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Behind IN MEMORY OF

kindleinmemoryofcoverSociety has buried those branded outcast in unmarked graves, at cross-roads, and outside the cemetery fence. Crossbones Graveyard is a famous, or infamous, example.

IN MEMORY OF is my version of this cruel custom. It’s the story of an unmarked grave outside the cemetery fence closer to Mobile than Montgomery, wedged between woods and water, in a place nobody goes. According to folklore, Thomas John Sutton, 14, is buried under.

Thomas loves Esther, but she isn’t accepted in Canaan because of her bastard birth. After discovering the secret of his birth, Thomas fears he’ll be treated the same. It’s another example of two teenagers struggling against an unforgiving society.

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IN MEMORY OF

Who is buried under a blank slab in a place nobody goes? According to folklore, a kindleinmemoryofcoverfourteen-year-old boy who killed himself over unrequited love.

Thomas loves Esther, but she isn’t accepted in Canaan because of her bastard birth. After discovering the secret of his birth, Thomas fears he’ll be treated the same.

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More SECOND BLESSING Quotes

Life is mostly about dying anyway. We never grow accustom to the permanent shadow, no matter how often it falls. 

Sometimes it seems like all life is is sayings, one worn-out cliché after another.

Momma always said, ‘God takes care of fools and drunks.’ Guess we all have our soft spots.

“We’re all going to die of something someday anyway.”

Got to pretend to be nice. Dang this Southern blood! For once why can’t I be cold-blooded like Yankees or reptiles?

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SECOND BLESSING Quotes

Life is like that old seasick joke. First, you pray cause you’re afraid you’re going to die. Then, you pray cause you’re afraid you’re not.

Appearances won’t get you into Heaven.

I don’t care if the streets of Heaven are gold or not as long as they’re clean and I don’t have to sweep them.

Most preachers tend to forget they’re dust like the rest of us. 

Some folks shouldn’t ever leave home. 

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SECOND BLESSING

newsecondblessingcover“We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.”  Jonathan Swift

Mildred doesn’t think she’s holier-than-thou; she knows it. Her Second Blessing confirms it. But after choking on Communion, she begins to doubt. Will her faith crumble because of a family secret?

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Mildred’s Christmas Rant

newsecondblessingcoverWhile Momma, Daddy, and Arthur were alive, I was forced into doing the traditional Hallmark, Currier and Ives Christmas. Starting in September after Labor Day, I cooked, cleaned, bought, decorated, ran myself ragged for one afternoon of another’s glutton pleasure without so much as a thank you.

I hauled out the same old decorations. Dusted them off. Put them in the same places. The pinecone bell hung in the bathroom hallway. Wreathes were nailed to the doors. The tinseled tree stood before the picture window in the parlor. Always had to search for Baby Jesus, He kept falling out of the manger. Through the years, I must’ve peeled a crate of oranges for ambrosia, wrapped a present for everybody in Alabama, licked a mile of stamps, and baked a ton of fruitcakes.

Tapped her right forefinger against her chin. I do believe that there is still an orange sliced one in the bottom of the freezer from the year Arthur died. Dropped her arm. Sighed. Snorted. Humph! Pish and pshaw! Oh well, freezer burnt now.

Christmas is a melodrama staged, rehearsed, and performed. You follow a script embellished through the years by Moore, Dickens, Irving, Hallmark, Currier and Ives, anybody else that can make a buck off the season. Even the churches chime in. When Frankie was little, for the first time Christmas was pleasant, almost enjoyable. Seeing his eyes sparkle on Christmas morning was a joy.

After Frankie died, Christmas, like everything else, became a burden. Something to tolerate like dreadful kinfolks. Even when I was a child, Christmas was an overwhelming chore. Getting ready for all the aunts, uncles, and cousins. In her younger days, Momma put on a grand production with all the trimmings. The other holidays were dreadful too, Thanksgiving dinners, Easter egg hunts, Fourth of July picnics, but Christmas was the winner. You always expected something that never happened.

Humph! Pish and pshaw! Kept up the charade while Momma, Daddy, and Arthur were alive to make them happy, but when it got down to just Milton’s family and me, I wised up. Asked myself, “Mildred, what’s the use?”

We would all sit around the table pretending to be happy. Hoped each other would choke on the next bite. Maybe this year will be different with Catherine here. Maybe she will bring back some of her father’s joy. Surely suffering isn’t what the Good Lord had in mind for His Son’s birthday

Now Milton’s daughters and daughters-in-law take turns hosting the burden. I’m always invited and always manage not to attend. At my age, aches and pains are reliable excuses even though “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” story lingers in my memory. They think it’s Christian charity to take pity on the poor old widowed aunt during the holidays, but okay to ignore her the rest of the year. Humph! Pish and pshaw! Christmas is the season for fronts. Sorry, but family doesn’t work that way. Either associate with me throughout the year or not at all. We go for months without speaking. We’re blood yet strangers. That’s another one of God’s cruel jokes, making folks kin who don’t care a hoot about each other.

from SECOND BLESSING


A Blank Grave Nobody Knows

kindleinmemoryofcoverWho is buried under a slab in a place nobody goes? Legend says a fourteen-year-old boy who killed himself over unrequited love.

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