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By Mary E. Adair

August 2018

"What we see depends mainly on what we look for. "
--John Lubbock

Truer words... what have you been looking for this summer whose days are rapidly dwindling? Here in this part of Texas and many other places School begins this month. Have you appreciated, loved, taught, shared time and conversations with your youngsters while they were on their break? One hopes so as time does keep racking up the minutes, hours, days -- until they are grown, off on their own, perhaps not near enough for a laugh or a hug. Perhaps you looked at pictures together from the longest Lunar Eclipse of the century. There is time to find them and share. Check this out Beautiful photos! Full moon eclipse and Mars.

Our authors have responded to an apparent burst of energy and there is a fine assortment of reading available this month. From columns and articles, stories and poems, entertainment awaits.

Melinda Cohenour's "Armchair Genealogy" delves into family scandals of the past, murder and assassination in your editor's home town, circa 1883. As a bonus relevant to the column, she includes a companion article courtesy of Find A Grave Memorial website with more info on Dr. Albert White Chenoweth.

Thomas F. O'Neill in his "Introspective," heading home from China for a Sabbatical, is missing his students at the Suzhou International Foreign Language School already. For August he shares one of their videos where two students perform a scene from "Cats" the Broadway classic.

"Cooking with Rod" by Rod Cohenour brings us to the table with his Po Folks Swiss 'Steak.' Judith Kroll aka Featherwind presents some poetic advice in "On Trek."

Mattie Lennon's "Irish Eyes" covers an array of literary events in his entertaining manner. Dayvid Clarkson's "Reflections on the Day" includes both reflections and inspired insight with thoughtful advice.

LC Van Savage's still seeking that triple crown as she has article, story, and her column in this issue: "Neptune and the Boy," "A Kiss is Still A Kiss," and "Consider This" featuring "Last Words, Great Words."

Bruce Clifford's August poetry is "One Has To Wonder," "Just Like Him," and "The Severed Branch." Bud Lemire's poem "My Soul Sings" is an uplifting tribute for his cousin Paul.

Joel Joslin, a cousin of your editor, has shared the lyrics of his song, "Free Indeed." John I. Blair's poems this issue are: "Lace Curtains," "Two Sisters," "Patio Cat," "Motivity," "Routine," and "When Zander Snuggles Up." The Dayvid Clarkson's poem title echoes the first line - "May Your Spirit."

One of Phillip Hennessy's poems Judy Kay published in pencilstubs in November 2014, has been recorded by his friend and fellow musician, Alan Britton. This is an mp3 recording and you can click and play in Windows Media Player. Song:Judy Kay You can click both links and follow the words in the song that were chosen from the poem.

Once again our gratitude overflows toward our webmaster Mike Craner without whose patience and expertise this ezine would not have been in its 21rst year. Ovation for Mike.

See you in September!!!

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