Wanda Reu pens story of acceptance, respect between English family, Arabian servant

DONNELLSON, Iowa - From the wetlands of Louisiana to the hot sands of Saudi Arabia, author Wanda Reu's new historical novel places readers "Between Two Worlds" (published by AuthorHouse).

Reu's fascination with Louisiana's culture and people began when her uncle brought back stories of living in the southern state. Now, Reu uses this interest in Louisiana's rich culture to create a fictional story about two families - worlds apart - whose lives are equally changed by each other's influences.

"I chose to write this book to reveal my concern about the complex, ever-existing problems that are part of our world scene today," Reu says. "I hope some fresh ideas are revealed that will challenge us to strive to do what we can to change our global situation."

In "Between Two Worlds," Bowregard Le Faye - a resident of the Lake Charles La Blue estate in Louisiana - meets his future wife Catherine after she decides to leave "boring old England" and seek adventure and success in New Orleans. Upon settling down in a house, the Le Fayes give birth to a son, James. James is introduced to one of the house servants - a young Arabian man named Abu - who teaches James about the culture, traditions and lifestyle of his native land.

As the two learn from each other, an unbreakable bond is created that fosters both young men's respect for their differences, ultimately inspiring James to one day live in Arabia himself.

"Between Two Worlds"

By Wanda Reu

Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 578 pages | ISBN 9781496961648

Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 578 pages | ISBN 9781496961631

E-Book | 578 pages | ISBN 9781496961624

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Wanda Reu was born and raised in Midwestern America. She grew up in a rural area, and her father was a tiller of the land and a guardian of the animals that helped provide income for his family. By the time Reu reached the sixth and seventh grades, it was nothing for her to read 100 books each winter. As an adult, she wondered what it would be like to write her own books. She loves historical dramas, mysteries, humorous stories and stories of faith. She also enjoys reading children's stories and has written a number of children's books. In the years since her retirement, she has enjoyed writing all sorts of stories and poetry.

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Le Claire is excited to welcome Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and Antique Archeology to the area. The team will film episodes of their hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout Iowa. Filming will begin next month.

AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique 'picking' on History. This hit show follows two of the most skilled pickers in the business, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they embark on an epic road trip across the U.S. in search of America's most valuable antiques from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia. Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle America, restore forgotten relics to their former glory, and learn a thing or two about American history along the way.

Filming is scheduled to start next month.  AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore what you may have. They are on the hunt for interesting characters with interesting and unique items.  Some of what they look for: vintage bicycles, toys, unusual radios, movie memorabilia, advertising, military items, folk art, vintage musical equipment, vintage automotive items, early firefighting equipment, vintage clothing, pre-50's western gear.

AMERICAN PICKERS is produced by Cineflix Productions for History. New episodes air Wednesdays at 9pm ET on History.

If you have a large collection or want to refer someone to Mike and Frank, email: your name, number, address and description of the collection and photos to: americanpickers@cineflix.com , or call 1-855-old-rust.

Birds teach gardener lessons in 'Bird Lady Meets Mort and Ort in "It's a Great Day for Pulling Weeds"'

LAKE CARROLL, Ill. - Author and registered nurse Janet E. Golden, writing under the pen name Gramma Golden, launched a new marketing campaign for her children's book "Bird Lady Meets Mort and Ort in 'It's a Great Day for Pulling Weeds'" (published by AuthorHouse) this year with an online radio interview about her book, which can be found online at www.toginet.com/podcasts/authortalk.

Golden shares an educational message through a whimsical story about talking birds who teach a gardener to correct her irresponsible gardening habits.

As a result of reading numerous articles and reports about the drastic loss of vital pollinators and their habitats in magazines, journals and the news media, Golden's desire is to teach the younger generation to become responsible gardeners.

"I have noticed changes in our own gardens with a decrease in butterflies, bees and blooms in the past few years," Golden says. "I want my readers to help Bird Lady in her effort to help nature and our environment survive by making changes to their practices."

Mort and Ort Aahkamort are unusually attractive and vividly colored birds who visit Bird Lady's garden. Throughout the story, Mort and Ort teach Bird Lady to recognize her careless gardening practices. The lessons Bird Lady gets from Mort and Ort help her make changes in her garden so that nature may thrive.

"Children are naturally drawn to their surroundings - they are curious and love chasing butterflies, birds, bugs and the like," Golden says. "It is vital to teach our youngsters now to become responsible in reversing our gardening practices and nurturing our environment so that wildlife can be sustained."

In attempting to reach more children and adults with her message, Golden has read her book to more than 1,700 elementary school children in the past year, a senior center gathering, Vacation Bible School attendees and as the guest author at a Young Authors Award Ceremony for children and their parents.

Golden writes blog posts in an effort to continue with her theme of educating readers, young and old, about various concerns regarding nature.  So far, a series of 12 blogs can be read on her website, www.grammagoldenbooks.com.

