July 2019 Newsletter

Editor: Colleen Green

Book of the Month

It’s a Sweet Thing: Candy Break:
The Taste of Homemade Goodness

Judith Craig Fryman

Candy book

Source: Description from Amazon

Imagine if your grandmother owned a candy store! Or if your cousin, mother, sister, fellow parishioner, neighbor, or friend had an excellent sweet shop in an old bank building with a special vault filled with chocolate and your favorite books. It’s a Sweet Thing is a 33-year history of Judith Craig Fryman’s fun adventure in owning such a candy store beginning in 1985 in Brookville, Ohio. Her simple mission as owner of the Candy Break was to provide wholesome, handmade treats to everyone in town and to interesting customers from far-off places. The impact of her efforts was more far-reaching and enriching than you might first expect. 

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Word of the Month
flounce

Definition: 1 a : to move with exaggerated jerky or bouncy motions 
b : to go with sudden determination 
2 : flounder, struggle

Did You Know?

The story behind flounce is an elusive one. The verb’s earliest recorded uses in English occurred in the mid-1500s, and some scholars believe it is related to the Norwegian verb flunsa (meaning “to hurry” or “to work briskly”) and Swedish flunsa (“to fall with a splash” or “to plunge”). The connection is uncertain, however, because the flunsa verbs did not appear in their respective languages until the 18th century, long after flounce surfaced in English. A second distinct sense of flounce, referring to a strip or ruffle of fabric attached on one edge, did not appear in English until the 18th century. This flounce derives from the Middle English frouncen, meaning “to curl.”

Examples

“With skirts flouncing, 15 young women ascended the steps … to a traditional Mexican birthday song played in a mariachi style.” — Laurel Wamsley and Vanessa Romo, NPR, 19 July 2017

“The Master of the Music flounced out with the choir flouncing out in perfect unison behind him.” — Terry Pratchett, Unseen Academicals, 2009

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Quote of the Month

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March 2019 Newsletter

Book of the Month

the silence of murder

Seventeen-year-old Hope Long’s life revolves around her brother Jeremy. So when Jeremy is accused of killing the town’s beloved baseball coach, Hope’s world begins to unravel. Everyone is convinced Jeremy did it, and since he hasn’t spoken a word in 9 years, he’s unable to defend himself. Their lawyer instructs Hope to convince the jury that Jeremy is insane, but all her life Hope has known that Jeremy’s just different than other people—better, even. As she works to prove his innocence—joined by her best friend T.J. and the sheriff’s son, Chase—Hope uncovers secrets about the murder, the townspeople, her family, and herself. She knows her brother isn’t the murderer. But as she comes closer to the truth, she’s terrified to find out who is.

Source: Goodread.com

Dandi Daley Mackall

I love to write. I even love to rewrite. Before I could hold a pen, I was making up stories in my head. I’m blessed to have come from a family of great storytellers. My two favorite words growing up were: ‘Member when . . . I started out writing for grown-ups . . . and then I had kids. When my children were little, I wrote board books, then picture books, then easy readers, and so on to young adult novels. But I never stopped writing for any age group, which means I get to write for all ages. How cool is that! I grew up in Missouri, have lived in many cities and towns since, and now write from rural Ohio, surrounded by my wonderful family, including horses, dogs, cats, and an occasional squirrel or raccoon.

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Quote of the Month

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Word of the Month

obsequious 
marked by or exhibiting a fawning attentiveness

Did You Know?

An obsequious person is more likely to be a follower than a leader. Use that fact to help you remember the meaning of obsequious. All you need to do is bear in mind that the word comes from the Latin root sequi, meaning “to follow.” (The other contributor is the prefix ob-, meaning “toward.”) Sequi is the source of a number of other English words, too, including consequence (a result that follows from an action), sequel (a novel, film, or TV show that follows and continues a story begun in another), and non sequitur (a conclusion that doesn’t follow from what was said before).

Example: “Not pleasing others enough amounts to surliness, pleasing too much makes one obsequious—you have to be friendly, but not too friendly. The sweet spot in the middle is where you want to be.” — Carlin Flora, Psychology Today, 1 July 2017

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December 2018 Newsletter

Play of the Month

Babes In Toyland
Nov. 30 – Dec. 9, 2018

Author: Rebecca Ryland

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Description by Heartland Plays.

