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The regional writer’s group, Mt. Pleasant Scribblers, met Monday, November 21, 2022, at 1:00 PM in the gathering space at the Mt. Pleasant First Presbyterian Church.
Writings presented for this month were the following:
Claudia Streeter started the readings with two selections. The first was a review of her year 2022 including trips with family. She loved the run on the dirt track at Daytona. “Trapped” followed her thoughts when finding herself in a neighboring town with what appeared to be a door lock malfunction. A Good Samaritan in the Ace Hardware parking lot came to the rescue, so she was still able to enjoy attending the event – but never wants to go through that again!
Ann Porter’s reading, “A Sense of Perspective,” was a personal reflection on how even negative events in life can be worthwhile and even a blessing.
Karen Osborne started with the loss of dear family members and the care for their cremains. The closing scene described the awkward surprise moment when they learned that ashes can solidify. And this was truly fitting for a person who was remembered as having the ability to stand her ground and be “Stubborn.”
Martha Wiley shared a description of a trip taken by Scribblers to a book talk in Iowa City by author Amy Tan that felt more like an epic adventure.
Rita Davis reviewed the escalating prices for everyday essentials, comparing to the cost of items when she and her husband were first married and when they were raising their family to what is happening now. She titled her piece “The Price Is Right?”
To lose something valuable can be traumatic, especially if it contains important, personal information about your life. Plus, you would never be able to replace it all. That valuable item would be your phone. That’s what happened to Marilyn Vincent in her story, “Oh, No! Where Is It?” In October, she and her husband went to Lanesboro in southeast Minnesota to ride the Root River Bike Trail. After much searching and alerting the inn keeper, she was just sure the phone was gone. They had no time to look anymore and headed home. Twenty miles away from town a text message appeared on her husband’s phone. The phone had been found and was at the Welcome Center. Immediately, they turned around to drive back and get the phone. There still are honest people. Marilyn wishes she could personally thank them.
Scribblers are pleased to welcome new members who are interested in being part of a group, sharing efforts in the craft of writing. The next regular meeting, at 1:00 PM, Monday, November 16, will be in the gathering space at the north entrance of the First Presbyterian Church, 902 S. Walnut, Mt. Pleasant. For more information, contact Karen Osborne, 319-367-5586.