Wednesday, June 5, 2013

"Word is Art" at the 2013 Columbus Arts Festival




I am honored to be among nine other Ohio authors chosen to participate as Stage Performers at the “Word is Art” venue, a new feature of this year’s Columbus Arts Festival (CAF). A nationally-acclaimed and award-winning festival held the first full weekend in June each year in downtown Columbus, an average of 400,000 people attend the festival annually, making it one of the largest statewide events in Ohio.
   
On Friday, June 7, beginning with a welcome at 5:00 pm, I will be appear on the Word is Art stage with four other authors, each of us doing a reading and discussing our books. My fellow authors will be David Meyers, R. Bruce Larson, Paula Lambert and Rosalie Ungar. My topic will be my latest novel Guardians and Other Angels.  Authors Jules Knowlton, Amy Dalrymple, Ginger Turner, Paul Skyrm and Peg Hanna will be on the “Word is Art” stage on Saturday, June 8 beginning at 11:00 am. 


Celebrating its 52nd anniversary, the 2013 Columbus Arts Festival will take place on the Columbus Riverfront where attendees will enjoy the newly-revitalized Scioto Mile Park featuring lush green spaces, a charming promenade, mesmerizing water features, plazas, paths and bikeways as well as nearby restaurants, vendors, children’s art activities and entertainment. They will also feast their eyes, and typically exhaust their pocketbooks, on a vast selection of works of art including sculpture, painting, photography, woodcarvings, glasswork, jewelry, multimedia compositions and more presented by 300 of the country’s best artists and artisans, an elite few chosen from among 1,200 applicants by an esteemed panel of judges.  And beginning this year, festival goers will be able to purchase signed copies of books by Ohio authors.  All of us hope to see you there!   

Monday, May 6, 2013

Fateful Night, a New Book by Authors K R Hughes & T L Burns


My good and supportive writing friends, authors K R Hughes and T L Burns will be releasing their new ebook Fateful Night on May 10th, a continuation of the alternative history of the life and death of actress Marilyn Monroe that the writing duo proposed in their initial book on the subject What She Knew.  My understanding is that Fateful Night is book two of a trilogy of books on the subject.  Book three of the trilogy, Darkest Day is scheduled for release next summer.  The following are brief biographies of the prolific writing team, as well as links to them and their work.  I hope you check it out.  It should be a lot of fun to travel down the road of speculation once more with Hughes and Burns:    
 
K.R. Hughes
Hughes is an English major from Amarillo, Texas. She now resides near Atlanta, Georgia. She enjoys writing with her co-author T.L. Burns. 

Hughes enjoys working with budding writers and tutoring English. Her passion is for at-risk teens. She volunteers to help teens realize their potential and find their passion. Hughes has two grown children, Justin and Kayti, and two four legged girls, MayZee and Ruthie.

Find other works by this author in the Historical Romance section, pen name is Kymber Lee, Treasured Love and Lord Tristan's True Love are both a fun romp written in Regency England in 1811. Lee (Hughes) wrote these novels for her grandmother who is a huge supporter of her work.

T.L. Burns


As Burns' co-author puts it, "She is the foremost researcher and historical guru for our What She Knew trilogy."

Burns is originally from California (desert region, with mountains), spent nearly twenty years in the panhandle of Texas (again, desert region only without the mountains) and now resides near Atlanta, Georgia. In her words, "Trees and flowers everywhere!! Even the weeds are green and lush! I feel like I'm living in a postcard!! And, no wind! The desert regions are sooooo windy."

Burns passion is for at-risk families. She volunteers her time to help the needy, not with a hand-out but with a hand-up. She is married and has two grown sons (best sons in the whole world) and two 4 legged sons, Binford and Digby.

Connect with us:

Fateful Night will be available on Amazon as an ebook May 10th!!  In a few short weeks, you will also be able to purchase the paperback.  Follow the authors for the latest details and how to obtain a copy for yourself.

