Here’s a Timely New Book and a Humorous Rhyme Writing Contest for All of Us!
September 2020. Las Vegas, NV. Robert Stern, a former 20th Century Fox executive and a comic author, is at it again with a new humorous approach for all us to continue to cope with the on-going Pandemic. Robert Stern has written popular rhymed verse for decades for weddings and other occasions, as well as including verse in his popular recently published book, SOCIALLY DISTANCED: A Keepsake Journal. Stern has now created his own channel on YouTube called Covid Christmas featuring “Jingle the Elf” to be found and subscribed to at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZNAaZHzi8u8I-pMvpJRLnQ.
Each week beginning in September through Christmas, Stern will share some very funny rhymed verse to lighten up our lives during the holiday season. Dressed appropriately in a Christmas sweater and complementary holiday-themed mask and holiday hat, Stern (aka Jingle the Elf) will deliver some not-to-be-missed sage and gently humorous advice for us all.
Here’s the introductory verse from Jingle the Elf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-U449tWawU
According to Stern, “While working at 20th Century Fox and New World Entertainment, I always wanted to become the host of a TV show. Now is my chance to entertain and help so many people around the world via jingles and rhymed verse through the holidays on my own You Tube Jingle the Elf Channel.
Stern is also encouraging everyone to submit a humorous verse through December 31, 2020 that they write themselves via the website, www.sociallydistancedjournal.com. If its worthy, Stern will post it and give credit to the writer. The best submission for each month will win a personalized autographed copy of his new book, SOCIALLY DISTANCED: A Keepsake Journal, awarded at the end of the month. Submissions can be sent via the website’s contact page: https://sociallydistancedjournal.com/pages/contact.
About SOCIALLY DISTANCED A Keepsake Journal
How can we all better cope with the continuing Pandemic and manage the fears associated with it? One effective strategy is to be hopeful, stay positive and retain our sense of humor about the situations we currently face … and author Robert Stern is helping us to do just that!
SOCIALLY DISTANCED A Keepsake Journal was written by author Robert Stern in humorous rhyme accompanied by delightful illustrations, with lots of room in the paperback book or e-book version to record thoughts and activities during the COVID-19 period. This fun new book combines humor and journaling to help everyone better deal with what’s happening today. It enables us to create something special to keep and look back on in better times and remember how we got through it all!
Stern has also found that many customers are buying multiple books for family and friends and has created a “Buy 4 Books, 5th Book is Free” limited time promotional offer available on the website as he feels the more people who receive and write in the journal, the better off we all will be! It also makes the perfect Stocking Stuffer!
Author Robert Stern explains, “Such unique times deserve an equally unique keepsake. I've written all my life -- books, lyrics, and poetry, because I have been drawn to the power of words and how they have been able to encompass moments so vividly. I find writing also to be very cathartic and it helps me to process my thoughts and feelings. I am hoping that others will enjoy the process of writing rhymes and sharing them with us as well.”
He adds, “I recognize that we are all in an important time in our lives with the Pandemic and wanted to provide some humor and an interactive journal to help. As we know, life is often challenging. Nothing is permanent and every day is a new one to feel more positive and in control of your life. In fact, many experts recommend journaling because it can improve your mood and may be good for your mental health. I believe this book can provide a cathartic experience to help us all!”
Stern also suggests, “For parents of children ages 12 and older, this is a great tool to help kids feel better while writing down their positive and negative feelings about the situation. For all adults, this book also inspires us to record what these months are like for each of us. Why not preserve this moment in history with the Socially Distanced journal, so you can record and retell the stories of such a significant era? It also makes a thoughtful gift for anyone in our lives today who has helped us through these recent months.”
Stern believes in the importance of parents connecting with their children at this time. He feels that the kids want to know if they're going to be okay and that their parents are going to be okay, too. At all ages, this is a common thread. He urges parents to encourage their kids to live in possibility with positivity.
He suggests, “The best thing you can do with younger children is show them the illustrations in the book and read to them the funny verse like a children’s book and having them express what’s going on for them and then reassure them.”
Stern’s experience over the past months is that families are getting closer together. This is a plus overall as there is a lot more positive attachment, especially if the parents are prudent in communicating honestly.
In households hit economically, the challenges are more depending on the severity of the impact. Another way to reduce stress for kids and parents alike is structure. This requires planning and anticipating needs and issues to eliminate the need to make rushed decisions. Stern explains, “In the military, we called it contingency planning. It’s preparedness and having kids learning at home out of school requires preparedness.”
SOCIALLY DISTANCED: A Keepsake Journal is 32-page book written in light-hearted rhyme with colorful illustrations. is available in a quality paperback for $9.95 or $6.95 for a downloadable e-version from the website, www.sociallydistancedjournal.com. © 2020 by Robert Stern. ISBN 978-0-9801988-9-8
Recent Book Review Excerpts:
“An incredibly timely and unreservedly recommended publication that is impressively 'kid friendly' in organization and presentation, "Socially Distanced: A Keepsake Journal" will prove to be a welcome, entertaining, and constructively useful DIY journal entry style publication for use by anyone ages 12 and older who are having to deal with the restrictions, concerns, and impact of the present pandemic upon themselves, their family members, their friends, and their communities.” Midwest Book Review, August 2020
“It is a useful and entertaining journal to bring smiles, laughter and the much-needed help to deal with the emotional highs and lows we are experiencing during the pandemic and while we adjust to the “new normal”. - Kid Lit Book Café, August 2020
“Book of the week: This one is perfect during COVID 19! Looking for something positive during these trying times? Socially Distanced: A Keepsake Journal (www.sociallydistancedjournal.com) by author Robert Stern is a new humorous and helpful illustrated 32-page journaling book and it truly is a positive resource for families. I enjoyed reading this book and it is a fun way to cope with the on-going pandemic.” – SoCal City Kids, September 2020
SOCIALLY DISTANCED: A Keepsake Journal
The Coronavirus Pandemic caused us to react to a changing environment. So many different issues for so many people from personal health to the health of loved ones. Loss of employment. Government restrictions. Caring for school aged children as schools closed. Impact on travel and vacations. Finding toilet paper. Politics and so much more. Here is an opportunity to laugh a little, and record your thoughts as a keepsake for yourself, your children, and your grandchildren to read years later. Here’s an opportunity to tell a friend how much you appreciate their support either by buying them a copy to journal their experience, or sharing your feelings as a thank you. Perhaps you can record what you did to pass the time. Who were you concerned for? What provisions you stocked up on? How you were hurting economically, and what you had to do to survive. Share the activities you missed the most, and how your mood changed during the lockdowns. Journal what’s important to you.
About the Author:
Robert Stern, the author of SOCIALLY DISTANCED: A Keepsake Journal, has always enjoyed writing rhymes for books, wedding toasts and other occasions. He teamed up with talented illustrator, Mark Hill, to create this helpful book. Formerly a Hollywood entertainment executive at 20th Century Fox and New World Entertainment, Stern previously wrote other non-fiction books including HOA WARS and A Legend in My Own Mind and Other Stupid Thoughts. As the Pandemic continued, he picked up his pen to create another book hoping to help us all!
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