Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

No matter how you decorate,

or how you celebrate Halloween,

be careful and stay safe!

Wishing you all treats & no tricks!
Happy Halloween!

Linked to: Cat Thursday
with The True Book Addict

The Duplex


The duplex apartment building was old, dark and full of unusual creaks and sounds.

While our mother worked, the woman next door often came over to babysit us. She told many stories to our eager young ears, keeping us entertained and herself as well.

One night we waited for the woman's arrival, as we quietly sat in our apartment. Finally we heard the stairs creaking, and then shuffling, slow footsteps coming down the long hallway.

As we tentatively answered the deliberate knocking on the door, the lights dimmed and no one was there.

True Story: McGuffy Ann Morris
Image: Photobucket

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Help for the Haunted

By John Searles

Sylvie Mason is a young girl trying to make sense of her family and the world. Her older sister Rose is angry and often estranged, and their parents are very religious ghost hunters.

One cold night, the Mason’s receive a late phone call asking them to meet the estranged Rose at the local church. The parents take Sylvie along. When the father is gone for several minutes, the mother goes into the church looking for him. Sylvie falls asleep, but is startled awake by loud gunshots. She turns off the car, and approaches the church. Her investigation leaves her orphaned and confused.

Angry and rebellious Rose takes custody of Sylvie. Things only get worse, as she is detached and offers no answers or security for Sylvie. The town ostracizes Sylvie and their family based upon the fact that the parents were known ghost hunters, even advertising their “Help for the Haunted”.

Sylvie sets out to find answers about her parents, her sister, their basement, and the paranormal activity surrounding them all. Both curious and afraid, the journey is confusing and difficult for Sylvie.

John Searles has written a very intense novel. The title is fitting for the field that the Mason’s worked in, but also for Sylvie’s journey for answers.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Twilight


The full moon glows,
itself to transpose.
Dreams are just hope
through which we cope
with things that daunt;
while achievements we flaunt.
It’s secrets we keep;
we hide them so deep
in the dream-filled night
beyond the twilight.

Poem and Photo: McGuffy Ann Morris


A Medium’s Guide to the Paranormal


By June Lundgren

June Lundgren has written a memoir of her experiences with the supernatural. In addition to being a nurse and author, she is a gifted psychic medium.

Coming from a long line of psychic women, June knew from an early age that she had special gifts. As a child, she was able to talk with animals and angels. Those gifts expanded and deepened as she grew older. At age eighteen, June entered the military service where she obtained training for a long career in nursing.

Throughout her life, Ms. Lundgren has kept journals of her experiences and conversations with those in psychic world. She feels that it was these spirits who led her to write this book.

Ms. Lundgren discusses her many conversations with God, as well as departed souls. This has shaped her personal beliefs in many life situations. She discusses challenges that many people face in life. She also shares her thoughts about ghosts, demons, and other things of the supernatural world. She explains her beliefs and offers possible explanations of things beyond this world. 

The book is easy to read and understand. Whether you are a believer or just curious about metaphysics and unexplained phenomena, it is a fascinating book by an interesting person.  

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Black Cats & Halloween

A message from Grizelda & Chloe Jo,
and all of their black cats friends.

100 Ghosts


~A Gallery of Harmless Haunts

By Doogie Horner

Comedian, writer and designer Doogie Horner has created a fun, unique little book for all ages. He has created a new spin on the classic ghost. Here he shares ghosts in a variety of situations, doing normal, everyday things. However, it is a bit different when a ghost is doing these things!

In this fun book of 100 ghosts, you will see a ghost eating spaghetti, an undercover cop ghost, and a marsupial ghost among many others. There are also famous ghosts like Marilyn Monroe, a Muppet, and R-2 D-2. 

This is truly a fun, creative, and entertaining book. It makes a great little gift book, or perhaps just for yourself!  

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Halloween Pet Safety

It is time for Halloween!
Please remember to keep your pets
safe this Halloween season!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Cats in Dog Beds


Cats can sleep anywhere, but
perhaps not always the dog's bed!

Linked to: Feline Friday

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Lucille


Lucille had lived a very full, active, and social life, enjoying much attention. Now at 96 years old, Lucille had been in the retirement home for many years.

Her very young assistant, Amy, often brought friends to visit Lucille. She would style Lucille’s hair, and dress her up with baubles and trinkets. 

Being a flirt, Lucille still loved the attention, especially when there were men visitors. When Amy’s boyfriend came to meet Lucille, she couldn’t resist saying, “Who’s he? He’s cute!” 

Story: McGuffy Ann Morris
Image: Google Search


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Mourning Hours


By Paula Treick DeBoard

This novel drew me in immediately. I did not want to put it down. The setting is a rural farm community in Wisconsin, which I can relate to. The characters are believable, and people I could care about.

Kirsten Hammarstrom and her siblings are drawn back to their family farm by a tragedy. Many years ago, tragedy tore the Hammarstrom family apart, dividing them as well as their community. Kirsten recalls the events that occurred when she was only nine years old.

Kirsten looked up to her brother Johnny, a high school sports hero. She also idolized his popular, wealthy girlfriend. Both families had mixed feelings, as the couple became inseparable. Pampered Stacy was very controlling and demanding. She often interfered with Johnny’s goals and responsibilities.

Young Kirsten began to notice and hear things that no one else did. She observed odd conversations and interactions between the young couple. These things concerned and confused her, especially when Stacy suddenly goes missing. Johnny is the last one to have seen her. As the investigation ensues, the town becomes divided and the families literally become torn apart. The case goes unsolved.

Now, years later the Hammarstrom family must come together and face each other through another tragedy. The events and betrayals that tore them all apart are dredged back up. Ultimately, by coming together their questions are finally answered. 

