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January 21, 2010

River Song: Part 2

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE

RIVER SONG Part 2

Tim Landy

     Tim’s story is posted in three parts. To read Part 1, click on: River Song: Part 1 . Revisit the Beanery Online Literary Magazine to read the final post of River Song.

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          The subject of this article is a fascinating woman who lives on the line between nature’s chaotic and man’s organized worlds.

            While most gardeners despise the ubiquitous weeds, Joan welcomes these unwanted guests with open gloves.  Smiling, she says, “Everything was a weed at first.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a garden of weeds!  When I go out in early spring, I see everything bare.  I start to plant seeds and I can feel the weed seeds saying, ‘We were here first!’”  

            Her present reading list includes Weeds of the Northeast.  But unlike the authors, who wrote the text to help readers identify and destroy unwanted plants, Joan uses the book as a field guide, locating one of her favorites, the Pennsylvania smart weed, which, to her delight, has taken over the pumpkin patch across the road from the farmhouse.

            “When you give a weed a name, it acquires (more…)

January 19, 2010

Word from Claudette in Haiti

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UPDATE ON CLAUDETTE IN HAITI

E-mail January 16:

I am in Petionville a few miles from Port Au Prince.
I am fine. Arrived here on Tuesday at 11:00 and was able to meet with the
women and the moms and their babies.
It was a successful meeting. We were having discussions after when the earth began to move and now everything is changed for everyone. Haiti will never
be the same nor will I. I will try to stay in touch as much as I am
permitted on limited power supply.
Blessings to all
Claudette

NEWS ARTICLE January 18, 2001:

Greensburg woman anxious to get home from Haiti

By Richard Gazarik
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, January 18, 2010

Claudette Kane of Greensburg said it was most frightening 48 seconds of her life.

Kane, 58, of Greensburg had just arrived in Haiti on Tuesday to discuss teaching literacy and quilting to Haitian women. She was staying with John and Jodie Ackerman of Ohio, who operate a clinic for Heartline Ministries in Petionville Montage Noir, a few miles from Port-au-Prince.

She was sitting at a table in the Ackerman home, talking about the work she hoped to do in Haiti, when the home began to shake. The earthquake began at 4:50 p.m. In 48 seconds, the shaking stopped.

“The table shook and then the bookcase fell, blocking the only exit to the home that I could see,” Kane said from Haiti on Sunday. “We crawled out and went to the front yard. More tremors. … We sat and waited. Then came the wails and cries like I have never heard before echoing through the valley below the mountain.”

Kane said a cloud of (more…)

January 18, 2010

River Song: Part 1

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RIVER SONG Part 1

Tim Landy

     Tim’s story is posted in three parts. Revisit the Beanery Online Literary Magazine to read the coming two posts that complete River Song.

     Or, for your convenience, subscribe to this site by typing your e-mail address in the SUBSCRIPTION box in the upper right hand column of this site. You will receive a return e-mail asking you to confirm the subscription. Your e-mail will not be publicized.

     The subject of this article is a fascinating woman who lives on the line between nature’s chaotic and man’s organized worlds.

            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 (more…)

October 30, 2009

Interviewing Casper the Friendly Ghost

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INTERVIEWING CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST

Joanne et al

During our October Beanery Writers Group meeting, several Halloween prompts were given out. One was: You are the star reporter for Halloween Headline, and you’ve just landed an interview with Casper the Friendly Ghost. Write out 20 questions to ask during the interview. Responses from members of the group are below.

Do you eat? If so, where does the food go?

Do you have parents? Do ghosts beget ghosts or were you (more…)

September 21, 2009

Destination: Ligonier (PA)

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DESTINATION: LIGONIER (PA)

Sally Shirey

     It is difficult to trace the growth of the hospitality industry in the Ligonier Valley without noting the attendant development of transportation across the region as well.

     The Ligonier Valley was the first stopping place west of the Allegheny Mountains for settlers seeking new lives after the defeat of the French in 1758.  Those earliest pioneers followed the primitive Forbes Road, rough and barely wide enough for their wagons.  Settlements and towns first developed near (more…)

September 12, 2009

Where were you on September 11, 2001 Part BW

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WHERE WERE YOU ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001? Part BW

 Today, September 11, 2009, was the Beanery Writers Group regular meeting date. I presented the group with an “oral prompt,” which led to a discussion that lasted for more than an hour. The prompt contained three questions. First, Where were you when you heard about the events of September 11, 2001? Second, how did you hear? Third, how did you feel?

While waiting for the meeting to start, I presented the same questions to other Coffe Bean Cafe patrons. Their answers can be found at 

Where were you on September 11, 2001? Part CCH

…Carolyn C. Holland, facilitator of the Beanery Writers Group in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

As for myself, I was at Valley Dairy in Connellsville, taking my morning coffee break. I was told a private plane crashed in the mountains. During my drive home, I turned on the radio, seeking information on the crash. That’s when (more…)

July 13, 2009

Oh, no! Stranded in India

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OH, NO! STRANDED IN INDIA

Joney

     I was almost stranded at a station in a village whose name I couldn’t pronounce. I was teaching in the southern part of India, in a place called Tamil Nadu, at a small village. It was at a 7,000 foot level in the mountains. Mountains are called “ghats.” The village was Kodaikanal and the school was Kodaikanal International School.

    We had a long Christmas vacation so students could travel to their home country for their vacations. The students were all boarding students from many countries. I wanted to see as much of India as I could at this time. A young Indian piano teacher, Roger, friend of mine, said he lived in Kalimpong. Kalimpong is on the boarder of Napal.  

    “Sure, I would love to meet your family.”

     Roger already had his train ticket. I bought a train ticket. I was put in a cabin with three men!—–in a different car than my friend was in. The trip lasted four days. I had a top bunk. I climbed up and watched the men. One was an (more…)

May 18, 2009

History reridden—The Pony Express

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HISTORY RERIDDEN: THE PONY EXPRESS

Ronald J. Shafer

        The morning sun still hung low in the sky as the Chevy pickup pulled into the parking area, where a small sign read “Pony Express Stop.” Rider 278 looked at one of the spaces near the front, then remembered the trailer he towed. He eased the truck and trailer onto the grass at the edge of the lot, walked to the back of the trailer, and lowered the ramp, before glancing toward the intersection of routes 30 and 981. Not many cars on the road today, he thought, running a hand through his blond hair. Maybe folks are celebrating the Fourth of July a day early.

     He walked inside, talked to his horse and patted the pinto before backing the animal down the ramp. As usual, the gelding didn’t (more…)

November 19, 2008

SHORT TRIP FROM SEATTLE, WASHINGTON To Ligonier, PA

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SHORT TRIP FROM SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
To Ligonier, Pennsylvania
JOAN W.

     Recently, I flew to Seattle to visit my sister in a retirement home.
     They have a guest room but it can be rented for four days only. I stayed there for that time and enjoyed the many elderly people I met. While there, I was asked to give a fifteen minute talk about (more…)

December 24, 2007

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

From the

BEANERY WRITERS GROUP

LATROBE, PENNSYLVANIA

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