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Laurence St. John’s story is full of twists and turns, with an important message for all of us – “whatever your endeavors, rise above your doubts.”

The message holds true for St. John’s own life, as well for young Tyler Thompson – the protagonist of St. John’s new book, “Metatron, The Angel has Risen.”

In the middle-grade sci-fi adventure, 12-year-old Tyler has a secret – he’s not a “normal” boy. After his father dies tragically, the youth finds himself in one predicament after another, until one day he and his faithful dog Maxx fall into a cesspool of mysterious green goop.

What do you do when your loved one dies and you find a box with hundreds of photos?

If you live in East Toledo, contact Ron Mauter. He may immortalize your ancestors in a book.

Mauter, president of the East Toledo Historical Society, and author Larry Michaels have once again teamed up to bring us a new photo book in time for Christmas. The title: East of the Maumee River: A Pictorial History of East Toledo, Oregon & Other Communities East of The River.

In the 28 years I’ve worked at The Press I’ve written more than 1,000 columns and interviewed a few thousand people. My favorite columns are the ones in which someone finds the courage, passion or determination to overcome an unexpected challenge, such as the 74-year-old grandmother who turned detective to help solve her daughter’s murder, or the young Polish-American boy who outran the Nazis.

I’ve written a couple hundred of these columns about your neighbors and friends, common people who have faced uncommon challenges and I’ve picked 50 of them to reprint in a book aptly titled Common People, Uncommon Challenges.

santaclausTim Stapleton was at that age when a young boy doubts the existence of Santa Claus. So, on that fateful day 62 years ago, at age nine, he snuck out of bed, careful not to awaken his brothers and sisters and crept down the stairs, hoping to catch Santa in the act, or a poser.

What he saw astounded him and what he did kindled the passion he shares every holiday season.

There, before his sleepy eyes, were large boxes, small boxes, tall boxes; all sorts of presents that proved to him Santa was real.

How else could he explain what he saw? The Christmas he knew was a new pair of gloves, a coloring book and crayons, an orange and the big present, a dollar bill from his grandmother. This was a miracle. More boxes than he could count.

Then Tim did something he still regrets today. “Rather than go back upstairs to tell my brothers and sisters Santa Claus came, I opened all the gifts. There were basketballs, footballs, dolls…Hell, I got a licking,” he says, laughing about a selfish indiscretion that is funnier today than it was 62 years ago.

How would you feel if every time you made a bad decision, a change in your appearance let everybody know about it?


That’s the case in the “Illumination Station: The Big Adventure,” a new kids’ book by Jennifer Mauter, of Oregon.


Mauter, a proud grandmother and Sunday School teacher at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in East Toledo, came up with the idea for the book as a way to keep her Sunday School students engaged.


“I am the only teacher for all the grade levels – kids ages 5 to 15,” she said. “I prayed about how I could  keep my kids interested.


“I think I’ve been there six or seven years and some of these kids have been with me starting when they were 4,” she said. “Their eyes were glazing over – they’d heard it all before.

 

 

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