Saturday, June 29, 2019

An Ed Calkins Spinoff? Apparently, Yes.

A couple weeks ago, a BryonySeries fan suggested I write a prequel to the Ed Calkins Steward of Tara, Irish vampire character.

I felt only Ed himself should write it and told her so. Then I suggested the idea to Ed, who said he'd "think about it."

A few says ago, while checking personal email during my walk home from work, I received this "telegram" from the Steward himself.

Dear Momi,
I've started something I could finish but I don't want to go any further if I'm on the wrong track. This is a rough draft. At this point I only what to know if this is the first chapter, would you read the second.

Attached was the first chapter, which I read.

Then I went onto the second telegram:

Another rough draft maybe chapter two. 

My question here is; do you care about Trudy and would you read chapter three?

I read chapter two and then replied, "Definitely!"

Here's what makes this remarkable, even if you're a first-time reader of this blog and have no idea (or even care) who Ed Calkins is.

Ed's been writing stories for over five decades and making up stories about himself for probably just as long. He's dyslexic and scatterbrained (his own admission). His computers have crashed and taken his stories with him.

All of which I incorporated into my books, using Ed's own words.

 “Have you stopped to consider what’s fair to me? Do you know what it’s like to have stories bursting inside of you, only to hand-deliver, since I was a lad, newspapers full of other people’s stories, and not be able to put the right words down on paper? I’m so dyslexic and scatterbrained, even spell-check doesn’t recognize my words.”
“I don’t care,” John-Peter began, but Ed continued as if he hadn’t spoken.

“So, I wind up changing the word to get past spell check, but when I keep writing that way, I kill the story. I keep trying, because I can’t stop writing, yet, on the other hand, I can’t finish anything. My life is full of half-begun novels. I couldn’t even finish one about Hannibal, my hero, foe of Rome! So, in high school, I switched to poetry, but it never sounded like any of the poetry I ever read.”

When I fictionalized him for the BryonySeries, I gave Ed space on my blog, starting back in 2010 when I started the blog. He's written nonsensical Irish humor based on my books ever since.

This includes my "Irish genealogy." 

BTW, I am not Irish.

Two years ago, I took that collection of genealogical blogs and published a book for a Calkins Day celebration (there's a whole back story to this, too much for this post) at the Book and Bean Cafe in Joliet.

I didn't tell Ed. He was extremely touched. I didn't know his lifelong dream was to see something he'd written published.

I ordered 40 books. We sold all about 11 at that event. I cut him a royalty check and sent him on his way with the rest of the books.

For Calkins Day 2019, we held a limerick slam at the cafe. The following day when I talked to the cafe's owner, she suggested partnering with me to host Calkins Day 2020. 

And she had some very particular ideas about the event.

Ed's work-in-progress, which is very well-written for a first draft, will fit very nicely with her plans.

Which means he needs to get it written, so I can edit it, publish it, and order copies before the end of January.

It is no small thing to help make someone's dream come true. That's the point of this post.

I'm humbled to be part of it. I'm grateful to the BryonySeries fan for suggesting it.

Most people don't have other people investing in their dreams. Their dreams live and die with them.

But how wonderful if we could change that!

Friday, June 28, 2019

Community News: June 28, 2019

Three quick briefs tonight, but two are happening Saturday.

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Small Town Theatrics to present first semi-staged concert in Coal City

Researchers prepare for archaeological explorations in Wilmington

Will Country Trail Riders to host open horse show


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Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, June 23 through June 28

It's a super-packed morning, so let's head right into the stories and where to various pieces of information.

I hope everyone had a wonderful week and that an even better weekend is awaiting you.

Non-bylined features:

Monday through Saturday I assembled my non-bylined works - brief posts and calendar listings - into one convenient file and posting them on Facebook in the evening, so readers can easily choose the ones they want to read.

One can also find those event listings, the Gotta Do It calendar, as well as the pets, health, faith, and arts and entertainment calendars, under the sections tab on the left hand side of Click on "features" and the topics drop down.  Gotta Do It runs under "people."

Community news? Again, under the sections tab, under features, and by topic. Updates are posted on these days in print and web (and some only on web on other days as I have the time): 

 Social media:

Daily updates: I do post the briefs and calendars on Twitter during the week, so you're welcome to follow me at @Denise_Unland61.

BryonySeries stuff: I post curated content relating to the BryonySeries at @BryonySeries. And assorted related content at And of course, please follow the adventures of Bertrand the Mouse on Instagram at bertrand_bryonyseries.

If you're a writer anywhere in the world, you're welcome to jon WriteOn Joliet's Facebook page at We're based in Joliet, Illinois, but we love to meet and interact with writers outside our area, too.

Upcoming events:

Once Timothy Baran is done updating this page, these will listed here:

Check out the progress he has made so far. Each square is hand-built. And be sure to "hover" your hand over the first square. Note: this only works (so far) with the desktop version.

But he's also made A LOT of changes to the website. So be sure to roam around a bit.

Books and Such

Information on my books (including where to buy) along with upcoming events is at Again, Timothy is in the process of updating the website, so all titles may not appear. If you have any questions, email me at

Thank you for reading The Herald-News. And for reading this blog. And if you've read (or plan to read) any of my books. Your support is greatly appreciated.

He was who they're looking for
Joliet East alumni surprise fellow classmate Lionel Richie on 'Hello' tour

 "I think he was just so excited and blown away to see us. He was overwhelmed. He really was."

An Extraordinary Life: A quiet man with priorities in place
Joliet bass drummer was an ardent supporter of the Joliet Junior College community band

In an email Charles Morgan, professor of music and director of bands at JJC, praised Gino's talent and band loyalty.

"Gino was an amazing man, with a passion for music," Charles said. "He played bass drum in the JJC community band for years until his health no longer made it possible.

"After his time as a player he continued to attend every concert as one of our biggest supporters. When I think of Gino, his smile is what comes to mind. It was infectious."

Joliet hospice writing workshop helps people express grief

"Journaling has been found to be an effective way to process your grief," Patrice Martin, director of bereavement services at Joliet Area Community Hospice, said. "And some people may feel more comfortable writing than going to support groups. Writing can help people who are not comfortable processing their feelings out loud and in front of a group."

From classroom to the corporation
Joliet Junior College alum using her culinary skills in the workplace

"I think food is a common ground," Cat Thies said. "Everyone has to eat and everyone has a different way of preparing food, too, so every dish has a story to tell. It's a good icebreaker, and I think that starts other conversation, too."

Reluctant to put the bicycle away
Bill Lang of Frankfort said: Any time I am on that trike is worth it.'

 "The things you see and the things that happen out there when you're riding is exceptional," Lang said. "You always meet a lot of people and you learn that in the world, 95 percent of the people are very good people, regardless of where they live. I have met a lot of them and it means a lot."

Enjoy a bike ride before cookouts and fireworks
Joliet Bicycle Club's annual event attracts up to 1,000 cyclists

"It's definitely all ages," Bill Lang, one of the Joliet Bicycle Club founders, said. "We have family rides; they don't go very far. Or they can ride to Plattville and back. And we go heavy on the snacks."

Kids: show your patriotism with a decorated bike at Plainfield parade

 "We like to give kids an opportunity to see how creative they can get, to see what they can make out of something we haven't thought of," Misty Bartlett, program manager at the Plainfield Park District, said. "And they enjoy showing you what they've created."

LocalLit book spotlight: 'Guarding Prayer' by Ora Holloway of Joliet

Holloway is the founder of the Joliet-based Igniting the Prayer Ministries and believes in "building strong churches of prayer and communities," according to Igniting the Prayer Ministries website at

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Community News: June 27, 2019

It's all about the food today!

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Meatsplainer: How new plant-based burgers compare to beef

Joliet Junior College to hold culinary camp for teens


For this quinoa side dish, we turned to the Southwest

For a zippy cauliflower salad, why not go to Morocco?

To kick up your chicken salad, turn to your spice rack

Snack attack: Try crumbly, cheesy, buttery spiced crackers

You won't miss the meat in these rice and edamame burgers


"Memories in the Kitchen: Bites and Nibbles From 'Bryony'"

All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties.


