September Newsletter: Critique Café Holds Art Contest.

Critique Café Holds Art Contest

The upcoming Fall issue of The Best of Critique Café will be a Children’s Edition. The group plans to use a child’s artwork for the cover and has issued a call for submissions to Fort Stockton’s children—Pre-K through Middle School—to create a piece of art with the theme “The Magic of Books.” The deadline is September 16. A child may enter up to three pieces of art, any medium, on a 4.25 x 5.75 piece of white paper (that’s a regular sheet of paper folded half—see the Texas Edition). Entries should be brought to the public library no later than noon on Monday, September 16th. Judging will take place at the regularly scheduled meeting that night.


August Newsletter Poetry Corner: Pearl Light

Pearl Light

by Jody Bailey Day


The light slips pearl-like

Through the window in my room,

The soft, first light of day…

Hallowed time, a moment

Before the coming noise,

The quiet, first light of day…

The Dove sings His songdove

Of love into my heart,

The precious, first Light of day…

Father whispers to His child

His way of life and Word,

The Holy, first Light of day.



Fun Tidbits and Facts

August Newsletter Fun Tidbits and Facts

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West Texas After the Rain—Photo by Jessica Ontiveros



Things Heard at Meeting

                                                                 “Using my education against me.”

                                 “It has lots of nano fluff.”                                                                             

“A crazy lady accosted me.”

                                                                                 “Was it aliens?”

“Have a fight, get drunk, do something.”

                                 “How do I get out of this?”


August Newsletter Poetry Corner: To My Guardian Angel

To My Guardian Angel

By Frances Armstrong

When my life was shrouded in darkness you brought me light,

When my mood was black, you brightened it.

For this I have to thank you, my Guardian Angel.

You showed me that no matter what happens, there is still love to be found.

You took my broken spirit and you cared for it,

Showing me that not all was lost.

You made me believe in myself, when all hope was gone.

Thank you for being there and supporting me when I needed it the most.

And most of all, thank you from the bottom of my heart for loving one as dark as me,

And showing me there is still hope.

Guardian Angels were said to be nonexistent,

But that is wrong.

I have proof right now that a guardian Angel exists,

And that is you.

You who always gives me and others a hand when we need it most,

You that always puts others before yourself.


August Newsletter Writers/Readers Quick Snack: Cantaloupe Pie

Cantaloupe Pie
Submitted by Glenda Bonham

1 fully ripe cantaloupe (preferably Pecos, of course)

3 tablespoons flourPie-clip-art-pictures-free-clipart-images-2

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1 stick butter

5 egg yolks, beaten

1/2 cup sugar

1 9-inch baked pie shell

5 egg whites

1/8 teaspoon vanilla

3 tablespoons sugar or to taste

Cut the cantaloupe into smallish chunks and cook over low heat until soft enough to mash. Add flour, nutmeg, butter, egg yolks, and 1/2 cup sugar. Continue cooking, stirring constantly until thick. Cool and pour into baked pie shell.

To make meringue, beat egg whites until stiff, adding vanilla and sugar. Cover pie with meringue and brown slightly under the broiler. You may top with Cool Whip instead, if desired. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours before serving.