Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Justin Osmond, son of Merrill Osmond has been on an intense training schedule since September of 2014 to run the biggest & longest trek of his life. He isn’t running for himself, he’s running 250 miles to raise awareness and financial support for 25 deaf children living in Southern Utah who will be receiving the gift of better hearing.

This Run 4 Hearing event will kick off the start of this trek on Saturday May 2nd starting in Justin’s hometown of Ephraim, UT located at: Canyon View Park, 650 S. 100 E starting at 9 AM. This will begin with a press conference at 8:45 AM and then a 5K Fun Run (open to the public). This will also kick start Justin’s 250 miler to St. George where the kids will be anxiously waiting to receive their new hearing devices.
On Saturday May 9th at the finish line in St. George (location and time TBD), there will be another benefit run entitled “Super HEAR-O 5K Fun Run.” A grand celebration will take place as family, friends, and many community members will come together to pay tribute to our young Super HEAR-O’s that deserve to hear life’s precious sounds.

All the proceeds from this Run 4 Hearing event will benefit the Olive Osmond Hearing Fund (OOHF). The OOHF is excited to announce their partnership with the Washington County School District Foundation. Together they will work towards their goal in helping many deaf & hard of hearing students within the Washington County School District with better hearing.

“We are thrilled and so excited to partner with the Olive Osmond Hearing Fund in this worthy endeavor to help many of our deaf & hard of hearing students in our school district. I’m excited to see them excel and reach their greatest dreams and aspirations through the gift of better hearing.”
Pam Graf ~ Director of Washington County School District Foundation

Olive Osmond was the matriarch of the world-famous Osmond singing family. Two of her children were deaf and she devoted her life to helping people with hearing loss. “The reason the original Osmond Brothers started performing in the first place, was to raise money to buy hearing aids for their deaf siblings. I’m simply paying it forward to help more deaf people who don’t have the resources, and to empower them to be all they can be.” Justin says.

For more information about Justin Osmond’s 250 Mile Benefit Run, visit

Founded in 2010, the Olive Osmond Hearing Fund ( serves both the deaf and hard of hearing communities with education, resources, and cutting-edge hearing equipment and devices. Justin Osmond started the organization in honor of his grandmother, Olive Osmond, the matriarch of the world-famous singing Osmond family. Justin Osmond, an accomplished violinist, is himself 90% deaf. Since 2010, Olive Osmond Hearing Fund has provided hearing aids to over 2,500 children around the world, and has outfitted several school districts with equipment to help teachers better communicate with deaf students. The organization also provides musical instruments and lessons to deaf children.

Contact: or 801.609.4327

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Review: LITTLE GREEN by Arnold Rudnick

LITTLE GREEN – Little Green Frog wants to be special, and he hops out of the swamp, asking “Isn’t it possible?” he could be a goose, horse or kio. While the reader learns about animal groups, skills sounds and traits, Little Green learns it’s important to be himself. 

Arnold Rudnick has a gift for creating fascinating stories to challenge children toward self-improvement and self-esteem. In LITTLE GREEN he introduces a little green frog (beautifully realized by illustrator Marcelo Goreman) who has big dreams to be special. 

ISBN: 0981587976
Publisher: Paraphrase, LLC

Overall thoughts: This is a really cute picture story book written in rhyme and teaches children it's is important to learn who they are before they run off into the world trying to be like somebody else. This isn't a book for beginning readers, but it is a great bedtime story for younger children. Children who are becoming better readers would be okay reading along with an adult. There is repetition in the story, which makes it a great book to help with cognitive development.

About the Author: ARNOLD RUDNICK has written for many television shows, including THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR, STAR TREK: VOYAGER and THE NEW ADDAMS FAMILY.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

WOI: Author & Illustrator Christa Pierce Visits the Stories for Children Show

Welcome to BTR's featured World of Ink Network. On today's Stories for Children show, listeners will get to meet Christa Pierce, a 24-year-old author and illustrator making her literary debut with Did You Know That I Love You?, published by HarperCollins, which Publisher’s Weekly calls a “sweetly assuring ode to unconditional love” and Brooke Shields raves, “I can't wait to read this to my girls. It so sweetly exemplifies the countless ways in which love is given.”

The show will air live on Monday March 23rd at 4pm Eastern - 3pm Central - 2pm Moutain - 1pm Pacific

Did You Know That I Love You? was originally written as a letter to her mother during a difficult time in their relationship, offers a heartfelt story about the importance of expressing your feelings to those you love.
The World of Ink Network is more than just a blog talk radio show network, it also offers writing and marketing help. You can learn more about WOI at

About the Host: Virginia S Grenier is a creative writing instructor for Dixie State University's CommunityEd program, a freelance content editor, director of the St. George Book Festival; along with being a Mom's Chocie and Award-winning author.

