Sunday, November 20, 2016

Granny worries about her babies after the election

"You are a real jerk. I don’t think you know anything about what you’re talking about and you are so stupid I don’t want to have anything to do with you anymore." Millie is really angry and I can hear her shouting as I stand by my window today. I’m really worried about what’s going on. Ordinarily Millie is a happy-go-lucky kind of a person, and I’ve never heard her screaming like that.

"Now you get out of my yard and never come back here again. You aren't the kind of neighbor I want to have around.  You don’t know how to lose, and you probably never been a true American the way you talk if you can’t accept what happens with this election. You just have to suck it up."

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Granny's loving message: Listen to Creation's sounds to help a world in need

"Come sit with me, my child," I said.  Carrie looked up at me with her big brown eyes wet with tears, hearing about her Granny's family and how they were hurting now.  "What can I do?" that child had asked.  She had not turned away, and so it hurt her heart as if the people living with their pain were neighbors right next door.

"I know you feel so very bad, my dear one," this Granny knew this innocent one cared so much for these people, just as family should.  For Granny raises her babies to think like that, as everyone is brothers and sisters that we care about.  But this new hurt is something Granny needs to talk about for everyone right now., when Carrie asks, as others do, why the Man Upstairs don't stop the pain and why it happens in the first place.

"You see, my Carrie, the Man Upstairs, He does know everything.  He knows why we do things and why things happen as they do.  That's why this Granny talks ro Him every single day.  I sees Him in the flowers and the honey bees, the squirrels that climb the trees out in Granny's yard and in the faces of His creation, so beautiful to see.  But in that beauty there are changes, and sometimes there is things we all can do in little ways to keep His world alive and good just as He wants it so."

"In many books, in many ways that people think and learn and grow, the Man Upstairs will speak.  He speaks His words sometimes through folks who learn the things in life we need to know.  Just like in school are teachers, there are people who learn about the world and all its ways today and every day.  They share it with the rest of us, but sometimes we are like some of the children you tell Granny about that don't learn their lessons, make fun of their teachers and don't do their homework.  Cause we been told the weather all around the world, from Africa to places far across the ocean these people saw it comin'.  They told us to be careful and not hurt the world He made.  They didn't always say their messages came from The Man Upstairs, but that don't matter cause we learn in many, many ways. "

"One day, dear Carrie, you asked me why I folded all those bags and used them over and over again.  You wondered why I took some water from the sink and washed out cans like that, then stepped on them to make them flat and not take up so much room.  I told you The Man Upstairs asked Granny to do that, then teach all of you.  Granny knew those people who had learned so much and paid attention with their learnin.; about the world they knew were saying things The Man Upstairs might say if He were standin' here and we know we can't see Him but He's everywhere we live and walk and learn."

"Haiti is a pretty place.  This Granny knows it well.  The people there are family of mine, of you and me and everyone in every place we go.  The Man Upstairs He knows they is hurtin' but He told us all in many ways to love our neighbors as ourselves, which means to care for them just like they were in Cloutierville today..Cause what we do can help or hurt our brothers and our sisters and the earth made for us all."

"So Granny listens to the wise ones who learn about our world, especially when they tell this Granny how to care for things and people that I love.  Granny pulls the weeds so flowers they can grow, and there is people who look at the world just like the gardens here and tell us of the kind of weeds that hurt and what we need to do.  Some of those weeds are in our hearts, some in the sky and earth.  We look for them and pull them out so they don't hurt what The Man Upstairs made and gave us all to love.  He's like the Big Boss at the factory in town.  He made that factory and put the folks in charge.  They knows what they got to do, but some of them don't care.  And that's how folks get hurt."

