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I'm not sure how many of you remember this post from Christmas, 2015, when I wrote about my nosy neighbor watching me decorate my Ch...

12/30/15

Wordless Wednesday: Holiday Returns

Wordless Wednesday is a simple visual blog post featuring a photo or image that speaks for itself without using words.

 It's a great way to meet blogging buddies and to express yourself through images, photos or illustration.

You can find Wordless Wednesday's code on Comedy Plus, and link up with other participants listed on Mr. Linky's Magical Widgets below. Just hit "Read More." It's fun!




12/28/15

Is It Still Christmas?


                  It's three days after Christmas, and the tingle of holiday fever is in the air!

This is my between the holidays update, or a folllow up to "Still Decorating My Empty Nest,"  the post I wrote before Christmas Day. The one about polishing every twig in my empty nest awaiting my son's arrival?

Well, I was dusting my last twig when he opened the door and said,

   "Oh, come on Mom, it's just me." 

We think we know our children, but they know us better, maybe better than we know ourselves. In any event, my empty nest, is empty once again, that is with the exception of Simon, my cat, who ate most of our Christmas Turkey.

Now, he looks like he's carrying a bowling ball in his stomach. It's ridiculous, when my son left the room he begged me for turkey and vice-versa, and now, Mr. "I haven't had any turkey" is paying the price.

12/19/15

Still Decorating An Empty Nest




Since, I haven't posted in about a week, I thought I should write a quick update. I'm still decorating my apartment in addition to what you might call triple tasking.

My son lives out of town and we talk on the phone often, but since he's coming home for Christmas I'm polishing every twig in my empty/full nest.

Why didn't anyone tell me that motherhood never ends? It's alright, I'm happy about that, in fact, I obviously suffer from empty nest syndrome. But, I didn't realize that once your children left the nest, they would return to peek in your refrigerator.

12/6/15

Silly Sunday "Christmas Air Travel"

Welcome to Silly Sunday! Silly Sunday was created by Sandee of Comedy Plus, and it's one of my favorite meme's because all you have to do is tell a joke, link up, and the best part? Have fun!!!

I hope you enjoy my contribution.  Have a blast today!


There were five people aboard an airplane having engine trouble getting ready to crash, however, there were only four parachutes. Everyone wondered what should be done to determine who should get the parachutes. One person said that he was the smartest thing that hit the face of the Earth and that he was too smart to die. So, he took one of the parachutes and jumped out of the aircraft. The second person said that she was too important to die, she had children and a family to take care of, and they depended on her to care for them. So, she took one of the parachutes and jumped out of the aircraft. 

12/4/15

Feline Friday!

My friend Sandee's buddy, Steve of  Burnt Food Dude started the meme, Feline Friday because he doesn't want everyone to know he hates cats. Sandee of Comedy Plus, wrote, "I'm still not convinced that he loves cats, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt." So, I will give him the benefit of the doubt too."

All you have to do is post an image of cats being cats, and link up, it's fun, so come join us.


11/29/15

Silly Sunday! Office Party


  Silly Sunday is hosted by Sandee of Comedy Plus. 

   The rules are simple, just have fun and link up!

    Silly Sunday is also a great place to come for weekly laughs and it is a great opportunity to meet other bloggers.

 Here's how it works: Laugh and link up!

11/27/15

Happy Feline Friday! "Cats And Cucumbers"

My buddy Sandee, of Comedy Plus, posts the meme, Feline Friday each week because her buddy Steve of Burnt Food Dude created it. According to Sandee, Steve started the meme "because he wanted everyone to know that he doesn't hate cats," and Sandee is giving him the benefit of the doubt, which is good enough for me.
I'm not sure what Steve wrote that made people think he didn't like cats, but I'm glad he started this meme 'cause it's a fun and a great way to meet other bloggers.





Credit for image: Cheri Badon of Badon's Employment.com and YouTube.com



11/24/15

Tuesday's Question: What Was Your First Thought When You Woke up This Morning?



What Was Your First Thought When You Woke up This Morning?


Hello, and welcome to A Nice Place In The Sun and Tuesday's Question. I try to post a question every Tuesday to get to know my readers better, play with my online friends, and hopefully attract more visitors to my online home.

