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)

Source: https://www.brainyquote.com

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October Newsletter

Book of the Month

The Alabaster Box

By Wright Writers of Dayton Member,
 Marla Cross

the alabaster box book cover

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, as the subtitle suggests, 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.

Available on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Alabas

Also available at

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


Poem of the Month


By Vickie L. Weaver
Wright Writers of Dayton Member


Veiled truth

lying low

holding breath

in shadow.


Vickie L. Weaver Website https://writestyle.com


Word of the Month


1. Not lasting, enduring, permanent, or eternal.

2. Lasting only a short time; brief; temporary. 

Source: http://www.wordthink.com


Inspirational Quote of the Month

Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own.

Carol Burnett

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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.

Link to Buy: www.amazon.com/Rowing-Through-Night-Ruth-Kibler/dp/1436362199



hearts   Inspirational Quote of the Month


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

George Sand

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hearts   Word of the Month

Sanguine (adj.) Cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or

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

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Recipe of the Month

by Colleen Green 

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Cranberry Granola Stuffing

  • 1  1/2 cups apple juice
  • 3/4 cup granola raisin cereal
  • 4 tbsp. stick butter
  • 1/2 tbsp. orange peel
  • 3/4 cup cranberries
  • Stove Top Turkey Stuffing 6 oz. box
  1. Boil apple juice and butter in pot.
  2. Add stuffing, cranberries, granola cereal, and orange peel into boiling water.
  3. Keep on medium high until the cranberries start to pop while stirring occasionally.
  4. Once the cranberries are all popped take off heat, keep the lid on and let sit for five minutes.
  5. Fluff with fork and serve.



Book of the Month

Poverty, Puberty, & Patriotism: A Dayton Girl Grows up During WWII

by Ruth Kibler Peck

link to purchase book: https://www.amazon.com/Poverty-Puberty-Patriotism

WWII book

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.



Inspirational Quote of the Month

“Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving.” ― Amy Grant

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Word of the Month

Thanks (noun): a grateful feeling or acknowledgment of a benefit, favor, or the like, expressed by words or otherwise: to return a borrowed book with thanks.  

(Source: http://www.dictionary.com)


Poem of the Month 


By Vickie L. Weaver

The ink

in my blue Paper Mate pen

ran out today.

I watched as its impression

faded, disappeared.

I looked down at my dress:

crimson on the left-breast

flesh-colored on the right

met dead-center at the heart

by the black that dominated

the rest of the dress

cinched at the waist

by a wide elastic black belt.

I looked from my dress

to my black Naturalizer shoes

then picked up a black ink pen

and continued to write.

My husband died today

and the ink

in my blue pen

ran out.