June 2018 Newsletter

Editor: Author Colleen Green

Book of the Month

Timeless Twists and Turns

These pages of poetry let us be kids again. They also offer encouragement to navigate tangles and temptations in relationships or inspire us to begin to heal, especially if we have experienced abuse, cancer, or PTSD. National and regional prize–winning poet Vickie L. Weaver respectfully identifies with us while setting fresh eyes on timeless twists and turns of our unpredictable paths through life. The rhythm and flow of her rhymes and free verse show imagination, fact or abstraction, sensitivity and intuition, or painful clarity. Take time inside this book to question, cry, or laugh with her on your journey.

Available at Xlibris

Recipe of the Month

Hawaiian Juice

by Author Colleen Green

fruit punch drink for blog

  • 2 liters of fruit punch
  • (2) 6 fl. oz. cans of pineapple juice
  • 3 cups lemon lime soda
  • (1) 6 fl. oz. can of pineapple juice poured into ice cube tray and frozen overnight
  1. In a large pitcher pour 2 liters of fruit punch.
  2. Add (2) 6 oz. cans of pineapple juice.
  3. Add 3 cups of lemon line soda.
  4. Stir ingredients.
  5. Put pineapple ice cubes into glass and then add punch.

Fills 7 tall glasses

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Word of the Month


Pensive adj. Deeply, often wistfully or dreamily thoughtful. Expressive of melancholy thoughtfulness. “She was feeling pensive after seeing an old boyfriend.”

Source: http://www.wordthink.com

Inspirational Quote of the Month

Stay positive and happy. Work hard and don’t give up hope. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people.

Tena Desae (model-turned-actress)

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May 2018 Newsletter

Editor: Colleen Green

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


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

Source: http://www.wordthink.com

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


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 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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September 2017 Newsletter

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Recipe of the Month

Italian Meatloaf

by Colleen Green


  • Approximately 2 lbs. of 90% lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (Progresso Garlic & Herb) 
  • 1 cup pasta sauce (Prego Italian Sauce Three Cheese)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese 
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese (Philadelphia)

Mix ground beef (refrigerated not frozen) with the bread crumbs, pasta sauce, and parmesan cheese.

Bake in oven at 350 degrees for approximately 1 hour and forty-five minutes. 

Pour remaining sauce to cover the top of loaf. Cover with mozzarella cheese. Bake for fifteen more minutes. Take out of oven.

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Book of the Month

“WHITE LINES” by Wright Writers of Dayton member Greg Enslen newest book is available on Amazon.

Be the first to read the new
Frank Harper mystery.


White Lines

“He tried to make things better…and failed. Miserably. Ex-cop Frank Harper is battling his addictions and wondering if his missteps in a recent case caused the horrific death of an innocent family. Meanwhile, a Dayton drug task force is struggling to contain hostile street gangs engaged in a surging drug trade that is spinning out of control. When Frank steps in to investigate the family’s deaths, can he avoid a desperate standoff between warring factions that may cost him his life?”

Click to buy on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2h3EpZd

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


Inspirational Quote of the Month

The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.

Charles Dickens



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July 2017 Newsletter

Recipe of the Month

Patriotic Poke Cake

fourth of july cake

2 round white cake layers (9 inch), cooled

2 cups boiling water, divided

1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin, or any other red flavor

1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O Berry Blue

Flavor Gelatin

1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed


Place cakes, top sides up, in clean 9-inch round pans; pierce with large fork at 1/2-inch intervals.

Add 1 cup boiling water to each flavor dry gelatin mix in separate small bowls; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Pour red gelatin over 1 cake, then pour blue gelatin over remaining cake. Refrigerate 3 hours.

Dip bottoms of cake pans in warm water 10 sec.; unmold cakes. Fill and frost cake layers with COOL WHIP. Refrigerate 1 hour.

Source: www.kraftrecipes.com



Word of the Month

 Benevolent adj. 1. Charitable: performing good or charitable acts and not seeking to make a profit. 2. Showing kindness or goodwill.

Source: http://www.wordthink.com


Book of the Month

Why we are still standing book cover

Why We Are Still Standing

By John Rhinehelder 

A condensed biography of real American patriots written in poetry to show why Americais still “standing” at the top when it comes to liberty and freedom. It tells why freedom is not free! It’s called “Bio-poetry.”

Available on Amazon click link below

Why We are Still Standing link to buy book

Inspirational Quote of the Month

It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.

George Washington

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April 2017 Newsletter

Recipe of the Month

Edible Miniature Bunny Baskets Centerpiece

eater basket candy

  • bag of bagels
  • container of vanilla frosting
  • green sugar crystals
  • marshmallow bunnies
  • chocolate licorice
  • bag of robin eggs

Take ½ of a bagel and spread frosting on the flat side. Sprinkle the green sugar crystals on the icing. Put one bunny in the center of the bagel where the hole was and push bunny down into icing. Put robin eggs around the bunny. Place one egg in front of the bunny and one egg behind it to secure its position. Put a small amount of icing on top of the bunny ears. Take licorice and dab ends into icing. Bend the licorice to form basket handle. Secure the licorice by attaching the ends with frosting to the bagel and pressing the middle of the handle down onto the bunny ears. Place one robin egg behind and in front of each side of the handle where it is attached to the bagel. Once all your baskets are on one plate, use the plate as a centerpiece.

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Book of the Month

My Child, I’ll Still Be Loving You

Vickie L Weaver (Author) 

 Kattarina Storost (Illustrator)

my child...

Turtles telling the time of day? Crocodiles eating birthday cake? Porcupines playing peek-a-boo? Oh, no! What’s a child to do? There’s so much more with animals galore. The solution comes from a comforting source.

Link to buy below


Word of the Month

 Nexus (noun) A means of connection; a link or tie: “The nexus between the mob and gambling.” A connected series or group. The core or center.

Source: http://www.wordthink.com

Inspirational Quote of the Month

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

Albert Einstein

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