Friday, September 20, 2013

Ligonier Valley Writers Announces Winners of Ninth Annual Flash Fiction Contest

Ligonier Valley Writers Announces Winners
of Ninth Annual Flash Fiction Contest

Once again, the Ligonier Valley Writers' Flash Fiction Contest was infused with international flavor. We received entries from as far away as France—not to mention entries from coast to coast of the United States and from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

An overwhelming majority of the entries were from writers who have participated in previous Flash Fiction Contests, including half of the winning entries. In fact, for the first time, we have a repeat first-prize winner.

Competition was intense, and the judging was difficult because we received so many well-written entries with such diverse takes on the subjects of cats, bats, and rats. The judges have judged, the points have been totaled, and now we are pleased to announce the winners!

FIRST PLACE: " 'Ratical' Image Makeover," by Jim Busch of White Oak, PA
SECOND PLACE: "The Bat," by Ron Murphy of Indiana, PA
THIRD PLACE: "Mrs. Welford's Candy," by Ceil Kessler of Greensburg, PA

"Something Old, Something New," by Jan Kinney of Altoona, PA
"Lizzie's Blue Ribbon Borscht" by Georgia A. Hubley of Henderson,NV
"Pink Revenge," by Candace Kubinec of Greensburg, PA

You are cordially invited to attend a reading of the winning entries at Ligonier Beach Restaurant & Lounge on October 5, 2013. Some of the winning authors will be present to read their winning entries. The other stories will be read by experienced performers.

We'll have a social hour starting at noon, readings of the winning stories from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., and a chance to chat with the authors from 2:00 to 3:00. Ligonier Beach is at 1752 Route 30 on the east end of Ligonier.

The event is free and open to the public. Keep an eye on Ligonier Valley Writers’ website,, where the six winning entries will be published soon.

Up Next for Ligonier Valley Writers
On October 3, LVW participates in the Westmoreland Day of Giving. Donate anywhere from $25 to $1,000 at Thank you!

On November 9, LVW will present a workshop on how to enhance your creativity, taught by award-winning poet Judith Vollmer. That's at Ligonier Valley Library from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Ligonier Valley Writers has been serving writers and readers throughout western Pennsylvania since 1986. For more about LVW events, publications, and writing contests, visit

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Facebook Frustration

I still think that Google has so much going for it. The fact that it is end user friendly and professional in appearance, not to mention the Google plus Applications, well enough said. 

I have a Facebook account because a friend asked me to join so we could communicate.  The frustrating thing is in changing photographs and the copyright issues. It is beyond irritating! In the "about" section I would like to change the blank or symbolic symbol out for one of my own photos.  I do not desire to post them on my timeline because then Facebook can use them for whatever they want. (This is one of the main reasons why I am not connecting my blog to my Facebook account.) A little too aggressive on my creative rights.  I just want the photos on my profile page and should be able to upload them from my flash drive.  There has to be a way to do this because I see other people with personalized "about" pages. What gives?  Do you have to have a certain size of photo? I guess it is back to the library for me, Facebook for Dummies. I may have to buy the book.

Google Plus is looking like the way to go.  They give assistance when you ask and they train you as you progress in the new technology they reveal.  I like Google, Blogger, Twitter, Pinterest, and some aspects of Facebook. I just wish uploading photos were easier. I think in the end if Google will allow and can connect people with their favorite sites, it will have great success. As time goes by, I am leaning more towards a Google Plus account for all my media desires and needs. 


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Upholding Citizens Constitutional Rights by Richard Mack

In my life experience, I did not find a sheriff’s department "Upholding (my) Citizens Constitutional Rights." It would be interesting to listen to what he has to say and read the book. The sad truth of the matter is that we are not all treated in the same manner. Money and politics weigh in more than truth and justice. Maybe, I ought to purchase the book, have it signed and send it to Saint John's County Sheriff's Department Chief. 

Before my life altering experience, I did not believe that the Sheriff's Office Chief should be a matter for public vote.  It is not a political position.  I do not believe that people serving in positions of authority such as a Sheriff's Department Chief to be a matter of politics as much as a position of service.