Characters: Hackleberg

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Things do not always go as planned for Lillybeth's father Hackleberg. Fancying himself an amateur inventor, in addition to efficiency in every form, he has taken upon himself a quest for flight without flapping and diving without swimming. His daughter is frequently involved in his tinkering and the construction of his inventions and the oftentimes rather troublesome results of their use and testing. Nevertheless Hackleberg is an intelligent, enthusiastic and caring father and husband who would do anything for his one and only duckling and his beloved wife Millybeth, who possesses seemingly inexhaustible patience for his mechanical experiments.

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The Morning Conversation

R. S. Markel has invited Mr. Abselard, a dear porcine friend and confidant and resident of The Farm, to share his opinions on a wide smattering of topics gleaned from the pig's venerable morning conversations. We do hope you enjoy this new addition.

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Hinsberth Presents

Speaking Engagements

Follow your dreams! Author, illustrator, scientist, engineer and generally curious character R. S. Markel is available to give an inspiring presentation based on his short semi-autobiographical story titled "The Dream Star".

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Hello and welcome. I am a writer and illustrator of books for young (and young at heart) readers who have a passion for exploring fantastic places, impossible events and the magic and mysteries of our world. Please feel free to read a bit about my work and peruse the character and illustration galleries. I do hope you enjoy this small glimpse into the whimsical world of Lillybeth and Hinsberth.

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