Our friend and valued Board member, Earl Gardner, passed away on August 18th, 2023. We will miss his wisdom, creativity and insight as one of the Journey Writers. Our sincerest sympathies to all those who knew and loved him.
Rest in Peace, Earl
A voice to still the waters
Brings calmness over chaos
As strong as he is gentle
One to admire
So worthy to celebrate
As he moves on to brighten the light of heaven
Add to the peace of paradise
While still shining here
On every life he touched.
Regina S. Dyton, September 10, 2023
Know the Rules, Then Choose to Break Them
You may resist rules, hate them or uphold them but no matter your personal attitude toward rules for writing; no matter if you hope to publish or just share your writing with Journey Writers, it is wise to know the rules before you choose to ignore or break them.
"Journeys" is a labor of love from Journey Writers, Inc. The selections in this anthology offer a spicy gumbo of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, songs, and haiku that are sure to whet your appetite and satisfy your hunger for inspiring writing. Sprinkled throughout the essays, stories, poems, songs, and haiku are tempting flavors of serious thought, humor, and plain talk. Click here to purchase a copy.
When she arrived in heaven and was on her way to the pearly gates, she saw a lot of her friends and family members there, and Mary-Agnes being Mary-Agnes, had to stop and talk to everyone she saw. By the time she reached the pearly gates Peter was getting ready to close them.
She said, “Peter, wait, don’t close the gates. I got to get in there.”
Peter looked at his list and said, “You are scheduled to be here, but you’re late. Didn’t your mother always warn you that you would be late for your own funeral?”
She said, “Yes, but I serve an on-time God.”
Peter smiled and said, “You’re right, time does not exist in Heaven. Come on in my good and faithful servant.” He opened the gate and she entered. ©️
Written and Performed by Journey Writers member, Leslie Bivans
$5200 grant from Connecticut Humanities, the statewide, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
$500 grant from the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund in support of publishing an anthology of our members' work
$250 grant from Stanley Black & Decker to support "Journey Writers Tell the Whole Story: Queer Black History - I Put a Spell on You"
$5100 grant from Connecticut Humanities, the statewide, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities
$7500 Small Agency Grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
$5000 and $500 Grants from the Donor Advised Funds of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
$1000 Supporting Arts Grant from the State of Connecticut
$2000 grant from the Betty Knox Foundation to support “Word of the Month” on WQTQ-FM
$1000 grant from the Hartford Pride Committee to support three online programs for Hartford Pride Month
$100 gift from Kamora’s Cultural Corner to support three (3) online programs for Hartford Pride Month
$500 gift from New England Donor services to support the “I Love to Tell the Story” presentation
Thanks to the Center for Leadership & Justice, Hartford, the Free Center, Hartford and the Free Center, Middletown for allowing Journey Writers, Inc. to use their facilities.