"Bird Lady Meets Mort and Ort in 'It's a Great Day for Pulling Weeds'"

By Gramma Golden

Softcover | 8.5 x 11 in | 38 pages | ISBN 9781491867709

E-Book | 38 pages | ISBN 9781491867716

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Gramma Golden is a registered nurse and healthcare educator. She strives to teach young readers to care for, and be responsible stewards of, the environment in which they live. She has written a monthly newspaper article for the past ten years on nature and preservation of natural habitats for the lake community in which she lives. She lives in northwestern Illinois with her husband.

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MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is pleased to introduce its 2015 WQPT/PBS Ambassadors, an elite volunteer corps made up of college students.


Entering its 11th year, the program provides college students with the opportunity to represent their local public television station at a variety of events throughout eastern Iowa and western Illinois.


"Our Ambassadors are an extension of the staff, and the leadership skills they acquire, as a direct result of their experiences as Ambassadors in the program, have helped them move on to jobs," said WQPT Special Projects Coordinator Bea Brasel. "This year, our Ambassadors will be focused on reaching farther out into our viewing area."


In 2013, the WQPT/PBS Ambassador program was honored nationally with the "Grassroots Advocacy Award" from the National Friends of Public Broadcasting. This year, two former Ambassadors received individual awards for their volunteer work for WQPT, as well.


The 2015 class of WQPT/PBS Ambassadors are:  Cody Hageman (Western Illinois University-QC), Iame Rea (University of Iowa), Kasey Fish (WIU-QC), Grace Brasel (Augustana College), Christopher Black (Black Hawk College); John McAfoos (WIU-QC), Rich Yerington (WIU-QC), Lauren Tague (Illinois State University), Kathryn Reed (Illinois State University), Remona Laing (St. Ambrose University), Nicolas Riojas (Augustana College); Alexandra Lenger (Iowa State University) and Katherine Williams (St. Ambrose University).


WQPT is the public media service of Western Illinois University.


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'Letters from Ralph' shows journey of soldier through collection of letters

ORANGE CITY, Iowa - World War II was a time when family and friends could only hear about the whereabouts and condition of their loved one overseas through letters. Authors Lee and Bonnie Meier have teamed up to preserve the letters and the legacy of one soldier with their new book, "Letters from Ralph: A Soldier Writes Home During World War II" (published by Lulu).

The book tells the story of a young soldier from Iowa through his own letters. Ralph writes home to his parents and brothers as he is experiencing the hardships of war. The letters show the young soldier's efforts to assure his family that he was okay. "Letters from Ralph" follows Ralph through his training through his time in the European theater, including D-Day.

The authors, who were taught by Ralph when he was a professor at Northwestern College, obtained the letters from his daughter shortly after his death. It was their goal to preserve the letters so that future generations could understand war in a time before cell phones and video messaging.

An excerpt from "Letters from Ralph":

"The men are all arguing about who is going to get out of the Army and who will have to stay in for a few more years. Personally I expect the worse and rather think I'll get a peek at Japan. I've seen enough foreign countries to suit me but I'd be a little too restless to settle down anyhow."


"Letters from Ralph"

By Lee and Bonnie Meier

Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 262 pages | ISBN 9781483418537

E-Book | 262 pages | ISBN 9781483418520


About the Author

Lee and Bonnie Meier are natives of Orange City, Iowa. Lee is a retired dentist, and Bonnie is a retired school superintendent.

No large-market station in Iowa earned more awards than KWQC-TV6 at the Iowa Broadcast News Association this past weekend.

The station earned the coveted Overall Excellence award, as well as first-place awards for Political Coverage, Best Investigative/In-depth (reporter Mark Stevens for "Flood Insurance Reform"), and Spot News Coverage ("Quad Cities Flash Flooding").

KWQC's Gary Metivier earned a second-place award for Overall Excellence in Anchoring.  The station's digital team took home second place for Overall Best Use of Media for its coverage of the 2014 Bix-7 road race.  KWQC also got second place in the Best Newscast category.

Third place wins for KWQC include News Photography (Mike Ortiz for "Frels Garden Railroad") and Farm and Agribusiness stories (Courtney Yuen and Randy Biery for "Calamus Harvest Hope").

"We work hard every day to bring the best, most complete news to all of our viewers who count on us every day," said KWQC-TV6 news director Rich Kurz.  "This is just another mark of our success in doing that, and it feels great to see our peers across the country recognize it."

Any station that broadcasts into Iowa is eligible for the IBNA awards.  KWQC-TV6 competes in the large market category against stations from Des Moines and the Waterloo/Cedar Rapids/Iowa City/Dubuque markets.

MOLINE, IL -- WQPT and Fourth Wall Films production of the documentary, "Letters Home to Hero Street," recently won two awards at the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival. The film won a gold award for People's Choice and a silver award in the Professional Documentary Long category.

"Letters Home to Hero Street" tells the story of Frank Sandoval, one of the eight Mexican-American soldiers who lived on 2nd Street in Silvis to die in World War II and Korea, through the letters he sent home during his training to the time he was killed in Burma.

