Saturday, October 2, 2021

September 23, 2021



Shirley Vaughan, Sharon Buckman, Sue Becherer, Shirley Hinman, Amy Brailey, Cindy Horgash, Danielle Johnson, Beverly Stanislawski, Gail Galvan, Sharon Palmeri, Diane Stratton


A vote of approval for the September 9, 2021 minutes were given by CINDY HORGASH and SHIRLEY HINMAN.





 SHARON PALMERI announced that the annual Christmas party for WOH would be at Pappas on December 9th, the second Thursday.  There will be no meeting at Pappas in November.


BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI announced that she had taken first place in a Massachusetts poetry contest for three of her poems.  The poems were titled “We are Teachers,” “Finding Eternity,” and “Kindergarten Lessons.”


BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI read the three winning poems, the first, “We are Teachers,” were wise words about teachers.  The second poem, “Finding Eternity,” stated when it finally comes, there is no returning.  The third poem, “Kindergarten Lessons,” gave such lessons as, “if you care, you share.”

SUSAN BECHERER read two pages of her memoir entitled, “Dogtown,” a memoir that basically took place in East St. Louis, across the river from the St Louis World Fair.

SHIRLEY HINMAN read her two poems, the first, “A Visit, “ a poem telling of the brief visit of autumn.  The second poem, “Sing to me Autumn,” tells of the warmth and comfort of autumn.

AMY BRAILEY continued with her novel, “Jon Everett and the Hall of History.” After being attacked at Fort Duquesne, Washington’s army continued marching, ending up at Christopher Gist’s planation to rest.

CINDY HORGASH read her short story titled, “Cia Bella.”  The story was about an elderly woman living in a senior community who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease and the death of her beloved husband, Renzo.  Her dream comes true when Renzo returns to take her home.

DIANE STRATTON read two pages of her short story entitled, “Open Your Heart and You Shall Receive.”  Her summary states volunteering ends up bringing unexpected good things that met needs of those who gave freely of their time and service.

SHARON PALMERI read three pages of her memoir entitled, “To Fly or Not to Fly.”  The memoir begins in 1967 when Sharon, Edie and Sue moved into their apartment.  The apartment was cold and after Sharon came down with the Hong Kong Flu a boyfriend at the time, Ewald, risked catching the flu to take care of her.  Sharon also read a short summary entitled, “The Wedding-I Mean-Writing Oath.” The summary tells of the writer’s passion for writing.

GAIL GALVAN read three of her poems, the first, “Sandy Beach Stroll,” tells of the pleasure of taking the time to stroll at Porter Beach.  The second, “Kindergarten Confidence,” tells how confident kindergarteners are and yet how adults lose it.  The third, “Train Stop,” tells of how a poet will master killing the time of a train stop by turning it into a poem.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 P.M.

Respectfully submitted:



Friday, September 17, 2021




Shirley Hinman, Sharon Buckman, Sue Becherer, Katherine Flotz, Diane Stratton, Bob Philpot, Al Koch, Cindy Horgash, Audrey Warzyniak, Shirley Vaughan, Ruthann Graczyk, Amy Brailey, Sharon Palmeri, Beverly Stanislawski





SHARON PALMERI reminded members that the WOH meetings would be as follows:  The second and fourth Thursdays of each month.  The second Thursday will be at the Merrillville Library from 4:30 to 6:30 P.M. and the fourth Thursday at Pappas Restaurant in Crown Point from 5:30 to 8:30 P.M.


KATHERINE FLOTZ read her one page short story entitled, “WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR EARLIEST CHILDHOOD MEMORIES,” the title given to her each week to be published at the end of the year.  This memory related to a plate of home baked cookies she was instructed to take to a neighbor whose dog attacked her.

AL KOCH read his two page short story entitled, “SEPTEMBER.”  The story tells of all the various things September can mean for all the different things in our lives.  For me, the one that states, “September is peaceful easy feelings, porch swings, lawn chairs, and being with those you love.”

SHIRLEY VAUGHAN read two pages of her third novel which begins where her second novel HEAVEN'S PLAN leaves off.  Mary struggles with a possessive husband while caring for their two young children and working full time.

SHIRLEY HINMAN read her 22 line poem entitled, “SUMMERS PAST.” Shirley’s poem relates to her various wonderful memories of sweet smells of a lilac tree and a scene that she wishes she could return to in a summer past.

SHARON BUCKMAN continued reading two pages from her novel, RUNNING ON A TREADMILL.  In this part of the story, Sandy finds out that Eric has discovered where she  is hiding.  Since he is certain that she must be running out of money, he decides to go to her mother’s house.

AUDREY WARZYNIAK read her short story entitled, “BAD BOY,” TOLD YOU SO!  In this part of her story she tries to bring attention to  her husband that their marriage is in trouble.  She is also worried about the various women hanging out with her boys.

CINDY HORGASH read her 1200 word short story entitled, “JITTERBUG.”  The story tells of an older, once chatty, man living in a nursing home who had become withdrawn after losing his wife. After being challenged to compete in a storytelling, he tells of a story happening in his W.W.2 days in the Navy.

BEVERLY STANISLAWSKI read her one page short story entitled, “THEIR SONG.”  The story begins with an older woman putting money in miniature table jukebox.  When she comes to C-12, Their Song, the familiar rhythm took her back to the wonderful times and the summer that promised eternal love.

AMY BRAILEY continued reading Chapter 27 of her novel, JON EVERETT and the HALL OF HISTORY.  In this part of the novel, Jon, as part of George Washington’s army, attacked Fort Duquesne and is now on the run.

SHARON PALMERI continued reading the part of her memoir dating from 1966-67, entitled “THE INDEPENDENT BIRD.”  In this memoir, Sharon is introduced, by a classmate, to a local Dee Jay who worked at Gary’s WLTH radio station.”  He introduces her to the life of a radio station Dee Jay. They dated a short time and he tried to encourage her to go into the radio field. She never saw him again until decades later when she was introduced to him as the new station engineer of a local digital radio station she was working at.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:30 P.M.

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