read your column on Aunt Ruth: “What She Was
Aunt Ruth was pure gold.
Remember the winter of 1967/68 when I rode with you across several
states to reach her home in what I remember as Nashotah?
drove with maybe one stop from Wheeeling WV to past Milwaukee. Your
sister Jeannie had driven from Boston nonstop. Uncle Ted was living with
Aunt Ruth. Can’t remember if we were actually there in time for
Christmas. You and I stayed in what looked like a sunroom or summer room
in the back yard.
we attended the MLA conference in Chicago where we met up with George
Starbuck and other Iowa Workshop people, and Richard Lattimore who was
celebrating publication of his Odyssey translation.
highlight of the whole trip was the gift your aunt gave me. The house
was decorated for Christmas, of course, but one particular item had
caught my eye because it was so Indian: a small white Styrofoam ball
hollowed out with a gilt angel inside a swirl of feathers. The whole
outside of the ball was decorated with pinned-on gold lace, red velvet
ribbon, pearls, beads, red and gold sequins. I had never seen anything
so dazzling and so “Indian.” I had left India in 1964, married in 1965
and was now making my first trip without my husband who was vacationing
in Bangalore. I must have asked too many questions, and can’t remember
if Aunt Ruth could recall where she found the kit for putting it
together. But the day we left, she wrapped it up and handed it to me. I
was ecstatic and guilt-ridden at the same time. But Aunt Ruth was
laughing and pleased that she had found a gift to suit this foreign
have it but must confess how I re-purposed it. For many years our small
local Indian community met in people’s homes to celebrate Hindu
holidays. That next year I produced the perfect centerpiece for Makara
Sankranti, the winter solstice: a small, appropriately decorated chariot
for the Sun God. This sufficed for many years until the Hartford
community was able to raise a sanctified temple with full size granite
and marble statues.
TWENTY YEARS of a courageously
titled World Magazine of Ideas and the Arts! What an achievement to pull
off on an internet now nearly reduced to babbling incoherence.
Congratulations on the many well-deserved awards! You've remained true
to your goal of presenting original and worthwhile artworks, without
avoiding “uncomfortable truths” in the Columns. All presented with
forthrightness and humor. And now we will have the Archives to enjoy all
June 10, 2020
On a nature
programme on TV many years ago someone pointed out that the dead tree in
the picture was not dead at all - it was just at a different stage of
its life, giving shelter and nutrition to many natural entities.
Word Worth seems to
me to be entering a new stage in the life of literature and learning.
Much of what has been written and illustrated will go on to inspire
others and draw out thought processes which lie dormant just now.
I was not aware of
Word Worth until last week when I received an email and link from former
colleague and friend Charles Miess and reviewing that last issue has
been a special pleasure for me.
Periods of near
obsessive interests have come and gone in my lifetime but much remains
as 'happy memories’ and I trust that for all of you it will be the same.
My sincere best
June 9, 2020
Although I was not
a frequent reader of Word Worth, I very much enjoyed it over the years.
I was initially introduced to Word Worth by my brother Charles Miess and
very much enjoyed revisiting some of our adventures growing up. But,
during those times, I read articles by the other contributors and
realized what a talented group they were. Just now, reading the article
by Rita Banerji of Calcutta, I imagined myself looking from her window
and sharing her thoughts about the "Monkey Man Dumroo", as an old friend
and a sign of normalcy.
tribute was heartfelt. I could sense joy from her relationship with Word
Worth, but also the bittersweet goodbye.
I am grateful that
Word Worth archives will still be available for those times when
nostalgia calls me back. And, I am grateful to you Marion, for your
years of incredible work putting this all together. You have enriched
East Amherst, NY
June 8, 2020
Letter to the editor,
enjoyed reading the last issue of Word Worth. It is unfortunate that
Word Worth's, twenty year, award winning, run is coming to an end. It is
fortunate, however, that Word Worth has entertained so many readers. It
has provided a home for many talented writers, and a space for repeat
contributors to be able to mature and grow. Readers and writers alike
have been blessed by two decades of Word Worth. Thanks for the memories.
June 8, 2020
Hi! I wanted you to know how much I am enjoying your
final edition. I am moved by Rita Banerji's story. Best of everything
to you on your continuing life journeys.
June 8, 2020
My friend Charles
Miess was kind enough to send me a link so I could read the final issue
of Wordworth. As usual, it was filled with rich stories and pictures.
I'm sad this was the last issue. I loved Charles's editorial, and was
surprised to learn that Susan Johnson went to Empire State College. I
went to ESC for my BS and my MA and loved every single class I took. I
wish I had the privilege of meeting Marion Perry. She sounds like
someone who inspires and encourages people to excel.
I wish all the
people who have been part of Wordworth a full and satisfying
"retirement." I shall miss you.
April 19, 2020
The column about
the Seymours was just what I needed to hear in these troubled times. It
was nice to be reminded that there have always been selfless people in
this world who face adversity without losing their compassion for
others. I particularly enjoyed the anecdote about the woman whose cat
had fallen into her butter churn, and she had tried to pass the tainted
butter off at Mr. Seymour’s store. His solution was priceless, and it
told much about his character and sense of justice.
On a more serious
note, I was saddened to hear that Word Worth will cease publication with
the summer issue. It is like the end of an era to me. I suspect that the
many contributors and readers around the world feel the same way. I am
comforted to know, however, that twenty years of wit, wisdom, and beauty
will remain available in the Word Worth archives.
Letter to our
Readers, Spring, 2020
sad to end something that has been as astoundingly successful as Word
Worth® has been with international readers, contributors,
and awards, but everything ends sometime. It’s fitting for the world
magazine to end now, having started in the Fall of 2000, it will end in
the Fall of 2020 with the next, the summer issue, being the last.
Details are on the editorial page. The final issue will be focused on
readers’ and contributors’ responses.
deeply honored to have been able to touch such fine people from both
near and far.
M. H. Perry, Publisher and Editor
Letter to our Readers, Winter, 2020
The winter issue of Word
posted in January. This is our twentieth year of publication, and we are
honored to have readers and writers from around the world. There will be
a surprise announcement in the Spring issue.
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Learning How to Learn : which is a college skills book helping high
school and college students study more efficiently. It is also available
at Amazon Books.
Winter comes, can Spring be far behind? -
Percy Bysshe Shelley - Spring is here, and the next issue will be out
soon in April.
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