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Iowa Author Fest

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Iowa Author Fest is being held on September 23rd, 2017 at Jasper Winery, 2400 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines Iowa. The hours are 11:30 to 5:00pm. Iowa Author Fest promotes the creative endeavors of writers, visual artist, and musicians. We have had writing contest for budding authors in High School. The first contest had three contestants and the last had ninety-three contestants. We are in the mist of placing these stories of the contestants in book form for them and their families.

This year we also will have the pleasure of having Cos-play Echo-13 joining us for the children. There also will be face painting. Don Brown and associates will be our musician this year. There are many authors of a wide genres for your reading pleasure to purchase. Jasper Winery will have drinks for all ages to purchase along with food from our food vendor.

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Politically Correct, No Way

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I just heard a politically correct advertisement on TV that made me angry. It was not for the environment, standing up against bullying, caring about the starving animals, feed the children, or saving the whales. It was upbeat, pleasing to the eyes, good to eat, they even used a comedian as their spokesman.

“What?” You say,  “Why would you be upset by that?”

The comedian was saying no matter whether you cook or not have a Happy Friendsgiving. Really? Happy Friendsgiving? Apparently, stating Have a Happy Thanksgiving is no loner the correct thing to say. Apparently, being thankful for what the Lord allowed us to have is also taboo. Things like family, our health, even the very air we breathe, should be given praise to friends who had nothing to do with it.

We used to be THANKFUL for friends we have, the people who loves us, the job we have so we can put food on the table and the roof over our heads, for the freedom we have that was fought for by our ancestors, THANKFUL FOR THE GREATEST GIFT given to us, The Lord’s mercy and love.

From Merry Christmas to Happy Holidays, now from Happy Thanksgiving to Happy Friendsgiving. And people wonder why the USA is in the horrible shape it is today? Why people are so selfish? Why people no longer care?

Could it be that they are bombarded with reasoning being self-center, thoughts of what’s in it for me?, thoughts of if it doesn’t profit me I’m not doing it, thoughts of I am the most important person, other people do not matter, my feelings before all others.

I say let’s stand up against this invasion of our freedom of expression. Stand up proudly with me and greet everyone the Lord sends across our path with a very “Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas”. Stand up and be politically incorrect.

 

 

 

Wanted Readers for Iowa Author Fest

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Readers wanted to come out to Iowa Author Fest at Jasper Winery, George Flagg Parkway,Des Moines; on August 6th 11:00 to 3:00. Fill your book shelves with signed books from the authors, listen to music,eat some food, sip some wine by the glass,buy by the bottle to take home,listen to authors read from their books and win a basket swag per raffle, must be present to win.

Children welcome, other drinks available other than wine.

Iowa Author Fest Presents Music and Food

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Here is the extra goodies that will be at the Iowa Author Fest this year, music, food and wine.

Josh Sinclair (formerly of Little Mojo & Hollywood Burnout).  Some of Josh’s past credits include multiple song placements in film & television, various national tours, as well as signing 3 different record deals including a developmental deal with Universal Motown.

Again our stomachs are grateful to have Ott’s Asian Cuisine of Polk City serving their wonderful Asian food during Iowa Author Fest.United Nations Catering Tarell Wilson has joined us.

Jasper Winery will have a cash bar for your enjoyment.

Christmas Menu

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This year I cut back on the menu to the old reliables.

grilled Turkey

smoked ham

mashed potatoes with gravy

sweet potato casserole

corn casserole

green bean casserole

glazed carrots

sausage dressing

pea salad

pistachio salad

rolls

deviled eggs, cream cheese celery, cranberry bread, lemon coconut bread

For dessert: two made from scratch pumpkin pies, pineapple pie, pecan pie and cheese cake.

We invited nineteen people with only ten confirming that they would be here for dinner.  Kind of wish they would make  firm commitment one way or the other. We got, we maybe will come it depends on what else going on. Oh well, that will leave more for left overs for next week.

I am thankful that the doctors were able to put a stent in my mother in-law’s artery. She is recuperating in the hospital. I am sadden that my fellow author Dan Amsden passed away late Sunday night. He was a very ornery fellow to those he considered a close friend. Needless to say Dan tormented me  unmercifully because he knew he could get a rise out of me. His wife Sandy scolded him once for doing it and he just smiled and told her that I knew he didn’t mean it. Next Tuesday night all of my fellow authors and their spouses will be having a celebration that we will honoring Dan’s life accomplishments at Chuck’s restaurant. Hopefully the finances will allow me to go.

May the Lord richly shower everyone with His mercy and love this Christmas. And may we all remember as we open all our present the greatest gift of all which is Christ Jesus.

 

 

 

Beaverdale Fall Festival Parade

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The Jordyn Van and a group of awesome authors are going to be in the Beaverdale Fall Festival Parade this coming Saturday the 19th starting at 10:00. We will be handing out candy and beads to promote the Iowa Author Fest September 26th at Brenton Skating Plaza at 9 to 2 in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.  Larry Stumbo will be presenting the winners their prizes from the essay contest that Iowa Author Fest sponsored for Des Moines High School students. There will be thirty-four authors who have a wide variety genre  for your reading pleasure to buy. There is also artist from The Art-A-Holic group presenting their art work for sale. Two musicians will be entertaining as Otis’ Asian Cuisine will have delicious food to buy for grateful stomachs.