Mar 12, 2022
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News Photo by Alyssa Ochss An array of Richard’s and Mary’s books are seen spread out on a table at Cabin Creek Coffee last week.
ALPENA — For Richard and Mary Rensberry, Michigan provides the perfect backdrop for them to tell stories that help children and adults with daily life and other subjects.
“It’s born in us,” Mary Rensberry said when asked about what got them both into writing.
Richard grew up in Alpena, but now resides in Fairview. With his wife, Mary, they’ve written many children and adult books with a lot of them having to do with Northern Michigan.
Richard authored a book called ‘The City Slicker’s Guide to Amish Country’ which is a collection of poems and stories from Fairview. It’s a travel book that goes right into the Michigan countryside and tells of the hardworking Amish people who live there.
Richard said he’s always had a passion for writing, but meeting his wife pushed him to take it a bit more seriously. Mary is a writer and is originally from Texas. She originally started off as a teacher and her experiences prompted her to ask what students need.
Courtesy Photo The cover of ‘Conversations with Sasquatch’ Book 2 written by Richard Rensberry.
“I was teaching school in Texas for many years in all kinds of school situations, public, private church, homeschool, alternative education,” Mary said. “And began to really open my eyes to really what did the students need, what did they need, what were they coming with and how could I meet their needs? And you know that started me on a journey learning about what is education and so forth.”
After Mary was done teaching, she thought she would put some of the things she learned down in writing to help people and students.
At first Richard did mostly children’s books, but now he has a big series of adult books. The series, Conversations with Sasquatch, has several books in it with more on the way. One book comes out in April and he’s got two more books partially done.
Richard’s first book was a book called ‘It’s Black and White’ and it took him about three months to publish it. The book is about ADHD and its challenges. He said he used to work in the field of drug education and he was very familiar with the subject he was writing about.
Mary said they write a lot of self help books and imaginative books.
Courtesy Photo The cover of ‘If I were a Lighthouse’ written by Richard Rensberry and illustrated by Mary Rensberry.
Richard said Mary does a lot of the illustrations in the books, but sometimes they have outside help. A book they did for The Brown Trout Festival was illustrated by Michael Payton.
“So sometimes I hire out, it depends on the subject matter,” Richard said, showing off The Brown Trout Festival book. “He’s good at nature and fish. And Mary hired one out too.”
Richard said long distance communications are part of the wonders of the internet.
They brought out another fully illustrated children’s book and put it on the table. Mary talked a little bit about it.
“This is ‘The Best of Me’ and it won a TCK award back in 2017 in the children’s division,” Mary said. “The lady that did my illustrations there was from Italy.”
Courtesy Photo The cover of ‘Maple Tree Elves’ written by Richard Rensberry and illustrated by Mary Rensberry.
Mary said the book was well received by the children who read it. Their communications for that book were all done by email and very little revision was needed for the illustrations.
Mary said part of what inspires them to keep writing is the want to help people out and offer a viewpoint.
“Just to provide some help out there,” Mary said. “There are so many people that need help and solutions and we’re just there to offer a viewpoint. That we’re able to just help people and inspire people and likewise.”
Richard said it took them about seven years to put their name out there and their newest book series, Conversations with Sasquatch, really helped them.
“And we’ve really got to hit the audience’s interest,” Mary said. “And the Sasquatch really got their interest and we’ve taken off with Sasquatch.”
Courtesy Photo The cover of ‘The Wolf Pack Moon’ written in January and February 2015.
Richard said some of the books he writes are sponsored and for specific events.
“Well this was for Alpena, right, The Brown Trout Festival,” Richard said. “It’s charity for them but people in the city here sponsored the book. It was the Alpena Alcona (Area) Credit Union (that) sponsored the book and then I wrote it and got it illustrated and everything and it was given away at The Brown Trout Festival to all the kids. So there were 400 and some kids.”
“And he signed every book they brought through,” Mary said. “All the kids have a book.”
“And I’m doing another one this year,” Richard said.
“The illustrations are done, they just need to be shipped to me.”
Richard said the artist who does the illustrations for The Brown Trout Festival books, the first one called ‘Big Brownie,’ sends paintings rather than sends them over the internet.
News Photo by Alyssa Ochss Authors Mary and Richard Rensberry are seen at Cabin Creek Coffee last week.
Richard said he works on multiple books at the same time. Right now he is working on two books at the same time, but sometimes he’s working on three. He keeps them all together with his IPad.
They are also the owners of a publishing company called QuickTurtle Books. They started their business in 2013 and Mary said from there they spent most of their winters writing and in spring and fall they did quick events. They took their books with them.
Richard said he doesn’t experience burnout and Mary said he really takes advantage of the nighttime hours to write. Writing on their own time and getting out in nature helps too, Mary said.
Richard and Mary have a simple piece of advice for young authors looking to get published: Just go for it.
“There’s just too many agendas out there from traditional publishing and big corporations that don’t take writers that deserve to be published and all that,” Richard said. “Just do it and you’d be surprised.”
Sasquatch Book Blog 3/3/22
Now I have trolls, but unlike the Sasquatch, these guys are not benevolent, at least the ones on Facebook. These uglies are vengeful, rude, and extremely low in common sense and intelligence. I believe they were cloned from Mark Zuckerberg's nose pickings.
I have actually met some descent trolls in my life, they live under bridges and highway overpasses. They in general, are not of the ilk to hunt you down if you speak out against Marxism or Assholes like Sal Alinsky and his infamous intern, Hillary Clinton.
Anyway, I don't care what these trolls think, believe, or do. They can't hurt me. For one thing, I live in the world created by God, not by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook, Microsoft, Google and the likes have little to no value to me. I plan to dump it all very soon when I am paroled from Facebook prison. They are parasites just waiting for a good antibiotic.
So snoop and troll all you want, the sasquatch are helping those that help themselves rid their lives of the likes of you. Have fun in the meta verse. Enjoy your virtual sex and virtual foods. The Sasquatch nor I will be joining you.
Sasquatch Book Blog
Being on the cusp of a New Earth, my third book in the Conversations With Sasquatch Book Series, The Awakening is slated for publication this coming April. Though I am a bit behind in making this intention come to fruition, I am recommitting myself to making this happen.
Sasquatch Book Blog
Thought is not a house
We do not end
at our fingertips
and we can walk
further than our legs
can carry us.
We can see beyond the reach
of our eye sight. We can
hear the bells
that ring the souls of the Sasquatch
and the chants of sweet angels
in the temples of the Universe.
Sasquatch Book Blog 1/5/22
The heart is a magical place… it is the home to angels and the domain of violins, it is the songstress of hope and the truth of man, the mighty, mighty well from which love and joy have sprung.
Happy New Year!
From Conversations With Sasquatch, Bigfoot Book Series author Richard Rensberry
Sasquatch Book Blog
Here in our world, we have calendars and clocks. On the other side, time is a river that runs forwards and backwards and even sits still as a rock. Sasquatch time is like Amish time and applies to this Blog as well. To me, it was just yesterday when I posted something here. But for those of you operating on earth time, it has been a couple of months.
During that pause in this Blog, I have been busy inside the Sasquatch Stream of Consciousness and have enjoyed myself immensely. I have also learned new things and made new friends. The mechanics of keeping up with cyberspace continues to become an afterthought rather than a vocation. But here I am.
I equate this Blog to the Sasquatch Message Rock where I receive gifts and messages on a sporadic basis from the big guys when I get too wrapped up in my writings and responsibilities as a messenger instead of spending time with them in the woods.
My message at this time is recorded and available in my new eBook called Sasquatch Stream of Consciousness.
I have been ridiculed for writing and posting the following Bigfoot poem. It so happens, I did not even post it broadly, but because of the flack that it and I received from that small posting, I have decide to bring its message to light on a broader scale.
