Archive for November, 2015

Sat 11/21

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

Just in time to wish my dear readers a Thanksgiving filled with joy and blessings and lots of turkey and all the other good stuff. I have much to say thanks for in my life and one of the leading is you. You have given me much pleasure and loyalty. I will be with my eldest son & family for the feast. I was only asked to contribute two pecan pies—good for me.
Since we last talked, I have passed a milestone birthday (I was not excited about this until I read that I share this decade with Julie Andrews, not a bad contemporary to have)  and given a very special gift by my three children—a short vacation with just the four of us to Cape San Blas Florida on one of the places that is closest to my heart, the panhandle Gulf Coast. I lived there for a few years and as stated on a little plaque I bought  “You can shake the sand from you sandals, but it never leaves your soul.” Wonderful time taking excursions to little places we had loved and the world’s best oysters and shrimp. Best of all was uninterrupted evenings of conversations with kids.  Now I need advice from you.  As I have told you, I have been working on a collection of short stories of minor characters from the three books.  I have enjoyed this—but not as fulfilling as finishing a story.  So, while walking the beach, a strong urge hit me—why not pull out one of the favorite characters and finish her story.  I have run this by a few reader friends and they all suggest Laura.  She is in the stage that Myra was at the end of Cotton—the story was finished but she still has a lot of life to live. What do you think?  I will kept thinking and try it out after Christmas.  I can’t start before then because I am preparing to lead  a four sessuib study course at my church “The Faith of a Mockingbird”  It will start in Jan & I think the material is great.  Of course, since first reading in 1960 “To Kill a Mockingbird” is like the beach sand, it will always be in my soul.  My children caution me that I must NEVER post dates on internet that  will be away from home.  So to keep them from scolding me I do that, but I can tell you that I have two book traveling events coming up soon.  Both are in places I have been before and enjoyed.  Details after return.  Please keep checking in. I may not be as regular at writing as I should be, but I do love writing to you.

Again Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones, friends and thank you to Harper Lee for your beautiful words.

Shirley