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A Sporting Chance

I must admit to a certain degree of sadness at the loss of college football this year. Oh, I know several conferences have decided to forge ahead with abbreviated schedules, and others are involved in lawsuits asking for the universities to re-consider, but the virus, I believe, has other plans for all of us. Has it been difficult to acknowledge that an unseen microbe can derail the world? No question about it. However, in light of all the great changes, fall sports would seem to [...]

By |2020-08-31T16:22:58+00:00August 31st, 2020|Essays|0 Comments

2020 September Author of the Month: ROCHELLE BRADLEY

Rochelle Bradley is a local Dayton area author whose novels combine humor with romantic encounters. She involves herself in community events, mentoring beginning writers and sharing her expertise with readers of all ages. I'm delighted to welcome her to the September author feature. One of my favorite things to read is an author's bio in their own words. Here's Rochelle's, and it is delightful! "Rochelle puts an artistic spin on everything she does but there are two things she fails at miserably:1. Cooking (seriously, she [...]

By |2020-08-31T16:10:16+00:00August 31st, 2020|Author of the Month, Featured|0 Comments

Let’s Dance!

The summer grows hotter. The world roils with the pandemic. I stretch the limits of my housebound sanctuary and, when the mood strikes, I dance. Visiting our grandchildren last weekend, I was struck by the eagerness of my five-year-old grandson to hold a dance party. Cooped inside due to heat and COVID, regular outdoor activities have been curtailed. I understand the need to move, to shake our legs and shake off the anxiety that rides us like a shawl these days. He found his father's [...]

2020 August Author of the Month: VALERIE J. COLEMAN

My August author is a dynamo of energy, enthusiasm, and personality. She is multi-talented, writing, editing, publishing, and presenting at conferences, both in person and now in the virtual arena. I can't tell you how pleased I am to introduce this lovely woman to all of you. Please welcome Valerie J. Coleman to the writer's circle for this dog-day month that finds us still hunkering in place and longing to be out and about again. Janet Irvin: Valerie, thank you so much for taking time [...]

By |2020-08-01T13:59:37+00:00August 1st, 2020|Author of the Month, Featured, Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Musing On Truth and Lies

Can you remember the first lie you ever told? I can't. What I do remember is the flush accompanying the misrepresentation, the internal conflict when the admonitions of parents and priests collided with the need to shift blame, to deny guilt. Even the slightest misdirection resulted in an agony of self-reproach. I was never a good liar. I do not have a poker face. So, in the frenzy of outright lies and daily distortions that have accompanied our current crises -- coronavirus, anti-violence protests, Black [...]

By |2020-06-30T15:39:59+00:00June 30th, 2020|Essays|0 Comments

2020 July Author of the Month: DAWN PAUL

This middle-of-summer, 2020, demands a bit of whimsy, and who better to supply it than my featured author, Dawn Paul, whose tales of gnomes invite us to the world of magic and wonder. Dawn, a member of my local writing community, lives in suburban Ohio with her family. Multifaceted and widely educated, she holds degrees and diplomas in Humanities, English Literature, Business Management, Travel, and Children’s Literature. She is an artist, poet, and writer who loves her family, gnomes, yarn, books, and God. She sees [...]

By |2020-06-30T15:29:18+00:00June 30th, 2020|Author of the Month|0 Comments

A World Turned Upside Down

Note:  I drafted the following essay before our country erupted in chaos in protest of the police brutality and murder of George Floyd. I felt a need to add an uplifting look at the pandemic-infused world. Now, our nation is even more in need of healing. Next month, I may address this canker at the heart of our society, but for now, I offer you a breather in the midst of uncertainty. Thank you for being there...on the other side of my words. You are [...]

By |2020-05-31T17:01:37+00:00May 31st, 2020|contemplative, emotive, Essays|0 Comments

2020 June Author of the Month: KATE CARLISLE

I must admit to a fascination with Kate Carlisle, our June author, especially her Bibliophile mysteries. After I read the first one, I was hooked, probably because protagonist Brooklyn Wainwright, a bookbinder by trade, loves books even more than I do. Plus, she has a really hunky love interest, which adds a lovely romance to the mix! But before we start talking to Kate, let me tell you a bit more about her. She is a New York Times bestselling author of two ongoing series: [...]

By |2020-05-31T16:53:32+00:00May 31st, 2020|Author of the Month, Featured|0 Comments

How To Survive and Thrive With Uncertainty

If there's one thing we all know, here in May of 2020, it is that the future is more uncertain than ever. A funny little virus with spikes on its belly has infected the world, overwhelmed our hospitals, and thumbed its nose at our efforts to send it away. Life as we know it has changed. We sequester in place, using time in untimely ways. The rush to sports practices and music lessons, to grocery stores and fast-food restaurants has boiled away. We stare from [...]

2020 May Author of the Month: LEE MARTIN

It is with great pleasure that I welcome an amazing writer, Lee Martin, to the site this month.  Martin teaches in the MFA program at The Ohio State University, where he is a College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor. He also was the winner of the 2006 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. His novel The Bright Forever was a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. His newest novel, Yours, Jean, to be released this year, is a fictional account of a true [...]

By |2020-04-30T18:14:44+00:00April 30th, 2020|Author of the Month, Featured|0 Comments