Library hosts book signing for "Creations 2013: 40 Ways to Look at Love"

ADA – Ada Public Library will host a book signing for “Creations 2013: 40 Ways to Look at Love,” the newest anthology from Ada Writers, 4-6 p.m., Thursday, August 22. The book will be available for purchase at the book signing for $12

The back cover explains the theme of the book: “For some, passion and joy. For others, torment and regret. Ada Writers looks at love in its many forms with articles, essays, memoirs, poems, short stories, and excerpts from books and novels-in-progress in this new anthology.”

The anthology is dedicated to the late Arlene “Aren” Rose Howell, who was a cherished longtime member and officer of Ada Writers.

This year’s anthology features works from the following Ada and area authors:

Stephen B. Bagley wrote “Murder by Dewey Decimal,” “Murder by the Acre,” and the forthcoming “Murder by the Mile,” all in the Measurements of Murder™ series. His other books include “Tales from Bethlehem,” “Floozy and Other Stories,” and “EndlesS.” He also wrote the full-length plays “Murder at the Witch’s Cottage” and “Two Writers in the Hands of an Angry God” and co-wrote “Turnabout.” He coauthored two one-act plays published by Dramatic Publishing Company. His poetry has appeared in “Creations 2012,” ByLine Magazine, Prairie Songs, Free Star, and other journals, and his articles in Nautilus, OKMagazine, Pontotoc County Chronicles, and other publications. He currently serves as president of Ada Writers. Visit his website at

Kelley Benson wrote “On Target: Devotions for Modern Life.” He is a Christian and small town minister who has a passion for using everyday opportunities to help people recognize how God works in their lives. He is the husband of his beautiful wife, Jade. They are being intentional about raising their three young children to see how God should be part of everything people do. He’s been involved in the ministry since 1997. A close Christian mentor inspired Kelley to practice “vocational preaching,” simply put: to work and preach. This allows him the opportunity to be involved in the lives of other people in a personal way through secular work while demonstrating leadership in a local church. Visit his website at

Eric Collier is a father of two and grandfather of six. He started writing poetry for a poetry class hosted by Continuing Education at East Central University. He lives in Ada and works as physical therapist for a local hospital. He enjoys camping, hiking, bird watching, and growing vegetables and flowers.

Lindiwe Hall is a published author of books and eBooks. She enjoys all kinds of writing. She is a graduate of the College of New Rochelle, New York. She has written autobiographical fiction, writes children’s books, and is in the process of proofing and writing an album for her mission called Rose of Sharon. Also, she is very proud of her late father, who was Ambassador to the United Nations from Swaziland for 18 years.

Mel Hutt and his wife have been married for more than sixty years and have three children, eight grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. When his father died in 1945, he entered the Navy and served more than three years in the Pacific, including Operation Crossroads of the atomic bomb experiments at Bikini. He was then assigned to a destroyer and traveled to places like Australia, China, and Japan, with Hawaii as the stop to and from those places. He shares his memories in memoirs.

Ken Lewis has written several articles and short stories of different genres. His interests lie mostly in the paranormal and science fiction genres, but he enjoys exploring other avenues of the art. He’s a graduate of the Longridge Writer’s Group. He’s a firm believer in “Life is learning.” He currently serves as vice-president and treasurer of Ada Writers.

Rick Litchfield’s poetry appears in “A Surrender to the Moon,” “The International Who’s Who in Poetry,” “Timeless Voices,” “The Best Poems and Poets of 2007” and “Creations 2012.” He is working on “Shards of Wit and Wisdom: Stories and Stained Glass.”

Don Perry grew up outside of Crockett, Texas, and later moved to Fort Worth. After many years in the aviation field, he retired and moved to a small farm outside of Ada, Oklahoma. Don married Barbara Burleson in 1965, has two children, Melissa and James, and three grandsons. Since his retirement, he writes short stories of life and times during his youth, geared toward the young adult and teen-aged audiences. Many of his short stories show the humorous and whimsical side of the 1950s life and are often autobiographical in nature. He is currently writing a novel in the fantasy genre.