What She Knew - An alternate history - What if Marilyn had lived and JFK saved?  http://tinyurl.com/8e59eyq

Live simply. Love seriously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Author Linda Lee Greene to Participate in the 2013 Ohioana Book Festival


I am so proud to announce that I have been accepted as a 2013 author-participant at the prestigious Ohioana Book Festival.  It is a great honor to be included in this book signing and sale coordinated by the Ohio Library Association and sponsored by Barnes and Nobles Booksellers.  An additional benefit is that I will spend the day hobnobbing with authors from every corner of Ohio.  I will also take part in a Writer's Roundtable where I will share in a discussion about Women in Fiction.  The festival will take place on Saturday, May 11, 2013, 10AM - 4:30PM.  If you are in the area, please stop by my table and see me.  I will have copies of Guardians and Other Angels and Jesus Gandhi Oma Mae Adams on hand for you to buy.  The location of the festival is indicated below: 
    
“The Ohioana Book Festival is a welcome reminder of the powerful friend we have in a generous author who gifts us with a well-written book.”


Want to see pictures from all the Festivals? Check out our Flicker and Facebook pages!

Join our email list and stay informed about developments and events please email bookfestival@ohioana.org.
The Ohioana Book Festival will take place at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center, 546 Jack Gibbs Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43215. Located in the Discovery District, Fort Hayes is just a short distance from some of Columbus’ best and most exciting attractions! The Arena District, just blocks away, is filled with fun shops and exceptional dining! Check out Experience Columbus, to make the Ohioana Book Festival part of a great weekend in Columbus, Ohio!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Exciting and Fun Things Are Happening in Grove City, Ohio



Wine and Arts Festival
Artist Applications
Wine and Arts Festival June 8, 2013

Applications are available on our website.
 
Congrats to Cronies Coney Cafe on their award for Best New Restaurant at the Taste of Grove City
Stop in and visit them Monday- Friday 11to 2 and 5 to 8. Saturday's 11 to 4. 4002 Broadway
Will you join us?
We want you to be involved in your Town Center. We have several committees that shape the organization that are open to all current members. We have four committees, Marketing, Business Enhancement, Design, and Operations. They meet on the third week of the month and have 1 hour meetings. Feel free to contact Andy Furr at andy@grovecitytowncenter.org for more information to participate.
We also have committees that help plan and organize our events. We would enjoy having you serve on one or all of those committees. Below is the listing of the committees and the dates meeting.
Wine and Arts Festival
April 10
May 15
June 5
All meetings are at Plum Run Winery, 3946 Broadway. Meetings start at 6:30 pm.
Sidewalk Craft Sale
April 24
May 22
All meetings are at the Welcome Center, 3378 Park Street, and start at 6:30 pm.
 
Terri Lynn Menedez
Our sympathies and condolences go out to the family of Terri Menedez. Terri was a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones with her office located in the Town Center and a very involved women in the Grove City community. Visit http://www.warefh.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=2044579&fh_id=13229 for her obituary and sign the Guest book.
Community Calendar
Did you know that anyone can post an event to our community calendar? According to Google Analytics, our calendar has over 300 new visitors each day.
Go to http://www.grovecitytowncenter.org/calendar/ to submit your event for the community calendar.
 
