Beanery Online Literary Magazine

February 29, 2008

IF I COULD CRY

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—written/Copyright ©2006 Hugh Kerry Lipsius

If I could cry, For whom would it be?
Perhaps the blind man,
Clutching in his fists a gleaming of more.
Perhaps the deaf man,
Sitting on his heap of crying souls in pain.
Perhaps the fat man,
Picking his teeth with the bones of quiet desperation.
Perhaps the rich man,
Tossing nickels down the well of soup kitchen hopes.
Or maybe the One who is crying for us all.
If I could cry anymore.

February 28, 2008

HIS KIND

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—written by Joe F. Stierheim

All was ready. Only a few bytes of information were left to be downloaded into the data chip and he would be on his way. He was looking forward to leaving this distasteful planet. Why the Masters had decided that it was worth invading was beyond him, but it was not for him to question the judgment of the Masters.

He smiled (more…)

February 27, 2008

PAPER PLATES AND SILVER PLATTERS

—written by BETH ANN FIEDLER

Quite a long time ago I realized that I was not being served from a shiny silver platter but rather, from lusterless paper plates. As years passed, I discovered that I would never be served from a silver platter. Later in life, I decided to serve myself and bought my own silver platter. Now, I‘ve come to the conclusion that it should be placed on a shelf next to the paper plates. There it would serve as a reminder of what I thought I should be—polished and good for show; while the paper plates serve as a reminder of what I should be proud of being—somewhat ordinary, but never outshined by entitlement.

February 26, 2008

PAST CARING

—a visitor post written by Mike—first posted on his site: http://ifsofog.blogspot.com/2008/01/blind.html

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE LEAVE OUR NEIGHBORHOODS TO GO TO CHURCH…

Twenty years ago we moved into the country. Lots of people must have been following our every move, because they’re here now. The newly arrived have built nice homes, but newer homes sometimes share proximity to more modest older housing.

In such situations latecomers feel a pre-existing home pulls down the value of their more costly abodes.

Years ago there was an example of such a house at the intersection of our country road with the state highway. Two brothers lived there, both mentally handicapped, one more than the other. That is all we knew about them, other than the fact they were spoiling (more…)

February 25, 2008

IT’S LEAP YEAR. WHAT WILL YOU DO ON 2008’s BONUS DAY?

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—written by Carolyn C. Holland

Leap Year. The offering of a gift, a BONUS DAY: Friday, February 29. With it comes the temptation to ask others what they are going to do with their bonus day. A compilation of the results follows.

Leap Year-24 Hours of added rest? Beth Ann questions introspectively. It sounds tempting but that is too easy. To be truthful, I hadn’t thought about what I would do with the additional day until this very moment.

But, now that I do, I recall (more…)

February 23, 2008

TWO ST. DAVIDS CHRISTIAN WRITERS’ CONFERENCES

(Read  LEE HORSELOGGER’S SOJOURN IN LAUGHLINTOWN, PA. , the latest post at www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com)

Both conferences, sponsored by the St. Davids Christian Writers, are excellent. Through the years, I have attended both and received a great benefit. Carolyn C. Holland, Beanery Writers Group facilitator.

The Mercer County One Day Writers’ Conference
“The Heart of a Writer”
Saturday, April 19, 2008 (more…)

POETRY AND SHORT STORY CONTESTS

Information on three short story/poetry contests have come to my attention. (the third was added the day after the original post!)

First: WESTMORELAND POETRY AND SHORT STORY CONTEST
2008 Poetry and Short Story Contest Forms Are Now Available

The 2008 Poetry and Short Story Contest Entry Form must be postmarked (more…)

February 21, 2008

DOES EXAGGERATING THE TRUTH CREATE GOOD STORIES?

To locate more interesting articles, surf the categories on the side of this site, or click on the following:A REVIEW OF RESPONSES TO CAMPBELL’S BEST BUY LAWSUIT: Part 1 & A REVIEW OF RESPONSES TO CAMPBELL’S BEST BUY LAWSUIT: Part 2 & RUSS’S ASSIGNMENT: WRITE CAROLYN’S EULOGY Lent Devotion & IN SEARCH OF THE ARABELLA: A STORY OF TWO BOATS

Below is a review of discussion material for the February 22, 2008, Beanery Writers Group meeting. We invite your comments below.

Are you allowed to exaggerate, misinterpret or even lie in order to make a story “good?”

Lee Horselogger (leehorselogger.com) said he is happy when a writer presents his story 80% accurately. I’ll assume that the 20% error he allows covers natural and/or careless mistakes reporters tend to make.

In the book The Thirteenth Tale, the main character asks: Don’t you think one can tell the truth much better with a story? A good story is always (more…)

THE WOOD SHOP

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A pause before entering.
The smells of wood wafting the air and rising,
As eyes gazing upwards to the open emptiness.
Energies contracting and expanding.
Breathing rhythmically.
A place of sensation.
A space to vision visions and dream dreams.
A portal to another world.The art of wood sculpting comes alive.

 

(to read the rest of this poem click on THE WOOD SHOP )

February 20, 2008

GLIMPSES THROUGH THE CLOUDS OF TIME

—written by Robert A. Woodall

Is heaven some small planet spanning
fifteen hundred miles,
With gems the keystones of its gates,
embracing golden aisles?
Where souls as shafts of laser light (more…)

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