Sunday, May 31, 2015

 June 1, 2015

There are so many things to celebrate this month:  Juneteenth commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States (; June 12th is when the Baseball Hall of Fame first opened its doors in 1939; June 14th is Flag Day; June 21st is Father’s Day; and the Summer Solstice.  For more information check out:

In this Issue:
          Quote of the Month
          Recommended Read of the Month
          Recipe of the Month
Father’s Day
Ghost Bustin’ in Iowa
          Upcoming Appearances
          Coming Next Month

Quote of the Month:  “All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.”  Thomas Edward Lawrence

Recommended Read:  Published in 2001, Knight Errant is the first in a three book series centering around the War of the Roses.  R. Garcia y Robertson has penned a marvelous, historical time-travel taking us back to the 13th Century where England is ruled by King Henry. Walk alongside Robyn Stafford as she finds her true love and an era she’d never imagined would captivate her.

A thrilling time-travel romance of Renaissance England. Robyn Stafford, a young American executive, has flown from Hollywood to England to surprise her lover on his birthday, only to find that he's married and it's his wife who's giving the party. She takes a few days off to recover from her outrage and dismay, travelling and hiking near the Welsh border. There she encounters a handsome young man on horseback, wearing a sword, plate armor and a surcoat, who confidently identifies himself as Edward Plantagenet, Earl of March, and asks directions to a nearby abbey. He thinks the year is 1459 and is amazed by her detailed, printed map and working cell phone. She doesn't know what to think. But when three hostile knights and two dozen bowmen arrive, he sweeps her up in front of him and carries her off to safety, before turning back to valiantly fight off his enemies. Then, the immediate danger past, he returns and asks her to come and be his lady once he has beaten the king. After a parting kiss, he rides away, into the distant past, to the age of the War of the Roses. Now Robyn Stafford must find a way to leave the world of today for the fifteenth century, where she fell in love with a young knight.

Recipe of the Month: 
Crock Post Beef Stew

1 pkg beef stew meat     1 pkg frozen stew vegetables     1 pkg beef stew seasoning
1 can stewed tomatoes   1 can water

Put stew meat in crock pot along with vegetables.  Mix together tomatoes, water and seasoning; pour over meat and vegetables.  Cook on low all day. 

Compliments of Sherry Derr-Wille, Author

Father’s Day:  Sonora Dodd, of Washington, first had the idea of a "father's day." She thought of the idea for Father's Day while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909.
Sonora wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart. Smart, who was a Civil War veteran, was widowed when his wife died while giving birth to their sixth child. Mr. Smart was left to raise the newborn and his other five children by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington state.
After Sonora became an adult she realized the selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent. It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man. Sonora's father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father's Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.
President Calvin Coolidge, in 1924, supported the idea of a national Father's Day. Then in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day. President Richard Nixon signed the law which finally made it permanent in 1972.

Ghost Bustin’ in Iowa:  My husbanded and I head out on Friday, May 23, 2008, for Bonaparte, Iowa. We’ll staying at the Bonaparte Inn along the Des Moines River; an inn that is reported to be haunted. We’ll meet up with the conference group in Bentonsport at Greef Store around 5pm for a meet and greet. The actual conference begins at 9:30 on Saturday. The big attraction, of course, is the investigation at 9:30pm. Here’s the highlights from the WISPexpo.

Friday:  The meet and greet was small but nice.  Got to talk with a lot of interesting members from various paranormal groups. 

Saturday:  The conference started out slow and a bit shaky, but this is the first one for WISP…all in all it wasn’t too bad.  The main speakers were in the afternoon … Steven LaChance (Children of the Grave, seen recently on SciFi) and Patrick Burns (Haunting Evidence seen on Court TV / TruTV).  Next year’s conference is already gearing up for Mansfield, Oh.

Investigation:  There were a lot of people investigating three areas; two of which were the Greet General Store and the Mason House. 

Evidence:  I didn’t seem to pick up any EVPs, but got a number of pictures with questionable things in them.  I’ll upload to the group site and you can take a look.

Overall:  The experience was fun and interesting; although I did miss the possibility of going to Mansfield the next year.

Divas Update:  Congratulations to Mary Wirth of North Dakota! Mary won a bag full of RT Swag with her review of The Queen:

By mary wirth on May 12, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book is a must read if you enjoy ghost stories. I enjoyed the fact that it makes a person realize that even though our ancestors are gone from this life their life story goes on through us. I would recommend for you to read it.

I've got some things planned toward the end of the year so if you want to get on in the fun become a Maxine's Book Diva where we share stories about ourselves, talk about romance books and where it's always an affair of the heart.

Coming Next Month:  My thoughts on RT in Dallas, and featured author Mary Jo Springer on what's too hot to handle.

With much gratitude, until next time…keep reading.

Spark your imagination and entice your mind
Be adventurous in your own home
Take a journey into a new world and be inspired
Enjoy the pleasures of reading ~~
It does the mind and body good. 

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