MEMBERSHIP
Did you know that membership to the Grove City Town Center Inc. is not limited to businesses. We have individual memberships as Society Members for just $15 per year. These memberships help support our mission to put "feet on the street".
Go to http://www.grovecitytowncenter.org/join-our-directory/ to apply for membership today.
Grove City’s Unique Benefit for the Arts
A NIGHT ON THE TOWN is hosted yearly by the
Grove City Arts Council to benefit their Art Scholarship Fund. www.GroveCityArtsCouncil.org
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5:30 ~7:30 PM ARTIST RECEPTIONS
SOMMER HOUSE GALLERY: Books & Illustrations
Rosemary Barkes, Linda Lee Greene, Edith Wadkins
Hors d’oeuvres, Music
AND
CITY HALL: Paul-Henri Bourguignon’s
“Faces & Figures” Art Presentation, Music
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8 ~10 PM THEATRE PERFORMANCE
Little Theatre Off Broadway: “Seussical the Musical”
OR
WINE TASTING &CABARET ENTERTAINMENT
Plum Run Winery and the Ukulele Cowboy Society
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9 ~11 PM DESSERT & PHOTO EXHIBIT
Dreaming Tree Galleries: William Gerardino’s Legacy
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TICKET RESERVATIONS:
$30.00 for the FULL NIGHT ON THE TOWN
$10.00 for Individual Selections.
Reservations are limited. Reserve by APRIL 20 by contacting:
Sommer House Gallery 614.871.4620

Plum Run Winery
3946 Broadway
Plum Run Winery is now 8 months old! It is hard to believe that we have come so far so fast! Our one year Anniversary will be in July! What a party we will have!
Now that Spring has supposedly arrived (at least the groundhogs says so), We will be starting to prune and make the vineyard ready for this years crop of grapes! Watch for an email very soon that will detail how you can learn to prune vines and help us in the vineyard.
In the winery we have a lot going on! New events, outdoor patio plans, and new wines all await our attention.
Our outdoor patio has been approved by Grove City and will soon be a reality. Watch for news of when the patio will open!
We have several new wines soon to be released...and we may need some volunteers to help bottle, label and make them ready for sale. Here's the new lineup of wines:
Summer Romance Rose' - A steuben based Rose' wine slightly sweet that will be great on our patio or yours!Malbec / Syrah Blend - Looking for a bold dry red? This will be it!Landot Noir / Noiret Blend - Have not heard of these grapes before...you will know them very soon!!! A great fruit forward dry red wine that will soon be your favorite!Geisenheim Riesling - Very fruity and balanced!Apple Wine - Three Apple Varieties, Picked, crushed and pressed directly from the orchard into our fermenting tanks!Vignoles - Another Hybrid grape variety that may soon become your favorite! Made in a crisp Chardonnay Style!
Did we mention we are booking live music for the summer, Barbecues and many more events! Watch for details!
 

Red Letter Journals
'Tuesdays with Tonya'
Come hang out with Tonya and make a free card each Tuesday!
She’ll show you a few tips and tricks for creating beautiful cards.
The current theme is Valentine’s Day.
noon-1pm and 6-7pm
FREE!
Remember.....
RLJ is a great place to have your
private or fundraiser crops!
Call Tonya for details
Red Letter Journals
3937 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123
614-539-3900

Monday, March 18, 2013

FEATURED CREATURES: FEATHERS, FUR, ETC. ART SHOW


FEATURED CREATURES:  FEATHERS, FUR, ETC. ART SHOW
HIGH ROAD GALLERY, Worthington, Ohio’s showcase for the arts

March 27 to April 27
Artist Reception (open to the public), Sunday, April 7th 2 – 4 pm

Regular Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Friday 12:00 – 4:00

Saturday – 12:00 – 4:00

High Road Gallery exclusively exhibits the work of Central Ohio artists.  Located in the historic Buttles-Pinney-Brown House (aka Sidney Brown House), it is a five-bay brick residence at 12 East Stafford at the corner of High Street.  There is a five inch threshold into the studio and a thirteen inch double step from the studio into the first floor gallery.  The parking lot is sloped. 
 
The Good Life on the Gulf Before the Oil Spill
 
An acrylic painting
By
Linda Lee Greene
 
 
To view the online gallery of Linda Lee Greene log onto www.gallery-llgreene.com
The direct link to Linda's latest novel, Guardians and Other Angels is


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Celebrate the Good News With Me




Posted: 06 Mar 2013 05:43 AM PST

(Columbus, OH)—The Ohio Historical Society (OHS) received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for a project to increase and share knowledge about Midwestern Native American tribes with community college educators. The grant to OHS is one of only three national awards the NEH made this year under the Bridging Cultures for Community Colleges program.

