The Boston Red Sox are headed to the World Series after a thrilling 5-2 win over the Detroit Tigers Saturday night.
Shane Victorino hit a grand slam in the 7th inning made all the difference, and Detroit Rock City never recovered. It was the second time those suckas were done in by the Salami, and I enjoyed each one mightily.
We will play the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. Game 1 is Wednesday night, at Fenway Park. Boston swept St. Louis in 2004 to end an 86 year World Series drought.
10/20 1:00 ET New England -3.5 At NY Jets 43.5
The Pats may be getting Rob Gronkowski back, although he is likely looking limited. If they do play him, they'll most likely use him to prop up their 30th of 32 teams red zone offense. That alone makes me think that we can beat the crummy Jets by more than 3.5 friggin' points. A win would open up a nice lead in the AFC East for the Pats.
10/20 1:00 ET San Diego -7.5 At Jacksonville 45.5
Jacksonville may win this one, just to screw up the standings some. I don't actually feel that enough to bet on it, but I have this nagging feeling. I can't even bet them beating the spread, so I'll go for the over/under and hope that doing so quiets the voices.
San Diego, 21-13
10/20 4:25 ET At Kansas City -6.5 Houston 39.5
Who-ston was being spoken of as a Super Bowl contender right up until, in his 8th year or so, they figured out that Matt Schaub can't play QB in this league. Don't get me wrong... if I was rounding up a Powderpuff game, he'd be like my first or second choice (Some of the girls from my era are in the dreadnought class), and we'd probably start him. However, I'm not sold on Kansas City yet, and this would be a funny L to hang on them.
10/20 1:00 ET At Detroit -2.5 Cincinnati 47
The Lions and the Bengals are historically inept, and- even though they're good this season- there's a chance that both team buses get lost or hijacked and neither team makes the game. They could just pick people out of the stands to play... a good GM would relish the chance to do an off-the-cuff draft from 70000 possible players. If you put the camera on the crowd, it'd be a bunch of fat guys yelling, "I played backup tackle in high school!"
10/20 1:00 ET At Miami -7.5 Buffalo 43
That is a mighty large point spread for what I see as a very average Miami team. That makes me think Buffy, although I only feel Buffy covering the spread. Buffalo, you see, is a below-average team.
10/20 1:00 ET At Washington PK Chicago 50
I like Chicago, I love the spread, and I despise the over/under with the intensity of 1000 white-hot suns.
10/20 1:00 ET At Philadelphia -3 Dallas 55.5
Maybe a few of the Dallas players died this week, because I have no idea how they aren't favored over an ugly Philly squad. I don't even think Dallas is that good, but they're a point better than Philthydelphia.
10/20 1:00 ET At Carolina -7 St. Louis 42
Cam Newton will either get 35 fantasy points, or throw 3 interceptions and lose the game himself... and perhaps even God doesn't know how to tell which one is coming any given week.
St. Louis, 19-17
10/20 1:00 ET At Atlanta -6.5 Tampa Bay 43
If you told anyone that, by week 5, Tony Gonzalez would be poor-kid-at-Christmas-wishing to go back to recently 2-14 Kansas City from one-play-from-the-Super-Bowl Atlanta... well, to be honest, sh*t like that happens now and then, so no one would swoon or anything. Fortunately, Tampa just tore the heart out of their recent rebuilding effort by ridding themselves of their franchise QB, so everything should balance out some.
10/20 4:05 ET San Francisco -3.5 At Tennessee 41
There appears to be some great advantage to playing in Tennessee that I am unable to visualize. Whatever it is, the mob feels that San Francisco is less than 4 points better than a lucky-to-be .500 Titans brood. I'd laugh at them, but they have taken a lot of my money over the years. However, I'm perfectly happy moving that decimal point over a place, or mistaking the over/under for how many Frisco gets.
10/20 4:25 ET At Green Bay -9.5 Cleveland 46
I won't move the decimal point ever on this one, but I would be comfortable adding 9.5 to that 9.5.
