Open Session: What Readers Think


VISITING GRANDMA’S: Karen Ann Bland, far left, posed with her siblings in front of her Grandma Schuckman’s house in Liebenthal, Kan., in 1962.

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Happy to be published – Thanks so much for publishing my poem, My Childhood Summers, in your June issue. It’s always a thrill to see my poems in your fine magazine. My mother’s relatives all grew up in Topeka, Kan.

I’ve been lucky to have hundreds of poems and about 40 stories published in the small presses since 1983, when I enrolled in a creative writing class at my local senior center.

Sylvia E. Roberts
Escondido, Calif.

Pleased with magazine – I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy CAPPER’S. I am not an avid reader by any means, but I must confess, I read this paper from cover to cover.

The stories are great and contained on the same page. I hate having to flip pages to finish reading an article.

I am very recently a new subscriber, getting hooked on a sample copy received in the mail a short time ago. How Kansas found me in little ole Vermont, I’ll never know, but I guess thanks are in order.

I love recipes, and lo and behold, I got hooked on one in the second issue I received: the recipe for Pistachio Cake (March). I have made several already and shared with others. I just cut out the recipe for Toffee-Banana Brownies (June), which is on the list for my next baking spree.

You have a good thing going with your publication.

Jeannette Landon
Wallingford, Vt.

A good read – I fully agree with the man who wrote in to express his appreciation for The Agreement, the serial story about the woman who lived in a soddie (Open Session, May). I am thankful for CAPPER’S.

Betty Losh
Meridian, Idaho

Summer clothes were special – My maternal grandparents, Frederick and Anna Schuckman, had 14 children. Living very modest lives in their tiny Liebenthal, Kan., home, they somehow always managed to remember their troop of grandchildren at Christmas. Usually, they gave family gift packages.

The contents varied each year, but the packages always contained certain items, such as packages of Grandma’s favorite Black Jack gum, rolls of Life Savers candy, maybe a box of Cheerios cereal, and a few apples and oranges.

My mother was an excellent seamstress who made everything from knickers to neckties for us five children. Grandma was very proud of Mom’s fine sewing skills, and that’s probably why I especially remember our Christmas gift in 1961. That year, Grandma gave our family a large, round green enamel dishpan heaped with bundles of assorted cotton prints and solids for Mom to sew into dresses, shirts and pajamas for my sister, three brothers and me.

With lots of love, patience and creativity, Mom spent the long winter hours at her trusty Singer Slant-O-Matic sewing machine, putting all the pretty pieces of fabric to good use. The following summer, we children posed on Grandma Schuckman’s front lawn, proudly wearing the fashionable and sturdy cotton garments Mom made for us from Grandma’s Christmas gift fabric.

Karen Ann Bland
Gove, Kan.


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