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June letters:

June 12, 2020

Just read your column on Aunt Ruth: “What She Was Like”

Your 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?

We 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.

Later, 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.

But the 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 guest.

I still 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.


June 12, 2020

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 over again.


Kay Srinivasan,
Glastonbury, CT

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 wishes,
Patrick Marks
St. Leonards

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. 

Susan Johnson's 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 many lives.

Bill Miess
East Amherst, NY

June 8, 2020

Letter to the editor,

I 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.

D'Marie Prince
Buffalo, NY

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. 

Gail Summerville
Gold Hill

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.

Ann Everts

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.

Cam Adams
Buffalo, NY

Letter to our Readers, Spring, 2020


It’s 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.

I am deeply honored to have been able to touch such fine people from both near and far.

Very best wishes,
M. H. Perry, Publisher and Editor
Word Worth

Letter to our Readers, Winter, 2020


The winter issue of Word Worth®  was 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. 

Our Publisher, Aurora Artisans®LLC has just published a novel, Beyond the Blue Ridge by Marin Hoelz which we highly recommend. You can read a synopsis at:

 Amazon Books

Aurora Artisans®LLC has also published Getting More with Less – 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.

If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind? - Percy Bysshe Shelley  - Spring is here, and the next issue will be out soon in April.

Best wishes,
Word Worth

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