November 7, 2017

betty carol

There are really none like my late friend Betty, pictured here on the right with her Mom on the left.  Her heart?  Prime example!  THE MOUSE!  If I met one in my house we are sure to find I freaked out and left town until it met its demise!  Not Betty!  She found one in the attic,thought it was SOOOOO cute,and fixed up a hamster cage for it.  It became family!

With a loving heart like that, can you imagine what a blessing she was to humans? 

Leviticus 19:18

18 “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.


CASUAL? You? I Laugh!

August 5, 2017

You say you love me.

You say you are casual,

not judging,

yet your list of rules to live by forbids me to be me!

In sadness I tried to be

somebody else,

but in relief and joy


seemingly alone

yet never unaccompanied.










July 5, 2017

It’s true.


I admire the way you comb your hair,

and the way you mow my lawn.

YOU mean more than what YOU DO;

yes, even what you do for me!

YOU are my neighbor . . . friend . . . brother . . . sister.

You?  I LOVE!

By Martha L Shaw – © 2016



Just Dance!

June 15, 2017

just dance

I saw the others in the room

dancing to a tune I could not hear.

I stood aside,

I watched and sighed.



They seemed to share a joy

I didn’t know.

They seemed to know a love

I didn’t feel.

I waited in lonely silence.

Then, I could wait no more.

With awkward steps

I left my hiding place

And followed.

At first my steps

Were slow and few

But then it happened!

I began to hear the music, too!

The more I danced,

The less I considered my shaky feet

For I had found something else.

I discovered joy!

By Martha L Shaw – © 2014


Still Loving Thy Neighbors?

January 30, 2017

Used to be when new folks came to our neighborhood we welcomed them, made friends, greeted them with homemade bread or a meal . . . we all got along and lasting, valued relationships were created.


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November 18, 2016

As we approach Thanksgiving and our focus on giving thanks moves to the forefront where it belongs, I am reminded of my dearly departed best friend and sister in Christ, Becky.  So many stories to share, late night giggles, discoveries, problems solved over ice cream, and the 3 hour phone calls . . . but as soon as my eyes fell upon the word mythical, I thought of turkeys!

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As the story began, we chatted on the phone, Becky, my goddaughter Alice, and I.  Alice eagerly shared the tale of the mythical turkeys!  She and her folks had driven through the beautiful mountain roads to visit the grandparents  and in grandma’s neighborhood their journey was halted as a family of turkeys crossed the road.   When my friends reached their destination, they shared the turkey encounter and were told “never seen any wild turkeys around here!”

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Each time, from that visit on,they met the family of turkeys en route to grandma’s and she always responded that same way and called them “mythical turkeys.” Alice waited for the day grandma would finally see them, but the day never came.  There are NO mythical turkeys in NC, I assure you.  Upon my visit with my friends I SAW THE TURKEYS!   THEY ARE REAL!

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August 4, 2016

Perhaps it’s just me but I tend to associate the word craving with food.  This could explain my hips . . . but I was thinking there are many things I yearn for or desire.  Here are the ones that popped into my head.  Laughing is okay!  Feel free!

  • Sunshine
  • A cruise
  • A nap
  • The cute guy at church!
  • A smaller waistline
  • To trust as much as my dog trusts me!
  • Grand kids
  • To author a best seller
  • Liverwurst on rye!

Oh, dear! I blew it with the last one, but it’s time for my lunch!  Lol  

morning coffee


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