Laurel A. Rockefeller

Laurel A. Rockefeller was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska where she received her bachelor of arts from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in writing, psychology, and medieval and Asian history, the only triple major to attain Phi Beta Kappa in her graduating class of over 5000 students.

Initially published as a poet, Laurel’s first national publication came in 1991 when the American Tolkien Society published her sonnet, “Why Bilbo?” in the winter 1991 edition honoring the 100th birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien. In June and July 2008, she contributed to “Bird Talk” magazine before joining Yahoo Voices in July 2009 where she regularly writes non-fiction articles on a broad range of topics.

In August, 2012 Laurel launched the Peers of Beinan medieval science fiction series with book one, “The Great Succession Crisis,” book one of the Anlei’s Legacy trilogy.

Laurel currently lives in Johnstown, Pennsylvania where she is working on book three, “Princess Anyu Returns.”

Give me a chance to succeed

All I want is a chance to succeed.  I don't want a handout.  I don't want the government to pay my bills.  I don't want to live off anyone else.  I just want a chance to succeed, a hand up, a real chance to rise above the challenges I was born into. My last name is Rockefeller.  But I am not descended of the robber baron who "earned" his millions by exploiting everyday Americans.  Everyday I hear jokes about my last name -- even former Governor David Patterson made that crack about Rockefellers and money when I met him in 2011....more

Remix by NKOTB: empowering or stereotyping?

 The New Kids on the Block are back with this summer's ear worm (a song you cannot get out of you...more

Is Jesus Really Odin or Balder? A historical theory

Yesterday an intriguing archaeological report appeared on my facebook wall.  My initial reaction was both interest and a bit of disgust.  The report does, after all, refer to the native Norweigan religion as a "cult" and Norweigan religous iconography as "idols," judgemental terms at best.  The report describes a recent discovery of an intentionally preserved Norweigan temple used in the 5th through 11th centuries which is we...more
Excellent article, Laurelarockefeller, I previously found out the church told Viking era ...more

"Religious" doesn't mean Christianity

Several days ago another writer on GoodReads told me about what sounds like a great idea:  donate some of my books to a charity asking for them for a literacy program.   ...more
@like2read And here I thought this was the country of diversity, freedom, and the absence of ...more

Back to Paperback: the limits of digital books

Digital media is all the rage.  what could be more convenient?  Download books in a matter of seconds and read on your phone, tablet computer, or ebook reader.  Digital books are cheap too; no shipping, no physical printing.  Win-win, right? I used to think so...until I took the plunge and became a self published author myself and learned a lot about the publishing business in the process. Lesson number one?  Digital formats have limits. ...more

The price of expressing positive sentiment

"Be positive," goes the mantra drilled into us.  Think positive, talk positive, live your life with the glass half full. It sounds like good advise.  Focusing on the negative parts of our lives instead of our blessings really do make us miserable -- and often very self-centric.  It's easy to want to nurse our perceived wounds instead of looking at the big picture that tells us just how much we really do have and take for granted. ...more

Long Term Unemployed, Talented, and Scared about the future

I hate balancing my checkbook and looking at the state of affairs with my finances. It's been four long years (feels like five or more, hence my math errors on the subject sometimes) since I was laid off from a small business in Manhattan.  18 months ago, money drove me out of the city I truly love (of all the many places I've lived, Brooklyn remains my favorite).  Money and mounting debt. ...more
A guardian angel west of the Missouri is watching over you.more

Walking in Denethor (Steward of Gondor)'s shoes

"So passes Denethor, son of Ecthelion."  --Gandalf, Return of the King. In Return of the King we meet Boromir's father, Denethor, the steward of Gondor, a man who uses the palantir of Minas Tirith in hopes of discerning the future -- and falls to despair when Sauron shows him is plans. Logic told Denethor that there was no way to beat Sauron.  By might of arms, as even Tolkien fan knows, Denethor was correct.  Sauron could only be beaten by destroying the Ring. ...more

Cloth coffee filters: my next sewing project

They want HOW MUCH for a pack of coffee filters?  This sticker shock hit me earlier this week when I put cone filters for my "4 cup" Cuisinart coffee maker on my shopping list.  First, I could not find any cone filters where I usually shop.  Then, when I finally found a package at Giant Eagle (a bus ride away from my home), I discovered an outrageous high price for just 100 white or brown coffee filters -- over $5.00!  My last purchase of coffee filters, in Cresson, Pennsylvania, cost me a mere $1.79 for a store brand. ...more