Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year 2020 from J.Q. Rose! Goals?


from J.Q.Rose

Have you figured out one big thing you want to accomplish this coming year? Run a marathon? Write a short story? Get first place in a solo competition in singing or playing your instrument?

You can do it! Go for it, GRRL!

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

Please leave a comment below 
to let us know what your goal is for the year. 

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Gift Idea for the Holidays: Recipe for Puppy Chow

Christmas candle ring
Photo by J.Q. Rose
Hello and Welcome! Today, besides writing my blog for you, I am in the midst of planning a Christmas gift for our neighbors. Not any huge gift like a TV or cookware. No. We just exchange cookies or handmade gifts. I'm having fun putting together some treats. In fact, I had so much fun making up Puppy Chow, I decided to share the recipe with you. 

First of all, Puppy Chow is NOT for puppies. No. It's actually Puppy Chow for People. Er, no wait, that's not quite right either. It's a treat for people, but named Puppy Chow because...Hm, you know I don't really know why they call it puppy chow.
My daughters, granddaughter, and me!
My daughters and I made it when they were kids and now they make it with their kids.

Let me just give you the recipe, so you can make it. When you taste the sweetness and creamy flavor of peanut butter-chocolate, you won't care what the name is either.

Ingredients to make puppy chow for people
Puppy Chow for People

1 12 oz. box Crispix Cereal, Rice Chex, or Corn Chex
2 ½ - 3 cups of powdered sugar
12 oz. chocolate chips
1 cup creamy peanut butter
¼ c. margarine

 Melt peanut butter, margarine, and chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave on high for one minute. Stir. Heat for 30 seconds more.

Pour mixture over cereal in a large bowl. (This is the most difficult part of the recipe. Covering all the cereal with the thick chocolate is difficult. I gave up stirring it with a spoon. Instead I buttered my fingers and tossed it together. Be careful. It is hot. Later, a friend suggested wearing gloves and spray them with oil. Either way, I think the kids would have fun trying to mix it with their hands. Of course, watch out they don’t lick the sweet chocolate off their hands while stirring!! It is tempting.)

Put powdered sugar in a paper grocery bag and add cereal mix. Shake till well coated.

You may store in a tight container or plastic bag. 

Maybe you can make this treat and give it to your family and friends for Christmas. 

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Trivia Game Time: What is Author Sarah J. Hale's Connection to Thanksgiving Day?

Thanksgiving Day in the USA
November 28
Image by Sabrina Ripke from Pixabay 
The USA celebrates Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, November 28.

Our nation has celebrated this traditional event since 1863 after Abraham Lincoln signed the declaration establishing the day as a national holiday. Before this, only Washington's Birthday and Independence Day were national holidays.

I have a question for your Thanksgiving Day guests and family. Who influenced the President to consider declaring a national Thanksgiving Day? The New England states celebrated Thanksgiving, but it was not a holiday in the rest of the country.

Writer Sarah J. Hale is credited for influencing President Lincoln's decision. She was a persistent woman, writing to five presidents asking for the holiday. She began her campaign in 1846, but it wasn't until 1863 when she finally convinced Honest Abe to support legislation to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday.

The new national holiday was considered a day that could unify the nation after the horrendous Civil War had split the country. Not only achieving recognition for Thanksgiving Day, but also Sarah's legacy is seen in her support of establishing historic sites and in her belief for higher education for women, establishing a college for women, Vassar College.

The idea of educating women was not a popular idea in the mid-1850s. She also was the editor of an influential magazine, Godey's Lady's Book.

 And one more item for your trivia game on Thanksgiving Day. Sarah J. Hale wrote the nursery rhyme, "Mary's Lamb," which is now known as "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
Can you think of more questions about Thanksgiving to ask in your Trivia game? Please share in a comment below. Thanks. Oh, and don't forget to include the answer!!

 Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving from J.Q. Rose

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Veterans Day: Thank a Vet: U.S. Navy Pilot Captain Rosemary Mariner and U.S.Army Infantry Officer Captain Kristen Griest

Veterans Day Honoring Veterans
of the U.S. Military Services

On Veterans Day, November 11, we honor veterans who served in the U.S. Military. This date also marks the end of World War I when the armistice with Germany was signed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Happy Labor Day! Check out the jobs featured in Girls Succeed! Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women

Today is Labor Day in the USA! How are you celebrating this day that recognizes all the men and women who contribute their skills, time and effort to our country and make our lives better?

We cooked cheeseburgers on the grill, and had sweet corn on the cob, green beans and potatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, watermelon and BROWNIES. YUM!

What job do you want to do when you grow up? What's your dream job?

The Girls Succeed! Stories of Behind the Careers of Successful Women features amazing women in all kinds of jobs.
Can you figure out what job each woman in the picture has?
Answers below.