Here's Grace from Dragon's Alley answer:

"OMG - Look at how late it is!"

November 24, 2015 at 10:10 PM
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And Sandee from Comedy Plus:  -Who I might add's comments are as great as her blog.-

"Oh my mind is working overtime most of the time, so I had lots of thoughts. 

First, I need to go to the bathroom.

Turn on the computer.

Coffee.

I need to put linky's on my Silly Sunday post.

What do I have to do today....oh, nails, toes and grocery shopping.

Well, you get the idea.

Have a fabulous day honey. Big hugs to you and scritches to Simon. ♥♥♥"

November 25, 2015 at 7:28 AM
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I misunderstood Grace of Dragon's Alley answer, so she was kind enough to leave another comment;

"No - that was my first thought when I opened my eyes. I hate when I sleep in. Once up I have no intelligible thoughts for at least an hour, unless something in the newspaper irks me."
November 25, 2015 at 9:33 PM

Thanks to you both for taking the time to answer, and to the rest of you, remember it's never too late to answer Tuesday's Question.

11/12/15

The Other Side Of Heaven

Hey, how have you been?

  
This post is dedicated to Sandee of Comedy Plus, her "hubby," whose heartfelt post inspired me, and to their little dog "Little Bit," who they lost recently. Please stop by Comedy Plus, if you haven't already, and read Sandee's husbands post. 

 The Other Side Of  Heaven                                                  

We often think of going to heaven, but we seldom consider the fact that heaven comes to us.  I think it’s because we’re not paying attention to the gifts we see around us every day.
For example, people say “money doesn’t grow on trees,” when, in fact, we have oranges, apples, and the other kind of foods that literally fall from our trees, not the grocery store.

11/10/15

Tuesday's Question: What children's book made the most impact on you when you were a child?


Tuesday's Question is easy all you have to do is answer the question and I will link your comment back to your blog and list it on the first page. But. you're not a blogger, I will list your name.   Click on the read more hack and you can read my answer, and I can read yours.

(Thank you Sandee of Comedy Plus for your answer; http://comedyplus.blogspot.com/  and to Grace of Dragon's Alley,  for your comments. I truly appreciate it.)

11/9/15

Aww... Monday's: Drive Carefully

Welcome to Aww...Monday's. The only rule of Aww...Monday's is to post a picture that makes you say Aww...and smile.
Created by Sandee of Comedy Plus who has the Mister Linky's link to join in the fun. Here's the link to Comedy Plus   where you can read her post, add the link to your post, and meet other bloggers.

I love this.

Thank you for visiting and have a great way!


11/8/15

Silly Sunday! Poo Poo And Poo Poo Boudreaux


 Silly Sunday is a weekly post from Sandee at Comedy Plus, and to paraphrase her,  
"Sunday is the place to come for weekly laughs. The rules are simple, just have fun. 
This is a great opportunity to get to know other bloggers and have a laugh or two in the process." 

All you have to do is post a silly post and add the link to your post on Sandee's blog, (I do not have the code.)

  Here's my contribution entitled, Poo Poo and Poo Poo Boudreaux. 

Once there were two Cajun twins, who wore the same clothes, never went anywhere without the other, and even shared their first and last name.  Their names were Poo, Poo Boudreaux. When the boys were small, and really even into adulthood they were bullied about their name.

11/6/15

Happy Feline Friday


Just testing the water
I discovered Feline Friday while visiting Sandee of Comedy Plus which happens to be one of my favorite blogs.  The meme began with Steve of Burnt Food Dude, which Sandee wrote,  "he started this meme because he wanted everyone to know that he doesn't hate cats.   I'm still not convinced that he loves cats, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. "   

I would like to thank Steve and Sandee for introducing me to such a fun meme, it's a blast. So, if you have a minute, visit one of these blogs to join in the link. I've tried to pick up Mister Linky's code, but I'm having trouble adding the widget, although, you can get it from Comedy Plus, or any of the other blogs listed on Sandee or Steve's blogs.

Hug a Feline Today.  

Thank you for visiting A Nice Place In The Sun  


11/1/15

Silly Sunday! "Writing's Powerful Message"

There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed a desire to become a "great" writer.

