Mary E. Adair
"When a poet digs himself into a hole, he doesn't climb out. He digs deeper, enjoys the scenery, and comes out the other side enlightened." - Criss Jami.
We welcome our poets and new ones to our publication to climb right in and make themselves a cozy little nest. We continue to feature poetry and foster its appreciation. For instance this April, we are presenting "The Journey," a poem by Martha A. Bradley along with a photo she took. Thank you, Martha. Wendy Shepard-Kalan is back with the poem "His Real Mother" dedicated to her friend Cathy. John I. Blair did one romantic poem "Moonlight" and one Spring time poem, "Shadows on The Grass" along with his column "Always Looking--People Who Made A Difference" about Roger Nash Baldwin who helped found ACLU. (Good to hear from John as we know his computer has been on the sick list with him and also Clara.)
Bruce Clifford, one of our prolific poets sent five poems, "You and Me," "Guilty of Hurting You," "I Love You More Each Day," "Maybe One Day," and "When You're Hurting."
We are pleased to have another poet new to these pages, Judith Kroll, with a nostalgic "The Homestead." She also has a column for us, "On Trek" some encouragement for those finding their own paths. Many of our readers will know her better by her chat name, Featherwind.
Merlin, a chat friend and teacher, allowed us to reprint his comments on the fear of looking within, "Love, Not Fear." As is often the case, Judith's column mentions that particular fear too.
Peg Jones (Angel Whispers) has been traveling and was not able to prepare a column this time, nor was Andrea free to create a recipe for her grandfather's column "Cookin' With Leo". We miss their input, however Kat Embrey, another of Leo's granddaughters, a member of the Army Reserve sends the good news that..."I'm now a published illustrator! Check out the cartoons I did for my Army Reserve unit's monthly magazine :)" Here is the link so it can be found on FaceBook and one cartoon at the bottom of this column. March Magazine FY 2013 .pdf March Magazine FY 2013 .pdf
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Eric Shackle in his column discusses some gastronomical oddities ("Chinese Eat Oz Cane Toads") and warns about their deadly poison. Shackle also tells how the Cuban newspaper "Grandma" got its name in his article.
Thomas F. O'Neill (Introspective) spotlights the intriguing essay of one of his physicist students, while Mattie Lennon (Irish Eyes) celebrates a new CD featuring Irish voices from the past.
The new chapter in the adult fantasy with rabbits by Mark Crocker is "Rabbo II, Chapter 13-Party Time." Previous chapters of this tale can be accessed by clicking the author's name.
See you in May! Once more we thank our co-founder and webmaster Michael Cranner, for his continued support of our creative activities. Thanks again, Mike.
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