August 16th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Hello Readers, you dear hearts and gentle people, and you  scoundrels too . . .                                               img172

Do you  have any idea how happy I am that you stopped by today?

If I could bring you a cup of coffee or tea, I would.

If I could plump your pillow or adjust your chair, I would do that too.

In other words, you are my guest and it is great having you here.

I want this to be a warm, loving place with a welcome mat always out for you.

You will never come too often or stay too late.

You are as welcome as a cool drink on a hot day.

Or a hot drink on a cold day.

You get it . . .I’m happy you are here.



  1. Grace
    June 15th, 2009 at 14:17 | #1

    Mary, you contiue to inspire us all with your faith filled remembrances of your family, friends and students. You are doing what I cannot bring myseld to do..put it all on paper. When I read about your Dad’s hernia, I remember my Dad’s experience with his. That picture of you and your Mom in the nursing home takes me back to visiting my Mom once a year in PA. when she no longer rmembered me and referred to me as, “the lady.” The sock monkeys resemble the eskimo dolls my mon created with people’s old fur coats. Who was it that said, What is most personal is most universal? Thank you, Mary, for the sunshine you brought to my day, Grace

  2. Chris Casstevens
    July 28th, 2009 at 17:28 | #2


    So enjoyed the EJ Sparrow tales. Keep them coming!
    Having a good summer and celebrated my 63rd birthday on 7/24…..still upright!!

    Regards to Tim. Fred’s out fishing today!


  3. Karen Sloan Pacini
    September 4th, 2009 at 17:20 | #3

    Miss Ward,

    I remember you very well. I am Frances’s daughter and I was in your student teaching class at Alma Spikes Elementary.

    You have a beautiful web site. I have been thinking of putting one together as well, and you have given me lots of ideas. I’ll pass this along to others who need a lift in their day.


  4. admin
    September 4th, 2009 at 21:09 | #4

    What a wonderful surprise to hear from you Karen. It was great talking to your Mom, who was always one of my favorite people. Thanks for passing the word about the schoolmarm, and when you get your own website, let me know! ‘Miss Ward’

  5. Karen Pacini
    September 5th, 2009 at 07:24 | #5

    As I peruse your site, I am struck by how much we have in common! I didn’t know you liked to draw, but I majored in art and it has been a big part of my life. I have a blank book that I write down inspirational quotes that I want to remember. My faith is my compass, and your pictures of your son with poems are so touching. (I have 2 sons and a step son that I raised – there is lots of testosterone in this house.)

    I have lots of questions about how long it took to get started with all this and all the links, how much time per day you spend on it etc. Feel free to e-mail me if you have the time and thanks for your reply.


  6. admin
    September 5th, 2009 at 08:44 | #6

    Karen, I’ll be happy to share what I know about blogging with you. I find it is a wonderful way to release my creativity in writing and art. The icing on the proverbial cake for me is when someone enjoys reading my thoughts, is amused, or hopefully inspired. ME

  7. Stan Hicks
    October 16th, 2009 at 14:31 | #7

    I am a grad of Biggers Reyno but I was acquainted with your brother Jamie. I didn’t know he had some pretty sisters. I was put wise to your site by Shirley Mock and I thank her for that I enjoyed your site and it is now in my favorites. Stan

    That’s great Stan. I appreciate your comment. I’ll tell Jamie that you wrote. Oh yeah, my sisters and I thank you for the compliment. (we haven’t changed a bit.) 🙂 Mary Etta

  8. Betsy Logan
    November 3rd, 2009 at 15:12 | #8

    From Facebook:
    Mary Etta, I do love browsing on your pages every day.I should let you
    know more often….I can spend hours enjoying one page after another.
    God has certaily given you a wonderful way of communcating with us
    humans.I look forward to seeing something new every day.I’m 70,and
    it’s a wonderful way to pass the time when I have a down day with arthritis.
    God Bless you. Hugs, Betsy Logan

    Thank you Betsy, nothing perks me up more than hearing that someone is
    enjoying the blog. Thank you very, very, much. Mary Etta

  9. Lottie Cash Simpson
    November 15th, 2009 at 21:17 | #9

    Just enjoying your site. I too have bouts of insomnia and your site is a nice place to be at those times.

