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July 2021 Author of the Month: JOE OESTREICH

Okay, readers, I have a real treat for you this month...my first ever musician-author, the personable, talented Joe Oestreich. I met Joe at the now-defunct Antioch Writers Workshop and came away very impressed with his ability to make a large audience feel comfortable and eager to share their thoughts and writings. Joe is the author of four books of creative nonfiction: WAITING TO DERAIL (co-written with Thomas O’Keefe, 2018), PARTISANS (2017), LINES OF SCRIMMAGE (co-written with Scott Pleasant, 2015) and HITLESS WONDER (2012). His work [...]

By |2021-06-30T13:23:58+00:00June 30th, 2021|Author of the Month|0 Comments

Are We Really Back To ‘Normal’?

As I sit to write this post, Independence Day beckons. News stories about picnics, gatherings, and fireworks abound. How comfortable do we feel moving among a crowd when we know so little about the health and vaccination history of the people crowding around us? I confess to a bit of trepidation, yet I have already stepped out, joining other writers for an event in Columbus June 24. Almost everyone removed their masks, and the atmosphere was one of celebration and thanksgiving. We the people were [...]

By |2021-06-30T13:17:11+00:00June 30th, 2021|Essays|0 Comments

Slinking Into Summer

OMG, it's June...summer sun, sweat, sandy beaches, sweet tea, and Slurpees...this year a languid slide replacing the frenzy of the regular routine...remember bursting from the schoolroom doors, cheering the arrival of the long vacation? With all things virtual that have filled our days, how, I wonder,  will it go this year? Now, I do live in Ohio, so counting on normal on any given day is a little like playing craps. You shoot for a temperature point and hold your breath. This Memorial Day Weekend [...]

By |2021-05-31T15:33:31+00:00May 31st, 2021|Essays, Uncategorized|0 Comments

June 2021 Author of the Month: ELLEN BIRKETT MORRIS

Connecting to other authors during my extended homestay has been both challenging and rewarding, especially since my introverted personality enjoys closing off the noise of the world and living the stories in my head. Last year, however, I had the good fortune to review fiction by Ellen Birkett Morris and found a new colleague and friend. This month I'd like to introduce her to you. Ellen is the author of Lost Girls, a collection of short stories called "a varied set of tales from a [...]

By |2021-05-31T15:05:23+00:00May 31st, 2021|Author of the Month|0 Comments

May 2021 Author of the Month: ELAINE MUNSCH

In a normal year, we'd be fixing mint juleps and talking about the possibility of a Triple Crown winner. I can't predict what this year's Derby will look like, but I think this month is a perfect time to introduce you to my friend and fellow mystery writer Elaine Munsch and her stories about bourbon and murder! Not only do you get to enjoy solving crimes, but you also get a primer on Kentucky bourbon. Now, if only we could arrange a taste test! Relax [...]

By |2021-05-20T13:00:48+00:00May 1st, 2021|Author of the Month|0 Comments

Don’t Stop Believing

As I write this note, the two-inch snowfall melts outside the window, and the weatherman predicts temps in the twenties tonight. I have covered all my tender peas, lettuce, and spinach, but my heart quails at the prospect of losing blossoms on the tulip pear or on the pansies in the window box. Still, beneath the coverlet of white, spring trembles, preparing to begin again the rites of renewal and growth. And then that song plays in my head..."Don't stop believin..." I step away for [...]

By |2021-05-01T23:13:23+00:00May 1st, 2021|Essays, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Between You And Me: How to Dialogue Effectively

How are you? That much-maligned conversational opening has evaporated this past year, along with all the pleasantries that human interaction used to bring. I may not be typical, but the most contact I've had with others revolves solely around the virtual arena of Zoom and like platforms. I've missed the give and take of personal interaction during the past year of isolation. Face to face in the real world allows me to interpret facial reactions, gestures, body posture, tone, wording. An emoji is not fluid [...]

By |2021-03-31T17:04:39+00:00March 31st, 2021|Essays|0 Comments

April 2021 Author of the Month: MATTHEW GOODMAN

If the past year has taught us anything, it has highlighted the importance of connections. One of my favorite Facebook posters is the amazing author featured this month in the interview. Matthew is a New York Times-bestselling author of four books of nonfiction: The City Game: Triumph, Scandal, and a Legendary Basketball Team; Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World; The Sun and the Moon: Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteenth-Century New York; and Jewish Food: The [...]

By |2021-03-31T16:41:30+00:00March 31st, 2021|Author of the Month|0 Comments

March 2021 Author of the Month: CHRISTINA CONSOLINO

March, the month of new beginnings as spring ushers in thoughts of rebirth and growth. What a perfect time to introduce you to Christina Consolino, Freelance Editor/Writer and Senior Editor at the online journal Literary Mama, and her debut novel REWRITE THE STARS, which will be out this month. Christina has a science background and a writer's soul. She honored me with a beta read of this terrific story. Now I can share it and her with all of you! Janet Irvin: To get started, [...]

By |2021-03-01T12:49:05+00:00February 28th, 2021|Author of the Month|0 Comments

The Tides of March

What does it mean to shift from one season to another when the snow still falls and the wind whistles ice-laced tunes across the brown-coated land? What if the shamrocks delay their debuts and the violets linger beneath the swell of crusty dunes piled high against the cedars? Conversely, as we 'spring' ahead with the time change, how to account for the early peek of perennial beds, the too-early-to-survive budding of blossoms that, in years past, remained dormant until they were assured of milder temps? [...]

By |2021-02-28T13:24:00+00:00February 28th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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