Beanery Online Literary Magazine

December 25, 2011

Noel 2011

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BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE

NOEL 2011

Joan Myers

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A little magic, new fallen snow

Holly berries, mistletoe

Ginger notes, candle wicks

Playful paw prints in the mix

Children to bed as starlight spills

Every stocking wonder fills

Yet still recall the legend of old

Bearing frankincense and gold

An ancient trio traversed the sand

Sought the infant King in a faraway land

December 23, 2010

NO ROOM IN THE INN—OR YOUR LIFE?

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

No Room In The Inn – Or In Your Life?*

Rev. Albert W. Kovacs**

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And she gave birth to her first-born son

and wrapped him in swaddling cloths,

 and laid him in a manger,

because there was no room for them in the inn.

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     Babies can come at the most inopportune times.

     A young couple may delay having a child until circumstances improve. They want to save for a home, become more secure in the job, wait until the economy improves, or until the spouse returns from Iraq.

     As the Bible tells us, the Lord who opens and closes the womb sometimes has other ideas—and one of His new creations is on the way, the latest handiwork of His awesome wonders.

      Mary’s son was on the way when she and Joseph were on their way to Bethlehem. What a time for a census! Such a long way to go just because of some fool politician’s effort to exact taxes. And now that they finally arrived. Joseph talked to the innkeeper, then had to go out to tell his oh- so-pregnant wife: Mary, there’s no room in the inn. The best he could do was let us stay in the manger.

      Yet that was just the beginning of the intrusion of this son on their life. Just days later they would (more…)

December 19, 2010

Christmas 1998—A Memory Embraced

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CHRISTMAS 1998—A MEMORY EMBRACED

Fran

Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things.  Cicero

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The following prompt was e-mailed to members and friends of the Beanery Writers Group, which meets in Latrobe, Pennsylvania:

 Recount your Yuletide memories, the sweet and yes, even the bitter. Laugh and cry as you reflect and think of the lessons learned from the good and not so good. Embrace those memories. Don’t run from them. For they all will serve you well.*

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     What is wrong with me?  I, the one who is always early with the tree, the
lights, the Christmas cheer, cannot find any spirit this year. Strange, for it
is always me, who is first with the fun, and always the first person to say “hey, what’s wrong with you?  Get your tree up!”

     Always, by Thanksgiving, our family is well into the holiday season, for in truth, I was raised that it is a season, not just a day or week, to celebrate. 
     From my earliest childhood it was a season we celebrated, with dinners for
neighbors, walks in the snow, ice skating, and just spending time together. 
Somehow I think that has been lost upon the current generation of young people.
     It’s now December 13th. My mother is calling, again, to ask What is wrong
with me????  Why haven’t I put up the tree?
I promise her I will truly do it
today. Much to my surprise I actually do it. She is in Yuma, Arizona and I’m on Cape Cod, so she wouldn’t know it if I didn’t do it, but then—somehow she always knows everything!!
    The next morning I call her to tell her the tree is up and decorated. We
talk for about a half hour, general stuff, mostly about the holiday and what
her plans are. 

<— Fran’s Mom

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     Later that evening I received a call that she had a gall bladder attack, and they were going to operate.  Not to worry: she had a longtime gall bladder surgeon, one of the best. He ran tests, told us she was fine to have the laproscopic surgery.  She came through it OK.

     But perhaps in hindsight, we should have had a (more…)

December 15, 2010

A Not So Gooey, Syrupy Christmas Tale

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A NOT SO GOOEY, SYRUPY CHRISTMAS TALE

Dmitri

Christmas is such a warm time of gooey syrupy emotions yet many persons experience just the opposite. Below is my not so gooey, syrupy Christmas story that I just felt like writing. I didn’t know what to do with it, so I submitted it to the Beanery Online Literary Magazine.

