Beanery Online Literary Magazine

September 10, 2010

The Twin Towers

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THE TWIN TOWERS

M. I. Marcum

     The World Trade Center, from its earliest conception, held a unique place in the heart of New Yorkers. There were many opposed to the project because it would diminish their cherished landmark, the Empire State Building. Others were excited by the challenge of building, not one but two monuments of such unknown scale.

     The Twin Towers, as they became known, slowly rose higher and higher until they overshadowed the skyline of Manhattan. They could be seen for miles. It was difficult to encompass the scale of their massiveness as you stood looking up from ground level.

     Still, many were reluctant to embrace them as part of the New York City, which they knew and loved. Others streamed to take the ride to the very heights. My sister was one of those people. She described to me an adventure, an experience of incomparable wonder. She insisted I visit the restaurant located on the very top floor to enjoy what she had seen. I promised I would one day.

     The years went by. The Towers became not just tourist attractions but an important piece of New York’s business and commerce, employing thousands of people that streamed to its offices from surrounding states and boroughs and Long Island. People you saw on the Long Island Railroad, on the expressway, in the restaurants, at the hot dog stands, shopping at Macy’s.

     Then on that beautiful September day, the Towers (more…)

March 8, 2010

A Chilean’s Thoughts on the Chilean Earthquake

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A CHILEAN’S THOUGHTS ON THE CHILEAN EARTHQUAKE

Rafael Alejandro Jara

Rafael is one of the Beanery Online Literary Magazine contributors. A student in Florida, he was born in Santiago, Chili, which he left as a young child. Watch for his profile in the May 1, 2010, Beanery Writers Newsletter. Below is his response to the question asking his thoughts on the magnitude 8.8 earthquake that occurred February 27, 2010.

     I imagine that the Chilean earthquake disaster has consumed the concern of all Chileans this week, especially the million of them who live abroad and watch with frustration and pity at the plight of their country. They also watch the dissipating media attention that encourages the aid and support that is necessary to avert a situation of rapid and fatal deterioration, particularly in Concepcion and the coastal towns ruined by flood. 

     I have spent many hours already in shame and frustration at the inaction of my fellow Muslims in responding to the situation, especially after showing such rigor in assisting Haiti after its monstrous earthquake.  But I have also been warmed by the (more…)

October 20, 2009

G-20 Poem

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G-20 POEM

Kathleen Clark

Oh, the G-20. 

My thoughts for a penny!

Here come the troopers

Those party poopers!

We were just hangin’ around

Not makin’ a sound

All peaceful and quiet like

Still we got a strike!

Just lettin’ our banner speak for us

So really – – – what’s all the fuss?

(Then there were all the others who really proved nothing by breaking windows & causing havoc – to the tune of $50,000)

ADDITIONAL READING:

Living with OCD

THE ART OF THE INTERVIEW: Things Writers Should Know

BOOKALICIOUS!

Can You Write Your Memoir in Six Words?

DEVELOPING CHARACTERS IN NOVEL WRITING

May 1, 2009

Writers calls for submissions, competitions and events: May 1, 2009

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WRITERS CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS, COMPETITIONS AND EVENTS
MAY 1, 2009

CONTENTS:

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE call for submissions
LOYALHANNA REVIEW call for submissions
WRITERS WORKSHOP IN SOMERSET, call for submissions
FLASH FICTION CONTEST call for submissions
PENNWRITERS 22nd ANNUAL CONFERENCE: A Writer’s Tool Chest
THE 52ND ANNUAL ST. DAVIDS CHRISTIAN WRITERS’ CONFERENCE
8th ANNUAL WRITING POPULAR FICTION RETREAT: SETON HILL UNIVERSITY
Laurel Mountain Post Editor, Cathi Gerhard Williams, speaker

“Celebrate Poe: A Visit from the Ghost of Edgar Allan Poe”

MELLOW MIKE, open mike music, poetry/prose reading
BEANERY WRITERS GROUP
SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WRITERS GROUPS
CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS:

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 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 not contain inappropriate language or subjects. They may be edited. If extensive editing is done, the post will be sent back to the author for their approval. Writers of (and for) all ages are published (a 7th grader just had her post selected for an assignment in a California school English class). Length preference is 300-500 words, although longer pieces, or stories with several parts, will be considered.
E-mail writings to beanerywriters@yahoo.com with the word “SUBMISSIONS” in the subject line.
     To receive a sample Beanery Writers Newsletter, or for a subscription, E-mail beanerywriters@yahoo.com with the word “NEWSLETTER” in the subject line.

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LOYALHANNA REVIEW
Call for submissions
Deadline: May 15, 2009 postmark
Sponsored by the Ligonier (PA) Valley Writers

     The Loyalhanna Review, a literary journal, includes (more…)

April 28, 2009

Vanessa

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VANESSA

Sal Martin

 

     Another sleepless night. The third action hero has won out over the bad guys. The same news report has been reported for the hundredth time. I have memorized the weather into next week, not that it matters to me. I’m not going anywhere. I have an emphatic limp. I walk with a “walker” while my new knee heals. I try to show gratitude that such miracles are available for me instead of the rocking chair and cane that would have been my fate (more…)

August 5, 2008

SHOULD INFORMATION ON AN ALLEGED CHILD ABUSER BE PUBLICIZED?

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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…)

June 27, 2008

INTEGRITY: A JOURNALISTIC CODE OF ETHICS REVIEW

Responding to a telephone complaint, an animal shelter representative, Nadine, visited Erica, who had taken in forty homeless cats. Nadine, director of the no-kill shelter, confiscated all the cats but ten. She takes three to the animal shelter. These she advertised as “rescued” cats that need a home. She claimed that the others are not spayed, and have not had their shots. In addition, they are so disease ridden that she took them where they were euthanized. The next animal shelter newsletter published an article on (more…)

May 14, 2008

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE!!

—written by Fran

Being a caretaker for a loved one is challenging, life-changing and a lesson in finding joy in the simple things. It is riddled with medical crises, often accented by runs to the emergency room. Below is a page from Fran’s journal—written on a particularly calm day, March 31, 2007.

5:00 Saturday morning….  Time to get up, BC (our cat) has the insane idea she is hungry and now is the only time that will work for her!!

5:20 – Coffee, hot, creamy, and absolutely divine….I am now awake and going.

6:30 – All showered and ready for the day.  Time to check on Jim, get him his first of the 35 pills he takes each day.

7:30 – Help Jim get dressed, he decides on breakfast, we eat.  It’s a pleasant time to “chat”.  No (more…)

April 29, 2008

WRITERS CONFERENCES, BOOK SIGNING, NEWSLETTER 080429

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CHILDREN’S LITERATURE CONFERENCE: 12th Annual University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg CHILDREN’S LITERATURE CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD (more…)