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All About Sara Batliner-Meis

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All About Sara Batliner-Meis
A Multi-Cultural Presentation

My Background
Odds and ends
Places I have visited, studied and my future
Phoenix, AZ, San Diego, CA, Los Angles, CA, San Francisco, CA, Portland, OR, Denver, CO, Minneapolis, MN, Chicago, IL, St. Louis, MO, Bartlesville, OK, Ft. Smith, AR, Philadelphia, PA, Washington DC, Orlando, FL, Omaha, NE, Lincoln, NE, Bird Island, MN, New York, NY, Louisville, KY, Austin, TX, Dallas, TX and Ashville, NC. There were plenty of stops along the way to all these cities.
The first time I actually sat down and watched Gone with the Wind is the first time I noticed that people of color were treated differently. I was almost seven years old. I don’t recall which scene prompted the question, but the questions came. My mom’s responses to the questions are suited for a seven year old. When I put myself in my mom’s shoes as one day I will have to answer questions similar to my own, I am just as dumbfounded as my mom may have been on how to answer the questions.
I am pretty sure there were other times in my childhood where I overheard or witnessed prejudice but the time that stands out to me happened when I was in the sixth grade. I went to a parochial school that was predominately white. We had an African American student in my class that transferred to our school when we were all in the fifth grade. A full school year had gone by before this event happened. Our school didn’t have hot lunches. All students brought their lunch. After lunch one day, all sixth graders were told to go to a classroom, not our homerooms. There, the teachers brought out a sack lunch that was soaking wet. All contents of the lunch were ruined. The student’s whose lunch this was happened to be the African American student’s. He, along with his father, stood up with the teachers in the front of the classroom. The teachers began to ask who was responsible to ruining this student’s lunch. The teachers told us that someone did tamper with the lunch as the juice bottle’s lid was pealed back almost all the way. The bottle wasn’t like that when the student came to school that morning.
I don’t recall who actually did it, if they came forward. They may have as I believe the African American student did say he had an idea who would have. The result of this incident has the entire sixth grade class writing a letter to the student and his father say we were sorry. I remember being very puzzled about the whole incident and to this date, I still wonder why anyone would do something like that. Better yet, why would we, as human beings, still pick on each other?

I grew up listening to the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Moody Blues, etc. The Beatles were the group that I remember and still listen to this day. When people think of me, they think Beatles. The very first time that I can recall listening to ‘Imagine’, by John Lennon, was when the United States invaded Iraq in 1990. I remember watching MTV with my mom, her receiving a phone call and telling me that the United States is in a war. MTV then played “Imagine”. I most likely had heard that song before that night but it was more significant then because this song is the anti-war song. (There are many anti-war songs out there.) The older I got, the more profound the words in this song became. There was a time that I honestly thought that people would only have to listen to this song, comprehend it, and world peace would be attainable.
The significant privilege that popped into my mind is the right to vote. Over the years, people in my generation have asked ‘why do you vote when neither candidate is worth the vote?’ or have said ‘You wasted your vote for voting for so and so.’ My answer is simple. I am a women in the United States of America. Due to the crusading of the Women’s Suffrage Movement and the passing of the 19th amendment, I have the right to vote and make my voice heard. There are many women in the world who still don’t have the right to vote or even drive! I have that right and I will use it.
My favorite all time book is
Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger. I first read it in high school and then again in my early 20’s and again in my late 20’s. Each time I read it, I not only identify with Holden Caufield each time but I discover something new with a character, setting or even myself.
I know I never read the entire book, but I have my mom's copy of
The Little Prince
by Antoine de Saint-Exlpery . In it there is a phrase 'It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.' that was underlined by her. These words have followed me throughout my life and were even my quote in the high school yearbook my senior year.
“Mom, how come only black people are doing all the work?”
“Well, a long time ago white people thought that only black people should do all the work.”
“So all white people did was wear pretty dresses and picnic? But I thought great-grandpa was a farmer and he wasn’t black? Did great-grandma wear dresses like that?”
“Your great-grandparents were not alive yet when this movie is taking place. Yes, your great-grandpa was a farmer. The black people in the movie are slaves. A long time ago, there were people who thought only black people should do the work and they were slaves.”
“Why did we have slaves?”
“I really don’t know why. No one is better than anyone else.”

