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December 12, 2010

Wintry Mix

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WINTRY MIX

Joe F. Stierheim

     I survived the “Wintry Mix”—the disagreeable mixture of snow, sleet, rain and ice that came through as weather during the first week in December, 2010—weather you wish you didn’t have to acknowledge. At least I think it came through. I didn’t really see it. I heard there was ice on the mountain but I’m really not sure of the extent of that. I didn’t travel there to find out. In fact, I didn’t go anywhere, didn’t even venture outside. I stayed home. I can do that, being the noncontributing member of society that I am.

     I stayed home and read a book, a book entitled Lost Mountain by Erik Reece. It deals with mountain top removal mining in Appalachia. It’s about a lot of other non-contributing members of society who live in Kentucky, West Virginia and other Appalachian states. They are noncontributing because many of them (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…)

July 3, 2009

What are we being prompted to do?

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WHAT ARE WE BEING PROMPTED TO DO?

Joe Stierheim

     At a recent writers’ meeting, six writers set about working on a “prompt”. A prompt is an exercise in which a writer writes on a given subject for a given period of time, usually five minutes. The purpose is to determine how much and how well can you write in a short period of time. The results may be funny, good, silly, sometimes profound, but always (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…)

April 1, 2009

Are you a Martha or a Mary? Lent Devotion #38

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ARE YOU A MARTHA or a MARY? Lent Devotion #38

Tom Groomes

SCRIPTURE: Luke 10: 38-40  Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”(NKJV)
DEVOTION: I arose at 5:45 a.m. that July Sunday morning, feeling the beauty of a new day. The ground was wet with heavy dew; the sun was beginning to warm the day. The birds sang as if they too were praising our Lord for his marvelous creation of this earth.
     While other family members slept on, I decided to enter the quiet of my church to read Scripture.
     As I entered the sanctuary I noticed the dirt from (more…)

March 24, 2009

God’s Message to the World

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GOD’S MESSAGE TO THE WORLD

Joe F. Stierheim

 

      Dona-el called to the brethren. “Come! Come here! Quickly!”
     The brethren ran up. “What is it?” they asked breathlessly.
     “I’m talking to God!” Dona-el answered.
     “What?” The brethren wondered—had Dona-el gone mad?
     “I don’t see God,” one of the brethren said. “Where is He?”
     “There,” Dona-el said, pointing at the sky. “In that cloud. He spoke to me out of that cloud.”
     The brethren stared at the sky, at the cloud Dona-el indicated. It was just a cloud.
     “I don’t see God,” said the brother. “It looks like just a (more…)

May 30, 2008

JOURNALIST ETHICS CONCERNING THE RECEIPT OF GIFTS

—written by Carolyn C. Holland

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is one of the oldest organizations representing journalists in the United States. The national organization debuted in 1909.   

Preamble: Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to (more…)

January 31, 2008

THE EMPEROR IS NAKED

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—written by Beth Ann Fiedler ©2006 Beth Ann Fiedler

You remember the childhood story, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”written by Hans Christian Andersen.

For years, I felt that the people who pretended to see the Emperor in new clothes were shallow and stupid. Then, I thought that many would deem me stupid for having the guts to say that he was naked. (more…)