These smart, talented women share their stories with you. Find out who helped them along the way and the obstacles they had to overcome to achieve their dream job.

Click the links below to download this interactive eBook packed with inspiration and entertainment for Middle Grade girls. A reader's guide is also included. 

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Answers to the women and their jobs.
Top row L to R--horticulturalist (she works with plants and flowers). horse trainer, bike racer, chef, technology expert,
Middle row L to R--medical doctor, chef, professional clown, author and artist, teacher,
Bottom row L to R--social worker, scientist, truck driver, professional clown (she spoofed us and got in here twice!!) and minister

Friday, July 19, 2019

50TH Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, Trailblazer: Poppy Northcutt

50 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing!
July 20, 1969-July 20, 2019

INCREDIBLE.That's the only word I can use to describe the accomplishment of the NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Mission to the Moon! In the 1960's President Kennedy declared America would land a man on the moon by the end of the decade.The plan to land a man on the moon, let alone by 1970, sounded like such a fairy tale. 

Trying to achieve such a goal sounded foolish given we had nothing to go on about space and rockets and lunar landers and even if a human being could live in the environs of outer space. Everything was just one big fat question mark. Only brilliant, courageous, determined, hard-working men and women could pull it off. AND they did! For all of us! We couldn't take our eyes off our TV's watching NASA's every planned step that would land us on the moon. 

Frances "Poppy" Northcutt was a part of the team on that mission to the moon in the 1960's. As the first woman engineer to work in NASA's Mission Control, her job was to calculate the return-to-Earth trajectories.  In the video below, Poppy talks about how the simulations with the astronauts in the capsule located in the building, not in space, tested everyone with training exercises. She was actually surprised at how well the actual Apollo 11flight went after having worked through so many possibilities of failure.
Image by Pexels from Pixabay 

The moon landing is one of the most significant events in the 20th century and one that brought all Americans together cheering for the amazing outcome of Neil Armstrong actually climbing down the 3.5 foot long ladder to leave his footprint on the moon's surface. Next, astronaut Buzz Aldrin joined him on the ground and planted the American flag.


Apollo 11 mission control's Poppy Northcutt on being "part of history," 1969

Congratulations to those who made this what seemed an improbable mission a reality! Congratulations to the NASA Team USA!!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019


Image by Ernesto Rodriguez from Pixabay 
What a time! We were thrilled and excited when Team USA played all the way to the win on Sunday, July 7 in Lyon, France. Both teams were fierce players giving it their all, but at the end of the game, Rose Lavelle blasted the soccer ball past the Netherlands goalie to win the game--USA 2 Netherlands 1. 

Rose has played soccer ever since she was in grade school. Her dream was to play in the World Cup and she did it! Did she ever!

Take a peek at Rose Lavelle's journey playing soccer. The support she received from her hometown, Cincinnati, Ohio, led her to achieve her dream and her place in the history of Women's U.S. Soccer.

YOUTUBE VIDEO: The Journey: Rose Lavelle
Video produced by U.S. Soccer

You can achieve your dream too!
Dream BIG!!!
Painting courtesy of Julie McKendrie
What is your Big Dream? Share it below in the comment section below. Thank you.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup is On!

UPDATE: July 6, 2019-- Team USA will play the Netherlands Team on Sunday, July 7. This will be a fantastic game. Good luck to all the players!!
2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
Heads up! The world is watching this month--the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. The games are in full gear in Paris, France. This amazing gathering of talented women is there to play soccer with all their skills and heart. The USA calls the game soccer, the world calls it football.

VIDEO: FIFA World Cup Mascot

Wishing the women of the world good luck and exciting action on a memorable journey to win the World Cup!

Do you love playing soccer? 
Will you watch the Women's World Cup games?
If you like sports, read about the successful female athletes featured in 
Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women
Girls Succeed! Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women
by J. Q. Rose
Women's Hockey Olympic Gold Medalist--Angela Ruggiero
Bike Racer Paralympic Gold Medalist--Mackenzie Woodring 
Dressage Competitor--Pati Pierucci 

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Book Review: Traveling Circus by Ingar Rudholm

Traveling Circus by Ingar Rudholm
Traveling Circus by Ingar Rudholm
Hello and welcome!
Today, I'm sharing with you a magical story about the circus. I fell in love with it, but then again, I love the circus and stories surrounding a circus.

The Big Top circus tent
Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay 
Magical. I always thought of the circus as a magical place. This story is about a circus that truly is magical. So many interesting characters with magical powers. Well-crafted characters who interact in a fantasy set in modern day--Albert the fortune teller, Cordelia the mermaid, two clowns named Sammy and Buster and Marcel a giant with huge muscles. 

Flynn, the main character, reminded me so much of teens today. So much pressure on them causing them to feel insecure so they can't speak up. Can Flynn overcome his insecurity and at the same time "win the heart of a girl named Rena?" This is a page-turning novel perfect for young readers and young-at-heart readers.