OHS and its grant partner, the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Community College (NEO A&M), designed Native Americans in the Midwest: Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges, a cooperative agreement with the NEH for a three-year faculty and curriculum development project for thirty-six community college faculty on the history of Midwestern Native American tribes.

OHS’s project works with faculty and academic administrators to increase their knowledge of existing research and scholarship on the history Ohio’s Ten Historic Tribes and their removal; introduce faculty to contemporary Native American cultural experiences; and facilitate a community of learning and research through course development and enhancement.

“This grant is an excellent opportunity for OHS to deepen our connections with regional educators interested in understanding Ohio’s historic Native American tribes,” said Sharon Dean, director of museum and library services for OHS.

The NEH grant will support the project from 2013-2015. During this time, OHS and NEO A&M will host three conferences for community college faculty and administrators and provide professional development by compiling historical resources for Midwestern Native American history, exposing community college faculty to scholars and Native American experts, and bringing them to locations that are critical to the Midwestern Removal story. For more information about the project, visit http://www.bccc-nam.org.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

Media contact, Paula Wasley (202) 606-8424 or pwasley@neh.gov.

ABOUT THE OHIO HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Founded in 1885, the non-profit Ohio Historical Society (OHS) provides a wide array of statewide services and programs related to collecting, preserving and interpreting Ohio’s history, archaeology and natural history. The society has over 1.5 million items in its collections throughout its 58 sites and within its 287,000-square-feet Ohio History Center at 800 E 17th Ave. (Exit 111 off I-71), Columbus, Ohio, 43211. The Society receives a portion of its funding from the state, but relies on admission fees, memberships, grants, donations and other forms of revenue to continue to serve Ohioans in the future. For information regarding the Society, contact Shannon Thomas, Communications Specialist, Ohio Historical Society: 614.297.2317, sthomas@ohiohistory.org. Visit the Ohio Historical Society at http://www.ohiohistory.org.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Predawn World of Saints and Sages


 

While this entire essay is inspired by him, the italicized portions of it are the actual words of author and physician Deepak Chopra as presented in his ground-breaking treatise, THE BOOK OF SECRETS, Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life.

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One of the most common sights in India, or anywhere else in the East, used to be saffron-colored monks in meditation before dawn.  Many other people (my grandmother and mother among them) rise at the same early hour and go to the temple to pray.  The point of this exercise is that they are meeting the day before it begins.

                To meet the day before it begins means that you are present when it is born.  You open yourself to a possibility.  Because there are not yet any events, the infant day is open, fresh, and new; it could turn into anything.  The meditating monks and the people at prayer want to add their influence at the critical moment, like being present at the beginning of a baby’s life…

                At first light, rather than scramble out of bed, continue to recline or sit up in a comfortable position and open your mind and heart to your path as it wishes to unfold.  Let it evolve into a rhythm of feelings.  If you feel new, as if the day is going to be unique; or if you feel such harmony that some stressful issue will be resolved; or if some new creative concept occurs to you; or if you feel such love that you want to settle any differences, or include someone you have excluded; or if you feel a kind of wholeness whereby you know you are in the flow of the universe, then you’ve entered the predawn world where saints and sages have functioned for thousands of years.  What they have been doing, and what you are now beginning to do, is to precipitate reality onto the earth.  You are opening a channel in your own awareness through which renewal, peace, harmony, creativity, love, and wholeness get a chance to be here…Like rain falling out of a clear sky, your influence causes a possibility to become manifest.”

