Wednesday, June 20, 2018

JUNE 7, 2018


Tim Philippart, Beverly Stanislawski, Sharon Palmeri, Amy Brailey, Al Koch, Ruthann Graczyk, Katherine Flotz, , Caren Von See, Bob Philpot, Gail Galvan, Mary Ellen Beecher, Neil Bedeker

GUESTS: Tammy Breitweiser


A vote of approval for the May 17. 2018 minutes was given by GAIL GALVAN and seconded by RUTHANN GRACZYK.


TAMMY BREITWEISER Tammy explained the types of writing she does. Her genres including short stories, flash fiction, poetry, and children’s books. She has also started a novel.

Members completed an introduction of themselves to Tammy, explaining the different types of prose and poetry they write as well.

SHARON PALMERI asked GAIL GALVAN if she knew of any news about Amazon not posting new E-books or submissions within the past three-four months. Gail was not aware of this and offered to check into it.


TIM PHILLIPPART stated he had attended a poetry workshop and the Indiana Writers Consortium. He has been working with two writing groups called Small Town Poetry and Montana Mouthful. He has recently published four poems and written e-poems submitted to Montana Mouthful.


CAREN VON SEE read chapter four from her book My Treasurer Chest. About Antonio and Sara driving to Casole d’Elsa, Italy. They check into the hotel, Terre di Casole and will stay there until construction is completed on their bedroom at the estate.

AL KOCH read his article title, Holding Hands. The article progresses through the various stages of holding hands and what those various stages represent -- through childhood, grade school, adolescence, high school, adulthood and eventually through the role reversal from independent adults to dependent adults needing assistance.

BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI read her funny short story, Armed and Dangerous about an airport security incident and the miss-happened word choice of Bazooka for a traveler’s knife. As it turns out, Bazooka is the brand name of the knife purchased by the traveller as a youth; payment for the knife included Bazooka gum wrappers and a shipping charge.

GAIL GALVAN read her poem, THINK ABOUT IT: Deadly Roadways, about the distracting use of cell phones by drivers and the deadly accidents cause by that distraction.

TIM PHILLIPPART read his short story, Pursuing the Sale, about a salesman’s foray into Michigan and his terrifying experience on a snowmobile, all for the sake of a “sale.”

NEIL BEDEKER read his story, Incident on the Egret, about a the cantankerous owner of a 27 foot boat taking an argumentative group of men on a fishing trip

SHARON PALMERI shared her memoir, The Lonely Rose, a tribute based on her mother’s life which utilizes the image of a single rose to represent stages of her mother’s struggle to find meaning in the midst of her loneliness. The story weaves the theme of a mother’s isolation in the midst of a world continuing to turn while her daughter searches for ways to communicate her love and challenge her mother towards meaningful connections. (commentary by Amy Brailey)

The meeting adjourned at 7:45 P.M.

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

MAY 17, 2018


Marilyn Kessler, Sharon Buckman, Kathy Flotz, Tim Philippart, Hardarshan Valia, Cynthia Wilson, Ruthann Graczyk, Rebecca Juergens, Amy Clites, Amy Brailey, Bob Philpot, Corri Stephenson, Paula Stephenson, Caren VonSee, Diane Stratton


A vote of approval for the May 3, 2018 minutes was first given by MARILYN KESSLER and seconded by TIM PHILIPPART.


AMY BRAILEY read the first half of her short story entitled, “Stranded.”  The story, which Amy’s students will finish, began with a young woman named Serenity stranded on a tropical island.  It was now her 100th day on the island and she was so lonesome she had begun talking to herself.  As this part of the story ended she found a human footprint by the rock she was sitting on.  The footprint was accompanied by the footprints spelling out “Happy 100th day.”

AMY CLITES read two pages of Chapter 1 of her novel, “Inside Chance.”  The story begins with a young woman walking down the street.  Hearing various sounds in her ears she grabs her Walkman out of her pocket and placed earphones on both ears.  Fearing she is going crazy she tries to remember what her grandmother had taught her, to imagine bad thoughts are drifting away, like dandelion tufts.  She later runs into a boy on a skateboard who knocks her down along with all her books.

MARILYN KESSLER read three pages of her short story entitled, “Three Little Words.”  Her story relates to how three little words can forever change your life.  The basic words she chose were, “I love you,” Let’s get married,” It’s a girl,” It’s a boy,”College of DuPage,” I’m leaving home,”We are moving,” Dad has died,” and “Mom has died.”  There were a few others but all together they told a story.

RUTH ANN GRACZYK read her two-page short story entitled, “Where is My Brother.”  This true story relates to what preceded her brother’s disappearance and the trouble he had encountered with the police.  The woman he had been living with told Ruth Ann that she had him arrested the night before because he had choked her and pushed her off a second floor balcony.  After trying to post his bail she found out he had contacted a fellow church member and had already been released.

TIM PHILIPPART read five short poems.  The first, “Trees at Sunset,” told of the beauty of the sunrises and sunsets.  The second poem, “Ground Fog,” relates to fog as a giant and later to ground fog.  The third poem, “Finch,” tells of the finch flying from limb to limb before the “cat” approaches.  The fourth poem, “From Dune Park to Van Buren Station,” is a four stanza poem tells of the ugly backyards of Gary as he rides through on an electric train.  The fifth poem is a five-stanza poem entitled, “When I Was Eleven,” tells of Mrs. Grace, a retired librarian who loved peonies and how he now mows around them as he thinks of her.

CAREN  VON SEE read three pages of her novel, My Treasure Chest.  This part of the novel tells of an event which had terrified Sara after leaving a church in Rome.  The following day they would leave for Tuscany where she would live with her new husband and learn a new language and a new life.

REBECCA JUERGENS  first read a two page short story entitled, “The Boy on the Stairs.”  The story told of a young boy’s remembrance of his grandmother and his visits with her as he sits on the steps of a smoke filled room, watching his grandmother and her friends playing a card game.  The second story, “Snapped,” is a flash fiction story of 150 words telling of a wife’s abuse as her husband backs her up against the bathroom wall, choking her.  It ends with her pulling a knife from her back pocket and leaving with her son.

CYNTHIA WILSON  read four pages of her novel , “Imagine Heaven.”   This is a true story of a minor surgery gone bad, leaving a young mother in a coma for seven years.  Following this terrible event her young son and grandmother were killed after being hit by a train as they tried to cross the tracks going to his school.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:40 P.M.

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