Writers learn what is in a word

POINT PLEASANT — Members of the Point Pleasant Writers Guild met recently to share poems, memoirs, opinions, and discuss many subjects. They were joined by Paula Gregory, wife of member Woody Moore.

Leader Patrecia Gray opened with prayer, then turned the meeting over to those who had something to share.

Sue Underwood, who admits to being more comfortable composing simple country lyrics, had stretched herself by writing a couple of poems, “Summer Days and Summer Nights,” and, “The Last Flight.” Both pieces were very well received.

Gary Gibeaut asked that he be allowed to share his, “Memoirs with a Twist,” at the next meeting which will be on Nov. 15.

Marilyn Clarke read some thoughts she had written titled, “Impromptu.” Carol Newberry read a short story, then Woody Moore shared a poem that might be considered the lament of all authors which is, “once words are on paper, is there any guarantee they will be read?”

Gray read her poem that described people suffering despair. She also distributed two papers she had found online.

In, “What Character Was Removed from the Alphabet?” members learned that our English alphabet once included the ampersand shown as & , which followed the Z. The & had its origin in the Roman word et which meant and. The character was formed by cursively linking the e and the t.

Gray’s second handout was titled, “Ancient Hebrew Idioms.” It listed several words and phrases found in Scripture and their meanings. For instance the words, “stiffened his neck,” in 2nd Chronicles 36:13 means became stubborn. The phrase, “opens the ear,” in Job 33:16 means informs or reveals. Patrecia, via her radio show, “Just Thinking,” heard on WEMM-FM 107.9 each Saturday at 9 a.m. does her Father’s bidding by opening the ears of her listeners.

Last up was April Pyles with her paper, “What’s That You Say?” which also had to do with the use of idioms. Idioms are phrases people commonly use without always knowing their origins. The common expression, “Go the whole 9 yards,” means to try one’s best. The phrase comes from the 9-yard chain of ammunition given to World War II fighter pilots. When a pilot used all of his ammunition on one target, he gave it the whole 9 yards.

If you are, “no spring chicken,” you are past your prime. In New England, during spring, chickens born usually sold for more than the chickens that had survived the winter. If a farmer tried to sell a winter chicken for the price of a spring chicken, clever buyers could tell the difference. They would complain that the fowl in question was no spring chicken. There you have it, you cannot, “pull the wool over some people’s eyes.”

Meetings of the Point Pleasant Writers Guild take place at the Mason County Library on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. All writers are invited.

Submitted by April Pyles.