a moment’s pause from the madness – enjoy!

In the midst of continuing spikes in the coronavirus in our state of South Carolina and yet another senseless killing of a black man by police brutality in our neighboring state of Georgia last night, Pretty and I took the afternoon off from pandemics, systemic racism and mayhem to spend a few hours with our 8-month-old granddaughter. We invite you to share these moments of joy with us.

Billy Blue is my Go-To toy at the Nanas’ house

NanaSlo has a shiny watch

NanaT is in charge of the most important bottle

Pool Time!

NanaSlo, here’s your shiny watch


Now where did I get this Happy Birthday toy?

It’s hard work standing up all the time

Luckily I found my best friend Passy

Hooray for the Passy!

Charly is ok, but I think I make her tired

NanaT is in charge of the food, too – she does it all

My name is Ella James – the Nanas love me the most! 

Stay safe, stay sane and please 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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18 Responses to a moment’s pause from the madness – enjoy!

  1. Henry Lewis says:

    Ella is precious! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. cindy knoke says:

    Awwww, your life is beautiful! My daughter and son in law and their twenty month old twins just moved close and I will be babysitting while parents work. YIKES! They, like all little children, are utterly precious/

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    • Oh Cindy, my friend, your life is about to take a monumental change when you start the babysitting! It’s a grand adventure we wouldn’t trade anything for (on most days!) but definitely changes your routines. And I can’t even imagine taking care of twins!!! Please keep us posted on this new excitement – fingers crossed for you!!! Enjoy!!!


  3. All of the photos are gorgeous. New life, new promise, new hope.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Marsha Gregorich says:

    I think everyone could use a day to rest and enjoy a moment of the blessings we have. I finally saw 2 of my grandchildren. Very short visit but oh so sweet❤

    Liked by 1 person

  5. donnajune66 says:

    That made me smile so big!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Susanne says:

    Smiley goodness. Thanks for sharing good feelings to loosen the stomach knots.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Anonymous says:

    Oh Ella is such a beautiful, loved and happy baby. No wonder the Nanas are so happy. I love the golden color of the pictures and all the big glorious smiles. So very happy for you.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Only one upside down smile, the rest corkers! Not a happy child then? 😀 Happy Nannas for sure.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. What lovely gorgeous photos, you are all blessed to have each other.


  10. franklparker says:

    Thanks for sharing your happiness with us, Sheila. And thanks for your appreciation of my garden pics.

    Liked by 1 person

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