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BryonySeries Throwback Thursday: Meet James Onohan, The Musical Sound of John Simons

Monday, February 28, 2011

Meet James Onohan, The Musical Sound of John Simons

By Denise M. Baran-Unland

Self-taught pianist and composer James Onohan produces music that sounds like John Simons played it, but his resemblance to Bryony’s fictional lead vampire doesn’t stop there.

Not only is Onohan close in age to Bryony’s main vampire, but he’s a perfectionist whose happiest moments are onstage performing and whose best creative moments are alone, in a nearly dark room.

“I just close my eyes and play what I’m feeling,” Onohan, 30, of Indiana, said. “That’s how the best pieces come out, from somewhere inside me. It’s something I have to do. It’s like I’m in a whole other world. I wait until everyone is sleeping, put down the lights really low, close my eyes and just play. When I listen to some of the recordings I’ve made, I don’t think I could ever duplicate them.”

Onohan is creating 10 new songs for a CD called The Best-Loved Compositions of John Simons. This CD is mentioned in Bryony when Melissa borrows it from the Munsonville Library.

Included on those tracks is, Bryony. the piece Simons created as wedding present for his young bride and played at the conclusion of every practice and concert. Onohan has already composed that piece and is working on the rest.

Bryony’s web administrator, Sarah Stegall, of North Carolina, found Onohan and his music on YouTube when she was seeking classical piano music for the Bryony website (

Stegall felt the site needed “samples” of Simons’ work, but the only non-copyrighted music she found was organ music. She heard Onohan’s most popular selection, One Last Time, on YouTube and loved it, so she immediately located Onohan’s website and sent him a message.

“I had sat for hours on YouTube and various websites listening to out of copyright classical piano that we could use for Bryony. Nothing fit,” Stegall said. “I was listening to Debussy and I was clicking randomly on the side links. I almost clicked out when I heard James and realized, ‘Oh wow, he's what we are looking for!’

“The enchanting sounds he was plinking out were so captivating, I could see why Melissa played her music box over and over. I immediately found his website and listened over and over. He became my John Simons that night. However, I had quite a few problems. The biggest was that he wasn't out of copyright. I sent him a brief email wondering if maybe, just maybe, he would let us market his songs under the book.”

To her surprise, Onohan responded almost as quickly. Stegall explained her project and quickly summarized the novel for him. Her original request was permission to reproduce some of his musical clips on the website, but Onohan had a better idea. Why couldn’t he write the book’s theme song and create the CD Melissa checked out from the Munsonville Library?

“When Sarah called me about the book deal, I was very surprised, very flattered and very happy for the opportunity,” Onohan said. “I had been finding it hard to get the inspiration to write new music, so doing the songs for this book has gotten me past the writer’s block.”

Onohan and music go so far back in time, he can’t remember when his love for the medium began. His earliest musical memory was sitting near his father while he played organ and picking up one of the music books and flipping to the back. Depicted there was a keyboard marked with the notes. Intrigued, Onohan used that tool to teach himself how to read music.

“Reading music helped me in band and, when I was able to play the piano, in learning more complex pieces,” Onohan said. “When it comes to playing by ear, I’m not that good. I can’t hear something and reproduce it like some people can, except when I’m creating my own music. I just hear it in my head and play it from there.”

At age 8, Onohan learned clarinet for the school band. He later swapped instruments—flute for clarinet--with his best friend. “My voice has a nice vibrato, so it gives the flute a beautiful sound,” Onohan said. “I really liked the music I produced with it.

Each weekend, Onohan and his father traveled to Chicago for sheet music. During one of those times Onohan, now 12, picked up a book of Mozart selections and began learning them. He played one of those pieces to several thousand people as part of a city festival and liked it.

“It was the best day of my life,” Onohan said. “I was overwhelmed by that performance and have wanted to relive it ever since. Just to get onstage and play my music for an audience has been my dream.”

Onohan continued with the flute and band during high school, although he did play piano for the high school jazz band. He also participated in all-city competitions and talent shows.

Eventually, the piano became Onohan’s primary instrument, although he does still play flute. “I’m not a guy who works well with words; I don’t talk a lot,” he said. “The piano lets me express my feelings without speaking. The ideal is for me to feel what I’m playing, so I can pour out my emotions through my fingers.”

