Beanery Online Literary Magazine

October 29, 2008

RIDING THE RAILS: A True Story

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RIDING THE RAILS

NELLIE RIGGS McQUILLIS

 

This piece is included in a self-published book of short stories written by a new contributor, Nellie Riggs McQuillis. TALES FROM THE FOUR MILE RUN was written and published in the 1980s, after her retirement. She taught in the Ligonier (PA) School District between 1936 and 1978, except for a few years when she took time out to grow a family.

     “Now, you young ones pay attention. You’re not to leave this place today. Do you hear me?”
     “Of course,” I said. “They can probably hear you half way to…”
     “What’s that?” he said, whirling around.
     “I said of course we hear you. We hafta stay in this place.”
     Then he was gone.
     We jumped up from the table, scraped the rest of our oatmeal into the dog’s dish on the porch and prayed he’d eat it before Mom came up from the cellar, where she was hunting Mason jars for canning beans.
     Then (more…)

October 28, 2008

WRITERS MEETINGS, EVENTS, SEMINARS Posted Oct. 27, 2008

 

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE

WRITERS MEETINGS, EVENTS, SEMINARS

POSTED October 27, 2008

Six events

The BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE is seeking submissions. Guidelines at www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com and open SEEKING SUBMISSIONS on the upper right.
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BEANERY WRITERS GROUP POETRY & PROSE READING
November 1, 2008
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Ligonier Valley Library basement
(on the Ligonier (PA) diamond)
Contact: Carolyn C. Holland at 724/238-3493 or beaneryblog@yahoo.com

1:00-2:00 Readings by and of Beanery Writers Group Members
2:00-4:00 Open Mike—bring a 5-8 minute reading to share
Music by Diane Cipa and Marianne McAuliffe
Snacks and Book/Literature table
(local writers: bring a copy of your published books to publicize)
AVAILABLE:  Beanery Booklet, writings on Ligonier Valley by members of the Beanery Writers Group, THE LOYALHANNA REVIEW
Book and information table

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LIGONIER 250 FALL SPEAKER SERIES
Washington, Braddock, Forbes, and Fort Ligonier:
The view from the Papers of George Washington (more…)

October 24, 2008

JOURNEY’S END

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JOURNEY’S END

JOAN

     The mysterious stagecoach traveler is a frail woman dressed in black wrapped in a black shawl. Her hair is parted in the center and pulled into a small bun on her neck fastened by a horn comb.
     She greets her fellow passengers politely. A day traveler, she seems weary. She carries a black satchel over one arm, from which she extracts small ivory shuttlecocks for making hair lace. She guides hair through loops to make the knots/gaps and displays a family journal of beribboned hair wreaths, braids, and chains as fine as spider webs. 
     The stagecoach drivers swear she doesn’t board the stagecoach at any previous stop but is aboard every (more…)

October 21, 2008

THE HAUNTED CABIN IN THE WOODS

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THE HAUNTED CABIN IN THE WOODS

TIFFANY

 

Once upon a time there was a little girl named Kirsten. She was swinging. After she was done, she went in to the woods. She walked into a cabin and an old lady was standing by a fire stirring stew. The old lady turned around and saw the little girl. She asked the little girl if she wanted some stew. Kirsten said, “Please.” She ate some stew and after that she fell asleep. When she woke up she felt something very hot and wet all over her. She jumped out of the pot and pushed the old lady in and went home…written June 23, 1999

ADDITIONAL READING (stories by or about children anedor critters)

A FAT CAT AND A SAD DAD

EMILY AND MR. SPIDER

Moose, Goose, Deer

HOT DOG LIMERICKS

TO MATTIE

IMAGINATIVE, ORIGINAL, PURE, PROFOUND POEMS by CHILDREN

MY DOG

CHILDISH CHARACTERISTICS

BEAR CARNIVAL IN CONNELLSVILLE, PA.

STARTLED BY A CRITTER IN THE CAR!

October 18, 2008

JUS’ THINKIN’ AN WRITIN’

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JUS’ THINKIN’ AN WRITIN’

REGINA

 

      Just a little about me.
     I am just a fledgling writer, who was born of the prompting and talent of a seasoned and talented writer just two short years ago. Up until that time, I had no idea I could write, but with the (more…)

October 17, 2008

“DATING WHEN FIFTY-SOME:” A Guy’s Version

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“DATING WHEN FIFTY-SOME”

A Guy’s Version

The Photodoctor

 

Ladies do you ever
wonder what goes
through a guys mind?

Where Do You Meet?
at church
in a bar
during a walk
shopping for groceries
at the gym
at the bookstore
while getting coffee
heaven forbid, on the net
or introduced by a friend

What Do You Say?
don’t I know you
gee you’re pretty
do you come here a lot (more…)

October 16, 2008

QUINTESSENCE

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QUINTESSENCE

Robert A. Woodall

 

A miller’s wheel beside the stream

to catch a waterfall

Is all that tells the fields around

were once, with grain, grown tall.

Now asphalt intercepts the rain

and sun and wind-spread seed.

There’s no place left for nature here,

we had a greater need.

For concrete, plastic, glass, and steel,

a million feet of board.

Machinery fills the valley now

where once the eagle soared.

 

Is heaven gone, the garden lost,

or someday will we see

Wild flowers grow and birds renew

their song of praise for Thee?

 

ADDITIONAL READING:

IT WAS MEANT TO BE: A Meeting with Travelers from the Netherlands

LOSS AND LOVE

I BELIEVE GOD INVENTED DANCING

THE CORPSE FLOWER (Amorphophallus titanum)—A WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING-Is in Bloom

RAINBOW’S END Part 1

FAITH THROWN OVERBOARD

THE LEGACY FROM MY EDITORS

DOES EXAGGERATING THE TRUTH CREATE GOOD STORIES?

DRESSING FOR BLESSING: GOD AND FASHION Part 1

ON THE EVE OF 27

CHURCH SUED FOR FUNERAL DEMONSTRATIONS

BEAR STORIES ACROSS THE NATION

LEAF-PEEPING: Autumn Leaves

October 15, 2008

A DOVE STORY RETOLD: JASMINE AND JEWEL

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A DOVE STORY RETOLD: JASMINE AND JEWEL

 KATHLEEN

     Fluttering and cooing the Mourning Doves chased each other back and forth across my balcony porch. They made such a commotion I began watching them in earnest. Mating season was in full swing! After covering the potting soil with loosely laid straws and grass, the female dove perched on the empty window box planter and laid two cream-colored, one-inch eggs. I knew nothing about dove mating habits, but was thrilled I’d been chosen to observe this “up close and personal” process.
     Quickly, I learned the male and female participate equally in the nesting vigil. The female usually sits all night, while the male (more…)

October 9, 2008

PHOTODOCTOR: WHO IS THE PERSON BEHIND THE NAME?

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PHOTODOCTOR: WHO IS THE PERSON BEHIND THE NAME?

Photodoctor’s Bio

Bio: Photodoctor
Home: Wherever I hang my hat!
Born: 12/07/1955

     I have always been able to see as well or better than others. This is a strange remark, from someone who sees the world through coke-bottled glasses, but for some reason, God gave me the ability to see.
     I originally thought He gave me the ability to see when I excelled as a preschool marksman. I could see well enough to snap a swinging cord at 25 yards, with a 22 rifle. This ability followed me though my teen years as I dropped many a deer or clover leafed a target at hundreds of yards. But that isn’t why God made me see.
     I thought He gave me the ability to see when I (more…)

THE PHOTODOCTOR’S BIO

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