Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Story from Paul Coelho

Book Queens, I received this Email from Paul Coelho wishing his readers a Merry Christmas and as his gift a short tale about the meaning of Christmas. 
Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!  Love, Queen Kay
Dear Reader,

My wish is for you and your loved ones to have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
As a way to thank you for your continued support throughout 2008, I have enclosed a copy of the 
Christmas Story that appeared in worldwide journals and columns that I have written. 
Best wishes to you and your family.

Paulo Coelho

The music coming from the house


Paulo Coelho


On Christmas Eve, the king invited the prime minister to join him for their usual walk together.

He enjoyed seeing the decorations in the streets, but since he didn't want his subjects to spend too much money on these just to please him,

the two men always disguised themselves as traders from some far distant land.


They walked through the centre of the city, admiring the lights, the Christmas trees, the candles burning on the steps of the houses,

the stalls selling gifts, and the men, women and children hurrying off to celebrate a family Christmas around a table laden with food.

On the way back, they passed through a poorer area, where the atmosphere was quite different.


There were no lights, no candles, no delicious smells of food about to be served. There was hardly a soul in the street, and,

as he did every year, the king remarked to the prime minister that he really must pay more attention to the poor in his kingdom.

The prime minister nodded, knowing that the matter would soon be forgotten again, buried beneath the day-to-day bureaucracy

of budgets to be approved and discussions with foreign dignitaries.


Suddenly, they heard music coming from one of the poorest houses. The hut was so ramshackle and the rotten wooden timbers

so full of cracks, that they were able to peer through and see what was happening inside.


And what they saw was utterly absurd: an old man in a wheelchair apparently crying, a shaven-headed young woman dancing,

and a young man with sad eyes shaking a tambourine and singing a folk song.


'I'm going to find out what they're up to,' said the king.


He knocked. The music stopped, and the young man came to the door.


'We are merchants in search of a place to sleep. We heard the music, saw that you were still awake,

and wondered if we could spend the night here.'


'You can find shelter in a hotel in the city. We, alas, cannot help you. Despite the music, this house is full of sadness and suffering.'


'And may we know why?'


'It's all because of me.' It was the old man in the wheelchair who spoke. 'I've spent my life teaching my son calligraphy,

so that he could one day get a job as a palace scribe. But the years have passed and no post has ever come up.

And then, last night, I had a stupid dream: an angel appeared to me and asked me to buy a silver goblet because, the angel said,

the king would be coming to visit me. He would drink from the goblet and give my son a job.


'The angel was so persuasive that I decided to do as he said. Since we have no money, my daughter-in-law went to the market

this morning to sell her hair so that we could buy that goblet over there. The two of them are doing their best to get me in the

Christmas spirit by singing and dancing, but it's no use.'


The king saw the silver goblet, asked to be given a little water to quench his thirst and, before leaving, said to the family:


'Do you know, we were talking to the prime minister only today, and he told us that an opening for a palace scribe would be

announced next week.'

The old man nodded, not really believing what he was hearing, and bade farewell to the strangers.


The following morning, however, a royal proclamation was read out in all the city streets; a new scribe was needed at court.


On the appointed day, the audience room at the palace was packed with people eager to compete for that much-sought-after post.

The prime minister entered and asked everyone there to prepare their paper and pens:

'Here is the subject of the composition: Why is an old man weeping, a shaven-headed woman dancing, and a sad young man singing?'


A murmur of disbelief went round the room. No one knew how to tell such a story, apart, that is,

from the shabbily dressed young man sitting in one corner, who smiled broadly and began to write.


                                                   Based on an Indian story.



   Translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa

Friday, December 12, 2008

FW: I'd like to donate

Thank you Jeannine Ralston!!
Just got this email in and couldn't wait to share it with you, my Queens!!!  Queen Laurie's mission trip will be the receipient for January sales!!  Mark your calendar for January to purchase (click) through her site then on to  I know I have some birthdays in January and I will use this option.
Jeannie, I hope to meet you at Girlfriends Weekend in Jefferson, TX!  What an inspiration you are!! 
I pray your nephew is improving.
Best Wishes and thank you!!