"We are thrilled that audiences responded to Frank's story, which is a universal tale experienced by every soldier and his or her family," said Lora Adams, co-producer of the film. "WQPT is honored to work with Fourth Wall Films on this important project."

The film was supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

WQPT is a media outlet of Western Illinois University.


Keynote speaker, Bill Albracht, author of "Abandoned in Hell"

MOLINE, IL - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS, will hold a screening of the Academy Award- nominated documentary "Last Days in Vietnam: American Experience" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 12 at CityView Celebrations in Moline. The screening is open free to the public.

The film chronicles the final chaotic days of the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon. City after city and village after village fell to the North, while the few U.S. diplomats and military operatives still in the country contemplated withdrawal. With the lives of thousands of Vietnamese hanging in the balance, those in control faced an impossible choice - who would go and who would be left behind to face brutality, imprisonment and even death. Directed by Rory Kenney the film marks the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon.

Following the film William Albracht, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran and author of "Abandoned in Hell: The Fight for Vietnam's Fire Base Kate," will discuss his experiences. Albrecht, who is a retired secret service agent, had a White House career spanning 25 years, in which he served on the protection details of four American Presidents and of numerous foreign dignitaries. Following his retirement, Albracht managed executive security operations for the Ford Motor Company before returning to the Quad Cities to open a security consulting business.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University.


MOLINE, IL -- WQPT can now be seen in full high definition (HD) on DirecTV. The change has been one year in the making and was started at the request of many DirecTV viewers.

In order to satisfy the requests for WQPT's main channel in HD, the station was required to trade in the standard definition (SD) carriage of both WQPT and our secondary channel, MHz Worldview.

"It takes more band width to broadcast in high definition," said WQPT General Manager Mary Pruess. "Therefore, our SD carriage of both WQPT and MHz Worldview were traded in order to accommodate the change to HD."

DirecTV viewers can still see MHz Worldview on DirecTV channel 2183 (with the appropriate equipment), or it remains free, over the air, anytime on WQPT-2 (24.2). Over-the-air and Mediacom viewers are not affected by this change.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University.



DALLAS, Texas–Constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead will appear on a special broadcast of "Glenn Beck Live" on April 9, 2015, to debut his forthcoming book Battlefield America: The War on the American People (due out on April 14) and discuss the constitutional crisis plaguing the nation. Whitehead, who serves as the president of The Rutherford Institute, will also be discussing some of the cases the Institute has handled in recent years which reflect the growing tension over the government's refusal to respect the rights of the citizenry and abide by the rule of law.

In Battlefield America: The War on the American People, (the follow-up to his award-winning book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State), Whitehead paints a terrifying portrait of a nation at war with itself and which is on the verge of undermining the basic freedoms guaranteed to the citizenry in the Constitution. Making the case that the government's policies are dictated more by paranoia, power and control than need, Whitehead warns that it doesn't really matter whether it's a Democrat or a Republican at the helm, because the bureaucratic mindset on both sides of the aisle now seems to embody the same philosophy that has become the driving force behind the American police state.

"The outlook for civil liberties grows bleaker by the day, from the government's embrace of indefinite detention for US citizens and armed surveillance drones flying overhead to warrantless surveillance of phone, email and Internet communications, and prosecutions of government whistle-blowers," writes Whitehead. "The homeland is ruled by a police-industrial complex, an extension of the American military empire. Everything that our founding fathers warned against is now the new norm. The government has trained its sights on the American people. We have become the enemy."

The shocking abuses of power revealed in Battlefield America have rendered Americans:

  • Helpless in the face of militarized police (SWAT team raids, police shootings, roadside strip searches, asset forfeiture, 1033 programs) and routine invasions of privacy
  • Vulnerable to government surveillance (Stingray devices, fusion centers, USA Patriot Act)
  • Defenseless against absurd laws that have them arrested for letting their kids play at a park unsupervised, collecting rainwater and snow runoff on their own property, and growing vegetables in their yard (overcriminalization, National Defense Authorization Act, private prisons)

No matter how dire the outlook appears, Whitehead insists that all is not lost. The freedoms which Americans often take for granted were hard won through the sheer determination, suffering and sacrifice of thousands of patriotic Americans who not only believed in the cause of liberty but also acted on that belief. American colonists suffered under Great Britain's version of an early police state, with armed soldiers crashing through doors to arrest and imprison citizens merely for criticizing government officials. They too were watched all the time, and were stopped and frisked if they appeared even a little bit suspicious. It was only when the colonists finally got fed up with being silenced, censored, searched, frisked, threatened, and arrested that they finally revolted against the tyrant's fetters. Battlefield America is drawing praise on all fronts from presidential contender Ron Paul (who also wrote the introduction), Judge Andrew Napolitano, former ACLU president Nadine Strossen and syndicated columnists Paul Craig Roberts, Lew Rockwell and Nat Hentoff.

This press release is also available at www.rutherford.org.