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‘Without Mama’ shows the indomitable spirit of four young girls PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 November 2013 14:08

Author Joan Engelhardt Nielsen has crafted an immensely emotional tale of love and sisterhood

PRESTON, Iowa– A common issue in the world today is the huge population of orphaned children. From countries like Cambodia to the USA millions of orphaned children suffer and die due to starvation and exploitation. These children are left to fend for themselves in a cold uncaring world without guidance or support of any kind. In “Without Mama’” author Joan Engelhardt Nielsen has written a touching story of four sisters who were orphaned at a very young age and survived despite the harsh realities of life.

“Without Mama” is a true story of survival. It depicts how Helen and her sisters are abandoned by their alcoholic father after their mother’s death. Without guidance of either parent, during their childhood they are physically alone, hungry, and needing affection. Geraldyne, 12, is in a wheelchair. Thelma, 9, wants the sisters to always be together. Helen is a mystified five year old who does not understand death, nor what Christmas is all about. Ethel, the baby, is 8 weeks old. This sad yet inspiring story shows the sheer courage it took for these four young girls to live life without parents and the immense effort it took to keep a family together.

This book is based on the true to life story of Helen who was interviewed by the author in her capacity as a nurse. The story is all true and is an accurate depiction of Helen Hunter and her sisters struggle to go on in life. “Without Mama” is a true testament to the strength of the human spirit

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About the Author

Joan Engelhardt Nielsen is a free lance writer and has loved writing since she was a small child. She has done feature articles for newspapers, short stories for a variety of publications, and has written several poems. Working as a nurse she, cared for Helen, who shared her life story with Joan. As she cared for Helen, Joan learned how vibrant and determined Helen was. Some of the obstacles Helen endured were similar to Joan’s experiences. Joan has been a type 1 diabetic for 58 years. Like Helen, she had severe problems with her legs and feet.


Without Mama* by Joan Engelhardt Nielsen

Publication Date: October 14, 2011

Trade Paperback; $19.99; 140 pages; 978-1-4653-5281-1

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Written by Lora Adams   
Friday, 15 November 2013 12:07

MOLINE, IL – WQPT, Quad Cities PBS will be off of the air from approximately 1-4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 for repairs to the tower equipment in Orion. These repairs will stabilize WQPT’s transmission signal, which will reduce the number of intermittent outages viewers may experience, especially during inclement weather.

“We appreciate our viewers’ patience as we work to improve our broadcast signal,” said General Manager Mary Pruess.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline.

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Public is invited to Friends of the LeClaire Community Library Endowment Reception PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 November 2013 16:51
The Friends of the LeClaire Community Library is an hosting ENDOWMENT RECEPTION for the Green Tree Library Fund,
A special endowment planted for the long-term benefit of the library and our community
Thursday, November 21st
6:00-8:00 P.M.
The Black Watch Room at Pebble Creek
3851 Forest Grove Drive
LeClaire, Iowa
Enjoy live music, hors d’oeuvres and tastings from Wide River Winery and Mississippi River Distilling Company
RSVP Encouraged by November 18th
to 563-505-6703 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Walk-Ins Welcome
Hosted by the Friends of the LeClaire Community Library

New Industrial Hemp Documentary Sparks Action on Farming Legalization and Policy Reform PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 November 2013 12:52

“Bringing It Home” to screen in Davenport

November 5, 2013 — Davenport, Iowa — Legislative victories in Kentucky, Colorado and Washington have sparked national media awareness and conversation about industrial hemp. But what’s preventing the U.S. from joining other industrialized nations that grow this crop?

A screening of “Bringing It Home” will be hosted by Iowa Hemp for Victory on November 16, 2013, at Bucktown Center for the Arts in Davenport. The screening will also include a Q&A Session, complimentary hemp food and drink samples, and an informative Iowa hemp history display exhibit.

More industrial hemp fiber, seed and oil is exported to the U.S. than to any other country and American consumers are purchasing over $450 million in hemp products annually. The hour-long documentary Bringing It Home explores the question of why a crop with so many widespread benefits cannot be farmed in the United States by exploring its history, industries and current farming legalization efforts.

Filmmakers Linda Booker and Blaire Johnson were inspired by environmentally-conscious home designer Anthony Brenner’s story to find the healthiest building material available to build a safe indoor environment for his young daughter Bailey, who has a sensitivity to synthetic chemicals.

