Saturday, May 28, 2016


Daddy wore his boots to war;
through jungles he walked,
his feet so sore.
He would send letters
each telling a story;
Mommy would keep them,
proud in his glory.
After the war,
the soldiers came home.
Though Daddy is missing,
he is not alone.
His boots in the corner
are gathering dust,
but they help to keep him
alive for us.
He’s never forgotten,
though he may be gone.
We honour his memory,
as Time marches on.

~McGuffy Ann Morris
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Friday, May 27, 2016

Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 3

Welcome to "Friendly Fill-Ins"! Each Thursday we post four statements with blanks for you to fill in. The first two fill-ins are provided by my co-host, Ellen of The final two statements are offered by myself. On Friday, we post our completed fill-ins with a link for you to join us with your completed fill-ins. 

Okay...let's share! Here are my completed statements:

1. Whatever happened to respectI was taught that respect is earned not given. Respect is for those who deserve it, not the ones who demand it.

2. I always remember the "forgotten" heroes on Memorial Day, the ones who still have not come home. I especially remember S/SGT. James M. Ray, POW 18 MAR 1968, whose bracelet I still have. He was later officially classified MIA. I tell his story each Memorial Day.

S/SGT James M. Ray 
Vietnam POW/MIA

3. I used to wish that I could open an animal shelter to help critters, but I realize that I can and should do my part how and where I am.

4. I just cannot accept meanness, no matter how I try to understand it. There just is no reason or excuse to be mean. Ever.

This Memorial Day, please 
remember to honour them.
They have earned our respect.

Your turn! Please link up with us here, or you may answer in the comment section.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

A Birthday Wish

I have never been one to celebrate my birthday. In fact, I used to give flowers to my mother on my birthday. I would rather celebrate the people in my life, the ones who are there and care about me. You know who you are. Thank you with all my heart. I appreciate you more than words could ever say. On my birthday and every day, this is my wish... 

Fill-In Statements: Week 3

As promised, we post the Friday Fill-In statements each Thursday. We like to allow time for you to fill in the blanks and link up with us on Friday. The linky to join us will be posted at or about 12:00 AM each Friday.

There are four statements: the first two statements are provided by Ellen of 15andmeowing, and the final two are offered by myself. We hope they will be fun to both answer and share.

Here are this week's statements with the blanks:

WEEK 3: May 27, 2016

1. Whatever happened to ___________________________?

2. I always ____________________________ on Memorial Day.

3. I used to wish                         , but                       .

4. I just cannot                        , no matter                         .

Monday, May 23, 2016

A Turtle Celebration

You may remember last year when Bill was driving through the flood plains of Oklahoma and Texas. He rescued turtles that were lost or displaced. I shared a couple of them, Kiowa and McQueeny , here at McGuffy’s Reader. 

A few weeks ago, Bill was riding his bike when he came upon a tiny baby turtle about the size of a quarter. He just happened to look down and see it as it was on its journey to the lake. Apparently it had hatched in a nearby pond, which was almost dried up. Nature took its course, directly the little turtle to the lake.

Bill wrapped it in his bandana and continued on his ride. On his way to the release, he stopped by the house to show me his new friend. We then walked down to the bog, near the northern edge of the lake. Bill was so excited to have saved such a wee one that no pictures were taken. The release was a success, however.

As we were driving home a couple of weeks ago, another turtle was moving towards open water. Unfortunately, she was crossing roads in her search. Bill stopped the car, running to her rescue. We then parked safely at home and carried her down to the bog. Here she is, as she waits for us to leave her to her business.

Safe at the water's edge.

Thanks, Bill!

Please remember to be careful when you are out and about. You share the world with many others, including animals. Critters are often on the move, both day and night. They may be looking for food or perhaps just better living conditions. Sometimes they need a helping hand to get to where they are going.

In celebration of World Turtle Day, I would like to recall my post for World Turtle Day 2012 . Of course, turtles deserve respect and recognition every day; all critters do!

Happy World Turtle Day 2016!