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Subject: I'd like to donate
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2008 09:21:51 -0600

Dear Father Torres:

I've heard about the wonderful work of Abrazando Christo from Laurie Cormier. She sent me some photos of the day care you built in Nicaragua. I'm so impressed by what you're doing.

I am the author of the book The Unlikely Lavender Queen: A Memoir of Unexpected Blossoming. Starting this fall I've undertaken a new project called The Seed Campaign. Every month I choose a different cause to donate funds to. The funds come from on-line sales of my book. I feel very compelled to give back; the theme of my book is making the most of the twist and turns life takes and I'm committed to helping organizations that assist others in making the most of their lives. I've had nice success so far with the effort, raising over $2,000 over the past 3 months.

I would like to find out if you would allow me to donate to your organization in January. I would include information about your work on my website and send out e-mails to my list of subscribers and also hand out postcards at book signings that talk about your organization.

I would ask that you send out word of our efforts to your supporters and maybe post something on your website, if you have one.

Please let me know if it would be all right to list you as the beneficiary for January, and could you maybe send me your mission statement and a description of some of the things you're working on right now.

I'm very happy to help out in any way.

Thank you in advance for your time.

Best wishes--Jeannie

Jeannie Ralston
220 N. Zapata Hwy #11
Laredo, Texas 78043
512-423-3030 (U.S. number)
52-415-152-5169 (within Mexico)
Learn more about The Unlikely Lavender Queen: A Memoir of Unexpected Blossoming at

Help me plant hope for others by joining The Seed Campaign. Buy a copy of my book via my website, and a percentage will be donated to a worthy cause--a different organization every month. More info on my website.

Thursday, December 11, 2008


Several of you have requested an updated roster so here it is!
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A Grateful Heart

My dear Queens,
I  don't know how to express adequately my heartfelt thanks for your generous Christmas present to me and to Gene.  I am still overwhelmed with the dinner out, printer ink and the gift card.
You all are simply the best!  When I started this PQ chapter, I just wanted a reason to gather with my friendss, to keep in touch and to have fun.  I think this adventure has been all that and more.  The books have brought me out of my comfort zone for sure and broaden my horizons.  However, discussing them with you my insightful queens, has deepened my understanding of relationships and character development (both fictional and real-life).  So I thank you my queens, for that wonderful gift you have of bringing joy to my life
Much love
Queen Kay

Monday, December 1, 2008

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Merry Christmas Queens!

I am looking forward to our Party on Dec 10 at Queen Brenda's. She lives iin Carlyss at 1315 Southern Oaks Dr.
Food Committee: Queens - Barbara G, Tracey, Evelyn, Allison and Rachel.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Book Selections for the Year

My Queen friends,
If you were unable to make our meeting Wed eveing, You missed  wonderful Mediterranean style food.  Our food committee queens prepared dates, hummus, pita bread, kibbie with garlic sauce, artichocoke dip, cheesecake, cornbread, roasted chicken, pumpkin and banaa bread...all so don't you wish you were there?  Thank you Queens Laurie, Beverly, Erin and  Renee!
 Queen Allison, our technilogical guru, plugged us into an online interview with author Paulo Coelho.  For those who wish to hear the entire 75 minute interview  you can click here   
I was able to have high resolution photos made from his website that had some of his more famous quotes from his books.  If you want to download them you can use this website
 (or if you find another card that you would like to have printed our or a different size etc you can contact me)
The discussion questions were very insightful this time and I felt that I really needed to do some life refleccting journaling on some of them.  Perhaps if I go on a retreat I will bring this with me.
Head Queen Kathy Patrick wants to acknowledge the favorite authors this year at the convention in January.  If you were not at the meeting Wed or fogot to vote
Please email me your choice of the following (one from each category if possible)  I only listed the ones we read as a group.  If you read other selections independently from the entire PQ listings, you may select from those also
The Pulpwood Queens Tiara Wearing Book Sharing Guide to Life by Kathy Patrick
The Pirates Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson
Mermaids in the Basement by Michael Lee West
Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
The Unlikely Lavender Queen  by Jeannie Ralston
The Flawless Skin of Ugly People by  Doug Crandell
The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
I'd appreciate your email or calling me as soon as possible since Kathy needs the results by Dec 1 in order to plan for the Convention in January.   Thank you!!
Also, Mark you Calendar for our early Christmas Party on   Wed 10 6:30 pm at Queen Brenda's  Remember to bring a White Elephant Gift (something you already have but not longer use -- not gag gifts)
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
Queen Kay

