Thursday, October 20, 2016

An Introduction to "Horizon-Homeless" By Larry Peterson

Have you ever seen a homeless person and thought, Why don’t they just get a damn job? Did you stop and think that maybe they had a job and then, through no fault of their own, they lost it. Is it possible they tried as hard as they could but could not find another job? Did you consider that maybe there was an illness that altered their life? Maybe pain medications prescribed for an unwanted, debilitating injury turned them into a “victim addict”? Maybe they are a vet with a severe case of PTSD? Maybe it is certain type of mental illness? Do you know anything about that person you are looking at? We should remember that before people become homeless, they lived somewhere.

There are millions of people across this great land of ours that are pre-homeless. Please say hello to Bob and Tracey Slider and their son, Jake. They are a composite of so many American families that cover our land from ‘sea to shining sea’. They are among the millions of unnoticed, hardworking, Americans, locked into survival mode while trying their best to do the “right thing” every day. What happens when they are confronted with circumstances which place them on a road heading downward where the horizon up ahead turns homeless? Can they make the turn and begin heading uphill? What choices will they make? What will determine their success or failure?

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” Matt: 11:28

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

@SueBadeau "Book Signing, Coloring, Wine and Chocolate"

Book Signing, Coloring, Wine and Chocolate

Author and Illustrator Sue and Chelsea Badeau celebrated the local launch of their book, "Building Bridges of Hope: A Coloring Book for Adults Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma" with a book-signing event at the Big Blue Marble Bookstore in their home neighborhood of Mt. Airy in Philadelphia on Friday night, October 14th. Joining them will be another local author, Latasha Goodman-Shears, author of: "Dear Wives: Side Chicks Are Winning."

The Big Blue Marble Bookstore, located at 551 Carpenter Lane in Philadelphia, likes to celebrate local authors and artists and has been honored in Philadelphia Magazine as one of the "Best of Philly" - the magazine says, "Like so much of Mount Airy, Big Blue Marble is well thought-out, community-oriented, and full of unexpected delights."

The Badeaus shared sample coloring pages, read excerpts from their book and encouraged participants to use the practical tools in their book as a way to both prevent stress as well as coping with stress or trauma in their lives. Goodman-Shears will lead a lively discussion on marriage. Throughout the evening, participants were offered wine, lemonade and chocolate goodies.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Coming Soon! 10/20 @TgunzelTrina Coloring Book "Grandpas are Giving"

Here is another example of the illustrations that will be in Trina Gunzel's "Grandpas are Giving"!

Look for the release of the coloring book on 10/20!

Grandpas are Giving is inspired by loving memories and teachings from grandfathers. Everyone has their own childhood memories or has heard stories about their grandparents. Some, we will never meet or know except through stories. When we pass down information about our families and our history, our children are able to understand their roots and have a firm foundation from which they can grow, build their own lives, and create new family memories. This book shares some idealistic qualities of grandpas sparked from childhood memories, and interactions as an adult, I have witnessed children experiencing. Oil pastels are lovingly used to create the heartwarming childlike illustrations in this book. I hope you enjoy the conversations and interaction sparked by this family keepsake work.

Petrina Licavoli Gunzel (Trina) graduated from the University of New Mexico with her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. With over ten years of experience in the classroom, over seventeen years working as an educational consultant and trainer, and her Master of Arts in Education/Teacher Leadership, Trina has a rich background in education from which she draws inspiration for the books she writes and illustrates. Some of her published works include Grandmas are Gorgeous! and Can't The Highs and Lows of Raising a Type 1 Diabetic Child. She enjoys presenting at school Author's Day events, teaching writing and art workshops, and coaching in strategies of how to go from pen to published.

She has enjoyed living in Arizona, New Mexico, and Oregon and made wonderful friends and memories in each place. As a writer and artist, she enjoys creating teachable moments from life experiences. Trina has a heart for faith, families, and enjoys being a life-long learner; with a creative passion for finding solutions to problems. Taking time to enjoy the great outdoors and make someone else's day brighter are some of her daily goals. Trina is married to her high school sweetheart and they raise their two children in a country setting in Missouri on their small family farm where caring for chickens, ducks, and gardening are a busy fun part of their daily lives.


