The Mission 10: Transparency


Hi friends of “The Star Who Almost Wasn’t There”!

It is my desire to let everyone, who is interested, follow how these Star missions unfold;  That is, I want to be transparent in the creation of these missions.  This blog relates the steps I’ve taken and the progress made since Christmas.

Mission 1:  Put the book into the hands of all little children everywhere

Mission 2:  Start a community for developmentally disabled adults based on Lambs Farm

Mission 3:  Start a tuition free college based on College of the Ozarks

In January I met with an attorney about setting up a not for profit and funneling money into it from the sale of “The Star Who Almost Wasn’t There.”  The objective of the not-for-profit will be to work to establish missions 2 and 3.  The attorney advised me that it is cumbersome and rather expensive to set up a not-for-profit, and he directed me to an organization called Prairie Community Foundation.  The statement below is from the Prairie Community Foundation web site:

We connect people who care with causes that matter. Explore our website and let us know how we can help you fulfill your charitable goals.

Illinois Prairie Community Foundation provides a simple and powerful approach to charitable giving. We make it possible for individuals, families and organizations to custom-design their own named funds and/or support existing funds that reflect their charitable goals and interests.”

I will meet with a representative from Prairie Community Foundation later this month.

I also met with the Pastor of the Christian Church in my community  about the mission to get the book to young children.  Tim, liked the message in the book, was interested in my personal story and the opportunity for his church to share in the profits as they help to put the book into the hands of young children.

The approach is that Churches and other not-for-profit organizations can help to get the book to children everywhere through their various missions.  In addition, they can use the book as a fundraiser to help support their own missions.

As a result of that meeting, I enjoyed a breakfast meeting with four Pastors of the various churches in my community.  They too seemed interested and I have promised to send them more detailed information and to make myself available to speak to groups within their churches.

Just this weekend Roger and I had dinner with friends, the Pastor who married us, Tom and his wife Diane.  Tom has a ministry speaking at churches around the world.  I looked to him for guidance.  He gave more than guidance.  He has offered to take some books with him on a trip to see how they do.  And we will explore whether or not we can share space to market our respective materials at some venues.

There are many activities planned for this year.

  • To make the story as accessible to as many children as possible, I am working on a version that will be must less expensive to produce.  It will be a coloring book, but unlike other coloring books, this one will contain the story narrative as well as pictures to color.  So, I am also looking for good crayons that can be purchased wholesale, at the best possible price, to package with the coloring book.  Some of these books will be headed for destinations in other countries.
  • I am designing a t-shirt that will be worn by people who participate in Star events and which eventually will be available for purchase.
  • I’ve asked a friend to see if she could translate the story into Spanish
  • I met with a representative from the Baby Fold regarding participation in the Festival of Trees and the possibility of a ‘special Star event’ that might fit into the Festive venue.  She will take the idea to the appropriate committee.  So I hope to hear more about that in a month or two.

I have made a commitment to myself that when there is a need to purchase materials associated with the Star, they will be made in the U.S.A.

I was not successful at getting registered to participate in the Hearts at Home National Convention here in Normal in March.  This is the only venue I have even considered prior to June 1 [when I will have more time to work on this] because it is local.  But, I will reach out to this organization again next year!

Please consider volunteering!

I am looking for volunteers to help us get rolling!  I hope that you may find some interest here.  Please read the previous blog on volunteering and contact me if you find you have any interest.  Or consider these additional options:

  • Would you be willing to provide an introduction to the Pastor at the church you attend?
  • Perhaps you would be willing to serve as the contact for your Church if they choose to help market the book and deliver the story to children at various missions.  If you are well-organized, or if you have accounting skills, this is a great fit. 
  • Perhaps you’d like to participate in the mission to get the book to children by purchasing some copies to be donated to children at mission locations.
  • Or perhaps you have an interest in helping developmentally disabled adults or believe that the world would benefit if some college age students were able to pay for their college experience with hard work. . .and build character as part of their education.  Would you be interested in participating on a steering board?

Feel free to contact me at:


The Mission 9: Laying a Foundation in 2013 and Volunteers

Happy New Year!  Welcome to 2013, and welcome back to my site.

Have you read the earlier blogs?  If not, you may want to read them in order or this blog may not paint a vision of the activities for this new year.

We are standing on the threshold of 2013.  Most of us wonder what it will bring.  I know that for me it will be very busy and exciting, but also intimidating.

There is so much to do.  Will I initiate the right activities and in the right order?  Will I find the right words to bring together the good hearts and talent needed to lay a strong foundation for the missions I’ve outlined?  And so I ask God for help:

Dear God, give me the wisdom to see how the activities must unfold to support your work.  And please give me the words that will engage your people who have ideas, knowledge and talent to embrace the vision.  I know that You will move others to join in this magical adventure building a new generation of people who love You, providing services to enable developmentally disabled adults to contribute to the full extent of their abilities and providing an educational opportunity that helps students to build character and contribute work for their education.

[Wow.  Even just a couple of months ago, I shied from the idea of praying publicly because I felt inadequate to express my thoughts in public prayer.  What a leap!  The potter is shaping this clay, and I definitely need to be shaped.]

I hope eventually that many readers in locations throughout the world will be moved to participate in these missions.  This work is likely to create some jobs at some point.  It is yet another gift of the story that keeps giving.  But in 2013 we will have to depend largely upon volunteers to begin the work and start to lay the foundation.   In the last blog I laid out some of the activities I feel will be addressed in 2013.

Will you volunteer?

  • Do you feel moved to help get this book to the children?
  • What gifts do you have that you can volunteer?
    • Do you speak and write in languages other than English?
    • Do you have business experience to share?
    • Do you have legal knowledge of establishing not-for-profits?
    • Are you interested in participating on a steering board?
    • What other gifts would you like to contribute?
    • Would you like to work with churches and organizations in your community to spread the word and encourage them to participate in selling the book and distributing it to little children?
    • Do you enjoy advertising and marketing?
    • Do you have legal expertise?
    • Do you enjoy researching topics?  Can you volunteer some time to dig out information?
    • Are you familiar with publishing processes?  Do you know what it takes to secure an ISBN number?
    • Are you familiar with printing technologies?
    • Do you have management experience?
    • Do you have artistic talents?  Theater?  Music?


If you have found this site, please search your heart and ask God for guidance.  I am hopeful that many of you are feeling or will feel moved by spirit to join this important mission.  Please feel free to contact me via email at:

Thank you to those who volunteered services to this point:

  • Mark Burns of Great News Radio who gave me some air time and invited me to the Christian Artists and Authors Meet and Greet at the Olive Garden
  • The LeRoy Replex who sold books and held a book signing and where books may still be purchased.
  • Steve Dean who sold books at Niepagen Garden Shop in LeRoy where we are planning another book signing, and where books may still be purchased
  • LaWanda Matson, a neighbor who shared the story with women from all LeRoy churches in a presentation she gave in December.
  • Jane Sleight, who took time to help me with a book signing at the LeRoy Replex
  • Berean Book Store who held a book signing and sold books
  • Beth Sennett who provided assistance with changes to my web site
  • Contours Day Spa, Bloomington, where the book can still be purchased
  • To the many work associates and facebook friends have shared the story,helped to spread the word to their families and friends, and offered information:  Lisa Willis, Yvonne Duncan, Kirsten Feldker, Kendra Coleman, Hema Gopi, Kristin Laughlin, Melanie Blankenship, Robin Leenders, Mike Sennett, Steve Ullom, Jodi Lancaster, Butch Correll, Lori Neisler, Terie Sumrall, Frank Thomas, Barb Emmett, Charla Andrade, Ann Wheet, Kent Jarrett, Michelle Steinbacher, Karmen Riggs, Tim Johnson, Margaret DeMaio, Lori Koehler-Brown, Susan Payne, Kaye Gwin, Chad and Tiffany Emmett, Mrs. Vermillion . . .[I know as soon as I post this, I will remember those who I have missed.  Please forgive me!]

I can be contacted at the email address above if you wish to have a book signed.

May 2013 bring you some joy each day:  Good health, friendships and family relationships and good spirits.  Rejoice.