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Inspiring Women

Inspiring women set examples

By Emma Palova

EW Emma’s Writings

Lowell, MI- They inspire us. We look up to them. We admire them. We grow stronger by emulating them.

In the “Inspiring Women” series, the EW team will be talking to some of the influential women in the area.

Inspiring Women

Enigmatic orchids are the symbols for the IW Inspiring Women series.

How do they handle stress, illness, fame, hardship or multi-tasking in light of daily activities?

What makes them strong and resilient?

They keep reinventing themselves, they assimilate or stand out. They’re comedic and serious. They range from trail coordinators, founders of women’s organizations, chamber directors to local authors, actresses and artists.

What keeps them going in face adversity, controversy and lack of funding? How do they overcome everyday obstacles that bind or deter us?

They never give up until they reach their goal. Call it determination, passion and love for what they do.

But, most of all they are wives, mothers, grandmothers, sisters and friends.

They have families and never-ending domestic responsibilities. The husband is waiting for dinner; somebody needs to wash the dishes and do the laundry.

Social pressures require they look good and fit, and up to speed with changing times. Sometimes they have to put on a mask of happiness, while deep inside they’re burning like a candle. They don’t give into gossip and lies, deceit or danger.

A strange engine inside keeps them humming.

Read about them over the next weeks and celebrate with them the International Women’s Day worldwide on March 8.

For more stories go to: EW Emma’s Writings on http://emmapalova.com

Copyright © 2015 Emma Blogs, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Two years with WordPress

Word Press Anniversary

By Emma Palova

EW Emma’s Writings

 Introduction: Two years ago I started my writing journey with WordPress to help promote all my writings. That’s where the name of the flagship blog EW Emma’s Writings comes from. Since then I have created a portfolio of 10 blogs covering a wide range of topics from writing, blogging, travel, food, health, wellness, beer & wine, homes & gardens and farming. I put all that under the umbrella of Emma Blogs LLC.

Lowell, MI-  I published my first post on WordPress on January 14, 2013. It was my author’s bio that I had later moved into About section. I introduced myself in a story with an author’s photo.

One hundred and ninety-eight posts later, I am grateful that I had chosen the WordPress platform. It was a pure coincidence. I wanted to like and comment on the Hawkins Chamber of Commerce in Texas, and I was directed to the press site.

I wanted a blog anyways after Writer’s Digest suggested that every writer should have a blog or a website. At the time I started writing memoir “Greenwich Meridian” and I needed the exposure.

Emma Palova in Venice, Florida

Writing business with Emma Palova

And I fell in love with WordPress for its finesse, sophistication, the variety of themes and the community in general. I found Rumanian colleagues Valeriu dg Barbu and Cristian Mihai, French photographer redstuffdan and many others, whose work I admire. They inspire me in my writings.

I started learning the ropes. Coming fresh from the print media, it was very different. I must say that I like new things, and this was right up my alley.

The constant challenge of change, new themes, new ways of posting, the speed and the prompts delight me.

I feel like I am being pulled deeper and deeper in. Like today’s prompt in The Daily Post “Connect the Dots,” Open your nearest book to page 82. Take the third full sentence on the page, and work it into a post somehow.

While sitting in a folding rocking chair in front of the wood stove, I reached into the library and grabbed “The People’s Chronology” and the third sentence on page 82 is entertaining in itself. For once I got lucky.

It reads: “Canon of Medicine by the Arab physician Avicenna (Abu Sina) follows the thinking of Aristotle and Galen but is so well written and organized that it will be a major influence on medical thinking for centuries.”

I couldn’t ask for a better prompt.

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Flagship blog EW Emma’s Writings on http://emmapalova.com

Ironically in my Internet discussion section on EW Emma’s Writings on http://emmapalova.com I  ask the question, “Where will the Internet take us?”

Today I realize the real question is, “Where will we take the Internet?”

I took it to the next level. In July, I started my writing a nd blog design company on WordPress, Emma Blogs LLC. It is a portfolio of 10 blogs that covers a wide range of topics from health, outdoors, homes to brides and farming suited for advertising, whether affiliate or traditional.

I manage, design and write a bilingual blog in Czech Republic. It is CJ Aunt Jarmilka’s Desserts on http://jkarmaskova.wordpress.com

I have writers like Sarah Harmon who brings her unique perspective to Emma Blogs and salesperson Ed Donahue.

Sarah Harmon

Writer Sarah Harmon in Paris

What I like the most about writing on WordPress is that it does have an impact on people and it gets the message out.

Friend Tina Sicialiano Cadwallader asked me when is the book coming out at a Christmas party at the Fallasburg Historical Society.