10/31/15

Happy Halloween!


                                                  

Have a happy and save Halloween! 

10/30/15

Happy Feline Friday!

My contribution to this week’s Feline Friday reflects my feline, Simon's, mood today. I write best early in the morning, and I have since Simon was a kitten, so he thinks I need to hop out of bed at the crack of dawn EVERYDAY, and salute him.   


10/27/15

Tuesday's Question- What's In Your Purse, Wallet, Handbag, Computer Bag, Etc, Today?


Hello, and welcome to Tuesday's Question. Today's question is, well, I know you read the title, but I'll ask it again, and answer it: What's In Your Purse, Wallet, Handbag, Computer Bag, Etc, Today? 


Read answers from Sandee at Comedy Plus and Grace from Dragon's Alley. 


10/26/15

Aww...Monday's

 Hello, and welcome to Aww...Monday's, a weekly post from Sandee at Comedy Plus that encourages us bloggers to post a picture to make each other smile, and say "Aww..." I love this post because, as Sandee puts it, it's a great way to begin each week, meet other bloggers, and for me and others, return after an absence from posting.

"But, I don't want to go to school today."

There are so many great photos on the internet, that it took me awhile to find a favorite, but I finally settled on this little puppy from Google Images. 

If you would like to publish an Aww...Monday's post and link to other bloggers, visit Comedy Plus' and leave a link to your post on Mister Linky's Magical Widgets.  


Thank you for visiting A Nice Place In The Sun, and if you have time, return tomorrow for Tuesday's Question, it's fun.  




Bye-Bye

Have a super great evening, and thanks again for visiting.


8/13/15

No Problem.

                                                       



Hello, I haven't posted in so long I'm not sure if anyone is reading this, but just in case I thought I would update my posts. Where have I been? Well, if I told you the whole story, it would bore you to death, so I'll just say while I was offline I managed too lock out the noise in my life long enough to finish another manuscript. Now, all I have to do is send it off to agents and publishers. Golly, traditional publishing is rough work, but it will be worth it. I cannot wait to post one of my books on A Nice Place In The Sun. But, until then, here is my new post.

Lately, I've felt like a plane gliding in for a landing, sort of tipsy topsy. This feeling reminded me of a time long ago...

I've titled it, No Problem, but I guess you already know that- 

Years ago, my brother booked a flight for me on a plane that resembled a crop duster. I was horrified when I saw it at the airport. I hate to fly, particularly on a plane that has ten seats. 

I was flying to Fort Walton Beach, Florida, which happens to have a naval base, so I knew we would have to land under zooming jets, which are loud enough to burst your ear drums.

I was so terrified, I went into the airport bar, and I did not drink much, but this was one of those times when I needed a friend, and alcohol was more than happy to lend a hand.

6/16/15

Tuesday's Question: What Song Brings Back Nostalgic Memories?



Hello, and welcome to Tuesday's Question. Today's question is, well, I know you read the title, but I'll ask it again, and answer it: 

 What song brings back nostalgic memories?

 For me, it's I'm A Believer by The Monkees, which is odd because they were not my favorite band, although I did love them.

I'm A Believer pulls me back to a time in my life when the world was simple and friends were plentiful. When I was seventeen our lives and town were different; living was still and easy, yet loud and joyful. But the main reason the song brings back nostalgic memories is because my sweetheart at the time hid his Monkees 'eight-track' tape from me because I constantly played the song.
When I think of him hiding his tapes it makes me laugh, because he taught me how to play the song on the guitar, a deed I think he probably regretted. 

I hope Tuesday's Question's, and this question will encourage everyone to begin conversations by responding to each others comments. Plus, it's a way for all of us to have fun. But, if you are more comfortable reading comments that's fine too.  Alright, now it's your turn: What Song Brings Back Nostalgic Memories for you?

6/15/15

Awww...Monday's- I'm On My Way Mom!

                                                            

I'm on my way Mom!

Awww..Monday's is a weekly post from Sandee at Comedy Plus.  
Each week, Sandee invites her readers to post a picture that makes you say Awww...