I have a fairly wide taste in literature, but for the first time that I can remember I have begun to find an interest in biography. One of the books that I have discovered is Tom Segev’s “Simon Wiesenthal”, the life story of the famous Nazi hunter. I must confess though that what attracted me to the book was not only the subject matter but the price on sale of $2. My friends would knowingly say: you can take the Scot out of Scotland…etc. Anyway, I digress. One interesting anecdote in Wiesenthal’s memoirs is the war time story of when he was called to the bedside of a badly wounded SS soldier who had asked to see a Jew before he died. Somewhat puzzled, Wiesenthal listened to the man confess his involvement with the murder of some Ukrainian Jews in August of 1941. Wiesenthal was even more dumbfounded when the man explained that to die in peace he needed a Jew to forgive him. Wiesenthal’s response was to quietly listen to him, then walk away in silence. Later he heard that the soldier had died and bequeathed him his personal effects. The incident troubled Wiesenthal and he agonized over his decision. He even shared it with some acquaintances and celebrities, asking them: what would they have done.

There was a whole gamut of responses ranging from anger and vindictiveness to complete ignorance of how to respond at all to such a request. Some even doubted the veracity of whether the incident happened at all. Others who knew Wiesenthal well, accepted the matter at face value. One interesting response came from fellow Austrian, Franz Cardinal Konig. He explained that Jesus preached that there was no limit to forgiveness. But he deftly remarked that given the horrors that Jews like Wiesenthal had experienced, an explicit pardon would have been “…beyond our concept of the human.” The Cardinal went on to say that the dying soldier clearly believed in God, and Wiesenthal had listened to him and showed him sympathy. The soldier somehow felt accepted or he would never have bequeathed him his personal belongings.

In the “Voice of Aedistamen”, forgiveness is an important theme. In volume 7 of the story, one of characters is introduced who will eventually experience redemption through forgiveness. But the major thrust of the whole book is the faithfulness of the Ghaedesh-Mor, God in the world of Aedistamen, who forgives the unfaithfulness of his people, and brings about their deliverance as they rediscover Him in their time of cruel bondage.

Returning to Wiesenthal’s remorseful soldier, perhaps this young man had some remnant of nobility of spirit that led him to unburden his terrible crimes to a Jew, a representative of the nation he had persecuted. He had the opportunity no doubt to speak to a pastor or priest, but he wanted to do more. I can’t help thinking though, that he spoke to the wrong Jew—no offence intended against Simon Wiesenthal. There is another Jew who is simply beyond the concept of the human. Only He could address the sin done to others Jews; indeed, the sins of the whole world.</b>

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@vjifoster From My RV Window - The Downside of Traveling

It's always fun to get up in the morning and explore a location we've never visited before. But along with the excitement comes a not-so-pleasant side of RVing.

In some places, RV drivers don't have the best reputations, at least with truckers. We've encountered a few problems lately.
Recently when my husband made a right turn into the first lane of traffic, a truck driver in the left lane decided he didn't like the idea. He pulled in front of our RV in the right lane, almost clipping the front of our vehicle. It scared me to death!
But later that same day, another truck passed us and slowed down to a snail's pace right in front of us. When my husband started to pass, he sped up, as if playing cat and mouse. And of course we've had our share of the welcoming greeting drivers offer with their middle finger. But those drivers are in the minority.

A second down side of RVing is mother nature. In Coaldale, Colorado we ran into another challenge—a devastating forest fire that burned from 5000 to over 13,000 acres.

It was one of those gorgeous, sunny days you find in Colorado with a brilliant blue sky and little puffs of white clouds here and there. First thing I noticed as I worked on my computer was the lighting in the RV seemed to change. I looked out the window to an orange sky. After stepping outside, a smell I first identified as a campfire stung my nose and clogged my sinuses.
I walked around the RV to investigate. The sun had turned a blood red, like in the book of Revelation, and plumes of smoke billowed into the sky over the mountains five miles away. Thankfully we left the next day but our prayers are still with the local residents who had to evacuate their homes.

