Just Messing Around – Call for Submissions

Whenever my mother wanted to emphasize a point she knew I disagreed with she would look at me and interrupt herself by adding the words “to me.”  For example, let’s say she wanted me to wear a pink silk blouse with a matching pink silk skirt and possibly even pink high heels to church on Sunday morning.  She knew that I hated to wear pink so she would say, “Pink, to me, is a great color for you to wear.”

Blogging, to me, is like running my own publishing business.  I choose the layout and design, colors, titles, media, topics and words for three blogs and then I publish them.  My overhead is cheap, and my publishing schedule is flexible. The only missing component in my blogging business is income, but then no business is perfect.

Today my chosen topic is Memorable Quotes.  I collect Memorable Quotes like Teresa collects books, costume jewelry, vintage hats, old tools, picture frames, flower pots, suitcases, rolling pins, scarves, socks, shoes, furniture with special emphasis on washers and dryers, pocketbooks, purses and her latest collection this week of approximately 10,000 match book covers she acquired from an estate sale.  Memorable Quotes are less expensive and require less storage and maintenance.  I’m just sayin’.

I like to feature a Memorable Quote on this blog at all times, but it’s not highlighted and the casual reader may not even notice it.  I gather quotes from songs, books, other blogs, movies, TV shows – really random sources.   In past posts I’ve quoted Ayn Rand, Helen Keller, Pearl S. Buck, Toni Morrison, Oprah Winfrey, Garth Brooks,  Zora Neale Hurston, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mark Twain, Maya Angelou and countless others.

This week T and I watched the second season of Orange is the New Black on Netflix.  We were late to this cultural party but are up to speed in record time.  Frankly, I’m not sure how we will survive until Season Three which will be released in June of 2015.  2015?!  I digress.

The characters in Orange/Black are classic and the acting fabulous, but the words are genuine collectibles:

Most people are better in the abstract.

  I fell in with the bad nuns.

A lot of people are stupid – and still manage to live full productive lives.

While I am diligently going through life collecting Memorable Quotes, the thought occurs to me that I may not be the only Quote Collector in cyberspace so I have created the First Annual Cyberspace Award Contest for Memorable Quotes.

If you have a Memorable Quote and would like to see it published on this blog, please submit it to me at smortex@aol.com. which is my secret email address.  These will be forwarded to an impartial judge who will recommend ten for publication.  Not really.  I’m kidding.  The selection will be totally subjective and done by me!

Each published Memorable Quote will also receive $250.  Not really, either.  No cash awards will be made.  You will receive the satisfaction of knowing your Memorable Quote is Memorable to me, too.

Deadline for this contest:  June 30th.  I know, I know.  So it’ s a little short notice, but I thought you probably either had one or you don’t and if you don’t that’s ok.  Plus, I just had the contest idea when I was writing this post a few minutes ago.

To me, there’s plenty of time so get those quotes rolling in.

P.S. Funny about that pink color thing.  Teresa bought me a pink Life is Good t-shirt not long ago, and we both decided it was a good color for me.  Maybe it was the pink high heels I hated.








About Sheila Morris

Sheila Morris is a personal historian, essayist with humorist tendencies, lesbian activist, truth seeker and speaker in the tradition of other female Texas storytellers including her paternal grandmother. In December, 2017, the University of South Carolina Press published her collection of first-person accounts of a few of the people primarily responsible for the development of LGBTQ organizations in South Carolina. Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home will resonate with everyone interested in LGBTQ history in the South during the tumultuous times from the AIDS pandemic to marriage equality. She has published five nonfiction books including two memoirs, an essay compilation and two collections of her favorite blogs from I'll Call It Like I See It. Her first book, Deep in the Heart: A Memoir of Love and Longing received a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in 2008. Her writings have been included in various anthologies - most recently the 2017 Saints and Sinners Literary Magazine. Her latest book, Four Ticket Ride, was released in January, 2019. She is a displaced Texan living in South Carolina with her wife Teresa Williams and their dogs Spike, Charly and Carl. She is also Naynay to her two granddaughters Ella and Molly James who light up her life for real. Born in rural Grimes County, Texas in 1946 her Texas roots still run wide and deep.
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14 Responses to Just Messing Around – Call for Submissions

  1. Pingback: Just Messing Around – Call for Submissions | I'll Call It Like I See It

  2. Anne Boring says:

    Tell Teresa I collected matchbook covers in my younger days. From all over the world. Someone in the family has them now and treasurers them too. Really fun to review.


    • Hi Anne,
      I wish you could have seen both of us going through this huge cardboard box FULL of matchbook covers the other night. T is helping a friend do an estate sale on Saturday and of course was there early to preview the items. I’m not kidding – there were at least a couple of thousand in that box and you’re right. They were very fun to look at!
      I’m glad you had someone in the family to treasure yours. I struggle with what to do with all of my family pictures…:(
      Hope you are staying cool in the summer heat!
      Love to all,


  3. boblamb says:

    Another good quote, to me, is: “If you keep on doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep on getting what you’ve always gotten.”

    Still another good one, to me, is: “Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.” I have relied heavily on this one.

    Finally, here’s one from MY mother: “The first two letters of ‘done’ spell ‘do.'”


    • Okay Bob,
      I have accepted your three entries in the First Annual Cyberspace Awards and, to me, they are very good ones!! You are the first responder, and I appreciate your prompt attention to this matter…:)
      Have a good weekend!


  4. JoAnne Rains says:

    I agree on the pink heels. I have a pink dress and jacket that I bought for a grandmother-of-the-bride dress that I can’t bring myself to wear. If you decide that pink is your thing, I would gladly donate it. 🙂


    • JoAnne,
      I truly appreciate the offer of the pink grandmother-of-the-bride dress and will keep it in mind. Our son Drew is officially engaged and we see a wedding at some point in our future – if only I had the pink heels to wear with it!! 🙂


  5. Beppie says:

    I grew up with those matchbook covers T discovered. The short story is that she never smoked but loved to collect matchbook covers and ashtrays. The matchbook covers stayed in an antique milk can for many years until we moved them to the cardboard box to prepare for the estate sale. Glad they are in good hands. Hope you found the one with the little popping penis.


    • Aha Beppie – very interesting about your mother and the matchbook covers. Thank you for the advance warning on the little popping penis – which we haven’t discovered yet! Buyer Beware…:)


  6. Beppie says:

    “She”, my mother.#matchbook covers


  7. Debbie says:

    How about : “It’s cold as a witches titty in a brass bra !” I guess you could use that one in story somewhere!


  8. Here ya go: “Pink is the new navy.” Diana Vreeland

    I’m loving Teresa more and more! Your girl knows how to style. 😀

    I haven’t yet gotten into Orange is the New Black. Do you think I’ll stay awake through it? As soon as I sit my butt down I’m out for the count. This getting old business is for the red hat ladies. 😉

    Keep quoting on!


    • Excellent, Ann – love this quote!!
      Teresa knows how to style for sure. You must watch Orange – if you think you’ll go to sleep, watch it earlier in the day! Trust me – it’s hilarious, poignant, enlightening and mostly just entertaining!
      Getting old business sucks. 🙂


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