Mary E. Adair
This issue has not been a simple one, partly because it is the first one without Leo C. Helmer, who passed away suddenly the 19th of January. You will find an article from Michael Craner, "Remembering Leo C. Helmer" that Leo himself would have enjoyed. Also for February which begins our 16th year online with Mike keeping us there with his expertise, Leo's column (Cookin' with Leo) is done by his oldest granddaughter Andrea Heisler Abernathy, who has done it before for him and will continue doing it in his honor. See the pic below of Leo with Tom Heisler (uncle of his grandchildren)three of the grandchildren, Kathy Embrey, Andrea Abernathy, and Jason Heisler, with Leo's only child, Mary Ann Heisler.
Stepping out of the editor modus operandi and speaking from my heart, I thank everyone for all the prayers, kind words, and many condolences in the loss of possibly the kindest man I've ever known and loved. May all who shall miss him, be blessed.
Peg Jones (Angel Whispers); Thomas F. O'Neill (Introspective); John I. Blair (Always Looking-People Who Made A Difference IV); Eric Shackle (Eric Shackle's Column); and Mattie Lennon (Irish Eyes) all who have supplied Pencil Stubs Online with interesting, fact filled, and eye opening columns through the years, are here to kick off the new volume.
The article, "They're Eating World's Oldest Living Thing" also by Eric Shackle of Australia, is actually about a place in Michigan, United States of America. This was news to yours truly, and may warrant a future visit.
Two poems from John I. Blair, "Beauty," and "Melodies and Memories" are joined by three from Bruce Clifford, "I Better Catch Myself," "Vampires and Angels," and "Inward Clouds of Gray."
Another chapter in the adult fantasy with rabbits by Mark Crocker "Rabbo II, Chapter 11-Problems" has been added. Previous chapters of this tale can be accessed by clicking the author's name.
See you in March! Once more we remind our loyal readers that without our co-founder and webmaster Michael Craner, we would not have been able to bring you the past fifteen years of issues. Thanks again, Mike.
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