Mary E. Adair
"When April steps aside for May,
like diamonds all the rain-drops glisten;
fresh violets open every day;
to some new bird each hour we listen."
May is filled to overflowing with many interesting dates to celebrate or revere, not the least of which are birthdays of those (like your editor) who chose this month to step on board this amazing planet we share. Some loved ones who were born in May are no longer strolling this land, like my wonderful mother who was 17 the day before I arrived, and my last hubby Leo who was 11 years my senior lacking 10 days. Very proud of grandchildren and step grands and a great grandson with May Birthdays, and so many beloved friends, some even on the same date as yours truly.
Bless May's positive effect for our magazine in that our authors are budding and blooming with compositions much as the leaves and blossoms are bursting forth on trees, shrubs, and all manner of plants. We are pleased to see John I. Blair, our most prolific poet and author, with a poem this month, and one of our columnists, Judith Kroll, as well.
Walt Perryman with four poems including a remembrance verse to remind us of May's most solemn observanve ("Never Forget,") and your editor added as an encore, one of her poems "Memorial Thoughts." Perryman's other three verses are "How I Prayed This Morning," "Rambling About A Little Bit More," and "Be Happy." Kroll's poem is "Ties," and Blair's is "Dead Possum."
Bruce Clifford, still penning laments, shows "The Art in You," "Belson 2," "I Saved Your Picture," and "Beyond Compare." Bud Lemire has four poems also, titled "Live Your Life," "Offence is Over The Fence," "Meth!" and a lovely one for Mother's Day, "Songs Mom Sang."
Danielle Cote Serar's column "A Mother's Lessons" addresses Boundaries this issue, and Judith Kroll's column "On Trek" discusses perceptions of one's Higher Self. "Reflections of the Day" by Dayvid Bruce Clarkson, includes an admonition to protect ourselves from 'garbage,' and blesses us with a couple of his lovely daily reflections. Thomas O'Neill once more shares a short story that's both touching and applicable for many.
"Woo Woo," by Pauline Evanosky, explains how becoming able to talk to Spirit was like her waking from a nap. Marilyn Carnell who authors "Sifoddling Along," brings personal insight about growing up in "Small Town America."
Mattie Lennon, author of "Irish Eyes," discloses the essence of his career in acting. He includes an audio link by the late Bill Meek, and a link on YOU tube to a current production of the play he was once in. "Cooking with Rod" reveals a treasured recipe: Rodrigo's Chicken-Green Chile Queso Enchiladas.
In "Armchair Genealogy" column, Melinda Cohenour who concluded the series "DNA: Complex. Tantalizing, And Nothing Short of Miraculous" begun in December 2021, is moving into one of her five "Brick Wall" genealogy areas with the hope that by focusing on one at a time will yield the defining pathway over or through that wall of common ancestors, in some cases aproximately 72,000 matches.
Bud Lemire's continued tale '2061' presents Part 3 for our readers. We will continue with future installments monthly. Enjoy!
Mike Craner, who is our Webmaster and co-founder, bears the knowlege and expertise to keep Pencil Stubs Online actually online. He does it well as we are now in our 25th year. Thanks, Mike, for everything!
See you in June!
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