Preview- Chapter 2 of DW Grant and our Autism Fairy Title entitled Francesco the Autistic Puppet!

I am collaborating with a friend, David Grant, an author on a fairy tale involving an autistic character.
It has a positive message, and shows that people or characters with special needs can do great things.

Here is a link to the first book in the series a prequel to the book involving Francesco the Autistic Puppet:

link to–>Bellarina!

Dw. Grants Novel Bellarina

link to–>Bellarina!

We are splitting any funds raised to  help us to help autism and get our 501c3 !!

I have a preview the next book about an autistic puppet character who winds up doing great things a chapter per week starting soon.

 

Please buy both books, Bellarina now, and Francesco later when it is published to help us to help autism, plus the books are excellent and worth reading.

 

Here is a Brief summary Francesco the Autistic Puppet and info from the cover of the new Book:

 

Geppetto’s Autistic Puppet

 

By DW Grant

For Dave B.,

and the great big smile that comes up from his very large heart.

A summary of the second Chapter of the Book!
In a deep green valley in the Alps, between the Two Great Mountains, an old
toymaker searches the forest for the perfect piece of wood that may contain his
next toy. When he walks in the door of his shop with a twisted, knotted, and
impossible to carve old tree branch, his finished toys shake their heads. What
could crazy old Geppetto be thinking?
The old man knows exactly what he is thinking. He is thinking with his heart again,
this time about the sadness of his village. They need his creative skills, so the
wood he looks for must bottle up the magic in this next puppet and it must be
strong, and made from the most solid tree. Then he will attack the impossible
with his knife and chisel and create a miracle for those he loves.
Not long ago his valley was happy and joyful, and, like the smoke from their
chimneys, a song rose from every house. Farmers sang in the fields, and every
village shop was full of creative play and joy. Candles were made with waxy love,
cakes were frosted with sweet humor, and even their cheeses filled mouths with
a witty sharpness. The joy of caring for farm, family, and each other made each
day a holiday, at least before The Great War broke out.
The madness of The Great War stole the villager’s sons, and singers, killed the
song in their lives, and left their souls angry and bitter. A dark cloud rose from
devastated hearts instead of song. It hung like a heavy winter coat over each
person, making each once joyous service a task, and a burdensome duty.
Geppetto suffered a loss too, so he not only saw it, but felt it as much as any of
his neighbors. Pinocchio was gone too, and it grieved him to the deepest parts of
his heart.
Remember, Pinocchio became a real boy, but he also grew into a real man, and as
real men must sometimes do, marched off to a Great War with other sons, but
had not returned. Like the other fathers around him the old toymaker was proud,
but broken hearted. Was his son dead and gone forever? He was not sure, and his
prayers attacked Heaven often for the answer.
Good King Festweiller knew how his subjects were feeling too, for the halls of his
castle were cold and damp from the grief he was feeling for his own two sons. But
being a good and wise King, Festweiller cared beyond his own heart for the lives of his people, and he decided to create some magic of his own. One dark morning
he sent his messengers out to the villages with a proclamation and an invitation.
The members of his guard that were too old to march off to war visited each
village, and declared his solution.

Stay Tune for more previews from Francesco the Autistic Puppet coming soon!

Here is a link to checkout and purchase the first book in the series a prequel to the book involving Francesco the Autistic Puppet:

link to–>Bellarina!

Dw. Grants Novel Bellarina

link to–>Bellarina!

FRANCESCO, GEPPETTO’S AUTISTIC PUPPET in Collaboration with the esteemed DW Grant!

http://gpuppets.yolasite.com/

 written by DW Grant

                                                                             in Collaboration with David J. Berkowitz

                                                                              Illustrated by Wanda Fay Owens Schneider

francesco

http://gpuppets.yolasite.com/

 

About the story:

Francesco, Geppetto’s Autistic Puppet is dedicated to David Berkowitz and his family, and purposed for the promotion of his vision to help autistic children. Portions of the proceeds from this story and from the book “Bellarina, Geppetto’s Lost Toy ” will benefit his family and foundation.

