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December 2005 

   Dr. Laurence Harshbarger, District 4, Junction City, was featured in an article by Lauren Karp published in the Junction City Daily Union on December 18, 2005. “Local Man Portrays Life Through Verse” includes several of his poems, published in a collection of his work, Sixty Years of Poetry, 2001. 12/24/2005
   Dorothy Masters, District 4, Harveyville, had a letter to the editor published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on Friday, December 16. “Looking for spirit” addresses the difficulty of reconciling picketing at a soldier’s funeral with the holiday spirit. 12/16/2005
   George Paris, District 1, Topeka, did two evenings of reading from his yet to be published Back When I Was Alive: Stories from Dust Bowl Days, some of which will be released soon on a CD. The readings were at Starry Night Cafe in Topeka on December 6 and 13. 12/22/2005
   Tom Parker, District 4, Blue Rapids, and Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, read from their newly published books at a Holiday Open House at the Blue Rapids Mercantile on Saturday, December 10. Parker's dispatches from kansas is a collection of his newspaper columns, "The Way Home," originally printed in The Washington County News. In Yoho's fiction, The Moon Butter Route, a boy takes a summer job with the local diary and finds himself involved with bootleggers. 12/11 /2005
   Mary Alice Parmley, District 1, and her twin sister, Anna Belle Baker, Topeka, signed copies of their Christmas book Tis the Season on Saturday, December 10, at Hastings, Topeka, and on Sunday, December 11, at the Christian Book Store, Topeka. Anna Belle provided illustrations for the updated edition of Mary Alice's Christmas poems. 12/11 /2005
   Larry Rochelle, District 2, Overland Park, had his poem “The Tormented Elf” published in the Poet’s showcase in the Lawrence Journal-World on Sunday, December 18, 2005. The eighth volume in Rochelle’s Palmer Morel Mystery Series was released in November. Blue Ice is set in contemporary Kansas City at Thanksgiving. Some of the action takes place in the Plaza, Westport, the River Market, and in Osawatomie, Kansas. The thriller involves the purchase of an old theater, the Ibis, on Main Street and the KC mob. 12/22/2005
   Tonya Marie Smith, District 1, Topeka, supports freedom of religious expression, especially at universities, in her letter to the editor published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on Wednesday, December 21, 2005. In “Religious bigotry” she regrets the cancellation of KU's proposed class on Intelligent Design. 12/23/2005
   Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, signed copies of his books, featuring his newest novel, The Moon Butter Route, December 3 at Borders Books/Music/Cafe, in Lawrence, and on December 7 at the Washburn University Bookstore in Topeka. Max was featured at the "Afternoon with Kansas Authors" series of the Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library on December 11 and covered on the KSNT-TV evening news. Laurel Johnson reviewed the novel in Midwest Book Review, "Reviewer's Bookwatch," December 2005, stating, "I recommend this book with untermpered enthusiasm...I can't remember when I've been so well-entertained by a book." 12/21/2005

November 2005

   Mark Bouton, District 2, Carbondale, has signed a contract with Five Star for the second novel in his Max series of mysteries, entitled Max Unlocks the Universe, due out next fall. Mark spoke and signed copies of his two novels, Max Conquers the Cosmos and Cracks in the Rainbow at the Council Grove Public Library on November 3 and at the Wichita Public Library on November 10. 11/3/2005
   Karen Sells Brown, District 1, Topeka, had two articles published in the Fall 2005 issue of ERC Now! “Conscious Discipline Topic at Annual Meeting” introduced a classroom discipline program being taught at ERC. “Kansas Reads to Preschoolers” highlighted ERC’s role as a sponsoring partner in local activities. for the statewide reading program of the Kansas State Library, November 14-20. 11/2/2005
   
Marshall Clark, District 1, Topeka, has published an article inspired by a military uniform button unearthed at Fort Hays. The button, manufactured by the company that supplied buttons to West Point, c. 1870-1875, may have been worn by Marcus Reno, West Point graduate and commandant at Fort Hays. “A Button Falls, a Story Unfolds” appears in the September/October 2005 issue of Kansas Preservation. p. 17. 11/1/2005
   Matt Copeland, District 1, Topeka, was featured on the front page of the Topeka Capital-Journal, "Honors English," on Wednesday, November 2, 2005. Matt, a thirty-year-old teacher of English at Washburn Rural High School, received the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award and an oversized check for $25,000 at a school assembly on Tuesday. The article also mentions Matt’s first place in the Kansas Authors Club's First Five Pages of a Book Contest, 2005. Matt also serves as Vice-President of Kansas Teachers of English. 11/6/2005
   Sandra Detrixhe, District 4, Concordia, signed copies of her books, including her latest, Zen and the Art of Needlecraft at Waldenbooks, Salina, on Saturday, November 19. 11/24/2005
   Lydia Gonzales, District 7, Garden City, announces that her book Gringo/Ringo: The Trials and Tribulations of a Watchdog, will be released before Christmas. The story is based on the love between a dog and his family. 11/30/2005
   Yvonne Evie Green, District 1, Topeka, had a letter to the editor published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on Friday, November 11, 2005. “Build a showplace” encouraged the city of Topeka to preserve its history and plan for new buildings to be architecturally unique and suited to their surroundings. 11/15/2005
   Susan Howell, District 5, Wichita, edits Kansas Traveler, a quarterly publication distributed Kansas-wide. It is printed in full color on a tab-size newsprint format. To receive a complimentary copy of the print publication, send an email to Susan Howell at howell@kotn.org with your ground mail address.    Susan also sends an infrequently emailed newsletter (KT enews) covering such things as deadlines, story requests, new products and other items related to the business of producing the publication. To receive Susan's infrequently emailed newsletter, send her an email with your name, the email address where you'd like to receive KT e-news, your business or organization if appropriate, and the community where you live. 11/16/2005
   Susan Kinney-Riordan, District 4, Salina, has received an Honorable Mention in the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Contest for her book, I Wanted a Poem About Kansas, The announcement of the award winners will be published in the March 2006 issue of Writer’s Digest11/20/2005
   Dorothy Masters, District 4, Harveyville, had a letter to the editor published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on Saturday, November 5, 2005. “Consider all sides” concerned recent parole hearings for Lorna Anderson, who was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of her husband. 11/6/2005
   Nancy Mehl, District 5, Wichita, signed copies of her new book, Malevolence, at Watermark Books, Wichita, on October 16. Malevolence is a supernatural mystery and the first in her Icy Curtis Mystery series. Books are also available at amazon.com and can be ordered from book stores nationwide. Nancy had her monthly book review published in the Wichita Eagle on Sunday, November 6, 2005. She reviewed Category Five by Philip Donlay, who grew up in Wichita and now lives in Minneapolis MN. In “Also new by Kansas authors,” she mentioned Manhattan Mysteries: Deadly Tales from the Little Apple, “a delightful collection of mystery short stories,” which includes some stories written by Kansas Authors Club members. 11/8/2005
  .Roxie Olmstead, District 5, Augusta, has had two articles reprinted: “Pumpkin Pie for the Low-Cholesterol Crowd” was picked up from The Best Times and published in the November 2005 Active Aging. “Thank You Readers Digest,” a humor piece, was published in the November 2005 The Best Times. 11/4/2005
   Naomi Patterson, District 1, Topeka, had her column published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on Tuesday, November 29, 2005. “Beyond turkey, gravy” encourages us to notice the small miracles in our everyday life, like the wonder of a child at a balloon. 11/30/2005
   Tracy Million Simmons, District 1, Topeka, had some "Thoughts on Unschooling" published in the November/December 2005 issue of Live Free Learn Free. 11/15/2005
   Tom Parker, District 4, Blue Rapids, announces publication of his book, dispatches from kansas, a collection of newspaper columns originally printed in The Washington County News. 11/25/2005
   Debra Stufflebean, District 1, Topeka, attended the Heartland Christian Writer's Conference in Kansas City, Nov. 11 & 12. Her manuscript for Untold Secrets, a novel, was requested by Revell-Baker, as well as by Broadman-Holman. She won second place in fiction writing at the conference for the first three chapters of Untold Secrets. Her manuscript, Child of God, was requested by Zonderkidz. 11/20/2005
   LeNore Stumpf, District 4, Axtell, signed copies of her newest book, Life, I Think Is Like a Watermelon, at the Blue Rapids Mercantile on Saturday, November 12. LeNore read selections from the book, which won 2005 J. Donald Coffin Award, from her novel, Branded with Love, and her poetry book, Wise & Otherwise. 11/15/2005
   Barbara Waterman-Peters, District 1, Topeka, had a letter to the editor published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on Tuesday, November 15, 2005. “Just the beginning” described the First Friday Art Walk, in Westboro Mart on November 4, a monthly event featuring art exhibits and live music.. 11/15/2005
   James D. Wright, District 5, Wichita, recently received a Special Honorable Mention in the ByLine Short Story Contest (deadline July 6, 2005) for his story, “The Basic Goodness of Life.” 11/7/2005
   Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, signed copies of his new novel The Moon Butter Route at Hastings, Topeka, on Friday, November 11 and at the Holiday Open House at Kansas History Center on Saturday, November 12. Yoho's story is set in Southeast Kansas in the waning days of WWII. Wally Gant, age twelve, takes a summer job at a local dairy and gets inadvertently involved with moonshiners and bootleggers. 11/2/2005
   

October 2005

   
   Mark Bouton, District 2, Carbondale, a mystery writer and former FBI agent, appeared on the “Law Enforcement and Historic Forensics” panel at The Great Manhattan Mysteries Conclave II, October 1. 10/31/2005
   Christie Breault, District 5, Benton, announces the publication of her children’s book, Logan West: Printer’s Devil, by Mondo Publishing, NYC. Matthew Archambault, who has illustrated a number of children’s books, illustrated the cover and 12 illustrations. In 1874, eleven-year-old Logan West, an apprentice at the Wichita City Eagle, learns some lessons about life, with the help of another newcomer to the cowtown, Wyatt Earp. 10/3/2005
   Julia Dagenais, District 5, Wichita, presented "Writing a Personal Family History" at LaQuinta Inn, Wichita on October 29. The event was sponsored by Midwest Historical and Genealogical Society. 10/31/2005
   Linda Geffert, District 1, Topeka, continues to write a column for the weekly Mission Valley Herald in Eskridge. “Home-Baked...Philosophy and Pie Crust” is sometimes humorous, sometimes serious, and usually includes a recipe. 10/3/2005
   Nancy Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, was Hospitality Chair for The Great Manhattan Mysteries Conclave II, September 30 to Sunday, October 2, 2005. 10/14/2005
   Randall Martin, District 1, Topeka, has won the Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine May 2005 Mysterious Photograph contest for his story “Fair Weather Friends.” The contest uses a photo as a prompt for writing a story of 250 words or fewer. Randall received a cash award and received two copies of the November issue, where his story appeared as The Story That Won. Randall is an editor for Northrop-Grumman in Topeka. 10/3/2005
   Roxie Olmstead, District 5, Augusta, received the Writing Achievement Award at our 2005 Convention. She has enjoyed continued success since she reached her goal of publishing 100 articles before her 80th birthday. The Kansas Senior Times  reprinted a memoir “Post War Housing” in the October 2005 edition and published a humorous article “A Ghost Is Saving My Marriage!” in the November 2005 issue, one of seven articles they purchased in advance. Roxie also had two articles published in the October 2005 issue of Kanhistique: “The Season of Nativity,” about her collection of miniature nativity sets, and “President’s Quilt,” about a quilt her mother made in 1965 with busts of presidents from Washington to Johnson. updated 10/26/2005
   Tom Parker, District 4, Blue Rapids, had his article, "Counting on the Unexpected,” published in the Nov./Dec. 2005 issue of Bird Watcher’s Digest. 10/25/2005
   Naomi Patterson, District 1, Topeka, put her philosophy of life in a nutshell in “From Atop a Milestone” and challenges each of us to write our own list of tenets to live by. Her 100th column appeared in the Topeka Capital-Journal on Tuesday, October 25, 2005. Naomi also won the 2005 Nelson Poetry book award for her third book of poetry, For Crying Out Loud. 10/25/2005
   Larry Rochelle, District 2, Overland Park, discussed his mystery, Death And Devotion, at Claridge Court, Praiire Village, on September 18. The event, part of the Claridge Court Author Series, was sponsored by the Johnson County Public Library. 10/31/2005
   Anne Shiever, District 4, Salina, has had her poem "The Clown" nominated for "Best Poem of Year 2005" in the 2nd Muses Prize competition of the on-line magazine, The Muses Review. 10/27/2005
   Margaret Shauers, District 6, Great Bend, presented “Magazines Are a Market Too!”, October 1, at The Great Manhattan Mysteries Conclave II. 10/31/2005
   LeNore Stumpf, District 4, Axtell, winner of the 2005 J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award, was featured in an article by Tom Parker, District 4, Blue Rapids, in the Marysville Advocate. “Stumpf gets Kansas Authors' award for book” appeared on Thursday, October 13. LeNore’s book Life, I Think, Is Like a Watermelon is a collection of humorous essays, many of which appeared in her column “Flip Side,” which ran in the Marysville Advocate for 18 years between 1975 and 1994. 10/19/2005
   James Wright, District 5, Wichita, won a Special Honorable Mention in a ByLine short story contest with "The Basic Goodness of Life." 10/11/2005
   Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, has been nominated by Bill Shaffer, producer/director at KTWU public television station, for a 2006 Governor's Arts Award. 10/14/2005
   

