What a Fun Night at Waterbean!

We had a wonderful gathering at Waterbean Poetry Night at the Mic on February 22nd. Thank you so much, Leslie M. Rupracht, for featuring Kakalak 2022 at your reading!

Special thanks also to Kakalak Editor Angelo Geter, for MCing, and to Lynn Farmer, for photographing the event. (Thanks, Leslie, for providing some of these photos!)

And THANK YOU to all the participants and your friends and family members for coming out to celebrate!

Waterbean’s Kakalak 2022 Participants (from left to right):
Lynn Farmer, Joyce Compton Brown, Michael Gaspeny, Gary V. Powell, Leslie M. Rupracht (front),
Steve Cushman, Les Brown, and Fred Pond (not pictured: Charles Israel, Jr.)

Kakalak 2022 Launch Party Great Success!

We had a tremendous turnout and fabulous sharing of poetry and art as Kakalak 2022 contributors and friends gathered at the Lancaster Cultural Arts Center January 21.

It takes a lot of work to pull together such a great event, so HUGE THANKS to the following:

  • Johannes Tromp and John Craig, for providing the Cultural Arts Center as the venue
  • Co-editor Kim Blum-Hyclak, for coordinating venue logistics, cake, and presenter introductions
  • Co-editors David E. Poston and Angelo Geter, for setup, food and drink, and presenter introductions
  • Evelyn Eickmeyer-Quiñones, for photographing our event
    (Unless otherwise noted, photos posted were taken by Evelyn.)
  • Jack McGregor, for providing additional photos
  • James Kaylor, for setup, book sales, greeting attendees and more

And special thanks to all the participants and their friends and family members for coming out to celebrate!

Katie Ellen Bowers gets support from husband Josh and daughter Lillian before her reading. During Open Mic, Lillian shared her own poetry talents.
Kim, Angelo, and David take a moment to admire the cake.
A book good enough to eat!
(Art by cover winner, Megan J. Ledgerwood)
Anne and James pause with the cake in the reception area.
Richard Band comments on his poem “On Tom Sawyer’s First Sight of Becky Thatcher”
Evelyn Eickmeyer-Quiñones displays her first prize art
“Spider Invasion” (photo by James Kaylor)
Attendees gather as Kim Blum-Hyclak serves cake.
Angelo Geter introduces the first group of presenters.
Anne Kaylor shares her gratitude for the great venue and turnout.
H.R. (Randy) Spencer presents his first prize poem “Ukrainian Anthem.”
Anne Waters Green comments on her poem “On Viewing Behind the Myth of Benevolence.”
View of the venue’s grandeur (photo by Jack McGregor)
Joy Colter reads her poem “Ideation.”
Doris Thomas Browder reads her poem “Always She Moaned Her Own Bad Luck.”
Janice P. Wright presents her poem “We Apologize:
A Poem 4 Our Youngins.”
During break, John Craig and James Kaylor discuss Kakalak past and present.
David Radavich reads his poem “Loving Cleome.”
Mary Alice Dixon gives a playful reading of her poem “Snakeberry Mama.”
Johannes Tromp and Richard Band share insights.
Jack McGregor discusses how he captured “Ketchikan from the Air.”
Lucinda Trew reads her poem
“virgins widows and wives.”
Patricia A. Joslin reads her poem
“Hiking the Blue Star.”
Formerly a church, Lancaster’s Cultural Arts Center underwent major renovations before reopening as the CAC. (Photo by Jack McGregor)
Gary V. Powell reads his poem 5 AM” (which received an honorable mention).
Debra A. Daniel, winner of an honorable mention for “January,” discusses her art while husband Jack McGregor helps out.
Mary Alice Dixon gains support from son, Jay Hinson.
David E. Poston introduces presenters.
During Open Mic, Lynn Stanton reads her poem “Vertigo, after Third Shift” from Kakalak 2021.
Katie Ellen Bowers presents her poem
“Most Mornings.”

moonShine review Fall/Winter 2022

Our Fall/Winter 2022 issue of moonShine review is out just in time for the holidays! And what an incredible collection of stories and photography!

