Don, I think you have done remarkably well with God's help and your strong faith and character. Hope the second storm passed by without damage to you or your property.
Edy, I would tell you a bit about my memory, but I've forgotten what I was going to say!
I was trying to remember if I told you on the porch several weeks ago about giving a reading from my book of poems at a retirement center. . . .Anyway, there were about 20 folks in wheelchairs and on walkers gathered round in the parlor, and someone came through to say they'd have ice cream soon. That's when I lost the attention of about half of them. Who could compete with ice cream! Of the ones who had been awake at the beginning, one with the brightest eyes went to sleep after 15 minutes, and I knew the 30 minutes I had prepared were 15 minutes too many, and I adjusted accordingly. While I was reading a poem about being a teacher, one lady turned to another who was talking and shushed her. I recognized a kindred spirit!
Chrissy, The first book was Don't Frighten the Pansies. It is on Amazon in print and Kindle and in print at Barnes & Noble and (according to Google) many other places, including Singapore. I'm not planning to put the next one on Kindle because I did not get my money back from that, and some have told me they like to keep the book on their nightstands and read a poem before they go to sleep. I guess i'm providing their sleeping pill!
Mariane, I think your stories about your parents are priceless. I love your description of your dad on Lisa Mikitarian's blog entry about that wonderful"servant" Christian.
Rain again today. I'm sure we must have the greenest city in America!
Hugs to all.