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Thanksgiving and another day in the life of Aunt Ira Mae…

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Crawfish Creek Manor

Yesterday, I received an update on Aunt Ira Mae’s Thanksgiving week. She chose to stay in the Crawfish Creek area and spent most of her time with her new “Mr. Roy”. She begin with how he makes the worst coffee since the discovery of the coffee bean! There in the morning right! Their week was quiet and peaceful and they never lack for conversation.

He had told her of the love of his life whom he had lost after fifty years of marriage, and she disclosed briefly her failed forty-year marriage. They walked the pumpkin patch to find that perfect pumpkin that he would use make a pie, by now she has told him that she was allergic to cooking. In the afternoon, they had road around in his old pickup truck and found the perfect Christmas tree. This was a special time since she said he had not celebrated the holidays for years, and she had always hoped they would fly by quickly.

To her surprise, he had enlisted the help of some younger neighboring farmers and their wives to help decorate his house inside and out, it took on a special glow, another first for her. Then the day ended and he took her home. As they pulled out of the long driveway, she said that as she looked back the farm looked like it was out of a Norman Rockwell painting. She confessed that she begin to cry, somehow he understood and patted her hand gently.

He said for her not to be sad that it would all be there tomorrow.  “Well of course, and early, I have a Thanksgiving dinner to make for my new friend”.

Then she added what I had been waiting for…

They entered the front door and she turned to Mr. Roy saying…

“Mr. Roy, would you like a shot of Jack”?

“Girl, of course”. His smile broadened.

Passing the “Gathering Room” they stared at a sea of blue waves and curls; it sounded much like a chicken farm. “Cluck, cluck, cluck, cluck”!

When she and Mr. Roy walked past them a silence fell over the room, she heard the Warden say to the others , “Well I never”! Aunt Ira Mae turned to face her saying…

“And, you probably never will”.

I am so pleased that she has found a bit of happiness and one would think after almost a century, it has been a long time coming.

I am beginning to think like her in the fact that as we age we should just be thankful each day that we wake and keep telling ourselves…breathe damn’t.

 

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Elouise Renich Fraser…

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Elouise Renich Fraser

 

What a joy to read the work of Elouise Renich Fraser…check out her blog and purchase her work at Amazon.com. ajm

 

Blog

http://tellingthetruth1993.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/what-about-the-women/#comment-823

At Amazon.com

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Who is she, Elouise Renich Fraser?  She would tell you…

First-born of four daughters, preacher’s kid, survivor

Musician, theologian, educator

Wife, mother, grandmother

Intuitive, reflective

Good girl-bad girl, God’s beloved daughter-child

Unpredictable, rebellious, stubborn, determined, sensitive, persistent

Sometimes courageous truth-teller

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REBLOGGING…’The Story of Hungry’…

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WE STILL NEED HELP FIGHTING HUNGER

Billy Shore

Founder and CEO, Share Our Strength

‘The Story of Hungry’

Posted: 11/06/2013 9:45 am EST   Updated: 11/06/2013 10:25 pm EST

Everyone has a story to tell. Unfortunately, for 16 million American children, that story is one of hunger.

We often discuss what hunger means for kids from an adult perspective — lower test scores, poorer health, a weakened ability to escape the cycle of poverty. But what does hunger mean to a child? To better explore this question — the one that is perhaps the most important question of all — we at the No Kid Hungry campaign turned to the art of storytelling.

To illustrate the fear and pain hunger causes a child, No Kid Hungry today will premiere “The Story of Hungry,” a short, animated film depicting hunger through the eyes of a young girl, on our website and on the Rachael Ray show.

To this young girl, her hunger is not focused on the fact that her grades will suffer, or that she doesn’t have the proper nutrition to grow. To her, hunger is scary and emotional. To her, “hungry is the meanest, ugliest monster you’ve ever seen.”

The good news is, we can change the story of hungry for our youngest generation. Making sure kids have access to school meals can make a huge difference. The No Kid Hungry campaign is working with partners across the country to rethink how school meals are served, whether in the classroom or on the go, which can change a child’s day, week and even her future.

You can help us change the story of hungry. Watch and share “The Story of Hungry” today, at storyofhungry.org, and start the conversation about how you can help end childhood hunger in your own community.

Together, we can make No Kid Hungry a reality in America.

“The Story of Hungry” was conceptualized by the CAA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Creative Artists Agency, and was brought to life through the talents of Hornet Studios director Julia Potts, with contributions from music producer Justin Stanley, featuring the voices of Bess Frierson and No Kid Hungry national spokesperson and Academy Award-winner Jeff Bridges.

Reblogged 11.11.2014

 

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On Sale at Amazon.com…

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IN SEARCH OF WORDS

 

Ann Johnson-Murphree Poetry Books – A Collection of Poetry

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Giving Second Chances (My Analysis) of Family or Friends that Betray…

There comes a time when one becomes tired of the obstacles one must deal with when continuing to work on a one-sided family or friend relationship.  A lifetime of being the one to write, call, visits, they “use” you and then they return to their “entitled” selves.  An on and off family or friend relationship that “finally” becomes a chore to continue.  The term “you have to love them, as in family”, maybe… “But you don’t have to like them” or “continue to have something to do with them.  It is time to move on, but first some thoughts…

Trust your instinct about one-sided relationships, not the words that come from the “users”.  You are not obligated to make continuous “start over’s” when these people do you wrong, give yourself a new start and ending, be bold.  Their “Faith” does not have to be your faith.  The entitled relative or friend has no real pride, it is false, they have had everything given to them in life and continues to expect more.  You do not have to bear the weight of their crisis of the day that turns into a joke tomorrow.  Give up, accept final defeat, you need to stop extending that “olive branch” when you have been shunned, mistreated, or was always the giver while they take.  This type of relationship is not cracked it is broke!

“It takes years to learn to move on to understand that you were not in the wrong.  Hope for change in this type of person is overrated and outdated, reality needs to be fully awake and aware, leave the past behind and their hypocrisy.  You have been kept too long on the “family or friend hook”; their manipulation gives them power, the “I will call you, so you do not call me as I may be busy” needs to end.

Hypocrisy is the claim or pretense of feelings, behaviors, characteristics that one does not in fact have, these people have false acts and their motive is for gain.   Failing to perceive and condemn faults of their own is their real normal.  These people, these human beings misuse others and justify their own behavior.  Evil is not uncommon, it is every day.  Hypocrites believe that they are good, that they are innocent, and the victim.

My decision going forward, give no more chances or favors, my rule only.  It is my life, it is worth living without constant conflict, the emotional pain these people impose should nourish your courage, the time comes when…”SAYING GOODBYE TO THESE PEOPLE MAY BE YOUR ONLY SECOND CHANCE”.   

 

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