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Favorite Book Selection of the year

Our Head Queen Kathy Patrick has asked us to vote individually for the book we enjoyed the most this past year.  I have  copied her request and list of books below and the ones in red , are the the ones we read.  Just be prepared to vote your favorite at our meeting Wednesday.  From the list you can see there are many more books out there that we could read...keep your eyes open for ones you might want to read soon
See you then!
Queen Kay
"And most important to the Pulpwood Queens: I need for each Pulpwood Queen Book Club club member to turn in to their Head Queen, their vote for the Favorite and Best
1)Pulpwood Queen Book Club Selection of the Year!
2)Pulpwood Queen Bonus Book Club Selection of the year!
3)Splinters Book Club Selection of the Year!
4)Pinecones Book Club Selection of the Year!
Please send them to Each vote must have the name of the member. If your entire chapter selects the same book, please send me the list of names of your members with their email addresses. I need these no later than December 1, 2008. I will be notifying the winners of The Pulpwood Queen Book Club Selections of the year to see if they can attend our annual Pulpwood Queen Girlfriend Weekend Author Extravaganza, January 15 - 17, 2009 to see if they can accept their awards in person. See list below and cast your votes:

Pulpwood Queen Official Book Club Selections

January 2008
The Pulpwood Queens' Tiara-Wearing, Book-Sharing Guide to Life by Kathy L. Patrick, Grand Central Publishing
Bonus Book ClubThe Stylist: A Novel (P.S.) by Cai Emmons, Harper Perennial
From the Heart: Seven Rules to Live By by Robin Roberts, Hyperion
Splinters  (teens) Selection  Rowdy in Paris by Tim Sadlin, Riverhead Hardcover
Pinecones ( pre-teens) Selection The Curse of Catunkhamun by Tim Raglin, TR Books

February 2008
Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home by Kim Sunee, Grand Central Publishing
Bonus Book ClubThe Sweet Life by Lynn York, Plume
The Big Beautiful by Pamela Duncan
Splinters  Selection
Pinecones  Selection
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Shermie Alexie, Little Brown Young Readers

March 2008
The Pirate's Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson, UnBridled Books
Bonus Book Club
God Said Yes by Heather Hornback Bland, Berkley
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A. J. Jacobs, Simon & Schuster
Splinters Pinecones  Selection  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, HarperCollins

April 2008
Mermaids in the Basement by Michael Lee West, HarperBonus Book Club
One Fell Swoop by Virginia Boyd, Thomas Nelson
All the Numbers by Judy Larson, Ballentine Books
Splinters Pinecones  Selection   My Mother The Cheerleader by Robert Sharenow, Harper Teen
From Emporia: The Story of William Allen White by Beverley Olsen Buller,

May 2008
A Model Summer by Paulina Porizkova, Hyperion
Bonus BookClub
the memoirs of a beautiful boy by robert leleux, St. Martins Press
Women of Magdalene by Rosemary Poole-Carter, Kunati Inc.
Splinters Pinecones  Selection  Remember As You Pass Me By by L. King Perez, Milkweed
Jim Limber Davis: Black Orphan in the Confederate White House by Rickey Pittman, Pelican Publishing Company

