Melinda’s Brew : A Celebration Fit For Rebels [like us]!

Melinda’s Brew : A Celebration Fit For Rebels [like us]!

T — is for the tremendous honor it is to be part of the Coffee With Kenobi Family.

I — is for the immeasurable joy I feel whenever you stop by to read something I’ve written.

M — is for my musings you let me share with you.

E — is for the energy that fills me up when I read your thoughtful comments.

Oh my goodness! Has it really been an entire year since Dan and Cory asked me to join the fold here at Coffee With Kenobi? Where has all the time gone?

October [which begins tomorrow, you know 😉 ] marks my one-year anniversary writing for Coffee With Kenobi. One year. Wow! A momentous occasion to mark. Interesting, isn’t it, how some years just seem to elicit special note? Not that every year isn’t special, but when you think about it, there are those years that have a tendency to make us sit up and pay special attention to them — the one-year mark, 10 years, 25 years, 50 years.

Time … waits for no man.

Time … marches on.

Time … flies when you’re having fun.


One whole year. A few thousand words — that I’ve written, and you’ve been kind enough to read. This has been one of the most exciting rides of my life. Coffee With Kenobi [well, Dan and Cory, really] has given me an outlet for two of my passions — writing and Star Wars — and I have enjoyed every single moment. I was a loyal listener of CWK’s podcasts right from the very beginning, and I have shared my … well, rather lengthy 😉 … responses pertaining to each airing with Dan and Cory. How could I help myself? I always find their podcasts engaging, interesting, and full of fun information. The duo has had some outstanding guests appear on the show, and the fact that Dan and Cory refuse to pander to the Star Wars rumor mill went a long way to making me a devoted listener. 🙂 [It must be my journalistic background. Innuendo and inferences never had a place in any article I wrote as a newspaper reporter. Joe Friday’s “Just the facts, ma’am” still echoes in my mind even after all these years. lol] Imagine my delight the September day I opened the email from CWK’s hosts inviting me to join Coffee With Kenobi as Featured Blogger! What an honor — and what a pleasure to be part of such a special family! Since I joined the staff, the CWK Family has grown, and I feel so blessed to be among so many talented, endearing individuals — all of whom share the same passion for A Certain Little Space Fantasy. 🙂

Too, I love it when you stop by to read my musings, and I treasure each response you leave. I know this may sound a bit odd to some, but even 30+ years later, I still learn something new about Star Wars — and it’s usually you who point out that new insight! 🙂 Sometimes I get an idea stuck in my head, and you help me see Star Wars — and the world — from a different point of view. 🙂 Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! 🙂

Knowing, as this day neared, I wanted to write about how much it has meant to me to be part of Coffee With Kenobi — I began thinking about how I could celebrate this special occasion. It didn’t take long at all [maybe a nanosecond!] for the answer to pop into my head. Hold one of my Star Wars Raffles! 🙂 That’s what I’d do! I hope you like what I have in mind. One of you will be the lucky recipient of a one-of-a-kind piece of Star Wars artwork created just for this occasion. [To my knowledge, no other like it exists.] Sadly, I don’t have a photograph of it to show you [currently, it is being framed], but trust me — it truly is a beautiful work of art.* [Well, you know each of us has a tendency to see something from one’s own point of view. ;-)] I always have been enamored of Star Wars artwork so I thought this would be an appropriate prize to commemorate my one-year anniversary. 🙂 This is what I ask you to do:

Please indicate in a comment box below that you would like to throw your name into the hat [from which the lucky winner’s name will be drawn 🙂 Can you tell I hold sophisticated raffles? lol]. Next, please send me your email address at melindaw@coffeewithkenobi.com so I will know how to contact you if you are the winner. Please indicate your ID as it appears in the comment box so I’ll know which email address is associated with which name. [I’ll eventually need the lucky winner’s mailing address.] I will accept entries throughout October — until the 29th. The winner’s name will be announced in my Oct. 30 blog. What a wonderful way to cap my anniversary month! 🙂 There is absolutely no cost to you. Not even shipping and handling. I will ship worldwide. [Members of the Coffee With Kenobi Family are not eligible to enter. Sorry, gang.]

So, please, help me celebrate! 🙂 Throw your name into the hat! 🙂 Let’s make this a celebratory occasion that pitiful little band of rebels could enjoy! 🙂 The more the merrier! Good luck to one and all!!! 😀 [Not that you’d need luck … there is the Force, you know. It surrounds us. It binds us together. 🙂 Well, a little wave of the hand never hurt anyone. lol]

Before I close, I’d just like to send a Special Thank You to Dan and Cory for taking a chance on me, and welcoming me into the CWK fold. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts about Star Wars and my goofy Star Wars-related stories with your fans. 🙂 I’ve been having the time of my life, and I’d like you to know how very much I appreciate being part of this very special family. 🙂 To Lisa, thank you for putting up with my incessant “how do I” questions [and for being such a good friend! 🙂 ]. To my fellow bloggers at CWK — I am in the company of some remarkable talent, and I am honored to be associated with you. 🙂 And to everyone who stops by to read my musings, thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to do so. These are hectic times in which we live, and it means a great deal to me that you take a portion of your valuable free time to stop by. 🙂

Until next time,


[*Just in case the framed artwork doesn’t turn out the way I envision it, I have an exceptional replacement as a backup prize.]

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  1. Erica
    September 30, 2014 at 17:59 Reply

    a big congratulations to you on your one year anniversary with coffee with Kenobi! I will totally throw my name into the hat. How nice of you I celebrate by giving to others!

    1. Melinda
      October 2, 2014 at 21:10 Reply

      Thank you, Erica! 🙂

      And your name most definitely will be added to the hat. 🙂

  2. Lisa
    September 30, 2014 at 19:00 Reply

    Happy Anniversary! 🙂 Also, it’s always my pleasure to help where I can. You’re a dear friend!

    1. Melinda
      October 2, 2014 at 21:12 Reply

      Thank you, dear Lisa! Where would I be without you? Still flailing around these webpages, no doubt! lol

  3. Aaron Harris
    September 30, 2014 at 22:43 Reply

    Happy anniversary! Can’t believe its been a year!!! Time does fly when you are having fun!!! I love the thoughts you share, whether through your blog or comments left on other’s blogs. You’re awesome Melinda! Keep up the great work!!!!

    1. Melinda
      October 2, 2014 at 21:13 Reply

      Thank you so much, Aaron! I think you’re awesome, too! 🙂

  4. Bethany
    October 1, 2014 at 09:13 Reply

    Congratulations on one year writing for CWK! I had a feeling there might be a “hat” to help YOU celebrate, my friend! Haha! You are much too kind to us. Call me sentimental, but throwing my name in the hat always reminds me of our first meeting. What a “lucky” person I am. (No such thing as luck! It WAS the will of the Force!) 🙂 So, OK, twist my arm…toss my name in that hat. 😉

    1. Melinda
      October 2, 2014 at 21:15 Reply

      It is with great pleasure I add your name to the hat, Bethany. 🙂 (you know me too well. 😉 )

  5. Michael Gary
    October 1, 2014 at 16:01 Reply

    I would absolutely LOVE!!! this! Keep up the great writing!

    1. Melinda
      October 2, 2014 at 21:16 Reply

      Thank you, Michael. And I gladly add your name to the hat! 🙂

  6. Eric
    October 1, 2014 at 16:02 Reply

    I would like to throw my name in the hat! I love all parts of CWK!

    1. Melinda
      October 2, 2014 at 21:17 Reply

      Your name has been added, Eric! 🙂 I love all parts of CWK, too!!! 😀

  7. Dan Z & Cory Clubb
    October 1, 2014 at 22:03 Reply

    This may be my favorite Blog of yours yet, because it clearly shows your generosity and kindness. We are honored to have you as our feature Blogger and our dear friend.

    -Dan Z

    1. Melinda
      October 2, 2014 at 21:34 Reply

      Thank you, Dan. Truly, it is I who is honored to be a part of CWK. Sometimes I wonder if you and Cory knew just what it was you two were starting when you decided to make this website and your podcasts a reality. I was a fan right from the beginning. Still am. 🙂 This has been an absolutely wonderful year for me. Thank you so so much! 😀

  8. Polly Orr
    October 1, 2014 at 22:48 Reply

    Congratulations on your anniversary. I would love to be selected. My email is Polly@bucket71 and continued success.

    1. Melinda
      October 2, 2014 at 21:22 Reply

      Thank you so much, Polly! 🙂 I have added your name to the hat. (Is that your whole email address? Please email yours to me at melindaw@coffeewithkenobi.com Thanks! 🙂 )

  9. Corey N.
    October 1, 2014 at 23:15 Reply

    Please throw my name in the hat

    1. Melinda
      October 2, 2014 at 21:24 Reply

      Done, Corey! 🙂

  10. Victoria B.
    October 2, 2014 at 00:01 Reply

    Oh, I just found CwK family and I already have to say good-bye. Despite just arriving, I know the archives will still hold your work. So I’ll get to know you and thus miss you all the more. Luck go with you for all the adventures ahead. Thank you for sharing your words with us.

    I’m unsure what else to write, so I’ll simply add MTFBWY and I hope I don’t sound cheesy.

    1. Melinda
      October 2, 2014 at 21:27 Reply

      No, Victoria, you do not sound cheesy at all. I’m so sorry you have to say good-bye. I hope you will come visit us all again sometime soon. MTFBWY — Always. 🙂

  11. Melinda
    October 2, 2014 at 09:36 Reply

    You all are too kind. Truly. 🙂 I’m so glad there has been some interest in the raffle — especially since no one knows what this piece of artwork looks like. Well, except for me, that is. 😉 This really is a leap of faith on everyone’s part. I hope I have done this work of art justice. 🙂

    I am so blessed to be a part of this amazing community. 😀

  12. Becca Benjamin
    October 3, 2014 at 12:38 Reply

    Happy 1yr Anniversary, Melinda!!!! 🙂 🙂

    You are so sweet and generous, as always. Still, I can’t believe it’s been a whole year! :O Time sure does escape us, doesn’t it?

    Good Luck to everyone who has entered!

    1. Melinda
      October 8, 2014 at 05:53 Reply

      Thank you, Becca! I know. I know. It’s been quite a year — one I most definitely have enjoyed! 😀

  13. Trevor Fournier
    October 3, 2014 at 14:46 Reply

    Congrats!! Super exciting. Wouldn’t mind having my name in the hat if there is still time! 😀

    1. Melinda
      October 8, 2014 at 05:55 Reply

      There most definitely still is time, Trevor. I’m happy to throw your name into the hat! Thanks! 🙂

  14. 2times_mum (@2times_mum)
    October 5, 2014 at 13:03 Reply

    I would love a chance to win. I really like reading your articles and can i take the opportunity to say that i

    1. Melinda
      October 8, 2014 at 05:56 Reply

      Thank you so much, 2times! 🙂 Your name is in the hat! 🙂

  15. Veerle
    October 5, 2014 at 13:50 Reply

    I would love a chance to participate. Congrats with your anniversary. And i just wanna say: don’t you just love star wars rebels? My kids are 3&7yrs old and they love it too! It is so much fun to see them play Sabine & Chopper. Brings back memories of my childhood…

    1. Melinda
      October 8, 2014 at 06:00 Reply

      Thank you so much, Veerle! Your name has been added. 🙂

      And, yes, I LOVE “Rebels”! This is going to be a great season, and it’s so exciting that the series has been picked up for a second season — before it was out of the gate! It’s so cute when one’s little ones enjoy the same things we do. I remember it well, and now that my girls are older, they still enjoy Star Wars! 🙂

  16. Veerle
    October 5, 2014 at 16:08 Reply

    I would love to have my name put in the hat. Congrats and thank you very much for the opportunity.

  17. Kathy Griffee
    October 6, 2014 at 21:50 Reply

    Melinda!!! I’ve been kind of AWOL from the computer lately. This is one of the first things I’ve read. I absolutely love your blogs, you always make me think and rethink my “point of view” 🙂 Happy Anniversary! Can’t believe a year has flown by already!

    I would love for you to throw my name in the hat!

    1. Melinda
      October 8, 2014 at 06:02 Reply

      See below. 😉

  18. Melinda
    October 8, 2014 at 06:02 Reply

    Kathy, thank you so much for your kind words. 🙂 And welcome back! 🙂

    I’m very happy to throw your name into the hat!

    MTFBWY 🙂

  19. Pam Bruchwalski
    October 8, 2014 at 20:03 Reply

    Happy Blogiversary, Melinda. 🙂

    1. Melinda
      October 16, 2014 at 09:57 Reply

      Thank you, Pam! 🙂

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