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Word Worth Volume II, 2002, Issues are available by clicking on the name of the month below.Get Acrobat Reader  Adobe Reader is needed to access them.  A free copy is available here:




Choosing a College   by Marien Helz


Winter Landscape   by Susan Johnson
   It’s well known that a college education is one of the biggest investments that we make. High school counselors have gotten better and better at helping parents and students make the right college decisions, and colleges are getting better at attracting the students who are a good fit with their institution. Still, too little attention is paid to the fact that if a student and a college are not a good fit, ... they usually lose... time...  and...money.... 

Photography by

Tiffany M. Stuck

   While for some people it may be enough to know that our cold temperatures ultimately give way to spring flowers, others insist on enhancing their winter landscape. Choosing plant material with desirable characteristics, lighting plants and statuary, and constructing living space under glass to make it a permanent part of the garden (regardless of the weather) can answer our needs for nature on even the shortest days following the solstice.
... Frederick Douglass   by Marien Helz


Xeriscaping   by Wayne Johnson
   The objective ... is for there to be History, as correct and even as possible. But as the parent is constantly saying to the young child on a long car trip, "No, we’re not there yet." We, therefore, are paying tribute in February, Black History Month, to Frederick Douglass, a remarkable human being by any standard.

Photography by

Armin W. Helz

   ...Soon the newcomer learns that green in the desert is not only politically incorrect, it’s ecologically unwise....
   As a result of eco-writers like Abbey, and the pervasive effects of the droughts, conservation and the sensible use of available water resources, including xeriscaping, has become a pertinent topic.

Timeless Poetry   by M H Perry


Lotusland   by Susan Johnson

   It is the artist’s task... to make it new. The poet must say what has been said thousands of times but say it differently, say it so that the harp string in the core of a person is struck and vibrates with recognition, so that they think and feel as they did when they first saw something, as discovery first wafted over them.

Poetry Selections
Alastair Reid

   Lotusland’s current collection leaves little to be desired. In fact, what the garden does leave you with is a strong desire to see it again—to see once more the living characterization of a surreal dream world brought to life by a woman who was faithful only to her love of the extraordinary.

Innocence by Insanity   by Marien Helz


A Right to Silence?   by Susan Johnson
   Andrea Yates’ crimes were actions so aberrant that by their very nature, they indicate insanity.
   Yet for both Smith and Yates, the insanity defense was unsuccessful. In essence, the juries’ decisions were a statement that there are some crimes for which one cannot be insane enough to be innocent by reason of insanity.

Photography by

Tiffany M Stuck

   It took decades before smokers were finally ousted from offices and restaurants. Lessons learned from smoke pollution ought to be helpful in the law-making process of prohibiting sound pollution so that years from now we won’t have the same sort of lawsuits against noise-making machinery makers that we now have against the tobacco conglomerates.
Tabooing the Language    by Marien Helz


The Ethics of Silence     by Susan Johnson
   A number of years ago, Bill Watterson attacked sloppy language usage by having his Calvin character say that he was going to do some "verbing the language." Verbing the language is the annoying habit that some people have of turning any word into a verb. "Verbing the Language" is a clever example of the point Watterson was making.  A far more annoying habit is tabooing the language.

Painting by
Pei-Hua Chiang

   Part II "Sonar violates every environmental law there is," says Dr. Green, "...And it's just as harmful to humans. A Navy diver who was in the water near one of the areas being tested suffered severe seizures and was hospitalized. A water guide who is still recovering from severe endocrinological problems was in the water during another test and suffered symptoms that were described ... as the result of ‘acute trauma’."
Losing Ally McBeal   Marien Helz


Chef PORTALE      Susan Johnson
  Ally McBeal is dead and we deeply lament being unable to lament its demise. It began as a show which was hilariously shocking . It degraded to being weird. It further degraded to being ludicrous.
  The attention that the show received early on... due to the clever use of technical devices and the creation of interesting characters .... John Cage maneuvering in the court room or verbally wrestling with Richard Fish.

Poetry & Photography



by Ilina Sen
Of Calcutta, India

 "You’re either a genius or you’ve worked harder than anyone else," said Chef Alfred Portale of New York City’s Gotham Bar and Grill, describing his philosophy of how a restaurant beats the odds to become a brilliant success. "It also doesn’t hurt if your goal is to be number one."...It’s clear ... that he considers himself in the hard-working category but ... there’s no doubt that art and genius play an important part as well.
All Things Being Equal     Marien Helz


Victorian Gardens     Susan Johnson
   Columnist John Rosemond wrote that after his column citing studies which proved that children were better off with a stay at home mom, he received an extraordinary amount of hate mail from women. We are sorry that he received hate mail since hatred never enhances discourse, never advances dialogue.
   It should be obvious that all things being equal, children are better off...

Photography by

Armin W. Helz

   An eighteen year old fatherless girl walked down the aisle of Westminster Abbey in 1837 and was crowned Queen of England. She reigned for sixty-three years, the longest of any British monarch, and in doing so, Victoria gave her name to an era of evolution.
   At the same time, a number of horticulturists and botanists were recording their knowledge...
David and Diana                Marien Helz


Extreme Gardener        Susan Johnson
   Trying to ignore the millions of photographs of Diana was impossible, but I had never made the connection between the timeless work of art and England’s late princess until I saw that large picture of the statue of David and thought, "There’s Diana!" I realized that Michelangelo’s work had the same magnetic draw that compelled us to look at Diana’s picture whenever it appeared.