Please be generous, and enjoy Francesco and Bellarina.

DW Grant

Author

Francesco,

Geppetto’s Autistic Puppet

By DW Grant

 For Dave B., and the great big smile 

that comes up from his very large heart! 

copyright@DWGrant 2014

Story Time!

 

Sit still my Children, and I will tell you an adventurous tale that breaks through hard wooden hearts, and a story about the magic of love with no limits.  

I hope you will see that true magic dwells deep in the heart, but sometimes it needs a little love to find its way out.  There are secret pathways for love inside all of us, and if we love hard enough they open a way out for our love , and for the love of those around us.

The star of our story is small, even smaller than you little Leonie, but you will grow much bigger and he will not. Our little troubadour can sing too, even better than you my good friend Andreas, even though he does not possess your charm. No, my favorite niece Marianne, he does not have your smile. No one’s smile melts my heart like yours, but  I hope by the end of this tale you love him as much as I love telling his story to you. 

Oh, you want to know his name?!

We will call him what his creator christened him, “Francesco! “ That name means “Free One” in the language of his Father, but here’s where the story gets sticky, like a hotcake covered in maple syrup.  You like hotcakes, don’t you Lasanni? I can tell because your belly giggled when I asked that question. Maybe we eat one less hotcake at the breakfast table tomorrow, eh? No? Well, ok, then. We go back to the story.

Here’s the sticky part: You see, he was not as free as his name.

Oh, I know you may not understand that little Pachako, but maybe you will when the story has been told.  Here’s where we start.


 Chapter  1

 

In a deep green valley in the Alps, between the Two Great Mountains, an old toymaker searches the forest for the perfect piece of wood that may contain his next toy. When he walks in the door of his shop with a twisted, knotted, and impossible to carve old tree branch, his finished toys shake their heads. What could crazy old Geppetto be thinking?

The old man knows exactly what he is thinking. He is thinking with his heart again, this time about the sadness of his village. They need his creative skills, so the wood he looks for must bottle up the magic in this next puppet and it must be strong, and made from the most solid tree.  Then he will attack the impossible with his knife and chisel and create a miracle for those he loves.

Not long ago his valley was happy and joyful, and, like the smoke from their chimneys,  a song rose from every house. Farmers sang in the fields, and every village shop was full of creative play and joy. Candles were made with waxy love, cakes were frosted with sweet humor, and even their cheeses filled mouths with a witty sharpness.  The joy of caring for farm, family, and each other made each day a holiday, at least before The Great War broke out.

The madness of The Great War stole the villager’s sons, and singers, killed the song in their lives, and left their souls angry and bitter. A dark cloud rose from devastated hearts instead of song. It hung like a heavy winter coat over each person, making each once joyous service a task, and a burdensome duty.  Geppetto suffered a loss too, so he not only saw it, but felt it as much as any of his neighbors. Pinocchio was gone too, and it grieved him to the deepest parts of his heart.

Remember, Pinocchio  became a real boy, but  he also grew into a real man, and as real men must sometimes do, marched off to a Great War with other sons, but had not returned. Like the other fathers around him the old toymaker was proud, but broken hearted. Was his son dead and gone forever? He was not sure, and his prayers attacked Heaven often for the answer.

Good King Festweiller knew how his subjects were feeling too, for the halls of his castle were cold and damp from the grief he was feeling for his own two sons. But being a good and wise King, Festweiller cared beyond his own heart for the lives of his people, and he decided to create some magic of his own. One dark morning he sent his messengers out to the villages with a proclamation and an invitation.

The members of his  guard that were too old to march off to war visited each village, and declared his solution.