June 2008
The Schooling of Claybird Catts by Janis Owens, Harper Paperbacks
Bonus Book Club My Brother Michael by Janis Owens, Pineapple Press
Myra Sims by Janis Owens, Pineapple Press
Splinters  Selection  The Chicken Dance by Jacques Covillion, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Pinecones  Selection  Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board by Bethany Hamilton, Pocket Books

July 2008
The Wednesday Sisters: A Novel by Meg Waite Clayton, Ballentine Books
Bonus Book Club
How Perfect is That by Sarah Bird, Knopf Publishing Group
Dishing with the Kitchen Virgin by Susan Reinhardt, Kensington
Splinters Selection  The Wall by Peter Sis, Farrah, Straus, & Giroux
Pinecones Selection  The Underneath by Kathi Appelt, Atheneum

August 2008
Where the River Ends by Charles Martin, Broadway Books
Bonus Book Club
Bringing Home the Birkin by Michael Tonello, William Morrow Publishers
The Unlikely Lavender Queen by Jeannie Ralston, Broadway Books

September 2008
The Prince of Frogtown by Rick Bragg, Knopf Publishing Group
Bonus Book Club
Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore, Thomas Nelson
Hairdos & the Mildly Depressed by Doug Crandell, Virgin Books
The Flawless Skin of Ugly People by Doug Crandell, Virgin Books
Splinters  Selection  In Search of Mockingbird by Loretta Elsworth, Henry Holt & Company
Mockingbird by Charles J. Shields, Henry Holt & Company
Pinecones  Selection  I am Scout by Charles J. Shields, Henry Holt & Company

October 2008
Serena by Ron Rash
Bonus Book Club
Singularity by Kathryn Casey, St. Martins Minotaur
Willie Nelson: An Epic Life by Joe Nick Patoski, Little, Brown Publishers
Willie Nelson: A Tale Out of Luck by Willie Nelson with Mike Blakely, Center Street
Splinters  Selection  ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley, Little, Brown Young Readers
Pinecones Selection  A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant, Eerdmans

November 2008
The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood by Helene Cooper, Simon & Schuster
Bonus Book Club
The Uncommon Reader: A Novella by Alan Bennett, Picador
Splinters  Selection  Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron, Grand Central Publishing
The Cats of Kittyville: New Lives for Rescued Felines by Bob Somerville, Sellers Publishing
Pinecones Selection
The 13 Clocks by James Thurber, The New York Review of Books

December 2008 
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, Knopf
Bonus Book Club Selection
Out Stealing Horses: A Novel by Per Petterson
Splinters and Pinecones Book Club Selection
Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and his Girl by Stacey o"Brian, Free Press

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Re: Meeting Nov 19 at 6:30 pm at Queen Laurie's

Wish I could be there!!! Looking forward to seeing y’all in January in Texas!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Meeting Nov 19 at 6:30 pm at Queen Laurie's

I forgot to put the date of our next meeting in the meeting notice.
It will be Wed Nov 19 at 6:30 pm at Queen laurie Cormier's, 418 Peake St in Lake Charles.
 Sulphur Queens who want to car pool, we will meet at Maplewood Rec Center as usual around 5:45 pm
Also, mark your calendar for our Dec Christmas Party, on Dec 10 at 6:30 pm at Queen Brenda Venable's in Carlyss. 
Hope I got it right this time.
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Pulpwood Queens, I am so thankful to count each of you as a friend. I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting Nov 19 at Queen Laurie's, 418 Peake St in Lake Charles. The book is The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
Food committee is Queen Laurie, Queen Beverly, Queen Renee and Queen Erin

Happy Reading!
Queen Kay

When: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 6:30 PM
Where: Queen Laurie's

November Meeting

For our November meeting we will meet at Queen Laurie's at 6:30 pm to discuss our next selection, The Alchemist by Paul Coelho. This inspirational book tells of the journey of Santiago. I'm sure we all have a "Story to Tell" about our own journey. Paul Coelho is an active internet blogger and a supporter of open sourcing through the net. You can access his website here

Discussion Questions:

1. At the start of his journey, when Santiago asks a gypsy woman to interpret his dream about a treasure in the Egyptian pyramids, she asks for one tenth of the treasure in return. When Santiago asks the old man to show him the path to the treasure, the old man requests one tenth of his flock as "payment." Both payments represent a different price we have to pay to fulfill a dream; however, only one will yield a true result. Which payment represents false hope? Can you think of examples from your own life when you had to give up something to meet a goal and found the price too high?

