June 2019 Newsletter

Editor: Colleen Green

Poem of the Month

CACTUS TEARS

By Vickie L. Weaver

I carefully sweep his mom’s Christmas cactus
leaves, their blooms still
red with promise,
all by his tears long sodden,
drooped and fallen
into darkness
between the table and the wall—
then gently gather them
into the ready receptacle
and carry them to the rich garden
where chameleon skies
can reflect green eyes.

Quote of the Month

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.

Abraham Lincoln 

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Word of the Month

pronunciation: rih-MIT-unss


Definition

1 a : a sum of money remitted

b : an instrument by which money is remitted

2 : transmittal of money (as to a distant place)

Did You Know?

Since the 14th century, the verb remit has afforded a variety of meanings, including “to lay aside (a mood or disposition),” “to release from the guilt or penalty of,” “to submit or refer for consideration,” and “to postpone or defer.” It is derived from Latin mittere (meaning “to let go” or “to send”), which is also the root of the English verbs admit, commit, emit, omit, permit, submit, and transmit. Use of remittance in financial contexts referring to the release of money as payment isn’t transacted until the 17th century.


Examples

“PayPal has everything it needs to send money to friends or family or to pay bills, even across borders. Its acquisition of Xoom in 2015 gave it a strong position in digital remittance.” — Adam Levy, The Motley Fool, 14 Dec. 2018

“Kit … knew that his old home was a very poor place…, and often indited square-folded letters to his mother, enclosing a shilling or eighteenpence or such other small remittance, which Mr Abel’s liberality enabled him to make.” — Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop, 1841

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April 2019 Newsletter

Editor: Colleen Green

Book of the Month

JESS MONTGOMERY
Kinship, Ohio, 1924: When Lily Ross learns that her husband, Daniel Ross, the town’s widely respected sheriff, is killed while transporting a prisoner, she is devastated and vows to avenge his death.

Hours after his funeral, a stranger appears at her door. Marvena Whitcomb, a coal miner’s widow, is unaware that Daniel has died, and begs to speak with him about her missing daughter.

From miles away but worlds apart, Lily and Marvena’s lives collide as they realize that Daniel was not the man that either of them believed him to be—and that his murder is far more complex than either of them could have imagined.

Inspired by the true story of Ohio’s first female sheriff, this is a powerful debut about two women’s search for justice as they take on the corruption at the heart of their community.

Bio

Under Jess’s given name, she is a newspaper columnist, focusing on the literary life, authors and events of her native Dayton, Ohio for the Dayton Daily News. Her first novel in the Kinship Historical Mystery series, THE WIDOWS, garnered awards even before publication: Montgomery County (Ohio) Arts & Cultural District (MCAD) Artist Opportunity Grant (2018); Individual Excellence Award (2016) in Literary Arts from Ohio Arts Council; John E. Nance Writer in Residence at Thurber House (Columbus, Ohio) in 2014.

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Word of the Month

arduous

pronunciation AHR-juh-wus

Definition

1. a : hard to accomplish or achieve b : marked by great labor or effort 

2. hard to climb 

Did You Know?

“To forgive is the most arduous pitch human nature can arrive at.” When Richard Steele published that line in The Guardian in 1713, he was using arduous in what was apparently a fairly new way for English writers in his day: to imply that something was steep or lofty as well as difficult or strenuous. Steele’s use is one of the earliest documented in English for that meaning, but he didn’t commit it to paper until almost 150 years after the first uses of the word in its “strenuous” sense. Although the “steep” sense is newer, it is still true to the word’s origins; arduous derives from the Latin arduus, which means “high,” “steep,” or “difficult.”

 

Example: Every summer, right before the beginning of the new school year, the football team begins its season with “Hell Week,” an arduous six days of conditioning and training.

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Quote of the Month

investment in knowledge

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February 2019 Newsletter

Book of the Month

last words revised

The revised edition of Last Words has a new and exciting cover. The romance book has an improved plot with more twists and turns to keep you reading until the last word. The steamy novel is written by Wright Writer of Dayton member, Colleen Green. She is the editor of the newsletter and admins their Facebook page.