10/20 4:25 ET At Pittsburgh -2.5 Baltimore 40.5
I'm not taking that rotten Pittsburgh team I've seen this year over the Super Bowl champs, even if the champs are struggling.
10/20 8:30 ET Denver -6.5 At Indianapolis 57
Indy has knocked off some heavyweights... but notice that Peyton Manning's former owner sort of pulled Peyton Manning's ho card this week. That owner knows that Peyton gags on big games, so he's trying to make this a bigger game for Manning in order to elicit said gag reflex. That's the work of a man who knows in his heart that Peyton Manning is straight pup ussy. Unfortunately, any team that plans to cover Wes Welker with Darius Butler is going to lose by 35.
Monday Night Football Line
10/21 8:40 ET At NY Giants -3.5 Minnesota 47
The Giants are 0-6 or so, but they're also only 3 games back in a division Michael Vick and Tony Romo play. They can come back, and a night spent smacking Josh Freeman around on national TV could start their momentum up. I do wonder what the "X" is in a "We'll give you Stevan Ridley and X for Adrian Peterson" scenario that Minnesota says yes to. "X" may equal "Cape Cod," and that scares me.
Last Week: 4-10
This Week: 1-0
High School Scores
D-Y 48, Falmouth 0
D-Y was in there like swimwear. Spencer "For Hire" Tyler and Corey Desimone each rang up 3 TDs.
Marshfield 32, Sandwich 13
Marsh Vegas has themselves a Sammich.
#8 Barnstable 20, #5 B-R 14
Hayden Murphy busted a 48 yard TD with a minute left to win it for Barney. Actually, make that "Hayden 'Motherf***ing' Murphy." Throw in a loss by #6 St John's Prep, and Barney could be Top 5 now.
Old Rochester 56, Wareham 8
Crikey, Wareham may need to go to the hospital-type OR after this whipping.
Apponequet 56, Bourne 6
You know you had a bad game if the kids from the next town can taunt you with "Ha ha... we only lost by 48."
Mashpee 56, Monomoy 38
If you took the Over on that 95 point over/under for this defensive strugle ....well, sorry about that.
Plymouth North 20, Nauset Nada
Christian Carr, which sounds like a crossword-pussle hint for the Popemobile, brought two touchdowns to the party. Nauset got snuffed by both Plymouth teams in two weeks.
Nantucket 28, Old Colony 6
Keenan "Ivory" Phillips banged home two TDs for the Whalers. Nanny improved to 3-3.
Upper Cape 42, Holbrook/Avon 6
UCT had a rough early season, but they are back in full force now. John Dumont and Dylan Derby combined for 220 yards rushing and 5 TDs.
This Week: 14-5
Normally I would give a story, a tip, something else. Today, is a little different, as we got the world this afternoon that my niece, at the age of 36 has passed away after a multiple years battle with cancer. She and her husband were pastors at a Presbyterian Church in New Jersey with 2 younger children. Life is not always fair, and this is one of those times that we all hate to hear about. My Mother, passed away at age 58 (also my age at the time or writing) of colon cancer, which was bad enough, then about 7 years ago we lost my younger sister at age 60, no kids and a performing pianist who perform internationally. My Father who is still with us at nearly age 92 is in fairly good health, hey look at any 92 year old jalopy and you're going to find some things going on it no matter how good it looks LOL. But has now said goodbye to 2 wives, a daughter, and now a granddaughter. As I spoke to Dad today about my niece Becky passing away we both were able to reflect a bit, grieve, and laugh together. We understand that there is for many of us a higher calling and hope that this is not all there is, and our hope is not early based. This concept may be foreign to some, "too religious for others, and just ridiculous to others. But this is what we hold to, and it is what enables us to see past the ugly of today into the beauty of tomorrow. For us life is not necessarily about the finite, relatively short span we have here on this earth but about the infinite eternal with the one who made us. Some of us do not take the time to spend thinking much on this, we push it to the back of our minds, until something like this happens. But her and her husband were so committed to it that they gave their lives to spreading the hope of tomorrow and the peace of today in being co-pastors. Talk about were the rubber meets the road, do they abandon what they have believe because of caner or do they hold onto harder what they believe to give them comfort through it all. So young, so much from out eyes ahead, but the one who made her called her home. Now what do we do with it from there? Do we heed the call or do we craw back into our holes ignoring the signs hoping it never effects us. The bell will sound, the time will come, when the time is up, what will we give in accountability for what decisions we have chosen while here on this side of the eternal. Something to ponder, something to think about. death is not a lover of life and gives no regards to age, creed, religion, race, life's preferences, it will come, what will be your response? I pray you do not have to deal with this, or that when the time comes your ending is a peaceful one, and until then you are able to live life to the fullest.
