Our 2017 Arts & Crafts Show Schedule

Our 2017 Arts & Crafts Show Schedule

  COMING ARTS & CRAFTS SHOWS, 2017         Norman & Lynn Reed   JUNE 10-11           YWCA Riverside Art Fest      Bay City, MI 17-18           Pentwater Spring Fest            Pentwater, MI 24-25          Art on the Beach                      Oscoda, MI  (Pending) JULY 1                  Sugar Springs Arts & Crafts  Gladwin, MI 2                  National Cherry Fest              Traverse City, MI 7-8               Lowell River Walk                 Lowell, MI 15                Mears Arts & Crafts Fair       Mears, MI  (Pending) 29-31           Bay Harbor Arts                       Bay Harbor, MI AUGUST 5                  Art in the Park                         Holland, MI 5                  Art in the Park                         Lake Odessa, MI 12-13           Shelby Township Art Fair      Shelby C.T., MI 18-19-          Danish Festival                        Greenville, MI SEPTEMBER 2-3               All Crafts Fair                          South Haven, MI 9                  Silver Lake Apple Fest            Silver Lake, MI 23-24          Fall Festival                              Pentwater, MI OCTOBER 7                  Davison High School               Davison, MI 14                St. Mark’s Arts & Crafts        Kentwood, MI 28-29           Buy Michigan                           Jackson, MI (pending) NOVEMBER 11                 Byron Center Fine Arts          Byron Center, MI (Pending) 18                Schoolhouse Arts & Crafts    East Grand Rapids, MI (pending) 24-25          Chesaning Arts & Crafts       Chesaning, MI DECEMBER 2-3               MI St. Holiday A & C             East Lansing, MI (pending) 2-3               Christmas at Wings               Kalamazoo, MI (pending) NOTE: We believe the (pendings) will be approved, however, we will update the list...

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update on Our Activities for 2017

update on Our Activities for 2017

Hello, everyone. We have been absent from our website far too long and apologize for that. Life does get busy and 2016 was a challenging year; however, we have renewed energy and are starting 2017 with high hopes for our two books: The Black Angel of the Lord and, coming soon, Nubia Dances with the Gods. Also, as many of you know, we design and craft draped-hypertufa planters and make them available to you at the various Arts and Crafts shows throughout the year. Pictures of our planters will be posted soon. The list of shows (coming in next the post) is our proposed schedule for 2017. We invite you to come see us at the show nearest you. Also, you are always invited to stop in at our work site in Zeeland to see our inventory of planters. Just give us a call: 619-889-7199 or 616-772-1350, or contact us via email: normanandlynnreed@gmail.com Thank you and best hopes for you and yours. Norman & Lynn  ...

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Learning the Publishing World

Learning the Publishing World

When I announced to my wife that we were going to write a book, the look on her face shouted “Are you out of your mind?” Our careers were both more technical than liberal arts. Much of the writing process was new to us. Certainly, working on a project together was extremely difficult considering all the discussion and compromise required to gain agreement on issues ranging from the story elements and character development to the wording used to describe a thirst, or one’s anger, or a woman’s hair style for example. And when Lynn was diagnosed with cancer, the writing became tenfold more difficult. By the time we finished writing our novel, The Black Angel of the Lord, I thought the hard part was over. We had reached the peak and only needed to climb down the other side. Right? Well, no. Getting it published was also a challenge due largely to our ignorance of the process, but our wonderful editor and publishing agent encouraged and guided us along the way. They are special people. Once the book arrived on the market, it sold quite well and received many positive responses. We reveled in the pleasure of seeing the rooms fill as people arrived at our first few speaking engagements. I felt proud and thought success lay at our feet. However, over several months of speaking in various venues, fewer and fewer people were in attendance; still, we readily accepted the honor to speak at a nearby library. This time, when we looked out into our audience our eyes found only three people: two were friends from the publishing company, and, in the front row, sat the third person, an older lady who had braved the cold temperature (8°) to attend our presentation, apparently eager to hear our story. What do we do? My wife sings in a chorale and when they have no idea how many people will come to hear them sing, the director says, “If a hundred people attend the concert, we sing our best for them, and if one person comes, we sing our best for him/her.” That’s right, and we gave the best presentation we had for that one dear lady who sat and listened to every word we spoke. Afterward, this woman approached us and said “Thank you. I did not miss a word. You work so well together and my mind never wandered.” She had asked a few questions at the end of our presentation which clearly showed her interest and we expected she would buy our book, but she did not, and everyone said goodnight. It became obvious that interest was waning in our presentations and book sales. One person in...

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The Assyrian Cavalry’s Rise to Prominence, Part 2

The Assyrian Cavalry’s Rise to Prominence, Part 2

As cream rises to the top, the Assyrian cavalry rose to the top of their military echelon in battle. The horsemen’s esteem soared as they trampled triumphantly over all who opposed them; they became the pride of Assyria and the nation gloated over their continued success. However, after a surprising, humiliating defeat at the hands of the Babylonian cavalry, the Assyrians feared their stranglehold over the entire territory was now in jeopardy. King Sargon II was furious and during the battle debriefing he vowed to assemble a new and magnificent cavalry, one that would never know defeat. Trusting no one with the challenge, he personally took on the task to build his new cavalry. Upon the conclusion of the debriefing meeting, Sargon II immediately began organizing a regiment devoted to rounding up herds of wild horses. The finest horses were sought after and the search did not end at the Assyrian borders. Raids were designed to steal horses from outlying provinces such as Urartu, Phrygia, and Northern Babylonia. The tribute paid by vassal countries now included their finest horses; all area nations became victims of the Assyrian roundups. King Sargon II reasoned that the cavalry had always been at the core of the army; their history went back to Assyria’s first rise to power. To recapture that status, Sargon demanded that his men and horses train from sunup to sundown in an effort to become the best. The long spears received new designs and renamed lances. Some were made from hard wood with a sharp metal head embedded at the end and could easily be dislodged from its victim. Other spears, made totally of metal, penetrated most body armor when thrust from a high speeding horse. In addition to improved weaponry, new light-weight fabric armor now covered the horses. As the cavalry training continued and the new designs of weapons and protection passed expectations, the king grew increasingly pleased with his new cavalry. Assyria had other pressing matters beside their cavalry. The Northern provinces fought continuously against each other over border disputes. As overseer of the entire region, Assyrian duties included keeping peace between rival provinces. Urartu agreed to give 500 timbers and many men for labor to Emperor Sargon II to help build his new palace at Dur Sharrukin. When their neighbors, the Cimmerians, raided the Urartuan countryside and King Midas of Urartu could not force them out, he sent a request to Assyria for support, in accordance with the treaty between Assyria and its many provinces. The treaty promised Assyrian aid to the provinces against invaders. For an unknown reason, King Sargon II never gave assistance to Urartu and that failure utterly outraged King Midas, especially after...

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