Amber Milestone loves her job as a chef at Hale’s View, an upscale restaurant next to Hale Vineyards in Napa Valley, California. She works with her stepfather, who is a partner in the business with Mr. Hale. Amber has more than just a business relationship with Mr. Hale’s son, Jack. She is swept away by Jack’s handsome smile and charmed by his romantic side, which has no limitations when it comes to money or connections. Amidst the lush landscape of the vineyards, she finds herself in a world of seduction that blurs the line between true love and raw passion. Amber and Jack’s devotion to each other is tested by the corrupt world of money and power that threatens to destroy everything they have begun to build. Amber’s dreams of owning her own restaurant are within her reach, but everything comes with a price.

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Word of the Month
charisma

1: a personal magic of leadership arousing special popular loyalty or enthusiasm for a public figure (such as a political leader)

2: a special magnetic charm or appeal

Did You Know?

The Greek word charisma means “favor” or “gift.” It is derived from the verb charizesthai (“to favor”), which in turn comes from the noun charis, meaning “grace.” In English, charisma has been used in Christian contexts since the mid-1500s to refer to a gift or power bestowed upon an individual by the Holy Spirit for the good of the Church, a sense that is now very rare. The earliest nonreligious use of charisma that we know of occurred in a German text, a 1922 publication by sociologist Max Weber.

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Quote of the Month

love and be lovedSource: https://www.brainyquote.com/

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Nov. Newsletter 2018

Editor: Colleen Green

Events of the Month

Author Colleen Green logo

Time Management for Writers Seminar

Speaker: Colleen Green 

The seminar Time Management for Writers will explain how to develop a story by using time wisely. Colleen Green, a local author, Wright Writer of Dayton member, and speaker, will talk about the topic and share her personal recommendations. She will also discuss how to use an outline as a guideline to produce the first draft. Character arcs and finding what drives your protagonist in order to create an intriguing plot will be covered. She has written two books in the Amber Milestone Series. These steamy, romance books will be available to buy the day of the event. The Miami Township Library, in Miamisburg, Ohio will provide the community room for the seminar.   

Saturday
November 3, 2018
1 pm to 2:30 pm

Miami Township Library
2718 Lyons Road
Miamisburg, Oh 45342 

Slaying the Dragons of Writing Seminar

A panel of authors from the Wright Writers of Dayton will discuss the stumbling blocks writers face and how they vanquish them. They will talk about inspiration for writing, character development, plot, and theme.

Saturday
November 10, 2018
1:30 pm to 3 pm

Main Library
Bassani Theater
215 E. 3rd Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402

 

Ruth Kibler Peck – Panel moderator and author of eight books. She taught English at Northmont High School and was named one of Ohio’s Top Ten Teachers.

Greg Enslen – Author of the Frank Harper Mystery Series.

Vickie Weaver – Author of a biography, a book of poetry, and a children’s book.

Frances McGee-Cromartie – Won a top prize for Guide Posts Magazine.

Lisa Like-Stokely – Author of a children’s play called How Hans, Christian & Anderson Melted the Snow Queen.

Amelia Napiorkowski – Writes poetry and prose that sparkle with emotion.

Don Hart – Author and publisher at Four Cats Publishing who also teaches in U.D.’s Lifelong Learning Program. 

B.A. Hughes – from Greenville, Ohio is the author of the book for young teenagers Glimm, A Glimpse of Light Found. These illuminating stories highlight mystical animals, natural phenomena, and curious kids discovering their unique gifts.

Their books will be available for sale.

Inspirational Quote of the Month

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Word of the Month

Tenacious adj. 1. Not readily letting go of, giving up, or separated from an object that one holds, a position, or a principle: “A tenacious hold.” 2. Not easily dispelled or discouraged; persisting in existence or in a course of action: “A tenacious legend.”

