I was born and grew up in South Carolina but have spent the last 39 years of my life in North Carolina. Since North and South Carolina once were one state I consider myself a Carolinian. The previous name of South and North Carolina, “Carolina,” was a tribute to King Charles I of England. Later … More I Love North Carolina
Fuquay-Varina is now a growing town, actually two small towns that merged to make one larger, small town, in North Carolina. When the name “Fuquay-Varina” is spoken, the first thing everyone wonders is “how do I pronounce that?” Let’s answer that right now: “Few-kway Va-ree-na.” The name was created by the joining of two small … More Love Letters And Healing Springs: The Story Of Fuquay-Varina
Workers in a tobacco field. In 2014 I joined a group on Facebook, named “I Farmed Tobacco as a Child.” But before I applied to join, I explained that I wanted to learn more about life on a tobacco farm because I had never experienced that life but had lived near tobacco fields and farms … More Tobacco Farming in the South During the 1900’s
I enjoy going to my home town in Upstate South Carolina. I was born in Greenville and grew-up there in a loving family. The first 22 years of my life were spent there, getting my education from first grade through a diploma school for nurses. My husband and I met there too. Greenville is at … More I Am Proud of My Home Town Greenville, SC
It is good to be quiet sometimes. Quietude is one of my simple pleasures. Quietude is a state of stillness, calmness, and quiet in a person or place, according to Wikipedia. For those who don’t know me well, I often seem rather loquacious, (I am into big words today!) And truly there is a part … More Quietude
I want to share some of the sources of my joy and happiness. If you need a little laughter to get you started here is a video compilation from FunnyPlox to put you in the right frame of mind for this post. Life is full of humorous events. Sometimes I think they help us keep our … More Can You Laugh at Yourself?
I love poetry. Even as a child I loved it. Many of the old-timey poems, nursery rhymes and songs were read or taught to me by my mother, father or aunt. I think our mother read poems to us and I know she sang to us too. The first poem I remember was taught to … More One of My Simple Pleasures: Poetry
My first son’s early years were started with Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. Do you remember the words of his song at the beginning of each show? Here is a link to Mr. Rogers singing his song. https://www.misterrogers.org/videos/wont-you-be-my-neighbor/ The last verse’s words evoke much thinking. In case you didn’t watch the video, here is the last verse … More Are You a Good Neighbor?
I have had a long struggle with my self-image! I think it’s time for a truce between my body, mind and spirit. When I was in first grade another girl called me string bean. I don’t recall that moniker bothering me because I was too young to care about labels and how skinny or chubby … More Self Image Assessments
Seeing my world is definitely one pleasure I am so thankful for! When I was 12 years old I started having trouble seeing the writing on the blackboard in school. Since I always sat at the front of the class anyway I didn’t notice the insidious changes of nearsightedness. Soon the front row seat stopped … More Open Your Eyes!