After high school, Onohan enrolled in general education courses at a local community college, but his heart gravitated toward a fulltime music career. Eventually, he convinced his parents to let him attend VanderCook Music College in Chicago. He lasted three months.

Once there, Onohan realized the program was slanted toward those that wanted to teach music, not perform it. “It was no the environment I wanted to be in,” Onohan said. “I didn’t want to play music anymore and when I don’t play music for awhile, I’m not at peace with myself. I’ve never regretted leaving.”

Instead, Onohan joined the police force and recently celebrated his ninth anniversary with it. Onohan then bought a fancy keyboard, continued to compose and play—he compares his style to Yanni—and began recording his music and creating sheet music, which helped him recreate his own music. Within eight years, Onohan wrote and recorded over 35 original compositions—many of which are found on his three CDs-- and recorded a Christmas CD.

Although his CDs and sheet music are now selling modestly well online—One Last Time and Only You are his top sellers—Onohan’s first audience was his family, friends, and fellow police officers.

“I sold CDs by hand and passed out CDs to everybody in my academy classes,” Onohan said. “Talk about a bunch of grown men getting copies of romantic piano music! But I got really great reviews from these men about how great my piano music was. That was really flattering.”

Although getting married and starting a family were personal high points in Onohan’s life, it was a dark time for his music, he said, due to lack of free time. “I didn’t even think about playing,” Onohan said, “and then one day, a couple of years ago, I met a producer who had her own little studio. That inspired me to build mine.”

In addition to composing music for Bryony, Onohan’s current projects including writing original music for vocalists and other new artists. He plays only his original music for weddings and other events. Onohan still dreams of the day he becomes a fulltime concert pianist. For now, he is content that others are enjoying his music.

“My biggest fulfillment is when people respond and I read how my music is affecting other people’s lives,” Onohan said. “I know it sounds corny, but that, to me, is priceless.”

For more information and to purchase Onohan’s music visit Onohan is also featured on the Bryony website at

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Community News: June 26, 2019

"The most significant thing about me,
"Is not me at all."

This is a line from a poem by WriteOn Joliet co-leader Tom Hernandez.

So today, in addition to a couple postings from The Herald-News, I'm sharing some good blog posts (and two book recommendations) from local authors.

Most of these posts are not recent at all. But the downside, sometimes, to blogs, news pieces, and items we read online, is that they are read today, enjoyed, and then forgotten by tomorrow.

If you've read them after the authors first posted them, enjoy them again. If you've not read them, here's what you missed.

Happy reading!

PS: If you live within the Herald-News' coverage area (most of Will and Grundy counties in Illinois), and you'd like to share your organization's news or upcoming events, email the information to

Joliet Junior College students earn dean’s lists for spring 2019

Joliet students receive scholarships


By Tom Hernandez

"A Fork in the Road"
By Holly Coop

"Money vs. Time"
By R. Michael Markley

"Writing from the Reader’s Perspective"
ByJames Pressler

"Yesterday I sat on a bee, and it didn’t sting me"
By Ken Mcgee

"Waves of Wonder"
By Sue Merrell

"A Novel in Born: In the Swing of Things"
By Sue Midlock


A collection of great videos by the intrepid videographer for WriteOn Joliet


The Heart's Bone
By Jennifer Russ

Stories of a Sheltered Suburbanite
By Colleen Robbins


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Illustration by Kathleen Rose Van Pelt for "Bryony."

Open Mic Night 2019: Tom Hernandez

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Community News: June 25, 2019

Check out upcoming events and the awesome things people are doing.

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Lions Club lauds Minooka pastor for contributions

Butterfly release on June 4 at Edward Hospital celebrated life

Founders of Silver Cross in New Lenox support hospital's dialysis program

Joliet Township East High School hosts class of ’69 reunion events

Support the Joliet Central Band NYC 2020 Band Trip Benefit Night

WEWill Work Healthy Awards applications are now available

Senior Tax Levy applications


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Unwinding Some Fun

A couple weeks ago, BryonySeries artist Sue Midlock pitched an intriguing idea.

She sent me some pictures of giant wooden spools where artists had wound long paper around it (like a giant scroll), and then wrote on the scroll and decorated it.

