Beanery Online Literary Magazine

March 31, 2010

APRIL’S FOOL

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE

APRIL’S FOOL

Haven Reece

      April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

     Many women choose to remain in violently abusive situations because they consider it is best for the children to have two parents. However, what must be considered, is the effect of domestic violence on such children. Watching, listening, hearing, the abuse can be just as damaging to some children as being their being the targets of the violence.

     Do you think that April’s children were unaware of the violence in the following situation? How do you think it affected them?

Domestic violence injury following a spousal assault.

     The first hit was unbearable. Each time she knew a beating was coming, April believed that it could be no worse than the one before…and she was always wrong. She heard her neck pop as her head was thrown to the side by his fist. She saw her blood fly across the room and splatter across the kitchen wall.

     “I’ll have to be sure and clean that up,” April thought, “before the kids wake up in the morning.” It was the routine. The same “to-do” list came with each punishment.

     She would try and leave the moment and allow herself to travel somewhere far away until it was over. While there, she would go over each item on the list that had to be completed in order to hide the truth from the world and to protect her children. Today’s list would have to include (more…)

March 24, 2010

Southwest “Paranormal” Pennsylvania

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE

SOUTHWEST “PARANORMAL” PENNSYLVANIA

Will Patterson

      Do you like it when things go bump in the night? Do spirits make you lose your bladder control? Do you much prefer Happy Hour to The Witching Hour? If you answered in the affirmative to any of these questions this may not be the article for you. If, on the other hand, you enjoy investigating the unexplained and a little tingle in your spine, read on.

     It is not only the mentally disturbed or people who have had one too many who say that they have seen very suspicious, perhaps even supernatural goings on. Many such sightings have been made by pragmatic and analytical people who actually did not believe in such phenomena until (more…)

March 21, 2010

BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER (BWN): MARCH 1, 2010

BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER (BWN)

MARCH 1, 2010

Edited by Carolyn C. Holland and BWG members.

(Forward this newsletter to the writers you know!)

ABOUT THE BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER

The BWN shares information on our members—their writing, their activities/interests/accomplishments, their concerns, their thoughts, as well as news on conferences, perhaps a joke or two, book reviews etc.

There was a two month hiatus in publication—July and August—this year.

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The BOLM (www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com) accepts submissions (in any genre) from guest writers. Items may be edited, but if there are any significant changes your work will be returned to you for your approval.. Submit your post to beanerywriters@yahoo.com with the word “Submission” in the subject line. Seeking submissions for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve/Day.

BEANERY WRITERS GROUP MEETINGS

The BWG meets the second and fourth Fridays each month, 1:00-3:00 p.m, (except for November and December, when the second meeting of the month is cancelled). We meet in the back room at the Coffee Bean Café in Latrobe (they opened a second Coffee Bean Café on Rt. 30 in Greensburg by Office Max—wrong site!). Some members come early to socialize over coffee or lunch. New members—or visitors (including writers who are visiting the area from out of town)—are welcome to join us. Our members are eclectic: they write in all genres!

NOTE: Coming meeting dates: Sept. 11 & Sept. 25; Oct. 9 & 23

THE TEMPORARY CESSATION OF THE BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER

I want to apologize for the temporary cessation of the BWN. I experienced a period of extreme sleeplessness last summer, followed by a five-week attack by a rotten bug that lasted until Thanksgiving. Some things had to be let go, and even then I became quite behind in what needed to be done for the holiday season.

Meanwhile, I came to realize that a monthly newsletter is too big a task with my other writing. Therefore, the newsletter will be produced every two months: March, May, July, September, November and January. This has an additional bonus of freeing up the extended holiday that occurs at the end of each year.

Meanwhile, I will continue posting information on conferences, contests, etc. in the Beanery Online Literary Magazine. Check the ANNOUNCEMENT category (listed in the left hand column of the magazine site) for the most recent post.

PROFILE:

Joan Patterson (written by Tim Landy): When friends stop by Joan Patterson’s weathered farmhouse in late summer or early autumn, more than likely she’ll be in her garden, puttering with her perennials or picking vegetables or resting in her favorite spot: a shadowy bower at the end of a winding path.

            For Joan, this dome-shaped shelter, formed from bowed saplings and cloaked in spiraling bean plants and morning glories, is the center of her miniature Eden.  The garden, in turn, is the focal point of her 140-acre farm, sprawling along a narrow black-topped lane, threading through the upland meadows and thickets of northern Bullskin Township, Pennsylvania.

