Beanery Online Literary Magazine

November 29, 2010

Fifteen Minutes of Fame: Part 2—Wanna Be Fame

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE

FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME: Part 2—WANNA BE FAME

What I’d like to be known for. . .

Kathleen Clark 

     I’m neither an actress, singer or otherwise known celebrity.

     If I could choose my moment of fame, I’d prefer it to be something notable, noble and/or memorable—something friends, relative and the unknown millions could point to with pride.

     Being a writer I’d love to have a successfully published New York Times Best Seller novel. Or a collection of short stories or poems future generations can pull off their local library shelves or buy at Barnes & Noble.

     “Look Emily, your great-great grandmother wrote this!”

     Such is every writer’s dream!

     My second choice, which is closer to reality, comes from my artistic talent. I’ve always loved dabbling in paint, making crafts and drawing. Leaving behind a collection of artistic creations recently became a distinct reality when I was accepted into a training program through Westmoreland County Community College (Youngwood, Pennsylvania), which placed me at the Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale.

     While there I took on the often overwhelming task of (more…)

November 14, 2010

Fifteen Minutes of Fame: Part 1—The Real Thing

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE

FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME: Part 1—THE REAL THING

Kathleen Clark

     Not fifteen minutes, but fifteen seconds of celebrity!

     It had been dry and hot for at least a fortnight in my Southwestern Pennsylvania neighborhood. No rain fell until the fishtail of Hurricanes Gustav and Hannah rumbled through on an early morning in September.

     Lightening slashed across the sky while the reluctant heavens finally showered a sprinkling of rain.Some wind swiped the trees, but nothing drastic. Waking up around 9:00 a.m., I reached to flip on the bathroom light – nothing! The power was out. I’d no idea when it happened.

     I dressed, gathered the garbage and headed to the dumpster. Allegheny Power trucks were in the parking lot and a couple guys out back were attempting to find the cause of the power outage, The generator lid popped open.

     Walking across the lot, I spotted a (more…)