Sue was planning to make one of these giant scrolls as a companion piece of art to one of her books and asked if I'd like to make one with a BryonySeries theme. Naturally, I agreed, even though I don't have a clue how this works.

I'm also not very creative. So this should be interesting.

Fortunately, Sue also invited Rebekah to join is. So now I can play artist understudy to Rebekah and Sue simply follow their directions. We are planning to make the scrolls this weekend.

This is the spool Sue's husband, a woodworker, made for her. His making one for me, too, she said.

Next week, I'll update with the completed projects. I'm sure with Sue's guidance and Rebekah's talent, mine will turn out all right.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Community News: June 22 and June 24, 2019

Check out upcoming events and the awesome things people are doing.

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Around Town Gum ball machines at Louis Joliet Mall in Joliet

Pets of the Week: June 24

Seeking former Joliet East High School classmates

Shorewood Lions Club recognizes Troy 30-C April Students of the Month

Joliet students recognized for the month of March

Joliet Catholic Academy announces March Students of the Month

Joliet Catholic Academy announces April Students of the Month

Joliet students receive scholarships presented by Northern Trust Corporation consultant Lizbeth Aviles

Joliet Township High School congratulates the Students of the Month for April

Joliet students complete at District 86 STEM event

Joliet students receive superintendent awards

Joliet students win local math competition


Local art and entertainment: June 24 through July 1

Local faith events: June 24 through July 1

Local food events: June 24 through July 1

Local health and wellness: June 26 through July 2

Gotta Do It: June 24 through July 1

Local pet events: June 24 through July1


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Endings, Beginnings, and To be Continued...

An extremely productive weekend in lots of areas!

Read the proof copy of Cornell Dyer and the Eerie Lake, made the changes, and then Rebekah tweaked the cover and reuploaded the book. Waiting for approval from KDP.

Incorporated the copy edits into the fifth and final installment of Before the Blood. Rebekah uploaded it. Waiting for approval from KDP. This one is a little bittersweet.

Except for homeschooling my children, this has been the most time-consuming of all my projects, eight years in all for the BryonySeries prequel, from concept to outline, to research, to writing, to editing, to all the rest. It's weird, but extremely, satisfying to see it end.

However, I did begin writing Lycanthropic Summer in earnest on Saturday. And then on Sunday, I put my notes from Timothy for Cornell Dyer and the Never Robbers in a workable format. I hope to get some serious writing done on both these stories accomplished next weekend.

I also created a handout guide for the BryonySeries for events.

I worked a bit on Saturday and Sunday since I have two doctor's appointments on Monday and Tuesday.

I did some serious housecleaning.

I took care of a few bills and a whole bunch of filing that had piled up.

Joshua, and Amber the kids came over for dinner on Saturday night (Rebekah bought the ingredients, Joshua cooked), and I spent some time assessing Ezekiel's reading (Joshua and Amber are homeschooling him next year) while Rebekah made cookies with Jessica and Riley. I also made some curriculum suggestions to Joshua and Amber.

Not to digress too much, but poring through old school materials and helping to structure a program for my grandson made me realize just how much road the kids and I have traveled over the years. I found myself marveling at the realization I taught my kids how to read, do math, etc. It felt routine and natural in the moment.

Oh, yes, and I sent out the monthly letters to nine of the grandchildren.

Finally, I also watched some of the first season of Soap (Friday night and Saturday night) with Daniel and Rebekah (a Mother's Day present from Daniel).

I did not (yet) get to see my friend with lung cancer (mostly due to lack of a ride and too much rain to walk, but we did text a bit), and I did not make it down to Morris to see Ron in the nursing home (same reason, but more due to the fact he is not adjusting well).

I also didn't get much work done on Phyllis' memoir, so that goes to the top of my list for next Sunday afternoon.

For all of you reading this blog right now: I hope you had an ever better weekend, and I hope today is the start of a week that's even better than that!

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Steward Setback Saturday: The Epic Limerick (so far)

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Ed Calkins: "Staked!"-Based Epic Poem (Part Three)

A couple weeks ago, Ed Calkins, the Steward of Tara, (finally) sent the third installment to his epic limerick, which is very loosely based on several of the characters in Staked! the third novel in the BryonySeries trilogy.