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Announcing the Launching of The River Time, a Blog of Essays on History



The host-authors of the new blog The River Time are stoked by the line-up of distinguished guest writers who will be featured in the coming weeks.  The recent discovery of the remains of Richard III of England has created quite a stir among interested people, and one of them is the blog’s host-author, Stuart G. Yates.  On March 1st he will kick off the blog’s essays on history with his composition about the unearthing of Richard’s bones titled, Some Mysteries Surrounding Our Kings.  During the same week, Yates will host the journalist and blogger, Nicholas Wade with his essay Richard at Bosworth.   In addition, on this 50th anniversary of James Bond and his various Cold War opponents, Yates will bring you author Brian M. Hayden and an engaging excerpt of Hayden’s new book, Memories of the Cold War.

March 8th will mark the debut on the blog of host-author, Linda Lee Greene.  She will take readers to World War II with When the Lights Went Out in America, which is an excerpt of her book-in-progress, “I Received Your Letter….”  During the week of the 8th, Greene is so excited about the fact that her first guest will be the gifted author, K P Kollenborn with yet another essay on the Second World War titled, Japanese American Internment.  Greene’s second guest, author John Paul Catton, coming to us from present-day Japan, will enlighten us with a bit of the history of Japanese historical dramas in his fascinating piece, Jidai Geki.     

Author Dixon Rice and his guests will unveil week three of the blog; author DeEtte Anderton and her guests will do the honors on week four, as will author Allison Bruning and her guests on week five.  Stuart Yates will come back at the opening of week six and down through the line again.  Guest appearances by other great authors, historians, and history buffs are already in the works and will be announced as we near their assigned days.  

There are countless messages in history for us to discover if we stop and pay attention.  And if we yield to history’s call, if we allow it to enlarge our humanity, we will bring about an improved history-at-large that is unfolding in our time, as well as enrichment to our personal lives.  The host-authors of The River Time invite you to help us to get the blog going with a great send-off by joining us as followers and by leaving comments.  The link to the blog is http://therivertime.blogspot.com.    

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Reminiscent of Steinbeck's, Grapes of Wrath


A Review by Diana Hannon Forrester
Of
Guardians and other Angels
By
Linda Lee Greene

Guardians and Other Angels is a saga of the Gaffin/Greene family set against the backdrop of the Great Depression and World War II.  Author, Linda Lee Greene’s prose has the texture and depth of the times she writes about.  Greene gets inside the heartbreak and humor of the people who grace her pages.  The story is reminiscent of Steinbeck’s, Grapes of Wrath and calls those same times to mind; times when young men considered themselves lucky to secure a job away from home in Oregon or California for the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) or the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and made enough money to send home to feed the family; times when half-grown children were turned out to make their own way in the world and often failed; times when sudden death lurked in the shadows of freight train cars and the dark corners of hobo jungles.

            This was life before we got so smart – before cell phones, television sets and reliable birth control.  It is the story of four generations and how they made a mark on life in Southern Ohio during times nobody thought were good, of how people stuck together and supported one another day after endless day.  Greene gives us the details of how Lena’s hopes to become a carpenter were dashed by her mother’s desire to protect the family name from disgrace.  She gives us animal-killing snow storms and the 1937 Ohio River floods when flood stage reached 70 feet. She gives us dear, sweet Bussy’s cock fights with a rooster named Tarzan, and a hilarious but  ill-fated plan of Uncle Dick’s to touch his teacher, Peggy Sue Heatley’s voluptuous breasts, and so much more.

This story is not lighthearted by any test, but it is one well worth reading as it gives the reader an inside look at what many of our ancestors survived so we might follow them.

Author Greene puts it this way:

“Despite the tragedies, the hardships associated with farm life, and the ravages of the Great Depression, there was an underlying quality of buoyancy to the spirits of those remarkable people. Even though I carry in my cells the unfortunate imprint of my many nights in the rocking chair with my grandmother as she cried for Bussy and Bob and her other departed loved-ones, my cells also carry the much deeper and more influential legacy of the resilience, the optimism, and the gaiety of my ancestors.”

Enjoy!

