And Now, a Word from Our Sponsor

Just kidding – we don’t even have a sponsor to interrupt us, but I do have a few  pictures and thoughts to go with them. I’m taking a break from my PEST (Post Election Stressful Trauma) and concentrating on the potential for holiday good cheer with cards from old friends and a former President I shamelessly admire for his ongoing efforts to “Wage Peace” in a lifetime of public service.


 This year’s card 


Each year for many years former President and First Lady Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter send us a Christmas card. I can set my Christmas clock by it. It’s one of two cards that arrive at Casa de Canterbury immediately following Thanksgiving. Our tried-and-true friend James Brown from Greenville sends a beautiful card we always love that announces the holiday season, and the Carters are close behind with good wishes from their family and the Carter Center.

I first began supporting Jimmy Carter in 1976 when he was running for President. At the time I was disenchanted with the Washington establishment during and following the Nixon administration. I believed we needed a change from those horrific public Watergate nightmares in order to move forward with a higher moral compass in the White House. I thought the peanut farmer from Plains, Georgia would be just the person to shake things up…OMG, Somebody stop me.

I just can’t give it a rest.

Oh well, enjoy a few of the other Carter Christmas cards over the years. I promise to shut up.


President Carter’s own drawing of cutting a Christmas tree with his daughter Amy


Christmas in Plains, Georgia, his home town

(another personal drawing)


His boyhood home in Plains

(also his drawing)


I couldn’t have said it better myself. From the Carters and Casa de Canterbury to all our friends in cyberspace.

Imagine peace.



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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5 Responses to And Now, a Word from Our Sponsor

  1. Anonymous says:

    Love this. Thanks for sharing your Christmas with the Carters.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Have always respected Jimmy Carter and all that he’s worked for.

    Liked by 1 person

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