Mary E. Adair
"Not in doing what you like,
but in liking what you do
is the secret of happiness."
Although there are many lyrical things one can utter concerning April, the best thing in your editor's thoughts is that summer is drawing closer. The Texas weather always does its own thing, regardless of the forecasts by the meterologists at the weather channel, jumping from a high of 96F one day to a high in the mid 40's the next. One has no long spells of indifferent temperature changes because in Texas, change is the name of the game. The same folks who shivered in the mid 50's will be perspiring plentifully and decring the temps in the mid 80's, but Texans can occasionally see 50 degrees of difference in a day.
We have a plentiful collection of poetry this issue ranging from a pictorial selection - "Haiku by Dayvid" to couplets style poems from our west Texas poet Walt Perryman with three selections("Friday Morn Rambling," "Try A Little Bit More," and "Choices,") to Marilyn Carnell's varied styles icluding a Crown ("Ode to Big Sugar") an alphabet exercise ("ABC Thoughts"), and one about her dad as a youngster, using the reiterating technique ("Trying to Escape"), a trio of laments from Bruce Clifford ("Hard-Boiled Eggs," "Belson," and "I Can't Imagine Where You've Been,") also three from Bud Lemire detailing experiences or sharing admonitions ("Wasted Moments," "Journey of A Lifetime," and "You've Won A Million Dollars.") John I. Blair, still being health conscious (thankfully) sent the image evoking poem "I Am Only Talking to My Cat Today." Yours truly chimed in with an expression of well-being with the verse "Blessed Accordingly."
Danielle Cote Serar's column "A Mother's Lessons" subtitled "Answered Prayer," tells how alike her young daughter is to how she was at the tender age of three and how exasperating it can be at that stage. Judith Kroll's column "On Trek" focuses on Happiness -- what it is and isn't.
"Reflections of the Day" by Dayvid Bruce Clarkson, discusses the often unperceived advantage of having time alone and concludes with a couple of his wise, and thoughtful goodnight postings. Thomas O'Neill also devotes his column to a short story often requested by fans.
"Woo Woo," by Pauline Evanosky, answers requests from readers, for "How To Listen to That Tiny Voice Within," telling them it can be hard but is not only possible but personally rewarding. Marilyn Carnel who authors "Sifoddling Along," dips her quill for addressing running for a position.
"Irish Eyes" by Dublin based Mattie Lennon, who loves all good literature, discusses various authors with their current releases. He includes an audio link by one poet and the poem she reads in the audio. "Cooking with Rod" brings us a recipe, that purports to be Irish --M's Smothered Beef and Cabbage.
In "Armchair Genealogy" column, Melinda Cohenour continues the series "DNA: Complex. Tantalizing, And Nothing Short of Miraculous" begun in December 2021. She is now revealing how wide reaching and beneficial the Human Genome Project is, explaining its uses and value for the future.
The first chapter of a fantasy (perhaps) serialized story "2061" by Bud Lemire was published in March and this issue brings the second installment: "2061 (Part Two)" and we will continue with future installments monthly. Enjoy!
Again we want to express our love and appreciation to co-founder and webmaster Mike Craner (and wife Susanne) every day. Thanks, Mike, for everything,!
See you in May!
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