Monday, March 18, 2019

Writing about Your Life classes in April, May and June

Plans are being made for my two writing classes that will begin in April and go on through June. I will teach a class for the Institute of Continuing Learning on Tuesday afternoons beginning April 30, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM, and ending May 21.

For class description click here.

This class will be taught at my studio in Hayesville, NC instead of on the Young Harris College campus. To register for this class, contact ICL at www.iclyhc.org

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Beginning June 4, a new Writers Circle Studio course is scheduled. 
Instructor: Glenda Beall - 

Use registration form at top of page.




June 4, Tuesday 2:00 – 4:30 pm
June 11, Tuesday 2:00 – 4:30 pm
June 18, Tuesday 2:00 – 4:00 pm
June 25, Tuesday 2:00 – 4:30 pm 


Read description of this class here.



Sunday, March 10, 2019

Piliated Woodpecker helps me celebrate National Wildlife Week

This week is National Wildlife Week and I am so happy to live in an area filled with wildlife. Every day I see deer, squirrels, chipmunks, and all kinds of birds in the woods and in my yard. I live on a small piece of land, but the surrounding property is still free of houses and people. That gives access to those creatures that might be afraid of too many humans.
Red-headed Woodpecker
"The gorgeous Red-headed Woodpecker is so boldly patterned it’s been called a “flying checkerboard,” with an entirely crimson head, a snow-white body, and half white, half inky black wings. These birds don’t act quite like most other woodpeckers: they’re adept at catching insects in the air, and they eat lots of acorns and beech nuts, often hiding away extra food in tree crevices for later."

I am used to seeing this beautiful bird, and I am sorry to hear that this species has declined severely due to lack of habitat and changes in its food supply. As we humans build and take away the woods, we kill off our birds.

The red-headed woodpeckers like my suet feeders. They also eat seeds and acorns they find in the area. Other food they eat is corn, beechnuts, pecans, and lots of fruit including apples, pears, cherries, blackberries, strawberries, grapes, mulberries and poison ivy fruits. 




Piliated Woodpecker


Yesterday I looked out my window and saw a Piliated Woodpecker on a fallen tree in the woods. This is a very large bird not easily missed. He also has a raucous call.

"The Pileated Woodpecker is one of the biggest, most striking forest birds on the continent. It’s nearly the size of a crow, black with bold white stripes down the neck and a flaming-red crest. Look (and listen) for Pileated Woodpeckers whacking at dead trees and fallen logs in search of their main prey, carpenter ants, leaving unique rectangular holes in the wood. The nest holes these birds make offer crucial shelter to many species including swifts, owls, ducks, bats, and pine martens."


The dead trees in the woods by my house attract the Pileated Woodpeckers and other similar birds as they forage for food or roost and even nest in them.

Unusual things about this bird: He digs rectangular holes in trees to find ants.The Pileated Woodpecker prefers large trees for nesting. Because these trees are often taller than the surrounding forest, they present a lightning hazard to the nesting.

I watch owls and hawks as well as crows in my yard and woods as they hunt and protect their habitat. I would really miss my wildlife if I ever moved to a city.


Monday, March 4, 2019

NEVER TOO LATE FOR ANOTHER STORY

Although the weekend is over, it is never too late for me to write. 


Saturday, March 2 was the birthday of my late husband, Barry Beall. As I celebrated him I remembered a story he told me about his childhood. 

He was born in 1935 in Georgia. When he was a small boy, he spent time with his grandparents, Roy and Myrtice Alexander who lived in Roopville, Georgia. The Alexanders had an unusual business - at least it is considered unusual for today.

They drove around the rural areas of western north Georgia and showed movies in the small towns where there were no movie theaters at that time. Barry said they loaded up a movie projector and screen as well as the large reel-to-reel films. They arrived on Saturday and set up in a library, a church fellowship hall or any place large enough to seat the audience that turned out for the show. The whole town welcomed them.

Barry was about five or six years old when he toured with his granddaddy and grandmother. He played while they worked. After setting up the projector and making sure it worked properly, Grandmother Alexander sold tickets. Families arrived together and young men brought their girlfriends to see the western movies or the latest Humphrey Bogart films.

Barry was too young to enjoy the picture shows, but he always was given a nice treat to eat. He remembered falling asleep in his grandmother's lap and waking when the lights were turned on.





Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Time Management Tips for Writers

I am one of the writers who complain that we never have enough time to write although we claim that we love writing. Are you like me, planning to write, but thinking about other things like, I need to do laundry now, or I need to pay some bills before I forget about it, or I must clean out my refrigerator and on and on. Do you procrastinate about your writing?

At this link I found some good tips and you might like to check it out.
One that I like is scheduling my writing time on my calendar just as I do doctor's appointments.
Recently while discussing how overwhelmed I feel about what I have to do in the next month or two, I realized I must cut these tasks into manageable pieces.

I want to set aside a day for each project I am working on and not let anything else interrupt me.
One day I will only work on NCWN-West tasks. Another day I will plan my classes for Writers Circle around the Table. One day will be spent organizing my studio.

It is hard to write or do the things we really want to do when we are at home all day and have the responsibility of keeping house. Often the organizing gurus say, delegate some of the chores to your family members. Well - my little Lexie is not much help. She is an eleven pound canine who demands her feeding and her playing time. I have no human in my house to help me.

LEXIE
But, I can limit my telephone time, my online reading of blogs and other interesting sites, and make certain tasks top priority. What I can't do is stop the wasting of time with technology interruptions such as today when I could not get into my online bank account, or talk to a human being when I called about my credit card. Do you find that what is supposed to make life easier is often taking much more of our time because it is not working properly?

Anyway, I hope you are organized and find time to write and create what is waiting in your mind today. If you have any tips to help us, please leave a comment or email me.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Maureen Ryan Griffin featured Glenda in her WordZine today

I am delighted today that Maureen Ryan Griffin, poet, writer, writing instructor and owner of WordPlay, featured me, Glenda C. Beall, on her WordZine.

Maureen has been a friend of mine since I first met her at the John C. Campbell Folk School after signing up for one of her writing classes. She has set so many would be writers and poets on the path to publishing and I am one of them.
Check Maureen's Facebook page where you can read the article about me, Paws, Claws, Hooves, Feathers and Fins and some words about my co-writer, Estelle Rice.

https://www.facebook.com/WordPlayNow/

Thanks Maureen for all your support.