Monthly Archive: September 2015


Glimpse of Solace: Laura Rodley

Hungry hungry hobo © Laura Rodley, 2015

Laura Rodley is a writer whose poetry has appeared here many times. She is also a feature writer and photographer for Country Folks, Country Grower, Mane Stream, and other publications. Some of her recent features include “UMass Cherry Bomb Ice Cream and Maple Valley Creamery” and “Cartwheels at the 147th Cummington Fair.” When asked about …

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In appreciation of bowling: Mash note to a great sport


Hey there– It’s the first night of the season! Happy League night! Peace, love, and solace     Mash note to a great sport (for the team and Ann) Hey Bowling, I love you – you big lug. So straightforward anyone can play, More understanding than any other guy, you reward a striking performance, even …

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A monarch drops by

Monarch © Ellen Wade Beals, 2015

Just when I was thinking how the garden looked tired and that beauty was fading from my back yard, I received this visitor.


A book, an essay, and a call

Mid-September © Ellen Wade Beals, 2015

Happy Autumn! Big congrats to Solace in So Many Words contributor Joe Meno who has a new book (his ninth). It’s called Marvel and A Wonder (from Akashic Books).  It’s gotten great reviews from various readers, from MTV News to Library Journal. Booklist gave it a starred review: “Evoking William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy, Meno’s …

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