But just so you won't think I'm complaining, I love traveling in our RV. Another adventure is to come soon.

Have you taken a look at June's novel "Misty Hollow"? Read the sample her on the HHP blog or on Amazon! Here is the Amazon link for the ebook and paperback:

Coming Soon from @SueBadeau and Chelsea Badeau:"Bubbles & Bears: A Calming Coloring Book"

Coming Soon from Sue and Chelsea Badeau:

"Bubbles & Bears: A Calming Coloring Book" (little kids)


"I'm in Charge of My Feelings! A Calming Coloring Book" (school age kids)

"Have you ever said "Calm down!" to a child who is spiraling out of control? It doesn't work too well. When a child is sad, scared or angry, these feelings can often lead to challenging behaviors at home or in the classroom. Parents and other adults in their lives need effective tools to help children manage challenging emotions, re-claim a state of calm and tame difficult behaviors. "Building Bridges of Hope: A Coloring Book for Adults Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma" provides a tool kit for adults in these situations. Soon, the author and illustrator, mother and daughter team Sue and Chelsea Badeau will be releasing two more versions of this popular tool, one for very young children (ages 2-6) and one for school-age children (ages 6 - 12) so they, too, will have their own tool kit of calming activities at their fingertips."

Right now you can grab Sue and Chelsea's "Building Bridges of Hope" on Amazon in ebook or paperback:

Thursday, September 15, 2016

CHECK IT OUT! A Page right out of Trina Gunzel's soon to be released Children's Book "Grandpa's Are Giving"

This book is inspired by loving memories and teachings from grandfathers. Everyone has their own childhood memories or has heard stories about their grandparents. Some, we will never meet or know except through stories. When we pass down information about our families and our history, our children are able to understand their roots and have a firm foundation from which they can grow, build their own lives, and create new family memories. This book shares some idealistic qualities of grandpas sparked from childhood memories, and interactions as an adult, I have witnessed my children experiencing. Oil pastels are lovingly used to create the heartwarming childlike illustrations in this book. I hope you enjoy the conversations and interaction sparked by this family keepsake work.

Grandpas are giving because they teach their sons everything they know ANYTHING about so someday, when they have kids, they’ll have something to teach them, too. Some grandpas teach about fishing, some teach about hunting, some teach about singing and playing, and they always teach about hard work. When I work hard, my mama says I’m growing big muscles and that I’m making my grandpa proud. I like that a lot.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Trina Gunzel @TgunzelTrina "Happy Summer Making Memories!"

Happy summer making memories!

I have been busy with my family on our little farm caring for our ducks, chickens, geese, turkeys and harvesting our delicious fresh garden vegetables. We raise our own bees and this is the first year we'll have our own honey so we're excited about that.

One of my favorite summer refreshing drinks is mixing 1 peeled and sliced cucumber, some grated ginger, a sliced green apple, and one sliced lemon in a glass jar with water, ice and fresh mint leaves. Chill and enjoy! Remember to keep hydrated in this heat!

Relationships and family are very important to me and I’ve been enjoying meeting new people through book talks, workshops, and author visits sharing my first two books: Grandmas Are Gorgeous and Can't The Highs and Lows of Raising a Type 1 Diabetic Child on a coast to coast tour. My newest book will be published with Helping Hands Press so look forward to Grandpas Are Giving, coming soon!

My family keepsake books encourage conversations, sharing memories, and experiences. I look forward to connecting with you more. Find me through my social media outlets below for inspiration, encouragement, fun, and educational resources.

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Have a great day!
Trina Licavoli Gunzel


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Please meet Crystal A. Casey's @Huggy_Dougie #Childrens character "Huggy Dougie : The Boy Who Gave Too Many Hugs"

At 2:22pm on June 17, 2009, my whole world changed forever…….

In 2006 I began after six years of being married, trying to have a baby. I was not successful and began to seek treatment via a fertility specialist... My first miscarriage came in 2007, and then another one in 2008... .. I kept trying, the heart of me cried out to be a mom, not because it is what you are supposed to do (the white picket fence dream), but because it was my heart. I had so much love and laughter to give. I became pregnant in latter part of 2008 and quickly settled into watching “TLC, A Baby Story,” eagerly planning the future of my son. Dreams of all the milestones filled my heart.