Carrie is lookin' up at me, her eyes are dry again.  " I think I know what I can do today.  I'll pick the rubbish up around Cloutierville with some of my good friends.  And I want to take some money from my piggy bank and send it to the children there in Haiti so they can have what they need.  "

My precious Carrie's sweet, sweet heart is filled with love today.  I knew she had her answers, just like everybody needs.  For years ago, this old woman's Granny held her in her arms and said what I share with family today, "Listen to the birds that sing and watch the flowers grow.  And listen to the people in your family who are listenin' in their special ways and learn different things that they can share with you. "

Those words stay with this Granny, and I hope they stay with you.

(Photo of Haiti: Wikimedia Commons)
















Wednesday, October 5, 2016

You learn more when you read what you don't like

"I hate those media people, Granny.  They don't know anything.   Billy tells me I should listen to him because he knows what's best."  And I tell my Gracie read everything, cause that's how we learn best in Cloutierville and everywhere there are books and things to read. And here's the reason why it's right and how you can learn most everything, not only what you like.

Now Granny knows no one has the kind of time where they read everything.  So we all are likely just to read the things that we believe.  Or we read those sentences at the top, and think that's all the story. But we learn more when we read more, even if that's little bits every day we can.  And we can read those little bits cause what Granny knows is her babies do just what they want to do, after they do their work.  So we play with games and tv time and don't take time to read.

When big folks just watch tv and play games or talk on the phone, their children see them doin' that, and it's what the children do.  Mommies and daddies are like pictures children love to watch.  They see what their parents do, and that is what they do.  Then they goes to school, and show their friends and laugh and play instead of listening to their teachers.  So they never learn much except what they want, and they don't find out what's goin' on in the world that could help them many ways.

Those media people, well they know what's happenin' around every tree and bush.  But they sees people not readin' anythin' except those sentences up top.  And they know that people readin' only what they want.  So that is what they write for us, just what we want. They make their sentences like what we want to read, and then when we read a little more, well those sentences might not be much like the rest of the story at all.  So when we read another story bout the same thing, then we get more of what is true and a story that's got more.

And sometimes when we read a bit and then read a bit more somewhere else, we find out we is not alone.  There is other people just like us and they get sad or happy too and things they need to know.  We put our brains together, and our babies learn and grow and make new things that keep us healthy and help us know the good and bad so we can sort things out.

Granny was a pecan picker but she read all the time. When she got done cookin', cleanin' and carin' for her babies, she would sit and read.  I didn't have much schoolin' but I found that I could learn and so I's learnin' all the time so I can care for all my babies all around the world.  And Granny needs your help, so she says don't read just what you like to read, read things that you don't like.  You'll learn about more things and from people you don't like, but that's the way to grow and be the helper to The Man Upstairs.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Not payin' what you owe breaks Rule #8

"Anybody who pays taxes is an idiot," he says.  And Granny wonders how many people think like that and break Rule #8.

Cecil makes his own money sellin' his melons and the things on his farm.  He makes a lot of things, and he goes from door to door so his neighbors get to buy.  He drives on the roads around Cloutierville; and he don't even live here, and goes to Natchitoches to pick up his supplies.  He drives all around these parts and other places too.  And he tells Granny that it's silly stuff to pay taxes, cause the government don't do much and nobody needs to pay them cause they is lazy folk.

"Rule #8 is there for us," I told Cecil today.  But he shakes his head and tells me, "You worked yourself, and don't tell me you paid your taxes on all that pecan pickin' you did."

Now Granny here got really mad cause no one is gonna say that this old lady steals.  Cause not payin' taxes, well that steals from you and me.  He ought to know that Granny would honor #8 just like she tells her babies all around the world.  Cause people in Cloutierville they pays their taxes and knows they should not steal.

We knows the crooks are in the government but some are like this Granny and all my neighbors here.  And Granny knows the children here, well they all go to school.  Cecil drives on roads in Louisiana, and people pay for them.  So everybody needs to pay, at least what's fair for them.  We know sometimes it's hard to tell what's fair and what is not, but we know too that rules are made for everyone, and we been told we gotta follow them, especially them that's been right there from many years ago.

