View from Eagle Bluff by Jim Albright


Jim Albright was born and raised in Wisconsin. He and his wife, Jan, returned here after retiring. He is an engineer by degree and spent his working career in industry, all the while pursuing his love of painting. Some of his works can be viewed at his web site: www. jimalbrightart.com.


Celestial Choices by George Faunce

George Faunce is the author of The Parry Poems, a small collection of verse composed over fifty years. Parry was his nickname as a child; a variation on his middle name ‘Paris.’ He initially disliked the nickname; it sounded wimpy. However, working his way through the decades he learned, as many of us do, that dealing with the world sometimes meant dueling with it as well.  So he came to appreciate the concept of the parry in fencing. He could thrust or slash when necessary in his career in education, retiring as Superintendent of Schools for a K-12 district in a New Jersey before moving to Wisconsin in 2008 with his wife Maggie. But those fencing moves caused unnecessary harm if delivered unwisely. When instead he parried, he was able to buy time and think things through to a better resolve. To parry was to come at things more at a slant than head on and reckless. So the Parry Poems are a final understanding of life embraced more through metaphor than through expletive, and held with gentleness.


Late Summer by Grethe Brix-J. Leer


Grethe Brix-J. Leer is a teacher, artist and writer. She has exhibited and published work in her native Denmark and America. She taught memoir writing and art to older adults in Chicago for several years and currently coordinates a women’s writing and self-discovery class for PLATO.


It Started with the Seals by Norman Leer

Norman Leer has published two books and a chapbook of his own poems, as well as a critical study of Ford Madox Ford. In 1990, he received the Illinois Significant Poet’s Award from state Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks. He and his artist wife Grethe enjoy long walks and talks together.


Quiet Lagoon at Day's End by Fay Ferington


Felicitus (Fay) Ferington was born in Buffalo, raised on a farm, studied and taught psych/mental health at several Big Ten Universities and retired from the Army Nurse Corps in 1991. In all, a life in love with photography since 1950, from film & the darkroom, to digital with prints of any color or shade.


Haiku for the Seasons by Joanna Kutter

Joanna Kutter resides in Madison and Edgerton, Wisconsin where her Studio on the Edge is surrounded by woodlands that inspire her work. She holds a B.A. in Art from Beloit College where she also taught painting. Her works have been shown nationally and are included in private and corporate collections. Her website is Joannakutterfineart.com.


Child's Bouquet by Susan Hoffman


Author and illustrator Susan Young Hoffman's artwork and photographs are held in public and private collections nationwide. A retired reading specialist and district reading coordinator, she promotes literacy success through tutoring, her literacy blog susanyounghoffman.wordpress.com, and workshops for parents. Her second children's book, Henry's in a Jam: A Play on Words will be published this autumn.


Margaret Mary by George Faunce

George Faunce is the author of The Parry Poems, a small collection of verse composed over fifty years. Parry was his nickname as a child; a variation on his middle name ‘Paris.’ He initially disliked the nickname; it sounded wimpy. However, working his way through the decades he learned, as many of us do, that dealing with the world sometimes meant dueling with it as well.  So he came to appreciate the concept of the parry in fencing. He could thrust or slash when necessary in his career in education, retiring as Superintendent of Schools for a K-12 district in a New Jersey before moving to Wisconsin in 2008 with his wife Maggie. But those fencing moves caused unnecessary harm if delivered unwisely. When instead he parried, he was able to buy time and think things through to a better resolve. To parry was to come at things more at a slant than head on and reckless. So the Parry Poems are a final understanding of life embraced more through metaphor than through expletive, and held with gentleness.


Morning on Toddy Pond by Jim Albright


Jim Albright was born and raised in Wisconsin. He and his wife, Jan, returned here after retiring. He is an engineer by degree and spent his working career in industry, all the while pursuing his love of painting. Some of his works can be viewed at his web site: www. jimalbrightart.com.


All the Colors Happening Again by Norman Leer



Wood Ducks by Susan Hoffman


Author and illustrator Susan Young Hoffman's artwork and photographs are held in public and private collections nationwide. A retired reading specialist and district reading coordinator, she promotes literacy success through tutoring, her literacy blog susanyounghoffman.wordpress.com, and workshops for parents. Her second children's book, Henry's in a Jam: A Play on Words will be published this autumn.


Nancy Cross Dunham is retired from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.  Mother of two and grandmother to four boys, she writes memoir and poetry, and takes photographs, as contemplative practices to discern what she’s learning about herself, the world and the other people in it.

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