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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.



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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You’ll notice another new page has been added to this website ….there, you will find the submission requirements for photographs.  Take a look.

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Heartland Fountain, LLC, has announced the start of an anthology project.

If you wish to have your writing considered for inclusion in our published anthology, Oklahoma: The Fountain of the Heartland, the following submission guidelines must be followed:

….Unpublished short stories, maximum 3,000 words.

….Poetry (rhymed or unrhymed), maximum 40 lines.

….Standard manuscript format. Times New Roman, 12 point font.

….Mail two copies of each entry, along with your entry fee (check or money order), to Heartland Fountain, PO Box 8165, Edmond OK 73083-8165.  Make checks/money orders payable to Heartland Fountain.

….You may enter as many times as you like, but each entry must be accompanied by an entry fee. Entry fee is ten dollars ($10) for stories and five dollars ($5) for poetry.  No SASE required as manuscripts will not be returned. First North American Serial Rights.  Rights revert to author 30 days after publication.

….Include a cover letter with all contact information, including e-mail address, and a 50-word bio.

….Genres include fiction, non-fiction, sci-fi/fantasy, and poetry. No erotica. No gratuitous sex or violence.

….By submitting your manuscript you are allowing it to be edited and considered for publication. If your work is chosen, you understand and agree with the conditions for publication in the anthology, Oklahoma: the Fountain of the Heartland.

….Entries must be postmarked by October 31, 2011 and must be unpublished, unaccepted for publication, and not optioned when submitted. Heartland Fountain is not responsible for entries lost or delayed in the mail.

….Check for updates at http://oklahomaheartland.com .

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  Press Release from Heartland Fountain, LLC

Writers inspired by desire for revenue or personal fulfillment are encouraged to attend “Magic Steps to Writing Success” presented by the Heartland Fountain Project.  Successful author Charles W. Sasser will relate his steps from being the son of an illiterate farm worker to a prolific writer of more than 50 books and 3,000 magazine articles.

The Heartland Fountain Project is comprised of a group of Oklahoma writers seeking to encourage and mentor other Oklahoma writers.  The group is compiling an anthology, Oklahoma: The Fountain of the Heartland.  Information about the project will be discussed at the meeting.  Writers of all skill levels are welcome to attend from 1-3 p.m. on May 14th at the Edmond Public Library.  The website address is http://oklahomaheartland.com .

Charles W. Sasser has been a full-time freelance writer, journalist, and photographer since 1979.  He is a veteran of both the US Navy (journalist) and US Army (Special Forces, the Green Berets).  He also served as a police officer in Miami, Florida, and as a homicide detective in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He has taught at universities, lectured nationwide, and traveled extensively throughout the world.  As an adventurer, Sasser has, at various times: canoed solo across the Yukon, sailed the Caribbean, biked across the continent, rode camels in the Egyptian desert, floated the Amazon River, dived for pirate treasure, climbed Mount Rainier, and ran with the bulls in Spain.  Sasser has recently returned from dog sledding and polar bear chasing in the Arctic.

For more information about the anthology or Charles Sasser’s presentation, contact Donna Le at DKLE45@yahoo.com .  More about Charles Sasser and his works can be found at http://www.charlessasser.com/biography.cfm .

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Charles W. Sasser, author

Charles W. Sasser

On Saturday, 14 May 2011, the Heartland Fountain, LLC, will be hosting a presentation workshop with acclaimed author, Charles W. Sasser.   This event will be held at the Edmond Public Library, 10 South Boulevard, Edmond, Oklahoma, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

An acclaimed author, combat journalist, former Green Beret, and recipient of OWFI’s 2011 Lifetime Membership award, Charles will present “Magic Steps to Writing Success”, followed by questions and discussion.  A look at his biography will tell you of his many other achievements, and what a grand opportunity the upcoming workshop will be for all those who are pursuing writing, as well as reading.

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