Quotations to Inspire and Motivate

Today I’m posting some quotes I’ve found useful as a writer. 
The first by Chesterton is not necessarily pertinent 
just to writers— I just think it is helpful to remember
when being a friend. 
I’ve included some photos of seasonal flowers. I love tulips!

Do any of these quotes inspire you to succeed or help others?

Tulips & cabin at Foster Park

Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump;
you may be freeing him from being a camel.

~ G. K. Chesterton

yellow bulb flower at Foster Park

"Being a writer does not necessarily mean being published.
It's very nice to be published.  It's what you want.  When
you have a vision, you want to share it.  

But being a
writer means writing.  It means building up a body of work.

It means writing every day.  You can hardly say that
van Gogh was not a painter because he sold one painting
during his lifetime, and that to his brother.  

But do you say that van Gogh wasn't a painter because he wasn't "published"?
He was a painter because he painted, because he held
true to his vision as he saw it."

--Madeleine L'Engle, compiled by Carole F. Chase
MADELEINE L'ENGLE: Reflections on a
Writing Life

orange tulips in Foster Park

A sentence should read as if its author, had he held a
plough instead of a pen, could have drawn a furrow deep
and straight to the end.

 - Henry David Thoreau
The End

Teaching Kids to Love to Read by Offering Crafts

Photos of young friends of mine who have read my books are posted here today.

Kitti enjoys reading about Hermes, the Messenger god.

They chose which of my nine books to read and then we talked about the books together. You can find more about them on my Books page.

One student is making a weaving craft from my Recipe and Craft Guide to Indonesia book.

Recipe and Craft Guide to Indonesia (Mitchell Lane 2011) contains 10 crafts and 10 recipes for Grades 4-8.

Recipe and Craft Guide to Indonesia (Mitchell Lane 2011) contains 10 crafts and 10 recipes for Grades 4-8.

Another student made the Gamelan drum and we talked about the Gamelan orchestra which is well-known from Indonesia.

Ethan made a Gamelan drum with directions from Recipe and Craft Guide to Indonesia.

We watched videos of it on Youtube to hear its unique sound.

Azerica read about the Greek god Hades.

If you’re a student who has read one of my books, please leave a comment and let me know which book and what you thought about it. I’d love to hear from you!

Free writing workshop to be held by Kayleen Reusser


Do you long to see your name in print?


Kayleen Reusser, author of 9 children's books, to offer free writing workshop.

“Tips to Getting Published”


Free writing workshop offered by

Kayleen Reusser

author of nine children’s books

Chicken Soup stories

Weekly writer for Ossian Sun Riser

 The workshop will be held

at the Brew Ha Espresso Café in Ossian

122 S. Jefferson



Friday, March 30, 2012

6-6:45 p.m.


Grab a drink and listen as this experienced author shares useful steps for getting published


Book signing to immediately follow

For more information go to www.KayleenR.com



Interview with Christian band Third Day’s David Carr

As a Features reporter I have the opportunity to interview musical groups to come to the Fort Wayne (IN) area. Here is a story for the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel newspaper with David Carr from the well-established and totally-sold-out-to-God Christian band Third Day. Let me know if you’re a fan of this group.   I know I am!




“The perspective of a performance is different for the fan than for the performer,” said David Carr, drummer for the Christian musical group Third Day. “My personal goal in performing is to glorify God through my playing of the drums. If I do my part of the machine and do it well, I know someone will be touched and blessed in the name of Jesus Christ. Our band’s goal is to present people with the hope, grace, mercy, and blessing of being in God’s presence. People have told us they experience that at our shows.”



For 20 years Carr and other members of Third Day, a Grammy-award winning group, includes lead singer Mac Powell, acoustic guitarist Mark Lee, bassist Tai Anderson. They have traveled throughout the country playing music that emphasizes God’s love for people. With their longevity Carr and the other members of Third Day now see generations of followers at each concert. “In the beginning our music catered more to youth,” said Carr. “Today we see people from age four to 84 years old at our concerts. It fees good to have that much appeal.”


With thousands of performances behind them Carr admitted the band focuses on keeping its music and message fresh at each concert. “We strive to remember our worst night of performing might be a fan’s best night,” he said. “Even though we’ve played some songs a thousand times, we pray every night God would make them fresh and bless our audiences. We never know what God will do with our music.”


A native of Atlanta, Carr began drumming at age 11 on a neighbor’s drum set. After receiving a set of his own, Carr played top hits and hard metal until becoming a Christian in high school. From that point Carr said he pursued music that glorified God. During a missions trip to Mexico, he saw people in need of a faith in God. “It was appealing to me,” he recalled. “I was hungry for God and began to feel a deeper need for Him.”