I love Awww... Monday's because posting a kind, adorable, or happy image is the best way to begin a new week, and it's a ton of fun. 

Thanks Sandee, for creating a great way to begin each week, and for inspiring your readers, to find endearing photographs or images to share.  I look forward to this post every Monday, because I begin the day with a happy attitude. For example, this baby polar bear made me smile:)))


Thank you for visiting A Nice Place In The Sun. And if you would like to participate in Awww Monday's just visit Sandee here. 

Note:
To those of you who participated in last Monday's, or rather, Tuesday's post entitled, 'Truth or Fiction.'  Find out if you guessed the correct story below: ???

Just click read more: 


6/14/15

New Orleans Ladies



This video captures the flavor of the great city of New Orleans so well, I had to post it. I hope you enjoy the tour of one of America's great cities, and my town.

Have super great week-end.

And as we say down here,  'Let the good times roll..." 

P.S. I noticed that the video owner wishes for us to watch it on YouTube, I hope you do not mind clicking the click, it is a great video.

Thank you! And thanks for visiting a A Nice Place In The Sun.  

5/29/15

Feline Friday- A Nap Before Breakfast

A Nap Before Band Practice
Happy Feline Friday. Feline Friday is a fun meme my friend Sandee with Comedy Plus  posts every Friday. The meme was created by Steve from Burnt Food Dude. This meme provides us humans with the opportunity to publish our own, and view others bloggers photographs, drawings, and videos of cats in their finest moments.

Camera's, videos, and human talent has opened a gateway into the adventurous world of cats, and boy are they photogenic.

I think the kitten in this photograph is taking a nap before band practice. While my feline is running around my apartment, jumping over furniture, intentionally scratching the back of my sofa, (instead of his scratch board), because I am writing.

Have a great day, and click on Sandee and Steve's link for more Feline Friday posts, they're terrific.

Note in reference to Monday's Stories: 

Jean from The Misadventures of Widowhood guessed the true story, congratulations Jean!  I truly appreciate all of you who participated, especially since I had to quit blogging for awhile, and lost a lot of readers. Your loyalty means the world to me.

Plus, I'd like to add that when my mother told me the story about the puppies, I didn't believe it either, and I still have questions, although she remains adamant that it's the truth.

Forgive me for any mistakes I may have made in this post, I'm racing the Louisiana rain. I have a desktop, and I'm afraid I may lose power.

Again, have a wonderful day, and don't forget to leave or read a comment. It's fun!

Oh, and you can still read Monday's Stories in the post below, and see which story you would have chosen.    
Bye again :)


 

5/26/15

"Monday's Stories" On Tuesday: Toby and Pete, And Grocery Store Items


On Monday of last week I published a post about publishing a new weekly post, entitled, Monday's Stories: Fact Or Fiction. 

Every week I'll write two stories, one will be authentic entertainment and the other highly colored fiction.
You will decide which story is true and which is pure imagination. I hope these tall tales will be different, fun, and challenging.  

Do you think you can tell the difference between a true story and fiction? 
This week, I will publish the correct answers on Friday, but next week, I will stop taking comments about which story you think is true on Friday, and reveal the true story in the next "Monday's Stories: Fact Or Fiction" post.

This is another clever suggestion from Sandee at Comedy Plus, because as Sandee pointed out, it will give everyone a chance to read others opinions throughout the week-end, as well as build readers anticipation. 

Stories begin after clicking "Read More."  Thank you for reading.

5/24/15

Put On Your Thinking Cap

Put on your thinking cap, because I'm writing the stories for my new weekly post, Monday's Mysteries , which I wrote a post about last Monday. Forgive me, but I've changed a few things about Monday's Mysteries, including the title. I realized that the title might imply that the stories will be mysteries, when one story will be true and the other fiction. The new title will be Monday's Stories: Truth or Fiction.

On Monday's post I wrote: "Every Monday I’m going to write two brief stories, one story will be authentic, and the other highly colored fiction.

You will decide which story is true and which is pure imagination. These Tall Tales will be brief, fun, and challenging. Do you think you can tell the difference between truth and fiction?" 


In addition to changing the title, my friend Sandee from Comedy Plus, suggested I wait a few days before I reveal the true story, and I think it's a good idea, so the true story will be published every Friday.

