Mary E. Adair
"Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration.
The rest of us just get up and go to work.”
Fall - the first day thereof, has arrived with a dawdling, frightening hurricane southeast of the Bahamas christened Dorian. Dorian may become an accronyn for indecision, which is what a lot of us face when it comes to getting busy and doing what we were meant to do. May Dorian glide harmlessly into the more northern reaches of the Atlantic dispesing its strength harmlessly.
Although it is Labor Day (to be celebrated the 2d on Monday) and as the Stephen King quote tells us how to do it, the extreme heat of August, triple digits reaching 114 locally, has sapped much of the get up and get it done inspiration one usually finds in the dregs of the end of any month. This year we are still digging thru the dregs, but at least some of our authors found the gumption to persevere and we are happy this day of publication has finally arrived.
We welcome the story by Trudy Green Stiers, "The Awakening." She courageously learned to extricate herself from a serious domestic issue, and is a source of encouragement to many in similar situations.
Marilyn Carnell (Sifoddling Along) discusses how her dislike of deadlines is actually a blessing in disguise. LC Van Savage (Consider This) tells us about her Heroes. Judith Kroll (On Trek) discusses Unconditional Love's meanings in daily situations and has a lovely essay to her Daddy.
Thomas F. O'Neill (Introspective) has a column about - surprise - education, which is only natural as he just returned to China for his teaching role. This time it is for higher grade aged students. Mattie Lennon, catches us up on who won what and what for at the literary convening and also keeps tabs on celebrities and a couple of Ironman hopefuls.
Melinda Cohenour (Armchair Genealogy) goes waaay back with some family history on a brother in law's side, which makes sense as his son lives with her now. The almost unreal true tale of Dr. Peter Gunsolus, forebear of Bobby Crowson.
Rod Cohenour is a bit snowed under with family needs so we proudly offer an Encore Presentation of aoways true cooking info from the late Leo C. Helmer. Of course thinking of Leo reminded your editor how he loved being an Honorary Lifetime member of the Light Crust Dough Boys western music group and that made her want to check in on what they are up to these days, so - The article is all about letting you know that they have a big October 4th date for an appearance in Granbury at thatlovely Granbury Live performance place. Read all about it in "Granbury Live! Light Crust Dough Boys."
"Get Ready to Travel" is the singly offered poem by Linnie Jane Joslin Burks, written as she was returning to the USA from Ibadan, Nigeria. Bud Lemire has four poems this issue: "Auntie Fish," "Listen To Your Body," "My Dad," and "The Life That You Touch." John I. Blair's trio of poems are "Pointer," "Need," and "Each Hour." Bruce Clifford shared "Missing Out." Keith Vander Wees has been so busy with art projects that his composing poetry had been lagging. In this issue we show one of his art projects that combines his poetic talent and it and others similar can be found where he markets them. Here is the link to his website so you can view his beautiful work. www.redbubble.com The picture at the bottom of this column is of Keith and Elaine. Perhaps she inspired his poem "Healing Words."
See you in October!
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