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October 2018 Newsletter

Events of the Month

Seminar
Time Management
for Writers 

Speaker:
Wright Writer of Dayton Member,
Author Colleen Green

Finding Time to Write Consistently
Outlining Your Book & First Draft 
 Marketing Your Writing

Saturday, November 3, 2018
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Miami Township Library
2718 Lyons Road
Miamisburg, Oh 45342
 

She will have copies of her romance/suspense books Last Words Book One in the Amber Milestone Series and City in the Middle Book Two in the Amber Milestone Series for sale. 

Seminar
Slaying the Dragons of Writing

A panel of authors discuss the stumbling blocks that writers face and how they vanquish them. They will talk about inspiration for writing, character development, plot, and theme.

Saturday, November 10, 2018
1:30 pm -3 pm
Main Library
Bassani Theater
215 E. 3rd Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402

 

Ruth Kibler Peck – Panel moderator and author of eight books. She taught English at Northmont High School and was named one of Ohio’s Top Ten Teachers.

Greg Enslen – Author of the Frank Harper Mystery Series.

Vickie Weaver – Author of a biography, a book of poetry, and a children’s book.

Frances McGee-Cromartie – Won a top prize for Guide Posts Magazine.

Lisa Like-Stokely – Author of a children’s play called How Hans, Christian & Anderson Melted the Snow Queen.

Amelia Napiorkowski – Writes poetry and prose that sparkle with emotion.

Don Hart – Author and publisher at Four Cats Publishing who also teaches in U.D.’s Lifelong Learning Program. 

B.A. Hughes – from Greenville, Ohio is the author of the book for young teenagers Glimm, A Glimpse of Light Found. These illuminating stories highlight mystical animals, natural phenomena, and curious kids discovering their unique gifts.

Their books will be available for sale.

Article of the Month

Waiting for the Great Pumpkin

by Wright Writer of Dayton member, by Marla Cross

Poor little Linus.  Every year he seeks out the most sincere pumpkin patch in which to hold his vigil for the “Great Pumpkin.”  And every year he gets passed over by the giant gourd, is abandoned by his girl, and misses out on the Halloween party and all the fun of “tricks or treats.”

The pathetic little guy is portrayed as being quite foolish, but you have to admire his unwavering faith and perseverance.  No one shares his belief, and everyone scoffs at him.  But he remains unaffected and keeps coming back year after year.  You have to love a guy like that.

To start with, Linus has to find a “sincere” pumpkin patch.  That’s a major feat in itself.  What makes a pumpkin patch sincere anyway?  Beats me.  But Linus figures it out and finds one every time.  Then he camps out in the middle of it and believes with every fiber of his animated being that the great one will sense his unrivalled devotion and come to him with gifts and candy. And even though the rest of us know it won’t happen, we secretly hope that it will.  Just like we hope that someday Charlie Brown will find something other than rocks in his pillowcase.

Why doesn’t the Great Pumpkin come to Linus?  There’s no other kid more worthy, no pumpkin patch more sincere than his. We feel bad for Linus because we can all relate to his Great Pumpkin experience at one time or another in our lives.  There is something we long for, believe in, deserve to have, pray for . . . but it never comes, and we don’t understand why.  In those times we either cling to our childlike faith, like Linus, or we become cynical, maybe even bitter.

Are you waiting for your own Great Pumpkin to come this Halloween?  How will you react if it doesn’t show up?  I hope you don’t lose faith or doubt your sincerity.  Perhaps you are simply being tested.  It may be that what you long for is not in your best interest after all.  At least not at this time.  But then again, stay alert, all you pumpkin patch sitters.  This may just be your year!

Inspirational Quote of the Month

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Word of the Month

Divergence

Divergence n. (1) A difference or conflict in opinions, interests, wishes, etc. (2) The process or state of diverging.