“We’re going to take a selfie with the book at the Lowell museum,” she laughed.

Last Saturday, I ran into Betsy Davidson, owner of Addorio Global Innovations, LLC.

“Have you been travelling?” she asked. “I am really enjoying your stories because I don’t get to go to places like that.”

Longtime friend Ruth Hall said, “I absolutely love reading your posts.”

Comments and advice on the posts are also very gratifying and informational. Following is a comment by Herbal Weight Loss Remedies & Tips at http://url.darkillusion.us/weightloss748972

“Great articles you post on your blog, I have shared this article on my twitter.”

And I really find the happiness engineering support team helpful.

And as I ask in my story interviews, “What don’t you like about so and so?”

Off the top of my head, I really can’t think of a single thing that would stand out that I don’t like about WordPress. I might think of something later as I roll in the bed in the wee morning hours with my chronic insomnia.

Thank you for two great years.

Watch for my series “New Eyes with Dr. Verdier” that I published in 2014 about my near blindness due to cataracts in both eyes.

Links:

Fallasburg Historical Society

http://www.fallasburg.org

Addorio Technologies, LLC

http://www.addorio.com

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10 good writing habits

Acquire the 10 traits of all successful bloggers & writers

1-Discipline.

Even Earnest Hemingway was a disciplined writer in the morning.

2-Regularity. Not just in the digestive tract.

Post on regular basis otherwise you will lose your following.

3-Inspiration.

Inspire yourself, don’t wait for inspiration to walk into your room. Go beyond the cyberspace.

Deer crossing by Bruce Doll

Deer crossing by Bruce Doll

4- Curiosity.

Don’t wait to write until something occurs. Seek it out on your own. Ask yourself questions.

5- Innovation. Reinvention.

Keep reinventing yourself. After all, books, articles and stories are all just rehashed words from the past. Put them in the right order.

6- Perseverance. Determination.

Don’t give up in face of adversity.

7-Organization.

Organize and reorganize again. Shuffle and reshuffle words.

8-Outlines.

Outline complex subjects.

9-Be choosy. Be specific.

Choose the right subject for you. No generic meandering or beating around the bush here.

10-Be knowledgeable.

Know what you are writing about.

Copyright (c)2014 story by Emma Palova

 

Happy Independence Day America

Lowell Showboat decked out for Fourth of July

Lowell Showboat decked out for Fourth of July

 

Fourth of July on the Big Muddy

By skgroen

EW Emma’s Writings

EW writer Sheryl Groen with Ruby

EW writer Sheryl Groen with Ruby

I like simple things: a cheap glass of wine, a good book, a new picture of my grandchildren and a sturdy lawn chair. I also LOVE the 4th of July. It’s one of my favorite holidays. I love the heat, humidity, picnics, parades, fireworks and time with family.

Each July fourth we load up Sara (my trusty SUV) and head north to the big muddy, the Mississippi river. We have our annual fish fry waterside. My husband, son, nephew and brothers-in-law are all sport-fishing enthusiasts, who do their best to accumulate a sizeable catch. If the catch is small (something a fisherman does not like to discuss) we hit the Piggly Wiggly for fried chicken. The day revolves around good food and conversation.

On the morning of the fourth, we start out with homemade mini donuts deep fat fried on the patio. There is nothing better than a warm donut with your morning coffee!

Midday we heat up the fish fryer and begin breading and cooking the fish. Once it is ready we bring out the corn on the cob, watermelon and a crazy good mixture of midwestern potluck fare.  After the fish fry, the kids are busy with squirt guns, swimming, boat rides, jumping off the dock and fishing.

A few years ago we started a new tradition, at dusk we launch Chinese paper lanterns: one for each of the grandchildren. The kids line up by height and the parents help with the launch. Last year, long after the last lantern had flown over the western bluffs, my grandson pointed to the eastern sky and said, look grandma that one made it around the world already!

Meanwhile, a campfire is lit and the adults pull up their lawn chairs. The kids bring out the sparklers, sizzling snakes and their renewed enthusiasm. Sometimes I wonder where they store all that energy. And since we have not eaten enough, the marshmallow forks and pie makers magically appear. We make s’mores, campfire pies and roasted marshmallows before the fireworks begin.

There are several small communities on the big muddy who have fireworks and from our vantage point we can usually see three to four different displays. Sonic booms go on into the wee hours of the night and if the mosquitoes cooperate you can watch the fireworks until almost three in the morning!

I think my favorite part of the holiday is spending time with family. The campfire brings out the stories and the more embarrassing  – the better. One of the uncles, who liked his beer, cut down a light pole with his chainsaw because he ran out of firewood for the campfire.  On another occasion, he sunk his boat and motor while it was tied to the dock.