2. Paulo Coelho once said that alchemy is all about pursuing our spiritual quest in the physical world as it was given to us. It is the art of transmuting the reality into something sacred, of mixing the sacred and the profane. With this in mind, can you define your Personal Legend? At what time in your life were you first able to act on it? What was your "beginner's luck"? Did anything prevent you from following it to conclusion? Having read The Alchemist, do you know what inner resources you need to continue the journey?

3. One of the first major diversions from Santiago's journey was the theft of his money in Tangiers, which forced him into taking a menial job with the crystal merchant. There, Santiago learned many lessons on everything from the art of business to the art of patience. Of all these, which lessons were the most crucial to the pursuit of his Personal Legend?

4. When he talked about the pilgrimage to Mecca, the crystal merchant argued that having a dream is more important than fulfilling it, which is what Santiago was trying to do. Do you agree with Santiago's rationale or crystal merchant's?

5. The Englishman, whom Santiago meets when he joins the caravan to the Egyptian pyramids, is searching for "a universal language, understood by everybody." What is that language? According to the Englishman, what are the parallels between reading and alchemy? How does the Englishman's search for the alchemist compares to Santiago's search for a treasure? How did the Englishman and Santiago feel about each other?

6. The alchemist tells Santiago "you don't have to understand the desert: all you have to do is contemplate a simple grain of sand, and you will see in it all the marvels of creation." With this in mind, why do you think the alchemist chose to befriend Santiago, though he knew that the Englishman was the one looking for him? What is the meaning of two dead hawks and the falcon in the oasis? At one point the alchemist explains to Santiago the secret of successfully turning metal into gold. How does this process compare to finding a Personal Legend?

7. Why did Santiago have to go through the dangers of tribal wars on the outskirts of the oasis in order to reach the pyramids? At the very end of the journey, why did the alchemist leave Santiago alone to complete it?

8. Earlier in the story, the alchemist told Santiago "when you possess great treasures within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed." At the end of the story, how did this simple lesson save Santiago's life? How did it lead him back to the treasure he was looking for?

From the University of Chicago

  • What is meant by the "lanuage of the world"?
  • Are omens really out there and are they important? What are omens? Are they just illusions that we see to justify something we feel or want to do, or are they something more?
  • Are the king, the crystal merchant and the alchemist the same person or spirit?
  • What was the point of finding the treasure close to where it was first dreamed about?
  • Was the journey or finding the treasure more important? What does this mean about life?
  • What happens in life when one actually achieves their personal legend?
  • What was the point of the boy becoming the wind?
  • What is your personal legend? Is it important to have one?
  • Does the simplistic and primitive style of this book add or detract from the main goal, what ever you think the main goal is?
  • What does it mean to say "the universe conspires to help you achieve what you want"?

Monday, October 27, 2008

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Just a reminder for our meeting Wed evening and also for the those who want to car pool from Sulphur to meet at the Maplewood Rec Center around 5:45.