September 2005

   Errol Anderson, District 1, Topeka, visited Hastings Books in Liberal, Garden Cit,y Hays, and Hutchinson in late August. Errol is the author of The Job Coach, a novel about a young woman who becomes a job coach, helping high school students in a special program adjust to their jobs while she struggles to overcome difficulties in her own life. 9/3/2005
   Mark Bouton, District 2, Carbondale, a former FBI agent,discussed his new book, Cracks in the Rainbow, in which the LAPD tries to stop a powerful covert group from launching an ethnic cleansing plot. The event was part of the "Afternoon with Kansas Authors" series, September 18, at the Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library. Love Romances gives Mark's book a "five-heart:" rated review. updated 10/4/2005
   Marj Guerich, District 4, St. Marys, had her article "Scrapbooks Tell of Happy Days," published in the August 2005 Capper's Weekly. 9/29/2005
   Duane Herrmann, District 1, Topeka, read from his new book, Prairies of Possibilities: New and Selected Poems, on August 27 at a Topeka Friends Meeting. Duane’s reading was accompanied by Ken Lopez on Native American flute. 9/8/2005
   Bill Karnowski, District 4, Wamego, and Karen Sells Brown, District 1, Topeka, read their own work and some poetry by others at the Black Jack Hills Poetry Jam Two at Black Jack Hills Recreation Center near St. George, KS, on Sept. 8. Karnowski's two books of poetry are Pushing the Chain and Painting the Train. Brown's poems have been published in two anthologies by The Write Stuff writers group: Insight Out and A Write Stuff Christmas. 9/20/2005
   Anne McCourtie, District 1, Mayetta, presened a short workshop on self-publishing on September 18, at Unity Church of Topeka. The workshop covered the basics of self-publishing, giving some of the advantages as well as disadvantages of this method of getting a book into print. 9/25/2005
   Dr. Ken Ohm, District 1, Topeka, spoke at "Afternoons with Kansas Authors" in the Topeka Room at Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library on Aug. 21 . Ken is the author of Spatzies and Brass BBs: Life in a One-Room Country School, a book of memoirs about growing up in southeast Kansas. 9/8/2005
   Larry Rochelle, District 2, Overland Park, discussed his poetry book, I Got Da Ever Lovin' KC Blues, on KKFI-FM 90.1 on Connie Crash's program "Soul Fixin' Blues," on September 13. 9/15/2005
    LeNore Stumpf, District 4, Axtell, signed copies of her book Life, I Think Is Like a Watermelon, on August 20 at the Beattie Milo Fest in Beattie, Kansas, in Marshall County. She also signed books on Aug. 20 at the Beattie Milo Fest in Beattie, Kansas, in Marshall County 9/7/2005
   Dale Vaughn, Ken Ohm, and Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, and Donna Penley, District 5, Haysville, were mentioned in Roy Bird’s article “Kansas Authors—Hidden Treasures” on p. 15 of the Fall 2005 Kansas Traveler magazine. Bird is director of the Kansas Center for the Book at the Kansas State Library. Bird found Vaughn’s The Chance “not only a moving story but also historically accurate.” He found Ohm’s Spatzies and Brass BBs “sure to appeal” to those who attended small rural schools. Bird judges Yoho’s The Revival, winner of the 2002 J. Donald Coffin Award, as being “one of the funniest books ever written in Kansas." Bird also recommends Yoho’s Tales from Comanche County and Felicia, These Fish Are Delicious as good reads from “the state’s foremost publishing humorist.” Bird does not mention Penley’s books by name but recommends her cowgirl poetry as “chock full of biting insight and salty humor of the Western variety.” 9/15 /2005
    Barbara Waterman-Peters, District 1, Topeka, had a letter to the editor published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on Saturday, September 24. “Arts provide meaning” addressed the recent decision to deny funding to the Arts Council of Topeka for 2006, emphasizing the value of the Arts Council’s activities to the Topeka community. 9/25/2005

August 2005

   Errol Anderson, District 1, Topeka, signed copies of his novel The Job Coach at Borders in Lawrence, on Saturday, August 13. 8/15/2005
  Mark Bouton, District 2, Carbondale, has been booked for an August appearance on the Connie Martinson Talks Books show, a nationally syndicated show that airs in 30 million U.S. households. He'll be discussing his new thriller, Cracks in the Rainbow. And he may work in a mention of his mystery novel, Max Conquers the Cosmos. 8/2/2005
   Don Coldsmith, District 2, Emporia, was recently named the “best living Western historical novelist” by True West magazine. “With more than 6 million books in print and numerous awards to his credit, Coldsmith deserves this fitting tribute,” said Nancy Mehl, District 5, Wichita, in her column “Close to Home” in the Sunday, August 7 Wichita Eagle. In “Coldsmith being ‘guided’ along Native American path,” Mehl reviewed Coldsmith’s The Pipestone Quest, the 28th book in his “Spanish Bit Saga.” According to Mehl, “Coldsmith is a masterful storyteller, and although his characters exist in a time and civilization foreign to today’s readers, he portrays them with thoughts and emotions that are universally understood.” 8/2/2005
   Luanne French
, District 6, Great Bend, will have a short story called "Lights Out" published in the September issue of Dana Literary Society Online Journal. 8/22/2005
   William J. Karnowski
, District 4, Wamego, will sign copies of his books of poetry, with other Kansas authors at Varney’s Bookstore in Manhattan, Kansas, August 11. 8/17/2005
   Randall Martin, District 1, Topeka, has won the Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine May 2005 Mysterious Photograph contest for his story “Fair Weather Friends.” The contest uses a photo as a prompt for writing a story of 250 words or fewer. Randall received a cash award and will receive two copies of the November issue, where his story will appear as The Story That Won. Randall is an editor for Northrop-Grumman in Topeka. 8/13/2005
   Roxie Olmstead, District 5, Augusta, has recently had two articles published: “The Day the Washer Took a Hike” (a reprint of a memoir/humor piece) in the August 2005 Kansas Senior Times and “The Mini-Book of Family Trivia” (how-to) in the August 2005 The Best of Times. Roxie has now published 95 articles and hopes to reach her goal of 100 before her 80th birthday. 8/8/2005
   George Paris, Distrist 1, Topeka, shared stories of the Dust Bowl in western Kansas on August 13 at the Electric Cat Cafe in Paxico. 8/15/2005
   Naomi Patterson
, District 1, Topeka, had her two most recent poetry books, Thinking Out Loud and For Crying Out Loud, reviewed by Tom Roth in “Kansas books” on page 4 of the August 2004 Kansas Libraries. [This is a PDF file] “The author is a keen observer of what goes on around her, and has the perception to make poetry from everyday life,” Roth said. 8/8/2005
   Donna Penley, District 5, Haysville, had her most recent book of cowgirl poetry, The Storytellers, reviewed in the August 2004 Kansas Libraries, page 4. [This is a PDF file] According to reviewer Tom Roth, “Anyone who enjoys reading about the Old West and Western history and literature will enjoy the poems in this collection.” 8/8/2005
   Larry Rochelle, District 2, Overland Park, was interviewed on August 11 by Mike Alley, Channel 17 Johnson County Cable, about his new Palmer Morel mystery, Gulf Ghost. The show airs each day M-F sometime between 4-6 p.m. for about six weeks. Gulf Ghost, about Biloxi, gambling, and a hurricane, will be released in late August by Booksurge. Larry was featured in a Kansas City Star article about his book, I Got Da Ever Lovin’ KC Blues, a collection of poetry short stories, and essays. “A poet’s perspective: Book looks at Kansas City, its suburbs, the blues,” by Maggie Hessel-Mial appeared on Saturday, July 30, 2005. 8/12/2005
   Frankie Roland, District 3, Coffeyville, had a personal essay published in the July 23-29, 2005 Happiness magazine titled “Slow Down and Be Surprised.”  10/3/2005
   Doris Schroeder, District 6, Hutchinson, has an article, “Enjoying the Autumn Season” published in the Fall 2005 Brave Hearts. Her article “Attending One-Room School a Special Time” was published in the August 2005 Grit magazine. 10/3/2005
   Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, had an editorial "Our Rights Were Hard Won!" published in the August 2005 United Steel Workers Local 307 News & Views. Yoho reminds local Goodyear workers that "the 'rights' their members enjoy today are a result of the bravery and sacrifices of the founders of Local 307." Yoho's letter is also published on-line in a PDF version of the union newsletter, pg. 4, and was quoted in the Topeka Capital-Journal, "Union brought workers through," on Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2005, p. 1. 8/15/2005, updated 9/13/2005