I'll post the links to the blogs and websites, (or your name if you do not have a blog) for those of you who guess the true story. You can let me know by leaving a comment. I love comments and I will reply. Take your time, you have until Friday. Although you're more than welcome to leave a comment today, just to say hello, or if you have any questions.  

Thank you and good luck!

Have a wonderful day. :)

Ann Clemmons

Special note: Thanks Sandee. 

5/22/15

Feline Friday: "The Difference Between Dog's And Cats"




Happy Feline Friday! Feline Friday is fun meme my friend Sandee at Comedy Plus posts every Friday. The meme was created by Sandee's buddy Steve, at Burnt Food Dude because he wanted his friends and readers to know he likes cats. I'm not sure why everyone thought Steve disliked cats, but it's been my experience that you have to own a cat to understand them. I've always been a dog lover, and never expected to own a cat, not because I disliked them, I just preferred dogs, and had never raised a cat. If you have never owned a cat this video will give you an idea about how cats and dogs love and learn to trust in their own way, plus it's fun to watch.


Thank you for visiting, and feel free to leave a comment, or check your "Reaction" in one of the boxes below this post.  To participate in this meme, just read Sandee's post at Comedy Plus  for more information and fun.

Oh, and if you have time, let me know "What Song Is In Your Head Today," the song in my head is posted on the sidebar.

Have a terrific day! Follow your bliss- :)



Special thanks to YouTube  and Arnabkacakstudio for the "Cat Versus Dog" video.


Ann Clemmons






5/19/15

Tuesday's Question: Have You Ever...??


Hello, and welcome to Tuesday's Question. This weeks question is...
   
Have you Ever Discovered a Lost Item In An Unexpected Area? 

O.K., I'll answer first:

Last night I was thinking about a telephone conversation I had with my paternal grandmother many years ago. She called while I was looking  for my utility bill, and I must have sounded irritable when I answered the phone, because she asked me what was wrong.

I told her I was moving from room to room, desperately seeking the bill for my utilities, when she said; "Well, Ann, have you looked in the refrigerator?"

Can you guess where I found it?

Thank you for visiting, and I cannot wait for your answers.

Have a super day!

Dedicated to my paternal grandmother.  


5/18/15

Monday's Mysteries Are Around The Corner



Next Monday, I will post Monday's Mysteries for the first time, so stop by and leave the first comment, and I will post a link to your blog or website.

Every Monday I’m going to write two brief stories, one story will be authentic, and the other highly colored fiction.

You will decide which story is true and which is pure imagination. These Tall Tales will be brief, fun, and challenging. Do you think you can tell the difference between truth and fiction?

I will let you know which story is true when I reply to your comment- (And for you law breakers: Do not try to read the comments for the answer, because I have cameras. :))

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you will return to participate, or read the stories. (I don't really have  cameras.)

Have a great Monday. :))

Ann Clemmons

5/15/15

Feline Friday- Simon Claus-


It's Feline Friday! Feline Friday is fun meme my friend Sandee at Comedy Plus  posts on Friday's, which Sandee's buddy at Burnt Food Dude started because he wanted everyone to know he likes cats.

It's one of my favorite meme's. Here is a photo of my favorite feline, my cat Simon this past Christmas. I asked Simon to play Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, which he seemed thrilled to do, until he saw the Santa Claus hat.      




Have a fun, safe, and happy Friday, and thanks for stopping by A Nice Place In The Sun.

Comments make me happy. :)

And just a reminder, if you have time, let me know what song is in your head today?

5/12/15

Tuesday's Question: Hmm...What is it this week? Books, Children, life?

What''s The First Book That Made You Cry?




Hello, and welcome to Tuesday's Question. This is the first Tuesday's Question I've written in a long time, so I'm rusty, but here goes, (Although, I know you already read it.)

What's the first book that ever made you cry? Feel free to the replace "cry" with "laugh," either word is fine, whatever emotion you felt the strongest from a book for the first time.


Frank Kafka, once wrote, "A book must be the ax for the frozen sea inside us."


What book helped break the "frozen sea' in you?


