31 May 2009


Today was rather warm and although I am inclined to complain about this (and the gathering mosquitoes), I'll instead count my blessings... The morning began with a prayer, Matthew 6:33: "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
Then came my favorite drink...

Fortunately, those who have never enjoyed the infinite fruits of Central Dairy don't know what they're missing. For those who have, but have moved away...well, you're longing for it still. (Click on the link to visit the dairy. What a treat!) As for me, I know what "fresh as a Missouri morning" really means.
Church today was a blessing...It had escaped me that today was Pentecost Sunday (see Acts 2) and minister Harland did a fabulous job of reminding us of the birthday of the church. And doesn't a good sermon always work up an appetite?

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And even though I prepare for bed as my chores remain but works in progress, I am thankful to live in the Heartland...so much that I prolonged my late night trip to the store in order to detour and snap this picture for you.

Missouri Waltz
~J. R. Shannon

Hush-a-bye, ma baby, slumbertime is comin' soon;
Rest yo' head upon my breast while Mommy hums a tune;
The sandman is callin' where shadows are fallin',
While the soft breezes sigh as in days long gone by.

Way down in Missouri where I heard this melody,
When I was a little child upon my Mommy's knee;
The old folks were hummin'; their banjos were strummin';
So sweet and low.

Strum, strum, strum, strum, strum,
Seems I hear those banjos playin' once again,
Hum, hum, hum, hum, hum,
That same old plaintive strain.

Hear that mournful melody,
It just haunts you the whole day long,
And you wander in dreams back to Dixie, it seems,
When you hear that old time song.

Hush-a-bye ma baby, go to sleep on Mommy's knee,
Journey back to Dixieland in dreams again with me;
It seems like your Mommy is there once again,
And the old folks were strummin' that same old refrain.

Way down in Missouri where I learned this lullaby,
When the stars were blinkin' and the moon was climbin' high,
Seems I hear voices low, as in days long ago,
Singin' hush-a-bye.

29 May 2009

Missing Appalachia

It's been awhile since I left the
mountains. It was only a brief encounter,
but I left behind a piece (or two or three) of my heart. It beats with a
longing until I return...
"History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail
of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of
former days." -Winston Churchill

27 May 2009

I love an old house...a really old house--say, 225 years old or so. Someday I'll build my 'old' house and have been looking at the plans of McKie Roth. I am not a purist, though. To me, a strict adherance to a particular period makes a statement. I like making statements (believe me, I do), but in my home, I want to tell a story...The layers of years added by a family create the history that blankets us in remembrances.

Most recently I've taken comfort in the simpler days of my childhood, and those of my mother and grandmothers. Perhaps this is why I feel so welcome at Aunt Ruthie's Sugar Pie Farmhouse. It truly is down-home goodness with a scent of warm pie.

25 May 2009

"Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13
Remembering my father, Carl J. Sanders,
on Memorial Day.
1941 - 2008
This was the one verse highlighted in his small black Bible, given to him by the United States Navy during his service.
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, Cuban Missile Crisis.