://hiocpely.com/costa-childrens-book-award-2021-channel-crossing-novel-wins-childrens-book-award/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 08:28:26 +0000 https://hiocpely.com/costa-childrens-book-award-2021-channel-crossing-novel-wins-childrens-book-award/ PA Media A story written in verse about migrants crossing the Channel won a grand children’s book prize. Manjeet Mann’s The Crossing won the Children’s Book Award at the Costa Book Awards. The story is about two teenagers from two sides of the world and is inspired by the events of the refugee crisis. The […]]]>
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A story written in verse about migrants crossing the Channel won a grand children’s book prize.

Manjeet Mann’s The Crossing won the Children’s Book Award at the Costa Book Awards.

The story is about two teenagers from two sides of the world and is inspired by the events of the refugee crisis.

The main characters are Natalie who lives in Dover and has just lost her mother, and Sammy, who left her home and family in Eritrea to try a new life in Europe.


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“People Said I Didn’t Have Enough Talent”: The Rise of the Italian Gonzo Graphic Novel | Italy https://hiocpely.com/people-said-i-didnt-have-enough-talent-the-rise-of-the-italian-gonzo-graphic-novel-italy/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 13:52:00 +0000 https://hiocpely.com/people-said-i-didnt-have-enough-talent-the-rise-of-the-italian-gonzo-graphic-novel-italy/ Michele Rech is uncomfortable with success. The shy 38-year-old cartoonist, who works in a modest apartment on the outskirts of Rome, doesn’t use the word ‘fame’ but rather refers to his rise to national prominence as a ‘thing’ he struggles to manage. In the art world it is known as Zerocalcare and is the designer […]]]>

Michele Rech is uncomfortable with success. The shy 38-year-old cartoonist, who works in a modest apartment on the outskirts of Rome, doesn’t use the word ‘fame’ but rather refers to his rise to national prominence as a ‘thing’ he struggles to manage.

In the art world it is known as Zerocalcare and is the designer equivalent of Hunter S Thompson. Rech’s graphic novels are a form of gonzo journalism – inspired by his own adventures as a frontline protester of police violence in Italy and Syria, where he was integrated into the Kurdish forces.

This year, Netflix released an adaptation of its most beloved cartoons, in which Rech struggles with grief and job insecurity, while a giant armadillo represents his imaginary consciousness. Last month, the series topped the streaming charts in Italy, ahead of the South Korean hit show Squid Game.

Rech’s career began in 2001 when he recounted the bloody riots at the G8 summit in Genoa in which Italian police severely beat anti-globalization protesters. He was only 17 at the time and was one of the demonstrators.

People are waiting for Zerocalcare to sign books in Rome. Photograph: Massimo Valicchia / NurPhoto / Rex / Shutterstock

“This experience was overwhelming,” says Rech. “I sensed that anyone in a uniform wanted to kill us all. A year later, they arrested 25 protesters accused of vandalism. Brutality was not enough; they wanted to put behind bars those who participated in the protests. I needed to relate what had happened. This is where it all began.

The goal of Rech’s first short comic, La Nostra Storia alla Sbarra (Our Story in the Dock), was to use the proceeds of its sales to offset the legal costs of young Italians arrested during the unrest in Genoa. He first used his pseudonym, Zerocalcare, meaning “limescale-free”, inspired by an eye-catching jingle for a TV commercial for a descaling solution. He hastily picked the name – that’s the first thing that came to mind.

“I never thought that being a comic book artist could be my main source of income,” said Rech, who worked as an after school tutor. “Also because a lot of people have told me that I don’t have enough talent to be a designer.”

In 2010, Rech started working on his first graphic novel, The Armadillo’s Prophecy. Zerocalcare tells the story of the mourning of a classmate, interspersed with Italian cultural stereotypes, in the presence of the giant armadillo. It was turned down by dozens of publishers, but a start-up, Bao, believed in the concept and in 2012, 500 copies were printed. The book has been reprinted 24 times and has sold over 150,000 copies. It was Rech’s first step towards the fame of Italian designers.

Kobane Calling's coverage, based on his visits to the city.
Kobane Calling was based on his visits to the city. Photography: Éditions Bao

The second was a 3,600 km journey, when in 2014 ISIS launched an attack in northern Syria. Rech, who supported the Kurdish cause, made several trips to the town of Kobani, in northern Syria, to recount the resistance of female fighters against IS. The result of these experiences culminated in his 2015 book, Kobane calling out: Greetings from Northern Syria.