If the voices in this moonShine joined a choir, the resulting cacophony might send us racing in the opposite direction. Many characters live rough, and their coarse language and descriptions show it. But beneath these raw exteriors we find common ground, authenticity, and wisdom. We can’t help but relate to sibling angst, vulnerability masked as bravado, the naivety of youth. And the more refined voices carry similar tones, creating intimacy and an opportunity to bond. It takes a sharp bird’s view to see all this issue has to offer, and luckily the photography provides exactly that. So, let these voices and images flow through you without judgment and with a healthy sense of humor. Accept—as Bridget does in “Doll Clothes for Jesus”—that these stories are “enough to stuff a feather bed and noose a goose.”


FEATURED AUTHORS: June Freeman Baswell, Les Brown, Steve Cushman, Debra A. Daniel, Mary Alice Dixon, Melanie Maggard, Gary V. Powell, Heather Rutherford, Jane Shlensky, R.A. Shockley, Allen Stevenson, Bob Strother, Elizabeth B. Watson

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KAKALAK 2022 Winners & Inclusion

Thank you to ALL the amazing poets and artists who submitted to the Kakalak contest this year! And CONGRATULATIONS to those chosen for inclusion!

HERE’S THE COMPLETE LINE-UP of poets and artists selected for publication in KAKALAK 2022:

First Place: Evelyn Eickmeyer-Quiñones, Spider Invasion
Second Place: Constance Lombardo, Green Woman
Third Place & Cover: Megan Ledgerwood, Green Light
Honorable Mention: Debra A. Daniel, January
Honorable Mention: Judith A. Davis, Snowy Owl
Honorable Mention: Michael A. Dorsey, Sanctuary

First Place: H.R. Spencer, “Ukrainian Anthem”
Second Place: Katherine H. Maynard, “The River Bridge”
Third Place: Jane Shlensky, “Denouement with Irony”
Honorable Mention: Michael Gaspeny, “Old Time Religion”
Honorable Mention: Nancy Martin-Young, “Risk”
Honorable Mention: Gary V. Powell, “5 AM”

Joyce Compton Brown, The Road to Home
Les Brown, Snowy Egret and Hooded Merganser
S.L. Cockerille, Mushroom
Julie Ann Cook, Foxglove
Debra A. Daniel, Morning Paper
Judith A. Davis, Chieftain
Michael A. Dorsey, Stillness Rests in the Immediacy of the Moment
Nadine Ellsworth-Moran, Awash in History
Lynn Farmer, Cool
Julia Freifeld, Inside Out
Bill Griffin, Blue Arrival
Evie Chang Henderson, Pitcher
Patricia Joynes, Fawn and Mailbox
Jack McGregor, Ketchikan from the Air
Pamela E. Miller, Blue Samurai in Watercolor
Arlene Oraby, A Splash of Nature
McClain Percy, Monochrome I
Peggy Waters Rowland, Blue Ridge Parkway
H.R. Spencer, Hook House, Irmo, South Carolina
Brittany Taylor-Driggers, Day by the Ocean
Irwin Weinberger, Songsters and Poets
Susan G. Williams, This Stick Will Do Nicely
Lee Zacharias, Northern Cardinals, The Kiss

