Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Judy A. Harper 1966
(Picture Air Force sent to Mom for the home town

Me in my fatigues, 1967

     Monday, November 11, 2013 is Veterans Day. I would like to remember all of my family veterans.

The Harper (Hilley/Harris) side:
Thomas Hilley, American Revolutionary War
My Dad's mother's, Manila Hilley Harper,great great
Benjamin Josiah Harris, Civil War
20 Nov 1839-27 Nov 1862
Manila Hilley Harper's grandfather on her
Mother's side Elizabeth "Lucy" Harris Hilley
Josiah was killed in the Civil War on 27 Nov 1862
Clifford William Harper, my dad
23 Dec 1916-10 Apr 1982
He served in the Army during World War II.
He was with the Military Police in the Philippines.
Jesse Ershel Harper
My Uncle Ert
13 Jul 1929-13 Apr 2004
He served in the Army during the Korean Conflict
Served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War
16 Nov 1966-20 Jul 1969
Carl Spatz III
Air Force 1990 - Present
Air Traffic Controller
Served in Afghanistan 

The Turner(Mom's side) side:
William Hunt Turner
He was killed on his way home from the Civil War

Clinton Rufus Turner
Mother's brother who
served in the Navy, 1944

Charlie Lloyd Green
My Aunt Jessie's husband, mother's 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

My Goals As A Writer For The Rest Of The Year

This was sent to me by my cousin Kim..........

     In all my time wanting to be a writer I have only submitted one story, which was rejected, and that has only been recently. I was selected to be the class poet and in our 1966 yearbook, it's there forever. My English Literature project where we were studying Macbeth, was a suicide letter from Lady Macbeth. My English teacher Miss Blansit gave me an A+. She said no one had ever presented this view before and it was amazing, so could she keep it. It has been almost fifty years since this happened, so I'm sure it has long been destroyed. Miss Blansit's encouragement first pointed me to being a writer. Sometimes I feel as though I've let myself and her down.
    For some reason, November is the month chosen to write, either by NANO, or blog like crazy, supported by See Jane Write. So my goal for November is to re-edit and finish my novel and submit more
short stories! 
Me at 20 months

It was a start, to look, to see and to remember.
Now it's time remember, to print and to share.
by JAH 11/02/14

Saturday, November 1, 2014

November, Sunlight And Leaves!

Bucks Pocket, Alabama

Deck and leaves-picture by JAH

     It must be the cool air or the wind blowing the clouds away, whatever, today the sunlight is so bright and yellow. Thursday night a windy rain storm moved through my area, I even heard the wind make that whistling sound. You know, when it's found something blocking it's way, causing it to blow through a smaller area when it needs a lot of space to pass. I think this is why today is so glaringly bright. I stood at my deck
doors and looked across backyards and noticed how bright it lay on the yards, and how blue was the sky, with trees blocking and allowing what sunlight came through look like steps leading across my yard.

Picture by JAH

     Last Saturday the lawn person mowed, mulched and blew the leaves. It was a perfect yard, not a leaf in 
sight. But today after Thursday's storm, it was as though nothing had been done. The lawn was covered in
leaves. Still, it was a beautiful sight.

Summer is ending, November is beginning.
The colors are changing from reds, greens, purple and
yellows to beige's, browns, rust and yellow. Another
season to be found, oh what a beautiful sight.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Are You A People Person?




     Are you a people person? What I mean by that is I could stay in my office at work all day doing accounting and never speak to a person and I would be fine. Then you have people who need to be around others. They make good salesmen, lawyers, receptionists, or just fun to be around. My sister Pam, as much as she could with her disabilities, my sister Susan and my brother Larry are like that. People are attracted to them because of their outgoing personalities. They make you feel good and usually bring laughter. 
     I love to watch my cats because they're like people. BayBay is the youngest and bounces when she runs. She will come running just to let you know she's there and that she knows you're there. She constantly wants to play. Her favorite game is to find one of her toys and then pick it up and bring it to you, making this funny meowing noise.  Once she sees me, she expects me to clap my hands and praise her for the wonderful catch! I can put her toys up before I go to bed and then by the next bedtime, she's dragged them out again, letting me know she caught them. 
     Then I have Queenie, who is a multi-colored cat that seems to be always watching, thinking.
But there are times she also needs attention. She tries some of the same antics of BayBay but it's not the same. One reason is because BayBay is consistent, while Queenie is sometimes, plus she doesn't make that cute meow. I've caught on though and make a point to stop and listen to her and pick her up and make the same praises I would with BayBay.
     People are like the cats. Some are loners who still need attention, a special phone call or card. Just to be checked on and realize someone would miss them. Then you have people who make you feel good, yet they too need praise and special phone calls.
Have you ever seen a cat smile,
They do you know, just ask me,
I've seen them, oh what a lark it is.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

When I Hear A Train, This Is What I See.....

Larry, Susan & Judy 1954

     It is current day, when I'm sitting at my desk eating lunch. As I munch on my sandwich  I hear a train off in the distance, immediately, I'm transported to Rossville, Georgia when we lived across the street from Ceder Hill school, about 1954.
     My minds view is that of a swing hanging down from a tree limb. It must be spring, not summer as I don't feel hot. It's one of those bright crisp days with a clear powder blue sky and the air is cool. It reminds me of a day when Mother did the washing, hanging the freshly washed bedsheets on a clothesline.
     This has happened to me before, I've heard a train and again I've been transported to this same scene. I wonder why, what is the connection to hearing a train and my moment in time?
     Has this ever happened to you, a sound will bring back a past memory?

Friday, September 12, 2014

November 2013 to September 2014-What a year!

Me,my daughter Jennifer,granddaughter
Shelby,grandson Sean. 4th of July 2013

     I can't believe it's been almost a year since I last posted. Time sure has flown by. Two important events transpired the past year, one was a total right knee replacement to go with the left. This happened on November 23, 2013. The right knee has taken longer to completely heal and I still can't walk up steps without slightly using a hand rail to pull myself up. But it is a so much better than before the surgery.
     The second event is that, due to the carjacking,you can read about it here,it had gotten to the point I didn't want to travel any distance that would prevent me from getting home before dark. In July 2014 I drove by myself and stayed with my daughter and family for four days and nights! I call that progress. 
     It's amazing the milestones we set for ourselves. 
     Now it's on to goals(and it's not even
          time for New Year's resolutions):
          (a) Organize and work on my 
          (b) Get into physical shape.
          (c) Get back to my writing.
          (d) Blog

Me at 3 months
To grow is only natural,
Learning is part of the process,
Allowing stresses and distractions to
interfere with it all is nothing but
Fear of lack of confidence,
Fear of rejection,
Fear of not being loved.
FEAR..Four letters that can cover such a
big area of life..So much wasted time.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

What Happened, I go to Bed and Wake up, COLD!

J. Phillips 1960

     What happened? It was in the sixties when I left work, then I wake up to thirty-two degrees!
     It seems to me that it doesn't snow like it did when I was a kid . I remember living at New Home Community on the mountain above Trenton, Georgia and having four feet of snow many times. It snowed enough one time my brother took a piece of chrome that had come off of a car and tying it to his feet and using it as a ski. It worked for him! Wish I could say the same for me. I never could get that balance right!

Larry and Poochie 1953