Spring stands at the gate with her finger on the latch.”
– Patience Strong
January has entered the history files and now we wait with bated breath to see what February will foist upon us. Hopefully not too much snow although the forecast is threatening that to occur. In fact many locations in the USA and the rest of the world are already beset with blizzards. And what better reason to stay indoors and cuddle, for this is the month that lauds Valentine's Day and many of our authors have bravely expounded on the subject of love. First there is the poem "Love" by Harmony and "Love Stanzas" from Lseeker's many poems by him several years ago.
Because of the romantic season the poem "Courting" by your author's maternal grandmother, Carrie E. Joslin, is shown as well as your author's poem "Tiny Band of Gold" composed when her first engagement ring was received. Bud Lemire shares his poems whch include "Heavenly Valentine's Day," "In Sickness and Health," and "The New Year Has Begun." Walt Perryman's poems are "What I Take for Granted," "Self-communication," and "Memories of Yesterday, Little House." Bruce Clifford adds "Romantic Things" and "I Can't Believe."
Danielle Cote Serar's "A Mother's Lessons" shares the lesson from her mother's brave fight against cancer. Judith Kroll, speaks of "Youth and Elderly" in her column "On Trek."
"Introspective" by Thomas O'Neill, discusses the significance of the Chinese Year of the Rabbit. "Irish Eyes" by Mattie Lennon offers two discussions for our edification, and includes the YouTube link to a lovely presentation, narrated by him, of the Wicklow area in Ireland.
"Sifoddling Along," by Marilyn Carnell, discloses one of her most romantic theatre trips. "Woo Woo," by Pauline Evanosky, gives an example of her conversations when she is "Talking with Spirit."
"Cooking with Rod” Roderich Cohenour's column features a recipe titled M's Christmas Enchilada Casserole" explaining it got its name from the red and green sauces used, not limiting it to that December season. Melinda Cohenour has included a former "Armchair Genealogy" column of counting the "Treasures" discovered in delving into family genealogy.
Walt Perryman is also the author of the continuing tale that reveals the compositions titled "Honey Dog Tales." Chapter Six is in this issue for our readers to enjoy!
We continue to thank our co-founder and webmaster, Mike Craner, whose knowlege and expertise keeps Pencil Stubs Online actually online. He does it well as we are now begining our 26th year with this issue. Happy Valentine's Day, Susie and Mike!
Look for us in March 2023.