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?”

My Dearest Sir Shakespeare Hemingway


Dearest Readers: Today is Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Exactly three weeks ago today, my husband and I made the decision to let our precious almost 14-year-old mini schnauzer leave us to go home to Heaven. How I miss that precious little boy. He was my friend. My dearest and most trusting friend. Shakespeare joined ourContinue reading “My Dearest Sir Shakespeare Hemingway”

Happy Birthday to the Perkins Twins


Dearest Readers: Today is a special, melancholic day for me. On this date — 100 years ago – December 19, 1914 – my dad and his identical twin brother, Lewis, were born. Before Uncle Lewis’ death in September, 1941 from Bright’s disease, they were known withini the State of Alabama as The Perkins Twins. TogetherContinue reading “Happy Birthday to the Perkins Twins”

To Honor Robin Williams


Dearest Readers: Early last night while checking my phone I received a news alert — Robin Williams is Dead. “Oh my God…No…the man was brilliant. What happened?” As I read the news blurb, I could not believe that such a brilliant, gifted talent — the guy who made me laugh, cry and feel so manyContinue reading “To Honor Robin Williams”

Reminiscing on July 6 of Each Year…


Dearest Readers: July 6 is always a day to remember for me. 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, 1999, I have felt such a loss. I’ve had people tell me I need to move on.Continue reading “Reminiscing on July 6 of Each Year…”

My Thoughts About “Following Atticus”


As a writer, I enjoy nothing better than reading a book that captivates me. One that is a page turner where my imagination and passion are consumed, or perhaps, kidnapped with the book. A few months ago, I found a Facebook site, Following Atticus. The site caught my attention because I am the mom toContinue reading “My Thoughts About “Following Atticus””

Gardening Therapies


First North American Rights Only Total Word Count – 988 words       THERAPIES of GARDENING   by   Barbie Perkins-Cooper                   New to gardening, I never understood how therapeutic gardening could be until my father became ill. Years prior, I played at gardening, planting a rose bush here…a gardenia there…pullingContinue reading “Gardening Therapies”