The direct link to Guardians and Other Angels is http://amzn.to/PUOXl9   

Friday, February 15, 2013

First Award! Very Special Blogger Award


 I was honored when my good friend and fellow author, DeEtte Anderton informed me she was nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! I was so blessed! Her novel, Victory is available in eBook format and print at Amazon.com. 

Of course, there are RULES for accepting the nomination:

1. Display the award on my Blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated me.
3. State seven things about myself.
4. Nominate other bloggers for this award and link to them.
5. Notify these bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.


Here are seven questions that will help define who I am, and what I do best.
Seven things about me....

1.       I was born in a farmhouse bedroom of my maternal grandparents, a farmhouse that sat on the rim of the star-wound that forms the bedrock of the world-famous, Great Serpent Mound in the blink-and-miss-it-town of Peebles, Adams County, Ohio.  Of course, it was even smaller back in my day than it is now.  When I was a toddler, my parents, my baby brother, David, and I moved to Columbus, Ohio’s capital city.  Other than about fifteen years of my early adulthood when I resided in Queens and Long Island, New York, as well as in Pompano Beach, Florida, Columbus has been my home.

2.       I am the divorced mother of two grown children and grandmother of two grandsons.

3.       Among many other things, I love to read and write about history.  I have recently invited a group of fellow writers to join me as administrators of a new blog titled, The River Time.  It is still being set up.  All of the posts on the blog will be related to the subject of history.  Each week, the blog will feature compositions by one or more of its administrators and by guest writers.  If you like to write about history and want to secure a guest slot on the blog to write about one of your favorite historical events, persons, places, or whatever, please private message Linda Lee Greene.  

4.     In addition to being a bestselling author, I am an interior designer educated at the Columbus College of Art and Design and at the Interior Design Institute of Columbus where I graduated as the valedictorian of my class.  I am also an award-winning artist, and in that capacity, I keep a busy schedule of exhibiting at art shows and art festivals.  My online art gallery is at www.gallery-llgreene.com.   

5.       My latest novel, Guardians and Other Angels was published in May, 2012.  Based on a true story, it is categorized as historical fiction.  It chronicles significant portions of the lives of three generations of my family primarily during the Great Depression and America’s early involvement in World War II.  Although much of the story is based on family legends, I broadened the storyline by creating fictional situations in which to place the characters in the novel.  Included in it are transcriptions of dozens of authentic personal letters the principles of the story wrote to one another during those momentous eras.  The direct link to it is
  6.       Recently, I became involved with the Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in the capacity of an artist on exhibition in fund-raising art shows.  They are venues designed to kick-off the MS Awareness month.  Titled An Orange and White Affair Art Show, Cleveland will host the first art show on Friday, March 1st from 5:00 to 9:00 PM at Around the Corner, 18616-20 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, OH 44107.  Show number two will be held on Thursday, March 7 from 5:00 to 9:00 Pm at The Bluestone, 583 East Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215.  Tickets can be purchased online at MSohiobuckeye.org or by calling 216-503-4183.     

7.       I am serving my second year as the treasurer of the Grove City (Ohio) Arts Council.  We are a group of fine artists, photographers, craftspersons, and art enthusiasts who organize and support programs that promote art awareness in the Central Ohio area.  On a yearly basis, in addition to coordinating art shows and other special events, we raise funds for scholarships that we award to graduating high school seniors who are pursuing a college education in art.  I am also an active member of the Grove City Writers’ Group.  This organization is instrumental in supporting aspiring middle-and-high-school-age writers in our community by funding and promoting a yearly publication of their essays.  The first, second, and third place winners receive cash awards.    

I would like to take this opportunity to nominate some of my friends who are bloggers that I feel have made a positive impact on my life.  I hope you will visit their blogs and leave a comment.  In alphabetical order, they are:
Jared Anderson – http://jsascribes.wordpress.com/

Dixon Rice – http://wredhead.blogspot.com/

Emily Wheeler – http://www.emilystealeaves.wordpress.com