Saturday, September 17, 2022



Real life is the curve of the river
The strength of the ocean
It’s the swaying of trees
It’s pouring rain and bright sunshine
It’s relaxing with a good book
The warmth of a roaring fire
It’s the sweat of textile workers
The smell of apple pie
Real life is the laughter of good friends
The giggling of little children
It’s the sky so blue
And even when it’s cloudy too
It’s the moon high-above
It’s falling in love
It’s skipping stones in a country creek
It’s smiling at the people you meet
It’s watching geese flock away
And people playing in the park on a sunny day
Real life is praying to an empty sky
It’s a meow of a little kitten
The bark of a dog
The roar of a lion
The moo of a cow
Real life is snowflakes
And even an occasional heartache
It’s the gentle touch of a hand
A kiss on the lips
It’s a brisk walk on a fall day
It’s leaves changing colors
And horses feeding on hay
Real life is caring and sharing
It’s watching the children play
It’s chaos and glee
It’s a loved one lost to the sea
It’s tragedy
Death and destruction
It’s fatal diseases and people who hurt you
It’s complicated
And sometimes even suffocating

Real life is all of these things
And even much more
There’s nothing more mysterious
Or sometimes less forgiving
But it’s in all these things
That makes life worth livin

© 1996 Shar’Ron Mahaffey

Friday, September 16, 2022


All of the people below were discouraged at times, but they didn’t assign an age limit to their dreams.

Julia Child didn’t learn to cook until she was almost 40 and was 50 when she launched her popular TV cooking show.

Harlan Sanders, the Colonel Sanders of KFC, was 66 when he began to promote his cooking and create his empire.

Ricardo Montalban, the Mexican actor, had his dream house built at the age of 68. That was when he was finally financially able to do so.

Elizabeth Jolley an English-born writer had her first novel published at the age of 56. In one year alone she received 39 rejection letters but finally had 15 novels and four short story collections published to great success. She died in 2007 at age 83. She realized her dream beyond her own expectations for the last 27 years of her life. 

Mary Wesley was 71 when her first novel was published. During her career, she was one of Britain's most successful novelists, selling three million copies of her books, including 10 bestsellers in the last 20 years of her life. She was 90 when she died in 2002. 

Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the popular Little House books weren’t written when she was a young girl. They were written and published when she was in her 60’s.


My experiences, someone has lived them

My fears, someone has overcome them

My hopes, someone has rejoiced in them

My ideas, someone has conceived them

My thoughts, someone has spoken them

My revelations, someone realized them first

My tears, someone has cried them

My understanding, someone understood it first

Therefore, my soul is the reflection of

Someone whom I may or may not know.

It may be a reflection of you . . .

Copyright © 1996 Shar'Ron Mahaffey


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