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December 30, 2013

Little Em

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LITTLE EM

Janet Mantia

     Scents of orange and pine filled the house, but the lights on the tree never seemed as bright after Christmas. Looking at the popcorn garland Grandma helped me string, I felt a hard lump in my throat. It wasn’t long ago that I walked along the secret path, carved through mulberry bushes that led to her house. Thinking back to last summer, her bent figure made an odd shadow against the sun as she scattered bread for the birds over the cement walk.

“Cassie, I didn’t know you were coming today,” she said, wrapping her arms across my shoulders.  “Grandpa’s in the shed, building who knows what.”

I remember standing next to Grandma in her sturdy, brown shoes, print house dress, and silver hair wound into a braid around her head.   She stared at me with steel, blue eyes, and a face, though not beautiful, had strong features with high cheekbones and a pert Irish nose.

“Cassie, you’re only sixteen, but taller than I am.  You’re growing into a fine, young lady. Your mother would be proud of you.”

Grandma opened the screen door to the house Dad grew up in.  When I walked inside, the house had a scent of cut timber covering the planked walls, mingled with a scent of fresh jasmine coming through the screened windows. Walking across polished, wood floors, I sank into the sofa with a tufted back that went half way up the wall.  Doilies circled oak tables, and a fireplace which looked like the room had been built around it, covered an entire wall.

Grandma picked up her knitting from the rocking chair.  With fingers that moved in exact precision, she wound blue strands of yarn around the knitting needles.

“Your sweater will be done soon, Cassie.  I just have to add the sleeves,”  she said, pulling more yarn from a skein lying on the floor.

When I left Grandma’s house she was still knitting.  I kissed her cheek and said goodbye, but I left with a feeling I couldn’t explain.

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The sweater laid on the rocking chair next to skeins of unopened yarn.  Picking up the sweater which had no sleeves, I held it against my chest.  It would be a perfect vest, and Grandma’s voice, soft as velvet, would never (more…)

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December 26, 2012

The Music Box

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THE MUSIC BOX

 Jan McLaughlin

 

Step into a page in time of friendliness and grace

Escape the rush of the city, enjoy each friendly face.

The church bells’ hourly chimes, the sound of “Old Rugged Cross,”

Give the peaceful, calming feelings of life in a music box.

 

Time so long forgotten, of feeling so at ease

The smell of fall leaves in the air, wafting on the breeze.

The old time concerts in the park—listening to the past,

Wishing time would stand still, wishing this could last.

 

A music box always held small pieces of the past

The tinkling sound of a song, my memory holds fast

Again the church chimes sound, as the sun sets crimson red

Giving peaceful, calming feelings as the music box in my head.

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To read more writings by Jan click on https://beanerywriters.wordpress.com/category/wrbw-jan/

 

November 14, 2012

Transfixed

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TRANSFIXED

 Patricia Orendorff Smith

 

On a glistening day

leaf color became vibrant.

Leaves fell like rain.

Autumn touched ground,

crunched and rustled beneath my sneakers.

A scarlet maple leaf

floated by.

A deer approached from the woods.

I did not tread on his territory,

nor he on mine.

Transfixed,

our eyes locked in a stare

of respect,

reverence.

Ephemerally,

I breathed, breathed in the toasty

brown whiff of autumn.

Too quickly the day faded

into winter white.

The cold sting on my ears

advanced my pace.

I rushed home to a steaming

cup of cocoa,

thinking,

I need no more than this.

To read more of Patricia Orendorff Smith’s work click on https://beanerywriters.wordpress.com/category/wrbw-pat/

June 3, 2010

Blogsite or a Website: What’s the difference?

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BLOGSITE OR WEBSITE: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

    What’s the difference between a blogsite and a website?

     This question was raised at the Beanery Writers Group (Latrobe, PA) meeting in early May. It is a significant question, because the group’s unique project is publishing the Beanery Online Literary Magazine (www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com ).

     Being computer illiterate, I had to plead ignorance of the answer. I held the impression that blogs were easier and cost less.

     To answer the question, I plugged it into the search engine.

     Examining various sites made me feel better about being unable to define the differences. …since the differences have become increasingly blurred for many bloggers and users*— the difference…is steadily vanishing. These channels are definitely converging.*** there are shades of gray.##

     Initially blogs, a condensation of the word “weblog,” were viewed as a web log or online diary… a place where a blogger can generate a log of interesting personal comment and intimate details and information about a particular niche subject or topic * Today, although many blogs continue to be personal ramblings about daily life,that is only one aspect of the blogosphere – and a fairly trivial one at that.***Currently, blogs range (more…)

March 5, 2010

Announcements for Writers: March 4, 2010

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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.

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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!”