We invite you to listen in live and join us in the chatroom during the show at or catch us on demand at

Friday, March 27, 2015

Interview Friday with Author Lawrence Elliott

Lawrence Elliott was born in one of the beautiful islands of the Bahamas called New Providence. He is married to a lovely lady named Deborah. His passion is to teach the laws of life in a practical way. Presently, he volunteers teaching junior high school boys the word of God, in a group called the Christian Boys Movement. Additionally, Mr. Elliott volunteered teaching ‘at risk’ high school boys, the principles of life at a special institute designed for them.

VS: I want to thank you for being my guest here on The Writing Mama today, Lawrence. So let’s get things started for the interview. What do you do to help balance your writing life with your family life?

Lawrence: I tend to write in the mornings after my children go to work and my grand children go to school. Only my wife and I are home during this time. My wife has a physical challenge, so she is unable to work, my job know is to take care of my wife. During the day I write and take care of my wife. In the evenings I relax with my wife, children, and grandchildren. Sometimes I write late at night when the house is quiet.

VS: How long have you been writing?

Lawrence: Several years ago, I started to write books on different subjects. Almost all of them were never completed. Early in 2014, I began writing, "Practical Proverbs for Everyday Living". At the end of 2014, it was published.

VS: What inspired you to write your book "Practical Proverbs for Everyday Living?"

Lawrence: My inspiration for this book came from the Holy Spirit. One day as I was lying across my bed, I heard a few proverbs popped into my head. The Holy Spirit told me to write a book of proverbs and call it, "Practical Proverbs for Everyday Living". I responded by saying, "Five or six proverbs cannot fill a book". He replied, if you do not write down the ones that I have given you, then how do you expect me to give you more. I immediately jumped up and wrote down the proverbs and the rest is history. I decided to tell this personal story, because there are people out there who are hearing the voice of God to do something. This story will help them to get started, in order for them to accomplish the request of God. Sometimes as human beings, we need a little inspiration.

VS: Is your family supportive of your writing?

Lawrence: My family was very supportive of me writing a book. My wife continually prayed for me and encourages me to keep moving forward. Her inspirational words helped me tremendously. My children consistently helped me by typing my writings into the computer. My wife even helped me financially with publishing the book. I received great support from my family.

VS: Can you share with us a little about your current book?

Lawrence: My book, "Practical Proverbs for Everyday Living" is a book about vital wisdom principles in order to have a live of peace and joy. This book gives you insight on how to avoid the convoluted problems in this world. The book also teaches the reader how to have insight to avoid problematic situations. Overall it is simple but yet profound, to help the reader to live a truly successful life.

VS: What did you find to be the most challenging part of writing your book?

Lawrence: The most challenging part of writing my book was ensuring that the reader receives the maximum benefits from the proverbs. I had to tweak and sometime re-tweak the proverbs so that I could reach that goal.

VS: What part of your book do you feel really stands out to you personally?

Lawrence: The part of the book that really stands out to me personally is called "A man of Rectitude". This is a good picture of who a real man is. This section will teach men how to become a real man. It will also teach women what to look for in order to have a real man. Society needs this information. I surely love this section of the book.

VS: If this is a nonfiction book/inspirational book, what event do you feel was the turning point to your story?

Lawrence: My book is not a story. It is a book of wisdom keys. I personally do not have a turning point. I only have proverbs that I need and some that I don't need as much.

VS: What tips can you give writing parents with children at home to help them see publication?

Lawrence: I would say to writing parents who have children at home, you must balance your time and manage it correctly. Set aside a writing time when the children are occupied with another adult or when they are asleep. This strategy will help very well to get your book public in reasonable time frame.

VS: What do you think are the basic ingredients of a good book?

Lawrence: The basic ingredients of a good book are, an interesting topic, a relevant story, a well presented work and most importantly information that would help the reader move forward in their life. Even if the book is entertaining it should still benefit the reader in a positive way.

VS: What do you feel as parents we need to do to help our children see success?

Lawrence: The first thing one should do is to live a good positive life, because children tend to gravitate more to what they see, rather than what they hear. We as parents should teach them, but even more so, train them in the success laws of life. Education also plays a vital role along with love and discipline.

VS: Have you received any awards for your writing?

Lawrence: I have not received any awards for my writing as yet. However, I expect to receive some very soon.

VS: Where can the readers of The Writing Mama find out more about and your writing?

Lawrence: My readers and The Writing Mama can find out more about me and my writing on Facebook.

VS: Is there anything else you would like to share with us about being a “Writing Dad”?

Lawrence: It is an awesome experience being a writing Dad. It is a wonderful thing to put your words on paper to help encourage or inspire someone. We are all placed on this planet to help someone in some way. Be blessed. 

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