Saturday, June 29, 2013

The View

The time had come for Rose to move into assisted living, where she was quite insistent upon a room with a view. She chose a room that overlooked the beautiful courtyard, with its flowers and wild birds. 

The area was carefully maintained and continually busy from dawn to dusk. Rose would sit and breathe in the floral scents, as she listened to the songs of the birds.

Now totally sightless, she valued the imagined view outside her room.

Story by: McGuffy Ann Morris
Picture: Photobucket

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Word Prompt: "View"

Friday, June 28, 2013

The Tire Swing

Uncle Eddie came home from Vietnam the Spring that I was ten. It was 1970. My mother had just married his oldest brother. I immediately took to Uncle Eddie, and became his sidekick. He was 21, and he knew how to have fun!

Uncle Eddie learned I was born and raised in Chicago for most of my ten years. He proceeded to teach me the fine art of country living. I helped him build a new bedroom for himself onto his family’s home. Then we built rabbit coops so I could have pet rabbits.

Uncle Eddie then hung a tire swing for me. He said I had to have one, so we chose the tree. Then he climbed it, and adjusted the distance and height of the rope for the maximum fun benefit. It was nothing like the park swings in Chicago. I was amazed at the twisting and turning, and the total freedom of it! It was the best swing ever!

That Summer, I also learned to drive a dirt bike, even though I wiped out into a fire ant hill! I got the hang of it, with Uncle Eddie’s help. He also let me drive his brand his new 1969 Olds Cutlass down the winding dirt road. We did a lot of fun and amazing things that Summer! We stayed close as long as I lived in Texas.

That tire swing hung there in that old tree for as long as I lived there in Texas. When we moved away from the family property, I missed the swing. Every time we visited, I would go out back and use the tire swing. It always brought back a special sense of freedom and pure joy. 

Cat Bath

This kitten refuses to leave a nice 
 comfortable & relaxing bath! Ahhh...
Have a relaxing weekend!

Linked to: Feline Friday

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Silver Star

A Novel

By Jeannette Walls

This is the novel of two sisters, 15 year old Liz and 12 year old Bean. They are trying to grow up in spite of their immature, irresponsible mother Charlotte. Though she tries to keep her daughters together she is often absent, leaving them to raise themselves.

When she yet again takes off to “find herself”, the sisters head for the hometown of their mother, looking for help and answers. It is there that they actually find both, with the help of their mother’s brother.

Childless and widowed, Uncle Tinsley gives the girls the love and stability that they have never had. It is also here that the girls learn the truth of their past, as well as their mother’s past, and develop family ties.

However, in spite of the positive lifestyle that Uncle Tinsley provides, there are dark issues that the girls are confronted with. They have grown up too fast, and consequently learned to keep secrets. When truths come out, the darkness and secrets must be dealt with.

Jeannette Walls has again written a very emotional book of real situations, life lessons, and characters that you will love and cheer for. The story is very moving, filled with love, redemption, and unexpected heroes.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Swimming with Maya

A Mother’s Story

By Eleanor Vincent

This is a very raw and emotional memoir. It would be simple to say that it is about the relationship between a mother and daughter. It would also true to say that it is a story of organ donation. However, this memoir is about these issues but also so much more.

Eleanor Vincent goes into painful detail discussing her relationships with her own parents, loves in her life, and her often turbulent relationship with Maya. She tells of the difficulties in raising Maya and her sister. None of this was easy on the author, or those involved.

When Maya is injured in a fall from a horse, she is hospitalized in a coma. Eleanor shares with courage and honesty the emotions and heartbreak of watching her daughter die. She also shares the decision of organ donation.

This book is an important tribute to love, and also that of honouring life. Eleanor Vincent manages to turn a horrific loss into a celebration of life. This book is an important read for many reasons. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


No one can be everything to everyone;
you must live within your own limitations.
Often there is a sense of holding back,
of holding still, waiting for something
to happen, to be, to change…
waiting for what comes next.

Poem & Photo by: McGuffy Ann Morris

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The "Super Moon"

NASA discusses The Super Moon,
of June 23, 2013

The Super Moon, 23 June 2013 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Mr. Peabody

Everyone knew that Mr. Peabody was living in the old car. It was obvious; all of the signs were there: the mess and the odor.

They tried to evict him for months, but he was an elusive old guy. He stayed in there, and ended up dying in that very car.

They finally found his little dead mouse body, up against the blower motor fan blades.

Story & Photo by: McGuffy Ann Morris

Linked to: 
Word Prompt: "Blades"

Friday, June 21, 2013

It's Summer!

It is Summer...
there are things to do, 
places to go!

Linked to: Feline Friday

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Slipping Away

As one season slips silently into another, we don’t even notice. Time is that way; it moves quietly along, taking us with it. We have no choice. Every living thing is controlled by time and its movement of the seasons. Time moves us, as we move through time.