  

 Francesco Chapters 

 Chapter 2

Entering each town to the rhythm of a base drum, and behind the majesty of a Festweiller hornester’s trumpeting ovation, they set themselves up in each village square, at the edge of the community fountain. There they would loudly play the Festweiller Anthem until a crowd was large enough to read to. . .

Chapter 3

The same night he found the right wood, and by the light of an old wax candle,  Geppetto scraped away the bark on the twisted branch, and tried to dig into the impossible wood to make eyes and a nose, and a body for his new toy. He had already named him Francesco, after one of the king’s lost sons…

Chapter 4

The little song made Geppetto  dream of his Pinocchio, marching proudly back into the village square, flanked by King Festweiller’s sons, and all of the other sons of the valley. They were marching in with a new anthem, and singing hopeful words.  A pride and a hope filled Geppetto’s heart as he slept

Chapter 5

After the dance, and until daybreak Geppetto was hard at work, carving, and painting, and trying to make Francesco an acceptable offering to his king.  At noon Geppetto, exhausted, but happy, laid his head down in the wood chips again.

Now without fear all his puppets sang at the top of their toy lungs. The lion roared the base again,  the toy kookaburra bird added trills to high tenor notes, and like a marvelous opera star the queen took the melody and thrust it to the far walls  whenever the frilly end note was sung out.

“Home, home, home. Home, home, home,” over and over again, the toys sang….

Chapter 6

 On the day of the festival the sky was gray and the clouds hung low. It was cold and it looked like rain.  Geppetto and Francesco were ready, at least in the old toy maker’s eyes. The rest of the valley, however, unmoved by the king’s love, and unsure about how to respond to his proclamation

More Chapters to come

Savanna- Anti-Bullying video from a Facebook friend!

Being an aspie tech nerd per se’, never having had close friends other than my wife and kids, I can totally relate.

 

Please check out the awesome anti-bullying video below!

Nasa’s Dawn Probe Approaches Proto-Planet Ceres!!

The largest object in the Main Asteroid Belt besides  Mars and Jupiter is Ceres, an uncommon, proto-planet approximately the size of Texas (590 miles in diameter) that may contain water.  It is larger than Jupiter’s moons and by my understanding almost as larger as Mercury. Scientists have long puzzled about the origin of the odd white spot near it’s the equator. It could be a storm, or a volcano or something else. We’ll soon know a lot more soon about it as NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has arrived at Ceres. It’s already captured shots of the planet  and will soon go into a polar orbit at 13,500 km (8,300 miles) in the at the forefront descending to a survey altitude of 4,430 km (2,800 miles). Eventually, it’ll drop as low as 1,480km (950 miles) to gain information and data about it as well as 3D images of it. It seems that the Dawn Probe will stay at CERES when it is done with its investigation mission.

dawn-leaving-vesta

Its first greeting to Ceres will be beamed enliven from the Slooh community observatory starting at 1PM ET today. Unfortunately, Dawn will taking  to fewer photos during this phase than planned due to the failure of some of it navigational controls. Given that it’s already visited Mars and Vesta, other dwarf planet in the region, a few glitches are are believable. Despite the issues, it would amazing to see detailed images like we saw of Vesta. That should further resolved provacative theories as to what the white spots are, which have ranged from ice-gorged craters to cryo-volcanoes. Not to be biased, volcanoes would be interesting. Maybe there is actual water or other liquids on the little planet.

I always wondered if the asteroid belt used to be another large planet like Jupiter that exploded long ago.

Here is a link to a video from USA Today as well–>
http://bcove.me/k44q6jkn

Lead Generation: More Than A War Of Words

When it comes to advertising your business and making sure that you reach as many potential customers as possible with your goods and services, there are a number of methods you can use. You can try advertising on local radio, television, or in the Yellow Pages. All of the above are valid advertising options if the year is 1965 and the Beatles are coming to town.

What? It’s 2015? You’d better get cracking on the Internet, as it’s pretty much the only viable option you’ve got. So how can you quickly gather the most visits to your site in the shortest possible amount of time, and all for the smallest possible amount of money?