We are also very fond of corny jokes.  My father in law was a master; he could entertain a crowd for hours. His standard comeback has now become a one liner for his great grandkids. When he was asked, where did you catch that fish? He would reply, I caught him in the lip. It’s really funny when a three year old delivers the punch line.

Hopefully, one of my great- grandchildren will be sitting by a campfire on the banks of the big muddy retelling stories and corny jokes for years to come.

Copyright (c) 2014 story by Sheryl Groen, photo by Emma Palova

 

 

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EW blog enters new exciting phase

 

By Emma Palova

EW Emma’s Writings

Lowell, MI- I am very excited today because my blog EW Emma’s Writings is now also live on the Ionia Sentinel-Standard daily newspaper site at http://www.sentinel-standard.com/section/blogs01?taxid=2414

“It will increase traffic to the blog a lot,” said editor Lori Kilchermann. “I will do some promos in the coming days and weeks.”

This has been my goal for a long time. I finally feel like I have stepped into the future. I worked for the Sentinel from 1998 to 2003, and I received several awards for community and mental health reporting. Internet was still a baby at the time and so were RSS feeds, content writing and social media.

The EW Emma’s Writings blog on the WordPress platform features a mix of local and international stories in support of the publication of my memoir Greenwich Meridian where East meets west. The memoir is about our family immigration saga now spanning three generations. It will be dedicated to my mother Ella Konecny.

EW blog now also on the Ionia Sentinel-Standard daily newspaper website

EW blog now also on the Ionia Sentinel-Standard daily newspaper website

I established the blog in January of 2013 to increase exposure on the Internet. It has been steadily growing both in audience and content. The page About People is just like its title suggests about interesting people from the area such as Connie Elsasser with her carriage rides, the Ionia Community Mental Health director Bob Lathers or the Kropf apple legend.

I update the blog twice a week and use my photography. Other users of WordPress include CNN, Bangor Daily, TechCrunch, Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart.

I also started to write and design blogs for other people. Blogs are dynamic, fast and versatile. Search engines like them and they drive traffic to sites. If you want me to design and write your blog e-mail me at emmapalova@yahoo.com for a quote. I can also teach you how to blog to drive traffic to your business and websites.

I love blogging because of the great feedback I get my readers.

I hope you will enjoy my writings and photography also on http://emmapalova.com and editionemma.wordpress.com

Watch for my stories from the Mississippi River.

 

Copyright © 2014 story and photos by Emma Palova

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Man River

Old Man River

By Emma Palova

EW Emma’s Writings

On this longest day of the year, I am writing about my Mississippi River adventures. I could use more than one long day that the summer solstice gives us.

Like Pere Marquette, Joliette and McGregor we landed in Prairie du Chien on a hot Friday afternoon to discover the Old Man River. The last time we were here was five years ago.

Annually the city hosts the largest fur trade re-enactment in the Midwest. The river was high after recent rains but did not flood the St. Feriole Island.

On our way to Prairie we bet that nothing has changed in the area for the last 100 years.

Well, we were right except for road construction in the downtown area. And a local businessman completed the remodel of a furniture store.

We crossed the Mississippi to Iowa’s McGregor to stay at Uncle Sam’s Saloon built in 1857 on the landing. The building has been remodeled and updated, but it does have this formidable steep staircase like into a chicken coop.

The view of the town from the porch was marvelous. McGregor is known as “Pocket City” reminiscent of a pocket in the bluffs surrounding the river.

Ludek lived in this Pocket City from 2007 to 2009 and changed living quarters three times as the owner kept selling the houses. The last month he even lived in the nearby Marquette.

Coming back to this place felt like we never left.

The big river is wide here as the Wisconsin River flows into it. Houseboats and boatels were floating on the water, and crews were putting more in. The river gives livelihood to many just like hundreds of years ago.

The 39th annual Rendezvous set-up on St. Feriole Island featured teepees and tents of all sorts. The tents line up the streets on the island. Vendors offered food such as fresh Mississippi fried catfish and turtle soup, Indian fry bread and tacos, fried pickles, frog legs and chips.

Curiosities included steins made from wood and tusks, hundreds of furs and fur hats, rocks and minerals, necklaces and peace pipes.

Competitions featured a black powder rifle shoot, hawk and knife throw, cooking and games for children and adults.

Demonstrations such as blacksmithing, pottery, storytelling took place at individual camps.

Most campers were dressed up in period attire that was also for sale at many outfits.

 

To be continued

 

Copyright © 2014 story and photos by Emma Palova