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Hope and Optimism: Of Brides and Pride and Our Cultural Divide

This month, this sunny, shiny, green month of hope and optimism...June always makes me remember all the weddings I've attended in this lovely time of year, especially that of my sister, now gone but never forgotten. How young we were, how optimistic, how unfettered by political machinations and AI threats, and age. June also brings a relatively new celebration...PRIDE parades and recognition that not all of us are easily labeled, that some are naturally, organically inclined to different pronouns, to different loves. Then who am [...]

By |2024-05-30T17:45:01+00:00May 30th, 2024|Blog|0 Comments

June: JUAN M. GARCÉS

During my first stint in graduate school working toward my Master's in Spanish, my best friend Linda Duncan and I met a delightful Colombian studying for his advanced degree in chemistry. Juan had many stories he shared with us, but one in particular captured our attention. It had to do with a used bookstore and an old copy of Don Quijote. He and Linda would eventually marry, raise a family, and pursue other interests. We drifted into different worlds but kept up a holiday correspondence [...]

By |2024-05-31T12:03:44+00:00May 30th, 2024|Author of the Month|0 Comments

Why All These Books About Libraries?

Scrolling through the book offerings on various publishing sites, searching for something new to pique my interest, I've noted the abundance of novels with the word 'library' in the title. Curiosity tickled, I Googled sites that listed 388 current or recent novels with the words library or book as part of their name. (https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/164830.Books_with_Library_in_the_Title) Wow! And most of those titles sell very well with the public. I'm not surprised. The local library played an instrumental role in my personal and professional development. But I wondered [...]

By |2024-04-30T17:19:01+00:00April 30th, 2024|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

May: JOHN THORNDIKE

One of the good surprises about attending book fairs and conferences is making the acquaintance of authors previously unknown to me. I met the May Author of the Month, John Thorndike, at The Dairy Barn author event in Athens, Ohio, in December of 2023. Thorndike, who lives in Athens, grew up in Connecticut, graduated from Harvard, and earned an MA in English from Columbia before spending two years in El Salvador in the Peace Corps. His first novel Anna Delaney’s Child, is about a woman [...]

By |2024-04-30T19:48:24+00:00April 30th, 2024|Author of the Month|0 Comments

April Fooling…

April 1 -- the day my brothers and sisters used to tease each other with silly pronouncements, then laugh when someone believed their outrageous claims. Ha! Ha! Gotcha! It's not often a blog post comes out on the traditional day of pranks and playing silly tricks on our fellow humans, and this year is no exception. The time and the opportunity just woggled away. But even as a kid, I hesitated to partake in this annual tomfoolery. I worried about the effects of convincing someone [...]

By |2024-04-03T00:31:40+00:00April 3rd, 2024|Blog|0 Comments

April: TERRY PELLMAN

Those pesky April showers may or may not be falling in your area of the world, but around here I welcome just enough to coax my new plantings to open and grow. I'm also pleased to feature another Ohio author whose work has a strong Christian flavor. Terry Pellman is the self-published author of five novels and a collection of short stories. He was selected as a Finalist and also a Third Place Winner of the past Dayton Daily News Short Story Contests. His novel [...]

By |2024-03-31T23:14:30+00:00March 31st, 2024|Author of the Month|0 Comments

Does Busy Equal Better?

For reasons I'd like to think are beyond my control, I find myself very, very busy this year. Many opportunities to share my writing life with the public have dropped into my creative lap. I consider these messages from the universe, so I tend to respond in the affirmative when they appear. But is busy the way to go? For me, at this stage of my life and writing career, the answer is YES! These days a writer faces an uphill climb in publishing. The [...]

By |2024-03-03T12:22:23+00:00February 29th, 2024|Blog|0 Comments

March: M.J. WERTHMAN WHITE

  There is so much to celebrate in March - St. Patrick's Day, the coming of spring (even when it doesn't feel like it!), the Ides of March, if you're into the ominous, and this year, Easter. So many new beginnings, and for this month's featured author, a new venture, a transition from her poetry to a lovely, poignant novel - INVITATION TO THE PARTY. MJ Werthman White reveals such insight into the human condition in her poems and now, in prose, she shares that [...]

By |2024-03-03T12:21:38+00:00February 29th, 2024|Author of the Month|0 Comments

Balancing Act

Every time I sit down to balance the checkbook, I cringe. I want everything to balance perfectly, an occurrence that is roughly akin to the total eclipse scheduled for April of this year. It isn't that I'm not responsible about entering deposits or expenditures, but there are two of us in this household scribbling numbers on those skinny lines, and, once in a while, we don't get it quite right. Receipts help to keep me honest. Carrying that piece of responsibility from the counter to [...]

By |2024-02-02T16:59:11+00:00February 2nd, 2024|Blog|0 Comments

February: Robert Menz

Welcome, friends, to Fabulous February! At least, that's what I'm calling it...and holding out hope that the month will bring more good news than bad. But it's always good when I can introduce you to a new Ohio author with an interesting history and compelling reads. Please say hello to this month's author, Robert Menz, whom I met at Gallery 2:Ten in Sidney, Ohio, during an author event there last November. Robert is the author of  A Memoir of a Pastoral Counseling Practice and A [...]

By |2024-01-31T00:30:43+00:00January 30th, 2024|Author of the Month|0 Comments
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