J. S. Absher, “The Place of the Blues in the Water and Carbon Cycles”
Laura White Alderson, “Oh That Billy Bumpus Lee”
Alexandra Aradas, “notes to ak freeland”
Pam Baggett, “To the Woman Who Told Me She Has Nothing in Common with Black People”
Don Ball, “Pocket-Dialing the Pandemic”
Richard Band, “On Tom Sawyer’s First Sight of Becky Thatcher”
Joan Barasovska, “Osage Avenue, Early Morning”
Sam Barbee, “DOA”
Michael Beadle, “The Gauntlet”
Glenda Council Beall, “If”
Libby Bernardin, “Self-portrait in a Red Dress”
Al Black, “Elysium Soccer Fields”
Teresa McLamb Blackmon, “The Hitchhiker”
Susan Blair, “The News Is Not New Anymore”
Gary Bolick, “A Country Heart”
Gay Boswell, “Rules”
Katie Ellen Bowers, “Most Mornings”
Cheryl Boyer, “Love, Simply”
Mary O’Keefe Brady, “How My Morning Goes”
Doris Thomas Browder, “Always She Moaned Her Own Bad Luck”
Joyce Compton Brown, “Forgive Me, I Just Bought a Refrigerator”
Les Brown, “Green Deserts”
Kathleen Calby, “Breakneck Creek”
Bill Caldwell, “Pluck”
Barbara Campbell, “What Really Mattered the Day the Ambulance Took You Away”
Paloma A. Capanna, “Sirens Over Ukraine”
Fran Cardwell, “Old Island Church Watch Night”
Mark Caskie, “Winter Rations”
Kenneth Chamlee, “What Falls Out”
S.L. Cockerille, “Take Jesus, for Example”
Joy Colter, “Ideation”
Barbara Conrad, “Who Has the Key to the Garden?”
Julie Ann Cook, “Massacre of the Innocents: An Art Class Study of Rubens’ Masterpiece”
Susan McClain Craig, “To the Living Statue”
Jane Mary Curran, “Funeral in March”
Steve Cushman, “This Is Not a Covid Poem”
Debra A. Daniel, “Revising My Mother’s Thirteenth Birthday”
John Desjarlais, “Our Fathers’ War”
David Dixon, “Holy Ground”
Mary Alice Dixon, “Snakeberry Mama”
J Dwight Donald, “A Native Son”
Deborah H. Doolittle, “In Connemara”
Sandra Dreis, “The Potato”
Joanne Durham, “Almost Morning”
Ralph Earle, “At a Pause in the Pandemic”
Nadine Ellsworth-Moran, “A Different Kind of String Theory”
Terri Kirby Erickson, “Cana”
Lynn Farmer, “Paid”
Nicole Farmer, “Exalted”
Michael Gaspeny, “Prince Memory”
Paige Gilchrist, “Weep Holes”
Ed Gold, “At the Wesley”
Terri Greco, “Sonnet After Gregory Orr”
Anne Waters Green, “On Viewing Behind the Myth of Benevolence”
Bill Griffin, “The Woman Who Fears She Has Lost Her Son”
Cordelia M. Hanemann, “Counting the Ways”
Janis Harrington, “Quarantine”
Sandra Sturtz Hauss, “Kensico—Last Day of Spring”
Peggy W. Heitmann, “Remedy”
Mary Hennessy, “A Praise Poem Without the Praise”
Ann Herlong-Bodman, “Deer in Shadows”
Jo Ann Hoffman, “At the Mouth of the Cave with Elijah”
Charles Israel, Jr., “Holy Sonnet 14”
Karen Luke Jackson, “Peeling at the Pale Green Line”
Becky Nicole James, “Cadillac”
Steph Jeffries, “Kindness, Served”
Kelly Jones, “starry night after the diagnosis”
Patricia A. Joslin, “Hiking the Blue Star”
Jeanne Julian, “Walk in Thaw”
Britt Kaufmann, “Rights County Appalachia”
Helga Kidder, “August Song”
Eugene Kusterer, “Encounter”
Dallas Lee, “Scuffing the Stones”
Susan Lefler, “If We Had Poets”
Greg Lobas, “Mother of Justice”
John Longbottom, “Drumbeat”
Kathryn Etters Lovatt, “She Is Not Herself”
Gina Malone, “Visitations”
Sandra Marshburn, “To My Students”
Mary E. Martin, “Caught”
Preston Martin, “George Cables and Cal and Eve”
Nancy Martin-Young, “ACME”
Katherine H. Maynard, “Bucking Hamlet’s Stars”
Terri McCord, “Decontaminating the Lake”
Marjorie Schratz McNamara, “Where We Are”
Ashley Memory, “Making Bread and Butter Pickles”
Yvette R. Murray, “Saturday Mornin’ in Washington Park”
Arlene Oraby, “My Black Beauty”
Alice Osborn, “Skirts in the Snow: Leaving the Donner Party”
Pattie Palmer-Baker, “Not Enough Love”
Aleta Payne, “Veritas”
Gail Peck, “Lunch Box from Hiroshima”
Gary Phillips, “Coyote”
Fred Pond, “Carolina Reaper in the Garden”
Gary V. Powell, “Dump Run”
Sarah Pross, “Gypsies”
David Radavich, “Loving Cleome”
Judith Cummings Reese, “Cassia”
Lucia Walton Robinson, “Picnic on James Whitcomb Riley’s Tomb, 1958”
Betty Ritz Rogers, “Gordon’s Ashes”
Marilyn Keith Rousseau, “Blood-Red Tomatoes”
Richard Rubin, “Passing”
Leslie M. Rupracht, “Aunt Barb’s Huckleberries”
Nasrollah Samiy, “Love Letters”
Diane Sasson, “Removal”
Roberta Schultz, “Deep Ends”
Martin Settle, “Die with Too Many Faces”
Jane Shlensky, “Ode to a Box Turtle”
Sherry Siddall, “Trading Path”
Michael Simpson, “For Edward R. Murrow”
H.R. Spencer, “Mahamari, a Haibun Sequence”
Caren Stuart, “Snake Harmer”
Nancy Swanson, “Savannah River Basin”
Lynne Santy Tanner, “My Phone Sends Me a Video of My Deceased Husband”
Jo Barbara Taylor, “Incunabulum”
Melinda Thomsen, “A Composition & Arrangement of Matter”
Lucinda Trew, “virgins widows and wives”
Rob Vance, “My Collection”
Mark Vogel, “Memo to Water Workers”
Priscilla Webster-Williams, “Photo of a Women’s Group in a Park, 1974”
Eric Weil, “A Generation-Counting Quilt”
Jennifer Weiss, “2020 Was the Worst Year”
Louise Gwathmey Weld, “Wild Night”
Nancy Harmon Womack, “The Seamstress”
Janice P. Wright, “We Apologize: A Poem 4 Our Youngins”

