Son’s of Thunder!

I have three sons of thunder, Sons of lightning, sons of fame. I have three sons who live in a box on the corner begging for change. They play trashcan drums and acoustic guitars. They sing in the churches, and they sing in the bars. They rise sturdy with strength like Samson. They have arms…

Quilts and Flowers

  It finally happened last year– I went to look in the mirror and saw my mother. I thought about how swiftly life can zoom past while we are in the fast lane, but when we move over to the slow lane, we get a glimpse of the rearview mirror. Flowers and quilts come to…

Chicken Head Poem

Not sure if you’ve ever felt like this, but I have many times. I am the chicken.   I feel like a chicken; its lovely feathers plucked out one by one Bald and naked running about pecking the ground They cut off my head with a bloody ax, but I still run. They stand around…

Finish Your Set!

  This past week,  I watched Master Class and learned some valuable lessons from a man who sings songs I mostly don’t listen to. His name is Justin Timberlake. Master Class is about life lessons and what you learn along the way. We all have a story and we all can learn from each other….

Author of the Month of April

I’m so honored to feature my husband, Jeff Manning, as this month’s author of the month. He, of course, is my favorite author showcased so far!  This story is one that will cause you to grab the kleenex but in a good way.   At the request of my beloved wife and best friend, I…

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…

Author of the Month

There have been many talented writers on my mother’s side of the family. I have several cousins who are very creative with a pen, and aunts and uncles alike who have written beautiful songs, poems, and stories. I’ve often heard that the Loy’s were excellent story tellers, and I guess it’s true because I always…

Walter the Homeless Man

“Um, it’s a cat dad, can I keep it?”  Benjamin’s voice was trembling, and so were his fingers as he reached for a bowl and began pouring some milk into it. Ben could smell the liquor on his father’s breath as he continued to provoke him. “You think I got money to spare so you…

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…

A Little Bit of Jade!

Mama opened the can of salmon and dumped it into a glass bowl.  She began to take a fork and dig out all the bones and brown pieces and toss them back into the can; the can had a picture of a large fish smiling up at me.  “Girl, go get me an egg out…