WELCOME to the JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2022 Issue of THE RRBC PIPELINE MAGAZINE!
Happy New Year, PIPELINE readers! I love New Year’s Eve. An evening for remembering the events of the ending year, or sometimes deciding to forget a few, it is the perfect time to open a bottle of champagne and celebrate a new beginning. There is something magical about a brand-new year waiting to be filled with events that create memories for reflection at year end. I wish each of you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year, filled with many more good times than bad.
Speaking of good times, or good people, Dr. Martin Luther King was certainly one of the good guys. Born on January 15, 1929, he was a Baptist Minister, a leader and eloquent spokesman for the Civil Rights Movement, who believed in non-violent protest. Tragically, Dr. King was assassinated in 1968. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed the law that created MLK Day, a federal holiday that falls on the Monday between January 15 and January 21st and which commemorates his legacy.
Changes have come to THE PIPELINE! Rather than being published monthly, THE PIPELINE has been reduced to six issues in 2022. Maybe you noticed this issue tagged above and on the cover as the January/February issue, which is why below you’ll notice my referencing what’s coming up in February. While you won’t see as many issues, you will see expanded articles and more subject matter to keep you entertained and informed.
Happy Valentines Day! With hearts and flowers and hugs and kisses, did you know that Valentines Day was originally a Christian celebration to honor Saint Valentine? Born almost two-thousand years ago, St. Valentine was a priest in the Roman Empire. He is considered the patron saint of epilepsy, beekeepers and the Italian city of Terni, which is known as the “City of Lovers.” History can be incredibly interesting.
There is even more history to be investigated in February, since it is Black History Month. Originally observed in the United States, a celebration of Black history began in 1926, as “Negro History Week.” The second week of February was chosen, by its creator, Carter G. Woodson, so that it occurred during the same week as the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. An entire month dedicated to Black history originated in the United States and it is now also observed in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Speaking of that extra content you’ll see in each edition of the magazine, we’ve added a Special Feature section in this month’s issue. I’m kicking it off with a flash fiction story that I hope will make you smile. In this section, anything goes. If you have an article, a story, or poetry that you would like to have considered for publication, please contact me or Pat Garcia at RRBCInfo@gmail.com and we’ll submit it to THE PIPELINE team for review. We’re excited for our March/April issue when RRBC member, Eichin Chang-Lim will be sharing a special feature there with us. C’mon, get your pieces into us so we can add you to the calendar to feature your writing.
We have another new feature being added this year called A PRESIDENT’S THOUGHTS. Our President tends to have lots on her mind, and now we’re giving her the space to share those thoughts with us. Get ready!
Be sure and stop by Author, Shirley Harris-Slaughter’s beautifully designed, easy to navigate blog. It is our Blog of the Month.
If you haven’t read it yet, you really should read …AND THE MUSIC PLAYED, a short story, by Author, Nonnie Jules.
Do you like ducks? I do. In perfect symmetry, they navigate the sky as they fly from place to place. And it amazes me how Momma duck keeps her babies all in a row. Stop by the Writers’ Corner for some ideas from Pat Garcia, about keeping your own ducks in a row with your writing. Quack, Quack!
There is more good reading to be found in our Books of the Month section. Pick up a copy of Yvette M. Callerio’s HYPE and Wanda Adams Fischer’s HANDPRINTS. I’ve read both of these short stories and they are excellent.
We invite you to check back in February for some updates to THE PIPELINE, such as our “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR” section and our TRAILER OF THE MONTH!
I hope that you enjoy this issue of THE PIPELINE. Until next time, happy reading and writing!
THE PIPELINE MAGAZINE
That’s all I have for this issue of THE PIPELINE! I’m so glad you took the time to check it out and I hope that you’ll enjoy each section of the magazine. If you’re looking for great reads, inspiration, or even awesome blogs and book trailers, you’ll be introduced to some real winners in this issue!
Join us in March for another jam-packed issue filled with RRBC member-author books, and other news that you can use! By the way, have you JOINED RRBC? Why not? Hurry! It’s a great time to do so and it’s the best literary community one could belong to!
A REQUEST: If you should find a typo or any kind of “hiccup” within the pages of this publication, please don’t hesitate to let our TEAM know. We’d greatly appreciate it! RRBCInfo@gmail.com.