Mary E. Adair
"A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love."
Although it is Leap Year again, your editor has no plan to marry this time, but hilariously the first two marriages did fall in a Leap Year, although not due to a proposal by her. It is a charming asset to having one extra day every four years, to be able to nudge that shy male toward the altar. If your marriage falls this year, don't be concerned that everyone will think the bride made the suggestion in the first place, but all females know little hints help things along.
Phil Hennessy shares seven poems that are likely destined to become songs as so much of his poetry is being sought out by musicians wanting to record it. John I. Blair adds one poem expressing the essence of Spring. Bud Lemire and Bruce Clifford also submitted one poem each for this issue.
"Armchair Genealogy" by Melinda (Carroll) Cohenour, directs our attention to some random bits of research and how not to let them fall through the cracks in your family's history. Clara Blair's novel "Emeralds for Emma" adds chapters 7 and 8, but you can catch up by clicking her byline to read what you might have already missed.
Thomas F. O'Neill buys new phone from Chinese supplier and tells why it was a mistake. Mattie Lennon's "Irish Eyes" tells what being Ecentric can mean (or not) for March.
LC Van Savage's column "Consider This" regrets the lost usage of many of our words. "Cooking with Rod" author Rod Cohenour reminiscing about his nanny's special birthday treat for him offers a streamlined but still lucious version of Double Chocolate - Triple Raspberry Cake and Icing. Judith Kroll has her own Reflections and advises you to seek your own in her "On Trek" this issue.
"Adventures of Ollie-Dare." Chapter 11 by Rebecca Morris, has the bear visiting his parents. What a sweet tale.
Thanks again to Mike Craner for his expertise and patience that allows this little ezine to continue its mission of encouraging writers, experienced and beginners, and to promote reading.
And if you proposed to your guy since this is Leap Year, may the marriage be happy and last forever!!! Watch for us in March!
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