            Seated at a small crude table covered with a pink tablecloth, she may be (more…)

March 15, 2010

Time

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE

Welcome Malaika King as a youth contributor to the Beanery Online Literary Magazine. Below is the first of the poems written by her that will be posted.

TIME

Malaika King

There are 24 hours in a day

60 minutes in an hour

1140 minutes in a day

60 seconds in a minute

86400 seconds in a day

 

So how is it you can’t (more…)

March 8, 2010

A Chilean’s Thoughts on the Chilean Earthquake

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE

A CHILEAN’S THOUGHTS ON THE CHILEAN EARTHQUAKE

Rafael Alejandro Jara

Rafael is one of the Beanery Online Literary Magazine contributors. A student in Florida, he was born in Santiago, Chili, which he left as a young child. Watch for his profile in the May 1, 2010, Beanery Writers Newsletter. Below is his response to the question asking his thoughts on the magnitude 8.8 earthquake that occurred February 27, 2010.

     I imagine that the Chilean earthquake disaster has consumed the concern of all Chileans this week, especially the million of them who live abroad and watch with frustration and pity at the plight of their country. They also watch the dissipating media attention that encourages the aid and support that is necessary to avert a situation of rapid and fatal deterioration, particularly in Concepcion and the coastal towns ruined by flood. 

     I have spent many hours already in shame and frustration at the inaction of my fellow Muslims in responding to the situation, especially after showing such rigor in assisting Haiti after its monstrous earthquake.  But I have also been warmed by the (more…)

March 5, 2010

Announcements for Writers: March 4, 2010

BEANERY WRITERS ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR WRITERS: MARCH 4, 2010

BEANERY WRITERS GROUP MEETINGS

The BWG meets the second and fourth Fridays each month, 1:00-3:00 p.m, in the back room at the Coffee Bean Café in Latrobe (they opened a second Coffee Bean Café on Rt. 30 in Greensburg by Office Max—wrong site!). Some members come early to socialize over coffee or lunch. New members—or visitors (including writers who are visiting the area from out of town)—are welcome to join us. Our members are eclectic: they write in all genres!

NOTE: Coming meeting dates: March 26 (may meet at Pitt Greensburg—e-mail beanerywriters@yahoo.com for details), April 9, April 23

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The BOLM (www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com) accepts submissions (in any genre) from guest writers. Items may be edited, but if there are any significant changes your work will be returned to you for your approval. Submit your post to beanerywriters@yahoo.com with the word “Submission” in the subject line. Seeking submissions for St. Patricks Day, April Fool’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day.

TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER

The BWN is distributed monthly by subscription. To subscribe, send your name, your regional location and your E-mail address to beanerywriters@yahoo.com . Please put the words “Subscribe Newsletter” in the E-mail subject line. To unsubscribe, E-mail beanerywriters@yahoo.com with the words “Unsubscribe Newsletter” in the subject line.

~~~~~~ 

WESTMORELAND PHOTOGRAPHERS SOCIETY

KEITH LEWIS, Portrait Photographer

March 8, 2010 (Monday)

7:30 p.m.

St. Vincent College: Prep Hall #215 (near library on second floor)

For further information:

e-mail Kern Little kernlittle@hotmail.com, or call him at 724 317 4821

“Our goal is to promote the Art of Photography!”

 ~~~~~~

 LAUNCHING OF PENDULUM (Pitt Greensburg’s student literary magazine)

University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg (Village Hall)

Tuesday, March 16. 2010

7:00 p.m.

Celebrate the magazine’s newest issue at a launch and reading. Sponsored by the Writing Program and funded by the Student Government Association.  Refreshments after the readings.

For further information, contact Linda Szypulski, FOB Secretary, las166@pitt.edu or 724-836-9883

 ~~~~~~

STUDENT POETRY CONTEST (more…)

March 1, 2010

Al-Waq’ia

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE

The following poem and plea was written by one of the  Beanery Online Literary Magazine visitor writers, a Chilean studying at a Florida University. See the comment following the post for further information.

 AL-WAQ’IA

Rafael  Alejandro Jara

Everything shakes and lives are realigned
And those dazed souls still left are left to find
Providence in the ruin and rubble
That asks of us yet again to rebuild.
It’s hard for us to truly understand
The Justice and Compassion of God’s (more…)