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TOM KETTLEMAN
THE PEOPLE'S TURKEY
By Donna Pacini-Christensen
Artwork by Joe Garcia





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TOM KETTLEMAN---THE PEOPLE'S TURKEY is a children's story that was written by Donna Pacini-Christensen a few days after Tom's death. Art used in the book is by Joe Garcia. 100% of the net profits from the book will be donated to PALS “Capital Campaign” to help fund construction for PALS HAVEN, a new animal shelter building.

In the story Tom urges Alex and other children to encourage people to slow down and enjoy places of nature, such as Lodi Lake and the Mokelumne River.





In 2004, PALS (People Assisting Lodi Shelter) was formed and soon granted 501(c) 3 status. Nancy Alumbaugh and Dawnis Bradshaw founded the organization to help homeless and abandoned animals of Lodi, California and to support the Lodi Animal Shelter. PALS is currently raising money to construct a much needed new building, PALS HAVEN. This additional space will enable PALS to save more animal lives and will provide additional services to the community. To date they have raised over $500,000, received two acres of donated land on the grounds of Sycamore Lane Kennels and Farm, and received donated architectural building plans. To donate to the PALS HAVEN building project, please note “Capital Campaign” on your check.



PALS


1405 W. Kettleman Lane
Lodi, CA 95242

Mailing Address
1040 W. Kettleman Lane
Suite 379
Lodi, CA 95240
209-224-0354





PALS HAVEN




Coats & Tails
Women's Club of Lodi
December 5, 2015






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Donna Pacini-Christensen
Author

Donna Pacini-Christensen is a published writer and reviewer. She writes novels, novellas, short stories, poetry, songs, literary reviews, and music reviews. She is a vocalist and a creative arts photographer with a passion for photographing live performances. Many of her photographs are on web sites and in print publications. In 2004 she started A Starry Night Productions with her husband Tim Christensen.



A Starry Night Productions




Joe Garcia
Artist

Native Californian Joe Garcia is an established landscape and wildlife artist living and painting near the small mountain town of Julian, California. Joe’s art has appeared in numerous magazines, including Southwest Art, The Artist Magazine, Wildlife Art, and Watercolor Magic. North Light produced his books, Mastering the Watercolor Wash and The Watercolor Bible, and included his art in several other publications.


Joe Garcia's Website




Joe Garcia
Artist




Joe Garcia
Artist




Joe Garcia
Artist



Steve Spurlin
Tom Kettleman Photographer




Alex Miles
At Lodi Lake

Alex is seven-years-old. His favorite thing about going to school each morning was having his step-mom Lillie drive out of their way in hopes of catching a glimpse of Tom. This story was written, in part, to give comfort to Alex and to other children who were captivated by Tom.





Alex Miles
With his dog Trina at Lodi Lake




Alex Miles & Donna Pacini-Christensen
At Lodi Lake


TOM KETTLEMAN
KIDS TURKEY ART PAGE


Turkey Tom Kettleman was first seen at the intersection of Kettleman Lane and Lower Sacramento Road in Lodi, California during the spring of 2014. He quickly became a popular attraction. Many people were concerned about a potential accident if a motorist swerved to avoid hitting Tom, or if a motorist did hit him. California Department of Fish and Game officials would not intervene because Tom was a wild turkey. Because of Tom's unsafe circumstances, some people regretted this wildlife policy and wished that Tom could be captured and relocated to a protected environment. On 09-28-14 a motorist struck Tom. The "WILD TURKEY XING" signs being printed by Public Works were installed a few days after Tom's death.




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer




JoAnne Mounce

As a city council member, I hear concerns on a variety of issues regarding Lodi and the community, which I am honored to serve. Sometime in June of 2014, I started to receive e-mails asking for help regarding a wayward wild turkey living at one of the busiest intersections in Lodi. I tried reaching out to the Department of Fish and Game asking for the re-location of the turkey. Once I realized re-location was not an option, I reached out to the city manager and asked for traffic calming signs to do our best to alert drivers of the presence of our, quickly becoming, beloved bird. The city manager, with the help of Public Works, thought this would be a great idea!

As I waited for the signs to be installed, Tom’s popularity as our new mascot grew, concerns for his safety grew, and his number of Facebook friends grew. Out of curiosity, I found myself changing my trek to work to drive by Tom’s hangout just to get a glimpse of him. And even more curiously, when I did see Tom, how excited it made me feel. I guess I was starting to understand how phenomenal the “Tom Kettleman” experience was to the citizens of Lodi.

Sadly, the Wild Turkey Xing signs were installed after Tom's departure. However, I believe Tom left a lasting impression upon the city of Lodi. For a brief time, Tom created excitement and wonder for the community. Tom made many citizens very happy. And, whenever I hear Tom Kettleman’s name, I still smile.



JoAnne Mounce
Lodi City Council




Nancy Alumbaugh

I think back to 2004 when Daunis Bradshaw and I first thought of “making miracles happen” at the Lodi Animal Shelter. It was a dream then filled with compassion and an overwhelming desire to make a better world possible for the lost and abandoned animals of Lodi. That dream lead to the formation of PALS.

After ten years, thanks to the incredible volunteers that have given of their talents and thousands of hours, we are now building PALS Haven.

So, whether Tom Kettleman made you smile, gave you concern or frustration, he certainly has become a part of Lodi history. PALS is sorry for his passing, happy that another living being was not injured, and blessed that a gifted writer and a talented artist have chosen PALS to honor Tom's memory by donating the proceeds from this book to our capital campaign.

Sometimes as adults we need to remember that it is okay to dream. Our dreams bring change to this world and help make miracles possible. To all our volunteers, donors, and dreamers I give my deepest thanks. You are the ones that make this world a better place.