Congratulations to all!
Anne M. Kaylor, Executive Editor and Publisher
Judges and Editors: Kimberlyn Blum-Hyclak, Angelo Geter, David E. Poston

moonShine review Spring/Summer 2022

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These quirky characters share a need to belong. Some invent facades as they attempt to conform but achieve happiness by recognizing what’s inside really counts.

Signature to moonShine, the settings herein are often stark, with loss or death an underlying current. But the authors cast light on these shadowy landscapes. Humor brings levity in the form of a giggling ghost and ruffled skunk, the riled ex-lover and cliché gumshoe. Protagonists aspire to turn negatives into positives as they accept their realities, imagine new ones, and resolve to become better versions of themselves.


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What a wonderful line-up of talent we have for Kakalak 2021!

SPECIAL THANKS and CONGRATULATIONS to all the contributors!

Kakalak 2021 Art Award Winners:
First Place: Trish Sheppard, “Morning at the Mill”
Second Place: Debra A. Daniel, “Night City”
Third Place: Joseph Elliot DeMaegd, “Basquiat”
Honorable Mention: Carolyn Elkins, “Four Corners”
Honorable Mention: DJ Gaskin, “Tataria”
Honorable Mention and Cover Art: Laura D. Hare, “My glass is half full … what’s yours?”

Kakalak 2021 Poetry Award Winners:
First Place: Susan Lefler, “After the Assault”
Second Place: Pam Baggett, “Janis Joplin Considers”
Third Place: Debra A. Daniel, “In March When the Shutdown Begins, I Journey into Watercolor”
Honorable Mention: Irene Blair Honeycutt, “One Peppermint Ball”
Honorable Mention: Karen Luke Jackson, “Rocking”
Honorable Mention: Jeanne Julian, “I Wrap Your Ankle”

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KAKALAK 2021 Winners & Inclusion

CONGRATULATIONS to the contest winners and all those included in this year’s KAKALAK! HERE’S THE COMPLETE LINE UP of poets and artists selected for publication in KAKALAK 2021:

First Place: Trish Sheppard, “Morning at the Mill”
Second Place: Debra A. Daniel, “Night City”
Third Place: Joseph Elliot Demaegd, “Basquiat”
Honorable Mention: Carolyn Elkins, “Four Corners”
Honorable Mention: DJ Gaskin, “Tataria”
Honorable Mention and Cover Art: Laura D. Hare, “My glass is half full…what’s yours?”