At 32 weeks I was rushed to hospital, and via C-Section gave birth to a baby boy weighing 3lbs and ten ounces (17 inches long) ….
Quickly I realized it was not the TLC dream ending I had planned on. I was wheeled into recovery and my husband came to meet me in the room with a Doctor in tow. She came to my bed, and put her elbows on corner of the bed, and said, “Congratulations Mrs. Casey you have a baby boy and he has Down Syndrome! “Any questions?” my eyes were wide as ever, and I just shook my head as if to say no; my mouth refused to allow any words to come out. He was born with holes in heart and partial deaf. He spent his first six weeks of his life in the NICU.

2:22pm on June 17, 2009, God gave me the most beautiful joyous gift. His name is Fisher named after Simon Peter in the bible so he could be a Fisher of men, and it also fits because my husband is an avid angler.
My journey changed forever; so about me; my name is Crystal Anne and I am a proud mom of a child with Down Syndrome. I have never fought harder, cried bigger and laughed deeper…

He had open heart surgery at ten months old. He still has a few holes left but is doing amazing. He was healed of his deafness after three years of wearing hearing aids, today he has complete hearing. He is very happy and full of life. He is very high functioning and has proven to break most of every stereotype associated with Down Syndrome children. I am so proud to introduce him to the world via my character inspired by him known as Huggy Dougie.

I have always possessed a passion for books and writing. I have written since I was a small girl. At the age of ten I would check out books at the library 50,000 pages long about the monarchy of Kings and Queens. I just love to read and write.

As I have walked along this DS path, creative inspiration has birthed the ideas to write about the adventures of Huggy Dougie. I pray these stories inspire you, and show you a glimpse of the highs and lows of our journey. I am so happy to have the opportunity to share Fisher’s love and passion for life. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to share a piece of myself and my life with you.

Crystal Anne is a children's book author that is just beginning her adventure with Helping Hands Press, and her storybook persona, Huggy Dougie, based on her son’s journey through life with Down syndrome. Huggy Dougie’s adventures are the result of Crystal Anne’s adaptations of her son’s life as seen through both of their eyes. The author hopes that these adventures will provide entertainment and learning opportunities for both parents and children. Her hope is to inspire a passion for reading and creativity.
Being a parent of a special needs son is the greatest honor I have every experienced. Every day is full of surprises. Through my relationship with my son, I have learned so much about life and what it is that makes us who we are later in life. The wonder and innocence I find in my son's world is the inspiration for Dougie's adventures. Dougie is a loving boy, full of emotion and always seeking friendship. Thank you for taking the time to live in my world and help us introduce Dougie to your family!

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Listen to Trina Gunzel @TgunzelTrina discuss her upcoming #Childrens #Activity book release on the "Inspirational Talk Radio Network"!

Trina Gunzel was our guest on the blogtalk radio simulcast of our Thursday night Aug. 11th Facebook/Twitter Party.

You can listen to Trina discuss her upcoming book anytime 24/7 by either clicking on the widget on the HHP blog sidebar or by clicking this link and going to Blogtalk Radio:

Hello! I am Trina Licavoli Gunzel and I am a loving wife, grateful mother of two precious kiddos and thankful to be able to do what I love: write, educate, encourage, and motivate people working around the country as an author and educational consultant/trainer. As a Master Teacher, I work to bring all of the best teaching practices I am trained in to anything I do. I enjoy creating art, fishing, hiking, camping, gardening, hiking, sharing experiences and traditions, and capturing beautiful moments with photography. It’s nice to meet you!

I have been writing stories since I was a child and enjoy realistic fiction based work and biographical motivational writing. I am truly motivated to help others through my works and enjoy sharing resources, recipes, artistic extension activities, and write to encourage conversations, relationships, thinking, and the creative imagination. Family is my passion and strengthening and preserving families is a tremendous motivation behind my work.

Many of the resources you will find in my books and on my website,, can be used by parents at home with their children for any “teachable moments,” by teachers at school with their classes whole group, small group, at centers, or individually, and make great resources for project based learning, development of concepts, and for shared instruction.