Joseph and Veronica Shamla came to the United States in 1881 from Bohemia, now Czech Republic. Their daughter Eleanor married Ignatius Skarolid before the migration to the U.S. All their children were born in the U.S. Their daughter Mary married Charles Cuta in Olivia, MN. One of their daughters, Lillian, was born March 10, 1909. Lillian married Raymond Weis in 1937. Their oldest daughter Carol was born on August 17, 1939. Carol married James Tabor in 1959. Their oldest child and only daughter, Linda, was born August 7, 1960. Linda Tabor married Gary Batliner, third child of John and Ruthann, on July 18, 1980.
Carol, Lillian, Spencer and Sara - July 2010
Franz Joseph Batliner was born in May 1862 in Liechtenstein. In 1880, he came to America and settled in Kansas City, MO. He married Crescentia Kessler in Kansas City, MO in 1884. Crescentia was born in 1864 in Austria. One of their son's, Oswald, married Corinne Beauvais in 1919. Oswald and Corinne's youngest son was John. John was born July 18, 1932 in Kansas City, MO. John married Ruthann Akers in April 1955. Over the next 11 years, John and Ruthann had seven surviving children. Gary Batliner is one of their sons.
John and Ruthann's Children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren - October 2012
I was born on May 31, 1981 in Kansas City, KS. Over the next nine years after my birth in 1981, my parents had three more children, all boys. Those first nine years of my life, my parents, brothers and myself all lived in a house across from Cathedral of St. Peter’s, which is where we belonged to as Catholics. On February 25, 1991, my mother passed away suddenly from undetected blood clots. From that moment on, my brothers and I were raised in a single parent home where the parent was the father. Both sides of my family helped our dad with my brothers and me. Every Sunday we were at one of our grandparent’s houses for family dinner.
Our father remarried in 2004 to Cindy Faddis. Cindy has a son from a previous marriage.

In November 2007 I married Joseph Meis. On August 1, 2008, our son was born. In December 2011, I divorced Joseph. Our son and I currently live with my parents and youngest brother.
One of my brother's wedding - September 2011
I don't like fish/seafood. But I will eat sushi. Yes, I will eat raw fish but not fishsticks.
I also do not like American, Rocatta, Brie, feta and Blue Cheeses. Sour cream and ranch dressing are also dislikes of mine.
I love watching Jeopardy!
I even tried out for Jeopardy 10 years ago.
I have been playing the piano since I was seven. I also took dance lessons for many years.

My favorite piece to play on the piano.
It took me almost six years to finish
War and Peace
. Darn you Tolstoy!
I finished all four Twilight books in two weeks.
I love Mexican food. (Not so much when I was pregnant.)
I love spicy food in general and oddly enough couldn't get enough of it while pregnant.

Hot Tamales are my favorite candy.
I love getting my picture taken even though there are cultures that believe taking a person's photo steals their soul.
My best friend's name is also Sara and when we were growing up, we also had the same last initial and we both celebrate birthdays on the 31st day of the month.
I own over 50 pairs of shoes and at least 20 some odd purses.
I love old lady things. (I seriously carry around an old lady purse I found at an antique store and wear my great-grandma's coat.)

I am scared to death of bugs. I know that's a bit ironic considering that my favorite all time band is a misspelled version of a bug.


Yet I like spiders.
One of my favorite all time authors is Edgar Allen Poe. The Cask of Amontillado is my favorite story by him. And of course The Raven.
Ruthann Akers' families, the Maloney's, Condon's and Akers', are all from Ireland. All came through Ellis Island in the early to mid 19th century. Ruthann was born on July 17, 1932 in Kansas City, KS. Ruthann, her sisters and parents were all parishioners of Cathedral of St. Peter's.
I received my Associates Degree in Arts from Donnelly College in 2001. I graduated Cum Laude in 2004 from Park University with a Bachelor's in Art - History. I originally went to college to become a high school history teacher. Half way through I didn't think I had the patience to handle teenagers. So I went ahead and finished my degree and went into the corporate world. Here I am, ten years later, obtaining my teaching certification and Master's in Education. Time to corrupt the youth! ;-)
Social Awareness
During those six years I finished three other books. One of those three was
Team of Rivals
by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
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