Mary E. Adair
Welcome to a new Volume of Pencil Stubs Online!
This means we are
starting our 10th year with this issue. I'm delighted to say we are still
gaining new readers and authors each year. Happily, some of our columnists
are staying with us, and those who used to write for us know they are welcome
to return when their schedules permit. Sometimes we may just carry an
article by one of them, and we know our readers will be excited to see their
style of writing once more.
Let's get right to what we offer as our Valentine to the readers this
month! Our Columns are as follows:
"Consider This" by LC Van Savage essaying a personal perspective on
"Cookin' With Leo" by Leo C. Helmer as he whomps up a Super Bowl
"Eric Shackle's Column" by Eric Shackle leading us on a tour of dogs as icons
"Introspective" by Thomas O'Neill who spins a sweet story;
"Irish Eyes" by Mattie Lennon telling a good Irish tale;
"Mike's Place" by Michael Craner, our webmaster, with breathtaking pictures
of the ice storm that recently gripped his state;
"Thinking Out Loud" by Gerard Meister sharing an ingenuous thought for
solving our problems.
Three Articles are lined up for your information and pleasure:
"English - Asylum For The Verbally Insane" filled with chuckles by an unknown
"Great Jobs: Chapter 2-You're Fired!" by Leo C. Helmer, the second in his
series of humorous and sometimes even dangerous jobs he has held;
"NY Sidewalk Art" from Eric Shackle's eBook with an interesting
concept in gaining public attention.
Poems, always a delight to publish, include six by John I. Blair:
"I Saw The Wood In Winter;" "If You Have Your Health;" "Real Heroes Aren't So
Brave;" "The Jetties;" "The Toad;" and "Wild Turkeys." John's wife Clara, a
brillian poet in her own right, has been in hospital a good part of the
previous month. Though she is improving now, our thoughts and wishes go out
to them for her full recovery and return to the hearthside, family (they have
a small granddaughter) and pets. John took time to round up some of his work
and submit it, which we truly appreciate, knowing how difficult it is when
your loved one is ill. Thanks to both Blairs.
"Because of you…(I am)" and "Iron Jaw" come to us from M.J. Mansfield, a
beloved friend and poet. He sometimes does poetry in a poetry club
atmosphere that encourages improv rhyming and reciting. This editor would be
terrified! But it makes for spontaneous work and thoughts.
"The Year of Accountability" and "Corporate America" by Bruce Clifford,
our song writer/poet puts one in mind of the protest songs of the 60's - a
good form when you want to make a point and also entertain.
"Writer of Kentucky Tales" is another poem by my precious grandmother,
Carrie E. Joslin, who inspired many of her family to pick up pen and rhyme
their thoughts. "Getting Older" is by one of her daughters, your editor's
aunt, Linnie Jane Joslin Burks. Aunt Janie is the one who was a missionary
in Nigeria for over 30 yrs with her dear husband, Dr. Edgar Burks. Both live
in Springfield, Missouri, now which has several former missionaries as
The short month of February will soon be gone, and it is a fond wish that
all will spend some care and effort in making Valentine's Day special for
their sweetheart. Sweethearts come in all varieties, as you know...wives,
husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends, parents, children, siblings, co-workers,
classmates, teachers, webmasters, neighbors, and employers. So remember your
See you in March!
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