Thank you Park Forest Book Club members for a truly great day and your support. The book clubs of Park Forest, Englewood, FL and other interested residents gathered March 2 to hear Florida author DL Havlin. Mr Havlin spoke about his book, The Cross on Cotton Creek. His presentation focused on Civil War history, writing techniques and the message within this book.
Out and about: January 29, 2019, 10:30 AM
Fort Myers Beach Library
2755 Estero Boulevard
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
Award winning author DL Havlin presents
“Florida’s Contribution to WWII
WWII’s Contribution to Florida”
Cedar Key Historical Society
Due to circumstances beyond our control, DL Havlin will NOT be presenting a program Thursday, 1/17, at Cedar Key Historical Society. We will do our best to schedule presentations in the area at future dates. Thank you for your support. Check our website Calendar of Events, http://www.dlhavlin.com
Do you want to know more about author DL Havlin? https://youtu.be/hGPaAwxuE5Y
9/2 & 9/3 “A journey in time”. Visit with me and learn about Florida’s history.
Want to be revitalized? This is not an ad for Centrum Silver, Geritol, Alive!, or Nugenix. It’s a suggestion: If you want to refresh your attitude and want your faith restored in America, visit a small town in “fly over” country. I recently had the opportunity to do this. What a tonic and antidote for the toxic times we live in.
The occasion for my visit to the wonderful North Carolina town of Burnsville was my dear and best friends eightieth birthday. It’s a relationship that I’ve treasured for 50 years. His birthday celebration and the wonderful people who made it successful is an inspirational story and I’ll save that for a future post.
It is my relationship with CTC that exposed me to Burnsville and the North Carolina mountain country. Only 35 miles from Asheville, the town is the Yancey County seat. Its cool air and crystal waters are a summer oasis for flat-landers like myself and that’s what attracted my Floridian friend to its environs. Burnsville was/is the setting for one of my novels, September on Echo Creek.
Some of Burnsville’s stores have changed since I wrote September on Echo Creek. New businesses have replaced old ones in some cases. I miss the general store that was an institution for years. The library has moved a few hundred yards to new digs. But, the town’s flavor and charm haven’t changed. I recognized many of the business names that were around when my novel was published. Most importantly, the friendly nature of the establishments is a reassuring constant. A great example of this is the inn where we stayed. The Nuwray is living history. Built in the 1830’s, it is a can’t miss stop for people who are antique lovers, history buffs, and observers of Americana … a place so warm and wonderful its effect is far more invigorating than a shot of B-12. Great small town restaurants surround the Nuwray. Find a place to park your car and forget it.
However, the most encouraging and soothing thing I discovered was that the Burnsville people were as I remembered. Stable, friendly, and helpful, they remain the same as when I wrote about them in my novel September on Echo Creek … published 20 years ago. The heroine, Gaylynn, escaped poisonous relationships by fleeing an environment that threatened to destroy her. Her life was controlled by guilt strings. The Burnsville people rescue her and help her cut her bonds. The fabric of these wonderful people hasn’t changed. The Brendas, Ferrells, Bos, Annettes, Kens, Micheals, Micheles, Randys and Christinas are the same as the ever-lasting earth. The earth grows the bread to nurture our bodies. These small town people grow relationships that satisfy our souls.
Try this if you want some solace for your psyche. Find a map of a rural location 100 miles from a big city. It can be in your area … or not. Extend your index finger and point to a small town. Look for a spot with a past like the Nuwray. Visit and stay there. Don’t try to rush around and see the sights. Toss your car keys on the dresser and forget them. Believe me, if you’re not certain about a place, the Nuwray and Burnsville are a marvelous choice. Go. Then just enjoy breathing. Enjoy people. Life in America is still great if we’ll take the time to live it.
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One of the most enjoyable tasks involved with my writing (it isn’t really a task) is to share some of the information I uncover when doing research for my books. Today, the Sandman Book Company in the Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, and Cape Coral area opens its doors to people who want to learn more about Florida’s turbulent beginnings. These people are readers. They are the thinkers and reasoners in our society. They understand that truth is harder to color in the written word than in the spoken (or televised) word.
So often the content, or lack of it, is disguised by skillful presentation. It appeals to our emotions, to our greed, to our self-righteous over simplifications, and to the deliverer’s desire to stifle decent. A reader can study the matter before him because it does not disappear when the TV remote off button is pushed or the speaker leaves the podium. Is it possible to make lies believable in print? Oh, yes! Is it more probable that they will be unmasked? Absolutely, YES!
That is why history and its integrity is so important. It’s the past preserved in writing. It gives us a stake in the ground to measure the present. It is also the reason why many wish to rewrite it to their advantage. Or, eliminate it completely if it furthers their single-minded agenda.
I would leave you with this thought:
History is important
If we must face our past looking through separate windows, we will never see the same thing or see it together.
You may quote me.
I’ll be speaking at the Sandman Book Company at 2:00 PM this afternoon (Saturday, 7/21) located at Turtle Crossing on Burnt Store Road south of Punta Gorda. There is already a large group signed to attend, but I’m sure our gracious host Heidi can accommodate all who wish a visit me. It is a great store!
The reaction to the writer’s conference is been fantastic! Check out ABC-ArtisansOfBooks.com for more info.
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