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Editor's Corner

By Mary E. Adair

June 2018

"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me."
--Jim Valvano.

June gives us another family type holiday to celebrate: Father's Day. Many things can be said about good fathers, great fathers, caring fathers, and on and on goes the list, yet not one of our authors chose fathers as their topic. "Armchair Genealogy" discusses many fathers and their roles in various military eras, focusing on the author Melinda Cohenour's own family tree (shared by your editor, her sister.) Nonetheless, your editor doesn't mean June to go by without reminding all of you to cherish your fathers, whether they are still walking the earth or are bound on more heavenly trails. If your father wasn't great, then quite likely you found another person to fill that requirement in your life. One hopes so, any way.

We welcome a new columnist to our eZine, Charlene Cowley. See the introduction to her in the articles, and her first column, "A Way with Words." Our Pennsylvania born Columnist Thomas F. O'Neill explains how much a year's furlough from his teaching in Suzhou, China, will mean to him. Believe this: his main plan is going back to school himself. His column "Introspective" also includes a couple of video's with links and some pics with students.

"Cooking with Rod" always gives new, tasty recipes and this month touts grilling for hot weather convenience. Rod Cohenour features "Never Fail Chicken Kabobs" and a co-star salad.

"Armchair Genealogy" as stated above is filled with references to the author's family tree members who were engaged in different military occupations, from the Revolution through current times. One can only respect the research and time involved in compiling this info.

Mattie Lennon's "Irish Eyes" gives a brief update on the Listowel Writers and promises more details in July. Judith Kroll aka Featherwind talks of Miracles and Precious Life in her column "On Trek."

Dayvid Clarkson's "Reflections on the Day"shares another of his haiku's wrapped in a beautiful photo, and some of his nightly thoughts, meditations of a sort.

"Consider This," LC Van Savage's column is a tribute to a beloved friend, Margo. Her article explains her experiences in learning Etiquette and what stuck and what didn't.

Bruce Clifford's June poems are "You Must Be Fine With This," "Thinking," and "Faults." Bud Lemire sent us "A Compassionate Touch." John I. Blair's poems are "Treats," "Beheading Sages," "Dinosaurs Had Thunderstorms," "A Friend from Egypt," "Finch at My Window Feeder," and "Panda Leanne." The last one includes an illustration, and is dedicated to one of his granddaughters.

See you in July!!!

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