His success has grown steadily and now on Netflix there is his offbeat animated series, Tear Along the Dotted Line, which follows the existential vicissitudes of a socially awkward cartoonist (Rech’s own avatar) with his armadillo-cum. -consciousness reflecting on the path of his life.

“I was obsessed with the idea of ​​creating an animated series,” says Rech. “First for the music. I had always mentioned my musical suggestions in my comics, but I knew a lot of people would never listen to them. So I wanted people to listen to my stuff. I sent hundreds of emails to Netflix, until they finally gave in. They gave me carte blanche to decide the content as I wanted.

The series, in which Rech voices all of his characters except Armadillo, played by Italian actor Valerio Mastandrea, has become the most watched show on Netflix in Italy. The Turks did not appreciate the inclusion in the series of the Kurdish flag of the PKK, considered scandalous by Ankara, which considers the organization to be a terrorist group.

“These are the flags of the people who liberated northern Syria from ISIS,” says Rech, “of those who gave their lives to fight Islamic fundamentalism.”

Michele Rech at a screening at the Tear Along the Dotted Line festival in Rome.
Michele Rech at a screening at the Tear Along the Dotted Line festival in Rome. Photograph: Maria Laura Antonelli / Rex / Shutterstock

Today, Zerocalcare is one of the hottest hashtags on Italian social networks. The crowds that gather at his signing sessions resemble the lines in front of concerts and can last for hours.

“The last time I signed copies of my comics, it lasted 14 hours,” he says. “It’s grueling, but I want my relationship with readers to be as transparent as possible. Some people say that I should hire an agent who says “no” and that I should only sign the first 40 copies. I would feel like I was delegating the dirty work to someone else. But it would be an injustice and I would feel guilty.

Rech follows a strict hardcore punk subculture called “straight edge”, whose followers refrain from consuming alcohol, tobacco and drugs, and says it helps him cope with the recent barrage of success. .

Michele Rech signs a copy of a book for a fan.
Michele Rech signs a copy of a book for a fan. Photograph: Massimo Valicchia / NurPhoto / Rex / Shutterstock

He is happy that things are going well but adds: “I just have to learn that things are not as they were a month ago. And maybe it’s not easy for someone like me.

To fully understand Rech’s personality, there is a scene from the TV series that represents the artist’s philosophy of life. Back home after a night with her lover, Zerocalcare finds the armadillo, her alter ego, sitting on a chair sipping herbal tea. Before Zero closes the door, the armadillo asks him if he has had sex. “No”, replies the protagonist.

The armadillo replies, “You are a black belt to dodge life. “


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Gaelic version of Anne of Green Gables takes beloved story back to its roots https://hiocpely.com/gaelic-version-of-anne-of-green-gables-takes-beloved-story-back-to-its-roots/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 15:17:16 +0000 https://hiocpely.com/gaelic-version-of-anne-of-green-gables-takes-beloved-story-back-to-its-roots/ A young girl walks into the Green Gables home in Cavendish, PEI.Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press A Nova Scotia publishing house published a Gaelic translation of Anne of the Green Gables, the beloved novel written by Lucy Maud Montgomery. This is the first time that the century-old story has been translated into the Scottish […]]]>

A young girl walks into the Green Gables home in Cavendish, PEI.Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press

A Nova Scotia publishing house published a Gaelic translation of Anne of the Green Gables, the beloved novel written by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

This is the first time that the century-old story has been translated into the Scottish language, although Gaelic is the language with “the closest cultural and historical ties to LM Montgomery and Prince Edward Island after the English, ”according to Halifax-based publishing company Bradan Press. , which is the source of the most recent version of the book.

The Gaelic translation titled Anna ruadh or Red-haired Anne, was added to the heritage collection last month at Green Gables Heritage Place in Cavendish, PEI, as part of the novel.

Emily McEwan, Founder of Bradan Press and Editor of Anna ruadh, said in a recent interview that the Gaelic translation draws on much of the island’s Scottish history, adding that Montgomery has Gaelic speaking ancestors on both sides of his family.

“When you read the Gaelic translation, that humor sounds so natural… just as funny as it is in English,” McEwan said.

“Prince Edward Island humor, Montgomery humor that she grew up with and was imbued with – that’s Gaelic humor, that’s Scottish humor,” said she added. “Of course it fits so well into Gaelic because the culture it came from was partly Gaelic in the first place. “

“Anne of Green Gables” tells the story of an orphan named Anne Shirley who comes to live on the island after being adopted by two siblings. It has become a Canadian classic since its publication in 1908 and has since been translated into over 30 languages.

