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Be the Fountain

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            Fountains attract people. Water sprays upward, falling gently in eye-catching splendor. Bubbling fountains gurgle soft whispers, soothing one’s very soul.

Fountains renew and refresh, even heal. Spend time at the heart of a fountain. Depart rejuvenated.

The Heartland Fountain anthology project is offering a free class on June 6, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. This class is open to those who wish to have their writing considered for inclusion in our second volume of Oklahoma: The Fountain of the Heartland. The presentation will be held at the Clubhouse at Hunter’s Creek located at 1000 Villas Creek Drive in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Come learn how to “Be the Fountain.”

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 DIRECTIONS:

Go north on Kelly Avenue from downtown Edmond.  Just before arriving at the intersection of Kelly Avenue and Coffee Creek Road, you will notice, on the west side of Kelly, an entrance into the residential community of Villas at Hunter’s Creek.  That street turning in is Villas Creek Drive.  As you go through the gates, you will see the Clubhouse directly ahead, next to the swimming pool.  (Note:  On the east side of Kelly Avenue, directly across from the entrance to Villas at Hunter’s Creek, you will notice the Coffee Creek Golf Club.)

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Cheryl Capps Roach, author and artist

Cheryl Capps Roach, author and artist

The Pioneer Woman Museum in Ponca City was the scene last Saturday of our third and final series of presentations on Oklahoma women. During this spring series, the Museum graciously hosted three presentations by Heartland Fountain, LLC and special guest speakers.

Saturday’s program, Lessons from the Heartland: Spotlight on Women, featured noted genealogist and author, Cheryl Capps Roach, and Heartland Fountain LLC’s chair and author, Donna Le. The audience of fifteen represented several different states.

Cheryl spoke about her family history, particularly her grandparents (Glen and Bertha Beatty) who moved from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma during the oil boom. In 1929, Cheryl’s grandfather died working in a Drumright oil field the week before the stock market crashed. After the crash, Bertha learned the crash had wiped out all of the money they deposited in the bank. Cheryl wisely observed that we learn from those who don’t necessarily have charmed lives, but rather are survivors – like her grandmother.

Cheryl’s award-winning story about her grandmother, “An Ordinary Person in an Extraordinary Time,” won first place in the 2011 Story Writing contest sponsored by the Oklahoma Genealogical Society. Another of her excellent stories is “Searching for My Grandfathers: From the North Seas to the Oklahoma Oil Pools.”

Portrait by Cheryl Capps Roach (Cheryl on left, Donna Le on right)

Portrait by Cheryl Capps Roach (Cheryl on left, Donna Le on right)

For most of us, it came as a wonderful surprise to learn just how talented Cheryl is artistically. While searching her family’s genealogy, she came across an old black and white photograph taken of her grandmother on her wedding day. Cheryl decided to do the above portrait from the photograph. We think you’ll agree it is stunning.

Donna Le, author and chair of Heartland Fountain, LLC

Donna Le, author and chair of Heartland Fountain, LLC

Continuing the theme of wisdom learned from others, author Donna Le spoke about numerous Oklahoma women, reviewing their published non-fiction and fiction works. She encouraged attendees to daily strive to improve their lives, moving forward with endurance.

Reading from Robert Fulgham‘s 1990 book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Donna shared his list of some of the things he learned in the sandpile at Sunday School.

Donna reminded us of the statue erected in front of the Pioneer Woman Museum. Erected in 1930, it depicts a confident, dignified pioneer woman and her young son striding forward, into new and strange lands, ready to begin a new life. Hopefully, a better life.

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Independent Landman at Gloria Belair, CPL

Independent Landman at Gloria Belair, CPL

P.S. Throughout our spring series, J.W. Cobbs Restaurant in Ponca City provided their famously-delicious pies. Thought you would appreciate the enjoyment we had from the pies as expressed by one of Oklahoma’s noted oil and gas landmen – Gloria Belair!

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Heartland Fountain, LLC and special guest, Cheryl Capps Roach, will be at the Pioneer Woman Museum in Ponca City, Oklahoma, on Saturday, June 21st.  We will present a program, “Lessons from the Heartland: Spotlight on Women,” from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. If you reside in or near Ponca City, we hope you will be with us for this special event.

Cheryl Capps Roach, Genealogist

Cheryl Capps Roach, Genealogist

Cheryl is a well-known genealogist, and author of Searching for My Grandfathers: From the North Seas to the Oklahoma Oil Pools. You can visit her webpage on GenealogyWise website.

If you have never visited the Pioneer Woman Museum, this will also be an opportunity for you to enjoy the outstanding facility and its myriad historical collections highlighting Oklahomans.

Heartland Fountain, LLC, cordially invites you to be with us in Ponca City on June 21st to enjoy the special presentations, along with delicious pies from J.W. Cobbs Restaurant.

Hope to see you there ….

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Oklahoma Pioneer Woman Museum

Oklahoma Pioneer Woman Museum

The Pioneer Woman Museum in Ponca City, Oklahoma, hosted Heartland Fountain, LLC and Sandra Tharp-Thee on Saturday, 17 May.

The second in a series of three conferences sponsored by Heartland Fountain, this event centered around celebrating and creating history.

We were honored to have many people from north-central Oklahoma in attendance, including Oklahoma Poet, Vera Long, and representatives from the Pawnee Nation College and Oklahoma State University.

