Scribblers meet in Mt. Pleasant

Six Mt. Pleasant Scribblers met at the home of Claudia Streeter on April 9, at 6:30 p.m. Ann Porter was co-hostess. Several members were absent due to illness.

Before the meeting came to order, Claudia read a poem from a recent The New Yorker magazine titled ?Who Knows One? by Jane Shore.

In the absence of president and recording secretary, Karen Osborne, and vice president, Mary Hoyer, Ann Porter presided and Rita Davis recorded the minutes.

The group unanimously agreed to begin their next season of meetings in September rather than October. Claudia reported that Beth Howard, formerly from the Eldon, Grant Wood home, will be publishing her third book. Her previous books are: Making Pie: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie and Ms. American Pie: Buttery Good Pie recipes and Bold Tales from the American Gothic House.

Beth lives in Donnellson and continues to write and occasionally is on NPR. Claudia also noted there is recent piqued interest over Grant Wood?s art. Over 130 of his works are currently featured in the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York until June 10.

Ann Porter, was honored to win first place with her painting of five radishes, at a regional art show, and will continue to a State competition. The exhibits are open through Friday this week in Burlington at the Loft, near the Mundt Organ and Piano, which opens at 10 a.m. daily.

On May 14 at 6 p.m. Scribblers will meet for a sandwich and salad dinner at the home of Rita Davis with Karen Osborne co-hosting. Reservations are needed. The program will be shared writing. June?s meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at Marilyn Vincent?s home, and will be the last meeting until September.

The meeting adjourned for the program, ?Enjoying the Explaining? by Rita Davis, and included three short activities: a photo exchange focusing on emotions stirred up in the individual bringing the picturewhich brought on lively discussion, a six word poem/novel/story, in which participants were challenged to condense an entire idea or story to six words, an exercise most famously noted by Ernest Hemingway?s award winning flash fiction, (though the author?s claim is debated) ?For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn.? and experiments with expressing ideas through metaphors, similes and idioms.

Rita also shared a table game: Wise and Otherwise based on unique and strange proverbs from many groups around the world, noting that these are similar in their usage in the same way as idioms commonly used in the U.S.

Following the program Scribblers were dismissed to enjoy a dessert featuring a refreshing key lime pie served by Ann.