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Editor's Corner

By Mary E. Adair

January 2009

Happy New Year and may many blessings come your way in 2009. Just remember that rhymes with "fine" and make that come true.

So January is here! Many have birthdays,

Sister and her first born, another nephew, a couple of grandchildren, a cousin or two, and the first born of yours truly all entered this world in the royal first place segment of the new year. Also,on day one, the birthday of LC Van Savage - see her article, "The Ball Slides Down Again," which alludes to her newspaper column "LC's Take," but she has been with Pencil Stubs Online nearly as long.

Three poets contribute the bulk of verses: Bruce Clifford has four poems, "Believe Me," "Space Station Coffee House," "Catch Me, Watch Me," and "Words to a Song." There is one poem this month from M.J. Mansfield, aka FireEagle, "Pain~." Remember to click on each author's byline to find their biography and a list of clickable titles of previous work published by Pencil Stubs Online.

John I. Blair, tells us about one of his poems for January which won for him

"a rather nice cash prize, with a public presentation. However, when the prize was actually being handed me, in a ceremony in a public park, everybody was 50 feet away watching some model rockets being launched. So my awards ceremony had a pretty sparse audience. (:>)"
The poem is "Sputnik" and reminded this editor of her attempt to educate her 5 yr old daughter and 3 yr old son about the satellite by making a facsimile from a piece of styrofoam from an alka seltzer bottle, stuck through with toothpicks, and thumb-tacking it to the ceiling near the center ceiling light. This backfired a few years later when son, then in 2d grade, informed his teacher that was 'really' how the satellite was made because his mother showed him. duh...

Blair's other poems this month are "Murder in Paradise," "Dogwood," "Flood Stage," "A Foggy Morning On The Way To The Dentist," and ""Small Crane For Hire.""

LC Van Savage,"Consider This," Gerard Meister, "Thinking Out Loud," Eric Shackle,with, what else, "Eric Shackle's Column," Thomas F. O'Neill, "Introspective," Mattie Lennon, "Irish Eyes," and Leo C. Helmer, "Cookin' With Leo" are here to share their columns.

Mark Crocker's article "Do They Breed Subaru's?" should bring a smile, and there are some great pictures with the article Gregory Hargrave has about the "Mississinewa Ice, 2008."

Perhaps you have a poem or a favorite story you've written that would enhance our pages. If so, please do submit for consideration. As always, we do not pay nor do we charge to publish.

Officially the 12th issue of volume 11, after a day of parades and football games, is finally being put to bed (and yours truly will be able to follow suit.) One poem here "Late Again" expresses the struggle to get it ready, and may chime with some of you as well.

See you next month!

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