Even them people who win Gold medals in the Olympics, they has to pay taxes on the money they win and even their medals too.  But they pay anyway, while some folks are tryin' to get the laws changed so people who win for their countries like that, might not have to pay those taxes.  Some taxes might not be so fair, but we pays them until we learn we don't have to anymore.

And Cecil says, "Them doctors.  I don't listen to them folk."  So he don't pay his doctor and his bills go on and on.  One day Granny's driving by his house all boarded up, cause the doctor got there first and then the tax man came and took the rest away.  And all because Cecil didn't learn Rule #8.

(Photo, wikimedia commons, The Tax Collector)

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Cloutierville trying to draft Granny for President of the United States

"Now you folks skeedaddle, " I told that crowd of people from Cloutierville lined up outside my door.  " I don't have time to run for President of the United States, because that's a very small job compared to the one I have to do."

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Granny's best lesson on what you need most

When I was just a little child a long, long time ago, I walked the paths of Cloutierville each and every day. I saw the flowers blooming, the houses, small and big, smelled the sweetness of the air and felt the beauty everywhere.  And from a life of work and worry, trials, pain and strife, this old woman learned what might make the earth bloom where you are and where your life may be.

Some people live in shacks in deserts far away.  Some families have but little that they own.  People hurt from wars and tribulations, but there's one thing we all have we may not use that makes us different from anything The Man Upstairs has made.  And if we use it, we can find our way to or through almost anything.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Granny speaks up for abused children and asks you for your help

"This sweet angel was looking forward to celebrating her birthday.  So that's what we're going to do.  Please bring bubbles that we will be sending to Heaven." Bonnie brought me somethin' from a place called Facebook, I need to share with you about a lovely child named Victoria who died so awfully it makes this old heart break, but there are things we all can do to stop these terrible things.
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Every day a small child dies.  And every day I weep.   Children beaten, hurt and killed.  Children die in war.  And little ones get sick from workin' in the dust, from diseases we could cure.  This Granny sees a world of love and one that's filled with pain.  It's only we can change things so babies just have love, and Granny has a plan.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Bein' alone ain't right when there is love to share


"Hey, Mabel, let's go to Natchitoches and visit with those uptown folks.  You need to be gettin' out.  I think that candy ain't so good for you.  And Granny knows that sweet things and bein' alone, they often go together.  And that's how Mabel's business may be hers but in some ways it is mine.

Mabel spends a lotta time alone, and I tells her that ain't good.  She's been puttin' on the pounds, and her diabetes is gettin' worse.  I been thinkin' it's the candy and her not gettin' out, cause when you don't be doin' much, you probably eatin' more.  Granny sees that all the time and knows that Mabel needs some friends who care that she's all right.  Cause when we care for others, well they turn round care for you.  Let me tell you how that works.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Granny tells Susie how Cloutierville became heaven

Photo by Rhonda Sanders, used with permission
Cloutierville is heaven on earth; Granny knows.  Susie sits on my lap with the sunshine kissin' her sweet little face as she looks up and asks, "Granny, where did I come from and why do you tell everybody that Cloutierville is just like heaven and what happened that made it that way?"

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Your fault is findin' fault with others

Mrs. Robinson in blue jeans in Cloutierville
"Look at that woman, dressed in those tight blue jeans and wigglin' her fanny and thinkin' she's better than the rest of us.  Besides that outfit makes her look really cheap.   I wouldn't want my brothers or my son even near someone like that." And  I just shakes my  head and thinks, Bonnie's problem is findin' fault with others, one of those things people do when they has nothin' smart to say.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

'Ain't seen water so bad,' Granny says of Louisiana, world rainfall

Storm in Louisiana 2016
"Granny, we are leaving the house and taking whatever we can with us.  But Jonah, my friend in New Orleans won't leave.  He says he's seen rain before, and he thinks he and his family will get through okay.  I hope he'll listen to you." And Granny is gettin' calls from everywhere cause she ain't never seen rain so bad.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Granny speaks of love's dance and Huntington's Disease

