what a difference a year makes

October, 2019

two weeks old granddaughter Ella James stares at me 

December, 2019

Pretty and I take granddaughter on her first trip up the road

February, 2020

Pretty smiles at Baby Ella

April, 2020

Ella, her Mama and her Aunt Coco bring me scrumptious birthday cake

June, 2020

Summertime at the pool with NanaT

July, 2020

and she’s still staring – but standing on her own now

September, 2020

walking, trying to use remote for tv in our den

October 01, 2020

Happy Birthday, Ella James!

 Toni Morrison said, “you are your best thing” – and for your NanaT and me, as well as so many others whose lives you’ve touched in this brief first year of your life – you are our best thing, too.


In these incredibly perilous times I implore you to stay safe, stay sane, stay tuned and VOTE.

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 what a difference a year makes

  1. cindy knoke says:

    You are all the best! I love this post, so full of life and love.

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  2. Susanne says:

    Thanks for the upbeat post. Babies and their Nanas are the best!

    On a hair note, I believe my hair is now shorter than yours. I have a small tuft at the front which makes me look like a grouse, fittingly enough.

    Reporting from the Great White North (GWN), Susan Rice was on the news last night in an interview with the news host imploring the 600,000 Americans living in Canada to vote. What a sane voice. I’m almost sorry Biden didn’t pick her as his Veep though I recognize she comes with baggage. Harris has a cleaner slate, I guess.

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    • I find it difficult to believe your hair is shorter than mine, but I like the sound of the look!
      Wow – 600,000 Americans living in Canada – I had no idea. I hope Susan Rice made a compelling pitch – I can only imagine the Americans who live in Canada would vote the way I just did on my absentee ballot a few minutes ago.
      If the election doesn’t go our way, a number of my friends plus Pretty and me are seriously looking to Canada for our residence. So that 600,000 may go up!
      P.S. Our only reservation is the cold weather!!

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      • Susanne says:

        I wish you and America well, Sheila. BUT, if you think the north is your destination on November 4, there are warmer spots. Consider Victoria or Osoyoos, BC (a desert-like climate), Windsor, St. Catharines or Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Those are our hot-spots and you might not even need snow-tires or winter boots!

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      • I am writing these down, Susanne!! I hope we don’t have to take these drastic measures, but honestly, this guy is certifiable…Thank you for the suggestions – I trust you. I’ve actually been to Victoria and it’s a beautiful place. Thank you again, my friend.


  3. Happy Birthday small and perfect being! You do your elders a whole lot of good 😀

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  4. Such a lovely post and look how she has grown💗😺Pawksses for a Happy Birthday to sweet Ella James and a happy Monday to all of you🐾😽💞

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  5. Lovely photos from the past year 🙂

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