    Lottie, I may be up working on it while you are reading it! You are always welcome here. Mary

  10. Annie
    November 17th, 2009 at 21:53 | #10

    Dear Mary,
    I love your site! You have many fabulous, inspiring things to say…perfect for a teacher who had one of THOSE days! How’s Ralphie? Cooper was really sick for about 5 days after his booster shot. I thought we were going to lose him. One trip to the ER and two more trips to the vet and all is now well. Very scary! Hope to see you soon!

    Thanks Annie, you have encouraged me to keep sharing. Glad Cooper is going to make it! Thanks again, Mary

  11. Tommy
    November 22nd, 2009 at 04:20 | #11

    Thank the LORD, it is Sunday! Nelma and I have been at the Ozark Conference Center in Solgohachia, Arkansas situated on a beautiful mountaintop overlooking the Arkansas River Valley. This is about 110 miles from the Tucker Maximum Security Prison where Chaplain Patrick McCown and a wonderful volunteer staff minister to the spiritual needs of those who, for the most part, will spend the rest of their lives behind bars of steel.

    Here, we have enjoyed instruction, devotions, gospel singing, worship and fellowship together. These dear friends have taken seriously the words of Jesus, when He said, I was in prison and you visited me! I can hardly describe what goes on inside the razorwire of Tucker Max. It is a hardened society of hopeless men who have lived violent lives and have arrived at their last earthly home. Into this cold cement cavern the gospel of Jesus Christ comes borne by the hands and hearts of human messengers that there is a God in heaven who still loves and cares for the least, the lonely, the lost and every last one of us. Thank God for the Chaplains and volunteers who spend hours of ministry every day of the week to bring hope, help and healing to those who are incarcerated. “In as much as you have done it unto the least of these, you have done it unto Me.”

    Nelma and I will be at Flat Rock Assembly of God located north of London, Arkansas celebrating a new building dedication with this wonderful congregation and Pastor Ronnie Birge.

    Thanks for letting me drop by on this early Sunday morning. I guess I’m still traveling on weekends to preach somewhere. Blessings on you and your loved ones.

  12. Gloria Devisfruto
    November 29th, 2009 at 10:17 | #12

    Sunday, Hi Mary. I am a long time friend of Shirley Mock, (your Cousin). I learned about your email from her. I am so happy that I can reach you every day and fill my heart and mind with some of your wonderful words and thoughts. You are bringing much joy and pleasure to many people. Sometime I laugh, sometime I cry, but I JUST keep on reading. Thank you, thank you and thank you. A friend in Christ forever. Gloria Devisfruto 3301 Shamrock St. Anchorage, Alaska 99504

    Hey Gloria, Great hearing from you, all the way from Alaska! Shirley has been a true encouragement to me in my writing. When I wasn’t sure how I was being received, she was there telling me it was interesting and to keep on keepin’ on. So, I have. Because of her you are reading and being blessed, and because of your letter, I am being blessed. It is very cool how God works, isn’t it? Thanks for being part of the Schoolmarm family. Mary

  13. Lottie Cash Simpson
    December 8th, 2009 at 20:32 | #13

    I am a bit under the weather and can’t sleep very well because of it, so I came to visit your site. I always read something that is cheerful. Thanks for being there.

    Feel better Lottie, glad you dropped by.

  14. January 7th, 2010 at 10:28 | #14

    Hi Mary;
    I love your website! Your artwork is beautiful.
    Thank you very much for your kind words and promotion of my photos. I appreciate it.
    Have a great new year.
    Randy Harwood

    Thank you Dr. Harwood!

