Monday, 24 December 2018

Ideation's End of Year Sale

E-book sales

Ideation Entertainment has partnered with Smashwords to offer Myrna Petersen's ebooks at a dramatically reduced price for a limited time. Smashwords is a global ebook distributor serving authors, publishers, readers and major ebook retailers.

The 2nd annual Smashwords End of Year Sale, takes place December 25, 2018 through January 1, 2019.  This is a collaborative marketing event and for these eight days only, thousands of Smashwords authors and publishers will provide readers deep discounts on ebooks. Discount levels include 25%-off, 50%-off, 75%-off and FREE.

At one minute past midnight Pacific time on December 25, the special Smashwords End of Year promotion catalog goes live on the Smashwords home page. Readers can browse the catalog and search by coupon code levels and categories. After 11:59 pm Pacific time on January 1, the catalog disappears.

Readers will receive the discount automatically by adding a book to their cart.

Remember, these deals are exclusive to the Smashwords Store and will not work anywhere else.

Monday, 17 December 2018

Captivating Creative Craftsmen

New Book Release

Inspirational stories behind Biblical artisans. 

and Study Guide
Captivating Creative Craftsmen and Study Guide is a great read for individuals or in a small group study. This is not how-to-instruction in the art of one's choice but rather, a book to help crafts people artists and musicians draw closer to the creator of the universe to release one's creativity. 

Creativity, part of our inheritance, from the cave dwelling era to modern society, is revealed through various artistic means:

  • Story Telling
  • Art Tells Stories
  • Sound as a Music Pre-requisite
  • Working with Our Hands
  • Heaven and Earth Dance
  • Design and Colors
  • The Master and His Wine-workers
  • Understanding Times and Seasons
  • Craftsmen in the Last Days
  • Jesus, the Master Winemaker
  • And much more...
For a sneak preview and/or place an order of paperback copies from our distributor 
($10.00 CDN + delivery charges).

Download E-pub for various ebook formats @ $3.99 US.

Need more information: Send us a note on our contact page.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Canada-Norway Roots

Article published in Saskatchewan newspaper

Bjelland Kirke in Norway
This article was published in the Wadena News, May 1, 2017 under the title "Land of ancestors provides familiar conversation."

We have reprinted an update for our readers.

Nut Lake Lutheran Church’s Norwegian Connection                 By Myrna Petersen

Growing up close to the little white church on the hill northeast of Rose Valley, I’d seen photographs and heard stories of how the original church pioneers had designed Nut Lake Church similar to a Lutheran church built in Bjelland, Norway.

My maternal grandparents, Ole and Anna Bjerland immigrated from Bjelland, Norway. They homesteaded a mile east of where Nut Lake Church originated, and now over a century later, the original farm still remains in the Bjerland family.

An once-in-a-lifetime opportunity came last Fall while touring Jutland, a large peninsula in Denmark’s north. While reviewing maps, I realized that Bjelland is located in the southeast corner of Norway, only a short ferry trip from Denmark across the North Sea, to reach the region where my maternal ancestors originated.

With this knowledge I quickly attempted to connect with any long-lost relatives who might be able to fill in the gaps. Fate was with me when an 88-year-old second cousin from Michigan came to the rescue and provided names of Norwegian relatives still living in the Bjelland area!

In late October 2016, my Danish hostess and I boarded a 7-decker Color Line Super-Speed ship at the Danish port of Hirtshals. After a 3-½ hour ferry trip across the North Sea’s Skaggerak Strait we arrived at the Norwegian seaport city of Kristiansand. From there, it was only an hour car drive up well-maintained mountainous roads to reach the small village of Bjelland.

There, only a hundred meters from the village sign, was the Bjelland church where my Grandpa Ole Bjerland married Anna Kaaland on June 24, 1905. The white church with it’s surrounding graveyard appeared eerily similar to the one I grew up close-to in NE Saskatchewan. And gathered to greet us were 8 members of their community, including several relatives who I soon learned, live very much like their Canadian kinsfolk.
Bjelland kirke has designated heritage conservation status, as there was a church on this site as early as 1429. A second church was erected in the 1600’s, and the current building, dates from 1793. A wood structure, the church has 300 seats and three galleries. Our guide, Torgny Sandland, played the church’s pipe organ for many years and has a wealth of knowledge about the church history and surrounding community.  