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 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

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STUDENT POETRY CONTEST (more…)

September 27, 2009

Beanery Writers Newsletter (BWN) Vol. 2 Issue 7 September 1, 2009

BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER (BWN) 

VOL. 2 ISSUE 7

SEPTEMBER 1, 2009

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 (more…)

March 3, 2009

Writer’s calls for submissions, competitions & events March 1, 2009

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WRITER’S CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS, COMPETITIONS & EVENTS

March 1, 2009

CALL FOR WRITING SUBMISSIONS (BOLM)
BEANERY WRITERS GROUP (Latrobe, PA)
BEANERY WRITERS GUEST SPEAKER: RUNNING BEAR
PENNWRITERS’ PITTSBURGH EAST WRITER’S GROUP
MELLOW MIKE (Ligonier, PA)
LOONY LIMERICK CONTEST
LIGONIER VALLEY WRITERS STUDENT POETRY CONTEST
UNIV. OF PITTSBURGH: GREENSBURG—2009 WRITERS FESTIVAL
Ohio Country Conference—Year of 1759: French and Indian War
POETRY (& PROSE) READING: OPEN MIKE
INTERACTIVE MURDER MYSTERY: “COME AS YOU WERE” (Greensburg, PA)
PENNWRITERS 22nd ANNUAL CONFERENCE
MERCER COUNTY ONE DAY WRITERS CONFERENCE
ST. DAVIDS CHRISTIAN WRITERS’ CONFERENCE
CONTEST TO BE AWARE OF: Young Voices Foundation

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Call for Submissions

     The Beanery Online Literary Magazine (BOLM) is seeking submissions in all genres. Especially needed are items that celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Lent, Easter, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day and July 4 (or any other holiday that occurs in this time frame). Contributors are welcome from (more…)

February 21, 2009

WRITER’S CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS, COMPETITIONS & EVENTS: Feb. 20, 2009

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WRITER’S CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS,

COMPETITIONS & EVENTS

February 20, 2009

 

BOLM CALL FOR WRITING SUBMISSIONS
BEANERY WRITERS GROUP (Latrobe, PA)
MELLOW MIKE (Ligonier, PA)
BIBLIOTHERAPY GROUP
LIGONIER VALLEY WRITERS STUDENT POETRY CONTEST (Grades 4-12)
13th ANNUAL OHIO COUNTRY CONFERENCE
POETRY (& PROSE) READING (Somerset, PA)
WRITER’S RELIEF 15th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL CONTEST
LOONY LIMERICK CONTEST
INTERACTIVE MURDER MYSTERY: “COME AS YOU WERE” (Greensburg, PA)
CCHS WRITING FESTIVAL (Cambria and Somerset counties)
PENNWRITERS 22nd ANNUAL CONFERENCE
THE 52ND ANNUAL ST. DAVIDS CHRISTIAN WRITERS’ CONFERENCE
CONTEST TO BE AWARE OF: Young Voices Foundation

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BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE
Call for Submissions

     The Beanery Online Literary Magazine (BOLM) is seeking submissions in all genres. Especially needed are items that celebrate Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Lent, Easter, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day and July 4 (or any other holiday that occurs in this time frame). Contributors are welcome from the United States and the global village.
     The BOLM is sponsored by the Beanery Writers Group in Latrobe, (Southwestern) Pennsylvania. It’s global readers include persons who live in Australia, Sweden, Singapore, Jordan, Italy, Chile and across the United States.
     GUIDELINES: Posts must (more…)

February 20, 2009

BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER (BWN) VOL. 2 ISSUE 2 FEB.1, 2009

BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER (BWN)
VOL. 2 ISSUE 2 FEB.1, 2009

Edited by Carolyn C. Holland and BWG members.
(Forward this newsletter to the writers you know!)

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 beaneryblog@yahoo.com with the word “Submission” in the subject line.

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 so they can socialize over coffee or lunch. New members—or visitors (especially if you are visiting the area from out of town)—are welcome to join us. Our members are eclectic: they write in all genres!

PROFILE: LONG DISTANCE MEMBER
     Heading the list of the “most hit” posts on the Beanery Online Literary Magazine is OF FIREFLIES AND LIGHTNING BUGS , written by Jordan and posted June 15, 2008. Jordan was ten years old. ) Another post, ALL SUMMER IN A DAY: The Use of Descriptive Language, posted on November 10, 2008, is racing toward the first place, challenging Jordan and currently claiming the head of the  “most active” list and being the fifth most hit-on post. Interestingly, this post was written by a (more…)

February 5, 2009

WRITER’S CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS, COMPETITIONS & EVENTS: Feb. 5, 2009

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE

WRITER’S CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS, COMPETITIONS & EVENTS

February 5, 2009

CALL FOR WRITING SUBMISSIONS (BOLM)
BEANERY WRITERS GROUP (Latrobe, PA)
MELLOW MIKE (Ligonier, PA)
POETRY (& PROSE) READING (Somerset, PA)
DR. UWE STENDER Guest literary agent
WRITER’S RELIEF 15th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL CONTEST
LOONY LIMERICK CONTEST
INTERACTIVE MURDER MYSTERY: “COME AS YOU WERE” (Greensburg, PA)
CCHS WRITING FESTIVAL (Cambria and Somerset counties)
CONTEST TO BE AWARE OF: Young Voices Foundation

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BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE
Call for Submissions

     The Beanery Online Literary Magazine (BOLM) is seeking submissions in all genres. Especially needed are (more…)

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