Thursday, February 28, 2019

February 21, 2019

The meeting began at 6:06 P.M.
Bob Philpot, Caren Von See, Al Koch, Sharon Palmeri, Katherine Flotz, Amy Brailey, Tim Phillipart, Hardarshan Valia, Mike Ripley, Bev Stanislawski, Jessica Renwald, and Diane Stratton 

Visitors:  JOHN HUNT (returning after 8 years away) and CAROL VON SEE (Visiting Caren)
A vote of approval for the February 7, 2019 minutes was first given by CAREN VON SEE and seconded by HARDARSHAN VALIA


REMINDER: Meetings March 7 and April 4:  These two meetings will be held in the Public Library in St. John.  Address:  9450 Wicker Ave, St John, IN 46373  Meetings March 21 and April 25:  These two meetings will be held in the Crown Point Library.  Address:  122 N Main St, Crown Point, IN 46307


TIM PHILLIPART read four free verse poems.  The first, entitled “Eschatology,” looks at different aspects of the hereafter, with the ironic stanza opener of “I am not.”  The second, “Just Practicing” traces the relationship of a boy and girl through the years.  “But I Wouldn’t Want to” describes our current cold, rainy, snowy days and the fact that we could live without the warmth we anticipate, but wouldn’t want to.  Finally, “Commas” is a tongue in cheek look at punctuation in poetry.

BEVERLY STANISLOWSKI read two poems.  Her first, “Ode to a Lowly Pothole” is an hilariously ironic ode (tribute) poem recounting the damages done by the all-too-present potholes.  The second poem, “The Makeover” is a sixteen line poem with 8 sets of couplets in which a man goes to great efforts to makeover his girl, only to have her run off with his friend.

AL KOCH read “Key Man”  from his book entitled Koch’s Choice:  Musings and Memories from the Mind Cafeteria A to Z  (soon available for purchase J) in which a student achieves great importance by becoming the key man—the one to ring the bell to end class—until a loss of focus and a great mistake humbles him.

AMY BRAILEY read “The Dragon Is Not Real,” a short story from her finish the story collection.  In it, a well-known hypnotist Nyx squares off with a nosey newspaper reporter trying to prove he’s a fraud.

CARON VON SEE read a continuation of Chapter 10 of My Treasure Chest.  In this section, Antonia takes Uncle Lorenzo to task over his gambling debts, which Antonio has had to pay off for him. 

MIKE RIPLEY read a section from his short novel (commuter novel) entitled Lake Stories.  In this section, a boy has a defining moment when he is playing in the house, and a man with a hat approaches.  His mother hides, keeping him hidden as well, and the man leaves.  The boy repeatedly questions the adults in his life about the man in the hat, but the all evade the question.

DIANE STRATTON read the conclusion of her “Untitled Fiction Story” started on 1/17/19.  In this section, each person’s weaknesses are displayed for all to see.  Now each person must decide how to proceed from here. 

HARDARSHAN VALIA read a poem entitled “Shades of Creation—A Scene at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park” which beautifully describes the contrast between the non-living lava and the plants that spring from its destruction. 

The Meeting Adjourned at 8:05

Respectfully submitted, 


Monday, February 25, 2019

WOH! We are turning 30!

Write-On, Hoosiers Turns 30!

This Anniversary & Reunion Gala is open to: W.O.H. members past and present, Sharon Palmeri’s writing class students, and all writers clubs and all writers,  including family and friends

WHEN: Weds. April 10, 2019
WHERE: Avalon Manor
3550 East U.S. Highway 30
Merrillville, IN 46307
In the “Fountainview Room”
TIME: 6:00 p.m.-10 p.m.
COST: Members: $30 per person. Non-members: $35 per personDeadline for payment is March 30th

HIGHLIGHTS:  ** These are approximate times

6:00 p.m. Doors open for cash bar and socializing. GIFTS for EVERYONE!
Check out the local writers’ table where books are displayed for sale. We support our local authors, and hope you will as well by purchasing a book.

6:55 p.m.: Welcome  

7:00 p.m.: Family Style Dinner
House Salad, Bread, butter, coffee tea
Baked Chicken, Roasted Pork Loin, and Mostaccioli with meat sauce. Green Bean Almondine Roasted red potatoes with olive oil and rosemary
Peppermint Ice Cream, Cake (half cake will be chocolate and the other half white or yellow)
Cash Bar

Entertainment will be singer and Deejay Mike Bruccoleri. Mike previously played with Herman’s Hermit’s Peter Noone.
8:45  - 9:10 p.m.:  Door prizes.  A short synopsis of the year’s events from each writers’ group in attendance. 

9:15 - 10 p.m.: Book exchange (please wrap books.  Add a label telling the genre) and group photographs. PLEASE stay until group photos have been taken!

If you wish to attend please message or e-mail Sharon Palmeri at 

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