Author: The Gathering Place for Community, Arts & Education

Six Word Slam

When Maya Angelou was complimented on her poem for President Clinton’s inauguration, she replied, “It would have been shorter if I had more time.”

She valued the beauty of  succinct, well-chosen phrases and worked to state her thoughts in a few, beautiful words.

We at The Gathering Place are challenging you to follow Angelou’s example and create a succinct, well-chosen message in six-words, no fewer and no more.

We all may have to shelter in place, but that’s just our physical selves.  Our minds are free to wander wherever we choose.  We would like you to wake up your creativity and craft SIX-WORD SLAMS – six words that represent what is going on around you, how you feel about the day, or any thought that can be melted down to six words.

When we are once more able to get together, we will have a wonderful afternoon reading these aloud.  Until then, send your Slams to  We will share them with others in our email newsletters and celebrate each other’s words.

Warning: Creating Six Word Slams can be habit-forming.  Once you start to squeeze a thought down to its essence, you will find yourself trying it over and over!

Submitted Slams

From Cathy McAndrew
Inspiration flows through me, channeling divinity.                                    
Into what source are you plugged?
Of what are you the carrier?      

From The Reverend Canon William T. Warne, II
All life’s concerns shall be well

From Patricia Bator
Life has changed. Not all bad.
Joy in nature, just get outside.
What was once noise, now hushed
You were right. This is fun!

From Judy DeCarlo

Husband won’t shave until baseball’s back.
Time to spring-clean, still don’t wanna
Check-out girls hold high-risk jobs.
Beer stores open, must drink alone.
Remember when global hotspots attracted people?
Casinos closed, too risky to bet.
Homeless population, social distancing doesn’t apply
Stuck at home — grateful for Internet
No testing — either COVID19 or PSSA
“Chinese Virus” is a “travel bug”
Daily routine, prayers for Dr. Fauci
401K tanked, out of toilet paper
Coughing in public, now a felony
Library closed, I got the shakes.
Church doors locked fearing Invisible Enemy.
Gun sales up, Now Hugs Kill
Social distancing doesn’t happen at Weis
Can Easter baskets be blessed virtually?
Can’t dye Easter eggs, short supply
Sheltered in place, counting my blessings
First time ever — No blessed palms!
from bed to chair to couch

From Ann Vitale
Cupboard stocked. Mac and cheese deluxe.
Grandpa used Sears catalog. Not Charmin.
Bored. Teaching dog to play Twister.
In the house alone. Still scared.
I’ll be fine. Own P&G stock.  
Proctor and Gamble. Really good stock.
Gun sales up. That’ll fix covid!











Portrait in Pen Information

How do I enter?

We have changed the submission deadline to Monday, April 20.

  • Essays should be 1,000 words or less.

  • Must be non-fiction.

  • Must be typed doubled spaced.

  • You can enter more than one essay.

  • Judging will be based on quality of portrayal of a woman of character.

    • Essays will be judged by five local women.

  • Submit at The Gathering Place or to

  • All submissions should have your name, email address, and phone number.

  • The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to our Community Classroom and free admission to History & High Tea on May 13, 2020.

  • The winning essay will be read at History & High Tea on May 13, 2020.

    • We will also create a Chap Book with the remaining essays that will be available at The Gathering Place for a small fee.

Terms & Conditions

You voluntarily assume all risks of personal injury associated with participation and waive any and all claims or actions against the Community Classroom, The Gathering Place, its board members, instructors, and employees for any personal loss/injury sustained while participating in designated classes and/or trips.

Community Art Project

This project is underwritten by a grant from the
Overlook Estate Foundation.

Help create hand-crafted tiles for a beautiful backsplash in our serving area.  Kelley Stewart will present an information session on indigenous trees & their importance to NEPA’s eco system in the first class, then Diana Lombardi will teach how to imprint native leaves onto the tiles in the second class.

Session 1  –    Saturday, May 11    2:00 – 3:30 PM

Identifying native trees taught by Kelley Stewart, Forest Specialist at Wayne Conservation District

Would you like to know more about the trees? Increase your knowledge and appreciation for trees.  Learn how to identify species throughout the seasons using characteristics such as bark, buds, leaves, flowers and seeds.  We will discuss the habitats that host different species and the importance of planting natives.

Session 2  – New Date: June 1      2:00 PM 

Leaf-imprinted tile making taught by Diana Lombardi.

Free to public. Please register by emailing us at, so we can prepare materials. We will reserve your seat.