This children’s melodrama that takes us to Mother Goose Land and Toyland.  Our heroine is Mistress Mary Quite Contrary, who has her heart set on marrying the heroic Alan.  But Alan’s uncle, the villainous Barnaby, is set on marrying her himself, threatening foreclosure on her mother if she refuses.  Mary escapes to the mysterious Toyland through the dangerous Spider Forest, where Alan finds and saves her.  Barnaby pursues Mary and Alan to Toyland, bringing the whole gang of Mother Goose Land characters with him.  There we encounter the magical mystery of Toyland as we meet the Master Toymaker and his quirky assistants Grumio and Marmaduke.  When Barnaby gets his hands on the Master Toymaker’s machine and creates a toy soldier army, it seems all is lost.  In an exciting climax, all the Toyland and Mother Goose Land characters work together to foil his plans and set everything right again.

Tickets are on sale.
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bctheatre.org. 

Beavercreek Community Theatre
3868 Dayton-Xenia Road
Beavercreek, OH 45432
Phone: 937.429.4737

Director: Jake Lockwood
Assistant Director: Jennifer Lockwood
Producer: Lisa Stokely (Wright Writers of Dayton Member)
Stage Manager: Andrew Stokely
Costume Design: Anne Heitker
Tech Director: Shannon Michalak

Inspirational Quote of the Month

Good, better, best quote

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Word of the Month
Luminous

Bright or shining, esp. in the dark. Glowing with health, vigor, or a particular emotion: “Her eyes were luminous with joy.”

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Springfield, Ohio Book Fair ​

Meet Ohio authors and check out their latest books while tasting Mother Stewart’s Brewing Company beer at the Springfield Book Fair. Colleen Green, Wright Writers of Dayton member, will be there with her romance/suspense Amber Milestone Series. Signed copies of Book One Last Words and Book Two City in the Middle will be for sale (cheaper than Amazon) with a bonus recipe packet. The event is hosted by Hen House Publishing & Mother Stewart’s Brewing Company. Schmidt’s Sausage Truck will be selling the perfect accompaniment to your beer with sausage, bratwurst, knockwurst, sauerkraut, and cream puffs. Get your bling on with Chain Maille jewelry. It is made of lightweight aluminum. Chain Maille jewelry in intricate weaves makes an elegant to funky accessory to your wardrobe. Brats! Beer! Books! Bling! 

Springfield Book Fair ​
Saturday, August 18th, 2018
12 pm – 5 pm

Open to the public. No charge for admission.
Mother Stewart’s Brewing Co.
109 W. North St.
Springfield, OH 45504
(937) 717-0618
www.motherstewartsbrewing.com

Event Website: www.henhousepublishing.com/2018

Mother Stewart’s Brewing Company is a production brewery located in the heart of downtown Springfield, Ohio.  Named after Eliza Daniel Stewart (aka “Mother Stewart”), an important temperance figure of her time; and located in the former Springfield Metallic Casket Warehouse, we feature an 8,500 square foot, family-friendly tap room and a large outdoor beer garden.  We strive to produce clean consistent ales & lagers blending influences from Germany, Belgium and North America.

Source: Mother Stewart’s Brewing Company website

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May 2018 Newsletter

Editor: Colleen Green
www.colleengreen.info

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.”

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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Independent Bookstore Day 2018

The Wright Writers of Dayton will be at New & Olde Pages in Englewood, Ohio on Saturday, April 28 from 1 pm until 3 pm to sell and sign their books. New & Olde Pages will be celebrating Independent Bookstore Day all day long. The authors from this local group have written books from a variety of genres. Book lovers will want to check out their historical anthology, romance/suspense, biography, inspirational, and children books. 

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

women who shaped america

Women Who Shaped America

By Wright Writers of Dayton

Contributing Author Judi Fryman will be at the bookstore.

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. 

 

book cover Last Words

Last Words
Book One in the Amber Milestone Series

by Colleen Green

Jack Hale’s commanding presence and sultry eyes catch Amber’s attention the first time she sees him. She dreams of a future as an executive chef, but from the kitchen of stepfather’s restaurant, she is mesmerized by the dashing man in a stylish business suit. The day he orders dessert and asks her to share it with him, dreams of their life together take hold of her heart. She imagines those few bites of dessert to be the beginning of a storybook romance . . . little does she know what twisted secrets Jack Hale holds. Ignoring the warning signs Amber embarks on a journey led by the sensual and dark Jack Hale that test the limits of who she is and who she will become . . .