Nancy Alumbaugh
PALS

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Donna Pacini-Christensen

Lodi and our neighboring communities have numerous wild creatures that need and deserve our respect and protection. We also have a lot of homeless dogs and cats that rely upon us for compassion and support. Our brief relationship with Tom Kettleman touched our hearts. Tom reminded us of our connection with the remarkable wildlife that surrounds us, and of our responsibility for its preservation. In our midst are people and animals suffering from neglect or abuse. I hope each of us will personally do something to lessen the suffering.

My husband Tim and I recently visited Alex's class. If you want to be inspired and to find unwavering hope for the future, I recommend that you visit an elementary school and sit in a classroom with some kids. Listen to what they have to say. Alex and his friends shared with us who they thought were heroes. Their first choice was firefighters. Their second was police officers. Their third was doctors. I (a writer) was even on their list of heroes. Alex and his classmates could not guess who was my first choice hero. It did not occur to them that children and their teachers are the most valuable heroes any community can possibly have. We need to help our children understand that they and their teachers should be on the hero list. I am really cool with firefighters being number three, but in my opinion children and their teachers are definitely number one and two.

Donna Pacini-Christensen
A Starry Night Productions




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TOM KETTLEMAN
THE PEOPLE'S TURKEY
BOOK REVIEWS

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The following photographs are of Lodi Lake and the Mokelumne River.




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

All you need is love, love.
Love is all you need.
Tom "The Beatles" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

Be yourself;
everyone else is already taken.
Tom "Oscar Wilde" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

We are
what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then,
is not an act,
but a habit.
Tom "Aristotle" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

Treat everyone
with politeness,
even those who are rude to you.
Not because they are nice,
but because you are.
Tom "Author Unknown" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

Let's not forget
that the little emotions
are the great captains of our lives,
and we obey them without realizing it.
Tom "Vincent van Gogh" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

There are only
two ways to live your life.
One is as though
nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though
everything is a miracle.
Tom "Albert Einstein" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

Not all of us can do great things,
but we can do small things with great love.
Tom "Mother Teresa" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.
Tom "Author Unknown" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

Constantly choosing
the lesser of two evils
is still choosing evil.
Tom "Jerry Garcia" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

If you can’t explain it to a six year old,
you don’t understand it yourself.
Tom "Albert Einstein" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

Friendship is born
at that moment when
one person says to another:
“What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”
Tom "C.S. Lewis" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

For every minute you are angry
you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
Tom "Ralph Waldo Emerson" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

So often in time it happens,
we all live our life in chains,
and we never even know
we have the key.
Tom "The Eagles" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

I tell you
the more I think,
the more I feel
that there is
nothing more truly artistic
than to love people.
Tom "Vincent van Gogh" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

I was so much older then,
I'm younger than that now.
Tom "Bob Dylan" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

Sometimes things fall apart
so that better things can fall together.
Tom " Marilyn Monroe" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

There is
just one life
for each of us:
our own.
Tom "Euripides" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

In a world full of people who couldn't care less,
be someone who couldn't care more.
Tom "Author Unknown" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

Love when you can,
cry when you have to,
be who you must,
that's a part of the plan.
Await your arrival
with simple survival,
and one day we'll all understand.
Tom "Dan Fogelberg" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

I’ve learned that
people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never
forget how you made them feel.
Tom "Maya Angelou" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses.
Tom "Chinese Proverb" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

There are no traffic jams when you go the extra mile.
Tom "Kenneth McFarland" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

Watch your thoughts;
they become words.
Watch your words;
they become actions.
Watch your actions;
they become habits.
Watch your habits;
they become character.
Watch your character;
it becomes your destiny.
Tom "Lao-Tze" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

You must be the change
you wish to see in the world.
Tom "Mahatma Gandhi" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

I think a hero
is an ordinary individual
who finds strength to persevere and endure
in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
Tom " Christopher Reeve " Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

Keep away
from people who try
to belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do that,
but the really great make you feel
that you, too, can become great.
Tom " Mark Twain" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

You only pass through this life once;
you don't come back for an encore.
Tom " Elvis Presley" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

What you get
by achieving your goals
is not as important as what you
become by achieving your goals.
Tom "Henry Thoreau" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

Tell me and I forget,
teach me and I may remember,
involve me and I learn.
Tom " Benjamin Franklin" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.
Tom "Babe Ruth " Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

Well, there are some things a man just can’t run away from.
Tom " John Wayne" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

How often
have I said to you
that when you have
eliminated the impossible,
whatever remains,
however improbable,
must be the truth?
Tom "Sherlock Holmes" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

War is not the answer,
because only love can conquer hate.
Tom "Marvin Gaye" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

All learning has an emotional base.
Tom " Plato" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

When people talk,
listen completely.
Most people never listen.
Tom " Ernest Hemingway " Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

I readily absorb
ideas from every source,
frequently starting where
the last person left off.
Tom " Thomas Edison" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

And in the end,
the love you take
is equal to the love you make.
Tom "The Beatles" Kettleman




Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

Don’t cry because it’s over,
smile because it happened.
Tom "Dr. Seuss" Kettleman






Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da, life goes on.
Tom "The Beatles" Kettleman






Donna Pacini-Christensen
Photographer

You only live once,
but if you do it right,
once is enough.
Tom "Mae West" Kettleman


The Turkey Pokey


The Turkey Song


The Turkey Tango 1


The Turkey Tango 2


Turkey in the Straw


Ten Little Turkeys


Albuquerque Turkey


You Can't Gobble Me


I Will Survive


Thanksgiving Song
Mary Chapin Carpenter


Tom Turkey &
His Harmonica Humdingers










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