Mary E. Adair
“Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.”
– Al Bernstein
Here we are with a lessening of the cautions for the Pandemic which seems to have encouraged our authors to reach for their pens or keyboards! It is a pleasure to bring our readers new authors this month of heat and thunderstorm warnings, so let's mention Linda Tate who wrote the article "How We Love Things with Pockets." Linda had shared her thoughts in the group page (Writings of Life) of another of our regular authors - Judith Kroll. We are pleased Linda agreed to publish it with us.
Judith's column "On Trek" is titled "Unity" for June and presents her loving anticipation of what could be. John I. Blair's column "View from My Back Steps" announces his dismay in how his garden view has become more like peering into a jungle. Mattie Lennon tells us how the virtual Writer's Week of Listowel is being conducted, while sharing fond memories by several writers about past sessions there.
Marilyn Carnell launches into archaelogical explanations and some surprising facts about Missouri in "Sifoddling Along," while Thomas F. O'Neill in "Introspective" tells how his students are studying about new inventions of the Space age. Rod Cohenour in "Cooking with Rod" presents a recipe to span the ages, with his Midwest Country Cut Barbecue Ribs.
Melinda Cohenour, "Armchair Genealogy" is on hand with an announcement and a brief discussion to herald the increasing number of tree residents in her family. Pauline Evanosky's column "Woo Woo" has some valuable tips and explanations concerning meditation.
Poems in this issue set the pace with new-to-our-pages Randy Jackson who is from your editor's stomping grounds but has had a much greater view of the world than afforded her. Be sure to read his bio when you view his two poems: "To My Daughter" and "The Old Oak Tree."
Our poets offer many viewpoints: "Retirement," "Rambling on This Fine Morning," and "Major and Minor Worries" by Walt Perryman; "A Distant Bell," "I Caught Myself," and "Like Every Other Day" by Bruce Clifford; and these four by Bud Lemire --"The 45's," "Fear of Things to Come," "You're A Hero," and "I Don't Use Make Up."
Returning writer Barbara Irvin sent the small poem with the big title "Emptiness And Entitlement" (I want to be treated in a special way.) John I. Blair added these two poems to his nearly a thousand we have published through the years, "Sugar Ants" and "On Turning 80."
Once again we offer praise and appreciation to our webmaster and co-founder of this eZine, Mike Craner, who keeps everything functioning with his ingenuity and consideration. Thanks, Mike!
We will see you in July!
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