 

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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.

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WWII book

Poverty, Puberty, & Patriotism
A Dayton Girl Grows up
during World War II

by Ruth Kibler Peck

The true story of her life as a young teenager living in Dayton, Ohio, during World War II. As the Great Depression ends and WWII begins, the Kibler family finds their lives drastically challenged by her father’s meager white-collar salary, by life in a miserable trailer camp, by devastating fire, and by her mother’s near-death illness. Yet the family, like all Americans of that era, willingly sacrifices in every way possible to help the war effort. Father and daughter follow news of every battle and locate places on their world map. Ruth Ann finds joy in new friends, in the beauty of Island Park, and in being a teenager.

 

Unknown Horizons by Ruth Kibler Peck

Unknown Horizons:
The Lewis and Clark Expedition A Novel

by Ted Brusaw and Ruth Kibler Peck

This is the thrilling story of two men commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson to explore the unknown land of the Louisiana Purchase—the vast, mysterious land from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. In 1803 Meriwether Lewis and William Clark gathered a crew of adventurous men of strength and ability to form the Corps of Discovery. Could they find a waterway passage through this unknown territory to the Pacific Ocean? Each man knew the trip would be hazardous, even life-threatening. How would the native Indian tribes react to them? How were they going to communicate with the Indians? They would claim the land as they went, doubling the size of the new nation, the United States of America.

 

the alabaster box book cover

The Alabaster Box

by Marla Cross

The Alabaster Box is not a devotional book containing a series of entries designed to inspire the Christian reader with an uplifting story or thought for the day. It is a year’s worth of worship activities; the implementation of which will require some intensive mental exercise. It is not the book for those wanting a feel-good read. Nor is it for those unwilling or not yet ready to accept a challenge to their typical weekly worship experience. The Alabaster Box is a guidebook for the followers of Christ who long to take their worship of Him to a deeper place than they have ever gone. 

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Cloud of Witnesses

by Marla Cross

This is an intriguing book about the Cloud of Witnesses who are watching real-life situations being lived out here on Earth. The unique stories keep your interest and are an encouragement to live out your own similar situations God’s way. Whether you think about it or not, you are constantly under surveillance. Even if you don’t star in your own reality TV show, don’t think for a second you aren’t in the spotlight. Author Marla Cross sheds some light on an interesting theory about actions, perceptions, and the ultimate test of character. Are you the same person in public as you are in private? Do your convictions only dictate your actions when it’s convenient and for the show of others? In times of indecision, consider not only earthly observers, but also those that might dwell overhead—heavenly hosts, even.

 

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My Child, I’ll Still Be Loving You

by Vickie L Weaver and Kattarina Storost

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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Dancing In The Stars: Carroll Webster:
International Dance Luminary
of Vaudeville and Hollywood

by Vickie L. Weaver

A nostalgic look into the now mostly extinct world of Vaudeville, Dancing in the Stars is the true story of Carroll Webster, a talented eighteen-year-old who dreams of a professional dance career. With the odds stacked against him, the handsome and charismatic orphan endures four years of grueling 1930s dance marathons for a chance to break into show business.

Should he and his attractive partner Diane survive the marathons, their dreams of fame will be overshadowed by the Great Depression, World War II, and powerful social forces working to squeeze the lifeblood out of the career they love.

As for Diane, the blonde has her sights set on Carroll, even though a romance could ruin their partnership. Carroll can’t say he isn’t tempted, but for years he’s dreamt of having a family with Mary, an elusive dark-haired beauty who could become the love of his life.

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March 2018 Newsletter

Editor of the newsletter
Author Colleen Green

Book of the Month

The Glass Castle: A Memoir
By Jeannette Walls

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Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn’t stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an “excitement addict.” Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever.

Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town — and the family — Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents’ betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home.

What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not just that she had the guts and tenacity and intelligence to get out, but that she describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

 

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Inspirational Quote of the Month

Unless someone like you cares a whole
awful lot,
nothing is going to get better.
It’s not.

Dr. Seuss

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Word of the Month

Coltish adj. Energetic but awkward in one’s movements or behavior. Playful, not trained or disciplined. “Coltish horseplay to celebrate their graduation.”

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