One of the North Wind’s daughters with icicles in her
― Edgar Fawcett
The shortest month which only once every four years gains a day--just a day after all that waiting, has arrived. Maybe it's so short because it doesn't like hanging around in the cold. Nonetheless, there are some memorable dates: family events of course, and smack dab in the center there's sweet Valentine's Day when showing your love is not frowned upon, rather almost insistently encouraged.
Did any of our authors wax eloquent on Valentine's Day, nay. A couple alluded to a romantic period in their life, but no specific dates. Your editor is happy to see a new year beginning for this eZine which has published the compositions of more than 500 writers.
Thomas F. O'Neill in "Introspective" looks at endings rather than beginnings as warnings that "The end is near." Marilyn Carnell's column "Sifoddling Along" focused in her charming manner on the past, not the future, on a trip that may well have been one of the cornerstones in her life. Judith Kroll's column "On Trek" allows her to find her voice and discuss some firm beliefs concerning our choices, and where we make them. Pauline Evanosky's column "Woo Woo" gives us insight into perhaps a tiny amount of what psychics do when they are asked questions. Our new columnist Ara Parisien in "Medium-Author-Spiritual Teacher" has a popular theme for this month--Manifesting. It's easy for her so she shares some insight with us.
Rod Cohenour's helpmate wows us with a meal to make you feel like you stepped into another country--Cuba to be specific. "Cooking with Rod" has all the details and how to prepare right in your own kitchen. "Armchair Genealogy" by columnist Melinda Cohenour details the shocking updates around the many bodies discovered, victims, it most likely seems, of one person, who has been apprehended. Much of the evidence is supported and refined using DNA, and most recently, Nuclear DNA processes. Dublin's Mattie Lennon fills his column "Irish Eyes" with an experience he declares is to be rued, but it does make for quite a tale.
Walt Perryman has for us "Right or Wrong Ramble," "Cancer Check-up!" and "Happy Birthday to Laura, my Wife" along with a pic of Laura and himself for that occasion. Bruce Clifford's two poems are "A Thought" and "Every Passing Day." Bud Lemire's compassionate poem "Walter" is touching, and "A Cold January" and "1950" wind up his poems this month. John I. Blair's choice of poems to enjoy are "Counting The Flower Buds," "Pencil Stubs," "Rainbow," and "Hello, Stranger."
Now with this new year of Pencil Stubs Online underway, we are again astounded that a simple suggestion 27 years ago by Mike Craner that we try doing our magazine on the World Wide Web, has blossomed so beautifully. Again, I am expressing my gratitude to my talented friend and original webmaster Mike Craner. We place our confidence in him as we have in the past and shall continue doing so.
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