Mary E. Adair
It was June,
and the world smelled of roses.
The sunshine was like powdered gold
over the grassy hillside.
Maud Hart Lovelace
June almost always is mentioned in the same sentence about wedding plans. The June Bride is an icon beckoning memories of those marriages licensed and duly performed, but yes--in many different types of ceremonies, or lack of such as could be deemed ceremonious.
Your editor's uncle, Jackie Oakley Joslin wed his sweetheart Mary Louise on the fifth; his sister, your editor's mom Lena May Joslin wed John (Jack) Edward Carroll on the 10th; your editor's first marital promises occurred on the 15th of said month. These first two examples lasted until the grooms died; the third for nearly a dozen years, making the claim for lasting bliss, granted by tying the legal knot in the year's sixth month, two-thirds feasible.
For many the main celebration for which June is memorable is Father's Day. Your editor's dad was an only child which may have caused him to cherish his role as head of a household boasting four daughters, various son-in-laws, and a healthy crop of grandchildren. He was happiest with a houseful of relatives which qualifies him as this issue's model of exemplary fatherhood. The Thanksgiving 1963 pic below displays his almost smug smile, no doubt anticipating the next grandchild, as his youngest daughter Melinda, standing in front of him, would soon be adding her first contribution to the family. I stood behind him, Moma May behind me, and our dinner guest AG Adair did his photography bit for history.
Incidentally, not one author mentioned either weddings or Father's Day, but supplied a variety of subjects. Mattie Lennon updates current info about the Listowel Writers event and tells about Dolly Day in Ireland plans in his column "Irish Eyes." Thomas F. O'Neill devoted his "Introspective" column to his puzzlement about reactions to State vs Church interpretations.
Judith Kroll rhapsodized about Ships and Roses in "On Trek." Marilyn Carnell, author of "Sifoddling Along," got "deathly" serious with great info, while Pauline Evanosky described in "Woo Woo" her first verbal message from Spirit. Danielle Cote Serar faced personal grief in the loss of her friend and discusses it in her column "A Mother's Lesson."
Although Rod Cohenour is still limited in activities as his broken leg heals, he and wife Melinda cooperated to get their columns prepared for publication. In "Cooking with Rod" he features his wife, affectionately called "M" and her take on one of his favorite recipes, "M's Chicken Milanese." She does the column "Armchair Genealogy" and for June is focusing on Ancestry's recently revealed Chromasome Painter a capability for their subscribers.
Even though Bruce Clifford is enjoying a personal hiatus, this issue shows many poems, one which is the only poem ever composed by the late AG Adair, "My Oak Grove." Then there are two more with the Adair copyright by your editor: "RSVP Please" and "Medical Mystery."
Two welcomed poetic submissions arrived from John Blair titled "Payback" and "Old Garden." Walt Perryman shows three: "My Simple Book of Life, "We Can Stray or Stay," and "I Can't Forget Memories." Bud Lemire penned "Greed," "Leonora," and "From The Afterlife, With Love." Three more are presented that were published in this eZine several years ago authored by maternal Grandmother Carrie E. Joslin: "Writer of Kentucky Tales," "Nosebleed" and "Working at Armour's."
We continue to thank our co-founder and webmaster, Mike Craner, whose knowlege and expertise keeps Pencil Stubs Online actually online. He does it well as we are now in our 26th year. Happy Father's Day, Mike!
See you in July!
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