Oh my, Valentine!

    Have you ever wondered about the origins of Valentine's Day? Where did our favorite romantic holiday find its many symbols--the pink and red, the cards, the sweets, and the hearts? Is it really, as some suggest, a holiday cooked up by greeting card companies?   Valentine's Day is an old holiday, with roots … Continue reading Oh my, Valentine!

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A Valentine Song and Poem by Abbie Johnson Taylor

I know it’s a day early, but here’s a poem I wrote for my late husband to commemorate Valentine’s Day. You can click on the title to hear me read it and sing a related song. I hope that tomorrow, you do something special with the one you love. *** TO MY DEPARTED VALENTINE   … Continue reading A Valentine Song and Poem by Abbie Johnson Taylor

How I Fell in Love with My Ideal Partner by Abbie Johnson Taylor

In the winter of 2002, I was single and living here in Sheridan, Wyoming.  A couple of months after subscribing, I decided to pose a question on Newsreel, an audio magazine where people with visual impairments could share ideas and music and trade or sell items. Being a writer who attended workshops away from my … Continue reading How I Fell in Love with My Ideal Partner by Abbie Johnson Taylor

Giving Care with Love

I’m Abbie Johnson Taylor, and I wrote this post.   Last week, I heard, on NPR, one of many reports about the sentencing hearing for the U.S. Army sergeant who went AWOL in the Middle East and was captured by the Taliban and held prisoner for five years before being released. During that day's proceedings, … Continue reading Giving Care with Love

SUCCESS

Post (c) Doris McCraw What is success? Seeing-Underneath-Conceited-Concepts-Expressing-Self-Sincerely? Many times we have achieved success, but because we are looking at societies view of what is successful, we miss the joy of what we have. This thought came up again this week on the anniversary of my mother's death. Was my mother successful? Perhaps not by … Continue reading SUCCESS

Bill’s Birthday

This Post by Abbie Johnson Taylor Bill would have been seventy-four years old today. I wrote the following poem four years ago on his birthday while he was in the nursing home almost two weeks before he passed. It appears in my new book, My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the … Continue reading Bill’s Birthday

Summer Strawberries by Abbie Johnson Taylor

Author Abbie Johnson Taylor I love to eat them year round, not just during the hottest months. When my late husband Bill was alive, he would buy them fresh, rinse them in cold water, remove stems, slice into bite-sized pieces with a sharp knife, then sprinkle with sugar and serve warm over ready-made angel food … Continue reading Summer Strawberries by Abbie Johnson Taylor

Lessons Learned From NOLA

As you all know, I got back relatively recently from a visit to New Orleans. I won't bore you with more details on that trip, but I do want to share some lessons of which I was reminded as a result of my time there. Time is better than money. Most summers over the last several … Continue reading Lessons Learned From NOLA

A Caregiver’s Last Day by Abbie Johnson Taylor

There comes a time while caring for a loved one when you must make the difficult decision to move him to a nursing home. In September of 2012, Bill was getting weaker, making it difficult for me to transfer him from one place to another. We called in a physical therapist who said that due … Continue reading A Caregiver’s Last Day by Abbie Johnson Taylor

Many Ways to Give Thanks

This post by L.Leander, Author of Fearless Fiction  Thank you for the world so sweet Thank you for the food we eat Thank you for the birds that sing Thank you God for everything.                                   Child’s mealtime prayer  Tomorrow … Continue reading Many Ways to Give Thanks