This publication includes works of perspective, reflection, fiction, and poetry.
Dispatches Staff Joyce Faulkner
Editor Mike Mullins
ColumnistDwight Jon Zimmerman
Cover Designer Nancy Yockey Bonar
Copy Editor Nancy Smith
From the Editor…
Welcome to the first edition of our magazine,
. Many thanks to Steve Phillips whosubmitted the winning name and to Kate Dunn for designing the cover. This issue is the beginning of a
variety of new things. We‘ll be making
available in printed format through MagCloud.com
in the future. We‘ll also investigate distributing it on the Nook and Kindle, so watch for those develop-
ments over the next few months.
will include many of the same features as our old newsletter did
Mike Mullins, Pat Avery,Jim Greenwald, Bill McDonald, and Dwight Zimmerman will carry on with their columns. Charles Bai-
ley will provide us with his wonderful cartoons. I‘ll supply you with information about the state of the
organization and new things that are coming up
—and we‘ll publish the reviews for the Book of theMonth and the Author of the Month, same as before. As usual, we‘ll announce the monthly winner and
finalist for the William E. Mayer Prize for Literary and Artistic Excellence. However, we want to focusmore and more on the work of our members. Remember, that you earn buckaroos when you submit to
and a writing credit.
I‘m happy to announce that Lynn Salsi, our event planner, has booked our fall Conference with theWyndham University Place Hotel in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. It‘s a beautiful property and Iknow that we‘ll have an informative, beneficial, and enjoyable event. Thanks, Lynn—
and thanks toBrian Matous and Sean Groth at the Wyndham. Check out pages 4 & 5 for the specifics.This edition also includes essays, poetry, and photography submitted by our members in honor of Me-morial Day. I hope that you find their work as moving and intriguing as I do.
Joyce Faulkner, President of MWSA
In Flanders Field - Where Soldiers Sleep and Poppies Grow: American impres- sionist, Robert Vonnoh, 1890, oil on canvas; permanent collection, Butler American Art Institute, Youngstown, Ohio. (Painting copy-right, 1914)
Conference News 4Nan Wisherd 10
12Featuring Steve Phillips 14Author of the Month 16Book of the Month 17William E. Mayer Finalist 18Del Staecker Feature 22Chuck Bailey Cartoon 23Jack Woodville London Commentary 24
People’s Choice Award
25Richard Lowry Remembers Fallujah 27Connie Gaudette Beesley Remembers 28Poetry
Rodgers & Greenwald 29Stenholm & Zimmerman 30Frank Evans 31Duke Barrett 33David Tschanz 34Bob Flournoy 35Rob Ballister 36Nancy Yockey Bonar 37Joyce Faulkner 38June Notes
Greenwald 40Three Brothers 42Bill McDonald 45Dwight Zimmerman 46
William E.Mayer Prizefor Literaryand ArtisticExcellence phrase is