Oh what a wonderful season we are having, if only I were a hibernating bear or ground hog. The craziness with the temperatures are killing my electric bill and even with my wood burning insert it could be doing better if it was not either feast or famine. Meaning going light on the wood or trying to bounce it up when it get colder, but the bigger problem is that I started burning in mid November and normally I don't start burning till sometime in December. So I am starting to get a little antsy and hoping I make it through March with the wood I have. And before you ask, no I don't have the extra funds to just buy another cord, so I am stuck going month to month with higher electric and gas bills. Yuck, and I know some people would just die in my house with it being way too cool for them. But fortunately we do ok with it and have never been folks to have to have a "hot" house to live in. But life is what it is and we have to learn to adapt, even if that means putting on an extra blanket at night or putting on a heavier outfit during the day. And there is no escaping it as I work out of my home so I do not get the luxury of allowing someone else to pay for my daytime heating bill. At least I have a roof over my head to keep me dry and out of the elements, food for my stomach, and bed to sleep in. Too many, even here on the Cape do not have even that, so for that i am grateful. I now get it why so many head south for the winter of all ages, and after my back surgeries, and the cost of heating bills could almost pay for a winter place in one of them southern states that you rarely need heat, during these months. Ok I am laughing at this, as I do enjoy having 4 seasons and all that they bring. So before anyone goes off on why did you move here in the first place, can stuff that thought in your oil tank and second I came without knowing I would be experiencing back surgery and all that it brings on. Again, life is life and we all must cope with it and take the bad with the good. Even when it means we sacrifice some things to enjoy others. Life is good here on Cape Cod even if you have to look hard for it sometimes. No different than many other places in this state, part of the country, and further on, except we get to do it with sand under our feet. Hope you have a great and wonderful wherever you are but especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.
SESSION KEY-NOTES FOR TALKS
”The Effect of Alcoholism on the Whole Family”
* The devastating toll of alcoholism on the family
* The self-destruction of the addict
* For those looking for strength from their own alcoholic-driven problems
* The enabling
* Blackouts/physical and emotional abuse
* Protecting the children
* Feelings of hopelessness
* Communication in the marriage
* Professional help
* Separation or divorce
* Ignoring the signs of teenage drinking
* Hidden emotional problems with the children
* Taking time to listen and communicate with your teen
* Giving complete support
* Being involved in their counseling, doctor’s appointments and recovery program
“My Spiritual Changes Within”
* Focus on relationships with our loved ones
* Strengthening your belief in your faith
* Tours to Medjugorje/spiritual renewals
* Alberta’s spiritual experience in Medjugorje
* The secrets Our Lady is giving the visionaries
* Description of the apparitions
* The importance of Confession
* Miracles all around us
* Awareness of God in our lives
* Alberta encourages us to examine our life
* Recognize the value of thankfulness
* Saying goodbye to our loved ones * Renew the joy in life
”Where am I Heading?”
