Beanery Online Literary Magazine

November 29, 2010

Fifteen Minutes of Fame: Part 2—Wanna Be Fame

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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

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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…)

April 21, 2010

A Family Grows in Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Greensburg, PA, as seen from the top of the Courthouse

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A FAMILY GROWS IN GREENSBURG

(Southwestern Pennsylvania)

Sarah K. Byrne-Houser

       While I never quite pictured myself evolving into a minivan-maneuvering soccer mom, I spent my childhood playing on a cul-de-sac in a streetlight-free township east of Pittsburgh. Suburbia and I came to know each other well. 

     Brooklyn born and bred, my fiancé possessed no true understanding of life outside a city.  Apparently, he harbored some serious delusions upon his relocation to Greensburg in Southwestern Pennsylvania. 

     We moved from our college campus in Baltimore, Maryland to an apartment near my old high school. The apartment was a standard beige-and-white two-bedroom cheap enough for recent grads. His adjustment to Greensburg would take some time, we both knew.  After all, his new “city” operated a very limited (more…)

March 24, 2010

Southwest “Paranormal” Pennsylvania

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SOUTHWEST “PARANORMAL” PENNSYLVANIA

Will Patterson

      Do you like it when things go bump in the night? Do spirits make you lose your bladder control? Do you much prefer Happy Hour to The Witching Hour? If you answered in the affirmative to any of these questions this may not be the article for you. If, on the other hand, you enjoy investigating the unexplained and a little tingle in your spine, read on.

     It is not only the mentally disturbed or people who have had one too many who say that they have seen very suspicious, perhaps even supernatural goings on. Many such sightings have been made by pragmatic and analytical people who actually did not believe in such phenomena until (more…)

October 7, 2009

AT FORT LIGONIER: Excerpt from book, WARPATH

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AT FORT LIGONIER

An excerpt from WARPATH

Charles R. Martin & Sara Mitchell Martin

An excerpt from the book WARPATH, a self-published historical novel set in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

     When the French and Indian war ended in 1763 with the Treaty of Paris, John Martin heard that some of the Ohio Indians were coming to Fort Ligonier to discuss treaties. He was already in Bedford Village and decided to go, without hesitation, to the fort. It was some days hike away, but he arrived in time to see that there were Delaware Indians present. Fort Ligonier was large and strong and well manned. The Indians were camped a half mile away, having teepees and horses.

     After first making himself known to the red-coated soldiers at the Fort, John asked the soldier who seemed most in charge if he knew the Indians.

     “Yes. They have been coming around lately, being fairly friendly. We give them what we can of our stores to try to build some sort of relationship. Do you talk Indian?”

     “Well, I used to be able to make myself understood. That was a while back. They took my family: my wife and five of my children.”

     “I am sorry to hear about that. Did you get any back yet?”

     “Yes, my wife, she is just an incredible person. She made her way back with the youngest, a little girl. They had quite an adventure. The Indians still have (more…)