Developing Your Internet Marketing Strategy

If you need to develop your Internet marketing strategy on a budget, and in a hurry, there’s no need to panic. You can hire an Internet marketing company, such as Register.com, that will help you find local leads and develop sales from them. Although the ultimate responsibility of developing good business relationships with your customer base is up to you, a good online marketing company can help you develop those relationships in the first place.

Does Success In Sales Come Down To A War Of Words?

A competent Internet marketing company can show you how to word all of the content in your ads, as well as on your site, to draw the maximum attention. Indeed, many modern Internet experts tend to share the general opinion that success in sales ultimately comes down to waging – and winning – a war of words.

Of course, this “war of words” is now known by a more modern name, SEO (Search Engine Optimization). If you’ve read this far, you probably already know the basic principles of SEO. Suffice it to say that the more effective your choice and placement of certain words and phrases, the more attention your ads will receive. And, of course, the ideal result is that, the more attention you receive, the more sales you make.

Planning Ahead For The Future

In the end, your main goal is to establish your business solidly in the here and now. But, of course, you’ve got to plan ahead for the future as well. To achieve this, you’ll need to have expert representation and advice in your corner. An Internet marketing adviser is your best bet for success to find local leads and grow your business.

A New innovative bluetooth Padlock!!

The Quicklock Padlock is the smartest and most capable electronic padlock in the world. It ditches easily-lost keys and forgotten combinations in favor of NFC and Bluetooth technologies. SafeTech Products is launching a new evolution of safety and security through its NFC technologies, and with built-in data tracking, the Quicklock Padlock is more than just a smart lock—it can even be used as a portable inventory management or entry solution.

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One phone can be used to control multiple padlocks. Because a number of different NFC-enabled wearable tech items can be used to unlock the padlock as well (including fobs, rings, and keycards), the need for multiple keys is eliminated. AND, a single Quicklock Padlock can store up to 50 NFC fobs/tags with rights unlock it.

Here is an interesting video of the padlock in action:

 

 

Collaborating on a Book with DW Grant-A Fairy Tale involving an Autistic Character…Check out his first book!

I am collaborating with a friend, David Grant, an author on a fairy tale involving an autistic character. It has a positive message, and shows that people or characters with special needs can do great things.

Here is a link to the first book in the series a prequel to the book involving Francesco the Autistic Puppet:

link to–>Bellarina!

Dw. Grants Novel Bellarina

link to–>Bellarina!

We are splitting any funds raised to  help us to help autism and get our 501c3 !!

I have a preview the next book about an autistic puppet character who winds up doing great things a chapter per week starting soon.

 

Please buy both books to help us to help autism, plus the books are excellent and worth reading.

 

Here is a Brief summary Francesco the Autistic Puppet and info from the cover of the new Book:

 

Geppetto’s Autistic Puppet

 

By DW Grant

For Dave B.,

and the great big smile that comes up from his very large heart.

copyright@DWGrant 2014

Preview of Chapter 1–>

Chapter 1

Sit still my Children, and I will tell you an adventurous tail that breaks through hard wooden hearts, and a story about the magic of love with no limits. I hope you will see that true magic dwells deep in the heart, but sometimes it needs is a little love to find its way out. For there are secret pathways for love inside all of us, and if we love hard enough they open a way out for our love , and for the love of those around us. The star of our story is small, even smaller than you little Leonie, but you will grow much bigger and he will not. Our little troubadour can sing too, even better than you my good friend Andreas, even though he does not possess your charm. No, my favorite niece Marianne, he does not have your smile. No one’s smile melts my heart like yours, but I hope by the end of this tale you love him as much as I love telling his story to you. Oh, you want to know his name?! We will call him what his creator christened him, “Francesco! “ That name means “Free One” in the language of his Father, but here’s where the story gets sticky, like a hotcake covered in maple syrup. You like hotcakes, don’t you Lasanni? I can tell because your belly giggled when I asked that question. Maybe we eat one less hotcake at the breakfast table tomorrow, eh? No? Well, ok, then. We go back to the story. Here’s the sticky part: You see, he was not as free as his name. Oh, I know you may not understand that little Pachako, but maybe you will when the story has been told. Here’s where we start.

