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.

the essence of giving thanks


“The oak trees were alive with color in the midst of the evergreens. Bright red and yellow leaves catching the sunlight as Daddy and I walked through the brush on this Thanksgiving morning. The smell of the pines was fresh … Continue reading

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beware the ides of ancestry


His appearance wasn’t what attracted the seventeen-year old girl to the older itinerant preacher in his mid-twenties, but the powerful sermons he delivered in the Methodist church she attended in her home town of Greensboro, Georgia made him seem like … Continue reading

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I’ll drink to them


Our granddaughter Ella James toasts  President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris today while Pretty scrolls Twitter for election updates (and Alexa shuffles music by The Chicks) ******************************* Stay safe, stay sane, and please stay tuned. Happiness is not … Continue reading

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Matt Chisling, A Gay Man for All Seasons


Matt Chisling (January 02, 1929 – November 03, 2020) Yesterday afternoon in the middle of election angst I received a call from our friend Garner who told me another friend of ours, Matt Chisling, had passed. Although the call was … Continue reading

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This is the Time


“We have been too quiet for too long. There comes a time when you have to say something. You have to make a little noise. You have to move your feet.” ——— Congressman John Lewis Neither freezing temperatures nor sweltering … Continue reading

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Ella James is unhappy


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it’s going to be beautiful


Superlative in Chief is in the home stretch of his re-election campaign, and these final laps are going to be the greatest finish ever seen since the beginning of time, regardless of the outcome. If you don’t believe it, just … Continue reading

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grandmothers for a brighter future


Thirteen days until Election 2020 here in the USA, and of the countless texts, emails and snail mail from the candidates for the Senate in our home state of South Carolina, this piece that arrived at our home today is … Continue reading

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readings


Pardon another interruption from politics and the pandemic – this piece was originally published in August, 2011. For sure not a current event, but in this time of disconnection from family and friends, I needed a reminder of the feelings … Continue reading

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Nadal’s List of Unlucky Losers


Yes, yes I know what you’re going to say. Why devote time and space to a sports event in the midst of a pandemic that continues to ravage the health and well being of millions of people across the globe? … Continue reading

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