I, If and If by poet, Jimmy Simpson

October 3rd, 2017 No comments

If, If and If 

If I could pen a rhyme of peace,

To make all confrontations cease,

No doubt, my mind would think it good,

That I did so because I could;

But if it only made things worse,

My heart would break for wasted verse.

If I could tell a better way,

With all things positive to say,

There would be no regret in it,

Nor make me sad enough to quit;

But once again, if that should fail,

The world would laugh at such a tale.

If I composed with joy to lend,

A sincere message that could end,

Whatever circumstance was wrong;

And help us all to get along,

I would be tempted to, although,

It might become a tale of woe.


JLS – 5/6/17


Do you know someone drifting away into the long goodbye?

October 3rd, 2017 No comments

Poet Jimmy Simpson speaks to the heartache of losing one’s memories.


My mind no longer classifies,

Surroundings I should recognize,

Nor ascertains from case to case,

What once was a familiar face,

In this new world where memory,

Remains forever lost to me.

How strange it is to contemplate,

An age that now is out of date;

And struggle to reclaim the same,

From visages without a name,

While somewhere in the mists of when,

I know they each existed then.

As moments I must now forget,

This heart of mine remembers yet,

Perhaps a touch or friendly smile,

That brought me comfort for a while;

And so I love you all no less,

Though time has forced me to regress…..



JLS – 8/23/17  Jimmylsimpson.com

Thanks for Dropping By

October 3rd, 2017 No comments

Although I haven’t completely abandoned the schoolmarm site, I have not given it the attention I did for 8 years.  I think the soap suds was knocked out of me with the last pres. election.  When I expressed my political opinions, after saying I was not going to do that, some took offense.  I can understand that.  But as the writer of the blog I feel I have every right to change it, and my views.  So I am speaking out more.

Someone who was highly offended caused me to say I would restrict my comments to my blog.  But I got into ‘trouble’ anyway by expressing my opinion on a family matter on FB.  It was interesting to me that the ones who sent me sharp reprimands for what I had written, never make positive comments or even click ‘like’ so as far as i know they never read my stuff.  

There was no way to adequately respond to these unexpected dress downs, so I left them unaddressed.  Nevertheless, they hurt and unfortunately makes my relationship feel strained and changed from what it once was.  

Words are powerful. Just as they took offense at mine, I did to theirs.  We live in a stressful time. Pray more and talk less, I guess!


September 3rd, 2017 Comments off

 During the presidential campaign DT said he had been to the best schools and he had the best words. For a person who speaks in unsupported superlatives we would expect nothing less.

this came to my mind when I was enjoying the new game that I have found on iPad. It is a word game.  As a teacher I used to put a big word on the board, maybe a seasonal word such as Thanksgiving and ask the kids to find as many words in that big word as they could find. Well,  this game gives you the blanks to fill in for the words you may get out of a selection of five or six letters. It is quite challenging  but not so much that I can’t feel a sense of success as I do rather well on it. 

 You may have your own game that gives you an escape from the realities of this world. For a few minutes you might not have to think of our fragile earth being in the hands of fragile man.  For a few minutes you can feel that you have some control over something, mainly that you can find solutions, with Solitaire, crossword puzzles,etc.

 I became rather obsessed playing backgammon, and one other game that I really enjoyed but became too involved in and had to stop. Well I didn’t have to stop but I chose to stop because I could tell it was making me anxious instead of relaxed.

and now I’m getting ready to go to church this Sunday morning and I will hear lots of words, in my mind they are the best words, words of hope of comfort of a God who loves me.  Allow me to use these words as I close, may God bless you and keep you and draw you closer to him as we travel this journey called life.


Pray for Houston

August 27th, 2017 Comments off

 We can survive without food longer than we can survive without water. We need water in our bodies, and our food source, and for transportation over the rivers lakes  and oceans. We need just enough, not too much.

most of us know how it is to become dehydrated from lack of water even when we have plenty of it, sometimes we just don’t drink enough.  Sometimes people drink too much water and  as a friend of mine experienced, she had an inbalance with her potassium that was life-threatening. 