First Place: Susan Lefler, “After the Assault”
Second Place: Pam Baggett, “Janis Joplin Considers”
Third Place: Debra A. Daniel, “In March When the Shutdown Begins, I Journey into Watercolor”
Honorable Mention: Irene Blair Honeycutt, “One Peppermint Ball”
Honorable Mention: Karen Luke Jackson, “Rocking”
Honorable Mention: Jeanne Julian, “I Wrap Your Ankle”

Melanie T. Aves, “Tulips”
Christina Baumis, “Frog Croak Echoes”
Cheryl Boyer, “Stable Sunrise”
Joyce Compton Brown, “Side Door at Walled Up Cathedral, Strasbourg”
Les Brown, “Hummingbird on Cosmos”
S.L. Cockerille, “Vision at Sea”
Michael A. Dorsey, “The Universal Constant”
Evelyn Eickmeyer-Quiñones, “Lesley’s Memorial Garden: First Peony”
Nadine Ellsworth-Moran, “When Fire Turns to Rust”
Terri Greco, “A Boy and His Dog”
Bill Griffin, “Incisors”
Evie Chang Henderson, “Snowy in Swirly Reflections”
Arlene Oraby, “Surprise of a Deer”
Marty Pitcairn, “Storm Among the Cypress”
Peggy Waters Rowland, “Papa”
Lynne Santy Tanner, “From the Boat House, Evening”
Kathryn Waller, “The Abandoned Piano”
Al Walton, “Cargo”
Susan G. Williams, “Graceful”

Kathy Ackerman, “Wedding Day Baptism”
Pam Baggett, “Lucky Girl, 1968”
Dorothy Baird, “Summer Storm on Shackleford Banks”
Don Ball, “Wish”
KB Ballentine, “Refuge”
Richard Band, “Bones”
Joan Barasovska, “A Walk on Palmer Avenue”
Sam Barbee, “Next Galaxy Over”
Tina Barr, “Viral”
Michael Beadle, “Drag”
Libby Bernardin, “Transformation”
Al Black, “Porch Sitting”
Teresa McLamb Blackmon, “Farmers’ Habits”
Gay Boswell, “Memorize Everything Just in Case”
Mary O’Keefe Brady, “Communion”
Doris Thomas Browder, “After the AARP Driving Course”
Joyce Compton Brown, “November Harvest”
Les Brown, “Diggy, 1947”
Adrienne K. Burris, “masklophobia at the state fair”
Kathleen Calby, “A Curtsey to Rex Begonia
Bill Caldwell, “After George Floyd”
Barbara Campbell, “In an Alanon Meeting, a Therapist Sits Next to Me”
Catherine Carter, “Ode: Falafel”
Kenneth Chamlee, “Seed”
S.L. Cockerille, “Mademoiselle”
Joy Colter, “Pandemic Ides of March”
Julie Ann Cook, “Absalom and Eliza, 1862”
Beth Copeland, “Fog”
Susan McClain Craig, “Taken to Rubinstein”
Steve Cushman, “Cast”
Debra A. Daniel, “Your Personal Regret Recount Has Been Completed”
David Dixon, “Yes, A Snowflake”
Mary Alice Dixon, “Aunt Lil’s Crazy Quilt”
Deborah H. Doolittle, “My Covid19 Nervous Breakdown”
Gabriel Dunsmith, “Genius loci”
Ralph Earle, “Wren and Wren”
Nadine Ellsworth-Moran, “A Downfall of Carpenter Bees”
Terri Kirby Erickson, “The Sam White Special”
Lynn Farmer, “Never Having Learned a Thing”
Nicole Farmer, “dyslexia c. 1972”
Judith Ferster, “Watching”
Janice Moore Fuller, “Emory at the Beach”
DJ Gaskin, “Cicada Spring”
Michael Gaspeny, “Loco-Motion”
Ed Gold, “Neruda’s Questions”
Ginger Graziano, “Light-Shocked Night”
Terri Greco, “Postscript for My Grandmother”
Bill Griffin, “A While”
Cordelia M. Hanemann, “Standing in Silence”
Tim Harkins, “Resonance”
Janis Harrington, “The Home Front”
Lisa M. Hase-Jackson, “One Saturday in March, We Deal Again with Mortality”
Evie Chang Henderson, “Him Dead”
Mary Hennessy, “Are We There?”
Ann Herlong-Bodman, “Somewhere South of Summer”
Jo Ann Hoffman, “Aversion”
Marguerite Hogan, “Red Light District”
Lew Holton, “Ta Da Roses”
Irene Blair Honeycutt, “Cicada, I Never Knew You Were the Loudest Insect in the World Until I Read”
Earl Carlton Huband, “A Little Reassurance”
Karen Luke Jackson, “A Year in the Garden Hamlet”
Kelly Jones, “After Hurricane Hugo, 1989”
Patricia A. Joslin, “I Didn’t Mean to Write a Poem”
Jeanne Julian, “The Owl’s Retreat”
Greg Lobas, “Three a.m.”
Kathryn Etters Lovatt, “Bedfellows”
Sandra Marshburn, “Trees and Flowers”
Preston Martin, “The Picnic”
Nancy Martin-Young, “The Doors”
Katherine H. Maynard, “Low Tide”
Terri McCord, “Red”
Cynthia McDonald, “And so I call”
Marjorie Schratz McNamara, “in the middle of the night”
Charles V. Murray, “Prayer”
Alice Osborn, “Stars and Storm”
Gail Peck, “Starving Child and Vulture”
Lucia Walton Robinson, “Reading Aloud to Mother”
Leslie M. Rupracht, “Lorem ipsum”
Roberta Schultz, “Mr. Paolucci”
Jane Seitel, “Deposition”
Martin Settle, “Dead Men’s Socks”
Jane Shlensky, “Parking Lot Sermon During Pandemic”
Sherry Siddall, “Thinking About Souls”
Michael Simpson, “Nureyev”
Duncan Smith, “Telling Stories”
Susan Willey Spalt, “Felix”
H.R. Spencer, “It’s Too Late to Title This”
Lynn Stanton, “Vertigo After Third Shift”
Caren Stuart, “When My Sister and I Would Spend the Night at Mom’s House”
Nancy Swanson, “In the South We Call Them Groundhogs”
Lynne Santy Tanner, “South Georgia 1945”
Jo Barbara Taylor, “Whose House”
Melinda Thomsen, “Snapshots of Mothering Earth’s Work”
Betsy Thorne, “A Stranger Here”
Danielle Ann Verwers, “Two Sparrows for a Penny”
Mark Vogel, “When Words Aren’t Fixed”
Kathryn Waller, “The Printmaker”
Carmen Dressler Ward, “On the Sea of Mending”
Priscilla Webster-Williams, “Still Life with Corona Virus”
Eric Weil, “A Flint Hide-Scraper”
Jennifer Weiss, “Spring Beauty”
Nancy Womack, “Reclamation”

