A Message from GWEN REA

MY 3RD LOVE
I don’t exactly know where I’ll find the words to express how I feel about Scrabble, because you see, one would think that I’ve spent all of my vocabulary on the board over the past 19 competitive years. All the same, here is an attempt to reveal my love.
To say that I have an intense, passionate and eternal relationship with the game and it’s intricacies, is truly an understatement. Not only does playing and studying consume most of my retired day, but I dream about words and games, almost nightly.
Although English was not my home language, we spent many a winter night playing scrabble by the fire side on the farm in the Orange Free State in South Africa.
A few decades later, a friend laughed when I asked if I could join them in a game of scrabble on Fish Hoek beach, thinking, what does an Afrikaans speaking farm girl know about scrabble!! Immediately I lost my popularity 😂😂😂, but gained some respect.
In 2001 I spent a few months in Ireland, where I also completed my BA degree at the age of 45. At the library I saw a notice inviting anyone to call this phone number, if interested in scrabble. A geriatric lady drove from the other side of town to fetch me for a game at her home and driving me back very late that night, informed me that she was collecting me on Sunday for my first tournament.
How amazed I was that these (mostly older) folk, knew such odd words, mostly surprised at even the 2 and 3 letter words, I had never seen or heard of in my life. I yearned to get there. At the end of the tournament, I was presented with a 2 and 3 letter word book, with front and back hooks and all.
Consuming these words as if they were part of my degree, I called my beach friend in South Africa and told him about ‘club scrabble’. He inquired back home and when I got back to SA we joined a club and soon we were both in the top 40 and then top 10 masters.
Due to a back problem, my medical boarding afforded me much time dedicated to playing and studying. Thus far, I have competed in South Africa, Ireland, Zambia (a few times), Tanzania, USA (a few times), London, Torquay and of course on Facebook.
Humbly but gratefully, I attribute much grace to being the highest rated female scrabble player in South Africa at present, fluctuating in and out of late 1500s to 1650s. Though at the age of almost 64, with aging memory, I am aiming at 1700 ratings and a few more countries before I turn 70.
After all these years, I still get tense sitting across the board from friends who are also now family to me, who for a while, become the enemy in the battle of words, strategy, psychology and intimidation. This of course does not aid in relieving back pain, which at time reduces me to tears. Resorted to having a drink or two to help me relax, it’s frowned upon, but hey, who cares!? It also takes a back frame, back strap, anti inflammatory, cortisone and pain killers, but play scrabble I will.
To all Scrabblers, I’m so grateful to you all for life’s lessons, on how to be or not to be, how to play and not to play, how to win and how to lose. We can just try to better ourselves and not try to be better than anyone else. Give credit to where it’s due.
Respect to you all. GWEN REA (GEWEN REA) maar ook baie verloor. (Meaning, I have won and just as often, I’ve lost.) The best of all is, I’ve gained friends. And I’ve gained friends, world wide.

A Podcast Legacy_Share in the Memories


What is a podcast?  Why Should I listen? Why would I want to create one?
A podcast is a digital recording. Here at newclevelandradio.net, we have several podcast hosts who record with us and place their recordings on our site that where it is distributed to various listening platforms such as iHeart, Spotify, Google, Spreaker, etc. Each podcast has a host, and I (Karen Hale) produce, engineer, and develop social media for each program.
Check out https://newclevelandradio.net/podcasting-line-up/
Gary Moss (https://newclevelandradio.net/jftsoi-taking-you-on-a-journey/) suggested to me that this would be an ideal platform for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends to share their legacy/life journey.
When Gary began podcasting with us, he had just started his 77 Sunset Trip, driving cross-country to play Scrabble™, meeting up with friends and family from the past as well as finding new and exciting individuals along the way. One such individual was a mechanic who fixed Gary’s car during his travels for under $5 (who would have thunk?)
This is when our proverbial wheels started to turn. We all have so much to share (not the FAKE NEWS,) but the journeys we have taken in life and our experiences that have helped influence us and others. So with the assistance of Gary in Southern California, and specifically in his Senior Citizen community, we are offering this service to YOU!
What a great holiday gift this is for your family as well as for others.
Too often, we forget that our elders have the wisdom to share by leading us down the path they have traveled. The stories they will bestow will enlighten as they explore their past. The history recorded will allow them to leave behind their thoughts and wishes. A podcast will provide them the venue to remember and share their memories guiding us all through our tomorrows.
Contact newclevelandradio@gmail.com for more information or jftsoi.moss@gmail.com 

WORDS can Heal!

As the designer and editor of Just4thespellofit.com, I want to take a moment to wish all the visitors to this site a very Happy Thanksgiving and Holiday Season. I know for some this time of year can be extremely stressful. If you live in a part of the world where the temperatures are cold, and the atmosphere is dreary during the winter months, it is not unusual for us as humanoids to take on anxious or even depressive traits. Although I have lived in the Midwest most of my life and have experienced extreme weather changes from Summer to Winter, I really should move to a warmer, brighter climate. I have been known to get the winter blues (mostly grey!) that has led to depression and woe is me thoughts. However, what has turned me around are the WORDS of my brother Gary Moss.
About 7 or 8 years ago, I posted on Facebook how sad and lonely I felt as my husband and my youngest adult son sat in the other room. As I wrote this post, the tears were streaming down my face as I sobbed silently. I was looking for someone to rescue me from my sadness and lonely feelings. It just so happens Gary read this and called me and as a big brother should, put me in my place. He reminded me not to depend on anyone else for my happiness and especially do not count on the weather in Cleveland, Ohio. His words and the tone of his voice made me observe myself from the inside out. I was the only obstacle in this WOE is ME! I had to change and create the sunshine, where I thought there was none.
This did not happen immediately, or overnight either, it has taken time. Still, when I feel myself slipping into that whirlwind of depression, I remember his WORDS, “STOP FEELING SORRY FOR YOURSELF. IT IS UP TO YOU TO MAKE TODAY A GOOD DAY.” Since that holiday time 7 or 8 years ago I find something special to celebrate either alone or with others. I find the shards of happiness and let them glisten in the dull light of winter and remember the day where crying and whining searching for help was given with WORDS. Not just WORDS but COMPASSION, AWARENESS, and LOVE!
Use your WORDS and make a BINGO in someone’s life!

Sad Day

Professor David Gibson

On the evening of November 22, the world of competitive Scrabble, and in fact the world in general, lost a very great man, Professor David Gibson. Earning the Scrabble national championship on several occasions, and winner of the Scrabble All-Stars on ESPN, this mathematics teacher, pianist, and husband was always humble about his achievements. Those of us who were truly fortunate enough to know him, will miss him greatly. Many words of praise from multiple people will no doubt follow. Services will commence at 11 AM on Saturday, November 30, at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Spartanburg, SC.
I first met David in one of his first scrabble tournaments in the early 90s in Cleves, Ohio. He was such a gentleman and a giant in the game of scrabble. His Scrabble achievements will last forever whenever a player is “Gibsonized.” (when near the end of a tournament a player is so far ahead of the rest of the division that he/she cannot be caught.)
David was 68 years old.

Podcast A Legacy

Monday
Create A Family Podcast
Join Gary Moss (JFTSOI), and Karen (newclevelandradio.net) create a podcast legacy for you, your family, and friends. Share your history in a recorded podcast that may be heard by millions and downloaded for your memories.
The cost of the podcast is $100. Newclevelandradio.net will produce your special podcast. Before the scheduled recording, Karen will submit a listen of questions and ideas to help lead you through the podcast, which is a simple dialogue where you get to share your stories for your family archives. The length of each podcast is approximately 45 minutes in length. If you choose to do multiple recordings, we will create a package for you at an additional cost.
The podcasts will be available on our internet radio location for a minimum of six months. During that time, you can download the file, or for an additional fee, we will download it and save it to a personalized thumb-drive and ship it out.
Recording family histories is nothing new, but sharing your life in a podcast for your family and the world to hear will provide all that listen, a better understanding and appreciation of our likes and differences. Be a leader in this form of communication.
Contact:  Karen Hale at newclevelandradio@gmail.com

“Life is Like a Box of Chocolates”

My mama always said, life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. Well, maybe my mama didn’t say it, but per Forrest Gump, those were the words his mother offered up to him.  My Yiddisha Mom, aka, Baube, DeVasha, Dorothy, or Dotty had her own sayings that sometimes could be quite comical.  The words of my mom and pops I believe steered me into the direction of WORDS, hence the game of Scrabble™ .
Just like a box of chocolates we are often surprised with what is in the center of these candies of life.
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