July 2005

   Marshall Clark, District 1, Topeka, had an article published in the May-June 2005 issue of Kansas Preservation. “Military Buttons Reveal Clues About Their Owners” describes a layman’s method for dating buttons from military uniforms (1869-1889) found at a site at Fort Hays. (Scroll in the on-line PDF file, pages 13-14, to read this article.) 7/9/2005
   Sandra Detrixhe, District 4, Concordia, announces that her twelfth book will be released in October. Zen and the Art of Needlecraft is her fourth book for Adams Media and a follow-up to last year's Zen and the Art of Quilting. 7/23/2005
   Ann Fowler Everett
, District 5, Haysville, signed copies of her new book, Emotional Choice: Caregivers Surviving Alzheimer's Disease, July 28, Boellings Health Mart, Herington. The book is a mix of poetry and prose, narrative about the experience of caregiving, and bottom line suggestions at the end of each chapter. 7/30/2005
   Conrad Jestmore, District 5, Wichita, had a poem “Scanning the Cartographer's Line” published in the July/August ByLine Magazine. 7/12/2005
   Colleen Kelly Johnston, District 5, Wichita, had a letter to the editor in the Wichita Eagle published July 9 headed “Tax is here to stay.” She questioned an editorial saying the arena tax would end after 30 months. 7/11/2005
   William J. Karnowski
, District 4, Wamego, organized the Black Jack Hills Poetry Jam at Black Jack Hills Recreation Center near St. George, KS, on June 30. Readers included William J. Karnowski, author of Painting the Train and other books of poetry;
Ron Wilson, recently declared Cowboy Poet Lariat of Kansas by Governor Sebelius; Dwight Burgess; Glenn Brunkow; Karen Sells Brown, District 1, Topeka; and Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, author of Felicia, These Fish Are Delicious. 7/5/2005
   Barbara Lerma, District 1
, Topeka, presented “Crazy Horse in Love,” her research about the time Crazy Horse spent in Kansas, at Kansas Stories at the Electric Cat Café in Paxico on May 28. 7/10/2005
   Claude Lee, District 1
, Topeka, wrote a letter to the editor published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on Saturday, June 25, 2005. “Future in jeopardy” urges moderate Republicans to help solve the crisis in state education funding and insure that our children have a chance to be all they can be. 7/6/2005
   Dorothy Masters
, District 4, Harveyville, had a letter to the editor published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on Friday, July 22. “Quality, not quantity” stressed the importance of having a living will and durable power of attorney. Dorothy spoke about her books Look on the Sunny Side of Life and A Day on the Trail to the Topeka Downtown Optimists on July 8 and to the Widowed Persons Group on July 16. 7/23/2005
   
Anne McCourtie
, District 1, Mayetta, published two new fantasy books for children ages 8-12 in June. The Keeper of Names is about a young girl seeking her identity. Ride Like the Wind tells an overlapping story about a young boy. 7/8/2005
   Elizabeth Nichols
, District 1, Topkea, presented “Native American Flute Music—The Kansas Connection” at Kansas Stories at the Electric Cat Café in Paxico on Saturday, July 9. Liz told about Thurlow Lieurance and other Kansans who have helped to preserve Native American music, played songs on Indian flutes, and read her poem “Voice of the Kanza.” 7/10/2005
   Sue Novak, District 2, Lawrence, is writing a monthly column called "Critter Care" for the Lawrence Journal-World. It offers news and pet care information from the Lawrence Humane Society, where Sue serves on the board of directors. The first column, published June 26, was "Summer poses problems for pets." Sue will also teach a section of "Research and Writing" this fall at the KU journalism school, as an adjunct faculty member. 7/15/2005
   Ken Ohm, District 1, Topeka, was featured author during Amelia Earhart Day, July 16, at the Atchison Public Library. Ken spoke about his book of memoirs Spatzies and Brass BBs and sign books. 7/24/2005
   Roxie Olmstead, District 5, Augusta, had a reprint of an article, “Heir Care,” published in the July issue of the Kansas Senior Times. Two more articles were accepted for publication recently. Roxie reports she now has 92 published articles and 7 promises. “I’m getting close to my goal,” she says, of 100 publications by her 80th birthday next year. Keep up the good work, Roxie. 7/12/2005
   Tom Parker, District 4
, Blue Rapids, invited guest authors Dorothy Masters, District 4, Harveyville (Keep on the Sunny Side of Life, A Day on the Trail) and Sam PiersonDistrict 2, Lebo (Rose's Mountain, Wind Whispers, She's Called Willie) to read from and discuss their work.on July 23 at the Blue Rapids Mercantile. 7/25/2005
Group photo: KAC presentor Sam Pierson (left), guest LeNore Stumpf (center), and presentor Dorothy Masters (right)
   Mary Alice Parmely
, District 1, Topeka, wrote a letter to the editor published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on Thursday, July 14. “An Ill Wind” protests the development of wind farms in the Flint Hills of Marion County. 7/16/2005
   Larry Rochelle
, District 2, Overland Park, had his poem “Something about a Dirt Road” published on Sunday, July 3, in Poet’s Showcase in the Lawrence Journal-World. Larry also read poetry from his last two books, Ghostly Embers and I Got Da Ever Lovin’ KC Blues, at the Johnson County Central Library on Tuesday, July 19. updated 7/20/2005
   Debra Stufflebean, District 1
, Topeka, presented “The History of Mission Valley and the Sage Inn” at Kansas Stories at the Electric Cat Café in Paxico on July 2. Debra, former owner of the historic Sage Inn in Dover, has written a book Good Night, Mary Ann about the two Mrs. Sages, both named Mary Ann. 7/6/2005
   Carol and Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, have a short article published in the July issue of Kansas Traveler. "Visiting Mount Sunflower," p. 14, includes two photos of the Yoho's visit to this famous Western Kansas high spot. Content was orginally published on Carol's web site. Carol also urged the Wichita Eagle to “Support local work” in a letter to the editor published on Thursday, July 14. She commented on the benefit to small publishers of having their books reviewed in “Close to home—a look at Kansas authors,” a book review column written by Nancy Mehl, District 5, Wichita. updated 7/16/2005
   Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, is featured prose writer in the July-Sept. issue of the on-line journal New Works Review. An interview with Max starts on the home page, with hot links to his bio, six sample short works, and an additional photo. 7/2/2005

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June 2005

   Errol Anderson, District 1, Topeka, signed copies of his novel The Job Coach at Hastings in Topeka on June 24 and at Hastingsin Lawrence on June 25. 6/26/2005
   Robert Beattie
, District 5
, Wichita, author of the bestseller Nightmare in Wichita: The Hunt for the BTK Strangler, spoke at the Salina Public Library on June 4. For book signings and other appearances, check Beattie’s schedule at http://nightmareinwichita.com/appearances.htm 6/16/2005
   Dr. Bob Carey
, District 1, Topeka, began an eight-week session called “Writing from Life—Creative Writing II” starting June 8th at Lowman United Methodist Church, Topeka. 6/14/2005
   John Howell,
a new member of District 5, Wichita, has added three poems from Felicia, These Fish Are Delicious by Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, to his Poetry of Kansas web site: “Thoughts on the Unfairness of Life, “1942, and “Secret Underpants. We have printed John's rules for consideration on this site. 6/7/2005
   William J. Karnowski, District 4, Wamego, has just published a new book of poetry and prose, Painting the Train, about the “inner desire of humans to leave some mark.” 6/7/2005
   Mike Klaassen, District 5, Valley Center, was featured in an article headed “Local Author Pens ‘The Brute’” in the Play! section of The Newton Kansan on Friday, June 10. “The book is full of the imagery and intrigue teenage boys enjoy—,” the Kansan said, “from the blood-and-guts butchering of a chicken to the often scary sights and sounds of camping under the stars.” The Brute, Klaassen’s first novel, is about a sixteen-year-old Boy Scout on a disastrous campout in the Flint Hills. “They call him Fort” provides a synopsis. The Brute was published by Blue Works, the young-adult imprint of Windstorm Creative, a mid-sized publisher in Port Orchard, Washington. 6/15/2005
   Tom Mach,
District 2, Lawrence, shared little-known facts about the brave men and women of Lawrence, Kansas, in “Heroes and Heroines of Quantrill's Raid” on June 25 at the Electric Cat Cafe in Paxico. 6/26/2005
   Nancy Mehl
, a new member of District 5, Wichita, announces that her book review column in the Wichita Eagle will appear only once a month starting on June 5. The “Close to Home” column will offer one review and two mentions of books by Kansas authors each month. Self-published and small-press books will no longer be reviewed. Read Nancy's June 5 column. 6/7/2005
   Judie Miller, District 1
, Topeka, wrote a letter to the editor after observing a veteran at the display of crosses placed on the lawn of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Topeka in honor of soldiers lost in the war in Iraq. “Standing at attention” was published on Sunday, May 29, 2005, in the Topeka Capital-Journal. 6/1/2005
   Margaret Nelson, District 5
, Wichita, died on Thursday, June 23, 2005, in Wichita. Margaret joined Kansas Authors Club District 5 in 1982 as a writer of poetry, drama, religion, and non-fiction. She became District 5 Secretary in 1989 and District 5 President in 1990. She received the state service award in 1991. Margaret served as State President in 1994/1995. Margaret continued to serve the club in many ways, particularly as contest manager and judge of youth writing contests. She was always encouraging to her fellow writers. In 2002 Margaret and Raymond established the Nelson Poetry Book Award. Margaret’s book, Berky, was published in 1976. She co-authored with her husband, Raymond, In the Shadow of the Tower: Friends University in 1998.
   A memorial service was held on Saturday, July 9, at University Friends Church, Wichita. Read Margaret's obituary on-line. 6/25/2005
   Naomi Patterson, District 1, Topeka, announces, along with the Topeka Capital-Journal, that her column will appear on a more regular basis. Look for it on Page 2A on the fourth Tuesday of each month, beginning June 28. Her most recent column, “We learn to bend with the wind,” appeared on Tuesday, June 7. Naomi points out that while we must adapt to change, we may “rightly refuse to view all change as progress. Often, we quietly acquiesce. Sometimes, we decide to fight the good fight, tilting at Don Quixote's windmills.” 6/7/2005
   Larry Rochelle
, District 2, Olathe, has a new book of poetry, I Got Da Ever Lovin’ KC Blues, to be out in late June. 6/7/2005
   George W. Schiller
, District 5, Wichita, died Monday, June 13, 2005, in Clearwater, Kansas, at the age of 89. He was born April 30, 1916, in Barrett, Kansas. George wrote two books, Reflections from the Prairie, a collection of personal essays and opinion pieces published by Cottonwood Press, Arkansas City, Kansas, in 1994, and The Abolitionist: A Saga of the Albert Gallatin Barrett Family in Early Kansas, © 2002, based on his great-grandfather’s settling in Kansas in 1854. George’s letters to the editor, many about contemporary subjects such as windmill farms and stem cell research, were published frequently in the Wichita Eagle, as recently as May 2005. George was a member of Kansas Authors Club since 1996. See George's photo and "About the Author" at the Kansas Collection 6/22/05
   Robert D. Simison
, District 5, Newton, had a letter to the editor published in the Wichita Eagle on Sunday, June 5, 2005. “Emotional Thinking” covered “life issues” such as human eggs harvested for fertility purposes, embryos, and fetuses. He took the stand that they were not persons. 6/15/2005
   Tonya Marie Smith,
a new member (and new Secretary) of District 1, Topeka, sold an article entitled “Living a Purposeful Life” to Women Alive! magazine; it will come out in the July issue. “An Elephant in the Living Room” is due to be published in the January 2006 issue to the national magazine Kaleidoscope. 6/1/2005
   Linda Rose Spry, a new member of District 1, Wakarusa, signed copies of her new book Leathery Seasons by L’Rose Spry, a collection of short stories, poems, and song lyrics, on June 12 at Hastings Books, Topeka. 6/14/2005
   Dale Vaughn, District 1
, Topeka, wrote a letter to the editor in response to the article “Advertising for God: Forget college logos and tourist hot spots—today's teens are wearing their religious beliefs for all to see,” by Brandy Nance, which appeared in the Topeka-Capital Journal on Tuesday, May 24, 2005. Dale’s letter “What do kids know?” was published on Saturday, May 28. 6/1/2005
   Myra Wilcox
, District 1, Nortonville, author of Living With Out Fear, presented a “Living With Out Fear Seminar” on June 4 at the Holiday Inn Express, Lansing. 6/7/2005
   Annette Wood
, District 5, Wichita, wrote in her monthly column “How Does Your Garden Grow?” in the June 2, 2005, Active Life supplement to the Wichita Eagle, about “Colorful Coleus.”6/15/2005
   Max Yoho
, District 1, Topeka, helped kick off the Summer Reading Program for Adults, Fun & Games @ the Library, on May 26, speaking at the Pittsburg Public Library, Pittsburg, KS. Max also spoke to a retirees' group, XYZ (Xtra Years of Zest), at Silver Lake United Methodist Church on June 7. His novel The Revival, winner of KAC's 2002 J. Donald Coffin Award, is now in its fifth printing. 6/7/2005

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May 2005

   Errol Anderson, District 1, Topeka, spoke and read from his novel, The Job Coach, on Sunday, April 17, 2005, at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. He also signed copies of his novel The Job Coach on May 21, in Independence, Kansas, at Artist Alley bookstore and was interviewed on the radio on May 20, on KIND radio 102.9 FM in Independence. 5/30/2005
   Robert Beattie, District 5
, Wichita, presented “Behind the Scenes: The Writing and Publishing of Nightmare in Wichita” at a Kansas Writers Association Workshop on May 21, at the Rockwell Public Library, Wichita. For book signings and other appearances, check Beattie’s schedule at http://nightmareinwichita.com/appearances.htm 5/30/2005
   Barbara Brady
, District 1, Topeka, was featured in an article by Morgan Chilson in the Topeka Capital-Journal on Saturday, May 7. “Nurse-writer shares ‘Chicken Soup’” promoted Topeka Nurses’ Week activities, including an appearance by Lee Ann Thierman, author and editor of Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul. Barbara, also a nurse turned author, had two stories included in the book published in 2001. Nurses from across the country have contacted Barbara about her stories. “See what writing can do? It does feel good,” she said. 5/13/2005
  
Mark Bouton, District 2, Carbondale, met with the Washburn Book Club to discuss his mystery novel Max Conquers the Cosmos, winner of the 2004 Coffin Award, on May 19 at Washburn University , Topeka. 5/19/2005
   Marshall Clark
, District 1, Topeka, published An Eclectic’s Buffet, a 320-page collection of 80 vignettes illustrated with 70 of his own photographs, in May. It includes personal observations, exotic travels, African travel, experiences in the Navy aboard an aircraft carrier in the Pacific and with the Marines in Korea, and finally a section of humor. 5/13/2005
   
