His Hands

"A good father will leave his imprint on his daughter for the rest of her life."James C. Dobson  His HandsBy Elece HollisAs we harvested the grapes for jelly-makingI took photos of his hands;I wanted never to forget those hands,How they looked in my mind's eye.The photos shocked me—rocked meNever would I have thought those handsHad already... Continue Reading →

Wedding Day

All your life you dream;All your life you wait,UntilOne dayYou fall in love.Life begins afreshWith a wedding day.Like a movie's end,A movie that Changes your heart,With musicThat sinks into your soul;Music that insists You stayListening In the emptying theaterTo hear the last Sweet note,Before going out into The alteredEvening.Life begins with the end of Waiting.

Tomato Bowl

How many fruits have filled this bowl? How many tomatoes? How many applesWere peeled into it's curves?Golden honey-scented pears?How many green beans were servedWith new potatoes? Sliced sugary peaches?Ears of yellow corn? Savory vegetable soup?How many slices of cantaloupe? Blackberries?I wonder whose bowl it was before it was mine?Did she use it to mix a cakeBatter for... Continue Reading →

Letter to a Rose Painter

Dear God,I just want to say how much I admire your artwork. Everwhere I look, from children's faces to the bark of trees, to wild animals like the giraffe to the sea shells washed on ocean shores, everywhere are wonderful beautiful things that you have designed. There are waterfalls crafted by your hand. There are... Continue Reading →

Letter to a Rose Painter

Dear God,I just want to say how much I admire your artwork. Everwhere I look, from children's faces to the bark of trees, to wild animals like the giraffe to the sea shells washed on ocean shores, everywhere are wonderful beautiful things that you have designed. There are waterfalls crafted by your hand. There are... Continue Reading →

Creekside Cottage, Joplin

This weekend we celebrated our thirty-seventh anniversary with a trip to Missouri. We stayed at the Creekside Cottages, a bed and breakfast recommended to us by my sister Rebecca. It was a rustic and comfortable and peaceful place to stay. We enjoyed the creek from a porch that ran along the back and one side of... Continue Reading →

Creekside Cottage, Joplin

This weekend we celebrated our thirty-seventh anniversary with a trip to Missouri. We stayed at the Creekside Cottages, a bed and breakfast recommended to us by my sister Rebecca. It was a rustic and comfortable and peaceful place to stay. We enjoyed the creek from a porch that ran along the back and one side of... Continue Reading →

A Baby Born

Dear Mama,This week I was the grandma. I rushed to Audra's house to keep the children while she gave birth to another little one. This time she was experiencing a slow labor with long gaps in the pain. The work was worrisome. The hours passed slowly. Eventually, the contractions picked up and soon my third... Continue Reading →

A Baby Born

Dear Mama,This week I was the grandma. I rushed to Audra's house to keep the children while she gave birth to another little one. This time she was experiencing a slow labor with long gaps in the pain. The work was worrisome. The hours passed slowly. Eventually, the contractions picked up and soon my third... Continue Reading →

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