McEwan said she expects readers of the Gaelic version to be those who wish to work on their skills in the language and who are longtime fans and collectors of the book.

It was sometimes difficult to find precise Gaelic words to translate the vivid descriptions of Montgomery trees and flowers, Morag Ann MacNeil, the book’s Gaelic translator, said in a recent interview.

“I dug and rummaged a lot,” MacNeil said, which included contacting experts on Montgomery’s work and regular references to the Gaelic dictionary. Despite the challenges, MacNeil said the book is an accurate translation.

“The Bible is translated into Gaelic… if you can do something like that, you can translate everything, can’t you? She says from her home in Scotland.

MacNeil echoed McEwan’s sentiment, saying the book “translates well” into Gaelic and remains an enjoyable read despite its age.

“It’s almost like they’re written in Gaelic to begin with,” MacNeil said. “Although this is a very old, old book, it doesn’t look like it is, and I think it’s because when something is good, it’s good no matter the time.”

This story was produced with the financial assistance of Facebook and the Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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County native finds success with art and children’s book | News, Sports, Jobs https://hiocpely.com/county-native-finds-success-with-art-and-childrens-book-news-sports-jobs/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 05:06:37 +0000 https://hiocpely.com/county-native-finds-success-with-art-and-childrens-book-news-sports-jobs/ Artist Christine Whitacre shows off a copy of “Color My World.” A gnome adventure. She wrote and illustrated the children’s book available from Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Christine Whitacre grew up as a middle child in a clan of 16 children. “It was a bit like being in limbo back then”, the artist-author laughed […]]]>

Artist Christine Whitacre shows off a copy of “Color My World.” A gnome adventure. She wrote and illustrated the children’s book available from Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Christine Whitacre grew up as a middle child in a clan of 16 children.

“It was a bit like being in limbo back then”, the artist-author laughed at his great family days in Salem.

“Growing up when there were so many children, we didn’t have much. But we always had pencils and crayons and coloring books. This is what children do: color and doodle.

Creativity and imagination born and then nurtured as a young man reappeared in his later years.

She is a successful artist and one of the highlights of her career last month was the publication of “Color my world. A gnome adventure.

A well-received work is called “Cost of Freedom”. It is dedicated to all veterans. The work is copyrighted and reprints are given to veterans.

Produced by Covenant Books, a Christian publisher, the children’s book was written and illustrated by Whitacre.

The fanciful work features the favorite characters of his passion: the gnomes. Three adventurous old forest fathers decided to color their world after finding crayons on the forest floor. They don’t speak openly but communicate through their actions – magical characters with a lesson for young people.

Children are encouraged to work on different colors at the end of the story. Then they color their own gnomes and sign their piece. The book was well received and is available from Barnes & Noble and online through Amazon.

Christine – said “Tiny” to longtime friends – was the daughter of the late Bill and Audrey Galchick. Despite caring for such a bustling family with so many children, Bill was well-known in Columbiana and Mahoning counties for his coaching work. He not only honed youth baseball skills but also taught values. One of the ball fields at Waterworth Memorial Park in Salem is named in his honor.

Christine graduated from Salem High School in 1976. She has held various jobs in the area. Then she became medical assistant to Dr David Corallo in Beloit. She retired in 2016.

A winter landscape illuminated by a full moon.

She has two daughters, Lisa Weingart and Lora Vaughn. Lora is a nurse at the Salem Regional Medical Center.

Via an online connection, Christine met Don Whitacre. “He asked me to go out for a cup of coffee and we met” she said.

It turns out he graduated from Salem High in 1974.

“I didn’t even know him in high school” she said.

Don is retired from the United States Air Force and as a railroad engineer.

Gnomes are central figures in many works by Christine Whitacre.

The couple live just across the border from Pennsylvania in Chippewa. They have been married for six years.

Christine said that “After life got in the way”, she seriously began to pursue a love of art.

“I started with acrylic and really liked it” she said.

She watched this arts culture favorite, Bob Ross.

“I thought maybe I could do this. “ She was right.

She began to paint – acrylics and watercolors. A well-received work is called “Cost of freedom”. It is dedicated to all veterans. His father was a WWII veteran and several brothers also served our country.

“This work was very well received”, she said proudly. So popular that “Cost of freedom” bears copyright. Glossy copies are distributed free to veterans.

She is very fond of gnomes. Yes, those dwarf and goblin earth spirits of European folklore are more than, well, lawn ornaments for Christine. They are the subjects of many of his paintings.

