Mary E. Adair
"May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks. May your heart be as light as a song. May each day bring you bright, happy hours. That stay with you all the year long."
--An Irish toast.
St. Patrick's Day is around the corner and your editor blesses you with the toast quoted above. Enjoy your March despite the weather changes and enjoy the March issue for 2014.
One article "My Popaw" is from a cousin of yours truly, on the paternal side of the family, Susan Flora Anderson Kelly. Be sure to check her bio for more facts about her interesting grandfather the article discusses. The second article is by your editor's sister Melinda Cohenour about a relationship often discussed which she thoroughly researched for our family tree on Ancestry, "My Strange Relationship with Julia Ann Johnson Whiteturkey Gilstrap Lewis Dalton Johnson."
Jeremiah Raber's creative writing appears again with the two poems "Sandcastles" and "Sit Back and Listen." John I. Blair's five are titled "Booklove," "Moon Shadow," "Goldfinches at 18°," "Bee Talk in January," and "Listening to The Night." Bruce Clifford chose to share "Waiting for Today" and "Make It Come Alive."
Bud Lemire's poems center around what is considered a national pastime in this family: "The Fishing Hole" and "Loretta, My Friday Fish Friend."
Columnists in this issue are Michael John Fierro (By the Numbers) who tells how to deal with our Karmic Lessons with numerology. Thomas F. O'Neill (Introspective) in China, discusses how the internet technology furthers the marketing interests of that country.
Judy Kroll aka Featherwind speaks of the value of learning from our elders while we still can, in her column "On Trek." John I. Blair's column "Always Looking - People Who Made A Difference XV, presents Dorothea Lynde Dix with facts many of today's readers have never seen. Mattie Lennon uses as a tribute to a former co-worker John Bolton, three tales by his late friend, in the column "Irish Eyes."
Cayce B. Shelton entertains us with "Ghost Story," while Mark Crocker adds chapter 3 to the story of Lexi, the cat who calls herself, "she who must be obeyed."
Once more we thank Mike Craner, webmaster, for all his creativity and expertise in keeping us online.
We will be seeing you in April !!!
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