  15. Wanda Hogue
    February 17th, 2010 at 13:46 | #15

    Been looking around the website and loved the interview that Ralph the reporterdog did! You have such imagination. Greetings from Toto and China who are getting along famously. Toto doesn’t mind sharing anything except his corner of the bed! Heard from our old classmate Pat Morris last night and we talked about the reunion. Hope it works out you can come. We have beautiful sun today BUT there is some snow in the forecast for the weekend – sick of that stuff. Later Wanda

    Thanks Wanda, best wishes to Toto and China. They sure are cute. The snow is beautiful but I know the problems it brings get old after a while. Hang in there and be safe, Mary Etta

  16. Carol Ziegler
    April 28th, 2010 at 15:31 | #16

    Hi Mary,

    The chair is still warm where you were sitting about 10 minutes ago. As soon as we said good-bye, I ran in to visit your blog. I’m already hooked. I started with your kitty stories, as I’m a cat lover. While I should be booking freight, I’d like to read more.

    I think I’ll treat myself to a “little of Mary, the School Marm” each day. You amaze me…. I can see why your blog has been so successful.

    Thanks for sharing. I look forward to reading more. You are quite the artist! Love, Carol

    Hey Carol, thank you. Please do come back often.

  17. Charlene Clark Rushing
    July 28th, 2010 at 07:54 | #17

    Trying to figure your maiden name and if I remember you from Biggers- Reyno. I left BR after my junior year when we moved to Los Angeles. I was a 1958 grad. do you know me? My brothers, Bill & Cloyce Clark?

    Hi Charlene, I will drop you an email and we can see who we know in common. Mary

  18. Marion Embrey
    August 5th, 2010 at 08:41 | #18

    I am a classmate of Norma’s and knew about your mother’s upcoming birthday.
    Love-ed the pictures. I get such a great family feeling from reading all the writing in you web pages. Marion

    Welcome Marion. Please come back on a regular basis. I love having you here. Mary Etta

  19. Jimmy Bramlett
    October 14th, 2010 at 10:44 | #19

    Mary Etta, you may not remember me but we used to live next door to you when I was a little boy. I was in Linda’s class of 1963. One thing I will always remember is watching your dad cut buttons. I have gotten to visit with Linda and Sidney a few times while in Atlanta on business.

    I enjoyed the article of Wade and Vera. I did not know about Wadene until I read on your website. I live southwest of Little Rock and have been removed from Pocahontas for such a long time I don’t get much news.

    Enjoy the site.

    Thanks Jimmy, of course I remember you. Please keep reading the site, there is much more about your home town. To see a picture of Daddy cutting buttons, enter Button Cutter, Daddy in the search box. ME

  20. Dianne Harris
    February 22nd, 2011 at 06:52 | #20

    Hi Mary, you probably don’t remember me, but I am the younger sister of Billie Collins Ulmer. I think you were in the same class or maybe a year ahead. I remember your name from school and I sure enjoy your blog. It’s always nice to read about Pocahontas.

    Hi Dianne, I went to the PHS yearbook and see that Billie was a Jr. when I was a Sr. Please give her my regards. Thank you for coming to the blog. It encourages me when someone tells me they are enjoying reading it. Take good care and see you in cyberspace, Mary Etta

  21. Pat Johnson
    February 22nd, 2011 at 22:30 | #21

    Hi Mary, I have been looking for the write up I sent you and have not seen it yet. What did I do wrong? Was the picture to bad. LOL Please let me know if I missed it.
    Pat Johnson

    What? Pat, you didn’t see your page? I’m disappointed. I thought you would see it. It was on February 12th and I thought it was really nice. Put your names in the search box and it will come up, or just keep scrolling down till you get to Feb. 12th. or go to Archive for Feb 2011.