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Monday, October 20, 2008


Just wanted to jot you all a note to let you know I am now selling BeautiControl Products and having Spa parties and such.  If you are ever interested, please keep me in mind.  You can also order any time you want at Please keep the website handy for whenever you need!  There are always specials going on.
***I know it is last minute, but if anyone wants anything now, I can get it before 3 pm today at 55% off...just email me and I'll put it on my order, don't do this one order through the website.
Thank you all,

Renée M. Prejean



Friday, October 10, 2008

Events of Interest

Thank you, Queen Tracey, for hosting our September meeting.  It was another fun-filled evening with stimulating conversations, intelligent insights.  I must say that after our discussion and talking with author Doug Crandell, I have a much better understanding of the book, Flawless Skin of Ugly People, and am looking forward to reading the second book, Hairdos of the Mildly Depressed.  I want to find out what happens when he opens the door.
Our next book selection will be Singularity by Kathryn Casey.  We'll meet on October 29 at Queen Linda Ory's home in Lake Charles.  Our Food committee will be Queens Linda O, Boo, Lea and myself.  Discussion Questions are posted below.
Queen Allison informed us about the Read for the Record program and handed out info about the project.  If any of you participated please let us know about it and if you have a picture that would be great also.
For those reading ahead our next selections will be Nov 19  The Alchemist by Paul Coelho meeting to be at Queen Laurie's.  And in January will be From the Heart: Seven Rules to Live By, by Robin Roberts hosted by Queen Kay.  December we will just have a  Christmas gathering, date to be decided at our next meeting, hostess will be Queen Brenda V
Girlfriends Weekend will be Jan 15-19 and we have Queens Laurie, Boo, Beverly M, Delaune' and myself signed up thus far. 

The Fall Womens Conference will be this coming Thursday Oct 16 at the Lake Charles Civic Center.  Again this year they have numerous workshops ranging from health, diet, grieve, career, family and business. Keynote speaker will be Debbie Allen.  Also our Member Queen Laurie will be leading one of the workshops dealing with grief.  The website for further information and registration is  I plan to attend.  Perhaps I'll see you there!
Another one of our members, Queen Delaune', will be interviewed online at BookClubGirls website on October 22 at 6 pm.  You can visit this site ahead of time to set up program reminders and see what a BlogTalkRadio show is about.  The site is

 Happy Reading!
Queen Kay 

Book Club Discussion Questions for SINGULARITY

1) What is it about law enforcement that drew Sarah to a career as a Texas Ranger? How do you view her initial contribution as a profiler to the Lucas investigation?

2) Do you think it's difficult for women in law enforcement? Is it still a man's world? Is this unique to law enforcement or are women still treated differently in the workplace?

3) In Sarah's world there are turf wars between agencies, from the local police departments to the rangers to the FBI. Is that unusual, or do you see examples of it in your everyday life?

4) Sarah is still grieving for her husband and appears ill equipped to handle Maggie's pain. When, if ever, does that change? How could Sarah have reacted or what could she have done that might have made a difference for her daughter?

5) Murder investigations today are a combination of forensics and old-fashioned police work. In the Lucas case, what plays the most important role? Or are both facets equally important?

6) How do you view the relationship between Sarah and David? Is it one of convenience/opportunity or do you believe it has possibilities for the future?

7) Does Sarah do the right thing when she follows her conscience and goes public? What would you have done?

8) Do you believe evil exists in the world? What do you see as the primary factors that turn individuals into monsters like the killer in the book?

9) Does Sarah set into motion the events at the end of the book? Should she have seen them coming? Could she have prevented Maggie's and Nora's involvements?

10) At the end of the book, Sarah is momentarily reluctant to pull the trigger with her daughter watching. Is this a sign of weakness or something else?

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

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Queens here's the info regarding our October meeting Breaux Ory's home. Since everyone who has read the book says they loved it, I can't wait to get my hands on it and lose myself back in time....when I might have been the first female Texas Ranger...who knows? Perhaps we all were and should dress in our "Ranger" outfits for our meeting after all it is Halloween and we can dress up too!

Happy Reading,
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When: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 6:30 PM
Where: Queen Linda B Ory

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Read for the Record Reminder

For All who weren't there or for just a reminder!  (and an easy to pass along request for those you may think are interested!).  It was a blast Wednesday night as usual!

Read for the Record is Thursday, October 2 where you will be reading to children in local schools (time and place convenient for you!)

