In The Seventies

By the time the new one was delivered on the front steps, the old one had seen better days.  It had been doodled on, rolled up, and pages frayed. Southern Bell had them delivered only once a year so the old ones were pretty tattered by the time we got the new ones.

The phone book sat on the kitchen counter most of the time, although there was a drawer it was thrown in at the end of the day.  It seemed no one could have lived without their phone books back then. They were used daily and frequently called numbers were listed in the back page of the phone book as soon as it arrived.

I remember sitting on the kitchen stool, curly cord phone in hand, doodling on the phone book, as I was chatting away.  I was talking to my best friend who had just left my house even though we had been in school together all day, we still had so much to talk about.

We didn’t write on the outside cover right away. It stayed nice and clean-looking for a while.  After it became a little worn and Mom had scribbled a number quickly on the back cover when no doubt there was not a piece of paper within her sight, this was the cue. This is when I knew I could doodle on the cover.

The phone book was used for other things too. When going to one friends house and we wanted to look up a number, we had to get the phone book from under the kitchen table.  Without the phone book under that table it was wobbly and the  little book was the perfect fix for the problem.

Today, we don’t have a need to look up numbers in a book. I just had a last thought about the phone book, the satisfying feeling of slamming it on the kitchen counter when mad. Yes, sometimes, that book took a beating!


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Reading & Writing






Words spoken and written are the building blocks of life.

It’s important to read not only to function in today’s society but also because reading develops your mind and your imagination.

Being articulate and well-spoken is of great help in any profession, and knowing that you can speak to higher-ups with self-confidence can be an enormous boost to your self-esteem.

The Dandelion

The dandelion’s peak flowering time is from late March to May. This also happens to be when bees come out of hibernation. Goldfinches and house sparrows love to eat the seeds of dandelions.
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Happy Spring!


Read Mud Marbles & Delta by Tolar Miles… Books with a splash of southern humor!

Listening to God

A dear friend gave me a beautiful pair of earrings a few weeks ago. For the past few days I have been looking for them and while doing so I organized my entire jewelry cabinet and all of my dresser drawers.

Last night after searching  everywhere I could think of, I prayed. I prayed I would wake up and know where they were. I thought if I were going to lose something, why these?  They are not only pretty, but also special to me because of the beautiful person who sent them to me.

This morning after having coffee, I thought about the earrings. I thought maybe they could be in one of my blue jeans pockets in the laundry basket.  I was sidetracked  all morning by phone calls, and the internet.  I waited all morning and much of the afternoon  before looking under the bed and everywhere else I could think of except the one place  I had in the back of my mind from this morning.

Finally, I went into the laundry room and found the jeans,searched  the pocket, and there they were! I was really not surprised,  and I should have known they were there since the moment I had the thought early this morning.  I was thankful.

I am reminded today, when we ask God to provide us with answers, we have to listen. We should not ignore what he is telling us.  When we hear his answer we have to follow through and be grateful. God does answer prayer, big and small.

Matthew 21:22 “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”


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Southern Sunday

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