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May 29, 2011

Memorial Day 2011

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MEMORIAL DAY 2011

Joe F. Stierheim

     The last Monday in May is the day set aside to remember those who died in the wars in which this nation has taken part. It is also for honoring the many others who survived those wars but gave of themselves to one degree or another when it was required of them.

I remember when I was young being introduced to relics and souvenirs of past wars. There were campaign ribbons and medals from the Civil War and photos of my relatives that had taken part in that struggle. World War I contributed (more…)

May 21, 2011

Let’s Get Dirty

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LET’S GET DIRTY

Sally Martin

     In our long years of competitions, Chas and I have amassed bushels of tee shirts. The most prized of these trophies is the pair that extols the virtues of playing in the mud. 

     We had run in cross country meets at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, a lovely run. Cross country has ambiance. You run through fields and forests, it can be a jog in the woods.  We found one in Ebensburg and at that very simple run through fields and forests we found an ad for Lets Get Dirty at Slippery Rock State College (now University). When we arrived at the college, there was a trek through parking lots to a small ski hut building on the edge of a creek. Not Slippery Rock Creek, thank goodness.

        The participants were mostly a few of us sane adults and many wildly enthusiastic students. There were about six hundred who showed up to either laugh or compete. There were clowns, a group in kilts, and other groups in unusual but matching outfits that defied description.  

     Runners have things called “Fun Runs” but running is rarely fun.  Well, the one in Regent Square through Frick Park is pretty and tries hard with jazz bands and champagne.  But  Let’s Get Dirty was truly a producer of whoops, cheers, giggles, guffaws, and more cheers.

     But first, there was a run for the serious: it showed really good runners competing over the quite questionable course so we could see where they went and therefore opt in or out of the madness. The winners got precious few cheers. The crowd was waiting for us “Fun Run” types.

      The experienced participants had special preparation: duct tape.  

     Their shoes, not necessarily running shoes, were duct taped to (more…)

May 18, 2011

Vernal Full Moon Rising

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VERNAL FULL MOON RISING

Kathie Buchanan

March 19th, 2011, was a very special holiday. 

The moon rose to break night into day in equal proportions.

The evening was celebrated with like-minded loved ones.

Some consider a holiday such as this “Pagan”, but the Vernal Equinox has been celebrated for thousands of years by millions of people worldwide.

We give thanks as we usher in Spring. 

We pray for the new beginnings that Spring promises.

We reflect on our own pre-birth, and development in our mother’s womb,

and our journey…Where we are right now. 

We use corn, fire, tobacco, water, a crystal, a sacred pipe, song, dance, drums.

We use the symbols of the Four Directions, each with a color that represents the

Spiritual Paths. Red in the East, Yellow in the South, Black in (more…)

May 15, 2011

The Kentucky Derby & Flat Track Motorcycle Racing: Horses and Motorcycles

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THE KENTUCKY DERBY & FLAT TRACK MOTORCYCLE RACES:

HORSES AND MOTORCYCLES

Bob Sanzi

To make sense of this little short piece an explanation might be helpful. The Beanery Writers Group meeting our facilitator and co-founder sends us a weekly prompt to assist us with writing something for the meeting. For the first May meeting she offered the recent Kentucky Derby as the subject. She asks us to think about the subject, formulate a piece and write the results in just seven minutes. This is the result.     

     The second hand will be up to the twelve in five seconds. There it is—so now seven minutes to write. The Kentucky derby is the subject, but I have no interest in it. Nancy (my partner) is into the whole thing though. She watched it off and on through the day.

     I thought the track was perfect for a (more…)

May 11, 2011

I Once Knew a Girl Named Miss Grundge

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I ONCE KNEW A GIRL NAMED MISS GRUNDGE

G. David Schwartz

NOTE: May 12th is Limerick Day.

A limerick is a silly poem with five lines. They are often funny or nonsensical.  Limericks were made famous by Edward Lear, a famous author who wrote the “Book of Nonsense” in the 1800’s. This was an entire book of silly limericks.

How to write a limerick:

The first, second and fifth lines rhyme with each other and have the same number of syllables (typically 8 or 9).
The third and fourth lines rhyme with each other and have the same number of syllables (typically 5 or 6).  
Limericks often start with the line “There once was a…” or “There was a…”

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I once knew a girl names Miss Grundge

At liquids she surely would lunge

Her quivering lips

Would reach to her hips

As she soaked up the drinks like a sponge.

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ADDITIONAL READING:

Lizzy in a Tizzy  (Limerick in response to a Beanery Writers prompt)

WTF: The Church Janitor and the Pigeons

WHY NOT EQUITABLE “HORROR” ADS?