So why the gnomes?

“I always thought they were pretty little things” she offered. “I like to put them into action with action.”

Gnomes are central figures in many works by Christine Whitacre.

Children are so special to her. This notion is reflected in his work. Even his gnomes are adorable. They do not speak. Instead, they show their love through their actions. Often in humorous situations.

“They show kindness to animals, the land and children” she says of the characters in her book. “I wanted to do it for the kids. Life lessons for toddlers.

“Children should grow up being kind and learning things like love and respect. I learned from my parents. We didn’t have much but they put a roof over our heads, food on the table and God in our lives. My parents were humble and my daughters are the same.

Christine often donates her works, especially to veterans.

“I have the impression that I have been given a gift” she said. “To charge for a lot of work would be outrageous.”

Part of the benefits of self-publishing “Color my world. A gnome adventure “ will benefit a charity in Salem.

A first order of the book already exhausted.

“I did my homework on the editor” she said. “I did my research. They tell you what they want and don’t want. They were best suited for what I was looking for.

She has offers to illustrate for others by composing books. Her plans are to write and illustrate more books of her own. She is a former recipient of the Golden Poetry Award.

“I don’t need to point to a clock and I love what I do” Christine said. ” I like to paint. If something doesn’t sell, that’s fine with me. If so, that’s fine with me too.

His message for young people with artistic aspirations: “To all the kids who are passionate about reading and learning, I say go for it. Bring color and life to the world. Make it yours! “

She can be contacted at: graciecat16@yahoo.com

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Bisi Daniels releases 10 children’s books at once https://hiocpely.com/bisi-daniels-releases-10-childrens-books-at-once/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 12:10:05 +0000 https://hiocpely.com/bisi-daniels-releases-10-childrens-books-at-once/ In an important move that will further stimulate children’s literature and provide variety for young people, veteran author and journalist Bisi Daniels has published ten books at the same time. The ten books, which are part of the Glory Supplementary Readers series, were published Wednesday on Creations Books, a brand of Busy Creations Limited, which […]]]>

In an important move that will further stimulate children’s literature and provide variety for young people, veteran author and journalist Bisi Daniels has published ten books at the same time.

The ten books, which are part of the Glory Supplementary Readers series, were published Wednesday on Creations Books, a brand of Busy Creations Limited, which also publishes QUICKREAD, a fast-growing online journal.

While six of the novels are new, four are reissues, revised to meet the demands of parents and children who request them.

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The six new books are the Oil Boys Trilogy, comprising “Game Changer”, “The Fire” and “The Eyewitness”, highlighting the problems of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.

They are the first of their kind in the industry in Nigeria, where Mr. Daniels worked for over ten years.

Regarding the trilogy, Mr. Daniels explains that “The Oil Boys series aims to bridge the knowledge gap of children and young people about the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.”

There is another trilogy, “Mr Roadman 1, 2, 3”, which teaches road safety and respect for the highway code.

“It is also important that children know the risks they face on the roads; and how adults, sometimes their parents, contribute, ”says Daniels.

The four reissues are “The Crusader”, “The Price of Greed”, “The Unresolved Riddle” and “Working Against Nature”.

‘The Crusader’ exposes the danger that corruption poses to youth education, human values ​​and national development.

Jimoh Hassan, the hero of the book, is an anti-corruption activist. He is intelligent, disciplined, loyal, honest and committed in the performance of his duties as class prefect. But his reputation is threatened when a stolen wristwatch is planted on him.

The reissue, ‘The Price of Greed’, is a didactic story that teaches children about the dangers of jealousy, envy, greed and meanness. It highlights fundamental human values, captures aberrations and calls for an attitude of “live and let live” in the face of life.

“The Unsolved Enigma” encourages tolerance, mutual understanding, respect and peaceful coexistence in all communities.

“Working against nature,” highlights the dangers of over-pampering children, especially by mothers. It is a story of hard work in school, victory over parental poverty, hope and rejuvenation for prosperity.

In a preface to the four new books, the late Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Lagos, Duro Ajeyalemi, praised their quality and the author’s effort.

He noted that “the script speaks to each reader in an entirely personal way. The various thematic concerns include marriage, greed, pride, reward, religion, etc. The language is lucid, free, precise and fresh. It gives the real beauty that every reader could relate to without getting bored.

“The author’s easy but firm command of the English language and the individual quality of the prose is vividly revealed in all chapters.

