Tuesday, February 13, 2018

FEBRUARY 1, 2018


Bob Philpot, Sharon Buckman, Sharon Palmeri, Beverly Stanislawski, Caren Von See, Katherine Flotz, Amy Brailey, Adam Sedia, Rebecca Juergens, Amy Clites, Michael Bednarczyk, Earl Mayo


A vote of approval for the January 18, 2018 minutes was first given by AMY BRAILEY and was seconded by REBECCA JUERGENS.


ADAM SEDIA mentioned that he took second place in the Society of  Classical Poems (Nationwide), for two of his poems, “At Lincoln’s Tomb,” and “Vision.” Congratulations!

SHARON BUCKMAN stated that her newest book, Beyond the Canopy, should be coming out in print next week.

BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI stated that AL KOCH has been busy editing his second book.


AMY BRAILEY opened the program with a talk on Historical Research.  She described to the members how much research was involved in writing an historical novel.  Amy had been given a grant for her research on George Washington.  Some of the books she talked about, and showed to the members, were “John Everett and the Halls of History, “ Braddock Road Chronicles Fort Pitt 1755,”Monogahela 1754-1755,”George Washington Remembers,”Pictorial Life of George Washington,” “The Journal of Major George Washington.”  Amy’s own book is entitled, “Finding George Washington.” The program was enjoyed by all the members.


BOB PHILPOT read two pages of the continued prologue for his novel “Strange Friends.” The prologue told of a FedEx delivery ruse used to gain entrance to a house garage where six black clad men entered the house through the garage and laundry room.  The prologue ended with the occupants being tied up and placed on a couch in the living room.

AMY BRAILEY read two pages of her continued her novel in progress entitled, Jon Everett and the Hall of History.” The story is continued from Jon falling asleep in his history class and being assigned to a trip to the History Museum.  After finding a key to a chest in his grandfather’s  attic,  he is enabled to go back in history where he finds George Washington and General Braddock.  They end up giving him a job of widening a road for incoming troops.

ADAM SEDIA read two of his prize winning poems.  The first, “At Lincoln’s Tomb,” a seven stanza poem told of the shame Lincoln would endure if he could “rise to life and stand outside the tomb.”  The second poem, a sonic poem with “No Title,” was a four stanza poem beginning with “Would that I walked in those far-distant days, When angels lighted from empyrean spheres.”  These sentences were the best explanation of the poem.

BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI read her four-page short story entitled, “Birds of a Feather.”  The story told of a bird nicknamed by his “friends” as Poor Birdie.  He was unable to fly due to his missing feathers and finally went into hiding to escape the ridicule.  When he finally emerged his whole world had changed, he now had beautiful feathers and was the envy of all his friends.

AMY CLITES read her six-stanza poem entitled, “Lazy Sunday.”   The poem told of a beautiful Sunday day being observed as “They’ll soak up the yellow air that hugs and hugs and hugs them, making them dance with the joy of another day.”

KATHERINE FLOTZ  read her one page story entitled, “The Moral of the Story.”  The story definitely had a good moral value, which was given by a young boy as he told his father he was making a wooden bowl for him to eat out of when he gets old.  The boy had been observing his grandfather having to eat at another table out of a wooden bowl. 

REBECCA JUERGENS read Chapter Two of her newest novel entitled, In The Devil’s Hands.  In this part of the novel Teagan gets into an argument with her family as they try to get her to return to college after the disappearance of her friends. She states she will not give up until she discovers what happened to them.

CAREN VON SEE read three pages of her newest novel, My Treasure Chest.  The novel continues with Sara getting up in the morning to find that her husband, and two uncles had gotten drunk the night before and were suffering from terrible hangovers.  After trying to soothe their aches and pains, Sara and Ava began to laugh after deciding they deserved it.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 P.M.

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

JANUARY 18, 2018


Bob Philpot, Sharon Buckman, Beverly Stanislawski, Sharon Palmeri, Marilyn Kessler, Ruthann Graczyk, Amy Brailey, Mary Ellen Beecher, Rebecca Juergens


Amy Clites, Mike Bednarczyk
AMY CLITES introduced herself to the members.  She explained that she was formerly from Los Angeles and New York and is now living in this area.  She also stated she that she has had several different occupations including ghost writing and writing screenplays.

MIKE BEDNARCZYK also introduced himself and stated that he loves to write children’s stories and has moved from Mississippi to Schererville.


One of the members stated that HARDERSHAN VALIA is among three poets vying for the first prize in the Quantam Leap Poetry Contest.

REBECCA JUERGENS asked a question concerning the differences of writing in the first, second or third person.  A discussion then followed by members and SHARON PALMERI as to their opinions.


SHARON BUCKMAN read her two-page short story, “When Do I Get to Be Smart.”  The story, a comedy, pertained to a Christmas present she received, an Echo.  She had no idea of what it was or how to use it, therefor, through her embarrassment; everything had to be explained to her. The following day produced mass confusion.

BOB  PHILPOT read his four-page prologue, “Strange Friend.”  The prologue tells of a FedEx truck pulling up in front of a house across the street from two women that are watching it.  The truck driver first goes to the front door, talking to the woman who answers the door.  It then backs up to the opened garage door.  When the two “wing” doors of the truck are opened it hides the six men leaving it and quickly go into the house.

BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI brought two poems.  The first poem, entitled “Snakes Alive!” had taken second place in an Oklahoma poetry contest and tells of the “deceiving devil” of a rattlesnake.   The second poem, a villanelle poem entitled, “The Watchers,” tells of the time being calculated without being able to be retrieved.

MARILYN KESSLER  read her five stanza poem entitled, “The Christmas Pajamas.” This beautiful poem tells of the giving of a pair of pajamas to someone in great need and ends with, “So, sleep in peace and dream tonight.”

RUTHANN GRACZYK read her six-stanza poem entitled, “Loving Sid Viscous.”  The poem tells of how her cat, Sid, originally came to her house in an extremely “rough” condition and how it mellowed throughout the years.

AMY BRAILEY read her two page short (unfinished) story entitled, “The Music Box.”  The story begins with Marley going to the antique store she frequently passed and finally purchases the music box that had enchanted her for so long.  When she finds it has already been sold, she heads to the person she knows had purchased it.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:35 P.M.

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