Mary E. Adair
Welcome to the new month the wind blew our
way today! "It's an ill wind that blows no
one any good..." to perhaps paraphrase a
quote we had in school. So in February
all it seemed to do was blow and freeze,
and blow wintry weather around the nation.
Meanwhile, 'back at the ranch' it blew
warmer than usual weather into your editor's
state. The leaves are bursting from their buds
on the trees, though it's true the mesquites
are not yet green. Old timers in the area
know this means at least one more cold snap!
The sunshine has been something to
cherish, though inevitably, the hot weather meeting the cold head-on creates vast areas of tornadic activity. Hope everyone makes it through safely as March roars in wearing her Lion's mask.!
Help us welcome a new columnist to our
ezine. David Francis joins our staff with
"Dave's Here" featuring his thoughts and
suggestions for the business and online
world which includes pratical solutions for
the computer hobbyist as well. Of course
our other columnists are here as usual
"Consider This" by LC Van Savage which we
couldn't bear to leave in the pending folder
'til next Valentine's Day: an insight
offered on this fascinating author in her
own words, dedicated to her own
"Cookin' With Leo" by Leo C. Helmer as he
divulges his research into origins and
recipes of Mexican or TexMex
"Eric Shackle's Column" by Eric Shackle with
another 'doggie tail, er, tale' a real
expose of sorts to inspire and
"Introspective" by Thomas O'Neill relating a
tale of community compassion and
"Irish Eyes" by Mattie Lennon entertains us
with his Irish humour;
"Thinking Out Loud" by Gerard Meister has him getting all excited and launching his own investigative resources in the political arena.
Our webmaster and co-founder Mike Craner
("Mike's Place") is on the absentee list for March. The
short month of February caught him with
other chores demanding his attention. We
hope he 'stirs his stumps' and gets
something for you readers by our April issue.
These Articles are presented for your
information and pleasure:
"Laments? Iíve Had A Few..." by LC Van
Savage stating opinions with which we
"Great Jobs: Chapter 3-Best Job I Ever
Had..." by Leo C. Helmer, numero three in
his series of humorous and sometimes even
dangerous jobs he has held;
"3D artist to paint a 4V mural" from Eric
Shackle's eBook with Seattle as the
location for the project.
A half dozen verses penned by our
song-writing poet Bruce Clifford
include "On The Run" which sang to this one's heart. The other five are:
"Let It Rip;"
"Mist Within The Trees;"
"Think of Me;" and
"We Took It to The Edge."
John I. Blair has only one poem this
issue, "Seasonal." We again send prayers and
best wishes for John's wife Clara, for full
recovery. Woodspryte, returns this month
with a romantic poem, "Once Upon A Time ..."
and from Hobbies, Etc., parent
publication of Pencil Stubs Online,
four poems by Lena Carroll, your editor's
mother. Written in the mid forties following
WWII, she reminisced about her parents and
grandparents with "Grandma Bullard,"
"Grandma Joslin," "My Parents," then wrote a
tired mom's query, "What's Wrong??" In
truth, a response to the poem "My Parents"
Carrie E. Joslin, mother of Lena Carroll,
sent back "I Like Texas."
One more poem, a rather sad one, with a
message for those bereaved, is "Life Ebbs
Away," by Bud Lemire. We have missed his
work and hope to see more of it and his
wonderful pictures soon.
This March ushers in one of the
government's ideas on improving our
schedules as it moves Daylight Savings Time
backward to the 11th. Should this prove to
be fruitful for our authors to render more
compositions, we will be sure to share them
with you in April... see you then!!
Write! Write! Write! and don't forget to
send them to us!
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