Bruised Plums #240

They were unpromising Words grated like cheese Words reduced to small shreds Words strung like pasta Tossed like a salad Thrown together with a pinch of thyme And oregano The other morsels were small Irritants Acidic Tomatoes, garlic, and onions Barely noticeable to the tall ones Their necks stretched out in the clouds They see…

Chickens, Rejection, and Pecking Order

I’m not a country girl, so you can understand my shock when I learned from a good friend of mine who raises hens, that chickens will peck a newcomer to death.  As my friend began to explain to me how she had purchased four new hens to add to her group, she said, “Tekoa I…

Boot Camp

~Memoir~ Chapter 5 Boot Camp It seemed like it only took months for my sickness to progress into a total meltdown. I felt depleted of every ounce of strength, like wafting wet paper I floated along drained. It was a weekday in winter, and the chill was all around me. I could smell death and…

Look at the Animals

Running Busy Bustling life Traffic, smog, Corporate strife The air is thick The clocks that tick The cars race to work The deadlines and coffee stains Star Bucks and Starstruck Sitting the evenings away Watching the square box that lights up the room Outside The stars they tap-dance The moon sits back illuminating the plants…

Enjoy Chapter One Of My Memoir

Chapter 1 He Will Cause you to Serve Him     My mother was urging me. “Go stand in the line, Bonnie, hurry!” I turned and looked back at the many people, young and old waiting. It was the late 1970’s, and I was wearing a long maxi dress. The brightly colored flowers were bursting…

Adair County Public Library’s Book Signing

I was so blessed by the Adair County Public Library and my marketer, Paige Nickel, on Tuesday! After meeting with the director, Lee Ann Jessee, she agreed to offer Walter the Homeless Man and Polishing Jade as reading material on their shelves. Each librarian present made me feel warm and special. I want to thank…

The Screech of the Door Challenged the Silence

“It won’t be long until dark, Jade, so I ‘spect we should finish up our lemonade and get you goin’ on down the hill.” “Yes, ma’am, Miss Ellen.  Thank you for the lemonade and for being my friend.”  I smiled at her and looked down at the kitchen floor.  I noticed the checkered pattern and…

Walter: what some readers had to say about the book…

Walter: What one reader had to say! Format: Paperback As someone who lost my first wife to cancer when she was 42, leaving me with two young children to raise on my own, I think I relate to this story all too well. As good stories go, each character in “Walter: The Homeless Man” is so…