Checkout and buy the book to help us to help autism–>

link to–>Bellarina!


Clinck here to check it out–>Bellarina!

 

Our summary of Woosh Cleaner!

Whoosh! Tech Tag

We have run into Woosh! at a bunch of events over the years. We spoke with the Woosh! folks recently at CES 2015, and they sent us a sample to evaluate. We were impressed, it worked well, did some nice cleaning for a variety of our devices!

We have used it off and on for a few years as well. It is a cleaner, that helps to prevent fingerprints and it cleans devices as well.

I use it for cleaning tablets, phones, eye glasses and lcd displays.

According to Woosh!

What is WHOOSH! Screen Shine? WHOOSH!® Screen Shine® is the next generation screen cleaner that not only cleans screens but makes them shine like new and provides a resistance to fingerprints. In fact, WHOOSH! Screen Shine is the ONLY screen and device cleaner that is guaranteed safe for all screens, 100% non-toxic, and fingerprint resistant. WHOOSH! is perfect for multi-touch and regular monitors, mobile devices, and consumer electronics including Apple Retina® displays, TFT, Glass, LCD, Plasma, OLED, UltraHD, CRT, Eink, and Ultra HD screens. TV’s, etc.

The importance of Tech Hygiene

• Maintaining personal cleanliness doesn’t end with washing our hands anymore. It should extend to our screens & devices as we touch them all day long – We take them to bed, touch them right after we eat, and some people even use them in the bathroom. Research shows that 82% of mobile phones have some form of bacterial contamination. (Source: London School of Hygiene & Topical Medicine, University of London)

• WHOOSH! removes dirt, dust, grime, makeup and skin oils while leaving a nano-thin, invisible coating that resists fingerprints and dirt buildup. Safe for You and Your Family

• WHOOSH! ingredients are reviewed and certified non-toxic by NSF International so there are no harmful residues transferred to your fingers to worry about.

• WHOOSH! is alcohol and ammonia free. It does not contain acids, chlorine, solvents, petroleum distillates, phosphates, or VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds).

• WHOOSH! is also anti-static, and haze and streak free. • WHOOSH! is made with biodegradable surfactants. GUARANTEED – Safe for your Screens

• GUARANTEED Safe for your Screen – Won’t damage, etch or chemically harm ANY of your screens or OEM coatings. • The only screen cleaner that will stand behind the product with a “Safe for your Screen” guarantee.

• Should a screen get damaged using our product, we will repair the screen or replace the device at no cost. Great for Gamers • Allows gamers’ fingers to breeze across the screen faster and with less friction

So if you want to try some for your self there are a few varieties:

Product SKUs WHOOSH! Screen Shine is available in a variety of sizes and ships with a 6”x6” anti-microbial screen cleaning microfiber cloth:

• Pocket (.3 fluid ounces)

• On-the-Go (1 fluid ounce)

• Duo+ (one 3.4 fluid ounce bottle and one .3 fluid ounce bottle)

Retailers WHOOSH! Screen Shine is available online at http://www.whooshscreenshine.com and Amazon.com, and is also currently available at select retail stores including Fry’s Electronics and Restoration

SURE,
IT’S A LITTLE GROSS,
BUT HERE’S
THE GOOD NEWS…

We perform ATP tests
on phones and screens
regularly and the findings,
well, they’re gross

WHOOSH! quickly
and easily cleans
the grossness away,
leaving a fingerprint
resistant shine.
Use it every day

We like it, and it is a great product!