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Still Remembered

March 29th, 2017 Comments off

In 2014 Brandon wrote on his FB page a plea to motorists to be more careful of his fellow motorcyclists, that he kept losing friends due to accidents. His impassioned plea was made even more dramatic when a short time later he lost his own life as so many had before him. I am posting this as a reminder to everyone, in Brandon’s name, to share the road with care. This young man can not be replaced. His family and friends miss him.




October 19th, 2016 1 comment


Labor Day ’16

September 5th, 2016 1 comment




Back in my painting days, last century.

August 21st, 2016 Comments off

Scan 2


August 19th, 2016 Comments off


My Daddy was a hard working man.  He worked hard from the time he was a small child, and the plow handles were cut short to accommodate the young boy in the fields.  He had little chance to have a consistent education, being pulled out to help on the farm just as he was getting interested.  Nevertheless, he was an intelligent man, and made the most of the opportunity he had.

Along with working hard, Daddy had the ability to fall asleep and take a nap in a moment’s notice.  Mama joked she thought he could go to sleep standing up. His catnaps during the day kept him refreshed and able to accomplish more than most in a day’s time.

During a visit home I sketched him as he snoozed.  Wearing his jacket, probably having been outside for a few minutes, he settled into the chair and his nap began.  I have so many loving memories of Daddy, what a blessing he was to us, and catnaps are good health practices, we are told.

Memories from my last year of teaching.

August 16th, 2016 Comments off

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Even though I was very busy at the end  of my last year of teaching, (2004)  I challenged myself to draw a likeness of the administrators and teachers.  Twelve years later I am glad I did.  It brings back many fond memories of some terrific colleagues. I had each to give me their signature.  It is a keepsake.

African Grey Parrot

July 13th, 2016 Comments off

African Grey Parrot

The African grey parrot is one of the most talented talking/ mimicking birds on the planet, giving it quite a reputation among bird enthusiasts. Not only do bird keepers love this intelligent bird, it’s one of the most recognizable species to bird novices as well – everyone knows the African grey parrot. This parrot is one of the oldest psitticine species kept by humans, with records of the bird dating back to biblical times. Understated beauty and a brainy no-nonsense attitude are what keep this parrot at the peak of popularity.

At first glance, the African grey is a medium-sized, dusty-looking gray bird, almost pigeon-like – but further investigation reveals a bright red tail, intelligent orange eyes, and a stunning scalloped pattern to its plumage.


Susan Chester Seawel

July 5th, 2016 Comments off
Susan Chester Seawel

What if you have a story to tell,  a story wrapped around the devastating New Madrid earthquakes  that occurred in your geographical ‘backyard’ in the 1800’s?  You have the story, and a burning desire to share it with children, but how can you get it written when an illness takes much of your strength and the ability to type or speak clearly into a computer?  What would you do?  Give up?  Not Susan Chester Seawel.

A lover of good books, a librarian admired by hundreds of students  and educators, a winner of numerous awards and honors during her tenure in public education, a columnist, an author of local history, a strong Southern woman, shows the spunk, determination, and faith that have brought her through the toughest of times.  With husband Harmon at her side, and with friends and relatives taking dictation from her, the fictionalized story of a little girl named Carolina eventually became “The Children Who Rode the Earth.”  

Although it is advertised for ‘tween’ age children, I found it engaging for adults as well.  It was fascinating to read that the Mighty Mississippi River actually flowed backwards in some places during that terrifying series of earthquakes. The story tells how it impacted the life of Carolina and her family.

I hope you will purchase the book from $7.99.  In fact, I hope you will buy the book as gifts for your favorite kids, as well as donations  to your local school library.

I haven’t met Susan Seawel, but hope to some day when I go to Arkansas for a visit.  After all, her ‘backyard’ was my backyard too.



Serious Business

May 21st, 2016 Comments off


“You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.”  Ronald Reagan


Why the tears Mr. President?

May 20th, 2016 Comments off

Abraham Lincoln

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