Note: See Sharon Buckman's cookie recipe at the bottom of this post.
Sharon Buckman, Jane Burns, Sharon Dorelli, Donna Douglass, Gail Galvin, George Miga, Carol Castaneda, Beverly Stanislawski, Tom Spencer, Michelle Vargas, Sharon Palmeri, Neil Bedeker, Pam Gonzalez
SHARON DORELLI stated that she just became a grandmother again, her first son’s first child. The grandchild was a girl they named Margo Alise.
NEIL BEDEKER talked about his coming book signing at the Cat’s Tale Bookstore. The bookstore is on Rt. 30 in Schererville and the book signing will be from 11:00 to 2:00 on Sat. Nov. 19th concerning his book “The Cassidy POSSE.”
DONNA DOUGLASS, who had previously had written and published a book entitled “Manage Your Time, Work, Yourself,” signed for the rights to be published in Japan. She was also asked to do a business book for women.
MICHELLE VARGAS stated she is taking an advanced psychology course, online.
TOM SPENCER stated he continues writing every day, basically short stories and poems.
GAIL GALVAN, presently working on a poem, has also been redoing the cover and epilogue of one of her books entitled “A Nonviable Option Suicide? Not.” Gail has had “at least” twelve published books.
GEORGE MIGA is still working on his book, “Medal of Dishonor,” as well as a new novel which is based on a true story concerning his aunt. This novel involves a lot of research about the 1920’s.
JANE BURNS stated she has reached the half way point in editing her novel, “Atalanta.”
CAROL CASTANEDA stated she has been busy re-arranging all of her writings.
PAMELA GONZALEZ was forced to buy a new laptop after her old one broke down, causing the loss of all her previous digital graphics work.
BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI has been busy revising and editing some of her poems as well as helping an ill neighbor.
SHARON BUCKMAN stated she was recently able to attend the taping of the Rosie O’Donnell show which featured Jane Fonda as the guest speaker.
SHARON PALMERI wanted to encourage all the members to go on our blog site. Sharon recently added more pictures as well as information about the members taken from each members bio. Sharon also stated the new Hoosier Horizon books “came out perfect.” She reminded those attending the Christmas Party about the gift exchange – that is: if they wanted to participate in it, to bring a non-gender gift.
GEORGE MIGA read a part of the transcript involving his book, “Medal of Dishonor.” The transcript took place in a military hospital room and involved a patient, Cordell Jackson, and his physician. The transcript hopefully will later prove that Cordell deserves to be the recipient of The Medal of Honor following the bravery he displayed during the Battle of the Bulge.
MICHELLE VARGAS continued with her story, “A Most Vehement Flame.” This part of the story continued in 1946 and told of a special “gift” belonging to a boy named Melvin, involving an aura of light that only Jesse could see, which changed the outcome of whatever Melvin desired.
DONNA DOUGLASS read her memoir of a long ago Christmas which involved 22 family members coming to her house and staying for four days. The memoir entitled, “A Modern Family Christmas,” told of all the things that can go wrong when you have that many people for that period of time.
JANE BURNS read Chapter 4 entitled, “By My Mother’s Blessing,” from her book “Atalanta.” The story continued with the young seven year old girl, Atalanta, being captured by some hunters and taken back to their village after she had previously lived in the wild all of her life. After she had been taken in by a local midwife to raise, the midwife found her to be a very destructive child.
SHARON BUCKMAN read her one page story entitled “Joys of Writing.” The story told of the complications of writing when you have an “old relic” for a computer.
TOM SPENCER brought his four stanza poem entitled, “Sonata of Thanksgiving.” The poem related to the beautiful comparison of a Thanksgiving meal to a sonata.
BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI read her three stanza poem entitled “Soldiers of the Corn.” The poem compared a field of corn to soldiers standing at attention during field maneuvers.
NEIL BEDEKER continued with his story, “Dark Heart – White City.” The story, taking place in Chicago one year before the World’s Fair in 1893, told of the friction between the Chicago police department and the 2500 top security men called the Columbian Guards.
SHARON DORELLI read her four stanza poem entitled “Abandoned.” The poem tells of mankind, “trapped in the maze of adulthood,” after they believe their “Creator has long since gone.
ANONYMOUS G.G. read her poem “Life Jacket.” The poem, dedicated to Al-anon, Serenity, and Lost Potential, told of people living in crisis learning to take one day at a time. A beautiful poem entitled: An Afternoon at the Tippecanoe, was also read by her.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:25 P.M.
Footnote by Sharon Palmeri:
To add a little "flavor" to our minutes we have added a cookie recipe since so many people liked Sharon Buckman's cookies. You never know...we may be adding more favorite cookie recipes next year -- who knows....
"HELLO DOLLIE" RECIPE
1 cup of graham cracker crumbs
1 stick of butter
1 cup of chocolate chips
1 cup of coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 can of Eagle Brand condensed milk
Put stick of butter in 9 x 13 pan and place in oven at 350 degrees.
After butter melts sprinkle crumbs evenly over bottom of pan with
butter. Follow same procedure with rest of ingredients and ending
with pouring Eagle Brand over the top. Bake l/2 hr. at 350 degrees.