Archive for June, 2013

PeKu Publications Awards Campbell High School Senior with $500 Scholarship

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Manchester, NH– Campbell High School senior Katie Kierstead was chosen as the recipient of the $500 PeKu Publications (PKP) Scholarship for graduating seniors. Kierstead was among the applicants for this scholarship that recognizes a senior with strong writing capabilities. Kierstead will be attending the College of St. Rose in New York this fall.

The PKP Scholarship was created by the internet-based publishing company last year as a way to give back to the local community. Campbell High School graduating seniors within the top twenty percent of their class were eligible to apply. Applicants were required to submit a 500-word essay to answer the following question as concisely and completely as possible: It is the year 2027; what major accomplishments have you achieved since college graduation?

All essays were submitted to the Campbell High School guidance office by March 29th. Michele Pesula Kuegler, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of PKP, and PKP associate editors received the essays with the applicants’ names removed, and judged them based on intent, support, organization, and writing skills. The essay that received the highest score was chosen as the recipient of the scholarship. According to Pesula Kuegler, Kierstead was the unanimous choice of the panel.

Pesula Kuegler is a former teacher at Griffin Memorial, the elementary school in Litchfield, NH. She taught here until June of 2008, at which point she began to envision what soon would become PeKu Publications.

When discussing this scholarship opportunity Pesula Kuegler says, “Although PKP is a global company, I like that I am able to give back to the community that I consider to be home. I look forward to providing scholarships to Campbell seniors for many years to come.”

About PeKu Publications
PeKu Publications is an online publisher that provides original material over its 23 niches sites. For more information about PeKu Publications, go to or e-mail Michele Pesula Kuegler at

The Season of Travel

Monday, June 24th, 2013

vacation signEntering the fourth week of June, school is out almost everywhere.  Well, except for areas that have year ’round school and a few places in New England that still are working off snow days.  Other than that, most kids have traded in their backpacks and homework agendas for bathing suits and beach towels.

While most adults don’t have the luxury of having the whole summer off, they do tend to plan vacations for the summer months.  Whether it is a 10-day trip to a far away destination, a long weekend camping, or even a stay-cation filled with trips to local sites, summer is the time for travel.

This summer isn’t one of huge trips at our house.  However, we are working on plans for shorter trips, 3 days here, perhaps a weekend there.  In some ways, I find trips like those even more enjoyable: there’s less packing and prep for shorter trips.  Of course, I wouldn’t mind getting away from it all for a week-long trip to a new destination either.

At our travel publication, Good Life Review, we have five years’ worth of travel advice.  In the past year, we have focused this advice, studying one location per month, offering suggestions for dining, lodging, attractions, and more.  We’ve gone from New Zealand to New York City and many places in between.

If your vacation planning is like ours, you’re probably still deciding on dates and locations.  Wherever your summer travels take you, be it faraway or your backyard, be sure to relax and enjoy.  I know we will!

Shirley L. Moore

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Shirley L. Moore

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Shirley L. Moore is a Licensed Massage Therapist and work-at-home mom of two rambunctious boys often asking herself, “Which uniform do I to wear today?” In between wiping faces, changing diapers, singing the “clean-up” song, and kissing “owies,” she finds the time to write, sew projects for her Etsy Store, travel to see massage clients, work on her websites, make dinner, and put her feet up. As a former truck driver for over six years and living in tight quarters that move, she knows the value of being efficiently organized utilizing every inch of space one is given. A lifetime of being organized has paid off in her multitask lifestyle. For without it, she would definitely lose her keys! And though it is all right to lose your keys on occasion, staying organized will help keep you from losing your mind!

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Meet the Specialist- Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil

Monday, June 17th, 2013

girls_at_beachIn March of 2012, we decided to add an advice column to our parenting publication, Your Parenting Info.  Every other Monday a question from one of our readers is published.  During the next week and a half, our readers can submit advice and suggestions via the comment box.  On Friday of the second week, one of our parenting specialists weighs in on the query and provides professional insight.

One of our parenting specialists is Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil, a family and relationship counselor.  This week we get to learn a little bit more about her.

MPK: Our readers know you as one of our Parenting Predicament specialists, who is a family and relationship counselor.  Do you have a specific area in which you specialize?

DEW: Teens, children, couples, families: helping them learn the skills and dialogue to effectively communicate, using behavior modification for parents and children alike. I developed a theory called family play therapy (saving the children through family play therapy), which is highly effective with divorced, separated families or those suffering from adultery, alcoholism, workaholism, or drug addiction.

MPK: You have covered many topics on Your Parenting Info.  Is there a particular topic in children’s behavior that you find most interesting?

DEW: Children’s rebellious behavior, acting out in school, bullying, jealousy with new siblings, parents fighting or breaking up.

MPK: What do you like best about being a counselor?

DEW: I love helping people (families and individuals) so they can get rid of me as soon as they can and learn the skills and dialogue to do without me. In other words there is a magic in connecting, whereby the love and the strength of the family takes over and I ease out.

MPK: Is there a book that you think is a good reference for parents?

DEW: The book I would recommend is Makeup Don’t Break Up (Readers’ Choice award 2011, New York Times) because it outlines the developmental stages of children, explaining how intimacy is formed in those early stages for most boys and girls, and how it affects their happiness later on and what kind of partner they will pick. Oh, I forgot to mention, I wrote it with most of you in mind.

MPK: What fun fact would our readers be surprised to learn about you?

DEW: I’ve been a family therapist since the age of 7. I love fun, I come from a family that works hard and play hard, which is why I developed family play therapy, so the child in the adult could come out to play with their child! My idea of fun is tennis, golf (did I say that?), swimming (I love the water), and our pontoon boat — jumping in the lake off the boat! Fun fact about me: I held on to the wonderful qualities we have as children to this day, that I always instill in others (that sometimes regrettably gets stifled as we socialize and mature): enthusiasm, optimism, curiosity, bubbliness, playfulness, and fun!  I got it from my fun loving family!!

Also, I am so excited, I wanted to share: I received an award for the third year in a row (only one percent get it) 2011,2012,2013 best therapist NYC by US Chamber Association. My work was chosen for the “Best of Oprah” on May 21st, 2013.

If you’re seeking more advise than can be found in this column, be sure to check out these therapists.

A Favorite Form of Travel

Monday, June 10th, 2013

classic_booksI always have loved reading.  If I think back to my childhood, I have memories of my mom reading to me when I was very young, and then I have memories of me reading to myself.  I spent many, many hours of my childhood reading.  What I loved about reading was that it took me on an adventure.  I could imagine that I was raising a prize-winning pig or lived in the Hundred Acre Wood.

When I had children it was a natural conclusion to introduce them to the joy of books.  As toddlers, they would come to me with book after book, asking me to read one more story while we played in the afternoon.  I’d like to think this exposure to literature is what helped both of them become the avid readers that they are.  In fact their love for reading has encouraged me to read series that I thought I wouldn’t like, such as Harry Potter.

Although there are times when my schedule hasn’t allowed for much reading, such as when I was first building PKP, I find it to be comforting, like an old blanket.  I open a book and let the words take me in.  To-do lists and minor projects escape my mind, and I am thoroughly relaxed as I am transported to a different location, time, or life.

Reading frequently, I tend to search for new books or authors to read.  Whether I am at my local library or a Barnes and Noble, I like to peruse the shelves for books to read right away or to add to my “to be read” list.  Our book publication, ‘Bout Books, is one of my sources for this list.  I like knowing that when one book is finished, I have a list of options to be read next.

With my perpetual list and a few lazy vacation days planned for this summer, I look forward to spending some of that time traveling via my book to somewhere exciting and new!