Brenner received national media attention when he and Hemp Technologies completed “America’s First Hemp House” for the former mayor of Asheville, North Carolina. Booker and Johnson tell the story of hemp through animation, archival images and footage they filmed with hemp business leaders and entrepreneurs like Brenner in England, Spain, Washington D.C., California and North Carolina.

In the first few months of 2013, eighteen states introduced industrial hemp legislation. “We made Bringing It Home with the intention of reaching a broad spectrum of viewers – from policy makers and civic groups, to farmers and health advocates, from consumers to the construction industry –with the same strategic message about how hemp offers solutions and hope,” says filmmaker Linda Booker.

The documentary aims to magnify dialogue and legislative action about hemp in order to facilitate America’s transition to a more informed, sustainable, and healthy future.

The screening of “Bringing It Home” in Davenport is part of a national grassroots screening tour of the film across the country, which began with the film’s premiere during Hemp History Week in June 2013, and will continue into 2014.

Iowa Hemp for Victory is hosting the film as part of its mission to raise awareness and promote the hemp industry in Iowa, which once housed eleven hemp processing mills during the Federal Government’s “Hemp for Victory” program.

Screening Date: November 16, 2013
Screening Time: 1:00 PM -3:00 PM
Screening Location: Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 E 2nd St, Davenport, Iowa 52801

This event is open to the public. Event Website:

Filmmaker, Linda Booker, is available for interviews and press inquiries. Please contact Ms. Booker at By the Brook Productions, for more information:

A. Robert Lee Publishes IMAGINARIUM: SIGHTINGS, GALLERIES, SIGHTLINES with 2Leaf Press PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 November 2013 15:57

2Leaf Press is pleased to announce the release of British poet A.Robert Lee’s fourth poetry collection, IMAGINARIUM: SIGHTINGS, GALLERIES, SIGHTLINES.

New York, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/05/2013 -- IMAGINARIUM: SIGHTINGS, GALLERIES, SIGHTLINES is A. Robert Lee’s latest collection of poetry published by 2Leaf Press.

IMAGINARIUM explores the “Sightings,” Galleries” and “Sightlines” of one’s imagination. The term “imaginarium” refers to a “place” devoted to stimulating and cultivating the imagination, towards scientific, artistic, commercial, recreational, or a spiritual end. In this collection, Lee explores two connecting keynotes: imagination and sight that explores the way we go about imagining as much as seeing reality.

Lee goes about this using an ekphrastic approach by commemorating a dozen or so celebrated visual artists and their works, among them J.M.W. Turner and Frida Kahlo. He extends the usual meaning of the term to include vantage-points like a French archeological cave, and then expertly frames a run of personal encounters within the heights and widths of buildings and landscapes.

Early reviews for IMAGINARIUM are promising. Anne Waldman, the author of more than 40 collections of poetry and poetics, says: “A voyage with the ever present panoramic A. Robert Lee-- poet, cultural historian, critical writer. This collection is a cartography, a call and response, a resonance and a celebration of "meticulous horizontals", "Einsteinian screams" and other luscious optics and beloved poetries. I appreciate the close reading, scholarship, and delight of these imaginariums.”

A. Robert Lee is a retired English Professor who has taught in Japan, the U.K. and the U.S. Internationally-known for both his academic works in multicultural literature. IMAGINARIUM is his fourth book of poetry. British-born, he currently lives in Murcia, Spain.

One part biographical and one part historical re-imagining, IMAGINARIUM: SIGHTINGS, GALLERIES, SIGHTLINES is a delightful yet informative collection that invites readers into a two-way exchange, imagination as seeing, seeing as imagination.

IMAGINARIUM: SIGHTINGS, GALLERIES, SIGHTLINES is available in paperback on for $16.99 and other online outlets. An eBook edition will be available in January 2014.

2LEAF PRESS publishes grassroots writers who are injecting new blood into the contemporary literary scene. We have a growing reputation for producing quality work in a wide variety of genres by ethnically and racially diverse authors. 2LEAF PRESS is an imprint of the Intercultural Alliance of Artists & Scholars, Inc. (IAAS), a New York-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes multicultural literature and literacy.

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