Beanery Online Literary Magazine

August 5, 2008

SHOULD INFORMATION ON AN ALLEGED CHILD ABUSER BE PUBLICIZED?

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE

SHOULD INFORMATION ON AN ALLEGED CHILD ABUSER BE PUBLICIZED?

While writing for newspapers in various communities I developed a relationship of trust with a key local officials, including law enforcement officers, emergency medical professionals and Army National Guard leaders. As a result, they often confided information to me, “off the record.”

In one case I heard about a serious threat made by a young man, who stated that he intended to visit the local diner and commit suicide, taking five others with him. Because it was told to me in confidence, I had no choice (more…)

April 18, 2008

YE OLD ’ROUND ’TUIT

—written by Kathleen

When I was a teenager, the pastor of a local Methodist church I attended was noted for his sense of humor. We never knew what he’d joke about next or what he’d invent. But in our youth group, a standard joke was his “’round ’tuit’s” variations.

Whether he or others were the procrastinator, didn’t matter. When he ordered the first ’round ’tuit trivets and passed them out to everyone we knew his sense of humor had form and substance! I kept mine (more…)