from antiques to basketball via the Seminole Trail

US highway 29 a/k/a Seminole Trail in parts of Virginia – antiques galore for Pretty to explore

Pretty and me leaving Jefferson’s Monticello

(photo by Susan Moore-Cooke)

Pretty in DC at Old Ebbitt Grill established in 1856

While Pretty collects antique treasures, I collect words; I found my treasure on a WNBA Washington Mystics t-shirt when we went to watch our home girl A’ja Wilson and her Las Vegas Aces play the Mystics in DC. Our home girl scored 22 points and had 12 rebounds in a game the Aces eventually lost to the Mystics, but Pretty and I weren’t too disappointed. We were thrilled to feel the atmosphere of the big city small arena with its diverse enthusiastic fan following. I told Pretty I was transported that night in my thoughts to the first tiny Texas gymnasium in Grimes County where I watched high school girls play basketball seventy years ago – now I watched a professional women’s team “centered in the very soul of our nation.”

From Jefferson’s home at Monticello to the Lincoln Memorial…from historic Old Ebbitt Grill to a sports arena in the Congress Heights neighborhood of DC, our four day trip last week along the Seminole Trail reminded me my country was built upon the work of those that dared to dream different.


Dare to dream different, 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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6 Responses to from antiques to basketball via the Seminole Trail

  1. A shirt with a story…I like it😸 Thank you for bringing comfort on the passing of my sweet Little Binky and thank you for being an admirer for such a long time, Sheila🌸 Pawkisses from Heaven especially for you and Pretty too🐾😽✨

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  2. Absolutely love that T! Pretty must have been like a pig in sh*t with so many antiques places along the way 😀

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    • OMG – that’s exactly what she’s like! We had a bit of a spat on the way to DC because I wouldn’t let her stop at a place on the opposite side of the highway called Reincarnated, but on the way back we did stop there and it turned out to be a store of Traitor Trump supporter items. Ugh. She and I both refused to go in. We should have kept moving, right?
      Anyway, her favorite was the Wooly Lam. You can’t make these names up.
      The T was really awesome – the fans in DC heavily lesbian and very open displays of affection.
      Of course, we don’t often see that at our basketball games here. Think never.
      Thanks for taking the time to stay with us!


  3. That’s an awesome t-shirt!

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