the james brown holiday card collection

No, not THAT James Brown – this is my friend of many moons, Jim Brown. I first met Jim in the early 1990s when I was selling life insurance, and he was selling health insurance. He cold called on me in my tiny Jefferson Pilot office one day, and I invited him to come in and tell me about his Golden Rule insurance plans. He folded his tall frame into my one and only office chair designed for very short clients, and we were off and running.

Throughout the years, Jim sent us countless holiday cards that were truly unique and signaled the beginning of the holiday season. Pretty and I loved them all.

2012 – Photo from Sheri Blackshire-Cochrane

2015 – Photo of downtown Greenville, South Carolina

2013 – Photo courtesy of Charlie Register

2014 – Photo taken from downtown Greenville, South Carolina

2016 – Highlands, North Carolina

Each of Jim’s cards carried his best wishes for Pretty and me, and I’ve chosen one of his greetings to send to all our friends in cyberspace:

“May you enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving Day…

a joyous Holiday Season…

and a prosperous, healthful, Happy New Year.”

From our family to yours, too.

Stay tuned.

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 the james brown holiday card collection

  1. Jim sent some fine cards. What a lovely greeting. Everything is reciprocated and we send all of you big hugs too!

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  2. Wayside Artist says:

    That beautiful sentiment touches the heart of each holiday. Jim has the eye of a great artist.

    Seasons Greetings!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Susanne says:

    I love the cabin best of all. A dream place to escape to, light a fire, be alone with family with nuthin’ of the outside world to intrude. All his photos are remarkable and slightly romantic. How nice that you kept them!


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