Monthly Archive: March 2017

Mar
31

Kudos and calls

Blue light © Ellen Wade Beals, 2017

Hello out there! March ends and April begins. Poetry Month starts tomorrow–be prepared to celebrate whether you want to or not! It’s also April Fool’s Day so pay attention and don’t fall for any malarkey. Kudos go to several contributors to Solace in So Many Words, including  Michael C. McConnell whose short story, “Dancing,” about …

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Mar
23

Spring cleaning? Here’s where to donate books

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Hey there Chicagoland book lovers. Is it time to make more room on your shelves? Consider donating your old books to Open Books. They have collection centers in various locations and will also come to collect your books, if you make arrangements. Open Books has two used book stores, one is in the West Loop …

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Mar
17

Happy St. Patrick’s Day (row, row, row your boat)

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“Nodding the head does not row the boat.” That’s an Irish proverb tweeted by writer/farmer Martin McConnell (@spottedgeckgo) that has stayed with me. I nod my head and say to myself that I better get to writing. How about you? Are you rowing or nodding these days? It’s St. Patrick’s Day, which is a holiday …

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Mar
03

The solace of circumstance

Apples to apples © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016

Hey, hey, hey. Last night I went to the Raven Theatre to see The Assembled Parties, a play written by Richard Greenberg (directed by Cody Estle). It’s about relationships over time. In Notes from the Dramaturg, I found a paragraph that had to do with solace, which I will share with you. Here’s what Stephen …

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