Sunday, September 25, 2022

Charlie and the Tire Swing by Diann Floyd Boehm


About the Book


Charlie and the Tire Swing is a beautiful intergenerational story told from the perspective of Charlie and his Grandpa Jack. Over a cup of hot chocolate, Charlie's grandfather tells the story of how he planted an acorn with his own grandfather, Charlie's Great-Great Grandpa George, and how he tenderly cared for it and watched it grow, from one season to the next. He shares that over the years, as the acorn grew into a mighty oak tree, how each generation enjoyed the shade of the tree, climbing it, reading under it, and gathering together as a family around it. It's a story of growing strong family ties, of sharing stories from generation to generation, and of appreciating nature, and the simple things in life, like swinging on a tire swing.


About the Author


Diann Floyd Boehm is an award-winning, international author, community volunteer, humanitarian, and former classroom teacher. She is passionate about storytelling and has nine published books for children and one young adult historical fiction. In addition, Diann is a co-host for four shows on USA Global TV, including The Corner Book Store. Diann is married, a mother of three, and has one grandchild. Diann loves to inspire readers of all ages to “Embrace Imagination!” You can learn more about the author and her books at or 





“Thank you, Diann Floyd Boehm and Charlie’s Tire Swing, for giving me the opportunity to relive my childhood wonder at the miracle of nurturing growth and my childhood memories of carefree summer days spent on my own tire swing.  A sweet intergenerational story.” Lana Shupe, author, The Lonely Little Lighthouse


“A beautiful, whimsical story about the love and wisdom that generations bestow upon each other. The essence of this story will shift young hearts and minds towards beauty in all aspects of human existence and life.” Rhonda Paver, owner/executive director, Stepping Stones School





Friday, September 23, 2022

Little Church on the Prairie and Vlog 20

 Hello my Friends,

I made some changes to my videos. Most notably, I have changed the name from "Homesteading" to "Little Church on the Prairie". A few reasons for this is I feel that homesteading is so out of our league right now with all the work we are doing in renovations. Although I would love to have TONS of animals and the farm life, I find myself totally dedicated to saving the church and other historical properties in the community. 

Thus I think "Little Church on the Prairie" is a far more accurate description. However, I still plan to show lots of survival tips, and our blunders, of living in such a hostile environment. I also would like to show more of how we get resources while being so remote. For the first little while I relied heavily on Amazon Prime. Now I find that I am naturally adjusting, not only my materialistic priorities, but also I am learning to make my own products, salvage by reusing and repurposing, and sharing with others in the community. 

In Vlog 20 I really start to realize how nature balances itself out.

One of the things I was most surprised about was how many cats are here. In the City I participated in TNR (Trap Neuter Release Programs) as a form of humane animal control. When I asked our City Works person if there was anything like that here she looked at me like I had three heads. I see now that we need all the wild cats we can get with all the grain fields and crops that cats protect from rodents. 

Many of the cats I saw last fall are no longer around and a new generation has come. This was difficult for me as I had always viewed cats as members of the family. Now I have to distinguish between the family cats and the cats that are part of nature and wild life. 

Enjoy Vlog 20 

Friday, September 9, 2022

Moral Fibre by Helena P. Schrader


Moral Fibre

Riding the icy, moonlit sky—

They took the war to Hitler.

Their chances of survival were less than fifty percent.

Their average age was 21.

This is the story of just one bomber pilot, his crew, and the woman he loved.

It is intended as a tribute to them all.


Flying Officer Kit Moran has earned his pilot’s wings, but the greatest challenges still lie ahead: crewing up and returning to operations. Things aren’t made easier by the fact that while still a flight engineer, he was posted LMF (Lacking in Moral Fibre) for refusing to fly after a raid on Berlin that killed his best friend and skipper. Nor does it help that he is in love with his dead friend’s fiancĂ©, but she is not yet ready to become romantically involved again.


Publisher: Cross Sea Press

ISBN-10: 1735313993

ISBN-13: 978-1735313993

Print Length: 436 pages


Find out more information about the book on GoodReads or on the author’s website.


About the Author


Helena P. Schrader is an established aviation author and expert on the Second World War. She earned a PhD in History (cum Laude) from the University of Hamburg with a ground-breaking dissertation on a leading member of the German Resistance to Hitler. Her non-fiction publications include Sisters in Arms: The Women who Flew in WWII, The Blockade Breakers: The Berlin Airlift, and Codename Valkyrie: General Friederich Olbricht and the Plot against Hitler. In addition, Helena has published eighteen historical novels and won numerous literary awards. Her novel on the Battle of Britain, Where Eagles Never Flew won the Hemingway Award for 20th Century Wartime Fiction and a Maincrest Media Award for Historical Fiction. RAF Battle of Britain ace Wing Commander Bob Doe called it "the best book" he had ever seen about the battle. Traitors for the Sake of Humanity is a finalist for the Foreword INDIES awards. Grounded Eagles and Moral Fibre have both garnered excellent reviews from acclaimed review sites such as Kirkus, Blue Ink, Foreword Clarion, Feathered Quill, and Chantileer Books.


You can follow her author website for updates and her aviation history blog.


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