We go through our days, our nights, always moving toward something, away from something. The seasons mark our time, giving us notice, telling us what needs to be done. We think we have control over it, but in reality it controls our actions. We slip through time as we are slipping through life.

As the seasons age, so do we. In youth we are as Springtime, new and fresh. We are growing and flourishing. Come Summer, we are moving through days and nights, planning, and doing. We are so busy living our lives; we don’t realize it is slipping away, like the seasons. Autumn brings reflection on the lives we lived. By Winter, we must face the consequences of the seasons of our lives, the good and the bad. We own the seasons we have lived.

We cannot stop time, nor does it wait for us. We can only try to fill it with love and loved ones, because one season into another, time slips away. 

Willie Nelson, 
"Funny How Time Slips Away" 

Linking to: Pondering with a Purpose
Word Prompt: "Slip"  

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A Special Review of "Weeds"

I would like to share this special Kirkus Review with you. I am pleased that my poetry spoke to their reviewers. Self-publishing is difficult; support from peers, reviewers, and others is invaluable. 

I would like to thank all of those who have read my book, and those who have taken the time to review my book(s) on their blog and on I want to especially thank authors Beth Hoffman, EC Stilson, Marion Witte and Anna Ready. Thank you for your continued support.

You can click on the books in my sidebar, to be taken to to see my books, or visit my author page.

I hope this review will encourage you to read my poetry book. I hope my poetry will speak to you, too.

From Kirkus Reviews:
 "Aging, betrayal, inner reflection, a dismal view from a street  corner—something in this collection will speak to nearly everyone. As they  make their way through the emotional journey, some readers will connect to  the poems that travel through darkness to find the sparks of light that  remind us to keep going.

 Morris offers warm respite from the storm, like a friend with whom to  compare visions of dark clouds.

 A worthy read, especially for the disillusioned."

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Robin Moth

The Robin Moth is a Giant Silk Moth,
one of the largest in North America.
It has a wingspan of 4 1/2 - 6 inches.
 Bill recently rescued this magnificent giant 
moth from a truck stop fuel pump island, 
during one very cold night in Pennsylvania. 
 Bill took the moth into his truck, and 
kept him warm through the night.
They drove from Clearfield, Pennsylvania
to Scranton, Pennsylvania together.
 Once warm, the moth began to fly 
around inside the truck. 
Bill had to contain him until he 
could release him in the morning
By morning, it was warm enough outside to 
safely release the beautiful giant Robin Moth.
 Bill released him in a wooded field 
near the truck stop where he was staying.
 The Robin Moth naturally lives 
in woodlands and orchards, 
 preferring heavy foliage.
 Once common, their numbers are 
declining due to the use of pesticides.
Bill saved this one. Thanks, Bill!

~All Photos taken by Bill Morris~

Home Fire

For many decades, Dee had lived in the home under a family trust. Windows of the home were filled with boxes, knick-knacks, and toys no children ever played with. She lived alone; no visitors had come in many years. Though neighbours complained about the clutter, the authorities had no legal grounds to interfere. 

The fence could not hide the declined state of the property. It was obvious that things were growing beyond Dee's control. The smell and the mess were unbearable, as her pets were neglected too.  Cars in various stages of disrepair lined the driveway, also full of junk, trash, and bags of unknown items.

When she could no longer even make it to her mailbox, she would just sit in her yard. This was finally brought to the attention of the authorities, who deemed her unable to care for herself and placed her in assisted living.

The old home quickly and cheaply sold, as the trust had expired along with Dee's removal from the home. Cleaning it out was a major undertaking, and it was unknown if it could even be saved. The horrors of the home and what it held had long been neighbourhood discussion. Perhaps now answers would come out, and people could understand how this happened.

The grounds were carefully cleaned. Items were removed and hauled away. The property was gradually uncovered. Many men worked hard to clean away decades of filth and grime, both inside the house and out. After many long years, there was hope that the house may again come to life.

Until the morning that sirens broke the silence of the quiet neighbourhood. A devastating fire had started in the old unused chimney, apparently by curiosity seekers or squatters looking for a place to stay.

No one knew the story of Dee, her life, or how she came to live the life she had lived. Now no one would ever know. No one would ever learn the story of the home either, as it burned to the ground taking its secrets with it.

~Story & Photo by: McGuffy Ann Morris~

Monday, June 17, 2013


Stella, wearing her new bandanna!

Linked to: Aww Monday

The Wisdom of Hair

By Kim Boykin

On her nineteenth birthday, Zora has had enough. She decides she can no longer live with her alcoholic and Judy Garland-delusional mother.

She packs a bag, and with the help of a supportive teacher, she leaves town to attend a beauty school.