“Particularly striking are the logical flow of ideas and the skillful order of sentences, which translate into a compelling description of the activities and sequences of the narrative plot. “

Professor Ajeyalemi added: “The books are educational because special attention is paid to all the vocabulary. A lot of humor is also involved, and appropriate imagery has been used to capture the flavor of the prosaic worms.

“Finally, the author has made considerable efforts to produce storybooks whose originality is beyond doubt. Books are interesting, distinctive and attractive. These are masterpieces, which echo the conscience of all those concerned with the teenage crisis, indiscipline, corruption, bigotry, nepotism, etc., as the bane of Nigerian society. .

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Commenting on the goals of the Glory Supplementary Readers series, Mr. Daniels, the author of thrillers such as “Conspiracy of Lagos”, “The Girl from Nigeria” and “Harvest of Beauty”, said it was encourage children to read both indoors and outdoors. school.

He said: “Numerous studies have shown that the effects of reading on children’s development are vast and highlight the need for teachers and parents to ensure that reading is a key part of the daily routine. children.

“Some of the main benefits, according to experts, include exercising readers’ brains in a better way than watching TV, as it strengthens brain connections and creates new ones. Children who read often and extensively improve and improve their concentration.

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John William’s Stoner is the perfect novel. That’s why I read it every year https://hiocpely.com/john-williams-stoner-is-the-perfect-novel-thats-why-i-read-it-every-year/ Sat, 25 Dec 2021 18:00:00 +0000 https://hiocpely.com/john-williams-stoner-is-the-perfect-novel-thats-why-i-read-it-every-year/ I first read the “Perfect Novel” ten years ago. I say the perfect novel because that’s what John Williams’ Stoner is called. When you read this, it will be Boxing Day and I’ll be rereading the novel. That’s what I do every Christmas, I reread Stoner. Plus, I make it a point every year to […]]]>

I first read the “Perfect Novel” ten years ago. I say the perfect novel because that’s what John Williams’ Stoner is called.

When you read this, it will be Boxing Day and I’ll be rereading the novel. That’s what I do every Christmas, I reread Stoner. Plus, I make it a point every year to recommend it to someone or even buy a copy for someone.

It resonates at Christmas. The story of a small life not perfectly but lived without pretension. In this simple way, Stoner affirms life.

William Stoner is the only son of a couple of scrabble farmers. He is brought up in duty and dignity. Words are spared and emotions retained:

“It was a lonely home, of which he was an only child, and he was bound by the necessity of his labor. In the evenings, the three of them would sit in the small kitchen lit by a single kerosene lamp, staring into the flame; often for about the hour or so between supper and bed the only sound you could hear was the weary movement of a body in an upright chair and the soft crackle of a wood giving a little less than age. of the House.”

From an early age, he takes care of his household chores. He gets up early, he works hard. He’s a good son. He does what is asked of him. He’s not complaining. He does not dare to dream.

Stoner grows up and to his surprise his father suggests that he go to college to study agriculture and then, armed with new knowledge, return to the family farm. Instead, Stoner falls in love with books and becomes an English teacher.

When he tells his parents that he won’t be coming home, he gently breaks their hearts.

A quiet novel is reborn

William Stoner does not climb very high, he hardly leaves a mark as John Williams writes: “Stoner’s colleagues, who did not particularly esteem him during his lifetime, rarely speak of him now.”

Williams, says Stoner, tells us about what’s in store for all of us.

John Williams’ stoner(Provided: Penguin)

Lest I spoil the book, I’ll just say this: The world revolves around Stoner, War, Struggle, Love, Loss and Stoner stays where and who he is.

That’s all.

The word that comes to me is calm. Stoner is a quiet novel.

Maybe that’s why he disappeared with barely a trace on his first outing. It was released as America was on fire in the 1960s.

It couldn’t have been more out of place in an age of riot and revolution, sex, drugs and rock’n’roll.

Then, in a new century, Stoner found its place. A chance review of this lost masterpiece of American literature made it a worldwide bestseller.

It was then that I discovered it and read it on Christmas. He spoke to me like he spoke to so many others exhausted by a world without a pause button. It was what I needed. I had spent too many years as a reporter on the front lines of a world of upheavals, violence, suffering, endless crises from Europe to Africa, to the Middle East, to Asia.

The power of stoicism

It was expensive. I read Stoner at the end of a year in which I had struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression. Life had emptied of its meaning. I felt lost. I cut myself off from people, even those closest to me.

Those who loved me helped me through. My own weaknesses prepared me for Stoner. I had to earn the right to read it.

William Stoner endured.