Huntington's Disease, image of Marjorie Guthrie's lecture by Joseph Martin
I watched them through the open window.  The curtains was pulled back, and I could see they was dancin.  He held her close as she stumbled, and this old Granny was weepin', thinking bout the love he had for her, even though her mind was far away and her body almost fallin' down with Huntington's Disease.  And I'm so proud of him, the greatest husband in the world.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Granny says no nudity in the White House

Former First Lady, Manie Eisenhower
"Granny, I'm so beautiful.  Donald just loves me looking good, and he knows I was a nude model and on the covers of magazines.  If he becomes President, he told me the First Lady of Cloutierville once posed nude in Louisiana, so it should be okay with everyone if I once did it too." And I told Melania that Granny, Mamie and Bess would never have been nude models.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Granny's Michael Phelps lesson on what to do when stuck in the mud

Michael Phelps carries the Stars and Stripes at the Olympic Games in Rio, 2016, Army photo by Tim Hipps, Wikimedia Commons
"Granny, I'm glad I listened to you years ago, when I made mistakes.  I was drinking, got arrested for driving under the influence; and I did what you told me to do.  I admitted I did wrong and changed my life.  You told me to swim in another direction, and now I am so happy, I just had to call."

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Granny says 'No shame being adopted'

Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil photo of Simone Biles
"Wish I was like everybody else!  Why did I have to be adopted?' And Granny says, "The best in the world can come from people who births you in their hearts and maybe not their tummies.  Some person you will love so much will be the one you choose. "

Monday, August 8, 2016

Beauxregard tells Granny Cloutierville election rigged like US one

Alonzo Cornell cartoon of politicians, like Beauxregard in Cloutierville
 "If you are voting in the Cloutierville election for the Parish Board and all, you better be careful.  The election is sure to be rigged."  Beauxregard called Granny this morning tellin' me he knows this for a fact, and that the leaders of Cloutierville want to keep things as they is and aren't goin' to allow folks to vote for some outsider, like Mr. Beauxregard.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

James Corden asks Granny to sing carpool karaoke

James Corden in the car singing with Lewis Hamilton like he did with Michelle Obama and wants to do with Granny
"Granny, we can get lots of attention for Cloutierville if you join in with the rest of our group and sing carpool karaoke."  I hear James Corden's voice on the other end of the phone, and he sounds real excited, but I gotta wonder, is it safe?

Now that Michelle Obama, the President's wife, she sure was funny with James in that car them singin' up loud and strong Beyonce, the kind of music I like. I sees that car on tv just drivin' slow around the White House.  I wonder 'cause other folks have trouble enough keepin' their eyes on the road; and I'd worry if I was there with Michelle and James that folks would be starin' at me, famous like I am, and not be paying attention to drivin'.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Granny wonders if American people are angry or just sayin'

Angry Americans (wikimedia commons)
I hear them folks on tv sayin' things like "The American people---" then goin' on to say the American people are angry.  And still those same folks say different things bout what we're supposed to be angry about and what we like or don't like, and that makes Granny wonder why folks all talk about the American people as if they knows what we think, when we is all ourselves, and those folks who talk bout us don't even agree about what we think at all.

And what right do they have to speak for us?  In Cloutierville we speak for ourselves and don't need anyone who thinks they speak for us when they likely ain't even been here.  Besides we are all different, and we like it that way.  It was the way Cloutierville started and what made this beautiful place, people with all different ways lovin' each other the way The Man Upstairs has said.  And Granny who has traveled America over and over again knows that the people who live in this country are like Granny's quilt, prettier than anything cause each of the pieces is different.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Granny turns the tables on customer service folk

Telephone customer service person
"You tellin' me you recordin' this phone call?  And you said you were goin' to be back in a few minutes, and that was half a hour ago?  I got biscuits bakin' and feedin' my family, and you been wastin' my time; and I hear people do that purposefully.  