For those needing to catch up, here are the links to parts one and two:

For those who have no idea who Ed Calkins is, read this primer:

And, of course, I am MOMI (Mistress of My Immortality)

For your amusement, I've included the installment along with the contents of Ed's most recent telegram. And the "panel" which he refers at the end has to do with this year's Calkins Day event (to which you are all invited.

More on the event later! :)

Dear MOMI,

I promise this thing has an ending somewhere but right now, I'm feeling a little like Capt. O' Windfree. This unfinished 'epic poem' has been sitting on my hard drive and I've been telling myself to ignore it and it will go away. It hasn't. I then tell myself, 'just finish it by getting to the point', but there is no point.

The poet tries to blame a Muse

Twelve Muses cast their craft willy-nilly
But this epic has gone from unlikely to silly
Seems I met number thirteen
And she’s making me scream
Cause she’s pulling me by what’s behind my own willy

Seems she’s the very muse of derange
Of two meetings she has put in my range
Both on O’Windfree’s own ship
But her pulling, I can’t skip
Here’s where the whole tale starts to get strange

Next morning, O’Windfree told the crew
Of the new plan that Ed already knew
A place called Egypt they were near
Which would trade their wares for beer
But the next part he didn’t have a clue

(Before the recovery movement or 12 step programs, self help groups were very different
The captain and crew have their Tuesday night meeting about their strange diet).

But when the foursome where away for awhile
Captain and crew had a meeting quite vile
See, the Irish have an affliction
We are prone to addiction
All while floating down the river of denial

Said the Captain, “Welcome to the non-cannibal meeting.
“We reassure each other and there plenty of seating,
that they will remember in song
that we did nothing wrong
But we also must choose who next we are eating”

“I should start this meeting with good news
None here at this meeting will draw straws and lose
Both the captain and crew
Have delivered two new
And for our next meal between the two we choose.”

“Look, If we were thieves, we would rob them
If we were from Sodom we’d nob them
And I hope to make plain
That each should explain
how we don’t have a people-eating problem”

“I’ll go first cause I’m feeling quite shoddy
I brought the women name “O” who’s a hottie.
She’s both funny and sweet
But I see her as meat
But I not the first to only want her body.”

I’ll go next cause I’m Jim the first mate
Let’s remember how we got this fate
Lost at sea for thirty days
With out food or any ways
To fish for food without nets or bait

“The next week we tried anything that we could
Rats, bedbugs, leather, cloth, flies, and even wood.
But Matt’s life starvation halted
And It’s he that should be faulted
Because when we ate he tasted so good”

Then each one here and not had agreed
That empty bellies, thirty days didn’t need.
And as soon as Matt’s meat
The whole crew finished to eat
We would draw straws on who next to feed.

After the next meal we did the fleet proud
By deciding that eating crew was allowed
Since then all agreed with our law
Expect the one drawing the short straw.
Gees there always just one in a crowd


It’s not my name but they call me ‘Cannibal Kirk’.
It’s not true but I’m known as a jerk
But my public service,
Makes the lazy nervous.
I only eat people who wouldn’t be showing for work.


My name’s Bob and I’m not being malicious
But of the losers complaining I’m suspicious
They say they’re not into vore
And they’d like to live more
But then why did they get so delicious


I’m Chef David and you don’t have a clue
Cause I’m different and smarter then all you
With your life chances you took
But you wouldn’t cook the cook
If a short straw I draw you’ll all want to redo

So I’ll tell you the of our food inventory
It’s a plain tail that tells the whole story
Tomorrow part of a thigh
And tonight, kidney pie
And it the last of meat from young Laurie

Perhaps two days is too far to look ahead
Future meals you don’t worry about when you’re fed
With the planning I cursed by
More cooking fat has the first guy.
The one the uneatable wood sprite call Uncle Ed


 While the crew talked of who they’d be eating
The remaining had their own book club meeting.
They discussed far future writing
And found three so exciting
That they made “O” list for future summer reading

The cliff hanger is; what three books got chosen?

Ruthlessly Yours,
                                                          Ed Calkins
P.S, I look forward to being on the panel the next Calkins day