Author Archives: Sheila Morris

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 Nana to her granddaughter Ella James born 10-01-2019. Born in rural Grimes County, Texas in 1946 her Texas roots still run wide and deep.

my paternal grandmother’s legacy was hilarious O.G.


my grandmother Ma’s birthday was today October 23, 1903 (d. May 28, 1983) My paternal grandmother I called Ma is the beaming woman second from the left in the middle row. That smile was directed at one of her grandchildren … Continue reading

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the return of the bully


Apparently bully cats are like bully ex-presidents: they keep on turning up. Bully Cat races past me on my morning walk today When I was 10 minutes from home on my walk this morning, I spotted Bully Cat a short … Continue reading

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and now, the rest of the story on our puddy tat (part II)


Hi, I said to the smiling man who opened the door. My name is Sheila, and I live two houses down from you – the corner house. Hi, he responded with a wary look, the smile fading a little bit. … Continue reading

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and now, the rest of the story on our puddy tat (part I)


Since the temperatures dropped into the 40s the last couple of nights, Pretty and I discussed the plight of our poor stray cat we’d been taking care of for the past month. What on earth could we do to protect … Continue reading

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my maternal grandmother’s legacy was love


my Dude’s birthday is today October 20, 1898 (d. April 19, 1972) This picture of my grandmother greets me every time I sit down at my desk – Lots of love, Mother is the inscription on this old photograph we … Continue reading

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an unexpected nugget from Pretty


Yesterday I was in the unfortunate position of needing postage to mail my cousin Melissa’s birthday card – the card I already know will be late – when, alas, the postage stamps I’d ordered from the usps hadn’t arrived in … Continue reading

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close encounter of the cat kind


stray cat adopted by Pretty who named her Lilibet (I call her Pussy) Naturally Pretty would settle on the nickname of Queen Elizabeth II for the recent interloper who crashed our carport four weeks ago, who now sits at the … Continue reading

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boo at the zoo, are we there yet? not yet


My friend Dick Hubbard who has been my most faithful reader since the days of the OG Red Man (the rescued Welsh terrier that became my alter ego in Red’s Rants and Raves) called me after my last post to … Continue reading

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international day of the girl (or two girls!)


Pretty and I are fortunate to celebrate international day of the girl every week when we care for our granddaughter Ella who turned 2 years old on October 1st., but we were thrilled to find out earlier this year Pretty … Continue reading

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view from the cheap seats


Some dogs love to howl at the moon, some dogs stare at the moon but prefer to bark at the mailman, a few dogs never notice the moon at all. They think if they ignore it, the moon will gradually … Continue reading

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