The Morning Conversation

R. S. Markel has invited his large and venerable friend Abselard to share a few editorials gleaned from the morning tradition of the porcine quartet: Swinston, Babeth, Quenelope and Abselard, who invariably gather just after dawn to gnash over (always with the utmost respect, of course) news gathered from their secretive sources about The Farm. We hope you enjoy this new addition!


Books for Advanced Readers

Posted by Chaffy on Dec 19th, 2016

Coming soon with guest editorialist Chaffy!"Indeed a most interesting subject; I shall endeavor to do it justice."


Books for all Ages

Posted by Quenelope on Dec 18th, 2016

If I may, I wish to answer a few questions I have been asked by those here on The Farm who are more curious of mind (for by now we have all become aware of the continued chronicling of our adventures). The question I hear asked most frequently is: For what age are these stories intended?

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Books with Positive Messages

Posted by Abselard on Dec 16th, 2016

As I am frequently engaged in conversations regarding matters of great importance, and even, if I may say, some level of triviality, with my friends and cohorts from The Farm, I am often asked questions such as: What are the books about? Are they suitable for children, young and old? Do they convey messages of a positive sort?

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Expanding Horizons through Stories

Posted by Abselard on Dec 15th, 2016

We have a certain undeniable privilege here on The Farm in the sense we live in relatively comfortable conditions, without needing to go in search for our necessities. Yet, stagnation has little opportunity to set in because of the ebb and flow in the lives of The Farm's inhabitants and our frequent visitors.

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Positive Female Characters

Posted by Lillybeth on Dec 17th, 2016

In interview format with R. S. Markel and guest interviewee Lillybeth

Lillybeth generously agreed to be interviewed by R. S. Markel on the topic of positive female characters and role models in books and stories. When first asked if she would contribute an editorial on the subject, Lillybeth suggested the interview format as being "faster" since she and her father are ostensibly absorbed in some sort of mechanical project for yet another expedition into the unknown.

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What is Civility?

Posted by Swinston on Dec 14th, 2016

Greetings Dear Friends,

I am honored to have this opportunity to share a few words on the subject of civility, a subject I believe from time to time requires some reflection. Indeed, among my colleagues any mention of the matter (often coming about during the course of our more vigorous conversations) raises a few proverbial eyebrows.

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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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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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