As a college student, Carr considered using his interest in music to become a music producer. Strangely enough, he also thought of being a Spanish teacher. When he and the other Third Day members dropped out of college to pursue their music, they had no idea they would someday release eleven albums (their latest is Revelation) and win an American Music Award (2008). Carr takes no credit for the band’s success. “As a person of faith, I feel God is in control,” he said. “We have choices, but He’s sovereign. I give Him credit. He’s continued to pour opportunities on us. The direction our careers have gone was not something we could have done.”


For more information on Third Day go to http://thirdday.com/.


The End

This article appeared in the News-Sentinel 10/19/11.




Meet Children’s Book Author Ginny Rorby

I first learned about Ginny Rorby in 2009 when I was unpacking new books at our school library. Flipping through the back of Hurt Go Happy I read a note from the publisher that the author was interested in corresponding with students about her books.

Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby

With the support of our principal, I arranged to have a class of 5th graders call Ms. Rorby and talk with her about her books. She was ready for our call and answered each pre-approved question with patience and enjoyment. As a children’s book author, I was impressed with the author’s willingness to take time from her writing schedule to talk with students.

Ms. Rorby and I have kept in touch and I’ve ordered her subsequent books which you can read about below. They are popular at the middle school library where I work and I encourage other children’s librarians to purchase them.


Ginny Rorby has always been fascinated by animals. “We didn’t have TV when I was growing up,” she said. “I looked for animals outside our Florida home to take home. Mom allowed me to keep anything I found.”

That included dead things, which Rorby promptly put into bottles of alcohol. She considered going to college to be a paleontologist and study dinosaur bones. Instead, due to poor grades in college (she had to take a remedial English class), she took two years of college and became a flight attendant.

Regretting her decision not to finish college, Rorby enrolled in Biology classes while flying. “Biology was the only thing I did well,” she said. One day, Rorby, incensed about the plight of an abandoned dog she had found, wrote an editorial piece for a local newspaper. The editor was so pleased with her essay that he contacted her, asking for more.

That call changed Rorby’s life. After graduating from college, she signed up for a Master’s of Fine Arts degree at Florida International University near Miami.

Dolphin Sky by Ginny Rorby

As part of the curriculum, Rorby began writing her first children’s book. The plot’s premise was based on a 1979 movie she had seen called The Electric Horseman starring Robert Redford. “The hero in the movie steals a horse that was being mistreated and released it into the wild,” she said. “I recalled a situation with captive dolphins in a tourist trap near Miami and it angered me enough to write a book about it.”

The book, Dolphin Sky, is the story of a girl who befriended dolphins, then let them go. It was Rorby’s thesis project for her MFA. Rorby  worked on the book for 12 years. Before it was published by G.P. Putnam in 1994, it endured 14 rejections.

Rorby’s next book, Hurt Go Happy, again came from an animal story she had read in the  newspaper (“I’m not an idea person,” she admitted. “I recycle stories from something I’ve heard or read.”). The article  profiled a woman who taught sign language to a chimp. In Rorby’s book she created a  deaf girl who was not permitted to use sign language to communicate. The girl subsequently met a chimp, taught it sign language, and rescued it from a research facility. Hurt Go Happy is the winner of the American Library Association’s Schneider Family Book Award.

The plot for The Outside of a Horse was prompted by TV stories Rorby had viewed. “I saw an interesting documentary on TV about horses that pull the caissons at Arlington National Cemetery for funerals,” said Rorby. “Other times they help with  physical therapy for returning Iraq wounded vets.”

The Outside of a Horse by Ginny Rorby

In her book The Outside of a Horse Rorby describes a young girl who volunteers at a local stable. She wants to help her dad, a soldier with a missing leg and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) just returned to the US from Iraq, by convincing him to take riding lessons.

Rorby’s newest novel, Lost in the River of Grass, takes place in the Florida Everglades. All of her books are available as eBooks on Sony, Google, Nook, and Kindle.

Rorby, who lives in northern California, has assisted other writers by serving as the  director of a writing conference in Mendocino, California.

When asked for writing advice, Rorby says this: “I believe to do anything well a person needs to put 10,000 hours of practice into it. Writing is like any art form. You can’t expect to do it well the first time. You have to practice. A writer needs to write a lot and often. I didn’t know I would be a writer, but I read a lot. I kept a journal in which I wrote daily. Today, reading and writing for me are like inhaling and exhaling. I have to do both.”