I purchased the print book instead of the Kindle format because I loved the circus drawings by the author. 

Find out more about this imaginative book below.
Traveling Circus by Ingar Rudholm
Traveling Circus by Ingar Rudholm


Trapped by a mysterious traveling circus!
 Young Flynn must find his inner courage to battle his way home. A crooked ringmaster, wielding a magic pocket watch that controls time, holds Flynn captive against his will. Escaping requires reaching out to some unusual circus performers. So, he befriends Cordelia who’s cursed to become a mermaid at night and Albert the fortuneteller who has a crystal ball where he can see the future and the past. Using the power of imagination and the fortuneteller's magic, Flynn must escape the circus before the ringmaster erases Flynn's memories forever!

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If you love clowns, check out Brenda Marshall's story of what inspired her to become a clown in the inspiring book for girls-- Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women. 
Brenda Marshall, professional clown, with children in China

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Mother's Day and Promoting Peace Project

Mother's Day is Sunday!

Hello and Welcome!
Do you know that Mother's Day evolved from mothers meeting together to promote peace?  

According to many sources and Wikipedia, the first attempts to establish a "Mother's Day" in the U.S. were mostly marked by women's peace groups. A common early activity was the meeting of groups of mothers whose sons had fought or died on opposite sides of the American Civil War. There were several limited observances in the 1870s and the 1880s but none achieved resonance beyond the local level.

In 1868 Ann Jarvis created a committee to establish a "Mother's Friendship Day" whose purpose was "to reunite families that had been divided during the Civil War", and she wanted to expand it into an annual memorial for mothers, but she died in 1905 before the celebration became popular. Her daughter Anna Jarvis would continue her mother's efforts.

Women have been at the forefront of peace movements to save their children from that horrendous experience and to try and unite people to make a better world for everyone.

Marrying promoting peace with honoring mothers is a powerful idea. Now let's do it!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Celebrating Women's History Month with Helena Fairfax' Struggle and Suffrage in Halifax

Hello and Welcome to the Girls Succeed Blog! 

According to the National Women's History Month Website, "every year, March is designated Women’s History Month by Presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history."
On the Girls Succeed blog, we are proud to celebrate women who in the past or present have made a difference in their communities, regions, states, and countries. 
I'm excited to share a new book by my friend, Helena Fairfax, who reveals the lives of women in Halifax who fought for equality and the right to vote in England. England is celebrating the 100th anniversary this year by recognizing their determination and achievement in working for the vote. 
Let me introduce you to Helena's new book, just released in February to mark this important occasion.
NEW RELEASE: Struggle and Suffrage in Halifax (England): Women's Lives and the Fight for Equality by Helena Fairfax

BACK OF THE BOOKBetween 1800 and 1950 the town of Halifax grew beyond recognition. The booming mills and factories were built on the labour of women and their children, and yet their voices are almost completely missing from the history books. For the first time, this is the story of Halifax from the point of view of the women who helped shape the town. This was a period of extraordinary change, but the battle for equality was long. In 1800, many women were illiterate. By 1900, there was a thriving girls' high school in Halifax, and yet one of its most brilliant students was denied a full degree because she was a woman. In 1939, the Vicar of Halifax called women's economic independence "an evil".Families were large and women regularly died in childbirth. Many faced the stigma of single parenthood or else the terror of an illegal abortion. In the 1930s, the first Family Planning Clinic was set up by women in the town. In the 1840s, women in Halifax fought for their menfolk's right to vote. In 1911, when Emmeline Pankhurst gave a stirring speech at the Mechanics' Institute, women had yet to be granted a vote of their own, leading many women to boycott that year's census and at least two to declare their occupation as "slave".From girls in the factories to the first women stepping into public office, this book provides a fascinating and moving account of the lives of Halifax's women through the key events in the town's history.

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Helena Fairfax tells us the stories of the lives of the women in Halifax, England in the county of Yorkshire and how they gained the right to vote in her new release. She writes in her blog "6th February 2018 marks 100 years since the Representation of the People Act when all women over the age of 30 who met certain property restrictions were granted the vote for the first time. The Act also gave the right to vote to all men over the age of 21. It’s often forgotten that before 1918, around 40% of men in Britain were also denied a vote because of property restrictions. The vote was finally extended to all women over 21 in 1928." 
Click here to read more information in Helena's blog post.
Click on the links below to take you to stories of Emily Roebling who built the Brooklyn Bridge in New York and the WWII Women's Air Force Service Pilots featured on the Girls Succeed blog. 
Bridge Builder Emily Warren Roebling
Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASP)

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Celebrating International Women's Day 2019

Celebrating International Women's Day 2019
What is International Women's Day?
On March 8, around the world,  we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also calls for gender equality in status and pay. 