The ridicule came two fold: one being that Bigfoot does not have political enemies nor interests in the human world, and the other is-- that because I wrote such "nonsense" nothing else I have written should be believed.
I've got news for these one dimensional views that uniformly seem to purport the false idea that Bigfoot is nothing but a Neanderthal or dumb ass ape. Nothing could be further from the truth. Those of us that have had much more direct contact with these beings don't need photographs, videos or foot print casts as evidence of their supernatural existence. Nothing wrong with this one dimensional research, but physical evidence means next to nothing in the big scheme of things. What means much, much more are the Bigfoot's intentions, actions and purposes. All the physical rigamarole is nothing more than a game of hide and seek, which the Sasquatch are remarkably adept at playing. Humans will always be "it" in this sphere of gamesmanship.
As far as politics and technology goes, they are both aberrant human affairs at which the Sasquatch "throw stones". All of life has its impact upon all other life, and man's politics and technologies push hard against the sanity of Bigfoot's natural world of ethics and reason.
The degradation of our shared planet via man's political, chemical and electronic malfeasance is being challenged mentally and somewhat physically by Bigfoot at this time. We are at a crossroads, and that is the subject and point of the poem called "Throw Stones". You can believe what you want to believe, I am simply the messenger for those beings that exist on the other side.
Like all free beings
the sasquatch keep an eye on their enemies;
Anthony Fauci and Bill Gates fill that bill.
And today the portals are closed.
Those that came yesterday
have nothing to do
but toss pebbles and fuzz photos.
It’s just a silly game to pass the time.
But be careful, Bigfoot can throw stones
two hundred forty miles per hour;
if they so choose. Joe Biden
doesn’t have a clue
of what’s waiting on the other side.
Richard Rensberry, 8/21/21
After a period of quiet, the Big Creek Bigfoot portal is once again active. I have received a message on Message Rock where the Sasquatch and I trade this for that, and that for this. Being fresh wintergreen (pippsissewa) is abundant near the rock, I picked and left them a paper bag full of the pungent leaves. I also picked a container of fresh, wild huckleberries to go with them. I look forward to hearing more from my Bigfoot friends from the other side.
This particular message seen in the accompanying photo is meant to be shared. It means the stairway to Heaven has aligned itself and tranquility in the forest is the order of the month. Two coveys of ruffled grouse and a woodcock seconded that motion. I am the only human to witness this momentary union of time and space. Wherever you are, I hope your moment was as magical and fulfilling as mine.
Richard Rensberry, author of Conversations With Sasquatch series of books. Store
I have been gifted my second Sasquatch smiling stone. These stones are wish stones. They are meant to help bestow the wishes of others rather than one's own. By wishing the best for others instead of seeking one's own selfish wishes, one's karma is multiplied. That is the Sasquatch way.
I love these stones. As you can see, the one on the left I have had for quite some time. I have wished it smooth. The one on the right, is the brand new stone I received in exchange for a peach pie. Hopefully, all the best wishes I have for you, will rub it smooth!
In the labyrinth of time
and the maze of living, there is a dichotomy.
There are people that will
and people that won’t. Those that believe
and those that don’t. People that build
and some who destruct. It’s a battle between
Bigfoot the dumb and Sasquatch-
celestial traveler through the open heart.
Richard Rensberry, author of the Conversations With Sasquatch Series
This Sasquatch Book Blog is about the Stone Without Time that was gifted to me by Loquius on our second encounter when I presented to him a bag of fresh wintergreen leaves.
This lapis lazuli stone is not only resplendent with beauty, it is a strong container of magic. These stones were favored even by the ancient Egyptians. They believed the stone held a powerful connection to immortality. And that is exactly what is present in my precious gifted stone.
Lapis lazuli is also known as a powerful amplifier when one is outside the realm of the physical. This stone has within it, the memories and images of those that have possessed it in the past. In the case of my lapis stone, it has the wonderful images of the Chippewa Indians from whom the stone first came. It went from a Chippewa medicine man to a Sasquatch Elder, who then passed it on to me.