I been hangin' on this phone most of the day, with these folks keep hangin' up or waitin' and waitin' for someone to talk to me.  The yarn I got in the mail was the wrong color, and I don't have lots of money to waste, and they said I could return it if they didn't get it right.  But every time I call, I get this same old runaround.  So I'm talkin' to this customer service person and lettin' him know what I think and what I'm gonna do.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Granny tells Trump: Purple Heart is for not for little green men

Purple Heart, the kind given to Granny for her son, Cecil
"Granny, it's so exciting!  Did you hear what happened to me?  I got something I always wanted, and I didn't have to work for it.  I got a Purple Heart."  And I told that Donald Trump that medal isn't for little green men, it's for red-blooded ones instead.

So I says to him, "You see, my son, Cecil got a Purple Heart in World War II, fighting in the Pacific, and he never came home to his family.    He was a hero, and I got his Purple Heart framed over the mantle in the living room where I can see it good.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Pinochet and Bubba lose their jobs after sexually harassing Granny

Sean Pinochet in the fields where Granny was pickin' pecans
I  was pickin' pecans and leanin' over one afternoon, when I saw Sean Pinochet standing there lookin' up my dress.  He said, "You sure got nice, clean underwear, Granny; and I'd like to have a cup of tea and pie with you at your house when you finish your work today."  And I was really mad, cause no man is gonna bother me like that in Cloutierville when I is on the job.

Mr. Pinochet has been in charge of the pecan pickin' in Cloutierville for many, many years.  That feller ain't good lookin', but he's the big boss; and when I told that rascal I would be tellin' all the girls how he looked up my dress and wanted to be cozy, he shook his head and said to me, "I is in charge, and you are just a woman pickin' pecans here.  So I'll look up your dress anytime I want.  And you won't be workin' for me if you don't keep your mouth shut and just be nice to me."

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Granny's example of heroism from The Diary of Anne Frank

Manuscript in a museum in Berlin of The Diary of Anne Frank
From Cloutierville, this safe and happy place, Granny has traveled everywhere for many, many years.  And she has known about some awful things, but nothing worse than what happened years ago to a little girl she remembers as Anne Frank and the kind of people who are heroes in very special ways.

I knew that little darlin', and she was pretty as could be.  And smart, Lord knows that child was smart, and Granny knew that one day that child would write a book herself. . But that book she wrote she never saw again, after she set down those words that make Granny's heart still hurt.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Granny tells world leaders tractors are better than tanks

Tractor in field, wikimedia commons
President Erdogan, you runnin' Turkey,  Prime Minister Viktor Orban you is in charge of Hungary, Bashar Al-Assad you rulin' Syria, Vladimir Putin you is the boss of Russia, you have lost your way from Cloutierville where you was born and raised, and Granny says it's time you remember lessons about tractors and how they is better than tanks.

Erdogan let me tell you this in the way you talk in Turkish, and then Granny will use English cause most of you know at least enough to understand what I mean.  You bein' mean to people, and you know how Granny feels about that, so if you don't want to get a whuppin', then read this what I'm tellin' you and mindin' your old Granny:

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Granny catches Russia red-handed with US election evidence

Carrier pigeons fly everywhere, even to Russia from Cloutierville
I done told that child Vladimir Putin to stay out of Cloutierville business, and now I sees he's meddlin' in politics where he oughtn't stick his nose.  So I sent one of the carrier pigeons of Cloutierville with a note from Granny to Russia today, in Russian, so Putin would be sure to understand.