Ron Cobb, District 1, Holton, retired military chaplain, is now serving as a U.S. Army consultant for Information Operations Officer Training at Fort Leavenworth, a connection made through his book Memories of Bosnia: The 35th Division's SFOR 13 NATO Peacekeeping Mission. Ron will train soldiers going to Iraq and Afghanistan to contact various religious leaders in order to secure protection, information, and peace for civilians and military personnel. Ron also had a brief article “Kansas Highballs” published in the premier issue of the Kansas Journal of Military History and serves on its editorial board. 5/13/2005
   Don Coldsmith, District 2, Emporia, had a book signing on May 14 in conjunction with the paperback release of The Pipestone Quest at Town Crier Bookstore in Emporia. Other authors signing were Errol Anderson, District 1, Topeka, (The Job Coach), Tom Mach, District 2, Lawrence, (Sissy!) Ken Ohm, District 1, Topeka (Spatzies and Brass BB's), Sam Pierson, District 2, Lebo (Rose's Mountain, Wind Whispers, She's Called Willie), and Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka (The Revival; Tales from Comanche County; Felicia, These Fish Are Delicious). 5/16/2005
   
Linda Geffert, District 1, Topeka, explained the origin of the popular homemade buttermilk pecan pie she serves at the Electric Cat Café in Paxico. You add the pecans when company’s coming. “Ready for company: Food, antiques draw visitors off I-70” by Luann Thomas was published in the Sunday, May 8 issue of the Topeka Capital-Journal. 5/13/2005
   
Yvonne Evie Green, District 1, Topeka, had a letter to the editor published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on Wednesday, April 27. “Where’s the woman?” asked about representation on the commission appointed by the state to study the consolidation of the city of Topeka and Shawnee County governments. 5/13/2005
   Duane Herrmann, District 1, Topeka, published Prairies of Possibilities: New and Selected Poems, his ninth book of poetry, in May. Duane will take the book with him when he visits family in Germany in June. 5/13/2005
  
 
Nancy Julien Kopp, District 4, Manhattan, is a contributing author to the newly released Chicken Soup for the Father and Daughter Soul. “Love in a Box” first appeared in the Moments of Reflection e-zine and was then accepted by the Chicken Soup series. Nancy’s latest topic on “Tips For Writers and Wanna-be Writers,” which she hosts on the Women With Heart site, is “Thinking about Theme.” 5/13/2005
   Dorothy Masters, District 4, Harveyville, told "Stories from the Flint Hills" on May 21 at the Electric Cat Cafe in Paxico. 5/25/2005
   Billy Q. McCray
, District 5, Wichita, had a letter to the editor published in The Wichita Eagle on May 17, 2005, titled “Don't Deregulate,” in regard to deregulating SBC.5/19/2005
   
Ragen Murray, District 1, Topeka, wrote a letter to the editor objecting to the hurried consolidation of the Topeka and Shawnee County parks and recreation departments. “What’s the rush?” was published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on Saturday, May 7. 5/13/2005
   Roxie Olmstead
, District 5, Augusta, gave her first-person presentation as Augusta James on May 17, 2005, to a group at Prairie Homestead Retirement Center in Wichita. It is based on historical research for her book, How Augusta Got Its Name. 5/19/2005
   Naomi Patterson
, District 1, Topeka, assisted in an April Poetry Month celebration of First Congregational Church, Topeka. On Wed., April 20, Women's Fellowship members and friends enjoyed a luncheon at the church and Naomi's readings from her three books of poetry, Living Out Loud, Thinking Out Loud, and For Crying Out Loud. On Sat., April 30, Naomi guided young people in poetry writing workshops, "What Rhymes with Orange?" The morning session was held for grades 3-6. The afternoon session was held for grades 7-12. 5/2/2005
   Larry Rochelle, District 2, Olathe, was a guest on Connie Crash's blues program, “Soul Fixin’ Blues” on Tuesday, May 17, on KKFI-FM, 90.1 FM, Kansas City. Larry discussed his new poetry book, Ghostly Embers: Visions Of Toledo. Larry also discussed his newest mystery novel, Gulf Ghost, set in Biloxi, to be published this winter. 5/19/2005
   George W. Schiller, District 5, Wichita, had a letter to the editor published April 9 in The Wichita Eagle headed “Plans gone astray.” George opposed the Iraq war and supported the United Nations. Another letter to the editor by Schiller was published in The Wichita Eagle on May 15, 2005, titled “Shaken Confidence.” It was in regard to our attempt to establish a democratic form of government in Iraq. 5/19/2005
   Doris Schroeder, District 6, Hutchinson, has recently begun writing a weekly column entitled “I Remember” for the Rural Messenger, a weekly paper located in Haven, Kansas. Doris is President of Kansas Authors Club. 5/13/2005
   Margaret Shauers, District 6, Great Bend, had three winning stories in the 2004 Great Manhattan Mysteries Conclave Writing Contest, which will be included in an anthology, Manhattan Mysteries, to be available at the conclave on September 30. Margaret is also writing Children’s Writers Marketplace hosted by Children’s Book Insider, loaded with useful information for children’s writers.5/13/2005
   Robert D. Simison, District 5, Newton, had a letter to the editor headed “Secular doesn't describe U.S. well” published in the Wichita Eagle on April 17. “To say we are a secular nation implies we are a godless nation. We are not,” he said. 5/13/2005
   Debra Stufflebean, District 1, Topeka, was at Topeka Hastings on May 28 for an informal program/chat in the coffee shop on Writing Historical Fiction.” She autographed copies of her book, Goodnight, Mary Ann: The LiveS of Mary Ann Sage. 5/30/2005
   Myra Wilcox, District 1, Nortonville, author of Living With Out Fear, presented a “Living With Out Fear Seminar” on Saturday, April 30, 2005 at the Holiday Inn Sports Complex, Kansas City, Mo. Sponsored by Hilltop Ministries. 5/1/2005
  
Annette Wood, District 5, Wichita, had her monthly “How Does Your Garden Grow?” article published in the May 5 Active Life supplement to the Wichita Eagle. The title was “Old-fashioned cannas mainstay of many gardens." 5/13/2005
   Dr. James D. Wright, District 5, Bel Aire, won first place in the Kansas Voices contest, put on by the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council, for his short story, "Hammerhead." Nancy Mehl reviewed his book The Middle of Somewhere: Stories of Life on the High Plains in her April 10 “Close to Home” column. Mehl called it “an incredible compilation of short stories set in the High Plains.” 5/2/2005
   Dale Vaughn, District 1, Topeka, author of the Civil War novel The Chance, told the true story of Black troops from Kansas at the Electric Cat Cafe in Paxico on Saturday, April 16. 5/21/2005
   Max Yoho
, District 1, Topeka, and Dr. James D. Wright, District 5, Bel Aire, read and signed books at “Writers Among Us” weekend, May 14 & 15, at Watermark Books, Wichita. Yoho's humorous novels include The Revival and Tales from Comanche County. His collection of poems, essays and short stories is Felicia, These Fish Are Delicious. Wright's collection of short stories is The Middle of Somewhere: Stories of Life on the High Plains. 5/16/2005

