Veterans Writing Project

Today I attended a Veterans Day Ceremony at O’Neill Hall, Fitchburg Armory, Fitchburg, MA. Last evening I listened to Colon Powell speak about post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury, at the Nation’s Capitol Veterans Day Honoring Ceremony. I am a Vietnam War Veteran’s widow. My husband died in 2010 of cancer. He was never treated for Agent Orange. I felt powerless to help him. I wish I could have. He never talked about symptoms. I knew that something was wrong. I took many steps in trying to get him help that he denied he needed.

While there, I networked with a veteran from the Gulf War years. I met the Honorable Lisa Wong, Mayor of Fitchburg. I congratulated her for her vision and appreciation and approving a multi-cultural art exhibit on Main Street. It is a positive step in promoting and celebrating  urbanization, art and the citizens and youth in Fitchburg.

I learned about the Veterans Writing Project today on NPR. Then I looked up the site on the Internet. I just joined the group. I am a published author and have a publishing company and active blogs for writers. I am going to explore if I can raise some interest in a Veterans Writing Group in Fitchburg. First I have to learn from the Veterans Writing Project and hope to work through them.

Tomorrow I am going to visit the Veterans Office in Fitchburg and start to explore the posible opportunity with them. I know I could help in this area seeing as I have published two children’s books. I am presently writing a Field Guide for Butterflies.

If you are a Veteran, please let me know if you would like to participate by telling your story through training with the Veterans Writing Group. I have a Blog so your work could reach out to the public. If there were enough veterans, perhaps in time this could lead to a book of your stories. People could better understand their role with veterans if they only knew your story. I never heard my husband’s story, outside of the eight friends that were blown up with him when they were walking down a path or road in Vietnam. My husband Willard H. DeJong was the only survivor. He would never talk about this or any other aspect of his war experience. I knew that he was holding it all inside and I simply couldn’t reach this depth.

I hope I can make a difference with another veteran or veterans. I would consider it a healing experience to be blessed in this way.

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Kristi’s Book Nook reviews my book about butterfly

Dear publishing friends,

Cassie, the model in book.

Cassie, the model in book.

I am honored that Kristi Benard did a review of my book, “My Name is Butterfly.” If you are a published author and want a children’s book reviewed, contact Kristi at Kristi’s Book Nook at http://kristisbooknook.blogspot.com/

I am noting the review below:

Read in April, 2012
format Paperback (edit)
review 5.0 out of 5 stars Kristi’s Book Nook, April 7, 2012
By
Kristi Bernard (Overland Park, KS) – See all my reviews
This review is from: My Name is Butterfly (Paperback)
Children love learning about the insects that share our world. And now that Spring is here somewhat early, the insects are busier than ever. If you have a garden full of beautiful flowers, you will soon see butterflies everywhere. Butterflies love flowers. This wonderful story will introduce young readers to the life of a monarch butterfly. Everything you would want to know is right here on these pages.Sarah Reynolds and her mom have a beautiful garden. It is free of pesticides that would be harmful to the plants and butterflies. Sarah’s garden has a very special plant called a milkweed. Sarah learns from her mother that monarch butterflies lay their eggs on milkweed so that baby caterpillars will have food once they hatch from eggs. The babies eat the milkweed leaves. Sarah learns a lot from her mom about the monarch butterfly. Did you know that another name for a caterpillar is larva? Did you know that a butterfly pupa has a protective shell called a chrysalis? There is lots more for young readers to learn about this amazing insect.Ryall has done an excellent job of sharing her passion for butterflies. She has woven interesting facts about the monarch in an easy to read, colorfully illustrated book. Young readers, parents and teachers will have fun learning about the monarch. Young readers will be anxious to visit their own back yards on a search for the monarch butterfly.

About the author:
Mary Ellen Ryall grew up in Saratoga Springs, New York. In pursuit of butterflies, she worked and traveled in south America in the 1970s. In the 1980s Ryall completed the Master Gardeners Program, University of the District of Columbia, and became involved with community gardens. Living in Southern Maryland in the 1990s, she wrote about the environment and founded Happy Tonics. In 2006 Ryall relocated the organization to Shell Lake, Wisconsin where she spearheaded the implementation of a Monarch Butterfly Habitat.

Sharing Willy Whitefeather’s Books with Writers

I was delighted to hear from Stephenie who wrote a comment about Willy Whitefeather’s books. I read the reviews of his books and how children have learned survival skills from Outdoor Survival Handbook for Kids. According to newspaper article, an eight year old girl was able to survive a car accident because of the lessons of the book.  I suggest you go to http://www.willywhitefeather.com/ to learn more about his books.

I just bought the above mentioned book. I also bought River Book for Kids. On June 11, Family Festival,  11 a.m. – 3 p.m. will take place in Spooner, Wisconsin. I was invited as a guest author;  I will read my book and hope to read Willy Whitefeather’s books also.

His stories bring a new vision to children’s books. I find his message to be imperative. Fellow writers, authors, publishers, marketing folks, editors, and proofreaders, let me know what you think. Here is a video that was produced by Willy Whitefeather at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVSmLpNK45Q

Good writing and reading to you,

Mary Ellen Ryall
Author, “My Name is Butterfly.”

Publisher creates a Blog Salt of the Earth Press

I am delighted that Salt of the Earth Press started a Blog on WordPress. My book is listed on the site and hopefully it will drive traffic to sales. The wonderful news is that My Name is Butterfly only costs $12.98 and FREE SHIPPING is offered on orders over $25 on Amazon. Perfect book gift for Christmas. This is a charming book of a girl in her garden. She discovers a monarch caterpillar in the garden and learns about the live cycle of the butterfly.

My Name is Butterfly

My Name is Butterfly published by Salt of the Earth Press.