That Night

That night was much like many others. Every Wednesday, Saturday, and twice on Sunday, I waited in my front yard for the brown and white Oldsmobile. The car always felt safe. I loved the rich smell of leather as I climbed in the backseat, warmed by the laughter and chatter of my friend’s family. I… Read More That Night



Found something good along the wayHeaded to my dread today.While sorting words I’d not yet heardMy ear was tilted by a bird.I turned my head to find the soundAnd there he floundered on the ground;Bird looked at me,And I at he. Bird said “while I’m not skilled to flyAn unexpected wind came by.I clung to… Read More BIRD


Welcome To My Stories

It is not an accident that my maiden name is Story. From an early age, I earned the right to that name through my love of telling stories, both real and imagined. My stories are a combination of maudlin sappiness and irreverent hilarity and more than one have told me that tears rolled down their… Read More Welcome To My Stories


Emery Grace

Excitement carried me up the stairs of my son’s home to the nursery. I stood in the doorway and took in every detail, carefully planned, lovingly placed. Soft pink, gold, and cream glowed in the shimmer of the accent wall. The beautifully draped crib nestled under the name – “Emery Grace.” A white, pink cushioned… Read More Emery Grace


Beauty Shop Revival

Recently, my normal, routine visit to my hair dresser landed me smack in the middle of a life-threatening, hair raising episode of sheer panic and desperate prayers, ending in jubilant praise. It all took place at Lucille’s Hair Fashions located off the beaten path in a small Fort Worth Suburb. I first met Lucille with… Read More Beauty Shop Revival


Thank You Jodi

Myrtle Joan Perry, known as “Jodi,” married Carl Keatley when she was 20 years old. The marriage was not easy and money was scarce. Through it all, Jodi built and nurtured a hearth for the family. Within four years, she birthed three daughters, Jan, Judi, and Jimmi. Jo came six years after Jimmi and six… Read More Thank You Jodi


The Last Days

This entry is part 31 of 31 in the series Journey To Retirement

Retirement.. a stage of life that, not so long ago, seemed a thing of my far distant future is now something to contend with. I made my “retirement list.” I completed my online application for social security, spoke with our financial adviser, and made the necessary arrangements for my American Airlines and my McClatchy pension… Read More The Last Days