Feedback from readers of Rorby’s books has been positive. “Kids who have read my books have been helped,” said Rorby. “One girl wrote that her father had been in the war in Iraq and her grandfather was a Vietnam vet. The family had dealt with PTSD. She told me how much the book helped them deal with issues. That’s what I was trying to do.”

Ginny Rorby enjoys hearing from readers. To contact her and learn more about her books go to http://ginnyrorby.com

The End

How Peyton Manning has helped thousands of Americans

This excerpt about Peyton Manning is from my children’s book, Celebrities Giving Back (Mitchell Lane 2010)

My children's book entitled: Celebrities Giving Back (Mitchell Lane).


Peyton Manning

Whenever someone enters the children’s section of St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, they think of Peyton Manning, former quarterback for the city’s football team, the Colts. They don’t think of him for his ability to throw a football or because he was Super Bowl XLI MVP. The people of St. Vincent know the name because on September 6, 2007, the children’s hospital was renamed in appreciation of Manning’s devotion to the children of Indianapolis and other cities across the nation. It was renamed Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent.


Peyton Manning has helped thousands of children.

Manning has used his time, talents and funds to help children for years. In 1999, Manning established the Peyback Foundation to help disadvantaged children in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Indiana. The foundation provides assistance to organizations such as Boys and Girls Clubs; area food banks; and summer, after-school, and youth athletic programs. By 2010, it had donated more than $3.6 million to those organizations.

In addition to financial assistance, each Christmas season, Manning takes over the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for the PeyBack Holiday Celebration. More than 1,000 children from 100 community agencies attend. The special event includes dinner, a visit from Santa, special Christmas gifts from Peyton, and the opportunity to visit the nationally renowned museum. The foundation also hosts Christmas parties in New Orleans and Knoxville, Tennessee. (His father, Archie Manning, was a quarterback for the New Orleans Saints.)

An opportunity to play in the arena for the New Orleans Saints when he was a high school football player was an experience Peyton Manning never forgot. He created the same experience for Indianapolis area athletes with the PeyBack Classic, launched in 2000.


Peyton Manning spends time off the field visiting children.

“I wanted Indianapolis high school teams to feel that same sense of pride I had when I ran onto that field with my teammates,” he said. “I also wanted a chance to pay back local high school athletic programs for providing such wonderful opportunities to these kids.”

Peyton’s Pals, another program of the Peyback Foundation, sponsors a series of monthly educational, cultural, and community service events for 20 middle school kids. Students learn about living a healthy lifestyle and how to deal with peer, family, and school pressures.

Peyton Manning’s generous spirit has touched more than students in Indianapolis. In 2005, he and his brother Eli, a player for the New York Giants, organized a plane full of relief supplies to be delivered to Katrina victims in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. That year, Peyton Manning was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year for his off-the-field community service.


Why has Peyton Manning given so much time and money to helping kids? “I had great parents, a great support system and a blessed childhood,” he said. “What can I do to help kids have some of those same opportunities? Provide them with some of the same types of support and give them opportunities to have memorable moments in their lives.”


Please contact me if you’d like a copy of this title autographed by me for your child. Contact me at @@kjreusser@adamswells.com@@

(delete the @’s at the beginning and end; they are there to prevent Spam).

The End


A Future with Hope

A favorite photo of my mother-in-law who died on Mar 6, 1999.


… Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. Mark 15:37



The anniversary of my mother-in-law’s death was this past week on March 6. She was a wonderful mother, mother-in-law and grandma. We loved her dearly.

When she was dying from liver cancer, it grieved us to see her in pain. At her death we were sad but glad that her suffering was ended and she was living in the glorious presence of our Lord.


Jesus’ death would also have been painful to watch. Hanging on the cross as a

dead weight meant He could hardly breathe. Unable to move and deprived of oxygen, His muscles would have contracted in wrenching spasms until He died of heart failure or suffocation. Those who loved Him and were present at His death must have been relieved to see Jesus no longer in agony.

During our lifetimes, each of us will probably participate in a loved one’s journey from life to death. If he isn’t a believer, we need to pray that he may come to know Jesus as Lord. If the loved one is a Christian, we can rest in the hope that, though this life is filled with sadness, pain, and fear, the next life will be filled with hope, courage and joy!

Prayer:  God, You know how much it hurts to lose a loved one in death. Even though we rest in the assurance that we’ll see that person again someday in Heaven, it still hurts. Comfort us at these times, Lord, and give us courage to face the days ahead. Amen