There were times when, reading Stoner, I wanted William to take hold of life, to live recklessly. I wanted him to be impulsive and selfish and put his happiness above all else. But it is this age that speaks where we have declared happiness our right.

I wanted something for him that would only belittle Stoner as a character and diminish the power of the John Williams story. What I wanted for William Stoner would have made it a different and lesser novel.

Stoner speaks of this age as he spoke of the Age of Aquarius when it was written.

William Stoner stays when it’s easier to go. He shows restraint when anger is justified.

If I make him look like an unbearable boredom, it’s because he is in a way. But above all there is stoicism. I don’t have the elegance to capture all the nobility of Stoner’s stoicism.

So I’ll hand it over to John Williams:

“And he would feel that he was out of time … The past has gathered from the darkness where it has remained, and the dead have arisen to live before him; and the past and the dead have flowed into the present among the living, so that he had for an intense moment a vision of density in which he was compacted and from which he could not escape, and had no desire to escape.

Author Steve Almond in his book William Stoner and the Battle for the Inner Life, simply writes: “The dignity of William Stoner makes me feel unworthy.

An antidote to alienation

As Almond points out, Stoner is not a hero as we would know it. Instead, the book “captures with unbearable fidelity the moments of internal turmoil that mark every human life.”

In Stoner, John Williams goes through issues of class, ambition, betrayal, marriage and love… especially love – how we fail and how it fails us. But in the end there is only love.

Stoner is an antidote to a time too dominated by what the philosopher Judith Shklar – drawing inspiration from Hegel – called the “unhappy conscience”; “insane”, “wallowed in his own futility”.

Shklar more than half a century ago diagnosed this creeping discomfort: “Self-betrayal, helplessness and frustration in the face of an overpowered outside world, these are the conditions of all existence, or at least of life today.” hui.

We are not the masters of our own creation but the victims of all that we have not created. “Victimization,” Shklar wrote, “has become a metaphysical category.”

Stoner is a novel from another time about a life in an earlier era. The “perfect novel” does not mean the unblemished novel. In fact, it is far from perfect. It’s imperfect, it’s failed. But isn’t that what brings us back to great works, precisely because they are imperfect as we are imperfect.

Some critics accuse Williams of, at times, caricatural, especially when it comes to wealth and privilege. Others question – quite correctly – its representation of women. It is also a totally white world.

Of course, we can engage in the critical fashion of the day and apply the politics and sensibilities of our time to critique a work from another age.

Or we can sit down with this novel as it is. A story of people each injured in their own way and living with their wounds. The people in John Williams’ novel are, like all of us, to some extent unknown to each other.

“Marriage reveals everything to us”

Basically, it’s a novel about marriage and, as Steve Almond says, “the brutal ways marriage reveals to us all.” In our closest relationships, we are at our best and at our worst.

William Stoner’s wife, Edith, is John Williams’ most complex and compelling character. She reveals Williams’ own limitations, he gives us the literal Edith but even Williams cannot know the Inner Edith. Not like he knows Stoner himself. Ditto for me as a reader.

This marriage is disturbing and for a contemporary reader – as for me – at times deeply disturbing. I understand why some people said they have to put the book down.

William Stoner does not come out virtuous or blameless. It contributes to the pain that he is also suffering from. His indifference is his own cruelty. And then there are moments of tenderness and sweet forgiveness. Just like life.

Since the novel is about William Stoner, the dominant point of view is his. And I agree with Steve Almond, there is a great exhibition of Edith to be written by someone with the depth and humanity to make it.

So why am I reading Stoner? Because of the art of the language, to escape to another time, to be raised and humiliated. Measuring myself against great art demands it. We must remember that life is lived in miniature and not in the great sweep of history. Lives are not artefacts or political statements. History is happening around us but it does not explain to us.

For most of us, in fact, the story is fortuitous. I have reported enough wars and catastrophes to know that daily suffering does not end, in fact it is magnified. People still love, laugh, cry, despair and hope. Together, our little lives fuel our world.

In recent years, we have been trapped in events beyond our control: COVID, China, economic turmoil, death and war. But doesn’t all this remind us that the greatest struggles are waged within us?

Stoner was balm for my hurt soul. I read it every year to remind myself of that time and how near the pain is and how grateful I am that I survived. I come back to it to measure how far I have come and how far I have yet to go. I return there to receive the grace of the inevitable and to know that in passing we will be forgotten in time.

Stoner. I said it was a novel from another time – and I guess that makes it timeless. This is not a fleeting fashion novel. Stoner is a novel of immanence.

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