Tuesday, November 19, 2019

NOVEMBER 7, 2019


Al Koch, Gordon Wilder, Bob Philpot, Katherine Flotz, Amy Brailey, Pam Maud, John Hunt, Sharon Palmeri, Caren Von See, Sharon Buckman, Dennis Mclean, Dianne Stratton, Beverly Stanislawski, Mike Ripley


A vote of approval  for the October 17, 2019 minutes was first given by KATHERINE FLOTZ and seconded by AL KOCH.


CAREN VON SEE stated her newest book, My Treasure Chest, is in the process of being published by Balboa Press, congratulations Caren.

SHARON BUCKMAN announced to the  members that she would like each remittance, that is to be read by the members during the meetings,  to have a small summary at the beginning of the story, poem, etc.  This will reduce the time that the secretary  needs to complete her job.


BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI announced that she took first place in the Ohio State Poetry Contest for her poem, “Just a Paris Friday Night.”  She also stated she took an Honorable Mention for another three of her poems,  “Tribute,”  “When We is Just Me,” and “Sisters.”


AL KOCH read his very comical short story entitled, “Doctor’s Orders.”  The story told of a traveling salesman entering a restaurant and ordering his meal along with a cup of soup.  When the waiter brought the soup, the salesman got very upset when noticing he kept his thumb in the soup.  After hollering at the waiter he asked why he would do this.  The answer the waiter gave was very funny, also very grouse.

GORDON WILDER continued  with his short story entitled, “A Parable for Christmas.”  After Omar’s wife and grandson were killed in a car accident, Omar tries to continue going on with his life by seeking employment as Santa in a department store.  A small boy, Jimmy, climbed on his lap and began telling him a sad tale of he and his mother living under a bridge following the death of his father.  The tale continued and Omar learned that the father was the drunk driving the car that killed his family.  The boy was there to ask Santa to try and find a job for his mother.  The story ended with Omar hiring her to help him with his former business.

BOB PHILPOT continued with his novel, Strange Friends.  The story begins with Zeb rescuing a deputy sheriff from a cattle rustler that is having him dig his own grave.  Chapter 3 continued with Jim Shack, Chief Communication Officer, knocking on his partner’s office door.  He needed to let his partner, Tug, know what had happened  to Zeb and to recommend a way to keep the Sheriff in Yuma from finding out that Zeb was actually working for them .  After working out a solution, Jim makes a date with his partner’s secretary on the way out.

KATHERINE FLOTZ read her short Christmas story entitled, “Mother and Child.”  The very delightful story takes place in Southeast Europe during the Second World War, where countless ethnic Germans were starving and freezing in concentration camps.  One of the women, Maria , was pregnant and about to have her baby when a caring guard came to her rescue and managed to sneak her away, finding an old barn to hide her in.  After her son was born the guard later returned, having told the other guards she had died, he put them on his horse and led them away to a safe border.

AMY BRAILEY  read her short story entitled “Cat Burglar.”  The unfinished story told of a world famous thief being foiled in his attempt to steal a famous pearl called “La Peregrina.”  After honing his skills as a professional burglar for years,  he finally felt he was ready for the “big one.” After entering the Smithsonian Institute he put on his badge that he had recreated from noticing the other employees badges.  All had gone as planned that day until entering the hall where the pearl was displayed, whereupon, he hears a “meow.”

CAREN VON SEE read four pages of her newest novel, My Treasure Chest.  In this part, Chapter Sixteen, frustrated Antonio begins to tell Sara how upset he is whenever he is with his Uncle Lorenzo  and his brother, Angelo.  He explains that the two of them are always bickering and nothing gets accomplished.  Sara tells him that a trip to Rome would help them both, but before leaving he needs to speak to them.

SHARON BUCKMAN read her four page true story entitled, “Weekend Best Forgotten.”  The story, written several years prior, told of one of her husband’s employees murdering his wife’s boyfriend and then hiding out in her husband’s fishing cabin.  After finding out what he had done, Ray, her husband,  explained to Sharon that he had given Roger permission to go to the cabin. After finding him there Ray talked Roger into going for breakfast at a local restaurant.  Ray then called Sharon, telling her to notify the police that Roger was turning himself in but to be sure to meet them outside of the restaurant so no one would be hurt.  Roger was found “not guilty due to temporary insanity” a year later.

DENNIS MCLEAN continued reading his novel entitled, The Eye of the Gift Horse. The story takes place at Pear Orchard School and tells of a picture that had been passed around the schoolroom of an undressed woman.  After the picture was turned in to the teacher and taken to the principal, the children begin to surmise all the various punishments they are about to receive.  Finally, Pete, the boy who had brought the photo to school, stands and confesses that he is responsible.

DIANE STRATTON read her three-page short story entitled, “Follow that Hunch.”  The true story tells of Diane driving down Main street of her home town when she notices an elderly woman walking down the sidewalk in the rain.  Diane had a hunch she needed a lift and after turning around she offered her one.  The elderly didn’t seem to know where she was going and Diane realized that she was going in the wrong direction from the address she was given.  Diane later found the woman’s house and talked to her nephew who was in the driveway, explaining to him that she had been lost.

BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI read her four poems, which she had taken awards for.  The first poem, “Just a Paris Friday Night,” told of the tragedy in Paris when terrorists attacked party goers on the street.  The second poem, “Tribute,” tells of giving our vets the proper respect they are due.  The third poem, “When We is Just Me,” tells of the sadness a loved one feels after their mate is taken away.  The fourth poem, “Sisters,” tells of the opposite appearance and nature of two sisters.

MIKE RIPLEY tells of a woman, his wife, who already has her mind made up, never subject for change, in his short story entitled, “The Book.”  As his story continues with various examples of  their lives together, he is suddenly shocked when he hears her saying she is going to take the advice of the fortune cookie that she is about to open.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted:


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Oct. 17, 2019


John Hunt, Mike Ripley, Sharon Palmeri, Sharon Buchman Gail Galvan, Jackie Huppenthal, Bob Philpot, Gordan Wilder, Beverly Stanislawski, Hardarshan Valia, Marilyn Kessler, Kathy Flotz, Amy Brailey, Dennis McClean, Al Koch, Gina Gadson, Pam Maud 

Marilyn Kessler granddaughter, Gina

approved by Kathy Flotz and Dennis McClean

 Christmas dinner at Pappas Restaurant in Crown Point, Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m.

AL KOCH gave his version of a “Menu for Seven Corpse Dinner,” which included these items: “Brain Muffins, Cadaver Barbecue, Fruit Corpse, Bloody Beets, Salted Newts, Boogers in Mucus Sauce, and Choke-A-Cola.

GAIL GALVAN had members acting out “Good Witch/Bad Witch” which had two boys and a girl daring each other to see old bag lady Bonita that they believed to be a witch. Could she grant their wishes or not?

JOHN HUNT read “The Apprentice,” (with apologies to C.S. Lewis). This story dealt with characters trying to film some weird goings on in the woods. Meanwhile, two of Satan’s men, Dubium and Sloven, sit watching, hoping for the “Devil’s sake” that no evil one would get caught on camera again.  

BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI introduced us to “Baba Yaga,” Polish for witch. Baba had a green face, a nose wart, and an appetite for inviting children to dine. “One Scary Night” was about Halloween. Two boys went to Hacken’s house, where his dog Killer also lived. One boy got stuck there. The other one saved him with something which stopped the “Hacken, Killer, Coffin.”

JACKIE HUPPENTHAL invited us to dine at “The Corpse CafĂ©,” where the buffet had a “few alive, most dead creatures.” Entrees included “stuffed skulls, wolf mousse, varmint claws, goblin guts, spider legs, and several dishes which screamed BEWARE.”

DENNIS McCLEAN presented a somewhat spooky excerpt, from his novel, The Eye of the Gift Horse. “Sidney caught glimpses of cobwebs and hanged men festooned in trees and bushes.” He also believed he could “sensed the dead rising from the underworld, inhabiting fresh minds and bodies.” The continuation of his novel showed some characters boys playing and fighting like typical boys, arguing about how to play the game. They notice Bob Jonson is missing and wonder if he went back to school to snitch about the racy photo being passed around the room.

MARILYN KESSLER  told us that she “ Knew it’s Fall, for Sure Now” as she noticed the wind blowing leaves in circles,” the sky dark and gloomy sky like snow is on its way, and mothers with wild blown hair quickly getting bussed kids home. As expected, Mother would be cooking a pot of stew.

MIKE RIPLEY tells in his book, Dreamrail, about a train ride for Christina which proves to be a unique experience. She notices lives of people through their windows as the train passes their houses. A call from Phillip Savage distracts her. As they chat, his dog begins to bark.  Christina hears heated voices, and the phone suddenly goes dead. The train shifts unexpectedly, and she falls to the concrete. A young boy tries to help, but she is wary of him and is still worrying about Phillip.

HARDARSHAN VALIA read his poem, “Tale of Two Coffee Houses,” that was printed in Northwest Indiana Literary Journal. One is “a smoke-filled coffee house with barren floors, age-scarred walls, visited by a poet, late in bloom.” The other is a Hoosier coffee house near Lake Michigan where the poet meditates on a poem by Mari Evans, “Celebration”  “brilliantly displayed on a mural made with fallen leaves of poetry chips.”

GORDON WILDER offered part of his story, “A Parable for Christmas,” which told the story of yet another Christmas miracle. Improbable circumstances which lead to unlikely people meeting and the power of forgiveness and empathy that can indeed produce a miracle. When we divest ourselves of prejudices, we can enjoy the beauty found in other groups. 

PAM MAUD presented her story, “God’s Fingernail” One character is comforted knowing that God is watching over you when you see that He’s been cutting His fingernails (the crescent moon). Another character, Don, is concerned about his favorite radio station and views the countryside he drives his truck. As he gets close to Mitchell’s town limits, he slows down. Life in the little town is rather ordinary with some men doing remodeling chores.

Adjourned 8:15p.m.

Respectfully submitted, 

Beverly Stanislawski