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 of steel and hearts of flames. They have eyes of … Continue reading Son’s of Thunder!
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 mind. The next time you pass a flower, entirely in bloom, … Continue reading Quilts and Flowers
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 and watch me and laugh at the headless creature. They … Continue reading Chicken Head Poem
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.Lately, I have been struggling with being a woman in a man’s … Continue reading Finish Your Set!
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 would like to share a walk down memory lane with you. … Continue reading Author of the Month of April
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 forth at the seams, and my sandals had large buckled squares that … Continue reading Enjoy Chapter One Of My Memoir
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 storytellers, and I guess it’s true because I always did love listening to my uncles spin a tale or two. … Continue reading Author of the Month
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 of the refrigerator. Go on now.” She pushed her shirt … Continue reading A Little Bit of Jade!
For the past few months, the very word “cherry tree blossom” has been magnified in my spirit. It all started back in November or December while watching a movie called “Saving Mr. Banks.” This film is about the author of Mary Poppins and how her children’s classics came about. Although the author is quite cantankerous in the movie, I fell in love with her immediately. … Continue reading Cherry Trees in Winter
Walter Chapter 1 Walter Kendal lay beside the tree stump, his head resting behind his arms in a heap of fall leaves. The air was crisp and cool with a freshness that beckoned the sun to come up. The tall evergreens trees stretched their arms towards the horizon. The woods were faintly dark with slivers of light just beginning to peek through. It was … Continue reading Walter, Chapter #1