Friday, November 23, 2018
NOVEMBER 15, 2018
Al Koch, Tammy Brietweiser, Amy Brailey, Danielle Johnson, Katherine Flotz, Caren Von See, Tim Philippart, Sharon Buckman, Diane Stratton, Beverly Stanislawski, Sharon Palmeri, Valia Hardarshan, Paula Stephenson, Corri Stephenson, Gail Galvan
A vote of approval for the November 1, 2018 minutes was first given by CAREN VON SEE, and seconded by KATHERINE FLOTZ.
VALIA HARDARSHAN encouraged the members to visit the American Writer’s Museum in Chicago at Michigan and Randolph, he stated it was a wonderful experience for him for only $5.00 per person.
SHARON PALMERI informed the members it was necessary to postpone this year’s 30th anniversary celebration due to unforeseen circumstances. The suggested new dates for this 30th year event were as follows: 1st choice, April 10th, 2nd choice, March 13th and 3rd choice, April 3rd. The decision will be made after Sharon is able to contact Avalon Manor to obtain the availability.
BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI announced that she was able to take several prizes in the Louisiana State Poetry Contest. She took 2nd Pl. for her poem, “Soldiers of the Corn,” 3rd Pl. for “Shell Shocked,” and lst H.M. for “Zydeca Isn’t Cajun.”
AL KOCH read his two-page short story entitled, “First Miracle.” The story related to a slave girl giving birth to a baby boy in a desert town called Sidon. After having been deserted by the boy’s father and the caravan she was traveling with she soon found she was unable to care for the disfigured child and gave him away to a childless couple. The boy, named Joseus, found his way to Bethlehem and to the inn where he happened to be in the manger when Jesus was born. After Mary lifted her newborn to place his hand on the crippled boy, the boy soon found his withered leg completely healed.
TAMMY BRIETWEISER read her four-page short story entitled, “One of One.” The story tells of a young woman and the depression she goes through after losing her fiancé due to an accident. After carrying her depression with her everywhere she went she suddenly encounters a little girl walking by herself in a marketplace. After having a quick conversation with the girl, she suddenly realizes the girl is her as a child and suddenly sees herself as the person she has become.
DANIELLE JOHNSON continued with Chapter 2 of her novel, Love & Dissidence. In this part of the novel, Karina’s grandmother tries to convince her that her sister, Katia, didn’t abandon her after her marriage. The grandmother tries to tell her she should begin to make new friends but ends the discussion when Karina’s mother enters the room.
KATHERINE FLOTZ shared a two page Christmas story entitled, “Mother and Child.” The story, taking place somewhere in Southeast Europe, told of countless ethnic Germans freezing and hungering in the concentration camps of Tito. Maria, a young woman far along in her pregnancy was finally helped by one of the German guards who managed to take her away to a barn he found, placing her in the straw and giving her milk from one of the cows. After being cared for by an old woman he found, Maria and the baby were later taken to the border where they escaped. She story was not written by her, but was one that always touched her heart when she read it.
CAREN VON SEE continued with Chapter 9 of her novel, My Treasure Chest. In this part of the novel, Antonio hires Pepe as his woodworker after reviewing the portfolio he brought with him. Later he hires his friend, Walenty, to redo the family portraits.
TIM PHILIPPART read his six short poems. The first, “Marvelous Realism,” tells of the magic revealed by the painter. The second poem, “The Society of Antisocial Behavior,” tells of social and antisocial behavior drawn to each other in a strange attraction. “Spin Doctor,” is the third poem , asking “why spend time spinning truth when the hammer of untruth is handy.” The fourth poem, “Since She Left,” tells of the loneliness encountered when she is gone. Number five, “Maybe If the Box Was Bigger,” tells of all the things hiding in the repurposed microwave box, except for her. “Master of Disaster,” is the 6th poem telling of the man who is a man-made disaster.
DIANE STRATTON tells of a true story involving a friend. The story, “Mercy,” reveals an unfortunate series of events that leaves the woman soon to be evicted from her apartment as well as losing her car. All of her bad luck was due to severe health problems involving surgery and no family around to help her. The story ended with the woman finding a stranger who took her in and who she was later able to help by taking care of her children.
VALIA HARDARSHAN wrote a one page true story entitled, “Answer Hate With Love.” This story was inspired by a newscast he watched entitled, “Political rhetoric invigorates fringe groups.” Valia later encountered Arno Michaelis, a former leader of the white-power band Centurion, who was wondering if his lyrics urged the killing of six Sikh worshipers and wounded scores more.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 P.M.