Did the summer heat wear everyone out or have the calendars stopped showing the days? Something dire it seems has struck some of our authors. Seriously, one hopes they are well and simply having a lovely vacation somewhere, but they are missed. Labor Day weekend sent a lot of people onto the highways and others stocked up to do the end of summer outdoor cooking. Of course in Texas, any time of the year or at least 90 percent of the year, the weather is fine for all that grilling.
Mattie Lennon, (Irish Eyes) gives a tribute to one of Ireland's recently deceased poets, Paddy Finnegan, and has written what he calls a ballad to the subject of his August column: Susan Jane Dunne, Miss Kilkenny. Thomas F. O'Neill (Introspective) who is teaching in Suzhou, China, wrote a poem in April 2004, explaining his motivation in life. We are sharing it from his bio which can be read by clicking his byline.
John I. Blair's column "Always Looking - People Who Made A Difference XXI brings an interesting look at Horace Greeley, journalist and editor, and publisher of (among others) the New York Tribune. Blair's two poetry selections are "What A Child Believes" and "I Thought You Had Forgot Me."
Bruce Clifford sent us "Where to Begin" and "Time to Run." Only one poem for September from Bud Lemire, "$$$Everyone's Out For Money$$$."
Your editor found the inspiration for "My Heart Never Wore Spurs." Melinda (Carroll) Cohenour, sister of your editor, shares her memoriam to a beloved family member, Dicy Malinda Westover Sullivan, in the article for this month. As family genealogist, she is thorough and always researching.
Mark Crocker aka Rabbo adds Chapter 6 "Mouse - The Other White Meat," to Lexi, his serialized tale written from Lexi's perspective.
Thank you again, Mike Craner! Your expertise is vital to this dear-to-my-heart ezine.
Look for the October issue of Pencil Stubs Online. Compositions are accepted throughout the period from publication through September 28th.