Lapis Lazuli enhances the mind's abilities in channeling other beings, it is a protector while on our spiritual journeys and a conduit into the world of our dreams. Thus, it is a foundational bridge between the physical and spiritual worlds.
Before possessing or borrowing my Stone Without Time, I paid little mind to what I assumed were superstitions. But I soon found out, is that what is there is there whether one believes it is or not. The ability to "HAVE"* unbelievable things has been all but wiped out in our modern society.
*HAVE- this means to take in or possess. You are capable of seeing it or having that actuality instead of the fears and doubts that those actualities produce in the minds of others as well as your own. Instead of "Having" the fears and doubts, one is able to transcend those automatic responses and see and "HAVE" what is actually there. You can own it instead of disowning and/or negating it.
The Bigfoot Parchments are one of those things.
THE LANGUAGE OF STONES
by Richard Rensberry 7/12/21
In the center of the circle
is where the Sasquatch sit…
and like the sun
their heart is a source
of warmth and light.
And fun. A humor
that speaks through the glyphs
and stones they leave
on my porch. A language
of empathy, telepathy
More Bigfoot Poetry can be found at:
The Bigfoot Parchments gifted to mankind by the Sasquatch Council of Elders
Bigfoot Parchment # 22
In the center of the circle
compassion is born,
it is where the heart sits…
and like the sun
it is the source of light.
by Richard Rensberry 6/23/21
I wake to whispers
from conifer fronds,
feel cool, wet moss
beneath my feet.
Flashes of heat lightning
turn spruces into ghosts
and apparitions of Bigfoot.
There’s a fragrant spice
of honey suckle rose
that tickles my nose. I sneeze,
and the heavens open
wide with the eyes of the night.
“It is time,” A Bigfoot says.
“To escape from your illusion.”
A glowing white owl hoots
backlit by the moon.
It swivels its head
as a chorus of crickets
and tree toads sing. A red fox
bounces from a thicket
The Bigfoot says, “It’s time.
The heart is bigger
and louder than the mind.
Listen, it is the voice
of your conscience awakening.”
A blackbird ‘top a cattail whistles.
Then Dan Ackroyd appears
full of grins and jolly.
He has a look of innocence
and hope written
across his face.
“What are you doing here?” I ask.
“I’m on a mission from God."
It has been awhile. So I will use the first Bigfoot Parchments precept-- The Secret of Time. My take on this precept is that time is created. We have as much or as little time as we create. I have created time for many things in the last month or so, this Blog was not one of them. I am creating that time right now.
Controlling time is an art. The Sasquatch can control it to the degree that they can appear and/or disappear at will. This is a known phenomenon even to the most cynical in the Sasquatch community. They just can.
As humans, the general population has not yet conquered the space time continuum. I can't say that is not the case with the deep state military complex. They have long suppressed not only the Sasquatch, but their research and discoveries associated with the abilities of the mind over the physical universe.
I don't know what it is with the military. I have long considered those of service as trusted friends. Those I personally know and interact with still are. It's all the top secrecy and disinformation campaigns that has me questioning the true intentions of those in charge. My viewpoints have been attacked, by trolls or plants? (military oversight and/or secret police) for saying Bigfoot isn't a bumbling ape, but rather a supernatural being capable of powers beyond most human comprehension. Apparently the military does not want this viewpoint forwarded nor subscribed to. All the more reason to remain steadfast to The Awakening.
The Bigfoot Bet
The world is full of skewed ideas,
third eyes blind, false witnesses
and negative vibes
from those who fear what they can’t comprehend.
It takes denial and a simple mind
to conceive that sasquatch
is simply an ape. If Bigfoot were such
they’d populate our zoos. They’d leave their bones
and scat to the Smithsonian,
pose for photos and care nothing
of being video taped.
Bigfoot is not an ape!
