Poetry and prose from a unique perspective 2009-03-09T12:44:41Z Copyright 2009 WordPress Administrator <![CDATA[no Harry’s poems — blog problems — sorry]]> https://margaretfieland.com/blog/2009/03/09/no-harrys-poems-blog-problems-sorry/ 2009-03-09T12:44:41Z 2009-03-09T12:44:41Z Uncategorized ]]> Administrator <![CDATA[Meet Harry Gilleland, take two ..]]> https://margaretfieland.com/blog/2009/03/01/meet-harry-gilleland-take-two/ 2009-03-01T22:07:14Z 2009-03-01T22:07:14Z Uncategorized Harry E. Gilleland, Jr. is a 64-year-old southerner. Born and raised in Macon, Georgia, he earned a B.S. (1966) and a M.S. (1968) in Microbiology from the University of Georgia in Athens. Following three years of service in the U.S. Army as a captain, including a tour of duty in Vietnam, he returned to earn a Ph.D. in Microbiology from UGA in 1973. He then headed north to complete a two-year fellowship at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. In July of 1975 he joined the faculty of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. After twenty-nine years of teaching microbiology to medical and graduate students and performing vaccine research, Harry retired in July of 2004. Today Harry lives in Shreveport with his wonderful wife Linda. Harry enjoys being able to engage in his passion for writing full-time.
Harry has previously published three books of his personal poetry: Poetry For The Common Man: Storoems and Poems (2003, ISBN 1411600649), Gilleland Poetry: Storoems and Poems (2005, ISBN 1411629272), and Poetic Musings of an Old, Fat Man (2008, ISBN 978-1-4357-1242-3). In addition, Harry has published two books of prose, a tale of fantasy entitled Bob the Dragon Slayer (2005, ISBN 1411633156) and a contemporary romance story entitled White Lightning Road (2006, ISBN 978-1-4116-8693-9).
Harry Gilleland’s poetry recently won two cash awards in the 2008 Tom Howard Poetry Contest associated with Winning Writers.com. Harry’s rhyming storoem The Old Salty Poems won 2nd Place with a $1,000 prize, while his free-verse poem The Assembled Waiters earned $200 for a High Distinction award. Harry was the only poet to win two cash awards in the contest.
Harry Gilleland’s poetry has been included in four multi-author print anthologies of poems and short stories, in several poetry e-zines, and on numerous Internet poetry forums, in addition to his own three published collections. His storoems (story-poems) and poems are readily accessible to all readers, including those who do not regularly read poetry. Harry views the world with a poet’s eye.
Stay tuned tomorrow, to read Harry’s winning poems from the 2008 Tom Howard Poetry contest.
To see Harry’s books: http://www.lulu.com/harry
To see Harry’s book covers and samples of his poetry:
http://www.gillelands.com/poetry/

]]> Administrator <![CDATA[Red Heart/Black Heart]]> https://margaretfieland.com/blog/2009/02/22/red-heartblack-heart/ 2009-02-22T15:23:59Z 2009-02-22T15:23:59Z Uncategorized My poem, “Thoughts While Driving,” was one of the finalists in the Writers Digest “Red Heart/Black Heart” contest. You can download a free booklet of all the finalists and the winner by clicking the link below.

http://www.writersdigest.com/redheartblackheart

]]> Administrator <![CDATA[Good Things]]> https://margaretfieland.com/blog/2009/02/13/good-things/ 2009-02-13T03:06:16Z 2009-02-13T03:06:16Z Uncategorized I hope this gets out this time .. wah, wah .. poor me .. and it’s been such a good week .. my poem “Thoughts While Driving” a finalist in the Writers Digest Red Heart/Black Heart contest, I read two of my poems on internet radio, and one of the organizers of a local spoken word poetry project contacted me about possibly including some of my poetry..

Wow!

]]> Administrator <![CDATA[Read about Kathy Stemke’s new newsletter –Moving Through All Seven Days]]> https://margaretfieland.com/blog/2009/02/04/read-about-kathy-stemkes-new-newsletter-moving-through-all-seven-days-2/ 2009-02-04T02:07:49Z 2009-02-04T02:07:49Z Uncategorized  

It’s finally done! The first issue of the “MOVEMENT AND RHYTHM” newsletter is full of the latest information, activities, and games for the home or the classroom. This issue addresses topics like: “Why Use Movement to Teach?” “Musical Consonants in Action,” and “Activities for Gross Motor Skills.” You’ll be updated on educationtipster’s upcoming events like the Virtual Book Tour and the FREE teacher teleseminars in February. Just sign up on Kathy Stemke’s blog:http://educationtipster.blogspot.com.