What are readers saying about @CindyNoonan Award-Winning #YAHistorical "Dark Enough To See The Stars"???????

Readers love Cindy Noonan's Award-Winning Young Adult Historical Thriller "Dark Enough To See The Stars".

Below we have snippets of a number of the reviews she has gotten on Amazon.

The novel is on sale right now for just $0.99! Grab it while you can at this incredible price!

" This book gives a great insight into the world of slavery through a child's eyes and let's you experience the difficult process of finding freedom by way of The Underground Railroad."

"Not just for teens. Will introduce anyone to the risks of following the underground railroad to the north -- and even there the young protagonist was not safe. Took many courageous people along the way. Full of adventures."

"This book is written for middle schoolers through the eyes of 12 year old Moses. Cindy Noonan makes the reader feel Moses' hopes, fears, and determination as he follows the North Star to freedom. I think it is an important read for every child or adult ..a window into a dark chapter of our history and a reminder of the strength of hope."

" I truly enjoyed reading this book. It is well written and will really give middle schoolers a feel for what it was like for slaves to travel the underground railroad. You are rooting for Moses the whole way through. I can not wait for my 12 year old daughter to read it."

"Dark Enough to See the Stars paints a realistic picture of slavery in America before the Civil War. The plot draws readers in from the first page as they follow Moses in his quest for freedom. This is a story with heart. Middle grade kids will enjoy the book on their own, and it's a great read-aloud story for families to enjoy. This is a great gift idea, too."

"You don't have to be a twelve-year-old boy to enjoy this riveting story of bondage, loss, escape and liberty. Middle school students, teachers and parents alike will gain valuable insights into the lives of runaway slaves, the role of The Underground Railroad in American history and the Abolitionist Movement. And more importantly, they will grow in their appreciation for the not-so-easily-explained cost of freedom. Don't waste your time looking for a better way to teach history to your kids. Buy it today!"

Here is the Amazon link for both the ebook and paperback:

@SueBadeau #Devotional "Clean Heart, Renewed Joy: A Six-Week Journey Through Psalm 51" is NOW an Amazon Kindle Unlimited Deal!

Sue Badeau's Devotional "Clean Heart, Renewed Joy: A Six-Week Journey Through Psalm 51" is now an Amazon Kindle Unlimited Deal!

Sue would like to know: " Does Psalm 51 stir your soul? Do you long for the “clean heart” and “renewed joy” promised in these familiar verses?"

You can read a sample of one of the Devotionals right here on the HHP blog: Give 'Day 17' a read from Sue Badeau@SueBadeau #Devotional 'Clean Heart,Renewed Joy'! #Inspirational

Feel free to leave a comment here on the blogpost,use the Contact Form on the HHP blog sidebar, or connect with directly on her website: She would love your input and to hear your opinion!

Sue's Devotional is available in both ebook and paperback:

This Psalm contains a perfect and complete framework, divided into six themes, for the Christian walk of continual renewal, growth and purpose. This six-week devotional is a perfect guide when you are ready to embark on a season of reflection and renewal. Begin expectantly and come away refreshed and re-invigorated with a renewed sense of joy and purpose!

" In Clean Heart, Renewed Joy you will experience the reality of God's redeeming grace. Sue Badeau beautifully illuminates the message of hope and light which God extends to all of us, his children." ~Sarah Meece, Speaker and Author, A Dose of Hope

Hector and Sue Badeau are an amazing couple who built a family of 22 kids and along the way, developed expertise in child welfare and caring for those with significant disabilities and challenges. Her experiences with children provide the rich source material, giving her unique insights and meaningful applications for God’s word in scripture, including those featured in this book.

Sue is also the author of a memoir about her family’s adoption journey, “Are We There Yet? The Ultimate Road Trip Adopting & Raising 22 Kids,” several short works of fiction featuring adoption, foster care and adoption themes in the Sweetland, Loonstone Lake and Christmases Past series published by Helping Hands Press and numerous other articles and training materials.

Learn more about Sue’s speaking and writing ministry at
And about the Badeau family at www.,