Martha Rhynes, a retired teacher, began her writing career by re-searching the lives of American authors and writing biographies and analyses of their work for inclusion in literary encyclopedias. Her book-length biographies include, “I, Too, Sing America, The Story of Langston Hughes,” “Gwendolyn Brooks, Poet from Chicago,” “Ralph Ellison: Author of Invisible Man,” “Jack London: Writer of Adventure,” and “Ray Bradbury: Teller of Tales.” Her works of fiction include numerous short stories and three novels: “Secret of the Pack Rat’s Nest,” “The War Bride,” and “Man on First.” Her non-fiction includes an eBook for young adults: “How to Write Scary Stories.” Visit her website at

Joanne Verbridge was born in Oakland, California, spending her life experiences in Northern California. Family brought her to Oklahoma where she enjoys taking time to write about those experiences. She is trying to inspire her young nieces to take an interest in story telling and writing. She currently serves as the secretary and historian for Ada Writers.

Tim Wilson is a steadfast believer in truth, justice, and the American way of life, and writes to make a difference by helping others with his hard-earned knowledge and life experiences so others may not suffer the same tragic consequences. He is currently writing a non-fiction book, “Yet to be Disclosed,” which is based on facts that explain “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about the issues of modern society.”

Gail Wood has written all her life. “It is as natural to me as breathing. I love the written word, all the nuances, the connotations, the music. I am retired from the perverted world of grants, reports, and strategic plans—the bureaucratic graveyard for words. Besides writing, I have a passion for walking. I love the outdoors and all things natural. The best part of my life is now.” Her forthcoming book, “Red Bird Woman,” will be released later this year by Many Rivers Harbor.

Tom Yarbrough is the author of four books, three non-fiction and one fiction. He is currently editing two works accepted by a publisher. After a long career in counseling and education, he now spends his time with full time writing, family concerns, and hobbies like Rendezvous (an 1840 living history camp) and making bookmarks called Shepherd Staffs.


By Mel Hutt

Heat in Oklahoma is a known feature which reminds me of the south Pacific where I served with the Navy in the late forties.

My first adventure was on a ship that was assigned to be part of "Operation Crossroads" which was a testing of two atomic bombs in different positions. The evidence was how a submarine that was anchored off our stem after the first above ground explosion occurred. The conning tower was melted off center and very contaminated. The heat that created that damage was obvious as we watched the explosion from several miles away. The second bomb, located in the water, was just as scary and showed us the damage that could happen in a very short time and create a heat that melted steel that normally could stand the impact of cannon fire and other types of enemy fire.

I learned that peace was a worthy goal and hoped we could foresee peaceful cooperation among nations in the future. Unfortunately, this has not prevailed even with the damage and deaths that occurred at Hiroshima.

I, and all of us, should be thankful that those large explosives are neutralized in the following wars.

Too bad that the world still has ill will against their neighbor and still does death and destruction.

By Tim Wilson

There are several types of heat we encounter as humans during our lifetimes here on earth. There are also other types of heat we don't even think about until they are activated sometimes by ourselves or by others.

The most common type of intense heat that is very dangerous is caused from a fire. This takes three key main elements to produce. This is accomplished by a mix of oxygen, fuel of some sort (such as wood, grass, plastics, clothing, etc.). However, without a spark or some sort of ignition, the heat cannot and will not exist to start a fire that produces the heat we feel when we are standing to close.

Heat is also created by the sun, which we would surely freeze and starve without, or possibly burn up if the sun were to close to the earth. This vital heat helps our world here to warm our bodies during cold winter days to build great achievements that are built outside our own personal living quarters, such as very tall buildings, or complete cities. Heat help our crops to grow during the growing seasons, and maintains a sort of balance to the earth’s atmosphere so that most things living here on earth thrive.

The heat that is not talked about by many and is shunned by most people or humans is a very different type of heat. Have you ever heard the statement: "That Makes My Blood Boil"? There are actual documentations of people spontaneously catching fire! Another type of inner body heat that is similar to this is stressed heat. Think of the last time someone did something to really hurt you or your family. Just by their words such as a lie about you, or took your property, stole life possessions of yours or kin. Directed bad words at your person just to degrade and discredit you! Do you remember how hot your body temperature rose very quickly, as if you are running a very high fever where you began to sweat profusely? This same type of body heat is how Americans won this nation’s first independence against persecution, corruption, deception, and sent the perpetrators back to where they came from as this country became a nation.

Heat is a very complex word in its different meanings. When you use the words Heat and Love together, it takes on a whole new meaning, but that's a much different heat to be discussed another day.