remembering The Red Man (December, 2000 – February 22, 2016)

The good news is the Angel Band played, Big Dawg Bernard came to The Middle to announce promotions and this time when the roll was called up yonder The Red Man’s name was on it. He made it to the Top and joined his running buddies Tennis Ball Obsessed Chelsea, Paw Licker Annie, Smokey Lonesome Ollie and even ran into Sassy the Old One. It was a joyous reunion – everyone was happy to see him…well, maybe not happy…more like glad he made it, if you catch my drift.

In September, 2010 Red began the rants and raves with his post I’m a Talker which produced the first two “Likes” he ever had: Wayside Artist and Terry1954. They have stayed with us for the whole ride with Red and Pretty and the Old Woman Slow and the rest of the cyberspace folks who gave us 69,666 hits in the past six years while posting 666 posts – a nice number to end with, don’t you think?

It’s very hard for me to let go of Red’s Rants and Raves but I find it difficult to “edit” for Red when he no longer dictates to me while lying next to my feet as I sit at my desk. I feel I have to let him rest in peace with his brother and sisters.

I hope all of Red’s 1,649 followers will follow me to my I’ll Call It posts (  – I think many of you already have – and so the writings and photos from Casa de Canterbury will continue on my other site, hopefully with Red’s keen insights and observations serving as my muse when the days lack inspiration otherwise.

I thank all of you so very much for the “likes” and “comments” and hits through the past six years. Truly Red’s Rants and Raves changed my life.

Get me outta here, Percy – and he did.

Red’s favorite spot…in Pretty’s lap getting Pretty pets


in the beginning was The Red Man…

and the Old Woman Slow loved him

(Posted on Red’s Rants and Raves September 02, 2016)

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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8 Responses to remembering The Red Man (December, 2000 – February 22, 2016)

  1. Wayside Artist says:

    Aw!! Dear Red!! Miss Poppy Seed’s greatest mentor. The Red Man will always be held in her highest esteem. For me, Red’s greatest accomplishment was sending me two good friends, three counting Darlene. That little rascal of yours knew how to bring the best people together.
    Enjoy your new heavenly digs, Red Man. You earned a pee-mail spot right by the Pearly Gates.

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  2. Dear Red Man. He’s gone but will never be forgotten xAx

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  3. scauburn79 says:

    Awwww……Red Man…loved that dog and his Rants and Raves! What a great memory! Thanks for letting us all reminisce about all of those sweet dogs and how you and Pretty saved and loved on them until they crossed the rainbow bridge!

    Big hugs! Have a great day! Nan

    Sent from my iPad


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