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I 1 2 B THE JENA TIMES Olla-Tullos-Urania Signal [ WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012 J ena author takes part in event at Natc:hitoches Local children's author and retired Eng- lish teacher Betty Nelson of Jena recently at- tended the Reading or/the River literacy event in Natchitoches via invitation as a guest au- thor. Nelson has published three young adult mystery books: Secret in the Old Trunk, Mys- tery of the Vanishing Trees and Mystery of the Storm Lady. She and her husband, Dave, were )i baud with other Louisiana authors and il- lu.' ators of children's books to sell and sign bo,,ks and encourage children to read. Debra Jo Gifford Halley, a Jena native and now Natchitoches resident, developed and co- ordumted the event. The event was recently awarded a Phi Kappa Phi National Literary Grant to give financial support and acknowl- edge 1he community's efforts in advocating for the importance of literacy in improving peo- ple's lives. "AL this year's event we invited many Lotfisimm authors of children's books and I couldn't think of anyone better to invite than Iongtime JHS English teacher, Betty Nelson. ! Jmvcr had the pleasure of taking one of her classes, but I did enjoy her husband's Lit- erature classes and shared the Drama Club stage many times with her daughters," Halley said. "I thought it would be nice for others to 'see that she is still hard at work after retiring. We had over 300 children attend the event and gave away over 1,000 free books. It was a great day and we were delighted that the Nel- s(ms could join us." Nelson has four daughters - Cindy Nel- son, Susan Sandoval, Louise Kadkhodai and Joann Nelson, four granddaughters and three grandsons. I) What did you think about the event? I enjoyed it. I liked meeting other writers. I was the only out of town author. It was a beau- dful sight by the river and seeing the children and their parents having a good time. 2) How did your book writing journey begin? I have always liked to write school assign- ments. I started writing poems before books. Of course, I was an English teacher, so I taught writing. I wanted to do the writing assignments with the kids. I remember one time my class was in the library and they were having trouble finding something they liked to read. I knew what they liked, so I just thought I would write some- thing they liked to read. That's how it began. I started my first book in 1990 after I retired. 3} How did you get your ideas for your books? Do you plan to write more? The first book really and truly came out of my head. It was just a story that formed in my mind. It wasn't based on anything. The other two books have touches of influence from dif- ferent places. I am currently writing a series of mysteries and I intend to write more. I always enjoyed mystery books growing up and even now. I currently read the No. 1 Ladies' Detec- tives Agency series. 4) How did publishing your books work? I found the publisher through Writer's Di- gest. It's called Sterling House out of Pennsyl- vania. I sent them my first few chapters and they accepted me right away. 5) What is your advice to people who want to write a book? I have had a few people ask me that ques- tion. My advice is to go ahead and start doing it and don't get discouraged that you have to work on it for a long time. The best thing is to write through your book and then go back and work on rewriting it. Just get all your thoughts out and then go back and revise. Nelson's books are sold at the LaSalle Par- ish Library in Jena. Portion sizes is the key to weight loss The rigors of appearing on the reality TV show The Big- gest Loser led Lisa Mosley to the emotional breakthrough that vmpowered her to lose almost 100 pounds. But it was por- tion control that kept her losing weight when she returned home from the set. "I live on the motto "Modera- tion not deprivation," she says. "As soon as I got home from the ranch, I started using a small plate instead of big dinner plates. It has been extremely successful for me." Mosley didn't start gaining weight until she was about 20, when she began taking medica- tion for a chronic anxiety disor- der. The medication made her feel like a new person, but with- in six months she began to gain weight. Over the next 10 years she gained about 120 pounds. By 2010, Lisa had suffered several personal setbacks. She had been laid off from her job, had lost her home and had no prospects to find work. The de- fining moment in her struggle to lose weight came when she discovered that her daughter had stopped eating and drink- ing because she didn't want to be heavy like her mom. That spurred Lisa to take action, including her willing- ness to bare her soul on The Biggest Loser. When Lisa left the show, she had dropped 60 pounds. But she continued to lose weight, dropping another 37 pounds at home after she learned to con- trol the size of her portions. She recently became the national spokeswoman for Yum Yum Dishes, sets of hand-paint- ed 4-ounce ceramic bowls. Tracy  Adler, mother of two and former restaurant owner, created the bowls to help parents and kids control the size of their snacks. ares nmg Icons Playing Dulcimers Back when people were living in log cabins and dog- trot houses the fiddle, mandolin and dulcimer were the musical instruments of choice. They were hand held, easy to play, and enjoyed by the general public. The dulcimer (see photo) could be played as a one man band, or played with two or more to form duet, three, or foursome. This type of music was often called motmtain, country, hillbilly, or folk music. It depended on what type of son, is you were playing. The dulcimer had a high pitched sound to it. The sounds were very pleasin and soothing to the eax', A lot of kspel tunes were played on the dulcimer. In mountain areas people would go high on a mountain top and play both for their own inspiration and the listening pleasure for those below. Maybe being on the mountain top gxve them a feeling of being closer to God. I)ulcimer's and dulcimer players are not very popular *cav. "the music and instrument has been preserved by a few historic music groups. They record and play the music just to "keep it going". However, as a main stream i_stru- merit, the dulcimer is a vardshing icon. Just another part of our history and herita Photography by Gale Trussell Local children's author and retired En411ish teacher Betty Nelson of Jena recently attended the Reading on the River literacy event in Nahl via invitation as a guest, :author. Nelson has plished three young adult mystery books: Secret in the Old Trunk, Myster 0f the Vanishing Trees and Mystery of the Stone Lady. 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