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2020 March Author of the Month: MEGAN HART

Our March feature is a NYT Best-selling author with a slew of books to her name. When she moved to our Dayton, she joined our community of talented writers working here in the Miami Valley. It's my pleasure to welcome Megan Hart to AOTM. Janet Irvin: Hi, Megan! I'm so glad you're here to share with us your writing thoughts. Let's get started. You are a New York Times and USA best-selling author and your output is prodigious. Can you share with readers how you [...]

By |2020-02-29T22:57:21+00:00February 29th, 2020|Author of the Month|0 Comments

A TOAST TO CHANGE

It happens every year...the rehashing of the months gone by, the anticipation of the ones to come. Many of us make resolutions. Many more just keep rolling down life's path, content to face the challenges as they come. Me...I'm a bit of a charge-ahead optimist, plotting stories and events as though each one will move me farther along on the journey I'm making. So, I don't make resolutions so much as set expectations. The end may justify the means, but it is the means that [...]

By |2020-01-28T20:25:28+00:00January 1st, 2020|contemplative, Essays, inspirational, motivational|0 Comments

When All Good Things Must End…

The old year ends, weeping snow tears, sweeping away all the treasure we have hoarded, boxing up the moments and the memories, the triumphs and the tears, gone like daylight into the last December horizon. We sleep and dream a new year into being, summoning old traditions and older history to offer, at this tail of winter starkness, new trails to follow, new paths to roam, awakening in slumbering souls a vast eternal wonderment, a promise of the goodness yet to shine. ~~~~~~~~~ May your [...]

By |2019-11-30T22:01:15+00:00November 30th, 2019|Essays|0 Comments

Take A Kid To Lunch…

I've spent a great many hours thinking about food over the last three months. Since I bought a treadmill and cut out most carbs, I've dedicated myself to losing weight...just enough to make the pants fit better and the abs return to a tighter look. In the process, I've read articles about hunger in America. Now, statistics can be misleading, interpreted to support one cause or another, or simply misstated, but this one stopped me cold: thirteen MILLION hungry children in the US alone. Thirteen [...]

By |2019-10-31T15:23:38+00:00October 31st, 2019|Essays|0 Comments

Speaking Emoji

My husband is the king of emojis. Our daughter Dana is the queen. Together they comprise the avant garde of the media generation. Like Superman, each is "faster than a speeding bullet" at typing out responses, "more powerful than a locomotive" at snappy comebacks, and capable of expressing complex emotions in a single text. When they send these witty lines to me, I often puzzle over the symbols. Just recently it occurred to me, a language teacher and a student of all things linguistic, that [...]

By |2019-09-30T18:24:42+00:00September 30th, 2019|Essays|1 Comment

There Are No Words…

Walmart, El Paso, Texas. The Oregon District, Dayton, Ohio. Odessa, Texas. Once more we shudder. Carnage and chaos rule. Three more cities join the long list of trauma victims. I huddle in front of the television and cry. There are no words. A week later, my husband and I make our way to downtown Dayton. The faces of the dead look out above  white crosses, their names printed in black. And, there, among the mothers and fathers, the sisters and brothers, the friends and lovers, [...]

By |2019-09-02T12:13:03+00:00September 2nd, 2019|Essays|0 Comments

The Literary Gardener

The last weeks of summer arrive on a hot wind and a prayer. Birds of unknown origin cluster in the wildflower patch and nestle in the branches of the pine tree. Our newest addition to the backyard scenery -- a tulip tree native to Ohio -- defies a summer planting, the promise of white-orange blossoms in the spring now only a long-distance hope. So much like the chapters springing up on my computer screen, a newly-drafted manuscript that settles now, resting, watered by revisions and [...]

By |2019-08-04T15:38:32+00:00August 4th, 2019|contemplative, Essays, inspirational, nature, seasonal|0 Comments

A Brief Treatise On Free Books

I confess. I'm a book addict and proud of it. My personal library shelves overflow with books - classics and moderns, all genres and sub-types, favorites I've re-read mulyiple times and new books I've only been through once. However, the budget doesn't always support the habit, and free books can be beguiling, especially when touted as award winners. However, lately the creative side of me whispers a warning. This month, as I prepare to launch a new book of my own in the fall, the [...]

By |2019-07-01T18:57:02+00:00July 1st, 2019|Essays|5 Comments

Wandering the Classical World

I'm back from my trip to Greece, but my heart remains in the space between the blue sky and the blue-on-blue sea, in the waters that birthed Poseidon, the mountains that hosted Zeus. Wherever you dig, the Greeks say, you uncover another glimpse of the ancient world.The soil coughs up ramparts and pottery, imparting truth and mystery in equal measure. I walked the streets of Athens, immersed in the bustle of city life. I sampled the cuisine at a street-side restaurant and contemplated the adventures [...]

By |2019-05-31T13:07:19+00:00May 31st, 2019|contemplative, Essays, inspirational, motivational|1 Comment

From Seed to Sprout: Nurturing Ideas

Readers know that when the trees turn green, so do my thumbs! I welcome the chance to sow my garden beds with tiny seeds, provide water, fertilizer, and sunlight, and wait for them to grow. Just so, I scatter my ideas into the virtual universe and pray for seedlings to emerge. Today, lettuce winks at me while the spinach plants race to claim their place in the new raised beds. In the older, in-ground beds, potatoes and peas are rising on small but sturdy stems. [...]

By |2019-04-30T16:41:53+00:00April 30th, 2019|Essays|0 Comments