Today we have another wonderful written piece from Jeanne Claire Probst, in our continuing literary series.
Report by Paula Antolini
March 28, 2015 7:07AM EDT
Today we have another wonderful written piece from Jeanne Claire Probst, in our continuing literary series. We are thrilled to have author/poet/blogger Jeanne Claire Probst join Bethel Advocate as a contributor, sharing her “Thought and Poem” written works with us. Her work covers many topics. She is excited to be fulfilling a life-long dream of writing a novel of which “The Fifteen Houses, a Novel” is her first published work. I think you will enjoy! (Read more about Jeanne Claire Probst below.)
THOUGHT AND POEM
Written By Jeanne Claire Probst
They say it takes more than parents to raise a child and I agree. From the moment our babies are born, we are not alone in caring for them. First to come assist are the grandparents, the aunts and uncles and personal friends. Then we have outsiders, those who help us take care of them during the early years such as doctors, and nurses and nutritionist to name a few. But what about all those who help us mold and structure the beginnings of their lives that we never get to meet?
I am talking about the authors of the many books on the shelves at our libraries all over the world. Authors who wrote books that helped us to teach our children as we read to them while they are still young. Through these writing, we introduce them to some of the characters in these books who become their earliest of friends. What child did not want to hear the stories of “Bambi,” “Good Night Moon,” or “Cinderella?”
As they move through their school years of course they had their text books, but they may also have read stories around the trend of the day, such as during the late 1950’s and early 1960’s where Nancy Drew stories, stories about the Wild West or about Tarzan entertained our youths. These taught our children about adventure and helped them expand their imaginations about the world and life around them.
As teenagers they may have read books about “boys and girls,” about sports or even about life after graduation. And the list of titles of these books is unending. And who knows, perhaps what they read might have set them on paths that allowed them to dream about how they saw themselves in their futures.
As our children become adults themselves, are we not happy for the books that helped us to entertain them that kept them in the age group they were until they matured to be able to digest the writings and stories by authors who wrote books in the next “building block” for each stage we saw them through?
My hats go off to those who wrote books about life, imagination, creativity and possibilities that surround us all in the world…our libraries, authors, teachers, and of course parents and grandparents who take or took the time to read to our young ones and help them see what the world has to offer them.
What about you? Did the books you read to your children help you instill moral values, imagination and adventure while at the same time these books might have left you feeling you were being supported when raising your children? Share your thoughts with us…
Jeanne Claire Probst
Written by Jeanne Claire Probst
Books teach in ways that help us to remember
The words written by an author
Drilling us in lessons we needed to be inspired
And as we learn they whet our appetite for what we later may desire.
As we read
Our minds we feed
And by the words that helped us to mold our dreams,
We expand the roads that highlight how our future could be.
So don’t just admire the books on the shelves
Read them and be thankful for those who gave of themselves
Who took the time to write their words for you
That you may be guided throughout your life as you walk down the paths you chose.
Jeanne Claire Probst
The Fifteen Houses, a Novel
The Fifteen Houses is the first book of this new and exciting series to be published. Staged in the beautiful and scenic palate of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, in the early 1950’s, the main character delves into her reoccurring and discomforting memories of her younger, formative years. Searching for answers to questions that have resurfaced in her mind over and over again during her time away from her family, she seeks to find rhyme and reasons to her insecurities, anger, phobias, fears, and life’s choices. Julianne Marguerite, one of eleven children, is determined to uncover the “mystery” that resulted in the downfall of her family. As you turn the pages in the book, each series of memories, will open a different door, to the different homes, (“Fifteen” to be exact).
ABOUT JEANNE CLAIRE PROBST
Jeanne Claire Probst was born and raised in the New England state of Massachusetts, is retired an lives in Ludlow. She is excited to be fulfilling a life-long dream of writing a novel of which “The Fifteen Houses, a Novel” is her first published work.
Jeanne shares her poetry blog, “Thought and Poem,” on her Facebook Page: Jeanneclaire Probst that is aimed to encourage, comfort, and share with others what it feels like to be human! She is also doing her part in bringing awareness around bullying and finding solutions to redirect anger and disappointments and her blog: Breaking Down the Bully Wall – One Action at a Time can also be followed on Facebook.
For more information about the author, her book and poetry visit: