Monday, August 28, 2017

True Survivor

      True Survivors

True survivors are built one event at a time

like laying bricks for a wall.  Each incident

makes you stronger and gives you the skills

to survive.  Catastrophes produce heroes

who survive through monumental hardships

but the true survivor makes it through one

small crisis after another, building an inner

strength that can face any calamity with

the knowledge

            “I am a survivor.

            I will get through.”

Doris Jean Shaw ©

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Unfinished Projects

Unfinished Projects

My grandmother made a shirt for my cousin who was in fourth grade. The shirt had
the buttons sewn on and the button holes made. This was back when women actually
sewed at home and did things by hand. The one thing missing was the collar, which
was together complete with lining but had not been attached to the shirt.         
My cousin was a bit older than
When my younger brother was in fourth grade, Grannie gave the shirt to my mother
still minus the collar. As my son approached fourth grade, Mom passed the             
shirt to me. I sewed on the collar and my son wore the shirt.                                                     
In the space of 25 years or more, the unfinished shirt had been passed down three
times before it was finished. It got me to thinking about all the projects I start and do
not see to fruition.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017



            When I enter a new state, I stop at the welcome center.

Sometimes I am greeted by offers of coffee or fruit juice

but always with helpful information.

            At a new town, I stop by tourist information.

A lot of the places are located in what was once the rail depot.

All share the nuances of their particular local.

I have found the best meat pies in the South only to discover

a similar claim in the north.