Remembering Mr. Edwin Roth, 98

Fallasburg Historical Society president Ken Tamke shares memories of the oldest and one of the founding members of the FHS.

According to the obituary, Edwin Roth still cut his own wood at 95. He was second generation Swiss, and proud of his ancestry. He never missed an FHS event, and attended the Tri-River Historical Museum network monthly meetings.

Frank Brechbiel gave him rides to meetings.

“It’s the least I can do,” he said last summer in Clarksville.

Mr. Roth’s secret to long life

“To say Ed lived life to the fullest would be a vast understatement. His spirit will of course live on, his legacy, one of many, Fallasburg village today.

Mr. Edwin Roth at  the Fallasburg Christmas party inside the one-room schoolhouse in 2016 with Frank Brechbiel.

“I believe we all marveled at his longevity in our individual quests to find the fountain of youth.  Ed’s answer was simple, eat right, live clean, and another nugget he shared with me last Christmas with a large smile, “Don’t go to Doctors”!  That was Ed.”
Ken Tamke

Excerpt from FHS President’s message on the passing of Mr. Edwin Christian Roth on March 8,2018.

via FHS President’s spring message

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St. Pat’s in Hubbardston

It was my second best St. Pat’s celebration. This time in Hubbardston.

Watch for full story about Shiel’s Tavern oldest liquor license and the Irish dance troop.

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Writers group network

From idea to paper, bit, print & market

LowellArts to form a writers group

Lowell, MI- Are you a writer or an author interested in networking to gain insights into the publishing industry?

Have you encountered endless obstacles on your writing journey that seem to lead nowhere? Are your manuscripts collecting dust? Do you have a stack of rejections from agents?

Have you ever doubted yourself on your writing journey from the original idea to seeing your book on the bookshelf  at the local Schuler  Books store or at your hometown library?

Are you still wishing you could see your screenplay on the big screen?

A writers group will bring confidence and synergy to your writing, screenwriting & publishing efforts. It will help streamline them into a flow of great content for publishing: print, digital, audible and/or all of the above.

It will provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and insights with fellow  wordsmiths.

You can start by joining the Facebook group: Writers Loop

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About the feature photo & logo:

The path shows the poet’s Meandering  journey through the woods of the publishing maze. The lights of insight are shining on it.

The poem is by an unknown poet

I see a pleasant path, and I begin to ramble

On either side are thorns and rocks

The ground is full of brambles……..

Fallen trees to trip me, the woods are very dark…..

But around the corner, and down the path,

I think I can see a park,

I think I’ll walk on the path today, the woods are too scary..

The path is my way,

It has a few hills as I walk toward the park,

But the sun is shining, and I am not in the dark……

It is simple to do….

Just stay on the path,

And we’ll walk with you!

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Writing tips for every day

This is the mainstay of my author events discussions: How to start and finish your book in 2018

1-Write every day at a set time that works the best for you.

2- Keep a diary for notes, take the diary with you wherever you go. It can be a paper diary or on a device. I use OneNote & a paper diary. Bookmark content that inspires you on the computer.

3- Set a certain quota of pages per day you want to write.

4- From the get go, have an end in mind as far as finish date, and a visual picture of the final product.

5- What do you want to accomplish with your project? In other words why are you writing your book or screenplay?

6- Go with the evolution of your plot and/or character. It will surprise you, but go with it.

What do you do when you get a writer’s block?

You continue to write. It’s the only way to fight it. Maybe you write about something else, and then come back to the first writing project, but you write.

Picture yourself as a long haul truck driver, who’s taking a load of avocados from Mexico to Michigan. It has to make that distance to the store before the produce rots. You can stop along the way, but eventually you have to deliver the avocados to the store.

So, you start out with really hard not ripened avocados, and on the way they ripen, just like your plot and/or character. Maybe along the route you add-on asparagus, and pineapple.

But, you really can’t stop that truck, right?

7- On that long lonely route, you will doubt yourself and so will others. But, in the end it’s the deliverance of the produce that really matters.

8-Deliver yours.

via How to finish a book or a screenplay

Stop by this afternoon at LowellArts from 1 to 4 p.m. for Emma’s book signing event. Ask me questions live during that time on Facebook or on Twitter.

Emma on Facebook

Emma on Twitter

My next event is the Calvin College Festival of Faith & Writing from April 12 through April 14.

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Ready-Taurus Daily Horoscope

I am ready and excited for tomorrow’s book signing of Shifting Sands Short Stories at the @LowellArts gallery at 223 W. Main Street.

If you are in the area, stop by. The gallery has on display the magnificent West Michigan Regional Art Competition show.

I will talk about book marketing strategies including growing your blog audience.

The mainstay flagship discussion is; How to start and finish your book in 2018.