* The introduction to alcohol and drugs
* Signs of alcohol abuse
* Following the crowd
* Binge drinking
* Hereditary or a disease
* Habit, action, location, and friends
* Facing your family and school problems
* Recovery programs
* Breaking from the drinking and drug friends
* Getting on with life
* The reality of Cirrhosis of the Liver
**Alberta is willing to talk on any topic you may want for your event. She would love to discuss what would be the best fit. Please feel free to send questions to [email protected]
Visit her website at http://www.albertasequeira.wordpress.com
References from the Bristol Correction Office at Faunce Corner Road in North Dartmouth, MA:
1. Rui M. Lima, MA, MSW, LICSW, Director of Substance Abuse & Social Servies Programs & Treatment: Telephone: 508-995-6400 ext. 2821
2. Matthew Robitaille, Director of Classification and Programs ; Telephone: 508-995-6400 ext. 2504
Interventions are not only for the alcohol or drug user. As family members, we have many problems ourselves. Not facing them, realizing them, and correcting them can pass the stress over to the addicted.
Intervention is a final step hoping to get the user to admit themselves into a recovery program or a rehabilitation center. If they are under eighteen, this is in your control. Over that age, they are in control.
Alcoholic and Addicts are great manipulators. We are great for carrying the load of feeling guilty when we make demands. We do need to treat this problem as a group–and listen to each other.
After losing a husband and daughter from substance abuse, I could list many mistakes I chose, which I will list another time. Doing “nothing” and thinking this problem will ride itself out, is foolish. It’s not going to go away without dealing with it. And if you don’t, your loved one could be walking head-on into a freight train.
Some users want help while others think they can handle the drinking or drugs. Like my daughter, Lori, she told her sister that she couldn’t see her life without a drink. That’s after three rehab stays to dry out and get counseling.
I don’t take the blame for her death. We all have choices. But, I will take the blame for not listening, and staying by her side more with conversations which would have shown I loved her. Words are good, but the action is better.
What I would give to go back and handle the problems when I saw them; some, I didn’t. It’s too late to get her or Richie back. I’m reaching out to family members saying, “Don’t give up on them, show your love, listen, put an arm around them, go to counseling together, if underage and they are killing their organs, admit them without guilt. Better they hate you than you burying them.
And last, pray together. Yes, pray. Go to your place of worship.
Having a loved one who is hooked on alcohol or drug abuse is horrifying. I lost both my husband and daughter from this world-wide disease. When I did, I wanted to know what I could have done better. Where to get the answers? I went directly to the source; the alcoholics, drug and prescription users who are struggling to get their life back. I asked them over 23 questions to learn what they think is and isn’t working in their programs. What do they need from us as family members, counselors, or doctors?
One woman started drinking at five years old and another at seven. They follow what the parents do. This is why I believe education with substance abuse should start in first grade. Children are more informed about the use than we think.
This is the book not only family members but the professionals. As for readers who are struggling themselves, this is a book you will be able to relate to yourself. This book is a benefit to add to libraries and bookstores.
There are thirty-four testimonial stories of users from the USA and Canada. They are raw and honest.
Negotiating the ups and downs of the first few years of recovery contain numerous pitfalls which those in recovery must have the right kind of help with. The best-intention of friends, family, lovers, and co-workers can be healthy supports or obstacles to long-term sobriety. Having the addicts tell their story of what worked for them and what didn’t or doesn’t work would be a most helpful addition to the literature on the subject of addiction and recovery.
Addicts sharing their experience, strength, and hope with others is something that only a recovering addict or alcoholic can do.
It is a unique gift. ~John Daubney ~ Author, Mentor, and Retreat Leader
I was tired of getting sick, my hands shaking, my vision deteriorating, my nose bleeding, my bowels moving sporadically, not sleeping and feeling safe, along with the violence and running from many situations being paranoid to the point of staying home all day.
I would tell doctors and counselors to listen to us. We are drinking for a reason, but we can’t stop on our own. Help us to identify the reason we are drinking. What are we afraid of? What are we trying to hide, our insecurities, our short-comings? Maybe we just don’t like who we are sober and truly believe we are better people when we are drinking or using drugs. Most of all treat us as humans, not a disease.