I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend this novel. I hope for more like this from author Paula Treick DeBoard. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Clouds


Emotions floated through my mind,
like clouds in a stormy sky.
I sat and watched the teardrops fall,
until the well ran dry.
The moon is tied to dreams at night.
The clouds will hide the truth from sight.
Stars hold wishes, lest I pray;
as dreams, come dawn, will fade away.

Poem & Photo by: McGuffy Ann Morris



Friday, October 18, 2013

Flip Out

                                                           Unknown

Linked to: Feline Friday

Thursday, October 17, 2013

His Message


Paul passed suddenly one evening, leaving Jeanne alone after fifty years of marriage. Forlorn, Jeanne looked for signs from Paul, needing to know that he was somehow still with her.

Unable to disturb his favourite things, Jeanne left his den just as he had. His beloved pool table remained set up, waiting for him to play as he had done every evening for many years. 

As she lay in bed late one night, she suddenly heard the familiar sounds of the billiard balls clicking together. Jeanne whispered her thanks and love to him, knowing Paul was still there; she now believed he always would be. 

Story: McGuffy Ann Morris
Image: Google Search


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

National Feral Cat Day



There is a difference between feral cats &
stray cats, though they both have similar 
needs. Strays may interact with people.
Feral cats are "wild", often unable to be 
tamed, and living in groups or colonies.
Please use caution when dealing with 
feral cats and kittensSeek assistance.
They need more than food. They need 
medical assistance such as health checks,
testing, spay/neuter, and vaccinations.
Many organizations now offer specialized
programs in dealing with feral cats.
You can help make a difference.

To help prevent this from happening,
please spay and neuter your own pets.
 Also, please keep your pets inside your 
home where they remain safe from loss,
harm, injury, and possible disease.
You can be part of the solution.

For more information contact: 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Beware


Don’t go past the graveyard tonight.
It’s late and dark, just right for a fright.
The souls are restless, spiteful and loud,
keeping the threats they once avowed.
Witches fly high, while zombies lie low.
Spirits float where cold winds blow.
Shadows stumble between the trees,
while old hobgoblins taunt and tease.
Heavy footsteps leave deep treads
upon ancient eternal rotting beds.
Whispers echo over crypts and stones
as wind rattles teeth and skeleton bones.
Bats take to wing in pale moonlight.
Beware what walks the graveyard tonight.

Poem: McGuffy Ann Morris
Image: Photobucket

Linked to: Two Shoes Tuesday
Prompts: Late & Loud

Monday, October 14, 2013

Mirror Fun

When kittens & puppies  
see themselves in a mirror, 
it can create a variety 
of reactions!

Linked to: Aww...Monday

Saturday, October 12, 2013

“Enraptured”


At first it was flattering that Sue was so attached to Tara, mirroring everything she did. Enraptured with the illusion of being like her, Sue continued to copy Tara with increasing fervor. 

Tara began to feel literally consumed, feeling she was disappearing with each bit that Sue took as her own. Ultimately, Tara felt herself being picked apart from within, dying a bit with each piece taken. She felt her soul disappearing through the imperceptible holes that Sue made in her identity.

Story: McGuffy Ann Morris
Image: Google Search

Word Prompt: Enrapture

Friday, October 11, 2013

Happy Birthday, Bill!

Please help me wish Bill a happy birthday! He is away from home, starting a new trucking job. He is my best friend, husband of over 32 years, and the best partner possible, in all things. He is not only a great professional driver/long haul trucker, he is a talented guitarist, gardener, and the best "Dad" in the world! Bill has a wonderful heart and soul. He is our Hero. 

Happy Birthday, Honey! 
Love from all of your girls: Annie/Mom,
Stella, Maggie, Grizelda & Chloe Jo 
~xo~

Cat Halloween Costumes


Linked to: Feline Friday

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Their Gift

It was their first wedding anniversary, and they decided to share a special gift. Their love had grown and deepened from friendship to family. They decided that it was now time to expand their family.

Thoroughly discussing it, they researched, explored and tried to learn everything new parents needed to know. Ultimately, they made an appointment with the proper professionals. At that meeting, they adopted the dog who was just right for their family.
"Grits"

Story & Photo: McGuffy Ann Morris


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Dreams


The dust of my dreams
collects in my heart,
where it began
at the very start.

Lights shimmer and glow
through the cold dark night.
Wrap your heart in your soul,
and close your eyes tight.

Dreams will come silently
and carry you away.
No one will know
what your heart cannot say.

Poem & Photo by: McGuffy Ann Morris 


Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Three


Maggie was three when she acquired her sisters, Grizelda and Chloe Jo. It took some getting used to, as she was not used to sharing.

Before long though, she was taking care of them and teaching them things. They became her loyal minions, looking to her for guidance. 

In the past she had been the center of attention, a spoiled “only cat”. However, love happily makes room, and now there are three.

McGuffy Ann Morris


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Brockway




Take me back to where strong winds blow
while eagles soar high, with nature below.
Take me to the mountain, far up north,
where lakes meet sky, and legends pour forth.
Take me where man and beast live side by side,
where there is no fear, and peace can reside.
I need to know there are bears and deer,
and that they, like I, have a right to be here.
I want to see where wildlife lives,
where nature not only takes, but gives.
I want to be where ancient trees grow,
where the autumn sun makes the mountain glow;
in spring and summer the trees are green,
and winter snow is deep and clean.
I want to be where beauty astounds,
where singing birds are natural sounds,
where lighthouses call the sailors home
from Gichi-Gami’s evening gloam.
I can go back only in memory today,
but my spirit lives there, up on Brockway.

Poem & Image by: McGuffy Ann Morris
Brockway Mountain,
Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan
Linked to: 
Poetry Pantry #196