To Help, Contact:
Emily Primeaux
(337) 263-8255

Junior League of Lake Charles, Done in a Day
Function:  A committee designed to develop, plan and complete impactful community projects in one day.  We're always looking for projects that can be done - there's an application on the Junior League website.

Junior League Website: 

What is Read for the Record??? 
2006 Read for the Record Press Release:
Members Participate in Jumpstart's Read for the Record Campaign.
On August 24, 2006, the Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc. joined with Starbucks to promote literacy by participating in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Campaign, a national campaign designed to engage adults and children in setting the world record for the largest shared reading experience ever.  The Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc., along with Starbucks, supported this campaign on August 24, 2006, by holding reading events throughout Southwest Louisiana.  More than two thousand elementary school children were read to by volunteers, including members of the Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc., Mayor Randy Roach, Mayor Ron Leleux, Sheriff Tony Mancuso, John Bridges, and more.  All of the books were purchased through the Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc. and donated to each school. 

 Jumpstart is a national early education organization that works toward the day that every child in America enters school prepared to succeed.  The Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Campaign was developed because of striking disparity in early education resources.  For more information about Jumpstart, visit its website at  For more information about Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign, visit

Call for help from Done in a Day Chairperson:
Read for the Record is fast approaching on Thursday, October 2nd.  We will be reading in local schools around the community.  If you are available during the day and would like to read please contact me and let me know.  In that email also inform me of the times that would be most convenient for you to read.  I will assign your times accordingly.  Just to let you know, last year some people even read on their lunch hour. 

Another thing I would like from you: In previous years we have had some local celebrities read at the schools, such as the mayor, KPLC personnel, etc.  If you know of anyone in the community that would like to read please let me know.  I would love to have some extra volunteers for this project.

Emily Primeaux
(337) 263-8255

2008 Book:  Corduroy - A winning, completely childlike picture book in which a stuffed bear waiting hopefully in a toy department finds a home with a little black girl.

Hollar if you have any questions!!!
Allison P White
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Update to Windows Live Event "SWLA Pulpwood Queens Meeting"

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Monday, September 22, 2008

PQ Philosophy

My friends,
Some of you may not follow Kathy Patrick's blog so I wanted to share her philosophy about the purpose of Pulpwood Queens. 
It's humbling to realize how many people all over this great nation of ours stretch out a helping hand and I do mean stretch.  How many of us have a budget that has very little "extra" yet we give to those without because we are blessed with so much.  We have roofs over our heads, running water, a comfortable bed, more clothes than we will ever wear, choices in what food we will eat.  What abundance we have!!!
Thank you for all that you do to help others!  You are a wonderful group of Queens!! 
I can't wait to see you Wed night!
Love, Kay
"The Pulpwood Queens are so much more than just a book club that reads. Books have spurned us be proactive for a higher purpose. We not only talk the talk, we walk the walk, whether the American Cancer Relay for Life or volunteering to help in cases of need.

...several years ago, I started Books Alive!, a Christian and Inspirational Book, Author, and Music Festival to help my church, The First United Methodist Church of Jefferson as a total fundraiser to help them replete funds from helping the displaced families of Hurricane Katrina and Rita. That event will occur again the second weekend in November...",Tiara wearing and Book sharing,
Kathy L. Patrick
Founder of the Pulpwood Queens

NOVEMBER 7, 8 & 9,


Friday, September 19, 2008

Queen Laurie: Red Cross Needs Volunteers

Queen Laurie is once again leading us to reach out to others through volunteering with the Red Cross. Below is an email she sent to the Connected Catholics Service Project volunteers. She thought some of the Pulpwood Queens might be willing and available to help serve food to evacuees or help with future projects. Please contact Laurie at to be added to the email list.