Here’s some excerpts:

“Why Use Movement to Teach?”

…..Recent studies link cognitive skills to motor skill development. Scientists now say that because a child’s earliest learning is based on motor development, so too is much of the knowledge that follows. They have found that the cerebellum, the part of the brain previously thought to control only motor activities, is a “virtual switchboard of cognitive activity.” Scientists have demonstrated a connection between the cerebellum and such cognitive functions as memory, spatial orientation, attention, language, and decision making……

“Musical Consonants in Action”

If you’re happy and you know it, bounce around b b.

If you’re happy and you know it, bounce around b, b.

If your happy and you know it, then you’re face will surely show it.

If you’re happy and you know it, bounce around b, b…..

If your happy and you know it, creep along c, c…etc

“MOVING THROUGH ALL SEVEN DAYS” by Kathy Ann Stemke

I’m very excited to announce that Action Alley Education is close to publishing, “Moving Through All Seven Days.” This book inspires movement as children learn about the days of the week. The lyrical rhymes also teach them how to spell each day! The activities at the end of the book are designed to reinforce the concepts as well as give impetus to movement exploration.

NEWSLETTER REVIEWS:

Both parents and teachers of small children will want to subscribe to Movement and Rhythm, a valuable new resource from educator and children’s author, Kathy Stemke. This free newsletter is chock full of original articles, activities, and other offers to make education and teaching more fun and effective both inside and outside the classroom.

Suzanne Lieurance

The Working Writer’s Coach

http://www.workingwriterscoach.com

I love your newsletter! As a classroom teacher working for the school district I am required to document my on-going “professional development.” Frankly, it can become very boring. Your content is set up in easy to read blocks and the way it is written translates immediately into something I can do right now with the kids.

Please continue with this awesome resource!

Versana Polidore

Thomas Gibbs Elementary School

Classroom teacher

Kathy Stemke’s “Movement and Rhythm” Newsletter is a must read for all parents and teachers of little ones. I remember having my children clean their rooms to music, as we sang little songs. Learning through movement and rhythm is a good means for teaching many things, as well as helping children learn to appreciate music. After all, many of us still sing the Alphabet Song to ourselves when we need to check the alphabet.

Vivian Gilbert Zabel

Publisher 4RV, Author, Educator

http://viviangilbertzabel.com/

CONTACT KATHY AT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES:

http://www.helium.com/users/406242.html

http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/237923/Kathy_stemke_dancekam.html

http://kathystemke.weebly.com

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]]> Administrator <![CDATA[Read about Kathy Stemke’s new newsletter –Moving Through All Seven Days]]> https://margaretfieland.com/blog/2009/02/04/read-about-kathy-stemkes-new-newsletter-moving-through-all-seven-days/ 2009-02-04T02:07:47Z 2009-02-04T02:07:47Z Uncategorized  

It’s finally done! The first issue of the “MOVEMENT AND RHYTHM” newsletter is full of the latest information, activities, and games for the home or the classroom. This issue addresses topics like: “Why Use Movement to Teach?” “Musical Consonants in Action,” and “Activities for Gross Motor Skills.” You’ll be updated on educationtipster’s upcoming events like the Virtual Book Tour and the FREE teacher teleseminars in February. Just sign up on Kathy Stemke’s blog:http://educationtipster.blogspot.com.

Here’s some excerpts:

“Why Use Movement to Teach?”

…..Recent studies link cognitive skills to motor skill development. Scientists now say that because a child’s earliest learning is based on motor development, so too is much of the knowledge that follows. They have found that the cerebellum, the part of the brain previously thought to control only motor activities, is a “virtual switchboard of cognitive activity.” Scientists have demonstrated a connection between the cerebellum and such cognitive functions as memory, spatial orientation, attention, language, and decision making……

“Musical Consonants in Action”

If you’re happy and you know it, bounce around b b.

If you’re happy and you know it, bounce around b, b.

If your happy and you know it, then you’re face will surely show it.

If you’re happy and you know it, bounce around b, b…..

