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$12.00 Dinner Buffet @ Pars

 


Every Monday & Tuesday $12 Dinner Buffet all you can Eat from 5pm-8pm Pars Fine Persian Cuisine 661-273-5600

January 11, 2011 Posted by | palmdale belly dancing, palmdale full bar, palmdale karaoke, palmdale Persian cuisine, palmdale restaurant | , , , , | Leave a comment

INSPIRATIONAL ADVENTURE

The title above is an appropriate one whenever I’m invited to read at schools. I went to a third grade classroom in Palmdale,  CA, where I not only read one of my stories, but also talked about the children’s writing experiences, love of learning, and being a good student. This particular class was truly exciting for me as I felt I was getting through and influencing many children to have a better life by reading. I found some of them had already lost their desire to learn–and at such a young age! The Question and Answer period was also very illuminating where the students took front and center. They liked asking questions better than answering them. Either way it was beneficial because they were participating. Each question made it easier for me to make my point how learning was so important and enjoyable. I stressed that they all had the potential to be “A”students, no matter how poorly they may have been doing at the time, and it wouldn’t take long to make a complete turnaround. When I explained how it could be done, I saw the excitement in the teacher’s eyes, which was as exhilarating for me as watching the children’s reaction. To be effective I had to be given enough time and not be  rushed. The teacher facilitated me in that regard, in fact she encouraged me to continue. That morning was an inspirational experience for me. I’ve found if my presentations go smoothly, the children never tire from hearing me talk, but I’ve become adept at knowing when they become bored or tired and end the session.

 

I also read to three wonderful classes at St. Mary’s Catholic School: First grade, Mrs. Boyd; Second Grade, Mrs. Fuentes; and third grade, Miss Catalla and Miss Rios.  Because I didn’t have time they were given one of my shorter talks, but I still added a little humor.  I can’t help trying to be a comedian no matter what age level I’m speaking to.  They all expressed their thanks by sending me letters or drawings that showed off their talents.  They were truly appreciated. Below are a few samples of letters I received from Mrs. Fuentes class. Every child in her class were superior printers, a terrific discipline that could be carried over to every subject:

 

Dear Mr. Mayerhofer–I like the book “Wobbly Bags a Thief” because people need to learn to respect others. Also, people need to be safe and careful…Elijah

Dear Mr. Mayerhofer—I enjoyed you reading “Wobbly Bags a Thief.” It was so exciting for me. God bless you. Thank you…Ashley

Dear Mr. Mayerhofer—I liked the book “Wobbly Bags a Thief.” I would like you to come and read us another story. It was lots of fun…David

Dear Mr. Mayerhofer—I loved the book you read to us, “Wobbly Bags a Thief.” Thank you for taking your time to read to us. I would love to read your other books…Amanda

Dear Mr. Mayerhofer—I like your jokes you told us. I like the book “Wobbly Bags a Thief.” It was a funny story…Bernice

 

 

 

 

January 11, 2011 Posted by | AV Best Children's Books, Children's Author, Children’s Stories with Morals, Exciting Children’s Stories, Learning Children’s Stories | , , , , | 1 Comment

WRITER’S BLOCK

We’ve all had writer’s block and it’s sometimes difficult to overcome.  But I recently found out there’s a pseudo-block that gives the impression of being a writers block but isn’t.  This one is difficult to overcome.

 

The ordinary type is familiar which causes much frustration.  As I and others have found out, the best way to overcome this is to force yourself to write anything, with the hope that something substantial will come forth out of your creative mind.  When my mind wouldn’t cooperate, my author critique group suggested I write about my “big band” years and to postpone writing children stories.  That was a good idea, but the new problem was to get into an adult frame of mind.  Luckily, it didn’t take very long and the book took me 16 months to write.  I called it “The Diary of a Young Musician, Final Days of the Big Band Era.”  It’s been a great success and still generates royalties at felixmayerhofer.com.  After I completed the adult book,  I had a reverse problem trying to return to a child’s way of thinking.  Once my creative juices began flowing, I was back in the groove.  I ended up writing 28 more stories, making it a total of 38.

 

The second type of writers block was a new experience as it had to do with my wife’s illness and death.  When Shirley broke her femur bone on Christmas morning of 2009, she spent seven weeks in a convalescent hospital.  I remained with her and did no writing.  When she returned home, I took care of her until she passed away.  During that time, I had no desire to write, but decided to make an attempt.  I tried, but forced the ideas rather than let them come naturally.  It was different than the previous type of writer’s block where I kept writing until something worthwhile happened, usually funny since I was writing for children.  What I thought was funny when forced, was not funny.  Despite having potential, out of the 38 stories I had written, this was the only story I couldn’t use..

 

The reason I’m writing this particular blog about Writer’s Block is that yesterday my mind suddenly blossomed with an idea for a fantastic Christmas story.  I was watching the  local Santa when a light flashed in my head, and for the first time in almost two years, my mind filled with ideas like a flood-gate bursting open.  With incredible speed, I immediately visualized the entire story from beginning to end.  As I was relating the story to my son, new ideas were exploding in my mind.  At the present, I have obligations to fulfill, but I’ll begin working on this humorous story as soon as possible.  The title I’ve come up with is fantastic!

 

By next fall, I hope to have the story with a wonderful cover by John MacFarline in Kindle, Nook, iPad, Sony, and Smashwords.com .

January 11, 2011 Posted by | AV Best Children's Books, Children's Author, Children’s Stories with Morals, Exciting Children’s Stories, Learning Children’s Stories | , , , , | Leave a comment

Best Used Photo Equipment

http://myworld.ebay.com/ecellar/ Leitz Wetzlar , Leica 200mm f/4 for Leica M cameras

http://myworld.ebay.com/ecellar/ 661.948.8442 After a successful auction I’m preparing shipment of items all over the USA.

January 11, 2011 Posted by | BLVD, camera solutions | , , , , | Leave a comment

Palmdale Stimulus is Back $300 Gift Card @ Rally Hyundai

Anyone who buys a new car from the Rally Auto Group will get a $300 Antelope Valley Mall gift card.

 

January 11, 2011 Posted by | AV Best Car Dealer, av best hyundai, palmdale hyundai elantra, palmdale hyundai equus, palmdale hyundai genesis | , , , , | Leave a comment

Palmdale Stimulus is Back $300 Gift Card @ Rally GM Superstore

Anyone who buys a new car from the Rally Auto Group will get a $300 Antelope Valley Mall gift card.

January 11, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley GM Trucks, AV Best Car Dealer, av buick, GM, GM Superstore | , , , , | Leave a comment

Meet the Owners of Lancaster’s finest Bistro on the BLVD

Nick and Sharon have been in the business for 20 years. Starting as a dishwasher and a hostess they have learned the restaurant business from the ground up. They worked for Brett Nelson for over 15 years assisting in building the day to day operations at Steer N Stein Restaurant and Catering Co. Sharon & Nick left Steer N Stein several years ago to start the Restaurant at Lake Elizabeth Golf Course and Sapphire Wedding Facility. After several successful years in the Lake Elizabeth area, the golf course transferred ownership, and the Giannini’s were on the lookout for a new property. The Giannini’s are now excited to be joining The City of Lancaster in the revitalization of Lancaster Boulevard. Nick and Sharon look forward to meeting the Antelope Valley community for lunch or dinner.

http://www.gbglancaster.com/
858 W. Lancaster Boulevard
661 948-6380

January 11, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley bistro, Antelope Valley fine dining, Lancaster bistro, Lancaster BLVD dining, Lancaster fine dining | , , , , | Leave a comment