Category Archives: Education

YouTube Favorite Video Series: “Laura’s Prairie Summer” July, 2020 Recorded Live from Walnut Grove, Minnesota

Hi All,

I enjoy watching movies and TV Series based on books. I believe the characters have more depth and the plots more developed when books drive the creative process of screen play creations.

My featured YouTube Video series for COVID-19 2020 Summer is “Laura’s Prairie Summer”. It is free for a little while and I hope you take the time to check out the series from the banks of Plum Creek.

This series is is straight from Walnut Grove, Minnesota and features people from all over the US that have studied or read the Laura Ingalls Wilder Books and one interview in the series was from one of the actresses that started in the “Little House on the Prairie” TV Series. The play scenes include actors from the community.

Here are the links to the shows:

Laura’s Prairie Summer Episode 1

Laura’s Prairie Summer Episode 2

Laura’s Prairie Summer Episode 3

Laura’s Prairie Summer Episode 4

Laura’s Prairie Summer Episode 5

Laura’s Prairie Summer Episode 6

I hope I have all the links correct but if in doubt just search YouTube for Laura’s Prairie Summer and all the videos will come up for you.

It’s a well done series by local people in Western Minnesota in a small town where farming is the main source of income so anything you can contribute toward the efforts to keep the Laura Ingalls Wilder museum going along with the theater group will be appreciated.

The shows are for the whole family with new scenes included – every year the community puts on a pageant with an outdoor play that is very well done. Tune in and let the kids see entertainment for the whole family. Stay safe everyone.

Photo taken on a July 26, 2014 Trip to Walnut Grove, MN Book Signing event.
Photo taken on a July 26, 2014 Trip to Walnut Grove, MN Book Signing event.
I met Sarah Uthoff featured interviewee from “Laura’s Prairie Summer Episode 2” at this July 26, 2014 Book Signing event while waiting in line
I also met Alison Arngrim at the July 26, 2014 Book signing event in Walnut Grove, Minnesota she was featured in “Laura’s Prairie Summer Episode 5” this July 24, 2020.

Book Reviews Coming Soon

Hi All,

I haven’t forgotten my book reviews just have to make the time to write about the fantastic books I’ve read recently.

THE ROYERS OF RENFREW by Marie & Maxine Beckroyers

Just finished this book from a Nora Robert Book signing event and available at at this link

This is a wonderfully written account of one family’s experiences for one year living in the 1800’s in Pennsylvania USA.  Ups and down’s of growing up before there was indoor plumbing, electricity and hard wood floors.

I’ll write more about this book soon.  Catching up on all my blogs and finding it a pleasure to share my thoughts on the books I love to read.

All your comments are welcome.  Keep on reading and writing both lift the soul and spirit to learn, share and grow.


Melissa Blanchard

Fruit Fact: Lemon

Thanks, Organic Ready every time I visit your site find out more I need to know. Thank you.



Lemon water has an alkalizing effect in the body. Even if you drink it just before any meal, it will help your body maintain a higher pH than if you didn’t drink it.

The higher or more alkaline your pH, the more your inner terrain is resistant to minor and major diseases.

Lemons contain ascorbic acid (vitamin C), which demonstrates anti-inflammatory effects, and is used as complementary support for asthma and other respiratory symptoms. Plus, it enhances iron absorption in the body; iron plays an important role in immune function. Lemon also contains citric acid, flavonoids, B-complex vitamins, calcium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and fiber.

I’m an avid lemon water drinker. It’s my morning, afternoon and night time go-to beverage. The best part is the vital nutrients this simple drink encompasses. I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.

Other great reads:
Ten Reason Why you Should Drink Lemon Water

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Fruit Fact: Grapefruits Fight Free Radicals

Thanks for sharing, OrganicReady – good facts to know:)



Free radicals causes cells in our bodies to breakdown, and foods that are high in vitamin C can significantly reduce and prevent oxidative stress on our cells. Thus grapefruits, carrots, oranges and tomatoes to name a few, are exceptionally high in vitamin C.

Oxidative stress is now thought to make a significant contribution to all inflammatory diseases (arthritis, vasculitis, glomerulonephritis, lupus erythematous, adult respiratory diseases syndrome), ischemic diseases (heart diseases, stroke, intestinal ischema), hemochromatosis, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, emphysema, organ transplantation, gastric ulcers, hypertension and preeclampsia, neurological disorder (Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy), alcoholism, smoking-related diseases, and many others. An excess of oxidative stress can lead to the oxidation of lipids and proteins, which is associated with changes in their structure and functions.