If your happy and you know it, creep along c, c…etc

“MOVING THROUGH ALL SEVEN DAYS” by Kathy Ann Stemke

I’m very excited to announce that Action Alley Education is close to publishing, “Moving Through All Seven Days.” This book inspires movement as children learn about the days of the week. The lyrical rhymes also teach them how to spell each day! The activities at the end of the book are designed to reinforce the concepts as well as give impetus to movement exploration.

NEWSLETTER REVIEWS:

Both parents and teachers of small children will want to subscribe to Movement and Rhythm, a valuable new resource from educator and children’s author, Kathy Stemke. This free newsletter is chock full of original articles, activities, and other offers to make education and teaching more fun and effective both inside and outside the classroom.

Suzanne Lieurance

The Working Writer’s Coach

http://www.workingwriterscoach.com

I love your newsletter! As a classroom teacher working for the school district I am required to document my on-going “professional development.” Frankly, it can become very boring. Your content is set up in easy to read blocks and the way it is written translates immediately into something I can do right now with the kids.

Please continue with this awesome resource!

Versana Polidore

Thomas Gibbs Elementary School

Classroom teacher

Kathy Stemke’s “Movement and Rhythm” Newsletter is a must read for all parents and teachers of little ones. I remember having my children clean their rooms to music, as we sang little songs. Learning through movement and rhythm is a good means for teaching many things, as well as helping children learn to appreciate music. After all, many of us still sing the Alphabet Song to ourselves when we need to check the alphabet.

Vivian Gilbert Zabel

Publisher 4RV, Author, Educator

http://viviangilbertzabel.com/

CONTACT KATHY AT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES:

http://www.helium.com/users/406242.html

http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/237923/Kathy_stemke_dancekam.html

http://kathystemke.weebly.com

Add to Technorati Favorites

]]> Administrator <![CDATA[Test post]]> https://margaretfieland.com/blog/2009/02/02/test-post/ 2009-02-02T13:53:49Z 2009-02-02T13:53:49Z Uncategorized Can you see this??

]]> Administrator <![CDATA[Interview with author and educator Kathy Stemke]]> https://margaretfieland.com/blog/2009/02/01/interview-with-author-and-educator-kathy-stemke/ 2009-02-01T21:49:58Z 2009-02-01T21:49:58Z Uncategorized When did you first become interested in dance?

I danced in HS some and was captain of the cheerleaders. When I got into college I became part of a dance theater group that traveled around Connecticut. I was given a scholarship to The American Dance Festival where you lived with and learned from some famous dance companies for the entire summer. For example, The Martha Graham Dance Company taught us choreography and technique. It was an incredible experience, which taught me to think “out of the box.”

How does your interest in science play itself out in your creative life?

I love the biological sc

iences because you learn about the origin and preservation of life! It gives me a desire to look deep inside. I see this reflected in my nature photography, especially the close up work.

When did you first start writing, and when did you start to take yourself seriously as a writer?

I started writing in college when I was asked to write a play. I took some courses in poetry and then I turned all my feelings and thoughts into poetry. After that, there was turning back. When I wrote narration for evangelic musical productions and changed peoples lives, I felt like I was helping people. When I sold my first article I realized that people wanted to read what I wrote.

When did you first become interested in bringing movement into the classroom?

I was a dancer and a choreographer who taught kindergarten. It was a marriage made in heaven. When I taught the sounds of letters, I would create rhymes the children could remember and move to. I found that they learned faster and retained more. And we all had so much fun!

How long did it take you to work up the curriculum you have now?

I taught for 37 years and constantly created movement activities for the children. I’m always adding to the curriculum.

Congratulations on your upcoming book. Can you tell us a bit about it?

Thanks. I have one book under contract entitled, “Trouble on Earth Day.” A squirrel and her family learn about recycling and help a homeless songbird. This book is on hold due to the CIPSIA law that was recently passed requiring lead testing on picture books. I’m hoping that the government will lift that requirement soon.

I am about to self publish “Moving Through All Seven Days.” This rhyming book teaches children about the days of the week and how to spell each day. All my books have several activities pages for parents and teachers to use.