Congratulations to all!
Anne M. Kaylor, Executive Editor and Publisher
Judges and Editors: Kimberlyn Blum-Hyclak, David E. Poston, Richard Allen Taylor

moonShine review tackles tough issues!

Listening is where love begins. — Mister Rogers

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Featured Photographer: Lynn Farmer

Featured Authors: Franklin Bailey, Anna Catanese, Joyce Compton Brown, Steve Cushman, Gregg Cusick,
Alan Gartenhaus, Joiya Morrison-Efemini, Martin Settle, Jane Shlensky, Allen Stevenson, Bob Strother,
and Nancy Young

Fear. We all feel it, especially this year. We’re frightened of dying from an unseen virus, of living in a society that excludes some individuals from fundamental human rights.

Arguably the most basic, yet complex, of emotions, fear manifests itself in myriad ways, as shown by the stories, photographs, and quotes shared in this issue of moonShine. And the message is not so much about what frightens us but how we react. Some choose to deny fear, some use anger to mask fear, and some act courageously despite fear.

In a year when we’ve literally faced life and death decisions, creative endeavors seem marginal to those front-line efforts of medical professionals and emergency responders.

But the artist’s role in society, particularly during turbulent times, remains crucial—to question the status quo, to engage in dialogue, to challenge ourselves and others, to promote change.

Lynn Farmer, our featured photographer, provided such powerful images to accompany the stories, we knew the captions had to be equally compelling. So, we turned to peacemakers, philosophers, artists, scientists, even select politicians to address the issues herein—and to speak for us.

Thank you, Lynn, for outstanding visual imagery. Thank you, authors, for profound words. Thanks, Beth and James, for your many hours and creativity. Thank you, Scott, for printed books that meet our high expectations. And thanks, everyone, for submitting, for spreading the word about us, for contributing to our success.

Mister Rogers, who devoted his life to teaching acceptance, said, “Listening is where love begins.” May you listen with all your senses to this moonShine—let it illuminate the dark corners where fear thrives and encourage openness to change and much-needed healing.

Anne M. Kaylor
Executive Editor & Publisher