"Уважаемый Владимир, Это бабка здесь. Я skippin 'все довольно разговора, потому что я много ума. Ты получаешь людей снова осадить с махинациями. Вы пытались подсмотреть в Cloutierville когда ты был маленьким мальчиком, и я должен был отправить вас в сарае много раз для этого. и вы думает, что ты высок и могуч, как этот Trump ребенок мой, который действует как вы дружит. Может быть, он перережем снова, потому что ты никогда не знаешь, с этим мальчиком, но это далеко и проблема Макин вокруг вашего района. Это время вы узнали от бабушки снова только держаться подальше от нашей.  And here's my reminder in English, as you likely need to practice since you don't always do what Granny says.  Now let me continue in your language so there is no confusin' what you had better do:

Friday, July 29, 2016

Cats are taking over and politicians have to take their crap outside

Out for a spin in Cloutierville
So I was down to Mabel's house the other afternoon, and she was trying to teach her cat to go to the bathroom.  She's been doin' it for weeks, and I had to talk to her bout that, cause everyone knows about toilets, cats and training, if they've ever had a cat.  That's why they is takin' over, and those politicians have to take their crap outdoors.

Now my cat, Jack, it didn't take me long to find out just who was teachin' who.  And now I got it straight, and I'm passin' it along.  It didn't take him long to train this old lady here.  In fact it only took five minutes for me to learn who's boss.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

It's a wonderful life. Don't make it Trumpsville.

Donald Trump as Mr. Potter in Its a Wonderful Life (orig of Trump from Wikimedia Commons)
So I went down to the Cloutierville Savings and Loan the other day and wondered what was goin' on.  I sees Mr. Bailey lookin' all worried and all and I asks him, "It's a wonderful life here in Cloutierville, how comes you look so glum?"

And poor George he looks up with great big tears in his eyes and says.  "Everybody could lose their life savings, including me if this rich man ends up with the Savings and Loan and then takes over the town.  I'm worried what's going to happen to us all if he does because this bank might turn into a casino and our houses into shacks. "

Granny says, 'Gimme Edward R. Murrow for the news'

Edward R Murrow challenged ideas
Now I heard it right, so I gotta wonder why they repeat it over and over, as if this old Granny can't figure out what these people they is doin'.  They keep sayin' fair and balanced, but what I hear is the kind of talk that goes on over the clothesline in my backyard after everybody finishes washin.' Wish Edward R Murrow were alive today so he could give the news.

 It's like Jack Nicholson said to Tom Cruise in that picture show about A Few Good Men, "you can't handle the truth." Well, Eddie knew even a fourth grader like me knew the truth from smelly underwear.  And I don't need folks talkin' round the bush all day like I ain't got education.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Argue politics? Tossin' mud, won't get you Granny's pie

Pecan pie for dessert for people who don't throw mud.
"Get in here!  You heard me, I said get in this house.  I taught you better than that, you slingin' mud and talkin' bad bout folks.  Now get in this house and wash yourselves, or you ain't gettin' dinner, cause in Cloutierville we don't talk bad bout people and toss mud on them cause we end up gettin' dirty too."

All of them varmints whose runnin' these parties they call conventions,  and folks who argue politics, well Lord a-mercy they bother this old heart and the people they done talkin around they all got stuff to say.  But in Cloutierville we don't talk bad bout folks and just talk bout bad manners.  It's the manners that's bad, not people we hurt and may not know and Rule #9 is for that.  In fact it's so important it was even written down a long, long time ago.  It's gossipin' that makes The Man Upstairs real sad, this Granny knows

Monday, July 25, 2016

Granny won't speak at Hillary's Democratic Convention

Hillary Clinton, candidate for President of the United States
Hillary Clinton just called, and there's been such a fuss about Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and it's an email thing again.  All this email business gets Granny tired,  but that child is so upset, I said I'd have a listen. Bein' in charge and sortin' things out, well there's too much in the rest of the world I gotta do right now than worryin' about emails.  But I said I'd spend some time on the phone with her since that child needs someone to talk real plain, especially today.