]]> Administrator <![CDATA[Interview with author Donna Smeall, author of ComPENdium]]> https://margaretfieland.com/blog/2009/01/29/interview-with-author-donna-smeall-author-of-compendium/ 2009-01-29T00:33:23Z 2009-01-29T00:33:23Z Uncategorized
Can you tell us something about your book?
Com-PEN-di-um is a poetry collection which defines some of the disabilities disabled people have by way of their emotional responses and physical reactions to them.  It is also a small collection of family vignettes/stories that have actually happened.  For example, EggMcMuffin Dangle is a true story and so it the Morning Meal.  I started the project with the intent of publishing poetry I had written previously and ended up with just 18 of those prior writings in the book.  The publisher wanted a total of 50 poems and asked that I write new ones.  So I asked myself, “What is the message I want to send to my readers?”  This is the result.


How long have you been writing poetry, and what inspired you to write your book?
I started writing poetry at age 9 to help me deal with my emotions and mixed-up feelings about life in general.  I was inspired to write the book by way of a play on words.  I was reviewing some class materials I had from a class at Pacific Lutheran University.  
I saw the word Compendium and realized that I had a title for my collection:
Com means to communicate, PEN means to use a writing utensil, di mean to and
um means you.  So it is a collection of small thoughts I share with you is the theme behind this collection.
What else have you published?
I have worked as a Newsletter Editor in various venues and have done dozens of articles on various topics from Martial Arts, Volunteer Spotlights, Parenting, and on Disabilities and How to Survive them.  I have a Blog at eHow.com where I wrote an article on How To Get a Hearing Aid At a Reasonable Price.  

What inspires you as a writer and poet?  
I have always loved to read books which helped me get a footing into the world by learning about various types of skills.

 

“Books are my people, and people are my friends; they helped me blossom into the writer I am today.”

Are there any subjects you are especially drawn to, and why?
I write about most anything really.  But I am especially an advocate for the disabled:
I believe that we can overcome any obstacle that comes our way and if I can help educate those of us who are reluctant to step outside of their disability; perhaps I can make a difference there.  
I also write a bit about service, community service and community volunteers who go out of their way to give back to the communities they live in.  I was an AmeriCorps volunteer for two years and found it to be the most satisfying work I have done outside of Writing.
Do you write full time, and if not, what else do you do?
At the present time due to all my various activities I am writing more or less full time.
But when I am not writing, I am baking, reading, crocheting and researching grants for my volunteer causes, Toy Rescue Mission plus the Key Peninsula Community Council (of which I am an Area Director through 2010).

I understand that you’re totally deaf and partially blind. Do you use American Sign?
At birth, I had a sensi-neural hearing loss in both ears due to my mother contracting Rubella when I was in utero.  In 1991, I lost all my hearing in my left ear and then the day after my birthday in 2005, I woke up to no sound at all.
I considered it a hearing aid flaw and found out later that it was my ears.  Now I am totally deaf, but I do wear a cochlear implant which is an amazing new technology in hearing (far better than a hearing aid and much closer to the normal hearing process in action). Still, I cannot listen to audio tapes with much success nor can I communicate by telephone very well.
I am partially blind in the left eye only at this time; but also have Macular Degeneration which is affecting my one good eye as well.  I do use a small bit of American Sign Language and continue to learn more daily while interacting with my son, David who learned some ASL during a semester in school.  But I must add, that David and I created our own sign language when he was just a toddler.  

How do you feel that being deaf has played into your writing?
I believe that, over my life, the deafness as it approached the final phase into complete deafness has always been a part of my writing.  It was a way to communicate with the world and my immediate family.  Also, the words of other authors helped me get in touch with who I am today.  I am an advocator for people and causes in spite of my deafness which in itself is unusual for a deaf person to do.
However, that small population of individuals who advocate is getting bigger.  New advances in improving the lives of the deaf come along every day.

Is there anything you’d like to add?
I am very excited about my work on several new books at this time; plus I am excited about being a part of the T-Zero Quarterly.  I appreciate you taking the time to interview me for your blog.  Oh and on a final note, if anyone wants a copy of my book signed, can email me at [email protected] to order a copy.  If not a signed copy, then Barnes and Noble carries the book online.
And be sure to check out Donna’s website,  http://web.me.com/jas242ti/Site/About_Me.html
]]> Administrator <![CDATA[Check out my interview on Deborah’s blog]]> https://margaretfieland.com/blog/2009/01/25/check-out-my-interview-on-deborahs-blog/ 2009-01-25T02:35:39Z 2009-01-25T02:35:39Z Uncategorized Check out my interview on Deborah’s blog:

http://www.aamoryofaardvarks.com

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