The Hill Country Women of Words met Monday night, May 18, at the Highland Oaks Apartments meeting room for a lovely gathering. This was our first time to try this new meeting location and the unanimous decision of all those present was that it was a hit! This room is comfortable, clean, private, light, and has a nice “feel” to it. There is room for eleven and with the extra chairs I carry in my car, so we can seat about 15. The kitchen is great with a refrigerator, freezer, and a microwave. There is a soda machine and a nice, clean, handicapped accessible bathroom. I think we will be meeting here for some time to come.

It was agreed by the members who were present that we might take turns playing “hostess” in this location. All that means is that you would volunteer to bring paper plates, cups, forks, spoons, and napkins. If you would like to sign up for any month between June to December, just let me know and I will put you down for that month.

Linda Colie digressed from the book she has been writing, Stuck in Caliche County, and brought a short story entitled “Jael Hits the Nail on the Head.” Linda’s story is a Biblical fiction piece about Judges 4 in which a woman named Jael kills an enemy of Israel , Sisera, captain of the host of Jabin, king of Cannan. A rather gruesome event depicted in six short verses, Linda did a beautiful job of filling out and humanizing this woman’s fear and courage in the face of this daunting task. Thank you, Linda! Your story was wonderful!

Liz Eberle read some of her journal entries to us. Liz is writing in a journal called “Wait,” which is a four-letter word, especially for Liz, who struggles with rest. Liz has been inspired by Megan Willome’s blog posts on Sabbath rest which you can read at: www.highcallingblogs.com/meganwillome. If you would like to read some of Liz’s thoughts on this journey to respite, check out Liz’s blogwww.lizhoyt-eberle.typepad.com. You won’t be disappointed! Thank you, Liz.

Liz Brookshire brought a poem she wrote called “Panorama.” Liz struggles, as we all do, to release her worries and fears to the Lord; to let go and let God, as they say. Thank you, Liz, for reminding us that life really isn’t about us, it’s about Him, and for giving us peace. Liz also alerted us to watch the newspaper this summer for book signing events sponsored by the Historical Society. There should be several coming up.

Roylynn Brocksch was with us. We are so honored to have Roylynn’s company and encouragement. Roylynn and her husband are living in the Townepark Apartments, which is where Linda Colie’s parents are moving to this very week. How nice to have a connection right away. Thank you, Roylynn, for coming, for listening, and for enjoying our words

Mary Eckert is still flying high from her good news – an offer to publish her book, Where Was God When I Cried, from Tate Publishing. This will be a new adventure for Mary and we are so excited to be coming along for the ride! Right now, Mary is struggling to decipher the contract and figure out what is negotiable and what isn’t. We hope to have regular updates from Mary as to the progress of the book. What fun for us all!!!

Sally Clark brought poems, lots of poems! “Breeze,” “Honeysuckle,” and “An Offering of Trees,” have been preliminarily accepted by June Cotner for her book, Earth Blessings. “Earth,” and “Poppies,” have been rejected by June for the same book. “Rain,” “Five Rules,” “To-Do List,” “Earth Education,” “Paperwhite Narcissus,” and “Today We Plant,” will be new submissions to the Earth Blessings book. I also read 2 poems for June’s project, Because I Love You, Sister, 3 poems for Because I Love You, Mom, 3 poems for Because I Love You, Grandmother, and 4 poems for Because I Love You, Friend. These are very short, small gift books that June plans to function as extended greeting cards and she wants very short (max. 12 lines) poems for. I hope to get them in the mail tomorrow.  

Cindy Harper emailed that she couldn’t make the meeting, but not because of my bad directions! Thanks, Cindy! Dayna Haines was attending her son’s sports banquet. Dena Dyer’s mom just arrived in town that day for a visit. Katy Jones has had a sinus infection and conjunctivitis in both eyes. (Poor Katy!) Kelly Polden has had a busy week, with a sisters reunion coming up this weekend. Sounds fun! Rebecca McCright couldn’t make it. (So many end-of-school functions for teachers!) Sheila Kale is in Dallas , spoiling her wonderful grandchildren this whole week. Megan Willome might have made it if I hadn’t screwed up and forgotten to send her the reminder email. Sorry, Megan!

We have no June birthdays, can you believe it? At least, none that I am aware of.

Lianne Mercer is teaching a poetry class through Community Ed this summer! I’ll be sending out a separate email with the details soon!

Don’t forget to check the submissions deadlines list at www.christianwriterssubinfo.synthatsite.com/deadlines to keep up with what is due where and when. 

Until then, BE INSPIRED!  

Love,Sally

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