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April 2005

   Robert Beattie, District 5, Wichita, spoke about writing Nightmare in Wichita: The Hunt for the BTK Strangler, his book about the BTK serial killer case, on Wed., April 6 at Wichita State University. Les Anderson, Professor of Political Science at Wichita State University, reviewed the book in the Wichita Eagle on Sunday, April 3. Nightmare in Wichita placed fourth on the New York Times bestseller list for paperback nonfiction on April 3, 2005, and remained on the list throughout April. Beattie estimates he has signed more than 4,000 copies. 4/29/2005
Video interview
Excerpt of book
in the Wichita Eagle, Wed Mar 9
   Don Coldsmith
, District 2, Emporia, Ken Ohm, District 1, Topeka, and Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, were among 17 Kansas author-guests attending a "Meet the Authors" breakfast held at the annual Tri-conference of state librarians, Overland Park Convention Center, on April 1st. Book Kansas provided book sales. The event was sponsored by Baker & Taylor Distributor/Wholesaler and arranged by Roy Bird of the Kansas State Library. 4/2/2005
   
Linda Geffert and Janice Levering, District 1, Topeka, were featured on Flyover People. Cheryl Unruh and Dave Leiker wrote about “Kansas Stories at the Electric Cat Café” in Paxico. Linda and Janice started off this year’s series on Saturday, April 2, with stories about the “Orphan Trains” that brought orphans from east coast cities to live with Kansas families. Linda Geffert and Ron Etter are co-owners of the Electric Cat. 4/14/05
   Evie Green, District 1, Topeka, presented “The Dirt on Kansas Dirt” at Kansas Stories at the Electric Cat Café in Paxico on Saturday, April 9. Evie shared information about the layers of Kansas soil visible in highway cuts and showed rocks and fossils, including a wooly mammoth tooth, illustrating the geological history of Kansas. 4/14/05
   
Mary-Lane Kamberg, District 2, Olathe, author of The I Don't Know How To Cook Book (Adams Media Corp.) has won the 2005 Best Nonfiction Book Award from the Missouri Writers’ Guild. The award, which honors the best book published in 2004, was announced at the state convention in St. Peters, Mo., on April 23. The cookbook is in a third printing with a new cover. 4/26/2005
   
Robert Lawson, District 1, Topeka, was one of four authors to read from their books published by Woodley Press on Saturday, April 9, at Hastings, Topeka. The press, established in 1980, has published 40 books. Dr. Lawson's book is The Collected Sonnets of Robert N. Lawson, 2004. Other authors reading included Eleanor Bell, Larry McGurn and David Tangeman. 4/12/2005
   
Dorothy Masters, District 4, Harveyville, had a letter to the editor published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on Wednesday, April 12. Dorothy wrote from her years of experience as a nurse about the Terri Schiavo case in “No quality life.” 4/12/2005
   
Anne Shiever, District 4, Salina, has published a new collection of poetry, Inside My Heart, Mind, and Soul. Anne has also been interviewed by Sisters of the Lord Magazine. 4/1/2005
   
Rosemary Torrez, District 1, Topeka, had a letter to the editor published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on April 11, 2005. “My Hero” tells a touching story about her grandson’s experience in a local competition. 4/12/2005

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March 2005

   Robert Beattie, District 5, Wichita, was featured in “BTK book could hit store shelves next week” by Ron Sylvester in the Wichita Eagle on March 10, 2005. Nightmare in Wichita: The Hunt for the BTK Strangler, Robert Beattie's long-anticipated book on the serial killer, is scheduled to be released by Penguin Group in March. “Wichitans rush to place orders for book on BTK,” by Stan Finger, appeared on the front page on March 8. Beattie says the book began as a chapter written for students in his political science class and grew into a detailed study of the 31-year investigation. An epilogue about the arrest has been added. —Beattie signed books at Watermark Books, Wichita, on March 21 and Delano Books, Wichita, on March 22. updated 3/25/2005
   Mark Bouton
, District 2, Carbondale, reports that his mystery novel, Max Conquers the Cosmos, is featured as recommended reading in the March/April issue of Pages magazine. The book, which won the 2004 J. Donald Coffin Award for best published book by a Kansas Authors Club member, is now available as a trade paperback. 3/9/2005
  
Karen Sells Brown
, District 1, Topeka, had an article “Designers’ Showhouse at the Palace” published in the Spring 2005 issue of ERC Now! a quarterly publication of ERC Resource and Referral Center in Topeka. 3/28/2005
   Pat Hood
, District 6, Hutchinson, had her Easter Monologues presented at three Lenten services, plus Easter Sunday's service, at Parkview Southern Baptist Church, Wichita. These five-minute monologue were selected from Pat Hood’s We Were There, a series of twelve monologues portraying somewhat obscure people in Jerusalem during the Passion week: the young girl who owned the colt, the daughter of Simon of Cyrene, the man who made the sign for the cross, and Barabbas. 3/28/2005
   Nancy Julien Kopp
, District 4, Manhattan, has her story “Love In A Box” included in the new Chicken Soup for the Father and Daughter’s Soul, which is to be released in April 2005. Nancy is also hosting a web page called “Tips For Writers and Wanna-be Writers.” 3/14/2005
   Don Lambert
, District 1, Topeka, had an article about “My Experience with John Stuart Curry and His Widow” published in the Kansas Journal of Military History I:1, Spring 2005. 3/30/2005
   Marsha Lytle
, a new member of District 2, Olathe, held a book signing for her recently published novel on March 19 at a kiosk near the entertainment entrance, in front of Foozles Bookstore, at Great Mall of the Great Plains, Olathe. Haggerty's Curse, an Irish immigration story loosely based on her great-great grandparents’ lives. Marsha is Media Specialist at Spring Hill High School. 3/23/2005
    Tom Mach, District 2
,
Lawrence, discussed his novel Sissy! in an hour-long interview on the worldwide on-line radio station ArtistFirst Radio on March 17. 3/18/2005
   Billy Q. McCra
y, District 5, Wichita, had a letter to the editor printed in the March 15, Wichita Eagle titled “Safety net needed.” It was in regard to our Social Security System. He asks the question, “Who would want their parents to depend entirely upon speculative projections tied to the rise and fall of the stock index?” Billy adds, “We should be extremely careful in preparing for our future generations’ retirement.” 3/18/2005
   Elizabeth Nichols
, District 1, Topeka, has won second place out of 83 entries in the 2005 Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Pikes Peak Branch of National League of American Pen Women. Her 100-word story is titled “The Toothbrush.” Also, Elizabeth has thanked nine-year-old Jocelyn for a “Valentine Surprise” in the Kindness Forever column of the Topeka Capital-Journal on Thursday, March 10, 2005. edited 3/30/2005
   
Naomi Patterson
, District 1, Topeka, had a letter to the editor published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on Thursday, March 10. “Shameful turnout” urged citizens to vote thoughtfully to prevent discrimination: “Christians were once fed to the lions, Jews faced horrors of the Holocaust, blacks were sold as slaves, women were denied the vote. It can't happen to you? You bet it can.” 3/10/2005
   Larry Rochelle
, District 2, Overland Park, was interviewed by Mike Alley about the JCCC literary magazine Mind's Eye and his latest book of poetry, Ghostly Embers, The interview was broadcast March 10 by Johnson County Community College and will be seen on Cable Channel 17 (Johnson County’s cable channel) throughout the spring as part of its ongoing series of news about the college. 3/18/2005
   Frankie Roland
, District 3, Coffeyville, had a piece published under “Bright Ideas” in Response, a magazine for United Methodist Women. A seasonal story about Frankie’s grandfather, originally published in Decision magazine in 1995, will appear in the June issue of Alive: A Magazine for Christian Seniors. 3/24/2005
   Ursula Turne
r
, District 3, Coffeyville, has been published in the February 1, 2005, issue of Capper’s “Home of the Heart” section. The story was titled “Longed for pretty, store-bought dress.” 3/24/2005
   