“All My Children:” Susan Lucci & Erica Kane

The Ghostly Hoosac Tunnel

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THE GHOSTLY HOOSAC TUNNEL

Kathleen Clark

“This ride into the tunnel is far from being a cheerful one. The fitful glare of the lamps upon the walls of the dripping cavern – the frightful noises that echo from the low roof, and the ghoul-like voices of the miners coming out of the gloom ahead, are not what would be called enlivening.” —The Hoosac Tunnel, Scribner’s, December 1870

     The ridges of the Berkshire Mountains, located in the Deerfield Valley, stretch across western Massachusetts. The Hoosac Tunnel located in North Adams and known as “the Bloody Pit,” winds through the mountain base. I was fascinated by the many first-hand accounts of ghostly hauntings that surround the tunnel‘s construction. It provided a difficult and troubled challenge to the men who worked it.     
     Almost every tunnel bored through the mountains during the early 19th century posed problems particular to its location. Starting at the East Portal side, barely ten feet into the proposed Hoosac route, the specially made seventy-ton steam-driven boring machine cut a perfect hole . . . then stopped forever. The workers resorted to hand-drills and gunpowder, but couldn’t exceed sixty feet a month on either end of the tunnel. Boring on the West Portal side, drills hit soft rock, mica schist and water resulting in a soupy mixture referred to as “porridge” and prevented further penetration.    
     Thus a second tunnel was begun immediately to the right of the abandoned tunnel, using the new compressed-air Burleigh Drill invented by Charles Burleigh of Fitchburg, Massachusetts. This four drill contraption that could be pulled along the tracks as the men worked, in tandem with the introduction of Nitroglycerine explosives, finally resulted in the tunnel’s completion in 1875. Although only 4.82 miles long, the Hoosac took an unprecedented (more…)

May 10, 2011

Beanery Writers 5/9/11 Group Prompt, 5/13 Meeting Date, and Announcements

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BEANERY WRITERS GROUP MAY 9, 2011 PROMPT

BEANERY WRITERS GROUP MEETING MAY 13, 2011

The next Beanery Writers Group meeting date is Friday, May 13, 2011. We’ll meet at the regular place—the Coffee Bean Café 1:00-3:00. Gather early for sociability and/or eats. The back room is being reserved from noon to three, so we can gather and socialize without taking up the space for customers at the coffee shop.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 BEANERY WRITERS BOOKLET

Please prepare any items for the Beanery Writers 2011 Booklet. Since my life has been in disarray, we are behind and need to hasten forward. We haven’t determined if we are having a specific topic or if we are freewheeling. We will discuss this at the May 13 meeting. Please bring any items you wish to submit.

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For those persons who went on field trips to Ligonier Tavern, Compass Inn and/or Eastwood Inn, keep working on your writings. Please bring them to the January 28 meeting, regardless of the stage of progress, so we can assess where we stand in terms of presenting a proposal to Kentuck Knob.

If you are writing on an independent structure, keep up the good work. These experiences/writings will be the basis of some major decisions in January. Bring your preliminary writing to the next writer’s group meeting.

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I’m pleased to hear that the prompts are stimulating people to write, even if the writings are not sent to us. Keep up the good work!

BEANERY WRITERS GROUP May 9, 2011, PROMPT (more…)

May 7, 2011

Lizzy in a Tizzy

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LIZZY IN A TIZZY

Fran Welts

The following limerick refers to how my grandmother handled her anger:

There once was a woman named Lizzie,
Who often got worked up in a tizzy,
About things of no matter,
She would beat up the batter,
For so long she would often get dizzy!

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ADDITIONAL READING:

Read more of Fran’s writing:

https://beanerywriters.wordpress.com/category/wrbw-fran/

May 5, 2011

Currency

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CURRENCY

Jean Isobel Myers

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                                                The Earth “wept”

                                                 And so shall we

                                                 For those lost

                                                 And some soon to be

                                                 Mother Nature’s fury,

                                                 Unleashed, taking her toll

                                                 Far mightier than those

                                                 Reactors standing tall

                                                  At what cost,

                                                  Are we?

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ADDITIONAL READING:

WATCHING CORN GROW

Rabbit’s Foot Fern

Linn Run’s Shallow Sound

May 4, 2011

Welcome to the BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE

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     Welcome to the BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE (BOLM), an online publication sponsored by the Beanery Writers Group in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

     The BOLM is a magazine with multiple topics and genres, written by the writers group members and submitted by writers worldwide. The posts are created for your reading pleasure, and, sometimes, to challenge you. The Categories list, on the right side of this blog site, indicates both BW and Visitor contributors.

     Readers subscribing to the BOLM receive notice of writings as they are posted. To subscribe, look to the right of this sticky note to see  Email Subscription. Type your email address in the box. After you  receive an email from WordPress and confirm your subscription, you will start receiving notifications of each post as it is completed.

     Your email address will not be made public any time you contribute to this blog site.

     We invite you to submit writings to the BOLM. Send submissions to beanerywriters at yahoo.com with the word SUBMISSION in the subject line. New submitters should include a brief bio.

     BW members welcome any comments and/or input on this site. The comment box is at the end of each post.

      Happy reading! 

     Carolyn Cornell Holland, facilitator of the Beanery Writers Group