Friday, November 29, 2013


Ozarks Writers League 30th Anniversary with Missy Ann

    Thursday, November 14, 2013, it was dark when my granddaughter Missy arrived from Naperville, Illinois around 7:30 p.m. Said our hellos and headed out to the Village Wheel in Bull Shoals for dinner. This was the start of our yearly special week-end together (Ladies only).

      Friday morning November 15th, we were up and ready to head to the Blackbird CafĂ© at the Donald W. Reynolds Library for breakfast muffins, drink and chit-chat. It was so warm and cozy we lingered enjoying the moment before we headed to Ozarks Writers League OWL) 30th anniversary celebration week-end.

     We stopped in Yellville at the Palette Art League to see their 1st Annual Quilt and Artisan Bazaar featuring handcrafted items created by 230 Ozark Artisans - Amazing items.

     As we arrived in Harrison, we debated how far it was to Eureka Springs and did we have time to go. We decide sure – why not.  We visited a couple of our favorite shops: Wilson and Wilson Folk Art (Family of artist) and the darling shop Enjoy Something Simple; they are such friendly people. Before traveling on North 23, we had a bite to eat at a Subway.

      Gosh, I didn’t know it was somewhat of a long route to return back to Highway 65 N. But, it was enjoyable visiting and singing over and over to Missy’s new cd filled with special hymns she picked up on the way down at Cracker Barrel.

      We arrived at Historical Downtown Hollister about 4:30 p.m. at the beautiful Ye Olde English Inn, own and recently renovated by novelist Janet Dailey.  I signed us in and we visited with OWL members filling the lounge.  It was fun seeing so many I hadn’t for about a year. Missy, carried our things up to our suite – (The Winslow) and a little later we sat in the hallway lounge where we had coffee and coco. I met author K.D. McCrite. Later, said hi to Chuck Butkus (President Twin Lakes Writers) and his wife, plus Jory and Charlotte Sherman.  

      We went downstairs to the main lounge after changing for the banquet: more visiting, photo taking while we listen to the talent Possum Holler Fiddlers. The dinner and contest awards started a 6:30. (Twin lakes Writers won some awards) We had a great time and I picked up a free poetry book, “French Quarter at Eight” by John W. Crawford.  

      Saturday morning we were up early to eat breakfast at the Inn, packed the car to head out to the Collage of the Ozarks to sign-in by 9:00 to listen to speakers and elect officers. We ate lunch at The Keefer Center and return for more OWL programs. Missy won the door prize – a journal and the OWL’s CD of the slide show of Ozark Writers League 30th Anniversary (She was so kind to allow me to have it).  For a short time I promoted Pat Durman’s  (Free Verse Poetry Group) new book “Lights and Shadows in a Nursing Home” found on .

      We left a little early to drive around Branson, didn’t linger long lots of traffic.

      When we got close to home we stopped near Cotter at a shop we enjoy and home to go to Gaston’s Resort on the White River for our last dinner together. Enjoyed the food and the view as a large full Harvest Moon centered in the sky above the White River as it ran a bead of light down the river – it was beautiful!

       Missy left for home the next morning in the wake of high wind and tornados. She passed near the town of Washington after the damage was done. She said it looked like a war zone. With the phone close by and the weather station on, I stay glued until she called as she neared home. I am so thankful to God for her safe trip.

        We made wonderful memories and looking forward to her trip next year. Each year I would like to have each grandkid make the trip so I could make sweet memories with each one.






Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Local Author Book Sale & Signing Event

You are invited to be a featured author at the upcoming Local Author Book Sale & Signing Event at the Donald W. Reynolds Library serving Baxter County.
This event showcases our local writing talent and gives people the opportunity to shop locally for books as gifts for the holidays and to have their purchases autographed by you!

The event is Sunday, December 8, 2013
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at the Library

If you would like to be a part of this year’s event, please register for a booth space by going to the following link.
There is no charge to participate, but booth space is limited and will be available on a 1st come 1st served basis.



Kim Crow Sheaner

Program Director and Community Outreach Coordinator

Donald W. Reynolds Library Serving Baxter County

300 Library Hill

Mountain Home, AR  72653





Sunday, November 10, 2013

Enjoy  the best books -children books and read what writers & illustrators are sharing.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Who purchased my 6x6 painting?

What a wonderful surprise note I received from  President Stephen Johnson, Free Verse Poetry Group yesterday. He forwarded a note from The Talk of the Town (KTLO) host Debby Stanuch stating she had purchased four 6x6 paintings at the ORAC 6x6 Auction, one was mine. Since I was unable to attend I wondered who purchased mine. It was a joy to know and I am grateful she supported ORAC.

Went I agreed to enter, I hadn't painted in 15 years since I moved from Siloam Springs where I was the Siloam Springs Artist Guild president. I wanted to return to painting - one of my many creative loves. But, I felt like a fish out of water. I panicked and ran scared as I searched through my old acrylic tubes where several had to be thrown away. I didn't want to buy new until I knew I could draw and paint as I use to. So, I used what I had. I do have watercolor paints for this is what I love to use and colored pencils, but they couldn't be used, it had to be acrylic.

Between being a member of the Ozarks Regional Arts Council, Area Art Club, Bull Shoals Art Club, Donald W. Reynolds Library and Creative Writers & Illustrators I hope to continue with their support in the creative world.


Saturday, November 02, 2013