the heart will find the pathway home.” — Wilbur D. Nesbit
Home may best exist in your memories and not relate at all to the place you live daily. That is why poetry speaks to people - the reminder of things held dear, hidden within one's heart. Loving thoughts of wonderful times spent with family and other loved ones abound during this time of year.
Poems for this issue as usual are ecletic, ranging through many fields of inspiration. Although the others are being published for the first time, one, "Life at Three" by Janie Burks, has been chosen to reappear in memory of your editor's dearly beloved uncle, Rex E. Joslin who had always had a zest for life, but found it less appealing after the loss of his wife. A ninety year old solid Christian, he mentioned in our last conversation how satisfied he was that Heaven was in his future, his longed for home and reunion with loved ones. Janie was his sister.
John I. Blair sent this poem, "Wrens," in mid October, then fell ill so we won't have one of his informative and inspiring "View from My Back Steps" columns this month. We wish him speedy recovery to robust health. Walt Perryman's poems for November are "Have A Good Day, Good or Bad," "Truth Or," and "Rambling on about Aging."
Bud Lemire penned "A Fish Story," "She Didn't Lose Her Fight," and "The Homeless." Bruce Clifford composed "Pacing These Floors" and "My Head is Spinning."
Judith Kroll's column (On Trek) is a reminisence of becoming a mother and the lessons learned that are relevant even now. Melinda Cohenour (Armchair Genealogy) presents a retrospective on her first column in March 2014, because of new findings. She advises that there will be more revelations next month.
Mattie Lennon (Irish Eyes) enthuses about the book "Openhearted" and updates us on news from Dublin. Marilyn Carnell (Sifoddling Along) recalls various Thanksgivings with her family and their significance to her life. Dayvid Bruce Clarkson (Reflections of the Day) compares hearing his recorded voice the first time to ways he has handled other new situations.
Thomas O'Neill (Introspective) tells how music and singing plays a part in communicating with his students and includes a link to YouTube as an example. The column "ENCORE: Cookin' with Leo" with delicious snacks and drinks is timely as we enter the holidays. Pauline Evanosky's column (Woo Woo) offers an intriguing glimpse of how channeling works, and how helpful being in touch with guides can be.
We have two authors new to our pages this issue. First is Susan Anderson Kelly with the article "Friend Garden." Second is Larry Mustain whose story "Lost" carries you with it to the conclusion. Please check out both of their bio's, as it is so easy to do by clicking their byline. Hoping to hear more from each of them in the future.
Saying again, Mike Craner and wife Susie, dear friends, support and assist in our efforts to keep this informational and entertaining publication viable despite the many demands, business, family, and personal in their lives. I admire and bless them every day. Thanks, Mike, for keeping our pencilstubs perking along.
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