White Rose by FullmetalDevil, Deviantart.com
I looked over the lush green lawn scattered with headstones and through the wrought iron fence. Traffic flowed at it’s normal pace, the drivers oblivious to the fact that we were laying a citizen to rest. The irrational part of me wondered why they didn’t stop or at least show some reverence and drive by the cemetery slowly. I felt betrayed by them. I wonder if any of them said a prayer as they passed.
I turned my attention back to the graveside service. The Reverend started singing and everyone joined in. What have I to dread, what have I to fear, leaning on the everlasting arms? I have bless-ed peace with my Lord so near, leaning on the everlasting arms. I hadn’t been to church in quite some time, but I knew the song well. Mother sang it all the time. I missed her. I didn’t sing with them. I have a horrible singing voice. Everyone else raised their voices, clapped in rhythm and harmonized. A few family members raised their hands and shed tears. I swayed and let the rich sound of voices wash over me. The Reverend said a prayer. He talked about how short life is and the value of every moment, the importance of God in one’s life and eternal life. Then he extended an invitation to anyone who was not saved to accept Christ as their Savior and began to sing another hymn. No one stepped forward.
The graveside service ended with everyone placing a white rose on top of the casket and then they watched as it was lowered into the earth. The Reverend said a final blessing and everyone went back to their cars. I looked back toward to the fence. Cars and trucks still sped down the highway like nothing happened. The world only stopped for the family, and a little bit for me. I couldn’t be upset with the rest of the world for not stopping or slowing down to realize a soul had moved on. Life goes on, after all. My partner tapped me on the shoulder and handed me a shovel. “This body ain’t gonna bury itself. Let’s get this done and then we can go get some lunch,” he said. He was right. We got to work and quietly covered the grave.
Happy Friday Everyone!
I am going to be a guest on Deidra Hughey’s Outskirts Science Fiction Theatre tomorrow evening, January 17th at 9:00 pm EST.
I’ll be reading one of my creepier stories on the air. YOU (yes, you…the person reading this right now) are invited to listen!
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As I mentioned in January, this is the year of “letting go,” and things have been released. I was laid off in January, and it was a good thing! It was what I needed to move forward and take on some important projects. I’m working in a great place, close to home, and it offers me the flexibility I need to take care of my family and focus on the building some lasting resources for the future. So, half way into this New Year things are coming together.
I’ve prayed for several years about a career in non-profit, and it’s happening. I’m excited about working with a group that provides needed services to the surrounding community. There is nothing better than an answered prayer!
The recent lay-off has also given me the time and mental space to hunker down and write! And much writing has been happening! I’ll be sharing some of my published and un-published pieces at Kirkwood Library at the end of the month. I’m looking forward to sharing my work at this event!
I have to say, half way into this New Year, my glass is more than 1/2 and on its way to overflowing! I hope the same is true for you!
Join me tonight at 11pm EST on Blog Talk Radio as me, Nita Bee, Katrina Gurl and the Sublime Poetess talk with panelist, Damien, Brooklen Borne, Wil D. Palazzo and Emmanuel Brown about relationships from a man’s point of view. Grab a spot in the chat room! Bring your questions and get ready for great conversation!
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Thanks to everyone who tuned into Steamy Trails Speaks on Blog Talk Radio last night! It has been over a year since Katrina Gurl and Nita Bee have blessed the BTR airwaves. These ladies have been very busy building and expanding the Steamy Trails Empire and they have some very exciting things going on!
Take a listen to archives HERE if you missed the show and be sure to share it with your friends!
I was on the air with the ladies last night and I announced the next Steamy Trails Network Contest! We are promoting the works of two extraordinary men: Authors Avery Washington and Amillion Mayfield.
The contest rules are very simple:
1. Visit the Facebook fan pages of Avery Washington for his book, “Letters to My Daughters” and Amillion The Poet.
2. Click the Like button at the top of each one of these gentlemen’s pages. Read their comments and their notes. Get to know them!
3. Tell a friend!
4. The contest runs through February 10, 2012. The winners selected by random drawing, and announced on Steamy Trails Speaks with Katrina Gurl and Nita Bee (official date to be announced.)
DON’T WAIT ANOTHER SECOND TO ENTER!!! Click on the names below and connect with these two amazing authors!
Please tune in this Wednesday to hear me and my fellow Steamy Trails Writers, Katrina and Wil D. Palazzo on GD Grace’s a Touch of Grace on BTR, 6:30PM EST (Check the link on BTR for corresponding show time in your region.)
Please visit Katrina and Wil’s pages, right here on WordPress! (Click on their names! Don’t forget to leave a comment or two; let them know you stopped by!)
See you on Blog Talk Radio!!!
Well, it only took me forever to pull together the pictures from Author’s Day. You would think that it would be oh-so-simple to post a few pictures on a blog, right? NO! I have to add music and words!! I can’t just drop pictures on the page and say, “enjoy folks!” That would be wrong and come across as ungrateful! May I never be said to be ungrateful! I appreciate each and every one of you! I’m getting a bit wordy…so here you go! I hope you enjoy the pictures!
Join Hosts Kat-Gurl and Nita-Gurl as they interview Author and Poet, Nike Binger-Marshall and discuss her book Persistence of Vision! Listen online or by phone. Call in to speak with Nike!