Beanery Online Literary Magazine

November 23, 2010

Wait Until the Coffee’s Poured

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WAIT UNTIL THE COFFEE’S POURED

Janice McLaughlin

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For holiday meals, the same rules apply

All families have them, there is good reason why.

Wash your hands before sitting, keep elbows off the table

Children should be seen not heard,

Don’t call your cousin a nerd.

Don’t complain because the kitchen swelters.

And whatever you do — don’t interrupt your elders.

No slurping, burping, or passing gas

If you need something, ask someone to pass.

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     It was Thanksgiving, I was about fourteen. Of course my two obnoxious (male) cousins were there, as well as three female cousins. It was the usual huge family celebration with both my Mother’s and Dad’s parents and siblings, and their husbands, wives, and their children.

     A meal that took more than a day to prepare was usually over in about an hour. This time it was cut short.

     I didn’t ask someone to pass the olives. I reached for them. At that moment someone was (more…)

May 10, 2009

Dedicated to my mother

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DEDICATED TO MY MOTHER

Maryanne E. Hoffman 

Our guest writer on Birth Mother’s Day, and on the eve of Mother’s Day, is Maryanne E. Hoffman, a Western Pennsylvania writer. She dedicated her book, Older Women’s Rights, to her mother, as a result of seeing her mother mistreated in an elderly care home, and being in the position of having no power to correct the situation.

 To my Mother

      You are the inspiration for the creation of this book. I admire your unshaken perseverance and spiritual inner strength, as you endure the torturous and unjust situation you are forced to live against your will. Your beautiful spirit is the (more…)

December 21, 2008

SHE’S A CANDLE

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SHE’S A CANDLE

The Photodoctor
 
“A Christmas present
I wonder what”
squeezed and shook
weight pondered
“It’s a candle”
he said with a smile
“how passé”
says  his friend
he shakes his head
and continues
“can’t you see
it’s Jesus’ light
that (more…)

August 30, 2008

LABOR AND LABOR DAY

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LABOR AND LABOR DAY
JOSEPH F. STIERHEIM

I asked two friends to define the word “Labor.” One simply said it had a negative connotation. The other gave a more complete definition. “Labor,” she said, “is something that one doesn’t like but has to do in order to make money and/or for survival.” My second question was harder to answer. “Then why,” I asked, “do we have (more…)

August 28, 2008

IN DEFENSE OF THE OLDER EMPLOYEE

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IN DEFENSE OF THE OLDER EMPLOYEE

LOIS

Years ago I ran a blind post office ad for a graphic artist. I worked for a small publishing company and we needed someone for freelance artwork and design. I received about eight responses to the ad. They were from artists/designers with varying degrees of experience.

One response was from a woman in her 50s. She frankly admitted that she had been out of the workforce while she was raising her son. She did have experience prior to that, and had just received an associate degree in graphic art as preparation to re-enter the workforce. Her letter was sincere and honest, and we hired her. She was just as I expected: mature, hardworking, uncomplaining, and grateful for the opportunity to work again. Her experience with my company lead her to a full time, more lucrative position with an established regional newspaper. It was gratifying to hear her say, “The fact that I had done something recent really helped.”

I didn’t post this article to discourage the hiring of younger employees. I was in that position once (hey, we all were), and everyone has to start somewhere. But the topic of older vs. younger workers recently came up between a few of us at the Beanery Writers, and I wanted to relay this experience.

ADDITIONAL READING

ON THE EVE OF 27

PENNSYLVANIA WEDDING, (LAMOINE) MAINE ROOTS

JASMINE & JEWEL — A DOVE STORY Part 1

HOT DOG LIMERICKS

SOCKATORY

A KUDZU COVERED VEHICLE GRAVEYARD

DRESSING FOR BLESSING: GOD AND FASHION Part 1

THE CORPSE FLOWER (Amorphophallus titanum)—A WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING-Is in Bloom

RAINBOW’S END Part 1

MY SIDE OF THE VIGIL

ARE YOU LIVING IMPAIRED?