It was very enjoyable to write this and take a look back on the journey to recovery! It helps a lot with letting go. The past does not define me anymore. It also reinforces the gratitude I have for sobriety.
I thought the book was an excellent account of the lives and stories of those people …
Many addicts stories
Very informative reading many addicts stories. What made them seek help. What helped them stay sober. What length of time needed in treatment. What treatment programs need.
John R. Daubney
5.0 out of 5 stars A Light in the Darkness!
Rarely has any book described a solution to such a devastating public and personal health issue, in such a variety of voices and pathways, as does Alberta Sequeira’s “What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic.”
There’s no better source of insight and understanding that the thoughts and beliefs of those afflicted. This was an ingenious concept. Each authentic and emotional story within this book gives you an understanding of the delusional workings of the alcoholic and addicted mindset.
National Writers Union - Boston Chapter
January Update 2019
Writers Night Out, Monday, January 21 (MLK Day)
Our Fabulous Annual Book Party, Sunday, January 27
Our Book Party Needs You
The Beginning of America, <strong>Monday, February 4</strong>
WRITERS' DAY CAMP RESCHEDULED to Saturday, February 16
What Our Boston Chapter Accomplished in 2018
What Books Shaped Your Life?
Publicize Your Events and Services Here and On Our Website
The NWU-BOS Listserv Is Here For You
WRITERS NIGHT OUT
MONDAY, JANUARY 21
At last month's Writers Night Out
Hello to Boston Chapter NWU Members and Friends:
There are many events this coming Monday--community breakfasts and lunches, lectures and panels and the like--to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We encourage you to attend one or to acknowledge his contribution in your own personal way...read his timeless "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" or watch a clip of his "I Have a Dream" speech with family and friends.
And in the evening, head over to Christopher's to join NWU colleagues and friends for our monthly chat and chew. Now more than ever is a good time to celebrate community and enjoy some intelligent conversation...
Christopher's is at 1920 Massachusetts Avenue, across the street from the Porter Square subway stop. There's metered parking on Mass Ave. and permit-only parking on side streets. (Don't park in the Porter Square Shopping Center lot; they tow.)
Hope to see you there!
Your Boston Chapter Steering Committee
Questions? Click here.
OUR FABULOUS ANNUAL BOOK PARTY
SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2019
2:00 TO 5:00 P.M.
THE DANCE COMPLEX
536 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE, CAMBRIDGE
Keynote Speaker "Miss Manners" Robin Abrahams
Our annual Book Party, where we celebrate members who have had a book published in the previous year, happens Sunday, January 27th, at the Dance Complex
in Cambridge's Central Square. It's easy to reach by MBTA and parking is free on Sundays.
The day will feature short readings from our recently published authors and a keynote talk by Robin Abrahams, The Boston Globe's "Miss Conduct" columnist. Robin, who has a B.A. in theater and a Ph.D. in psychology, has experience as a stand-up comedian as well as a business writer, a teacher of psychology, and the author of Miss Conduct's Mind Over Manners. She has been writing the column since 2005.
Suggested donation is $10. Pizza and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided.
Readers at Our 2018 Book Party
volunteer OUR BOOK PARTY NEEDS YOU
Would you like to be a SPONSOR? A donation of $25 to $100 will help us defray the costs of the book party and our Boston chapter's work.
Or would you like to VOLUNTEER to help us set up, tear down, staff the registration desk, sell raffle tickets, or otherwise contribute to making the party run smoothly?
If you want to help us in either or both of these ways, contact Barbara Mende at [email protected] Thank you in advance!
"THE BEGINNING OF AMERICA"
PORTER SQUARE BOOKS
FEBRUARY 4, 2019
Our Boston chapter will be the curator of a reading and discussion of The Beginning of America: Personal Narratives About Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century, edited by Cathy J. Schlund-Vials and Tara Betts, at Porter Square Books on February 4, 2019, from 7 to 9 pm.