    Let me know what you think. Mary

  22. Stephanie Villacreses
    August 9th, 2011 at 07:25 | #22

    Hello Mary, I’m glad I have the chance to say thank you to you and your son Tim for being such great teachers to me when I was going to Paseo Del Rey. So I thank you both for making my learning experience fun when I was a child, it helped me in so many ways. Thank you! 🙂

    How wonderful to hear from you Stephanie. I hope you are doing well! How did you find the Schoolmarm? I will tell Tim and I am sure he will be happy to have heard from you too. Please visit the website often. ‘Memoirs of a Teacher’ is a category that tells some of my experiences at PDR. Thank you so much for writing. Mary

  23. stephanie villacreses
    August 9th, 2011 at 16:26 | #23

    Thank you! I am doing well I’m a college student now majoring in music. I found the schoolmarm by searching your name, I was talking with my sister about my experience at PDR and through that I remembered you and your son the two people who helped me the most while I was at Paseo and decided to thank you for it.

    That’s very cool Stephanie. Tim remembers you well and was happy to hear that you are in College. After I told him about your comment he found you on FB. How about if I friend you? We can keep in touch that way too. Mary

  24. Jack Yandell
    August 16th, 2011 at 14:58 | #24

    Hi Mary and thank you for this very nice and down home web site of yours. I find it a breath of fresh air. I found it through Elvis website and was curious as to what your site contained. I too have been a Elvis fan from the fifties. I got to meet Elvis in Vegas a couple of times through my Aunt who knew Elvis and he would fly my Aunts office group to Vegas when he performed there….I got to sit and stand to chat with this regular man who was really kind of shy. I will never forget my times with him and the boys…..Take care…….

    Thanks for finding us Jack. Most people who talk about meeting Elvis on a personal level talk about the shy, polite side. I imagine he was a kid who really did not fit in as a teenager and his peers probably made it harder for him because they didn’t ‘get’ him and his different ways. As he got older he obviously was very conflicted on just about every level, but his talent was huge and it never left him, did it? I’m glad you got to talk with him and if you ever want to write something for the blog about your experience, just send it to me and I’ll be happy to post it. I encourage guest writers with something interesting to say. mtaylor56@ca.rr.com
    Please visit again for a word of encouragement and fun. Mary

  25. Malia David
    August 17th, 2011 at 23:21 | #25

    I love your site! The blogs are amazing, I could get lost for hours in them, Mary!

    Thank you Malia, I have had people write to me and say that when they can’t sleep, because of pain or insomnia, they come to my website. My son teased me and said, “So, your blog puts them to sleep?” I know what they mean. I consider it a compliment and the very reason I do this, to be that voice of hope and encouragement, laughter and good will, in a world that often is just the opposite. Mary

  26. March 28th, 2012 at 21:41 | #26

    I was looking through Pictures of Poky and saw the link to your website and thought I would check it out. Glad I did. My father was born in Pocahontas and I lived there from 1977 to just last year when I moved down here to Gurdon, Ar. Love your site. Doyle

    Thank you so much Doyle I am happy you have found us and enjoy the site. Please tell anyone you think might also enjoy it, and come back often.

    (by the way-my Daddy’s name was Doyle and he was a wonderful, wonderful man!) Thanks again, Mary

  27. Diane Tollefson
    April 11th, 2012 at 09:25 | #27

    From FB:
    I have spent the last 45 minutes on your schoolmarm site..it is just wonderful…full of fun and positive thoughts, beautiful thoughts and photos and drawings and humor and knowledge…I guess that is what goes on in your brain….and it was wonderful to see. I found many things there that I love too…It could be published as a book…wonderful.. Diane

    Thank you Diane. Thank you very much.