"Thanks for signing up to help as part of the CONNECTED CATHOLICS SERVICE PROJECT. We are not really prepared to have a project but I saw that the RED CROSS needed volunteers today in the paper. I called and will be working on Saturday (September 20) from 7:30 - 1:30 at the Maplewood Baptist Church in Sulphur on Maplewood Drive serving food. If you are interested in helping see Jim and tell him you are there to help. I will be there. Hope this email finds you all doing well and thanks for signing up for future service projects. "

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Re: Lavender Queen will meet Head Queen

Hi all:

I just wanted to tell you that I've e-mailed Kathy about maybe doing an
outing into the Hill Country the Friday before the TExas Book Festival.
I don't know if any of you are planning to attend (it's NOv. 1 and 2 in
Austin). I thought it would be fun if the lavender queen led some
pulpwood queens on a tour of some of the Hill Country sights mentioned
in my book. Could be a blast. I'm still waiting to hear Kathy's
thoughts, but I thought I'd see if there would be any interest from you
ladies if it could be put together. Are any of you planning to go to
the TX book festival? If so, is it realistic that any of you could go
galavanting around the Hill Country on Friday, Oct. 31st, during the

All best wishes--Jeannie

Jeannie Ralston
220 N. Zapata Hwy #11
Laredo, Texas 78043
512-423-3030 (U.S. number)
52-415-152-5169 (within Mexico)
Learn more about The Unlikely Lavender Queen: A Memoir of Unexpected
Blossoming at

Help me plant hope for others by joining The Seed Campaign. Buy a copy
of my book via my website, and a percentage will be donated to a worthy
cause--a different organization every month. More info on my website.

Re: Lavender Queen will meet Head Queen

Sounds like I missed an amazing evening, but I’m so happy we’ll be together for the Girlfriends Weekend in January.
And I love the Seed Campaign. Going to do that now.
I’m sending prayers that everyone is doing better after Ike.

Lavender Queen will meet Head Queen

We all enjoyed meeting Jeannine Ralston through her call-in and those who go to the Girlfriend Weekend will have an opportunity to meet her.  Kathy Patrick, our Head Queen, has invited her to participate in the weekend.
Also, She is considering the Nicaraguan Mission as a recipient of her Seed Campaign.  In fact, she found that you don't have to buy her book, just click through her link on  Here's her explanation of how it works. 

Well, just a quick note to tell you that I've learned that if you buy ANY product on Amazon--electronics, movies, other books--by going through my website, Amazon will return a commission to The Seed Campaign. So, maybe you'll be relieved to know that you don't even have to buy my book to help out! Just go to my website, click on buy the book and that will take you to my book's page on Amazon. From there, you can go to other places on Amazon to do your shopping. Remember the commission that Amazon returns for each purchase is not for me. It's for a good cause. (This month's cause is the wonderful lavender co-op near me in Mexico.)

Justice --- When you get what you deserve
  Mercy ----- When you don't get what you deserve
 Grace ----- When you get what you don't deserve

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FW: Imperial Calcasieu Social Secretary - Event Notification

Louisiana Book Festival will be October 4 if you are interested in attending.  I have a previous commitment and can't make it.
Justice --- When you get what you deserve
  Mercy ----- When you don't get what you deserve
 Grace ----- When you get what you don't deserve

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Subject: FW: Imperial Calcasieu Social Secretary - Event Notification
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 14:30:25 -0500

Hope all is well. 
Laurie T. Cormier
Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office
Pre-Trial Diversion Director 
 and IDFY Coordinator (
Phone (337) 437-3432
Fax (337) 437-3608

From: Jackie Dowden []
Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 09:45 AM
To: Laurie Cormier
Subject: Imperial Calcasieu Social Secretary - Event Notification

                      Imperial Calcasieu Social Secretary

The Sixth Annual Louisiana Book Festival

Saturday, October 4, 2008 10am - 7:30pm
Admission is FREE and OPEN to the Public

Special Events Include
Writing Workshops
Authors Party
Free Book Appraisals
Cooking Demonstrations
Outdoor Concert by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra

Some workshops will have a fee.  For more information, times and locations, please log on to

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