Zora thrives with the help of a mentor. She also falls hard for a hard drinking, handsome widower, convinced she can save him from himself.

Learning to fix hair, find beauty or make it where you are, she also learns how to live life, love, and eventually how to forgive.

This is a great summer read, with enjoyable and warmhearted characters. 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

To Our Dad

Happy Father's Day
to the Best FurDad in the world!
Love always, from your Girls,
Stella, Maggie, Grizelda, Chloe Jo
with love and thanks
from Mom, too!
Bill, you are the Best!

Saturday, June 15, 2013


Washed up, in cleans pajamas and ready for bed, she prepared her room.

She lined her stuffed animals up under the bed; they were her faithful friends. Her lunchbox was filled with snacks and juice to last the night.

Suddenly hearing the car in the driveway, she grabbed her flashlight and scurried under the bed.

As the front door slammed, she heard the words, “I'm home.”

Story by: McGuffy Ann Morris
Image: Google Search

Linked to: 
Word Prompt: Home

Friday, June 14, 2013

Feline Friday: Adoption

June is "Adopt a Cat" Month!
Please remember, though:

A cat is a living being, a family member,
with feelings and needs...and it is
your duty to take care of them
for the life & love of the cat.

Linked to: Feline Friday

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Until She Comes Home

By Lori Roy

It is 1958, in Detroit, Michigan. Families are still cared for by stay-at-home mothers. Fathers work at local factories. Friends care for friends, and neighbours are close. Times are simple and secure.

Suddenly everything changes. The normal, quiet neighborhood is overcome with unsettling situations, as it struggles with the rapidly changing world. Unfortunately, the neighbourhood is changing, too.

One of the neighbourhood women disappears. There is concern there could be a possible connection to the recent murder of a black woman at the local factory. The men search for answers. No one can be sure if she is still alive, or who may be next. They wonder if there is an unspeakable danger walking amoung them.

One woman knows the truth, but fears prevent her from coming forth. She knows that to tell would forever change things. She finds comfort in the women who are related to a murdered woman. These women are very different. She safe with them and no longer feels that way in her own neighborhood.

Things and times are changing; it is unsure who is safe or if anyone really is. Nothing is what it seems, nor is to be trusted. Friends and neighbours are suddenly pitted against each other. Everything and everyone will forever be affected, no matter what the answers ultimately are.

Lori Roy is a very talented and gifted author. Her characters are well developed and genuine. She draws you into her stories of suspense with urgency, and holds you there until the very end. Then she leaves you wanting more. She does that here, as she did in her first book, "Bent Road".

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Beyond Belief

My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

By Jenna Miscavige Hill, Lisa Pulitzer

Jenna was born into Scientology. Her uncle, David was the leader of this highly powerful “religion”. Upon turning twenty-one, Jenna found the courage to leave this controversial world behind. 

In this book, Jenna finds the voice to speak out about the “Church”, her life as a Scientologist, the rituals and secrecy within its boundaries, and its shielded leader, her own uncle.

Jenna discusses her early and long separation from her parents, her isolation and neglect during her childhood of “indoctrination” and church training. She also discusses its effects on her and the relationship, all for the “good of the Church”.

She discusses the Church’s emphasis toward recruitment of celebrities, loss of personal control, and harsh punishments and lack of personal freedoms for those who disagree.

This is a very revealing memoir about the highly secretive, hidden world of Scientology. It is told by an insider, one who grew up in it and survived to tell the story.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


Who am I if not a reflection
of the past--- an image
created by the choices
of those before me,
an illusion of what others
perceive me to be.
Knowledge comes with
the wisdom of age.
Reflections fade into shadows.
What I once was has faded;
what I am yet to be becomes clear.
I did not choose to be here,
to be a part of this.
Forever now will I be both
  reflection and shadow.

Poem & Image by:  
McGuffy Ann Morris
Poem from my book: "Weeds"
Copyright 2012

Linking to: 
Poets United: Poetry Pantry 

Monday, June 10, 2013


Stella & Chloe Jo
cuddling together.

Linked to: Aww Monday

What They Do in the Dark

By Amanda Coe

Set in the 1970s, this emotional novel takes place in Yorkshire. It tells the gut wrenching story of two very different ten year old little girls.

Gemma seems to have everything, but is distraught over her the ending of her parent’s relationship. She withdraws into her fantasy world of her favorite child television character, Lallie.

Hard scrabble Pauline envies the seemingly idyllic life of Gemma. She sees only the perfect clothes and hair that she wishes she had.

When Lallie’s production company comes to town, both girls have a chance to fulfill their dreams. However, it is the dysfunction in the adult world that controls them all. Ultimately, the girls are affected by escalating bullying and cruelty with tragic results.

This is a dark novel, with very real and timeless situations.