Grant Williams
, District 3, Arkansas City, has published his third children's moral poetry book From My Pencil Box. Grant’s article “The Little Red Cape” was published in Capper’s in February. His poem “Shopping with Jesus” will appear in a future issue of the Mennonite magazine Purpose. 3/16/2005
    Annette Wood
, District 5, Wichita, has an article “All Dolled Up!” in the Spring 2005 issue of Kansas! magazine. It is about the Prairie Museum of Art and History in Colby. Annette’s monthly column “How Does Your Garden Grow?” in the March 3rd Active Life supplement to the Wichita Eagle featured the garden show. 3/14/2005
   Max Yoho
, District 1, Topeka, was guest speaker at a Kansas State Highway Employees luncheon in Topeka on March 1. He was also featured on March 1 in The Emporia Gazette as "The Storyteller," in "Flyover People," a weekly column written by Gazette columnist Cheryl Unruh. 3/1/2005

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February 2005

   Barbara Brady, District 1, Topeka, has two stories in The Rocking Chair Reader: Memories from the Attic. The collection of true stories from small towns about family treasures forgotten and rediscovered is edited by Helen Kay Polaski. “Strong Stuff” is about a remarkable woman in Oketo, Kansas, who has played the piano for the United Methodist Church for seventy-six years—and is still playing. Barbara also contributed "The Diploma" about her mother, born in the small town of Neponset, Illinois, who received her college diploma seven decades after she had earned it. Barbara’s profile of Oketo is one of ten small town profiles included in the book. 2/21/2005

   Marshall Clark, District 1, Topeka, had an article “Operation Ivy: A Sailor Describes the Hydrogen Bomb” published in the initial issue of Kansas Journal of Military History, Vol I; Issue 1, Spring 2005. Another article, “Rediscovering the Youngsters of Fort Hays,” appears in the Kansas Preservation Magazine (Jan/Feb 2005). 2/19/2005
   Jane Kurtz, District 5, Hesston, has published two new picture books for children ages 4 through 8. In the Small, Small Nightillustrated by Rachel Isodora, incorporates two folk tales from Ghana. Do Kangaroos Wear Seat Belts? is illustrated by Jane Manning. 2/10/2005
   Marsha Lytle, Olathe, a new member of District 2, signed copies of her new novel at Barnes & Nobel/Leawood on February 26, 2005. Haggerty's Curse is an Irish immigration story loosely based on her great-great grandparents’ lives. 2/27/2005
   
Billy Q. McCray, District 5, Wichita, had a letter to the editor titled “Proper Action” printed in the Jan. 26th edition of the Wichita Eagle. It was backing the Wichita Police Chief for his actions in a controversial incident. 2/5/2005

    Elizabeth Nichols, District 1, Topeka, had a letter to the editor published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on Thursday, February 3, 2005. “GOP vendetta” concerned the goals of newly elected state GOP chairman Tim Shallenburger and urged our elected officials to “work with the opposing party toward practical solutions of the issues. 2/4/2005

   Naomi Patterson, District 1, Topeka, has been awarded a 2005 Kansas Artist Mini-Fellowship of $500 for poetry by the Kansas Arts Commission. Eight applicants in various disciplines received mini-fellowships, and one $5000 Fellowship was awarded this year to Robert Bubp in the category of Performance or Interdisciplinary Art. The awards will be presented March 9 at a reception. 2/24/2005

   Larry Rochelle, District 2, Olathe, had his poem “Grid” published in the Lawrence Journal-World on Sunday, February 27. 2/27/2005

   Eileen Umbehr, District 4, Alma, has been writing her weekly column “Reflections” for The Prairie Post in White City, Kansas, since July 3, 2003. 2/27/2005
   Violet Jane Carroll Wild
, District 6,
Ransom, died on February 17, 2005, in Great Bend. Vie wrote poetry. She joined Kansas Authors Club in 1972 and served as District 6 President and member of the State Board from 1977 through 1986. 2/20/2005
   Annette Wood, District 5, Wichita, continues to publish a monthly gardening column “How Does Your Garden Grow?” for Active Life, a supplement of The Wichita Eagle. On February 3, 2005, she wrote about “Red Roses, Valentine's Day and Spring.” 2/5/2005
   James D Wright, District 5, Bel Aire, has recently published a book of short stories, The Middle of Somewhere: Stories of Life on the High Plains. The stories range from the war-torn foothills of the Little Bighorns to modern ranch life. Wright, a psychologist in Wichita, also received an honorable mention in the December 2004 Byline New-Talent Short-Story Contest for “Hammerhead.” 2/10/2005
    James D. Yoder, District 5, Heston, has published a new novel Echoes Along the Sweetbrier, which was reviewed in Nancy Mehl's weekly column, “Close To Home: A look at Kansas Authors,” in the Wichita Eagle on Sunday, January 30. The novel is set in the early 1900s that deals with the problem of domestic abuse. 2/5/2005
   Max Yoho, District 1, Topeka, signed copies of his books on Saturday, January 29, at Varney's Book Store in Manhattan and spoke in a "Meet the Author" session on Sunday, February 20 at the Emporia Public Library. Cheryl Unruh covered the Emporia event as February 2005 News online in Flyover People, a collection of writing, events and photos from around Kansas. (Scroll to Feb. 20th) 2/21/2005

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January 2005

   Roxie Olmstead, District 5, Augusta, gave her first-person presentation as Augusta James, for whom Augusta Kansas is named, at the monthly meeting of the Junior Forum on January 18 in Augusta. 1/23/2005

   Karen Sells Brown, District 1, Topeka, has an article, "T.E.A.C.H. scholarships help children's caregivers provide quality care," on page five  in the Winter 2005 issue of ERC Now! a quarterly publication of ERC Resource and Referral in northeast Kansas. The online version of ERC Now! is a PDF file, and can be viewed with a free reader from Adobe. 1/28/2005

   Debra Stufflebean. District 1, Topeka, had a letter to the editor, “A little too big,” published in the Topeka Capital-Journal on Saturday, January 15, commenting on our new state slogan, “Kansas, as big as you think.” 1/17/2005
   Larry Rochelle, District 2, Olathe, had his poem “You Know Danger” published in the Lawrence Journal-World on Sunday, January 22, 2005. Larry was featured in an article “Professor up for Eppie Award” by Kevin Selden, in the Olathe News on January 19, 2005. The English professor at Johnson County Community College is a finalist for two Eppie Awards for two of his books—a poetry collection entitled Siren Sorcery: Magic in the Night and the action/adventure novel Cracked Crystals. Awards will be announced March 13. Selden also mentioned Kansas Authors Club and the 2004 Nelson Poetry Award that Rochelle received for Dust Devils: Collisions with the Wind The article also ran in the Cincinnati Enquirer on Tuesday; January 25. 1/30/2005
   Max Yoho
, District 1, Topeka, had his book Felicia, These Fish Are Delicious reviewed in the Winter 2005 issue of Quill: A Shadow Poetry Quarterly Magazine. The review was by Laurel Johnson. Yoho's collection of poetry, essays and short stories also was listed in MyShelf.com's "2004 Top Ten Reads" by Nancy Mehl, book reviewer for the Wichita Eagle. 1/10/2005

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