"Oh, Granny, every day there's something.  I just don't know why things happen all the time to me.  I try and try and try to be good, but they still don't like me now.  I tell them over and over again I do the best I can, but I just can't get anyone to understand.  If you could come and speak for me, people would listen to you; and that would really help."  She's cryin' now, and Granny thinks that might be what she needs.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Preachin', pancakes and politics don't mix in Granny's kitchen

The pans in Granny's kitchen
Well, Preacher Joe he stopped by this mornin' lookin' for some of Granny's pancakes, but he done learned what other folk have, and that's preachin' , pancakes and politics don't mix in this here kitchen.

"Hey Granny, you make the best pancakes here in Cloutierville; and I said to myself I gotta get myself down there to your kitchen with my great, big appetite." Then Preacher Joe climbed up on my back stairs with a big smile on his face, like I was just a-waitin' for what he had to say.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

'Light a candle for the peaceful Muslim people of Afghanistan', Granny prays today

Its even little innocent children getting killed today by extremists called ISIS
I hear the sounds of bombs and killin' everywhere, cause this old Granny has those eyes that sees the world and hears everything that happens no matter where they is.  And Granny never talks twice for you on every single day, but today it is important 'cause sometimes other folk don't tell you what you need to know that's happening right now.

I've watched and listened carefully and took my time with this.  I hear the quarrels everywhere, the people talkin' hate.  Where Granny preaches love today; some others talk in angry ways, and some they hurt and kill.  And that's what happened you should know so you don't always worry that everyone who's different is someone you should fear.

What everyone can learn from Granny's Jack, the friendliest cat in Cloutierville

Granny's Jack just lying by the door to open so he can welcome folk
There he is watching the postman come up the walk here in Cloutierville and waggin' his tail again.  Jack he done loves everyone and knows the neighbors well. For Jack the cat there is no strangers, It's the start of something wonderful from the friendliest cat in this here town that everyone should know.

When someone comes to call on me, Jack is always at the door.  He says his hellos by goin' around and around, then sitting down right in front of where the person is sittin' or standin' to make sure that he done gets noticed and to welcome folks as well.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Granny tells her Donald Trump what makes Cloutierville great

Main street of Cloutierville
Granny called little Donald Trump this morning, and this is what I said, "I like to listen to the radio, cause old Franklin he talked just like he was one of the family, but last night Donald I got worried since you is one of the family here, and I wants to make sure you know what makes Cloutierville great 'cause I think you done forgot.

"Cloutierville is a very old town, " as I reminded little Donald Trump his history right here.  "People came from many places to be the neighbors, up and down the river and around the countryside.  They built houses, some still old and standing up.  Some made mistakes, for sure, that made their neighbors weep and cry and feel real bad sometimes.  But then one day, Granny she started her remindin' to tell these folks just what it means to be a family and how to get along.  And I gots to do it again right now cause people like you, well then done forgot."

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Cloutierville lesson on stealing another child's work

Dunce cap when you don't learn your lessons and try to cheat
"Melania?  This is Granny.  Now you know who this is, and don't try to hide behind Donald again 'cause I needs to be talkin' to you.  Remember pretty is as pretty does.  And just maybe you got help and maybe you didn't, but the lesson's important the same.

Melania sure grew up to be one pretty lady, but there's somethin' teachers in Cloutierville tell their students and that's not to cheat on lessons.  So Melania needs to learn again what it means to copy someone else whether she got help or not.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Granny tells Joey black and blue and all lives matter, that the future is his to change

Police officer at street fair in San Francisco
Little Joey climbed upon my lap just a few minutes ago with great, big tears in his eyes.  And it was hard to talk to him 'bout what had happened down the road somewhere that babies just don't understand and why all lives matter and why police are getting shot and killed these days.

Joey told me, "Granny, I told my Momma when I grow up I want to be a policeman and help people. My Mama she said to ask you about it, and then she started cryin', tellin' me black and blue don't mix these days, and maybe I should grow up and be somethin' else, not a policeman." Joey looked up and showed me his arm, all small and brown and sweet and put it on Granny's arm and said.  "Mama told me always to remember black lives matter.  Then she said to talk to you 'cause she said what's going on is so hard to understand."

