October 5th 2013

Posted by admin on Oct 5, 2013 in Stuff

Boy its been a while.

Today would have been my Mother’s 81st birthday.  A few weeks ago it would have been my Dad’s 81st birthday.

Amazingly and sadly they have three grandchildren they will never meet.  The likelihood of some of my wonderful children seeing the dawn of 2100 is compelling.

If you had asked me 10 years ago if I were going to have more children I would have given you a funny look.

7 chicklets ranging in age from 27 to age 3.  And every one of them is a unique, kind, loving, intelligent, sentient kindred spirit.

In this age being a ‘kid’ isn’t easy; being a young adult isn’t easy, and being a marginally good parent isn’t the easiest of tasks.

Maybe it should be easier, but in looking around society – it isn’t.

My late father told me more than once that he ‘loved his five children equally according to their needs.’  That is some profound wisdom.

Throughout any fog or noise I may experience in my daily journey  nothing can touch the joy of parenting.

Mom and Dad we all miss you and love you.

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The Butterfly People of Joplin Missouri

Posted by admin on May 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

22 May 2011, the Butterfly People came to the aid of Joplin, Missouri.

A F5 multiple vortex tornado, the second worst in the history of the United States, ripped through Joplin, Missouri.

In its wake it left 161 people dead and over 7000 homes and businesses in ruin.

Many stories surfaced about young children reporting that during the tornado, angelic Butterfly People came to their aid and saved them from imminent death.

The Story of the Butterfly People of Joplin, Missouri has touched hearts, and continues to touch hearts from all over the globe.

A lady living on the other side of the state to Joplin, in St. Charles, Missouri, suggested to her husband over the supper table that a story book tribute to mark and commemorate the event for the people of Joplin could be a great idea. Her husband shared the idea with his brother, a publsher in England.

From the supper table in St. Charles to the breakfast table in Hampshire, England, the idea of a fitting storybook tribute began to take form.

Ben and the Butterfly People is an illustrated story that descibes what the event could have been like for an 8 year old boy named Ben.

The story is dedicate dto the Spirit of the Show Me state.

15 May 2012 –

Ben and the Butterfly People illustrated Ebook, and Audio version of the story are being released next week at http://www.cloudninebooks.com, and customers may pre-order the softcover version of the story book.

The book is co-written by Roark McMaster and Gordon Volke, and illustrated by Vladividal. For sales of the book direct rom the http://www.cloudninebooks.com website, 25% of sale proceeds are being donated to ongoing relief efforts in Joplin, Missouri.

You can find out more about the story here: Facebook.

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While we’re at it- Murphy the Gnome

Posted by admin on Jul 28, 2010 in Stuff

Murphy and the Magic Passport had a successful pilot run in December 2009.


It also will be available August 2010, from booksellers, Amazon, and other online resources.

Murphy and the Magic Passport is book one within a series of 6 Murphy the Gnome storybooks.

Murphy the Gnome and his pal Yazzy Bear get up to all sorts of fun, mischief, and adventure.

Here is a sneak preview of one of our Murphy and Yazzy Bear posters coming your way soon —


Murphy the Gnome and his pal Yazzy Bear, coming very, very soon.

August 2010

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‘Aaron’s Star’ – August 2010

Posted by admin on Jul 28, 2010 in Stuff

Well we’re coming up to one month later than expected, yet ‘Aaron’s Star’ will be available August 2010.

It will be available to booksellers in the USA and UK for their customers, online at our website, and at Amazon and a few others online.

Whew. I went back to my early emails on this project and my heavens it has been almost 7 months in the making.

Aaron’s Star is designed to offer some comfort to those people and parents that have lost a child during term, neo-natal care, or early life.

Here is a sneak preview of ‘a’ page–

Aaron's Star

I’d like to thank Carolyn for literally living through the story with me in more ways than one. Thank-you.

I’d also like to thank Deepali for her glorious, moving, and touching illustrations. She has done a superb job- and Deepali if you read this – Thank-you for putting some ‘good’ life energy and alot of heart into Aaron’s Star.

Where does it go from here? Let’s see. There is a plan mind you.

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