Spreading Good News (Post 594 – EXCERPTS FROM MY BOOKS: “Line of Serenity”)

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GET INSPIRED and/or GET MOTIVATED and/or GET INFORMED and/or GET AWE-STRUCK and/or GET A BREAK FROM ALL THE NEGATIVE NEWS and to tell readers about our good, short books and our online store.

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CONSTANT QUOTE

 

 

IT’S BETTER TO DIE CHASING A DREAM NEVER CAUGHT THAN TO DIE NEVER HAVING CHASED THE DREAM.  ~ Joyce Fields

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LIVE YOUR LIFE SO AS TO HAVE FEW REGRETS  ~ Joyce Fields

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TODAY’S BLOG

It’s Wednesday!!  Time for “Excerpts From My Books.”

 

Line of Serenity

~ Joyce Fields

“If y’all couldn’t go, I couldn’t go.”  That’s what Mama proudly said many times.  She was talking about her children.  All seven of us:  Joyce Sharren; George Emery, Jr.; Clarence Cordell; Anita Darlene; Kenneth Allen; Reginald; and Ava Francine.   (As this story unfolds, you will see that Mama was very well balanced.  She even had her children in a balanced pattern:  a girl, two boys, a girl, two boys, a girl.) 

Mama was 31 years old when I, her first child, was born on February 4, 1944.  She had seven children in nine years.  We stayed home a lot–there weren’t many places that could accommodate nine extra people.  We had lots of fun because we always enjoyed each other’s company.  We kids didn’t know that our family was financially poor.  But we were tremendously rich in love, affection, attention, caring, patience, compassion, etc.
MAMA AND DADDY
Mama was born on April 9, 1913 in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  She was the youngest of five children.  Her mother’s name was Frances Harrington Free (we called her “Mom-mee”).  She was born on September 9.  Her father’s name was James Free.  He died before I was born.  I don’t remember hearing about his birthday.  They named her Rosa Lee.  Rosa Lee Free.  Everybody called her “Rose.”

When she was 12, Mama came to Detroit, where she lived with her married, oldest sister, Elizabeth “Baby” Trapp.  We called her “Aint Babe.”  Mama also had another married sister who lived in Detroit.  Her name was Henrietta “Yetty” Jackson.  We called her “Aint Yetty.”  Mama’s two brothers were named Willie “Man” and Lamb (his real name).

Daddy was born on September 6, 1904 in Mercer, Tennessee.  His mother’s name was Ada Merriweather Jones.  She died before I was born.  I don’t remember hearing about her birthday.  She was part Blackfeet Indian, and she had a twin sister, Ida.  His father’s name was Plez Jones–Reverend Plez Jones.  (I never saw him, but I used to write to him when he lived in Little Rock, Arkansas.)  He died when I was about 12.  I don’t remember knowing his birthday.  They named my father George Emery.

Daddy was one of 11 children.  Five of them died before I was born:  three brothers–Lucius, Lavern, and Floyd; and two sisters–Fanny and Melinda.  But I vividly remember his older sisters and older brother:  Lucy Jane (we called her “Aint Lou”); Birdie (we called her “Aint Bird”); Velma and Oscar (we called him “Uncle Oscar”).  They’ve all passed away now.

His other sister, the “baby” of the family, Callie Mazell (we called her “Mae”) just died on March 25, 1999 at the age of 85!  She was born on May 10, 1913.)  She still had a nice figure, and didn’t even look sixty!  Several years ago, she was highly insulted when she had to show her identification to prove that she was a senior citizen!!

 

NOTE:  I detail how we were raised in this, my first book, Line of Serenity.  It covers the years 1944 through 1977.  (Good food has always been—and continues to be—a big part of our family tradition, and Line of Serenity includes 21 of my recipes.)  To read the preview and reviews and order your copy, go to www.GoodShortBooks.com.

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If you’re interested in reading all about “My Breast Cancer Journey,” those posts start with post #334.

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~ Joyce Fields

 

ADDITIONAL OFFERINGS FROM JOYCE FIELDS

Joyce is an author who has written seven books.  If you enjoy this blog, you will, undoubtedly, enjoy all her books.  Her sister, Anita, is also an author.

BE INSPIRED!  You can read about and order their books AND order merchandise from their online store at this link (or click the “BE INSPIRED!” button above):

https://lineofserenity.wordpress.com/get-more-inspiration/

Thanks for your interest AND support!!

Contact Joyce at goodshortbooks@yahoo.com.

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SOME OF JOYCE’S FAVORITE BLOGS

I visit these blogs and leave comments regularly.  I think you will enjoy them all!

http://www.lenasledgeblog.com  Books, reviews, give-aways, interviews.

http://living4bliss.com  Believing Life Is Set up for Success (BLISS)

http://goss-coaching.com/author/gosscoaching  A professional writer and wellness coach helping people connect thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and action to create optimal health and a vibrant life.

http://www.thebirkineffect.com  Musings of a “want it all” 21st century woman

http://www.thesweetsensations.com  A baking, entertainment, and lifestyle blog.  Fantastic recipes and food photography, too!

http://www.pennilessparenting.com  A rich life on minimum wage.  Plus fabulous, healthful recipes!

http://www.rumpydog.com  I’m a dog with a unique perspective on human life.

http://www.davidkanigan.com/  Lead.Learn.Live.  David Kanigan:  Inspiration, Ideas & Information.

http://callingoftheheart.wordpress.com  Spirituality, Psychology, and Political.

http://www.petedenton.wordpress.com  Writer of short stories, Flash fiction, and some scripts.

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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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4 Responses to Spreading Good News (Post 594 – EXCERPTS FROM MY BOOKS: “Line of Serenity”)

  1. What a great story Joyce!

  2. Sandra says:

    It’s so good to know your family history. As I was reading this piece I was looking for a name I might recognize. And then I saw one, Aint Yetty. She made a mean pound cake!!!!

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