Today is International Women’s Day

Salute to all the women on International Women’s Day!

Today, I want to honor my grandmother for her courage and daring ambition to be the best she could be given the circumstance she was in at that time.  She was the inspiration for my latest book, “The Iron Butterfly”. She was a feminist before the word came into being. She proved that with hard work and unshakable faith in herself, she could break the business barrier when her husband died and left her penniless with nine young children to support, ranging from 2 years old to 18 years old. She managed to bring them all up by herself and still succeeded in the business world .

“The Iron Butterfly”  was my grandmother’s life story – how as a single mother, she managed to survive amidst all difficulties and became very successful in the 1930s without compromising her ideals of a gracious and gentle woman in a male-dominated business world when men ruled everything. 

For more of her life, read “The Iron Butterfly” available at http://www.amazon.com/author/rosalindarmorgan.

DO YOU KNOW THE CAPITAL OF EACH STATE OF THE UNITED STATES?

Do you know the capital of each state of the United States? Most citizens of the United States do not know and I blame that on our education system. Kids today are not educated properly, it is pathetic.

My mother, having schooled on the American education system during the American occupation in the Philippines in the 1920s could recite the capitals at a young age. At that time, there were only 48 states. It was portrayed by Adelaide in “The Iron Butterfly”, my latest book, available at http://www.amazon.com/author/rosalindarmorgan.

Here is an excerpt from “The Iron Butterfly”:

“We are learning about Geography. I love Geography,” Adelaide said.

“That is nice. So what places are they teaching you?

“We are learning all the states of the United States.”

“Fascinating. How many are there now?” The driver decided to test her.

Without even thinking, Adelaide blurted out, “48.”

“You are good. I bet you don’t know the capital of each of them.” The driver gave her a furtive look. He was so sure Adelaide did not know them.

“I sure do. I know all of them.” Adelaide challenged him.

“All right. If you can tell me all of them before we reach your house, I’ll give you back your 5 centavos.” He was certain that any kid her age did not know all of them.

Julian nudged Adelaide. “Do it,” he told his sister.

“OK. Here they are.” Adelaide began slowly, counting with her fingers and concentrating with the task at hand.

  • Alabama – Montgomery
  • Arizona – Phoenix
  • Arkansas – Little Rock
  • California – Sacramento
  • Colorado – Denver
  • Connecticut – Hartford
  • Delaware – Dover
  • Florida – Tallahassee
  • Georgia – Atlanta
  • Idaho – Boise
  • Illinois – Springfield
  • Indiana – Indianapolis
  • Iowa – Des Moines

She paused, took a quick breath and recited in rapid succession.

  • Kansas – Topeka
  • Kentucky – Frankfort
  • Louisiana – Baton Rouge
  • Maine – Augusta
  • Maryland – Annapolis
  • Massachusetts – Boston
  • Michigan – Lansing
  • Minnesota – St. Paul
  • Mississippi – Jackson
  • Missouri – Jefferson City
  • Montana – Helena
  • Nebraska – Lincoln
  • Nevada – Carson City
  • New Hampshire – Concord
  • New Jersey – Trenton
  • New Mexico – Santa Fe
  • New York – Albany

She stopped, took another quick breath, looked at her two brothers who smiled at her. “Keep going,” Cayetano said.

“Where was I?” she asked.

“30 – New York,” Julian said.

She raised her fingers, closed her eyes for a second to think and then continued counting and reciting the rest.

  • North Carolina – Raleigh
  • North Dakota – Bismarck
  • Ohio – Columbus
  • Oklahoma – Oklahoma City
  • Oregon – Salem
  • Pennsylvania – Harrisburg
  • Rhode Island – Providence
  • South Carolina – Columbia
  • South Dakota – Pierre
  • Tennessee – Nashville
  • Texas – Austin
  • Utah – Salt Lake City
  • Vermont – Montpelier
  • Virginia – Richmond
  • Washington – Olympia
  • West Virginia – Charleston
  • Wisconsin – Madison
  • Wyoming – Cheyenne

“Whew! That was excellent. I’m impressed. You got me,” the driver said. Adelaide, breathless for reciting all 48 states, smiled contentedly. The driver handed her back the 5 centavos.

“Thank You,” Adelaide said. Cayetano and Julian clapped their hands.

Author’s Note: Alaska with Juneau as its capital was officially added on Jan. 3, 1959 and Hawaii with Honolulu as its capital on Aug. 20, 1959.

My new book, “The Iron Butterfly” is now available on Amazon.com

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Your wait is now over. The much-anticipated Vol. 1 of the series Journey to Freedom is now available for sale at www. Amazon.com.  It is a historical fiction based on real-life events of my grandmother’s life supporting nine children after her husband died. An inspiring story of faith, hope and daring ambition. Here is the link:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0989001733/sr=1-10/qid=1433517686/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&qid=1433517686&sr=1-10

The Iron Butterfly is a gripping tale about the intense devotion and ordeal of Regina Buendia, a young mother who suddenly finds herself all alone and penniless with nine young children to support after her husband died in the pre-WWII era. Facing a bleak future, she has to find a way to tackle a male chauvinistic society where men still rule the business world. Will she be able to break through the barrier?

As the Great Depression affected the colonies, she is now faced with new concern – how to survive with business suffering and money being so tight. She then finds herself in a new adventure but not all is rosy. As her children grow up, she is faced with new dilemma about her children’s changing attitudes towards married life.

Just as she thinks she is getting ahead, a major natural disaster happens with terrible consequence to follow.

Then her problems become insignificant compared to what was about to happen – the attack on Pearl Harbor and how the war in the Pacific affects their very existence.

Get your copy now! Thank you!!