Monday, May 30, 2016

Never Forget

It is Memorial Day.

Let us remember and honour 
those who served our country,


and were lost in that military service.


And, let us remember the ones 
who did not return home.

POW 18 MARCH 68
South Vietnam 


Saturday, May 28, 2016

Boots



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
Image: Free Domain


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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 15andmeowing.com. 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!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Deem


The sun will never
set in the East.
St. Mary will never
wrestle the Beast.
The sea will never
quench desire.
The blazing desert
isn’t really on fire.
Some things are accepted
sight unseen;
what we say 
isn’t what we mean.

Poem & Photo: McGuffy Ann Morris
Poem from my book: Weeds



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Friday, May 20, 2016

Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 2


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 15andmeowing.com. 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. Everyone should read poetry. I believe the more you read poetry, the more you connect with yourself and others through it. Reading poetry can be inspiring on many levels. I sincerely believe that there is poetry in every living thing


2. My first cat was a rescue. I was 12. Our next door neighbors tended to acquire pets that did not stay around for long. One day, their 9-year old boy was throwing something around and yelling. I went outside to see what he was doing, just as a young cat ran into my yard. I quickly scooped it up. The boy started yelling at me about his cat. I said, “This cat is in my yard, so it is my cat.” Still holding the cat, I turned around and went in my house. I named the cat Schatzie and we became inseparable

3. My favourite time of day is night because it is proof that day has completed itself. You can almost feel it relax as it contemplates its accomplishments. Night also gives us a chance to quietly contemplate things, including our own selves.


 4. I think dreams sustain us. They offer hope and keep us going. Dreams may follow us through life, or they may change with the scenery of our journey. Yet, the possibilities our dreams offer is always there. I wrote a post about this; it is called "Sweet Dreams".


 

~May all of your dreams come true~


Please link up with us here, or you may answer in the comment section if you prefer.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Fill-In Statements: Week 2


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 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 answer, as well as share.

Here are this week's statements with the blanks:

WEEK 2: May 20, 2016

1. Everyone should read _________________.

2. My first ___________________was a _____________________.

3. My favourite time of day is                 , because                .

4. I think dreams                             .

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Be the Bloom


We are all in this together. One world, but many species. Therefore, what we say and what we do always affect others. You become known by these things; ultimately, these very things will affect you, too. Reputation follows us, becomes us.

I believe in the old adage, “Bloom where you’re planted.” I have even written a poem about it. My poetry book, Weeds, has many elements of this way of thinking. I even have a poem in the book about this.

I believe that God puts us in certain situations for a reason. He expects us to grow, bloom, and brings beauty to others in various ways. We should grow into who we are meant to be.

Granted, the conditions may be difficult. There may be weeds that try to choke out life. Sometimes others cling to us, suffocating us, sapping our energy. Some of us succumb to weeds, others are content being weeds. Yet, there are those who want more. There are the wild roses, who grow in almost barbaric conditions. They thrive, offering beauty and sustaining the honey bee. And, look at the mighty oak tree, who feeds nature and offers shade to others in the heat of the day.

Perhaps, for others the conditions are very harsh. The hot soil may be dry, and it may be hard to take root. There may seem to be little sustenance. But, look at the cactus plant. The cactus manages to bloom in very unfavourable conditions. All around her it is dry, harsh, and desolate. Life is hard, often bleak, yet she manages to not only go on…she thrives. She brings life and even sustenance to those around her. And they see it. They know her for what she offers. She blooms.

A friend and I were talking recently. She was going in to work wearing a new, brightly coloured blouse that she was excited about. Her blouse was just about the colour of the cacti blooms in the photo she had previously shared with me. I told her that her blouse should brighten up the office like the cacti blooms. I had fallen in love with cacti when I spent time in Arizona. I saw them for what they are, in all their glory. As we finished our conversation, I told my friend, “Be the bloom.”

I don’t think God is quite finished with me yet. And so, I am not finished with this thing called life. I choose to try to be the best “me” that I can be. I want to bring my own kind of subtle beauty to others, in whatever way that I can. I want to be part of solutions, not problems.

We can go out there in life and be part of the dreary garden that we find ourselves in, or we can suck the life out of others, or never even take root. We can take root and thrive right where we are, even bringing life and sustenance to those around us. We can be that wild rose, or perhaps that mighty oak. 

No matter what we do, others will notice. They will know us by what we say and what we do. They will know us by what and who we are. So, I say, “Be the bloom.”


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~Henry Ford

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Weekend Fun

A "Field Trip" with Simon's Cat

Do something fun with
your friends this weekend!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 1


Welcome to "Friendly Fill-Ins"! Each Thursday we will post four statements with blanks for you to fill in. The first two fill-ins are provided by my co-host, Ellen of 15andmeowing.com. The final two statements are proposed by myself. On Friday, we will post our completed fill-ins with a link for you to join us with your completed fill-ins. Have fun!