Trailblazing women on this blog are celebrated for what they have brought to our society. Whether she has become an Olympic gold medalist, a female astronaut, a combat pilot, a research scientist and more, we recognize the person, not only because she is a female, but because of her passion and strength and persistence to succeed in her career. 

Dream Big! 
Painting courtesy of artist Julie Ann McKevitt
Many of the women had dreams for their future success when they were girls. They worked hard to accomplish those dreams. I interviewed 15 women who are role models for girls who are dreaming about their plans for the future. By reading the stories of these amazing women, girls are inspired to work toward their dreams.

Celebrating Women during the International Women's Day 2019
These women share their stories in the eBook, Girls Succeed! Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women.

You're invited to browse through the Girls Succeed blog and discover all the stories of the women profiled. If there is a girl in your life, please share this inspiring website with her. Thank you.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Celebrating the Life of Trailblazer Captain Rosemary Mariner

U.S. Navy Captain Rosemary Mariner was a true trailblazer for women in the military. 

She was the first female tactical fighter jet pilot in the US Navy.

In 1990 Rosemary became the first woman to command an aviation squadron in the Navy and was selected for major aviation shore command. 

She was the first woman pilot to land a jet on an aircraft carrier, subsequently she was a veteran of seventeen carrier deployments with over 3,500 military flight hours in fifteen different Navy aircraft.

She and two other women were the first women aviators selected for promotion to Captain in the U.S. Navy in 1993.

Captain Mariner worked with Congress and an advisory board in the Defense Department to lift the restrictions on female pilots flying combat missions. The results of this ruling truly opened doors to opportunities for women aviators and removed regulations that did not allow women in combat.
Information for this blog post is from an article in  Wikipedia


Our condolences to her family and our thanks for her service to our country.
Please Note: For the first time in history, at Rosemary's funeral on February 2, 2019, the United States Navy conducted a flyover by a team of female pilots. The Navy explained, "The Missing Man Flyover is a special tribute honoring the service of aviators who have died serving their country. The maneuver features four aircraft flying above the funeral service in formation as one of the aircraft leaves the formation and climbs vertically into the heavens.”

Click on the links below for more blog posts on the Girls Succeed! Blog on Women in the Military

First Female US Army Infantry Officer--Captain Kristen Griest

First Woman into Space--Sally Ride

Astronaut Peggy Whitson Sets U. S. Record for Most Days in Space!

Friday, January 25, 2019

Be Yourself! by J.Q. Rose

Be Yourself by J.Q. Rose
Originally published as a guest post at author Lisa Orchard's blog. Click here to visit Lisa's blog.
Are you familiar with the song, “Little Boxes” written in 1963 by Melvina Reynolds?
~Listen to the song performed by two talented young ladies, the Wayukes, on Youtube.
"Little Boxes" performed by the Wayukes
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same,
There’s a pink one and a green one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.
Listeners to the catchy tune and lyrics have several ideas for its meaning. One of them is the protest against all the cheap housing of suburbia which sprang up in the 60’s. People called the sub-divisions a cookie-cutter method of building homes with ticky tacky or shoddy materials.
Be Yourself. Everyone else is taken.
~~Oscar Wilde
The message I receive from the lyrics is the complaint of everyone trying to be the same and not stand out, but conforming to what someone else thinks they should be. Pre-teens and teens especially want to “fit in.” A person is embarrassed or humiliated for being different. Wearing the wrong clothes, having big ears, not speaking clearly can all be reasons for a bully or uncaring person to criticize and make fun. Sad to say the teasing happens all the time, and it is hurtful.

Girls Succeed!
Inspiring girls to achieve success
in their dream careers
In my non-fiction ebook for girls, Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women, the family of a woman I interviewed moved so many times when she was a child, she couldn’t make friends. She was always the odd one in a group. Because she didn’t want to stand out, she tried to hide how smart she was and was not proud of it. Finally her last few years in high school, she joined the band and sports teams and made friends. She blossomed into the person she really was. She is now a medical doctor and researcher at a university.
 We forget to appreciate all the wonderful qualities each of us has. Instead of grumbling about what you don’t have, list the positive things in your personality. Every person is special with gifts and talents inside us just waiting to be developed during our life journey.
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J.Q. Rose
About Janet: After writing feature articles in magazines, newspapers, and online magazines for over fifteen years, J.Q. Rose entered the world of fiction writing with her published mysteries released by BWL Publishing. With Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women she returns to her first love, writing about real people.  Blogging, photography, Pegs and Jokers board games, and travel are the things that keep her out of trouble. Spending winters in Florida with her husband allows Janet the opportunity to enjoy the life of a snowbird. Summer finds her camping and hunting toads, frogs, and salamanders with her four grandsons and granddaughter.
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