 For six years Southern California was in a drought desperately needing more water. Our reservoirs were low and the snow pack in the Sierra Nevadas was low. Serious strain on the Colorado River to  supply water for us as well as other states. 

 This weekend we have seen what too much water can do and is doing, right now in Texas. Water can be very destructive when it is unleashed and on its own rises to levels that threaten our homes and our lives.

 Please join me in praying for our brothers and sisters in Texas and in other areas on the gulf coast where nature takes over and the people  have little recourse but to wait it out. Emergency personnel put their lives in danger rescuing others. 

 Bill Taylor’s grandfather was a sheriff in Bakersfield. During the flood he lost his life trying to rescue someone in need.    I pray no one will lose their life as he did many years ago. 

Elvis, 1970

August 18th, 2017 Comments off

 In 1970 Elvis gave a few concerts in Las Vegas. I’ve been watching them on Turner classic movies. Film clips from six different performances make up the two hour long program.  

He was nice and thin, handsome as ever and his voice sounded  good.  By this time he had incorporated a lot of his karate moves into his performance and sometimes I thought he overdid it going on and on and on with repetitive  moves. When he was young we were shocked by him just shaking his leg and wiggling around.   Scandalous!

During the six performances he wore six different but similar jumpsuits, with collars up to his ears, and of course, buttons, straps, and flared bellbottoms

 I guess my favorite part was watching him rehearse with his band members, he was relaxed most of the time and you could hear the sense of humor,  and that he really was working to get everything right.  

The opening night you could tell that he was nervous, saying some silly things because of his nervousness. He was just a man, just a poor boy who had talent and drive and came into our awareness at just the right time to make it big.   I’m sorry that he could not have lived a long life and enjoyed his daughter and grandchildren.  It would’ve been wonderful to see what his music would have become had he matured and lived a normal healthy life. 

 Just seven years from when he made the recordings that I watched he had gained probably 60 or more pounds, was addicted to drugs, had multiple health problems and  died much too soon. He was one-of-a-kind. He is missed.




89 Years Ago, hate disguised, today open for all to see! Have we learned nothing in 89 Years?

August 16th, 2017 Comments off

In 1928 there was a massive march in Washington D.C. made up of men in white sheets and hoods.  KKK

In 2017, they feel so empowered by the man in the white house that they don’t even bother covering their faces.  They march and shout slogans of hate.

It is about hatred for anyone different from their narrow vision of the world.   They are not ‘fine’ people.  Hatred is not from God.  We know its source, and we should be praying that God will intervene and rescue us from our current situation.



This is not who we are. Really?

August 15th, 2017 Comments off

We have been led to believe that we, as Americans, are better than most of the world.  Aren’t we generous, ready to help out anyone who needs us and we are there, even at our own peril?  We have demonstrated it time and again as we got involved in conflicts far from our golden shores.

What about on our golden shores?  How are we doing?  How about in our neighborhoods, in our schools, churches, and in our homes?  When we hear the number of hate groups that have risen in this country , we have to ask where did they get their start?  Did it start in American homes, schools, where? Where does hate get nurtured?

Something is wrong when hate groups flourish, when they feel empowered by the man in the White House, who must be forced for political gain, to condemn their actions. Something is wrong in the first place, when people elect a person who makes it clear that he is about division, not unity, about crudeness, not civility, a man who disrespects the disabled, the weak, anyone who is different from him.  Something is wrong when we put party before country and support such an individual.  Something is wrong when we deny the truth out of our own pride.

Is this who we are?  Are we really just like him? I pray to God, that we are not.


Already read this once? It is worth a re-read.

August 8th, 2017 Comments off


How do we show love?

August 7th, 2017 Comments off



I know the person who received this tasty surprise appreciated the gesture and probably gobbled down the deliciously tempting treat.  But knowing that this particular person is a diabetic who has to control her sugar intake, makes me wonder if it was from a friend or foe.  Not trying to be a wet blanket, but we need to help our friends resist, not give in to the cravings that are bad for us.

I had a friend who wore a button that said, “If you love me, don’t give me chocolate!”

Maybe diabetics need to have buttons made too!


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