1. I want to stop holding onto things that I do not need and start keeping only what I really need. I mean this both figuratively and literally. I think most of us keep things as keepsakes of fond moments in time. However, we tend to carry baggage, too. Age teaches us what is important. I am learning.

"The Pharaoh's Fury" terrorizing 
unsuspecting people at another carnival

2. I haven't ridden a carnival ride in many years. The last one was “The Pharaoh’s Fury”. I spent what felt like an eternity, bouncing around in my seat, holding onto the child I was with, trying to keep her safely in her seat. With my other arm, I held down the little girl in front of me, who was tiny, alone, and screaming in fear!

3. I believe in karma. I think that the energy we put forth in the world will come back to us in some way or form, sooner or later (and you don't always get to choose when and what.) This applies to both good and bad energy. I try to be conscious of this in everything that I say and do. I want to be a positive force to myself, as well as to others.

My Granny

4. My earliest memory is at two years of age. I have a few from that time period, but I think my earliest was of my Granny. It was Summer, and we were visiting family in Tennessee. I was in a playpen, outside in a yard. I remember the white farmhouse with a big wrap-around porch. Granny was leaning over my playpen, looking down at me. She had her grey hair pulled up in a bun, and was wearing her trademark cardigan sweater with pockets. I went back there to visit relatives with my Dad when I was 23. Granny was no longer there. I told Dad that I recognized the house and shared the memory with him. He told me that it happened exactly that way and that it was indeed Granny that I remembered. My Dad is gone now, too. I miss them both.



Granny said, "It all comes out in the wash."
May karma serve you well!




Thursday, May 12, 2016

Fill-In Statements: Week 1



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

Each week there will be four statements: the first two statements are provided by Ellen of 15andmeowing, and the final two will be provided by myself. We hope they will be fun to answer. 

Here are this week's statements with the blanks:

WEEK 1: May 13, 2016
1. I want to stop ________ and start ________________.

2. I haven't ___________ in __________________.

3. I believe ____________.

4. My earliest memory is _____________. 

We hope you will join us. We look forward to sharing and learning more about you. 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Gut Feelings

Sometimes You Just "Know"...

1. ...that there is a Greater Being in this world that loves you, and all of us, unconditionally. 

2.  ...that you'll never see someone again.

3.  ...that you've met a soul that complements your own.

4.  ...that something is terribly wrong.

5.  ...that there is a health concern the doctors were completely overlooking.

6.  ...that someone is involved in something harmful.

7.  ...that there really are new mercies every morning.

8.  ...that love can truly transcend time and space.

9.  ...that everything has a purpose.

10.  ...that hearts can go on with gaping wounds and missing pieces.


~Author Unknown

This is from an email that I received from a close friend. I felt it is well worth sharing. If we listen to that inner voice, we often come out better off than when we don't listen. Of course, we need to listen to that voice with our heart.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother's Day


This is for the childless mothers,
not by choice but of circumstance,
because though her arms are empty,
her heart is always full.

This is for the motherless,
the ones who know that 
no love is perfect, but 
a mother’s love is special.

And, this is for the special ones
who mother those in need,
sharing the love in their hearts,
knowing that love is a gift.

Whether your babies are flesh and blood 
or fur and fuzz, this is for you. 
You deserve this, because,
Love is always its own reward.

~McGuffy Ann Morris

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Apron Strings


The apron is made of blood, sweat, and tears,
with pockets to safely hide away fears,
worn by a mother from the moment she knows
that within her, safely her baby grows.
She wears it out of love and pride,
to keep her children safe by her side,
knowing someday her babes will be grown,
and will leave to raise babes of their own.
Still, those ties she will never sever,
but will loosen them to remain forever.
Love was there from the very start 
and binds them forever, heart to heart.


Poem: McGuffy Ann Morris
Image: Free Domain


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Friday, May 6, 2016

Friendly Fun


I miss the Friday “Fill-In” meme. I used to join Hilary of Feeling Beachie for this weekly fun. However, now a busy author, Hilary has discontinued this meme. She still has a blog and is always busy over there. You might want to see what she is up to!

I am not the only one who misses the weekly Fill-In fun. Ellen of 15andmeowing enjoyed this weekly meme, too. After some friendly discussion, we have decided to team up and co-host the “Friendly Fill-In”. My thanks to Ellen's friend, Jamie, at Diverse Designing for the cute badge.

Next Thursday, May 12, we will post four fill-in statements for you to contemplate and fill in. Then, Friday, May 13, we will post our four filled-in statements with a linky, so you can join us with your answers. Every week we will have new fill-ins to share. We hope you will join us and please, spread the word, too. 

This is a fun way to reveal a little bit about yourself, while learning about others, too. We are looking forward to sharing with you!