    A former media consultant who worked hard and retired at forty, Romanczyk has spent the intervening nine years pursuing rare and unusual seeds and plants. Obsessed with orchids as a child, he was importing them by the time he was a teenager, receiving shipments from Southeast Asia.
 ... postmarks from all over the world arrive at his Wyoming County home.
Pacifism                                Marien Helz


The Real Martyrs     Susan Johnson
   I have been a pacifist all my life both by nature and by conviction. I have trouble, however, carrying this to its ultimate extreme. How many of us can really believe that World War II was unnecessary regardless of how much we deplore war? When a renegade government takes over a country and not only murders millions of its own people but is determined to take by force other countries...

...After Ruth Hitchings
"...women were serving mugs of tea to a few fire fighters, wet, dirty and dispirited, so tired that they could hardly stand, the lines in their faces emphasized by ash."
This was written not about NYC Sept 11 '01, but of Exeter, England, May 4, 1942


...by the dawn's early light...

If You Can Read...              Marien Helz


The Name of the Rose    Susan Johnson
   There are many teachers I could thank—Mrs. Snyder, the unsmiling English teacher who took twelfth graders year after year and turned them into college ready students who understood drama and knew how to write; Mrs. Hargett, the tough and mean third grade teacher who put eighteen language and grammar questions on the board every morning....

Darin Boville

More Lessons to Learn       Marien Helz


The Play's the Thing     Susan Johnson
   It’s once again time to learn some lessons, and we need to be sure that we learn the right ones. The D.C. area sniper case terrorized millions of people, damaged the area’s economy, left ten people dead, and three seriously wounded. They had taken delight in being hard to catch and took that as a sign of their superiority. Cockroaches, however, are hard to catch.

Ron Colgrove

   The richness of Buffalo’s theater community today is the return on an investment made seventy-five years ago by Jane Keeler and Lars Potter who, in 1927, founded the Studio Theatre School.
 Today, Studio Arena Theatre School is the oldest continually operating school associated with a resident theater in the United States...
Baseball                             Marien Helz


Behind the Lines           Susan Johnson
   Another World Series is over, and baseball is replaced with football on the television sets throughout American homes. Those two sports bring memories to every one of us, and baseball perhaps most of all brings back feelings that we associate with our country and our culture. It’s attached to thoughts of summer and apple pie and grandparents’ homes....We owe it...

   In his poem titled "Numbers," Carl Dennis writes about Li Po, a poet long-dead, who, nonetheless, still stands "inches behind his words". Of course, he means this figuratively, that what lives on is Li Po’s character, not his physique. After all, a poet’s exterior life has nothing to do with its interior, their faults or attributes cannot be gleaned through observing their face or figure.

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Publisher: Aurora Artisans®, LLC       Editor: M. H. Perry
Contributors: Marien Helz
· Aurelia Perry · Susan Johnson · Banwell Goddard · David Clark · Tiffany M. [Stuck] Perry · Wayne Johnson · Alastair Reid · Pei-Hua Chiang  · Ilina Sen [Rita Banerji] · Ruth Hitchings · Darin Boville · Ron Colgrove · Carl Dennis · Renee Oubre · Carolyn Scott Panzica · K Srinivasan · Charles Miess · Aurelia Perry · Cam Adams · Michelle M Mayer · Gary Earl Ross · Cheryl Rofer · Charles Bartolotta · Joy Walsh · Kevin H. Siepel · John T. Baker · Tambourine Gray · Harvey Kaye · Nettie Veling · Graceann Macleod · Anna Seymour · Kateri van Huystee · Kevin Roe · Beverly Roe · Dave Trageser · Susanne Woyciechowicz · Nancy Palmer Miess · Jean Katter · Leslie Marks · Britta Monaco · Nick Monaco · Malka Davis · Howard Miller · Christian Belz · Christopher Wittman · Linda Cross · Bruce Berger ·  Barbara DuBois · James Francis Cahillane · Cathy Crenshaw Doheny · Ross M. Hall · Bonnie Fields · Philip K. Edwards · Helen Peppe · Elizabeth Morana · Jennifer Campbell · Helen Peppe · Elaine Greensmith Jordan · Marie O'Donnell · Robert Coats · Sean Flury · Joshua DeMont · Lisa Wiley · Shaun Bellavia · Dr. Sheenu Srinivasan · Charlie Callan · Judith Washington · Sunny Woods · Hannah French· Joel Hooks · Brian Michael Norris ·  Eryn Leedale-Merwart  ·  Michael J. Cahill ·  Samantha Greiner  · Amy Conley · Vira Katolik · David Kiphuth · Shelby List · Susan Coburn

Distinguished Selections:  Hale Chatfield ·  Armin W. Helz ·  Rabindranath Tagore ·  Herman Melville ·  William Shakespeare ·  E. A. Robinson ·  Mark L Kaufman ·  Edward Fitzgerald ·  William  Wordsworth ·  William Blake ·  John Greenleaf Whittier ·  Alexander Pope ·
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