Spring is dangling its participles in front of us here in February. Groundhog Day has come & gone & no matter what the pesky rodent predicts, it’s always still six more weeks of winter here in New Hampshire. At least six weeks. Plenty of time to hunker down with this month’s amazing bundle, including my choices:
Journal(s) of the Month: Ken’s Lightsome Journal continues to delight. This month we were treated to Charla’s snowman collection, a story about the 75th anniversary of Little Golden Books and a wonderful poem by Al Fick. John Carvalho’s A Martlet’s Tale titled “Faker in the Press Room” is a wonderful historical story about his great-grandfather Henry Elwyn Blake and a typographical showdown.
Project of the Month: Danny Kelly shared a beautifully printed card titled “Grandfather’s Quaker Dozen” which not only gratifies the visual senses but includes 12 succinct rules for living a productive and happy way of life. I will be keeping this card in my work space for the foreseeable future!
Writing of the Month:The journal that had the most impact on me in this bundle is June Bassemir’s Over The Fence. June courageously discuses some difficult realities that we are faced with in our families and communities – problems that can only begin to heal when we bravely expose them to the light.
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