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May 2018 Newsletter

Editor: Colleen Green
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Book of the Month

women who shaped america

Women Who Shaped America

By Wright Writers of Dayton

American women have always had the grit and determination to influence others and make important things happen. From working for the young colonies to homesteading on the Great Plains and the Wild West to navigating the hardships and deprivations of America’s Civil War, two world wars, and the Great Depression to the Space Age, women led, followed, or blazed new paths for themselves, their families, and all women. No matter which period we examine, American women often have left an indelible mark on history and on those who came after them. The members of Wright Writers of Dayton realized the importance of sharing the stories of women who helped to shape America—stories of both famous and unsung heroines. The stories in this anthology address the courageous actions of American women that shaped human lives and the course of history for our country.

Available on Amazon or xlibris

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Recipe of the Month

Chicken Alfredo Bow Tie Pasta

 Chicken Alfredo Bow Tie Pasta 

12 oz. Box Bow Tie Pasta
12.5 oz. Can Chicken Breast
7.5 oz. Quartered Artichoke Hearts
2 Cans 14.5 oz. Prego Alfredo Sauce Roasted Garlic Parmesan
7.3 oz. Box New York Hand Tied Garlic Knots

Preheat the oven for the garlic knots. Once the oven is preheated prepare the meal. Drain the canned chicken and set aside in a bowl. Drain the artichokes and add to chicken. Boil pasta according to box directions while stirring occasionally. In a separate pan add 1 can of alfredo sauce, chicken, and artichokes together while stirring on medium heat. Once the sauce mix is warmed throughout add 1/2 can of alfredo sauce and keep on medium to low heat while stirring occasionally. Put the bread into the oven. Drain the pasta when it is done cooking.  Put the pasta back into the pan and off of the heat and add the pasta sauce. Stir the mixture together. Take the bread out of the oven when it is done. Serve the pasta with the garlic knots.

Serves: 4

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Word of the Month

Mellifluous

Mellifluous adj. Sweet or musical; pleasant to hear. “She had a mellifluous voice.”

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Inspirational Quote of the Month

I think it’s important for little girls growing up, and young women, to have one in every walk of life. So from that point of view, I’m proud to be a role model!

Sally Ride

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April 2018 Newsletter

Book of the Month

front cover only

City in the Middle
Book Two in the
Amber Milestone Series 
by Colleen Green

Amber Milestone moves to New York for a fresh start after ending a traumatic relationship, but what she doesn’t realize is that her new life in the Big Apple may put her in greater danger than her old life ever did. Drugs, murder, and mafiosos seem to be around every corner, and if she can’t find a way to stay out of the danger, she may just be consumed by it. But after making some irreplaceable friends and finding a man she’s crazy about, turning away from her new life doesn’t seem so easy.

Available to buy on Amazon. Click on link https://goo.gl/gi1Nvr

independentbookstoreday2017

Saturday, April 28 is Independent Bookstore Day.

Meet Colleen Green and buy a signed copy of City in the Middle at New & Olde Pages Bookshoppe in Englewood, Ohio on Saturday, April 28 from 1 pm until 3 pm. Free recipe packet with purchase of City in the Middle.

New & Olde Pages Bookshoppe
856 Union Blvd
Englewood, OH 45322

Recipe of the Month

Greek Tuna Salad

GREEK TUNA SALAD

Greek tuna salad is perfect for when you want a break from beef and chicken. It is a twist on the traditional tuna salad I had growing up. This hearty sandwich is easy to make.

  • 2 cans tuna (4 oz. each)
  • small can of sliced black olives
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes cut in half
  • 2/3 cup light mayo
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup pickle relish
  • 4 oz. crumbled feta cheese
  1. After boiling the eggs, let them cool. Remove the shells from the eggs and chop them.
  2. Drain the tuna from the can and put into mixing bowl.
  3. Add the other ingredients to the bowl and with a spatula stir the mixture. Spread the mixture on your bread and make your sandwich.

Serves 4

Recipe from author Colleen Green’s website: https://activeamateurchef.wordpress.com/

Word of the Month

Lucid (lu·cid) adj.  1. Easily understood; intelligible. 2. Mentally sound; sane or rational. “A lucid conversation.” 3. Translucent or transparent.

Inspirational Quote of the Month

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