I know this is a tough question to ponder, or at least it was for me, so take your time, because you can come back whenever you wish.

Alright, it's my turn to answer this question. Note: The first book to make you cry doesn't have to be a children's book.




The first book that made me cry was Stuart Little, by E.B.White, although it might not count, because my mother read it to my brother’s and I when I was six years old, so when I think about it, Stuart Little may be the first book that made my brother's laugh or cry, because tears rolled down my face when Stuart swirled down the kitchen sink. All of E.B. White's books made me laugh and cry, so maybe this answer is not the best. But, it was the first book I remembered when I thought about this question, or one of them anyway.

That being said, the first novel I read that made me cry was Watership Down, written by English author Richard Adams, and I'm sorry, but I have to include The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton  as well, because I'm not sure which one made me cry first, and both novels affected me in a profound way.

Actually, it had to have been The Outsiders that first cracked the ice in my soul, because I read it in Junior High School, I think I remembered Watership Down first, due to an unpleasant experience I had when I was a freshman in high school.



5/8/15

Spring Cleaning, Under Construction, Remodeling My Empty Nest, Writing New Stories, Hmm...

I guess it's obvious that I couldn't settle on a title for this post, but I trust that many of you get my meaning; but, I suppose I could have entitled it 'Drifting.'    

Because 2014 was a crazy year for me, one of those years I do not care to repeat. I spent the year riding an emotional roller coaster, or floating about in a daydream. In any event, I haven't had enough time to dust, nail, or rearrange my cherished spot on the internet for what feels like an eternity.

I can't believe how long it's been since my last post.  

I finally finished a children's manuscript, so, I've been busy researching agencies that may be interested in representing children's material.

I feel sad about the fact that my blog resembles a ghost town, especially since it used to be such a lively place to hide. I hope my old readers haven't given up on me and will return, and that new readers will discover my/our "place in the sun."

Incidentally, I hope the construction worker to the right of this text is going be alright, because I'm do not have blog owners insurance.  (Now, I understand why construction workers wear those funny looking hats.) I need a hard hat to wear while I'm cleaning my house, in addition to a pair of boots.

 The title of my manuscript is "Bizzy, The Busy Dog," and I'm working on another one entitled, "The Hobo."  

I've decided I should let my blog readers in on the titles of my offline work because you're a spectacular bunch of people, particularly those of you who have been loyal friends since I began writing A Nice Place In The Sun. You've helped me find my voice, and supported me through many unedited silly posts, and I'm grateful for your friendship.

If this is your first visit, I welcome you and hope you will return. I posted a few links to posts on my sidebar, and I'm looking forward to posting new stories soon.

Thanks again! Have a super great day. :)

Oh, and I appreciate and respond to all comments, so if you have time, please feel free to comment, e-mail me, subscribe, or step in with a broom, mop, nails and a few construction workers. :)

1/25/15

An Embarrassing Incident



  An Embarrassing Incident     
                                                       

Recently, an old friend reminded me of an embarrassing incident that happened to me in high school.

When I was a teenager, my friends and I rode around in the car listening to the radio until the sun glistened upon the mighty Mississippi river. The Mississippi river ran through our hometown, which was in keeping with its teenager’s strong undercurrents and muddy water attitudes. The river road crept along the rivers route, but since the river was obstructed by a levee, we had to drive on top of the levee's narrow road to view the water.

In those days when you drove on the top of the levee, you could see farms with pastures as we sped down the rivers long winding curves, then, if we were lucky, we saw splashes from the tiny fish in the river, or the occasional opportunistic bird.

My friends and I spent time on the ferry that crossed the river night and day. I used to stand on the front of the boat and pretend I was Barbra Streisand singing, On A Clear Day, imitating the character in the movie Funny Girl.

Before the days of videocassettes, CD players, etc, the car radio was the popular form of entertainment, with the exception of going to the movies. Therefore, in addition to the river road, we had other driving locations, one of which was the road that encircled the grounds in front of our State's Capital building.

We lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the State of Louisiana's capital city, therefore the State Capital building, or what we called the “Capital Area," is lined with state government offices. The building has twenty-six stories and the grounds are smothered in oak trees dripping with moss, blooming azalea bushes, and so thick with shrubbery you cannot see where you're going at night, it's pitch black in every direction.-Or it was at that time-

Anyway, on one of our State Capital ground nighttime drives, we were listening to my high school sweetheart's eight-track tapes. He was the kid (they have one in every crowd) with the luxuries in our group; you know the one with the car, etc...; and he took advantage of it by bossing the rest of us around who weren't in line to the throne. The king on his throne was also my boyfriend, with who, I laughed, sang, loved, and disagreed with constantly.

On this particular night we were arguing about a song he wouldn't let me hear on one of his eight tracks, when of course, I realized I had to find a bathroom. His eight-tracks were a big thing and listening to them was something I hated to interrupt, but I didn't think I could wait much longer, so I asked him to stop in front of the State Capital lawn. The State Capital grounds would afford me the privacy I needed, since I could hide under the safety of an Oak tree.

When I told my boyfriend and friends I simply had to use a bathroom, their response was;

"Ann, how are we going to find a bathroom downtown in the middle of the night?"

I answered, "I can go under the oak trees in the courtyard, no one will see me, and I’ll be right back." I was so aggravated about the tape that I didn't give much thought about the safest place to hide.

So I squat under the closest tree I could find by the car, and began to pee, then I heard birds chirping in the tree, and thought, what kind of bird chirps at night? Then the chirping sounded louder as if it were getting closer and I thought these birds sure are friendly.


1/24/15

Saturday's Best Movie Adaptations- The Help


"Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken."

Review from Amazon.com 

I loved this book, and have written a short story of my own about a similar experience. One of the most important person in my life was an uneducated black woman named Edna. Edna helped shape me into to person I am today. God bless the unknown heroes who have a profound influence on our character.

The Help was written by  Kathryn Stockett. It is her first novel. To learn more about her visit Amazon.com. 

Thank you for stopping by A Nice Place In The Sun.

Have a happy Saturday. :)


Ann Clemmons








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Merry Christmas!

Today's Popular Children's Picture Books

Today's Popular Children's Picture Books
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The Boogeyman Man From Planet-Lackawanna-

You will lose yourself in the imaginative dreams of eleven year old Theodore Wilson's. Don't miss this review coming soon.

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Upcoming Book Review

Upcoming Book Review
Gretchen Zufall (Author) Mike Paar (Illustrator)

Motherhood- Courage


Motherhood is an art impossible to explain, one which requires a vast sea of love, devotion, compassion, and understanding, unmatched by any affection we will ever know again.- Ann Clemmons

Courage-

Courage



Humor-

Humor


Words-

Words are the core of our souls, without written, vocal or lyrical expression we lose sight of one another or worse, ourselves. Words bring forth the essence of the human spirit; so express yourself without abandon.

Ann Clemmons

Written Phrase

Why is it that those we should know or believe turn out to be the ones we least understand? I suppose the world is an illusion until we find our way home.-Ann Clemmons

Favorite Phrase

I remember I used to half believe and wholly play with fairies when I was a child. What heaven can be more real than to retain the spirit-world of childhood, tempered and balanced by knowledge and common-sense...

Beatrix Potter’s Journal, 17 November 1896, from the National Trust collection.

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The Storyteller, by Dawn Drover

Alone in her world
of make believe
weaving her stories
of magic and light

She brings joy
to the eyes
of innocent minds
less jaded and free

For only they know
what's in her heart
holding the secrets
she guards so well

Life's hidden mysteries
belong to those
whose wisdom and truth
shine on in imagination


Written for Ann
~Dawn Drover~

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Imagine

Imagine
Most of the worlds' great things were born of adversity and hardship; because these roadblocks encourage us to dream, imagine and believe.- Ann Clemmons

Favorite quotes-

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.

Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”'


F. Scott Fitzgerald. (Lines from The Great Gatsby)
"A Southerner Talks Music"

Mark Twain

"A book must be the ax for the frozen sea inside us."

Franz Kafka

An author values a compliment even when it comes from a source of doubtful competency.

- Mark Twain in Eruption

"I like a good story well told. That is the reason I am sometimes forced to tell them myself"

Mark Twain

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Friendship