May 2017 Newsletter

Recipe of the Month

Hawaiian Juice

Hawaiian Juice

  • 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

In a large pitcher pour 2 liters of fruit punch. Add (2) 6 oz. cans of pineapple juice. Add 3 cups of lemon line soda. Stir ingredients. Put pineapple ice cubes into glass and then add punch.

Fills 7 tall glasses

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Upcoming Events

Writing for Success

Free Seminars by 

The Wright Writers of Dayton

Saturday, May 20th 11 am – 12:30 pm

Centerville Public Library in the Klinck Community Room

111 W. Spring Valley Pike

Dayton, OH 45458


Writing for Publication in Periodicals

Short Story

Time Management

Writing a Script for the Stage

Words of the Month

Whenever you need to create curiosity, sprinkle these power words throughout your writing, and readers won’t be able to help being intrigued:

Black Market        Blacklisted

Concealed            Confessions

Cover-up              Private

Secrets                 Smuggled

Strange                Unauthorized


Inspirational Quote of the Month

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Winston Churchill



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Writing for Success

Free Seminars by The Wright Writers of Dayton

Date: Thursday, April 27, 6:30 pm – 8 pm 

Location: The Vandalia Metro Library

330 S. Dixie Dr. (next to Butler High School)

Vandalia, Ohio 45377


Vickie Weaver — Biography

Vickie L. Weaver is a lifelong Ohioan, writer, and poet. She writes and edits for clients worldwide in her company, Writestyle ( She is the author of My Child, I’ll Still Be Loving You and Dancing in the Stars. Everyone has an interesting person in their family whose story begs to be told. Vickie will give details on how to get started.

Ruth Ann Bio Photo

Ruth Ann Peck — Discovering Poetry

Ruth Ann Peck taught English for twenty-one years at Northmont Junior High in Englewood, Ohio. She has won dozens of national, state, and local awards for her poetry. She is the author of Rowing Through the Night and six books of history.

Deb Knight bio pic

Deb Knight — NaNoWriMo

(writing a book in a month)

Deb is editing her first novel, a science fiction story. She will talk about her experience writing during NaNoWriMo.

Judge Frances McGee-v2

Frances McGee Cromartie — Inspiration   

Frances McGee-Cromartie was one of 12 writers invited to Rye, New York as winners of Guideposts magazine’s Writer’s Contest. Since 2001, she has received six bylines for Guideposts and Angels magazines and has been invited to attend one of their refresher courses.

Interested in going? Help us plan for how many will be attending by emailing Colleen Green at put in the email subject line:

“I am attending the April WWD Seminar”

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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.

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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.


Inspirational Quote of the Month

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

Albert Einstein


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By Author Colleen Green

Amber Milestone is the main character in my book. She moves to New York City. Like her, I had never been there and I am used to suburban living. It was an opportunity to travel and do research for my book.

My boyfriend and I booked an apartment in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood on the West Side of Midtown, Manhattan. It was a fifth story walk-up. This means no elevator. Each time you went up the stairs it was about ten to fifteen steps to the next story. The kind of place my character would live with a roommate. It tests your endurance to make the trip back and forth up and down the stairs more than once a day. Even though I am in good shape, I couldn’t help but utter the words, “What did I do to Amber?” I decided to make it slightly easier on her by having her live on the third floor not the fifth!

The noise levels of 9th Avenue were louder than my home. The traffic, sirens, horns, and cars outside our bedroom window could be heard despite fan and nature sounds on my Kindle. I quickly learned earplugs helped.

We used the subway system and walked a lot. We figured out the apps on my smartphone to find the nearest train. All the while amazed at the number of people, the height of the sky scrapers, and the diversity of the people.

The Jewish deli we ate at was superb. I tasted cured meat that I had never had before and coleslaw that was unique and delicious. We had pickles prepared unlike the grocery store ones we buy at home. Local dialogue I noticed: “How you doing?” the server asked us. Think of all the different ways people say hello. Some say hey, hi or what’s up to greet someone. It is important to notice these differences.

times-squareWe took in some Broadway shows. Chicago and Cats both were performed extremely well. One of the people a few seats over kept whispering during the show. New Yorkers weren’t afraid to tell them to be quiet or shut up! They are bold about their opinions. Most people from Ohio wouldn’t be quite so vocal. Not to say one way is right or wrong. Yes, I am making somewhat of a general statement when I do notice certain things, which is fine. I will let each of my characters determine what they do depending on personality not just where they are from or living. It never hurts to take into account where they live and how that may influence their actions or general demeanor. Of course, there will be exceptions to the majority. It is something to be aware of as a writer, not a rule but a guideline.


Restaurant seating was tight. Tables close to one another filled the space. A substantial staff were at most places to keep up with the customers. Quick service for food. You can find a wide variety of cuisine such as American, Jewish, Italian and more.

Small convenience stores, called bodegas, are numerous. Some would deliver food 24 hrs a day. Cyclists’ who deliver food use the bicycle lanes. They jet in and out of traffic sometimes not staying in their lane.

Restroom facilities in a big city are different than in the suburbs. For example, restaurant bathrooms for females had just one toilet, unlike suburban ones with many stalls. Since there was only one toilet, there were lines to wait for the bathroom. Pharmacies in the city do not have public bathrooms. Probably to discourage the homeless from using them frequently. Suburban drug stores do have public restrooms.

