Mary E. Adair
"Why not go out on a limb? Isnít that where the fruit is?" -- Frank Scully.
A brave quote for your editor who admits change has always been a frightening prospect, yet one she has often found herself amidst. The best changes however are those concerned with growth: personal, financial, family relationships, etc. The positive changes for her recently are of the latter category: family. A new great grandchild (Emma Jaine) and a new great-great grandchild (Hunter Lane) joined us in April. Joy and more joy!
The prospect of warmer weather has apparently roused our authors into renewing their writing skills and we have some interesting results thereof.
Nancy Park's "Mind, Body & Spirit Connection" discusses her amazing gift of mediumship in a forthright and understandable manner, encouraging others to recognize their own gifts. Judith Kroll aka Featherwind's column "On Trek" discloses her intense viewpoint in protecting life, wherever it occurs, focusing on birds this month.
Melinda Cohenour, your editor's youngest sister, begins her column with this issue, "Genealogy Unraveled." She has contributed several intriguing articles for this ezine previously, derived from her extensive research in genealogical records both national and from Europe, and is a respected member of the Find A Grave research community on Ancestry. Her tales are never dull and through the years she has discovered links to many different family lines. Perhaps we are kin?
Adrea Heisler, Leo's first grand daughter, returns with another of her easy to do recipes, in "Cookin' With Andrea." Thomas F. O'Neill ("Introspective") speaks of China's out-sourcing to take advantage of more economical bases of labor. Mattie Lennon ("Irish Eyes") returns to a reflective mood, but with him, a joke is always right around the corner.
John I. Blair's column "Always Looking - People Who Made A Difference IXX" features William Batchelder Greene, a mathmatician who advanced the process of 'mutual banking,' some level of which is now employed by anyone shopping online. Blair's single poem, a poignant verse, is "I Do Not Dare."
Phillip Hennessy's poetic work sometimes comes in short bursts of insight. Some of those brief verses are presented together in "Dream Wisps" and "Reflections of Reality," along with the selection, "A Lifetime of Faith."
Bud Lemire's two poems "Universal Transalator" and "RyKrisp" should bring a smile. The inspiration for the latter, was once a staple in this home. Bruce Clifford's two poems are "All I Ever Wanted to Do" and "I Can't Slow Down."
Jeremiah Raber, one of the Amish young people who allowed their "Breaking Amish" to be filmed on TLC network, shared a few of his songs with us before. This poem is called "Devil Kin." The new Season may include some appearances by him as well.
Rebecca Morris' serial "The Adventures of Ollie Dare" continues with Chapter 2 "A Better World" this issue. Good thoughts for your little ones.
Mark Crocker who recently entertained us with the Lexi serial, returns with his "Rabbo Book Five," presenting chapter one: "New Endings."
Kudos to Mike Craner for his expertise and patience that allows this little ezine to continue its mission of encouraging writers, experienced and beginners, and to promote reading. TV has done a lot to discourage reading as a pastime, but we are holding fast.
See you in June!
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