  28. Wanda Hogue
    October 10th, 2012 at 21:06 | #28

    Reading through your blog is always fun and interesting. I must say I especially enjoyed Ralphies ramblings and his cautions to you. I know how much you miss him. As you know I lost China about a month later. I like to think they will meet up and discover our friendship and be there for each other. Its turned cool here in Pocahontas and fall is in the air. Keep up the good work. Wanda

    Thank you Wanda. It is good to hear that someone enjoys the blog because every now and then I wonder why I am doing this. So thank you.
    Yes, I hope Ralphie and China are having fun together. He was always afraid of other dogs, so I am hoping now all that fear is gone. I do miss him as I’m sure you miss your little gal. Of course you have Abbi to enjoy now. The Schoolmarm family will meet Abbi in Nov. Mary Etta

  29. January 2nd, 2013 at 22:15 | #29

    Dear Mary. I have to hand it to you…you keep on posting…and finding new and wonderful things to take joy in…or to report on…or to examine……on and on…and I have let my site sit for lack of knowledge….I just cannot seem to get the technology of all of this …but I will try again..because you are an inspiration to me. I have a friend named Sue who I am directing to your site and you may hear from her…she is a wonderful photographer and loves nature…also a quilter..which is a wonderful art form. She and I have been friends for over 50 years and we both love the kind of things you write about….Have a great 2013…..just a funny thought. The other day I was with my mom getting her prescriptions…they asked what her birthday was…August 23, 1915…haha the young girl looked and looked again. wow almost 100 years ago…Mom is still doing well…shopping and cooking…I help take her…and she takes care of her younger husband who has heart problems. What a trooper. love to you Mary…from Diane

    Hi Diane, Yes, as long as it is fun for me and I get feedback from readers like you, then I’m hanging in here for the 5th year. Sue is more than welcome, maybe she’ll be willing to share some of her talent with us. Congratulations to your Mom for keeping active as she nears the century mark. My Mama turned 100 in July and still has her wonderful sense of humor. Wish I could take her places, but she is 2,000 miles away. But as she always says, we keep ‘close at heart’. Thanks for writing Diane, happy 2013 to you and ‘yours’. Mary

  30. Nima McFatridge
    February 5th, 2013 at 12:28 | #30

    Mary I just posted a picture on facebook from a postcard of the Frisco Bridge in Pocahontas. I knew I had this but just found it by going thru old pictures this past weekend. You may want to feature it sometime. I have no idea the date of this postcard. Wonder if any one would know the time frame. Also how would I have this cleaned without damage.
    I really enjoy your writings.
    Have a blessed day.

    I’ll check out the picture Nima. On the “I Remember Pocahontas” FB page there are several people who know about the history of Pocahontas. You might check there for more about the bridge. Check Google for information about cleaning the picture without damage, it seems to have everything on there. Thanks for your kind words. I’m glad you are part of our cyber family. Mary

  31. Amelia
    March 18th, 2013 at 16:55 | #31

    Hi Ms. Taylor,
    I wanted to thank you so much for allowing me to interview you for my presentation. I received a lot of positive feedback after presenting about your interview. I used a lot of direct quotes from you because you have such a beautiful way with words and several of my fellow students came up to me in class and said the same thing. I think I did really well on my presentation, but you deserve most of the credit. You are such an interesting and charming person that the content of the presentation really made it special.
    Thanks again and hope you are doing well.

    Hi Amelia, Wow. That is really nice. Thank you so much for the kind words. It was a pleasure to meet you. The very best of luck in the future. I am sure you will do well. I hope you will keep in touch.

  32. George Ann Parish Little
    February 14th, 2014 at 11:27 | #32

    Thanks Stan for showing me this site. Mary Etta I am enjoying your site, and look forward to
    checking again soon. So much peace, love and faith here.

    That makes me feel really good George Ann because that is exactly what I want to send out. There is enough of the things that divide us. I try to find things that draw us together. I’m happy you’ve found the Schoolmarm. : ) Mary Etta

  33. August 7th, 2014 at 15:30 | #33

    Mary, you flatter me greatly by displaying my photos on your web site. You write such inspiring articles and have such a wonderful variety of posts. I enjoy your site and visit it every day. Thanks so much for giving of yourself in such an unselfish manner. Bill

    Thank you so much Bill. I am a big fan of your photography. It is a pleasure to share your view of the world. Thank you for the kind words, I appreciate them very much. Mary

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