     I’m sure I’m not alone in finding Christmas a time to look back to simpler times when family and friends gathered ‘round the hearth after a turkey dinner, pumpkin pie and cranberries.
     Of course, I really don’t remember the hearth. I just remember a crappy fake fire place with some kind of red bulb and propeller that was supposed to go ‘round and flicker.  Yea, that sure fooled me.
     But I could be thankful for a good turkey dinner. Well it wasn’t really turkey—it was meat loaf made with mystery meat. The mashed potatoes were lumpy. And forget the pie, let alone pumpkin pie. I mean really, Grandma, was that too much (more…)

January 5, 2010

Gifts at Christmas

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GIFTS AT CHRISTMAS

Joanne McGough

A final poem to close the Christmas season:

Magi gifts—you remember

adoration’s poster guys

in purple robes and wise faces,

humble on bended knee,

pledging (more…)

December 25, 2009

Anno Domini: The Beginning

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ANNO DOMINI: THE BEGINNING

Joanne McGough

Morning broke slowly.

With great force but no haste

                     the Source of (more…)

December 24, 2009

Freely Given

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FREELY GIVEN

Joanne McGough

Gifts rare, freely given

           In the spirit and grace of this time

           And all time.

Love, without conditions,

          accepting

          as the rose opens to the sun

          Blossom now.

          For you, a sheltered garden

                    safe for blooming.

Peace, portioned without cost,

          generously

          as wild flowers sprinkle colors

          through a green field.

          Partake of the offering.

          Pluck all you want.

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ADDITIONAL READING:

Christmas. Whose Season Is It?

IN WINTERSCAPE…COMES THE SONG

Christmas Memories

Noel

A BROKEN LEG FOR CHRISTMAS

December 19, 2009

Noel

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NOEL

Joan

This is a poem of the season
Its words, its verse, its song
A colorful, frost-clad vision
Journeying in hearts ‘ere long

Memories framed in golden hue

Of sweetest dreams come true

 A cone fir tree set aglow

Silver bells echo so clear
Snowflakes dance soft and slow
Christmas day draws near
And hushed refrains become
A joyous merry hum
 

Even as red ribbons are tied

Promising enchantment tenfold

 A wondrous star appears as guide
The timeless story is retold

 And the Earth reveals

The joy it feels

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ADDITIONAL READING:

Christmas. Whose Season Is It?

IN WINTERSCAPE…COMES THE SONG

A BROKEN LEG FOR CHRISTMAS

How to Count the Gifts Given in the Twelve Days of Christmas

Christmas Memories

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS 2007-A

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: 2008 STYLE (more…)

December 18, 2008

SANTAS, MRS. SANTAS, ELF and REINDEER WANTED: Application #2

SANTAS CLAUS’S WANTED—also MRS. SANTA CLAUS’S, ELVES AND REINDEER—IMMEDIATELY!!!—from around the world, for the 2008 Christmas season. Please submit your resume’ immediately to: beaneryblog@yahoo.com (with the words SANTA  APPLICATION  or MRS. CLAUS APPLICATION  in the subject line!

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE

SANTAS, MRS. SANTAS, ELF and REINDEER WANTED:

Please apply

 

Application #2

Years of Santa experience–ho, ho, ho
Capacity to chuckle
Willing to work with children
Possess sturdy lap
Owner of (more…)

December 10, 2008

SANTAS, MRS. SANTAS, ELVES & REINDEER WANTED: Please apply—Application #1

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE

SANTAS, MRS. SANTAS, ELF and REINDEER WANTED: Please apply

Application #1 

  

SANTAS CLAUS’S WANTED—also MRS. SANTA CLAUS’S, ELVES AND REINDEER—IMMEDIATELY!!!—applications being accepted, from around the world, for the 2008 Christmas season. Please submit your resume’ immediately to: beaneryblog@yahoo.com (with the words SANTA  APPLICATION, MRS. CLAUS APPLICATION, ELF APPLICATION or DEER APPLICATION  in the subject line!

December 10, 2008

FROM:

Jessica Wreath

111 Single Street.    Available,

South Pole 77133

TO:

Santa Claus

Director of Human Resources

North Pole International

777 Candy Cane Lane

North, Pole Universal   11111.

 

Dear Santa,

     I am writing in regards to your advertisement in the Christmas Classifieds regarding the position of assistant to Santa. My objective is to anchor a permanent position with a bearded, jolly man who (more…)

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