Four contributors to this "race matters" anthology will share their personal accounts of being mixed race people in the United States: Nadine Knight, Abra Mims, Via Perkins, and series editor Sean Frederick Forbes. Nadine Knight Director of Africana Studies at Holy Cross College in Worcester. Abra Mims blogs on mothering and race, and is writing a memoir. Via Perkins is a Boston area journalist. Sean Frederick Forbes is series editor of the 2Leaf Press Explorations in Diversity series and director of the creative writing program at the University of Connecticut. For a review of the anthology, click here.
The collection of personal narratives by 39 poets, writers, teachers, professors, artists, and activists articulates the complexities of interracial life. This absorbing and thought-provoking collection of stories explores racial identity, alienation, with people often forced to choose between races and cultures in their search for self-identity. While underscoring the complexity of the mixed-race experience, they offer a genuine, poignant, enlightening and empowering message to all readers.
WRITERS' DAY CAMP
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2019
10 A.M. to 4 P.M.
BROOKLINE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
40 WEBSTER PLACE, BROOKLINE
This is Charles Coe, inviting you to join me for our next WRITERS' DAY CAMP, a writing workshop happening Saturday, February 16th from 10 to 3 at the Brookline Community Foundation, 40 Webster Place, Brookline (Brookline Village). PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED.
The day will include writing prompts and exercises, discussion of each others' work and coaching on how to read before a group...a day of "serious fun." If you're looking to jump start your writing, please join us.
"We left charged up and inspired and ready to hit the keyboard."-- NWU Boston co-chair Barbara Beckwith, describing our recent WRITERS' DAY CAMP.
The workshop is in Brookline Village, two short blocks from the Brookline Village T stop, with ample on-street metered parking.
The event is a fundraiser for the Boston Chapter of the National Writers Union, of which I'm co-chair. The fee is $100 (sliding scale available). VEGETARIAN LUNCH PROVIDED. To register, or for more information: [email protected]
I'm the author of two books of poetry and one novel. Memento Mori my next volume of poetry, will be published in April of 2019. I've taught at numerous writing conferences and served as poet-in-residence at Wheaton College and the Chautauqua Institution in Western New York. I've taught in Dingle, Ireland, for the Bay Path University MFA-Abroad Program and am on the faculty of Newport's Salve Regina University, teaching poetry in their new low-residency MFA Program.
WHAT BOOKS SHAPED YOUR LIFE?
We've had a great response to our request for the titles of books that have shaped your life, writing or otherwise. We're hoping to hear from even more of you. If you're so inspired, please email your thoughts on up to four books to [email protected]
FROM CHARLES COE:
I stumbled across Pearl Buck's The Good Earth as a grade school library rat. It's the book that sparked my early interest in becoming a writer, one that's become deeper and more meaningful over the years with every re-reading.
FROM MICHAEL KORAN:
I am still moved by the story of Abraham in Genesis. I wrestle with my own inner voice and God by exploring the voice and God that guided Abraham.
James Joyce: Ulysses and Finnegan's Wake guide me. Ulysses helps me enjoy my stream of consciousness. The Wake inspires plowing with weirds.
Whitman, Dickinson, and Frost continually move me to co-create life and death artfully.
Dostoevsky and Marquez reveal the magic infusing my life.
WHAT OUR BOSTON CHAPTER ACCOMPLISHED IN 2018
by Co-Chair Barbara Beckwith
As both the publishing and political worlds faced turmoil in 2018, our Boston Chapter kept on keeping on!
We (unlike our government) know how to communicate. We keep in touch with both close-by and far-flung members who live throughout New England, via our monthly e-newsletter (thanks to Update editor Barbara Mende and copyeditor Susan Schopp). We also know how important it is to get together in person, which we do on the third Monday of every month at our Writers Night Out social/networking gatherings in Cambridge.