You can ask me questions also on the Goodreads platform, Facebook and Twitter.

My next event is the writer’s conference at Calvin College in Grand Rapids from April 12 through April 14.

You can still register and submit your manuscript to Calvin Festival of Faith & Writing at:

I love the Mahatma Gandhi quote, that’s why I included my Taurus horoscope link.

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Happy International Women’s Day

This year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) campaign theme is #PressforProgress which calls for action to press forward and progress gender parity.

Now, more than ever it takes on a new meaning in light of the recent events not just exclusive to Hollywood and the politicians.

The campaign gives us five options of positive behaviours toward gender equality starting with maintaining a gender parity mindset all the way to celebrating women’s achievements.

I have chosen all five. But long before this campaign I had the positive influence of celebrating womanhood in the old country.  The socialist government encouraged the celebration of IWD.

One of my favorite memories from the former socialist Czechoslovakia is the celebration of the International Women’s Day (IWD), both at work and at home.

The country very much valued its female population to the point that women could stay on a maternity leave for up to three years without losing their job. They received 60 percent of their salary for the first two years of their maternity leave with full salary for the first six months.

The nurseries were free as well as other preschool child-care establishments. While capitalism swiped all that away, the country did manage to keep all its old holidays along with the new ones. The country doubled up on fun when they picked back up Mother’s Day with the advance of the free market economy, and retained International Women’s Day from the past.

I still see well wishes to women from my Czech friends on Facebook on this day. Now, that warms my heart; the fact that both systems acknowledge a woman’s place in the society and in the workplace.

We used to get flowers or pantyhose at work, or the other way around at home. Even though now I don’t get either for this day, I still dedicate a memory, a post, or a wish to all the women in the world.

Inspired by the IWD tradition, I started my most popular story series, “Inspiring Women” in the winter of 2014. The series features women that are making a difference in their communities.

Since then, I have featured women from all walks of life: small town politicians, businesswomen, sportswomen, nuns, artists, doctors, herbalists, bloggers and many more. Each woman told her own story, and they were all inspiring. They are the
Fabric of their families and communities.

Just to name a few: Gail Lowe, Liz Baker, Betty Dickinson, Sharon Ellison, Betty Morlock, Mary Dailey Brown, Kathleen Mooney and most recently Betsy Davidson.

If you run into them, say thank you. Nominate a woman who has inspired you for a story.

Link to IWD is:

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Shifting Sands Short Stories giveaway on Kindle

Don’t miss out on my free kindle giveaway of Shifting Sands Short Stories starting March 8 through March 9.

You will save $7.99, and gain a great reading and writing tool. All you need is an Amazon Kindle app for iOS or for windows, and you can read and write on anything and anywhere.

The Fact remains that the kindle app is very convenient for both readers and authors for all its capabilities.

The short story format is very conducive to devices on the go. The content is linked to the dictionary, and you can take notes and share.

via Kindle giveaway of Shifting Sands Short Stories with excerpts

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Shifting Sands Short Stories marketing & book signing

Local author Emma Palova at the gallery on Main Street in downtown Lowell with her new book.

I am very excited about my upcoming book signing of Shifting Sands Short Stories on March 10 @LowellArts from 1 to 4 pm.

It will take place on the magnificent backdrop of the West Michigan Regional Art Competition on display at the downtown gallery.

I will be talking about the marketing of your book using a blog to grow your audience, as well as other platforms.

Below is an example of marketing on the Goodreads platform for authors. The goal is to get as many people as possible to shelve your book.

Check out this book on Goodreads: Shifting Sands Short Stories

You can also buy my book locally at Schuler Books in Grand Rapids and in Lansing.

I will have a few copies on hand to autograph.

The book is also available on Amazon in both formats:






I will be working on audio version.

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March means spring book signing

I cannot begin to express how glad I am that this winter is over; both in my mind and in my next book.

I finally crawled out of my hibernation this morning to see the ice on Murray Lake had melted. I know many fine ice fishermen were disappointed by this, as well as the constructors of the ice rinks in the area including “Bill Gates of Honey Creek.”

I also understand that the “snow toys ” are very expensive as they go unused. But, when I heard that swan flap her wings and land on water, and the first birds singing,I knew we had survived another winter.

I registered for Calvin College Conference on Faith & Writing this morning to connect with the publishing industry in my own hometown of Grand Rapids. Conferences out of town can be expensive.

Come to my next book signing of Shifting Sands Short Stories @LowellArts on March 10 from 1 to 4pm.

You will treat yourself to book talk on the magnificent backdrop of the West Michigan Art Competition. You can pick-up a copy of my Shifting Sands Short Stories locally at Schuler Books in Grand Rapids and Lansing or on Amazon.

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To buy my book on Amazon go to:








See you there.

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