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June General Meeting



will speak at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at Carrollwood Barnes and Noble
11802 Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33618.

One of the greatest challenges for a writer is to write about something which has not been addressed before . . . or to find a new way to write about something old. Often, new ideas are not accepted . . . and thus, truly creative writers will find themselves “going against the grain.” Which takes courage. Moxie. And dedication.

personimageJonn Desnoes

Sir Jonn Desnoes, OMD, MD, PhD, this month’s speaker, is a 32nd Degree Master Mason, philosopher, physician, author, visionary, and former nationally-syndicated radio talk show host. He specializes in Anti-aging, Sports, and Complimentary/Functional (read, not-generally-accepted) Medicine.

Professionally, Jonn has training and degrees in Western Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Psychology, Homeopathy, and Clinical Nutrition.

Sir Jonn was knighted for his medical missionary work saving malnourished children in the West Indies. He served as a consultant on malnutrition in the Third World for the State Department of the United States (USAID) and the Government of Jamaica.

As a broadcaster, he hosted a nationally-syndicated radio talk show for 18 years. He has also served as a health and fitness consultant for national television and news programs and as an on air commentator for the ESPN Sports Network.

As a writer he has had numerous articles published in medical journals as well as popular health, and fitness magazines. His Doctoral dissertation on “Malnutrition in the Third World” was used as a reference text in Medical Schools in the West Indies and Africa.

As a physician, Sir Jonn has performed extensive research on the anti-aging and sports applications of Peptides, natural treatment of Syndrome-X obesity, exercise physiology, psychology, homeopathy, nutrition, Chinese herbal medicine and mold-related illnesses. His pioneering research on the use of amino acids for enhancing athletic performance and his magazine articles on the use of amino acids and other natural substances as steroid alternatives popularized their use by athletes and as a result of this work, he is credited with giving birth to the current multi-billion dollar sports supplement market.

Sir Jonn travels extensively lecturing on Peptides and Anti-Ageing Medicine. His exclusive practice includes professional athletes, show business personalities and celebrities, multi-national corporations, and sports teams.

Jonn is a truly fascinating and thought-provoking speaker with a wealth of information, inspiration, and international experience. This one is a “DON’T MISS.”




Why Spring Cleaning is Important
–Sandra Kischuk [sandra_writer@verizon.net]

Over the years, I’ve noticed how easy it is to accumulate ‘things.’ A friend goes on vacation and brings back a souvenir from a place where I’ve never been. Another friend gives me something that doesn’t go with a thing in my house. I’m encouraged to participate in a holiday ‘gift’ exchange to receive something I would never have gotten myself. My tables get buried under magazines I haven’t read. I ‘win’ a prize someone has carefully selected from the dollar store. My shelves get full of books I only bought one at a time. I receive one more framed “certificate of appreciation.”

Getting hit with boredom, I think of acquiring that little something, subconsciously accepting the media hype that buying something will placate the gnawing emptiness. Usually it’s just a matter that my body/mind is telling me I need to do something or stop doing something, not a real matter of needing to continue to crowd my environment.

Occasionally, I slip up, and I have one more ‘thing’ that owns me. (We don’t own things, they own us. Think about it!) My excuses? It’s cute, it’s new, it won’t take much space. The reality? If it’s alive, it needs to be fed, watered, pruned, walked, or taken to the vet. If it’s inanimate, I find myself dusting it, washing it, repairing it (or paying to have it repaired), or horrors! replacing it when I wasn’t sure I wanted it in the first place.

If it’s mechanical, I may delude myself into thinking buying it will solve a problem, but guaranteed, it will find the most inopportune time to stop working. After all, the dishwasher didn’t decide to break until it was absolutely full. I have found that if I rely less on some of those things I used to take for granted, my life becomes simplified. For seven years I have done my dishes by hand. The house is quieter.

If I’m realistic, breaking at the most inopportune time isn’t always the case. Years ago, my car died on the way to church. Things would have been a lot more exciting if it had choked to a stop during rush hour, and if I hadn’t been able to floor it into a grocery store parking lot. Later, when I went back to clean the last of my things out of the trunk, the car was still making sputtering noises all on its own. I  felt like a crab, shedding a too-small shell, and leaving behind an empty discard. I felt an odd sense of loss.

Shedding the material things in life, the odd little accumulations, gives us the opportunity to grow. Doing without, or not adding things, lets us redefine who we are. But in the redefinition, are you moving closer to who you really are, how the world tells you to define yourself?

What, in your life, do you take for granted that you don’t really need?

What are you adding to your life as a substitute for what you really want?

As a writer, are you letting too much of the outside world define how you should live? What you should do? And how you should define your own happiness?

If you are a writer, the best thing you can do is let go of the confusion, the things, the distractions (mental clutter) and let the writer do her work.

Far better to be owned by your craft than by your things.


Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
General Meeting 7:00 pm
General Meeting @ Barnes & Noble N. Dale Mabry
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Critique Group 7:00 pm
Critique Group @ Barnes & Noble N. Dale Mabry
May 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Critique Group 7:00 pm
Critique Group @ Barnes & Noble N. Dale Mabry
May 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Poetry Group 7:00 pm
Poetry Group @ Barnes & Noble N. Dale Mabry
May 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm