Monday, February 1, 2016

Editor's Corner

February 2016

Volumn 19, Issue 1
"Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength."
--Henry Ward Beecher

First issue of the new volume which means 18 yrs online under our belt. Something to be proud of, because it represents the publishing of over 400 authors, both experienced and professional ones and the beginners. Many of the latter have found their calling in writing through these pages, over these years. Bravo to each author!

One article is shown by your editor's great granddaughter whose blog Altogether Beautiful allows her to express her profound and encouraging thoughts. For February she shares with us "Self Confrontation, Anger, and God's Grace."

The other article is by our former columnist Peg Jones. It is a tribute to Dr. Wayne Dyer and offers suggestions as well.

Two poems by Bruce Clifford: "Alaska Under The Sun" and "Nothing to be Said." Kay Roy Jones has a lovely poem commemorating her father, "Into My Father's Eyes." Bud Lemire shares three of his compositions: "Retrospective," "Must Go," and the lyrical as well as informative "Ships That Pass by My Window." John I. Blair also shows three poems with varied themes, "Bitterness at Life," "Perspective," and "January Roses."

Phillip Hennessy has been busy with Utube presentations with some being poems published earlier by Pencil Stubs, now set to music. He also includes "Dreams and Wishes" and "KaJa" with the uTube links to hear them. He sends this info "and, an older Pencil Stubs Poem put to my music....Phil Hennessy and "Crushed, and Broken" Instrumental -uploaded in HD at and my Very First Poetry video, tho I hope to do many more."

"Armchair Genealogy" by Melinda (Carroll) Cohenour, adds to the info in her own family with "Romance is in our Heritage." Good tale for Valentine month as is Clara Blair's novel "Emeralds for Emma" which adds chapters 5 and 6 and begins to show the romance of the heroine.

With his column, "Introspective," Thomas F. O'Neill lets us see how the Chinese New Year is regarded and celebrated. Mattie Lennon in "Irish Eyes" introduces a new literary character Barney, the latest laugh inducing rage in just released book form. LC Van Savage uses her "Consider This" column to explain what a "Cheesecake Scramble" really is.

Rod Cohenour, in his "Cooking with Rod" tells how to get a really tasty and tender Roast Beef and Gravy. Judith Kroll gives poetic advice for her "On Trek" this issue.

"Adventures of Ollie-Dare." Chapter 10 by Rebecca Morris, lets the bear share his memories.

Thanks again to Mike Craner for his expertise and patience that allows this little ezine to continue its mission of encouraging writers, experienced and beginners, and to promote reading.

So, Happy Valentines Day and Watch for us in March!

Click on author's byline for bio and list of other works published by Pencil Stubs Online.
This issue appears in the ezine at and also in the blog with the capability of adding comments at the latter.

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