JANET CLARK SHAY

AUTHOR of This Side of Heaven and The Prayer That Makes a Difference

From hieroglyphics to texting, from Shakespeare to a warm Southern drawl, we use words in a varied and ever changing way.  Whether we write them, speak them, sing them, or convey them through sign language, from the time we utter our first words, we need them in order to get our point across.

WordAtrium brings light to the colorful and varied aspect of words. As a writer, I enjoy unfolding the history, meaning, and power behind them. Join us as we pull out the next word or phrase from our endless supply.

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"WORDS: SO INNOCENT AND POWERLESS AS THEY ARE, AS STANDING IN A DICTIONARY, HOW POTENT FOR GOOD AND EVIL THEY BECOME, IN THE HANDS OF ONE WHO KNOWS HOW TO COMBINE THEM."
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

From the blog

The Day COMFORT Went Shopping

By Barb Waite | September 19, 2019

WELCOME TO OUR GUEST AUTHOR, BARB WAITE – Elsie: Adventures of an Arizona School Teacher 1913-1916 and Elsie’s Mountain: Memories…

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Please Indulge Me When I REMINISCE

By Bobbie Barber | August 28, 2019

WELCOME TO GUEST WRITER BOBBIE BARBER of KANSAS Among her many accomplishments, Bobbie’s tenacity and sense of adventure led her…

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BOLLARDS Come in All Shapes and Sizes

By Janet Clark Shay | August 18, 2019

As I crossed the parking lot heading toward the rec center where I exercise most mornings, I had to step…

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Eight Nudges That Moved My Novels to the FINISH Line

By Karen Meyer | August 13, 2019

WELCOME TO GUEST WRITER, KAREN MEYER – “The Ohio Frontier History Lady” and Author of Eight Books Including Conflict at…

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RESEARCH: Bane or Blessing?

By Karen Meyer | August 4, 2019

WELCOME TO GUEST WRITER, KAREN MEYER – “The Ohio Frontier History Lady” and Author of Eight Middle Grade Novels Including…

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BLURTS Don’t Hurt. Really?

By Janet Clark Shay | July 6, 2019

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” blurted the girl as she came toe…

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I’m Not Outdated. I’m CLASSIC

By Barb Waite | July 4, 2019

WELCOME TO OUR GUEST AUTHOR, BARB WAITE – Elsie: Adventures of an Arizona School Teacher 1913-1916 and Elsie’s Mountain: Memories…

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OBSERVE the Lord’s Masterpiece

By Barb Waite | July 3, 2019

WELCOME TO OUR GUEST AUTHOR, BARB WAITE – Elsie: Adventures of an Arizona School Teacher 1913-1916 and Elsie’s Mountain: Memories…

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PERSPECTIVE From the Top

By Janet Clark Shay | June 10, 2019

My trip to Grand Junction, Colorado one fall painted a great visual of the word perspective (or point of view).…

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