Angels are painted on the ceilings, and rose paintings on the walls. Torgny told us how decades earlier, the church bishop believed the paintings were distracting the parishioners from listening to the preacher’s message so he ordered the paintings covered up with green paint. It was only in 1944, when the local community banded together to supply their labor and financing, that the paintings were restored. Today, visitors can appreciate the folk paintings of acclaimed artists Gutorm Persson Eftestøl and Knud Knudsen Årstøl.

A most memorable time came when I was given permission to play some of my original instrumental compositions on the church piano. As the acoustics of these ancient walls resounded, I was struck with the knowledge that ‘my sound’ had deep roots in the place. In fact, one could surmise the seed of the music originated there. 

The cemetery surrounding the church building is kept splendidly groomed as a lovely garden. At the rear of the property is a forest grove with sounds of a nearby stream in dispersed with distant cowbells clanging. Peaceful indeed! 
Nut Lake Church in Canada

Checking out headstones, I came upon the grave of Jenny Koland, my grandmother’s two-year old niece. Discovering the tall tombstone of my paternal great-grandparents I was hit with the realization that although thousands of kilometers apart, the connection between two churches and patches of land is very powerful.

A horses’ hitch-pole still stands: Reminder of the ancient practice of tying up those who brought disgrace on the community, (i.e., thieves or adulterers) so the community could heap condemnation by ‘spitting’ on them.  Seems pretty bizarre and barbaric in this age.

Torgny presented another historical surprise a few miles down the road in Koland. While not related, he knew the home is the same place where my Grandma Anna was born in 1888. Torgny invited the entire group back to tour his place. Although additions have been made to the house over the years, we were able to see the original partition where my Grandma Anna lived. We were then shown true Norwegian hospitality as his wife Tordis prepared delicious home- buns and soup for us. 

Sitting around a large kitchen table and listening to the Norwegian conversations seemed so familiar. Showing strangers hospitality was the same type of environment that I grew up while living in the Nut Lake Church community. In fact that entire weekend I kept hearing this sentence repeatedly in my mind, “You need to know where you came from to understand where you are going.”

Next we were off to the original farm where my Grandpa Bjerland lived. Up, higher in the mountains, beautifully set on a hill and overlooking a lake. One wonders how our ancestors adjusted from such a forest area to the flat Saskatchewan prairies. The property is still in the Bjerland family, and is now owned by my second cousin Kjell Egil Leland and his wife Ingrid. Their son Vegard and his family live in the Bjerland house, one that replaced the original homestead, which burnt down several years ago.

Due to Norwegian laws providing family members the status of preferred buyers in the sale of agriculture, the passing of family farms from one generation to another is an important part of their society. So much so, that I was also able to view the 400-year-old farmyard on my Great-grandma Siri Bjerland’s side, which still remains under the ownership of a relative.

Perhaps Canada could learn some lessons from Norway when it comes to the control of farm homesteads.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Another Title Selected for Sask Ebook Initiative

Ideation partners with PLLO

For the second year in a row, the Saskatchewan Provincial Library and Literacy Office has partnered with Ideation Entertainment under their initiative to digitize selected Saskatchewan works.  

And now this year
 "Reaching the Impossible - Dr. Krishna Kumar's Story" by Myrna L. Petersen has been selected for the Sask eBook Initiative Series. 

This book is now available on-line to be freely borrowed by individuals who hold a Library Card within the province.  We are proud to be able to share these incredible stories of these brilliant individuals who pioneered their works right from my home town!

Check out our ebook site on Smashwords to read more and purchase these ebooks 

Sunday, 6 March 2016

How to Hire & FIRE a Lawyer

New e-Book Available
by Myrna Petersen with Natalie Tkach

A short informative guide on how to know when you need a Lawyer, where to find one, hire one, and what to do if you are having problems with your Lawyer and want to fire him/her!

For more details and at the purchase price of $2.95 USD, visit

Friday, 19 February 2016

Yes, that says "CUBA"

Sunny Cuba

CUBA written in sandy sun country!

Yes, we have landed on this beautiful Cuban beach for a niece's wedding with 40 other family & friends. 

A week of continuous celebrations joining 2 young lives in marriage. What a joyous feast! 

Interesting to see first-hand how this nation is transitioning. 

History is being written - more to be scribed in the days ahead!

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Solar Bud @ Bateman Gallery

oneTree Exhibit soon ending

The oneTree project currently exhibiting at Victoria's Robert Bateman Gallery will end on January 15, 2016. Last chance to meet with the artists is on January 9th, with 50% off admission.

Read article on Bud Hnetka's exhibit as published in the Wadena News, December 21, 2015.