Bigfoot is an enigma,
ancient as the stars
from dimensions unknown. Shapeshifters
that can create and uncreate physically
with their minds. Sasquatch always
finds you, you never find them.
If you naysay, prove it.
The Bigfoot bet
is that you can’t.
IF YOU LOVE BOOKS you can explore new authors in this Merry Month of May Fantasy and Science Fiction Giveaway. There are 136 participating authors including myself. My Sasquatch novel Conversations With Sasquatch, The Encounter is available as a free ebook along with ebooks by all the other PARTICIPATING AUTHORS here:
You can purchase Book 2, CONVERSATIONS WITH SASQUATCH, CROSS OVER here: https://amzn.to/3arQQY5
Conversations With Sasquatch, Cross Over is now available on Amazon. It is book 2 in the series.
In conjunction with other writers you can now download copies of one of our books for free at this link: https://books.bookfunnel.com/sci-fi60120/xdj0uw17xt
Conversations With Sasquatch, The Encounter is my free book contribution to cause. I hope you have the opportunity to take advantage of this great opportunity to familiarize yourself with some new authors.
I have been on the road to Cross Over for the last several weeks. There is no Internet on that road and sketchy phone service at the most. Conversations With Sasquatch, Cross Over will be published to Amazon next week.
We will be on the road to the Michigan Bigfoot Conference come July 17, 2021. We will have plenty of copies of Cross Over as well as our other books The Encounter and the Bigfoot Parchments at our booth. Now is the time to put the event on your calendar.
How time has passed from my last update! Busy, busy, busy with getting these books to press.
I am happy to announce the The Bigfoot Parchments is now available in our store as of today.
Sasquatch Book Blog Fishing Expedition
From the Conversations With Sasquatch collection of greeting cards available in our store.
Michigan is home to the Big Creek Sasquatch.
The Michigan Store in Atlanta, MI is now home to Richard’s Conversations with Sasquatch Book 1. The second book is due to come out soon so keep posted!
Sasquatch Book Blog Poem
You can’t fool a wolf
even with scents
like pine tar or sage
on boot bottoms.
They smell your intent
and perk their ears
at the beat of your heart.
They are the forest’s skin
covered with fur. They are
the howl of the wounded
and the carnivore’s teeth
but bow to the pet
and coo of Bigfoot.
Richard Rensberry 12/1/20
Conversations With Sasquatch, Cross Over, Book 2 in the Sasquatch series of novels is now complete. It will be published this Spring of 2021 along with The Bigfoot Parchments, Sasquatch poems and philosophical truths to help the human race.
Conversations With Sasquatch, Cross Over, book 2 has now been taken down for publication.
I have not yet begun work on the third book in the Sasquatch novel series. Book 3 is entitled The Awakening. It will be available here on my website sometime in the future as I write it in real time. Until then, please enjoy my Parchment postings here.
Sasquatch Book blog Poem
from the beginning
was to begin
our sacred role as caretakers
of life in the forests, of rivers that cleanse
and the seeds that feed us.
It is our duty to imbue
life not death…. to grant sentience
to stone and bird alike. Yes, it is Sasquatch duty
to respect and give space
even to the weasel and snake. But most of all
it is our burden to wake
the human race.
Title poem for Book 3 in The Conversations With Sasquatch Series of
Sasquatch novels, The Awakening
by Michigan author Richard Rensberry.
Book 1, The Encounter is available in our online store: https://store.booksmakebooms.com/conversations-with-sasquatch-the-encounter/?showHidden=true
and on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3f2shST
The Bigfoot March
In the near future
protests will no longer be recognized
as leftist warfare, they’ll be known
as The Insurrection of the Sasquatch.
Darrel and his platoons are coming
to save America from the socialist devils
in Washington. They’re organizing
and leaving the forests in droves… soon
their feet will be afoot in the Capitol.
Loquius Bigfoot 1/20/21
Sasquatch Council of Elders
The tranquil hush
of heavy wet snow, no breeze
in a rush to intrude, just beauty
conceived and born
in the house of the Sasquatch.
