September 2019 Newsletter

Editor: Colleen Green

Upcoming Library Events 

Frances, Wright Writer of Dayton member, is the speaker at the Stirring Up Food and Memories Seminar. A cookbook can contain more than recipes, it can be a historical document for your family. One that contains the stories behind the food. Preparing food and family dinners can evoke memories and emotions; as you eat, you may think of family, friends, and events related to those foods. Learn how to create and organize your own family cookbook to save not just recipes, but the memories of those important to you.

Stirring Up Food and Memories

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Brookville Library
Community Room
20 Blue Pride Drive
Brookville, OH 45309

Huber Heights Library
Meeting Room
6160 Chambersburg Rd.
Huber Heights, OH 45424

Vickie Weaver, Wright Writer of Dayton member, author of three books, and coauthor of a fourth is the speaker at the Writing a Historical Fiction/Nonfiction Short Story Seminar What does historical fiction have to do with fiction, and can you combine them to make a great story? What elements bring such a story to life? What are the do’s and don’ts for writing historical stories? Learn these things and more from author Vickie Weaver.

Monday, Sept. 16, 2019
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Miami Township Library
Community Room
2718 Lyons Rd.
Miamisburg, OH 45342

Book of the Month


Making a difference in a
world that needs YOU

visionary book

In compelling, concise, easy-to-read chapters, Visionary: Making a Difference in a World that Needs YOU makes the case that ordinary people can create extraordinary change in the world by learning and applying four basic principles distilled from visionaries of our past and present.

You’ll discover: 

* The major difference between a visionary and a dreamer

* A step-by-step process for discovering how you can make a difference in the world 

* A step-by-step process for crafting a vision for you or your organization

* A step-by-step process for creating a roadmap to achieving your vision

* Four questions you must answer before people will buy-in to your vision 

* Six characteristics of someone who has found their purpose 

* How busy people can still make a difference in the world

Filled with practical, actionable strategies and exercises. This book will guide you to a life of meaning, contribution, vision and purpose.

Book description source: Amazon

Click below to buy.

Quote of the Month

Your problem is to bridge the gap which exists between where you are now and the goal you intend to reach.

Earl Nightingale


Word of the Month

1 : to strike sharply or heavily especially with the hand
2 : to kill or severely injure by striking
3 : to cause to strike
4 : to affect as if by striking
5 : captivate, take

Did You Know?

Today’s word has been part of the English language for a very long time; the earliest documented use in print dates to the 12th century. Smite can be traced back to the Old English smītan, meaning “to smear or defile.” Smītan is akin to the Scottish word smit, meaning “to stain, contaminate, or infect,” as well as to the Old High German bismīzan, “to defile.” In addition to its “strike” and “attack” senses, smite has a softer side. As of the mid-17th century, it can mean “to captivate or take”—a sense that is frequently used in the past participle in such contexts as “smitten by her beauty” or “smitten with him” (meaning “in love with him”). Its past tense is smote.


The cartoon’s villain was, as tradition would have it, smote by an anvil dropping mysteriously from the sky.


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October 2018 Newsletter

Events of the Month

Time Management
for Writers 

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. 

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



Word of the Month


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


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