Mary E. Adair
Does heat conjure up deep thoughts? One would think so judging
by the majority of this issue's content. In this area of the
country, western Texas, that is, triple digit weather (up to 113)
has already spanned over two weeks in June, but a cold front
dropped the temp way down in the mid to low 90's during the last
few days. July promises to heat up again. Remember, being
serious sometimes is not a sin, and can make you consider your own
If heat doesn't do it, then "Perhaps" (the title of a poem by
yours truly that will get published here sooner or later) the solemnity of Memorial Day finishing up
the previous month led the authors to reflect, muse, and even
brood upon the prospect of what's next when they began writing during the month June. Maybe we
should just make that the poets, as the even the most cheerful of
their work, "Brother Rabbit and Brother Cat" by Mark
Crocker has its characters in dire straits. Bud
Lemire's poems, "The Walk of Life," "Death," and "A Question
of What To Do" all look ahead to the end. John I.
Blair faces such occurences in the everyday world with
"Juggernaut Tires," "Reunion," and "Dead Hand," while "You Look Younger!" and "It May Be Time for Service," speak of older maintenance, and his salute for those already gone sings in
"Bright Morning Stars."
M. Jay Mansfield continues the dark rhymes with "Dog,"
"Exercise in Mixed Dementia," "Don't Speak," "Neutral," "Random
Order," and "Sapient Superior." We're very happy to see Jay
writing again--he is one of our most prolific poets. A new author
for our publication is Barbara Melendez, aka Morning Star*,
whose channeled "A Message for My Family Members" is expanded for
comfort to anyone whose family members have committed suicide.
No, this is not a light and cheerful month, apparently, but this
particular work is uplifting, and we welcome Ms. Melendez to our
ezine. We remind you to check the authors' bio's by clicking on
Bruce Clifford's songs, "Ice Cream Genius," and "The
Best Side," are lyrical and aspiring, at least, as are the
columns, though Mattie Lennon ("Irish Eyes") in his
tribute to a friend and poet speaks of one of Dan Keane's most
famous works commemorating the deaths of three young men in
Ireland. Do check his column out for the interesting pictures, as
well, including one of him with the Irish poet.
Leo C. Helmer's lighthearted column brings the promised
recipe for sourdough bread, and a zinger of a tale about how it
came to him in "Cookin' With Leo." LC Van Savage reminds
us of "Surprises and Embarassments" we'd probably like to forget
as does she, while her column "Consider This," relates an
instance of what you write sometimes catches up with you. You are
sure to get a kick out of "Poppy and other Friends."
Another article is "New brake pads . . ." by Mark
Crocker, aka Rabbo, the same author who brings us the
"Brother Rabbit and Brother Cat" poem. The reader may feel akin
to his problems even if they've never tackled exactly the same
chore. The column "Thinking Out Loud" may be similar to your
experiences, as well, but Gerard Meister always handles
such things with charm.
To cheer you up, enjoy the novel name Eric Shackle discusses in his own column, ("Eric Shackle's Column" of course) Then settle in and thoroughly read Thomas O'Neill's column "Introspective" for July. It is a captivating story about
"Officer Cujo" who just happens to be a police dog.
We leave you to enjoy the reading and do drop a comment to
encourage our writers. Mike Craner, our co-founder and
webmaster, has been streamlining the method for doing so, and it
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See you in August!
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