We saw the One World Trade Center and the 9/11 memorial. My heart goes out to those who were so deeply affected by the 9/11 tradegy. Below is the One World Trade Center.



We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. It takes some time to get to the beginning of it from the sidewalks. The part where you walk on is above the traffic. It was fairly busy. There is a bicycle lane. When you hear a bell, it is probably a cyclist trying to pass you by if you get too close to their lane. Wonderful views of Manhattan can be seen from there.


After my trip was over, I was thrilled that I went. I gained valuable knowledge, sights, sounds and tastes that I can bring to my next novel. I hope to go back someday. Meanwhile, I will continue writing my second novel. It will be dedicated to the people of New York City!

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Finish This Sentence

Article by Contributor Don Hart

History of this little exercise is what started as a joke with grandchildren (“I love you better than leaping lizard,” for example) turned in to creative competition with four children trying to outsmart each other on how they loved Grandpa better than the others…what geezer wouldn’t want this going on? We later had to limit the submissions to one noun, one descriptor.

Four Cats Publishing is looking for writers to submit sentences that start with “I love you better than”… They are especially interested in entries from published authors over 15 years old. Details below.


One item that is humorously improbable and lovable with one descriptor, 3-7 words long (the I LOVE YOU BETTER THAN A… list below is a guideline of winning examples). We will accept entries for six months and we’ll give a monthly prize (usually a book from Four Cats inventory). Entries can be sent to Don Hart’s email: or to Colleen Green’s email:

The list contains examples of what my grandchildren completed for my own little competition exercise. I thought those on the list were good enough to publish. New entries may be published by The Wright Writers of Dayton on this website or with author attribution.



A chocolate chip cookie

A 10 lb. hamburger

A blue-eyed goldfish

A zebra with green stripes

A pepperoni and banana pizza

My own polka dotted airplane

A mash potato sandwich

Two birthdays in one week

A monkey named Melvin

A lion named Larry

A green and red pony

 four cats pic

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March 2017 Newsletter

Recipe of the Month

Honey Carrots

  • 5 Whole Carrots
  • 4 tbsp. Honey
  • 1 Box of Raisins
  • Olive Oil to coat pan
  • 1/4 Cup of White Wine


Peel carrots and cut off tops. Cut carrots into thin slices. Put slices into bowl and add honey. Stir them to coat with honey. Put olive oil into pan to cook carrots. Heat up carrots in pan stirring often. Add raisins and stir. Once carrots are about half way done cooking, add wine. Finish cooking carrots until they are done.

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Word of the Month

Amorphous Without a clearly defined shape or form. Vague; ill-organized; unclassifiable.

“The amorphous package caused alarm to many people in the terminal.”



Inspirational Quote of the Month

Making a mistake isn’t bad. It is only bad if you don’t learn from it!

Author Colleen Green


Looking for a festive St. Patrick’s Day cocktail? Check out this website below with a ton of ideas. Have fun, stay safe, and drink responsibly.


Book of the Month

Ireland by Frank Delaney

In the winter of 1951, a storyteller arrives at the home of nine-year-old Ronan O’Mara in the Irish countryside. The last practitioner of an honored, centuries-old tradition, the Seanchai enthralls his assembled audience for three evenings running with narratives of foolish kings and fabled saints, of enduring accomplishments and selfless acts — until he is banished from the household for blasphemy and moves on. But these three incomparable nights have changed young Ronan forever, setting him on the course he will follow for years to come…

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February 2017 Newsletter

hearts Recipe of the Month

Slow-Cooker Lamb Stew

Recipe by Colleen Green

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  • 2 pounds of lamb stew meat
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1-2 teaspoons Watkins brand “Herbes de Provence” (rosemary, marjoram, thyme)
  • salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup cream of chicken and mushroom soup
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 9-15 green olives with pimento
  • half a bag of baby carrots

Combine carrots, garlic, and herb seasoning in a 5-6 quart slow-cooker, season with salt and pepper.

Place 3 tablespoons of flour on a plate.Season lamb with salt and pepper, coat in flour, shake off excess, and set aside.Season lamb with salt and pepper, coat in flour, shake off excess, and set aside.

In large skillet pour the extra-virgin olive oil. Heat lamb in skillet in small batches over medium high heat until browned on all sides. Transfer to crock-pot.

Add wine to skillet. Use wooden spoon to scrape up left over brown bits in pan. Cook wine in medium heat until it is reduced by about half.

Add mixture to crock-pot and cover.

Cook on low about 4-5 hours. Last twenty minutes, add the olives.



hearts   Book of the Month

Rowing Through the Night

by Ruth Kibler Peck



The poetry of Ruth Kibler Peck has won dozens of national, state, and local awards. She is also co-author of a creative writing series for Loyola University Press, and she wrote the history of Trinity Lutheran Church in Dayton to commemorate its 100th anniversary. Ruth Ann holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wright State University, and she taught junior high English for 21 years.

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hearts   Inspirational Quote of the Month


There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.

George Sand



hearts   Word of the Month

Sanguine (adj.) Cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or

confident: “A sanguine disposition;” “Sanguine expectations.”


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