Oxidative stress also causes premature aging and wrinkles. If you don’t want to look old before your time, choose the right foods. The foods we choose…

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Things To Share


Hi All,

The picture shows me with my new Spring hair cut (just got one today at boji hairstudio 612.781.1388 in Minneapolis MN)  – going to be warmer soon and I’m going to be ready for it.  The T-Shirt and necklace I got from (Turn the Page Bookstore Cafe).  On the back of the shirt is a stack of books – my favorite thing is reading – favorite author symbol NR (for newly released book and Nora Roberts).

Wanted to share with fellow bloggers I figured out what “Press This” option means – you can publish a link to that post then introduce it and you have a more recent post.  Saves retyping everything when you just want to draw attention to that post at a later date – like event is posted early and then reminder right before the event.

Also been learning the rules of the road for Twitter.  What fun that has been, while supporting my favorite TV show to date – #WhenCallsTheHeart on @HallmarkChannel.  You can get episodes on Amazon, & iTunes if you can’t get the show locally.  Otherwise its available On Demand by my cable provider.  Tweet with the hash tag tonight to help the #Hearties (#WhenCallsTheHeart fan tag) trend the show.

I think this program is special because it shows what it really means to be a person in society, with very little drama and more about living day to day.  This show is about a young woman starting at her first teaching position in a coal mining town in the wilds of Canada.   I’ve always loved my teachers – school was structured time to learn and grow.  My 3rd grade teacher used to read to the class from the book, The Mouse and the Motorcycleby  Beverly Cleary from URL:  Mouse and the Motorcycle  using Google search on Mouse and the Motorcycle on 3/22/14 at 4:45 p.m.  It was the first story I’d really heard at that level read to me.  My teacher realized I couldn’t read well when called upon because I was having trouble seeing.  This discovery really changed my life – I discovered the world of books and I wasn’t slow just unable to see.  The teacher in #WhenCallsTheHeart reminds me of my 3rd grade teacher in how much she cares about each of her students.

When Calls The Heart, a Hallmark Channel original series airing tonight at 9/8 Central time see this link for more information on the show: When Calls the Heart , portrays  the inner beauty of a teacher that cares for all her students.  The writing, costumes and sets/scenery on this show are truly magnificent to experience.  So I ask you to tune in and show your support on Facebook, twitter, whatever way you share what you like with social media.  Watch and decide for yourself.

Here’s some of the cool things I’ve learned about twitter in my pursuit of supporting #WhenCallsTheHeart.

1. Followers are not your goal – the goal of twitter is to give you information that’s of interest to you.  If you have something to share – great – but the real purpose is to find out things you didn’t know before or might never have found without tweets on the subject.

2. Twitter jail is a real thing – if you follow too many, or tweet too fast or with the same thing over and over you may be mistaken for spam – so you are suspended from using your account.  You can see tweets but are unable to tweet.  Twitter has specific guidelines on how to avoid tweet jail here:  Twitter Jail rules  – well worth the read – helps me decide on what I want to do with my account.  Remember RT count in the number of tweets you’ve done for the day so RT wisely.

3. Keep following to those you will be conversing with or direct messaging (DM).  I also follow public interest sites such as @letsmove or ‏@JohnEMichel check them out for some good motivational information.

4. Keep your tweets positive – no one wants to read a rant – on twitter especially – you only get 140 words make the most of them:)

5. Learn the twitter dictionary to get the most of out of tweets – here’s a link for a good source:  Twitter Dictionary

6. What you post on twitter doesn’t stay on twitter – I’ve found old profiles perfectly preserved on the internet.  I’m so glad the words aren’t something I’ll ever regret – keep this in mind when sharing on any social media platform.

7.Twitter has helped me cut out extras in my writing.  You really have to say what you mean on twitter or you will run out of room, so think through what you want to communicate and keep it simple.

Hope all of you will check out twitter and see what potential you might find using that service.  Everyone is welcome to comment on this article and give your tips or correct me where ever I may have gone wrong.

Have a beautiful Spring evening everyone in the Northern Hemisphere that is.  Keep on blogging, tweeting and posting.  See you on the internet:)

Melissa Blanchard