 

Donna Le, Chair of Heartland Fountain LLC, speaking about remarkable women in Oklahoma.

Donna Le, Chair of Heartland Fountain LLC, speaking about remarkable women in Oklahoma.

Our special guest speaker was Sandra Tharp-Thee, nationally- and internationally-recognized Director of the Ioway Tribe of Oklahoma Library.

Sandra Tharp-Thee, Director, Ioway Tribe of Oklahoma Library

Sandra Tharp-Thee, Director, Ioway Tribe of Oklahoma Library

Sandra is also an author of poetry, short stories, songs, and children’s picture books. Her latest works were included in the 2013 anthology, Oklahoma: The Fountain of the Heartland.

Sandra Tharp-Thee at OK Pioneer Woman Museum

Sandra Tharp-Thee at OK Pioneer Woman Museum

Buffalo Educational Display, Ioway Tribe of Oklahoma

Buffalo Educational Display, Ioway Tribe of Oklahoma

Education Display, Ioway Tribe of Oklahoma

Education Display, Ioway Tribe of Oklahoma

The third, and final, Heartland Fountain event at the museum will be held on Saturday, 21 June. Our speaker that day will be noted author and genealogy researcher, Cheryl Capps Roach. Complete details about the 21 June event will be posted here shortly.

Pioneer Woman statue, Oklahoma Pioneer Woman Museum

Pioneer Woman statue, Oklahoma Pioneer Woman Museum

 

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Heartland Fountain, LLC and guest, Sandra K. Tharp-Thee, will be at the Pioneer Woman Museum in Ponca City, Oklahoma, on Saturday, May 17th.  We will present a program, “Celebrating and Creating History,” from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. If you reside in or near Ponca City, we hope you will be with us for this special event. Sandra Tharp-Thee, Library Director for the Ioway Tribe of Oklahoma, will speak about her professional and personal life.

Sandra Tharp-Thee

Sandra Tharp-Thee

Those of you who are acquainted with Sandy are aware that her work has gained the attention not only of other Oklahoma nations/tribes and the State of Oklahoma, but national and international organizations as well.

If you have never visited the Pioneer Woman Museum, this will also be an opportunity for you to enjoy the outstanding facility and its myriad historical collections highlighting Oklahomans.

Heartland Fountain, LLC, cordially invites, and encourages, you to be with us in Ponca City on May 17th.

Hope to see you there ….

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Donna Le, Chairman, Heartland Fountain LLC

Donna Le, Chairman, Heartland Fountain LLC

Donna Le, Sherry Blaylock (writing as S.L. Winchester), Michael W. Hinkle, and vehoae of Heartland Fountain, LLC, presented “Make Women’s History Month Count: How to Honor the Women in Our Lives” at Pioneer Woman Museum in Ponca City, Oklahoma, on April 5, 2014.

Future presentations are scheduled for Pioneer Woman Museum on May 17, 2014, “Celebrating History-Creating History” and June 21, 2014, “Lessons from the Heartland: Spotlight on Women.”

If you would like to schedule a presentation by Heartland Fountain members, please contact Donna Le at DKLE45@hotmail.com

 

 

S.L. Winchester, Heartland Fountain LLC

S.L. Winchester, Heartland Fountain LLC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Hinkle, Heartland Fountain LLC

Michael Hinkle, Heartland Fountain LLC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

vehoae, Heartland Fountain LLC

vehoae, Heartland Fountain LLC

 

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M. Carolyn Steele

In Edmond yesterday, several writers and genealogists were fortunate to attend a lecture by award-winning author, M. Carolyn Steele.  Attendees came from Perkins, Tulsa, Luther, and Edmond.  Carolyn is widely recognized for her work which ranges from commercial arts to writing short stories, books, genealogy research, and teaching.

Drawing on many years’ work and experiences, Carolyn published an excellent book in 2008, Preserving Family Legends for Future Generations.  It is a guide for writers and genealogists “… from the beginning steps of crafting a story through the final step of publishing …”  Two years later, the book took First Place for non-fiction during the 2010 Heartland New Day BookFest.

Copious notes were taken by everyone during Carolyn’s presentation yesterday; below are just a few of mine:

Mine story ideas from family legends.

Be meticulous in your research recordkeeping and in crediting your text sources.

Three important things to do when writing about an ancestor — research, research, research.   Utilize the inter-library loan program. Past events will help perfect your research skills.

Weave jewels of information into your stories to make them interesting.  Utilize dialogue, jargons, scenes, and emotions to give flavor to your story.

When writing a story for a contest, address the who, when, and where in the first paragraph; grab the Judge’s interest immediately. A great opening paragraph creates a burning desire within the reader to know what happens. Try to incorporate all five senses in your story. Use active verbs rather than passive. Avoid overuse of adjectives; the story’s rhythm can be interrupted by excessive adjectives and adverbs. Contest judges look for proper dialogue construction. Follow contest submission requirements to the letter, and submit early. Judges’ comments are useful: “Take them to heart, but don’t let them break your heart.”

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Much more information and guidance is contained in M. Carolyn Steele’s book, Preserving Family Legends for Future Generations.  It will be a tremendous addition to your personal library and asset for your research and writing.

Visit Carolyn at:

www.mcarolynsteele.com

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