Richard Rensberry 1/16/21
Author of Conversations With Sasquatch
A stone shaped like a heart
was left on my doorstep.
It came in the night
without fanfare or noise.
It came as a gift
on little feet, by way of the forest
and a child named Pureesis. A princess
of a smitten Sasquatch.
Richard Rensberry 10/12/20
Pureesis- daughter of Sasquatch lovers Loquius and Loquiili
smitten- love struck
Sasquatch Poetry Page:
I have a new webpage on my Conversations With Sasquatch website called Bigfoot and Sasquatch Poems.
If you are a writer or just a lover of Bigfoot and have written a poem or lyric on the subject, I’m encouraging submissions for publication and inclusion on my website:
This is a totally free service to help writers and Bigfoot enthusiasts gain more recognition. I will gladly include links to your other works and websites. I am keeping my website family oriented and G rated so I will accept and publish poems that are not intentionally degrading, derogatory or overtly violent. I understand there are different realities than my own, but my reality does not include explicit sex, blood, guts nor vulgarity. Scary without all the graphics is just fine. I am keeping my website family oriented and G rated.
If accept your poem I will immediately let you know.
If I feel compelled to not publish your poem or poems, I may offer a brief explanation and/or editorial advice. I also may not respond at all, being I may be swamped with other projects.
Poems can be submitted via my email at:
Please do not submit any more than 3 poems per month. If I really like your work, I will most likely solicit more of your poems in the future. I may also want to include your work in an anthology of Sasquatch Poems sometime down the road with your permission to do so.
Author of Conversations With Sasquatch, The Encounter available on at: https://store.booksmakebooms.com/conversations-with-sasquatch-the-encounter/?showHidden=true
Sasquatch book blog presents-
Conversations With Sasquatch, Cross Over Book Cover for Book 2 of the Conversations With Sasquatch Book Series.
Sasquatch Book Blog presents- Sasquatch Poem, The Feast
When harvests are bountiful
and the horizon glows,
the Sasquatch gather
with fiddles and bows.
They chant and clap
each rhythm and rhyme,
gossip and sip
spiked juice of the lime.
They sing old songs
of passed down soothe….
nurture the hopes
of love struck youth.
They pat sore backs
of friends and foes,
snap their fingers
and tap big toes.
There’s plenty for all
when they stomp their feet,
hoot and holler
to come and eat.
Richard Rensberry 10/02/20 Lewiston, Michigan
More Sasquatch poems on our poetry page.
Sasquatch book blog announces Conversations With Sasquatch, The Encounter is now available on Amazon in both paperback and ebook format. Purchasing it from Amazon and then leaving a review is a major compliment to any writer and helps others find the book. If you would prefer to purchase the book directly from us here at QuickTurtle Books® you are welcome to do so in our store in both paperback and eBook.
Sasquatch Book Blog presents- Sasquatch Poem, Celebration
On Christmas Day
put an ear to a maple
or birch and listen…. you’ll hear
the bells of Cross Over ring
through the trees of the forest
where the Bigfoot reign.
They are the bells from a hammer
and a chisel on stone, the bells of a miracle
being carved out of bone.
They are the bells of Leeitus
and the bells of Pariseema, the toll
of Awakening in a brand new world.
They are the bells of the Elders
from the Temple of Myrrh…. the bells of a harkening
and the bells to concur
the best is yet to come.
Richard Rensberry 12/21/20
Author of Conversations With Sasquatch
Bigfoot Series of Sasquatch novels.
Cross Over- The Sasquatch world
Leeitus- Son of the Elder Sasquatch Loquius
Pariseema- Sasquatch center for Ethics and Common Sense
Awakening- The Winter Solstice high frequency energy of enlightenment
Elders- Council of the Sasquatch Elders who are many thousands of years old
Temple of Myrrh- Temple located in Pariseema for spiritual celebrations.
We wish you a Happy New Year and for much better things to come in 2021.