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January -February 2019 Writers Reminder
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Writers Reminder - January - February 2019
by Carolyn B. Leonard
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IN THIS ISSUE:
1. Local Programs for Writers
3. Conferences & Orgs for writers - a half-dozen or more
4. Blog - “A Poignant Duty” (by carolyn leonard) click here: https://www.carolynbleonard.com/my-blog.html
5. EDITORS for hire!
6. Publishers (Lots of publishers)
7. Agents (a few good ones)
8. Opportunities for Freelance Writers (several)
9. Writing Classes & Grant Offers (Some NEW ones)
10. Jobs for Writers (Eight, last count)
11. Plays and Screen Writing (two NEW)
13. Carolyn’s Book Review: “Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of American History”
Click here: https://www.carolynbleonard.com/book-reviews.html
14. Letters to Editor (Looking for Critique Grps, Grassroots Lobbying & more)
15. Website Winner – www.MariaVeres.com
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* OKC Writers - 3rd Saturdays each month at 10 am. Now meeting at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 15th and Harvey, OKC. Enter through the northwest door, go to 1st floor, Room 130, (405) 232-1371. (Click here to read program details)
* OKC Christian Fiction writers meet 3rd Saturdays at 1 pm at Henderson Hills church, located at 1200 E I-35 Frontage Rd, Edmond OK. We meet in the church offices on the back side of the church campus. https://www.facebook.com/okcchristianfictionwriters/.
* Pen and Keyboard Writers meet the 2nd Saturday of the month, from 10 AM until noon at the WELL CHURCH (formerly Edmond Christian Church) 2800 E. Danforth Road (corner of Coltrane & Danforth), in the Family Life Center, room 2. The FLC is the building to the right of the Chapel (building with cross). We enter in the north door (door facing parking lot is to kitchen), and go to the second class room on the left.. They welcome anyone who is interested in writing, whether a beginner or published author. The group works together to help each other improve their writing. For more info contact Dianna Street <firstname.lastname@example.org>
* Wordwrights Christian Writers CHANGE OF MEETING PLACE! meet from 10 am to noon. the second Saturday of the month in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Epworth Villa in OKC (near Quail Springs Mall). If you have any problems locating our new meeting place, you may call Milton Smith on his cell at 405-200-9850 or Donna Le, cell phone is 405-501-2522.
* Norman Galaxy of Writers - meets every month on 2nd Saturday, 10 AM to noon at Norman Public Library, downtown, 225 North Webster. For more info, email email@example.com
* OKRWA --OK Romance Writers Association meets on the third Saturday of each month; members write romantic suspense, Christian romance, contemporary, erotic, and historical romance. Historical is mainly westerns and the Regency period. Meetings are at the OKC Art Museum in Classroom C at 1 pm. For more information contact Mary Jo Springer email, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
* Tulsa NightWriters meets the third Tuesday of every month at Allee Beth Martin East Regional Library, 2601 So. Garnett in Tulsa. Meetings are 7:00 to 8:00 pm, but come early at 6:30 to meet and chat with fellow writers. No formal meeting in December at the library, with a casual Christmas party scheduled elsewhere. See website for information – www.nightwriters.org.
This program provides a monthly venue for selected regional poets to share their work. Former Oklahoma Poet Laureate and Oklahoma Book Award winner Carl Sennhenn hosts. (FMI contact Bill Boudreau - thanks for updates)
Gathered them up from all over the house. Had ‘em all stacked on the dining table, waiting for boxes to store them in. Red and green hand towels, small tablecloths for the extra card tables set up In the living room, big tablecloths for the kitchen table and dining room, colorful wall decor, candles and candle rings, twinkle lights from the mantel, the wooden manger scene we brought home from Nazareth one year, big red felt stockings with white fur trim holding the names of each grandchild, the holiday door wreath and standing Old World Santa. Each piece holds special memories for this once a year occasion.
Long ago I gave up the big fluffy six foot trees with all those breakable trinkets and shiny tinsel, and a week ago packed away the big electric turkey roaster, and gave away leftover food and pies. Everyone has gone home and the house is quiet. No longer ringing with laughter and children playing.
Now the fence post Christmas tree is back in its box in the garage along with the three tubs of Holiday throw pillows, tablecloths, kitchen and bath towels, even the little dancing Santa and Mrs. Claus music box that has decorated my table every Christmas since our children were toddlers. The small lighted ceramic trees my daughters and I created back in the 1970s at “Lillie’s Ceramic Shop” are packed away in sturdy cardboard boxes inside a strong tub.
Holidays bring holiday memories, and, often a sense of nostalgia for good times long gone, perhaps even loved ones long goneThis bittersweet nostalgia helps us feel connected, both around the holidays and at other times. The togetherness feels so good and it can be a salve to those suffering through hard times. It seems to help everyone maintain a constant sense of who they are and where they are rooted.
For us, a few special faces missing from the family prayer circle this season make the gathering bittersweet, having just lost my beloved brother. One granddaughter newly-wed living in a state too far away to come home for Christmas. Another deciding to establish her own traditions. But I am thankful for each one who chose to join us in the annual holiday dinner party.
In the meantime, those Christmas decorations are still here, hidden away in boxes in the garage, that is true. But the poignant memory is always with us, kept in the deep, quiet places of our hearts.
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Rick Shenkman is the editor and founder of the History News Network, the website that features articles by historians commenting on current events. He can regularly be seen on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC. He is a New York Times best-selling author of seven history books.
This book opens like many other history books, with Christopher Columbus. However, Shenkman seeks to disprove all the things this man found, starting with the belief that Columbus discovered the Earth was round. It was Aristotle who discovered the concept centuries earlier. Shenkman reminds his audience all the ideas and concepts we were taught as children and claims those beliefs simply do not make sense. I didn't completely agree with all he said, but do appreciate Shenkman's efforts to encourage thought. The book nudges a reader to delve deeper into the subject matter and not to take every thing we are told at face value. Maybe it is true, maybe not.
For instance, he says that Lincoln was very superstitious. He looked into a mirror and saw two images of himself and believe that meant he would win his second term but would not live to complete it. Lincoln did actually keep important letters and documents inside his hat and he did grow his beard at the suggestion of an eleventh-year-old girl who said she thought a beard would look good on him. He did like to crack jokes too, but he did not like to be called “Abe.”
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