The Book Worm

Nancy & Kathy

Nancy & Kathy

The Book Worm is taking some time off to concentrate on getting more books ready for publication. Keep checking back with us for further details.

Kathy Williams   The Book Worm

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Rose's Ramblings

Rose’s Ramblings

“Rose’s Ramblings” by A.D. Rose can be found at the Amazon.com bookstore.  Get your collector’s edition today!

As with anything you try to rush through, there will be mistakes made.  Such is the case with “Rose’s Ramblings”.  I’ve just finished going through the entire book and found only a few typos.  Those have now been fixed.  However, there were a couple of really big mistakes made.

When my sister and I were putting this book together, we went through all the stories and poems from folders that our dad had filed them in so many years ago.  In one folder was a poem called “Him by Clem”.  It didn’t sound like something our father would write, but it was in the folder along with all the other poems, so we assumed he had written it, and so, we included it in the book.  There was also a poem written in Spanish, which my sister had a friend of hers translate into English.  We should have asked our dad about these poems, and we intended to, but in all the hustle and bustle of getting the book finished in time for Christmas, we never did ask him.  Once my father had a chance to read the book he told us that we had done a really good job, but he said he wished we hadn’t included those two poems.  He said he didn’t write either one of them.

Apparently when he was a young man, he would write poetry at work when there were no orders to fill.  He wrote poems about the people he worked with.  One of those people got him back by writing “Him by Clem”. As it turned out, that was a joke poem.  That poem and the Spanish poem have now been removed.  The revised edition of the book will soon take the place of the first edition, and only those who purchased the first edition will have the collector’s edition.

Kathy Williams  The Book Worm

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Thank You!

Autographs

Autographs

A big thank you to my husband, Blair for bringing my dad’s book to the attention of our local newspaper. Also a big thanks to Mary Jean Porter who did this write-up on my dad’s book, “Rose’s Ramblings”.

Kathy Williams  The Book Worm

http://www.chieftain.com/entertainment/books/3270829-120/book-rose-baublits-blea

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Where Was I?

My birthday party

My birthday party

Yesterday was my 64th birthday and it was a truly awesome day!  We celebrated with lunch at my parent’s house.  My sister, Carmela, fixed my favorite foods; hamburgers and French fries with German chocolate cake for dessert.  Everyone sang happy birthday, and I blew out the one candle that was on the cake.  Carmela said she didn’t want to risk a house fire by putting on any more.  :)

Memories flood my mind now of long ago celebrations.  That was the year my brother, Bobby gave me a red onion and Nancy gave me a sweet potato because I really liked both of those foods.  Later, my mom cooked them to go with our supper.  I also remember thinking that every time my mom baked a cake it was somebody’s birthday.  She finally got it through my thick skull that not every cake was a birthday cake, so I began calling them all UNbirthday cakes.

Looking even further back to when I was just a little bitty thing, I remember hearing my parents tell stories about Bob and Nancy when they were my size.  There was never a mention of me in those stories which left me asking the question, “Where was I?”  I was always disappointed to learn that I hadn’t been born yet and because of that I missed out on some fun family times.

In succeeding years, many other memories were made that included me as the center of attention.  That’s right where I wanted to be….then.  Now at family get-togethers, those memories are stuck with me for good and I can’t get any of the family to forget them!

Kathy Williams  The Book Worm

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Rambling Roses

On a Road Trip

On a Road Trip

Rambling Roses…that’s what we called ourselves whenever we would go on a long trip somewhere. My mom and dad sitting in the front seat would start singing songs and Bob, Nancy, and I would join in. We knew a lot of songs, probably because my folks tuned in the TV to “Sing Along with Mitch” every week. We sang until our voices gave out. I loved those road trips! I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket, but I don’t remember anyone in the family ever complaining about it.

We were a pretty normal family. Our mom stayed home to take care of us kids, while my dad went off to work at the newspaper office every day. Mommy cooked and cleaned, refereed our childish squabbles, and made us take naps every afternoon. She took care of us when we were sick, and took us shopping with her when she went to run errands. But on the weekends when Daddy was home, we were always hanging on him, listening to everything he said as he told us stories. I remember staying very close when he was peeling an orange. He would always share the juicy sections with us. I didn’t really like oranges all that much, but it was such fun to watch him peel them.

In the evenings the whole family would gather around the table for supper and after saying the blessing, Mom & Dad would begin helping our plates. I was pretty picky about how my plate was helped. I had a thing about one food group touching another one on my plate. I was told repeatedly that it didn’t matter since it was all going to the same place anyway. I didn’t care. I did not want them together in my mouth.

Yes, we were a very normal family except for one thing. Our father could tell the best stories ever!  When it came time to put a title on this book, Daddy thought back to the old days and those long-ago road trips, and came up with “Rose’s Ramblings.”  Just like the poems and stories inside, I thought it was perfect.

Kathy Williams   The Book Worm

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Shhh…Daddy is Sleeping!

Daddy Working

Daddy Working

Shhh…Daddy is sleeping!

 My dad has a problem sleeping at night, so when the house is quiet, the lights are turned off and everyone else has gone to bed; he sits alone at his computer and writes.  A writer needs his quiet time to sit and contemplate life, and the world around him in order to adequately express his thoughts and feelings on paper.

This does cause some concern among family members though.

We’re often told when we go to visit, that Daddy didn’t sleep the night before; we are cautioned to be quiet because he’s sleeping now.  So we sit and quietly chat with Mom.

Sitting here trying to write this short blog, I can understand why my father prefers to give up sleeping at bedtime in favor of writing in the quiet of the night.  It’s very easy to get distracted during the day with telephone calls, other chores that need to be done, the TV going, meals being prepared, and dogs demanding attention or a tidbit.

Once I thought, “awww…poor Daddy has insomnia,” I now see as something very different.  Now I think, “Daddy, you crafty, sly old fox, you!”  It really is true that wisdom comes with age.  I wonder how old I have to be before I become as smart as my father!

Kathy Williams  The Book Worm

 

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Free Samples and Hair

Hair

Hair

I had my hair cut recently, for the first time in many years. My hair was just about down to my waist when I walked in there, but by the time I walked out, it barely covered my ears. While I was in the chair having my hair cut, I thought of the poem my father wrote on the subject of his hair. I thought I would share that poem with you today, because everyone likes a free sample. This poem, and many others can be found in his book, “Rose’s Ramblings”.

 

Kathy Williams   The Book Worm

 

Hair
by A.D. Rose

I have a few gray hairs, and I
Am thankful to have that many.
For if away they all should fly,
Then hair I’d have not any.

I have a few gray hairs, that’s all;
I’m thankful, even so,
For if the few gray ones should fall,
Then hair I’d have no mo’.

Gray hairs I have a few, that’s all;
I’m thankful for the lot,
I hope the gray ones never fall;
They’re all the hair I’ve got.

One’s hairs are numbered, I have read
In holy scripture true;
I hope the counting on my head
Was when my hair was new.

I hope when I have gone up there;
Up there where Jesus lives,
That I will find my long-lost hair
With gifts that Heaven gives.

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