Grief – Just When Does It End?


  Dearest Readers: July 6 is always a day of remembrance for me. Truly a day to spend the entire day in tears, or a day to give thanks. Why? Allow me to explain. During the stressful days of my dad’s terminal illness with esophageal cancer during December 1997 until his death on July 6,Continue reading “Grief – Just When Does It End?”

Domestic Abuse — “A Family Matter”


Dearest Readers: Below is an excerpt from “Chattahoochee Child.” A FAMILY MATTER… Domestic Violence…Domestic Abuse… Regardless what it is called, it is truly a vicious monster. A wild, destructive monster that roars with such anger and turbulence I vowed never to allow it to knock at my door as a grown up. There were timesContinue reading “Domestic Abuse — “A Family Matter””

Cruising On The Carnival Ecstasy


Dearest Readers: Now that we are home from the cruise [Carnival Ecstasy –September 3 – September 8, 2016] departing from Charleston, with stops at Half Moon Cay and Nassau, Bahamas, I realize there are times I still have sea legs. Earlier, while pouring a cup of coffee, my body swayed back and forth, just likeContinue reading “Cruising On The Carnival Ecstasy”

On Mother’s Day


On Mother’s Day, I hear so many precious stories about ‘mothers.’ How I wish I could share those precious words written with such love. I never knew ‘unconditional love’ from my mother. She placed price tags or poisonous words on all of her actions. I remember her saying, and I quote, “Actions speak louder thanContinue reading “On Mother’s Day”

Chattahoochee Child


PART TWO The headlines in the newspaper caught my attention. Bibb Manufacturing Company becomes a ghost town. I stared at the caption with a tight bewildered look on my face, reading it again, picturing the desolate hope filled community of Bibb City, Georgia, the destitute textile community of my youth. Bibb City was the smallContinue reading “Chattahoochee Child”

Have You Ever Had An — ENDOSCOPY???


Dearest Readers: Today, I would like to share a medical procedure I had just after New Year’s Day. January 19, 2016 – to be exact. A few years ago, I started having a bit of difficulty when swallowing. Suddenly, my throat would tighten; I could feel a bit of a spasm. I slowed down theContinue reading “Have You Ever Had An — ENDOSCOPY???”

A Toast To The Little Things In Life…


Dearest Readers: I suppose today is a day to reminisce, in hopes I might convince myself it is time to break away from social media, interruptions, along with the intense doubts I have about the ability to write. Below is another award-winning story I wrote a few months after losing my father. Hope you enjoy! ArrivingContinue reading “A Toast To The Little Things In Life…”

NOT MY PAPA


Dearest Readers: Below is an award-winning short story written many years ago. Hope you enjoy!   NOT MY PAPA by Barbie Perkins-Cooper The screaming telephone jolted me out of bed. “Hello,” I groaned rubbing my sleep-filled eyes. “Were you asleep?” My mother’s crude voice whined. Rolling my eyes to the ceiling, I whimpered, “Not anymore.” “YourContinue reading “NOT MY PAPA”

Special Words and Goals for 2016


Dearest Readers: The new year of 2016 is here, and here with this new year, I am somewhat behind. Behind??? Yes, definitely. As an active blogger and writer, I like to be on ‘top of things…’ ‘Ahead of the game.’ And I do not like to procrastinate. Here it is — Friday, January 8, andContinue reading “Special Words and Goals for 2016”

Merry Christmas, 2015


Merry Christmas, 2015 to all. It is a foggy day in Charleston today. The city is draped in a thick blanket of fog with visibility dreadful. My pups awoke early, and so the day begins. I would like to take a moment to wish you much happiness and family fun today at Christmas. This houseContinue reading “Merry Christmas, 2015”