We welcomed fresh perspectives from Willie Wideman-Pleasants, who joined our nine-member Steering Committee this year, and from Roger Leisner, a new delegate at the three-day NWU national Delegate Assembly where representatives of all 12 chapters met to set the union's agenda.
We co-sponsored, with indie Porter Square Books, a lively conversation between authors Randy Susan Meyers and Meta Wagner. Our co-sponsored series continues in 2019, featuring the editor of and contributors to The Beginning of America: Personal Narratives About Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century. After our 2017 Black Lives Have Always Mattered reading, Willie Pleasants interviewed the contributors on her Boston Neighborhood Network cable TV show, Willie's Web.
We shared the value of the NWU's nuts-and-bolts free-to-members contract advice and grievance support, with the value of having a dedicated writing space, at The Writers Room of Boston's Open House (thanks to Mary Bonina) featuring our chapter.
We showcased our members' accomplishments via kudos, www.nwuboston.org, Facebook, and our annual book party. And added our voice to the Massachusetts Artists Leadership Coalition, thanks to John Hodge and Charles Coe.
We offered a four-hour Writers' Day Camp workshop for poets and non-fiction writers, co-sponsored and led by Charles Coe, who will offer a second, five-hour workshop in 2019.
We accomplished this all, despite publishing and political turmoil, because we know our words matter: "I'm a firm believer that language and how we use language determines how we act, and how we act then determines our lives and other people's lives" - Ntozake Shange
Literary Events in the Boston Area
National Writers Union, Boston Chapter, World-Famous Annual Book Party - Sunday, January 27, 2019
The Beginning of America, Co-Sponsored by NWU Boston and Porter Square Books - Monday, February 4, 2019
Writers' Day Camp - Saturday, February 16, 2019 (RESCHEDULED)
Please send any news of a publication, award, or writing-related appearance that has already happened, to your editor, Barbara Mende. (A piece on your own blog or website doesn't qualify.) Send 50 words or less, plus your name and a link to the publication, event, or website where readers can find more info about you or the happening. Don't send notices of work that will be published in the future. Do send news of future events, but see the "Upcoming Events" block for that.
PUBLICIZE YOUR EVENTS AND SERVICES HERE AND ON OUR WEBSITE
Are you speaking or reading from your work in the near future? Do you want to publicize an event that writers would be interested in? Can you provide a service, such as editing or indexing or publicity, for your fellow union members?
Our Boston Chapter website, which you can reach at
nwu.org/chapters/boston/ or www.nwuboston.org, is here for you to use. Not only that but if you send us an announcement of a specific event by the second Monday of each month, we'll try to include it in these updates.
Please send us news of any upcoming events that you'd like us to publicize, along with links to the venue or PDF posters if you have them. If you'd like to promote your services, plug your latest book, tell us about something writing-related that happened to you, or post anything else you can think of, we'll try to give it a place on the website. And we'd love to hear from you if you'd like to contribute to these updates.
Send all your news to your webmaster.
THE NWU-BOS LISTSERV IS HERE FOR YOU
Here's another way you can communicate with your fellow members - and not only about writing. All NWU-Boston members are invited to sign up for the NWU-BOS online discussion list. Send a blank email to [email protected], and you'll quickly get a notice that you're in. Then send any message you like (within the usual bounds of netiquette) to [email protected]
Use the list to publicize your achievements or announce an event. Use it to look for editors or illustrators or babysitters or accountants or Patriots tickets. Use it to advertise a room for rent or a concert you're in. You can even attach pictures or links or PDFs. It's one way we writers can help each other.
The more people who join, the more useful it will be. It won't be high volume, and you can unsubscribe easily. Try it!
Questions? Email your webmaster.
Co-Chairs: Barbara Beckwith and Charles Coe
Editor and Webmaster: Barbara Mende
National Writers Union, Boston Chapter, 8A Appleton Street, Cambridge, MA 02138