October Meeting Recap

posted Oct 21, 2019, 3:48 PM by Bruce Rowe
We welcomed five new people at the meeting:
  • Judy Habert, publisher and editor-in-chief, San Diego Woman magazine. Judy includes a local veterans section each month and is looking for stories. To contribute, contact her at editor@sdwomanmagazine.com
  • Tom - Marine vet
  • Laura - Not a vet, but a visitor from Walla Walla, Washington who Garry invited after they met at a career fair
  • Bob - Navy vet
  • Terry Moon - Army vet and photographer, who's written a fascinating book about his adventures titled: How Did You Get This Job?: The daily journal of a 1st Air Cavalry combat photographer in Vietnam
As part of the VFW's Veterans Day ceremony in Escondido (Grape Day Park), veterans will be sharing five minute stories. Contact the Escondido VFW for more information or to contribute a story.

Garry will be heading up to Pasadena Thursday, 10/24, to meet with a group interested in starting a writing group like ours.

Six vets read stories for the group:
  • Glen had a commentary on sushi and the differences between the experience in Japan and here, including the social aspect of it that is always an element in Japan, but is often lacking in the US.
  • George told about his rush to a Navy recruiter once he'd heard that Uncle Sam wanted him. So rushed was he that he didn't take time to clean his boots, "muddied" from mucking out stalls at home. He still won the assignment he wanted: Flight school, Pensacola.
  • Shara read just the beginning of her story "Lucky Day." Lucky despite being pulled over by MPs and failing field sobriety tests. We all want to hear the rest of that one.
  • Maria recounted her thoughts during her tense "mobilization" for duty. Would she make it or fall to the rear?
  • Charlie, usually the humorist, went in a different direction with "Elaine," about a mother saying goodbye to her 16-year-old, illegitimate son...who only at the end do we find the son to be Sir Galahad.
  • Newcomer Tom read part of his story including ghosts, wolves, and narrow escape, set in a box canyon near where he lives in Elfin Forest.

Make a note: Our third book, titled Stories That Need to be Told is coming soon. A tentative date of Saturday, Dec. 14 has been set for our launch party. Stay tuned for a definite date and more details.

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Please join us November 16 for our next meetings: Women at 9:30 a.m., continuing into the full group at 11.