Monday, July 18, 2016

Clinton and Trump: On sharing the bathroom at Granny's house

Granny's outhouse
At Granny's house there's just one bathroom, and when Hillary and Donald come to visit, they'll learn the kind of manners they is gonna need.

You see here in the country the houses just have one bathroom.  No fancy stuff here.  We wait our turn, and everyone learns to be patient, take turns, stand in line.  No one is better than another person when it comes to using the bathroom.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Muslim woman embraced by Granny's love

She called today, my dear, sweet baby, in so much hurt and tears. But Granny knows the pain of it, as her babies are everywhere, of every faith, in every place, of every hue and creed.

Little Sarwat, what a lovely name, a joy of Granny's heart. Granny's cookin' everyone loves, but I turns to ones who knows about food and who can sometimes be teachin' me.

But these are times that Granny understands some need her more right now. And Sarwat tells me she tries to say what other folks cannot. For she knows her faith is one of peace, and that there are folks who use it to divide, to hurt, destroy. She turns to Granny's heart at times 'cause she knows that in these arms is love for her and everyone who loves The Man Upstairsc. What makes things worse for her and for her friends is them terrorists try to make these good people to blame for everything, as if they were part of the evil ways that some folks have that make everyone else look bad.

My dear, Sarwat, your Granny knows; and yes I am right here, where love is strong, where wisdom lives, where no hate enters in. “

I hear her whisper, softly now, the tears are brushed aside. The night is gone; the daylight comes, and like every eternal flower that blooms in love's strong light, my little Sarwat stands up strong and shining and so beautiful she makes her Granny proud.



Friday, July 15, 2016

Granny comforts the French in a time of terror

I don't know who these scalliwags are anymore, who hurt so many folks.  From here where Granny sees the world, the door is shut to hate..  In Cloutierville, the land of peace, their like cannot come home.  For every man comes from this cradle, this place where Granny lives.  But when someone does awful things, Granny locks her heart real tight and knows The Man Upstairs will judge what we can't understand.
Comes from The Man Upstairs who offers this to everyone from His garden of love and mercy.

Paradise in Cloutierville






Thursday, July 14, 2016

Granny: "Shake the apple tree"

The apple tree outside Granny's window
"You're really missing out, Granny."  Jenny tells me this every time she comes over to visit.  "If you don't have an Apple, how are you going to keep up with things?  You're on Facebook, so I think you need to get with the rest of the world and get a tablet so you can be 24/7 like the rest of us."

Well, you see, when I was young we climbed the apple trees, and we could see all over.  Now when I climb, 'cause all that work pickin' pecans kept these old bones goin', I see all over the world.  There's somethin' 'bout growin' older that gives the mind and heart a chance to grow stronger.  Never forget that, Jenny, for that will help you most.

Granny doesn't need those gadgets to see how her babies is doin'.  I got eyes in the back of my head and I hear every sound that goes by.
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I keeps tellin' Jenny, but she goes talkin' over and over how I gotta learn to do things the modern way. Poor Jenny, maybe she's the one  missing out while she keeps her head down looking at those contraptions and never climbs trees anymore..

I was ridin' on the bus the other day, and these young folks were sittin' and staring at those dagged gum contraptions as if they were all dead asleep.  I was standin' up, hangin' onto this little strap wrapped around a pole, like a bunch of other old folks were doin'.  Then the bus stopped sharp and poor Auntie Dorothy couldn't hold on, and she fell down hard, on the floor of the bus and the people didn't pay her no mind.  Those young folks just kept on a starin' at those gadgets of theirs, while they never seen the what it said just above their silly heads to give old folks a place to sit down.

Now Granny don't mind people readin' away and watching those picture shows on those things they hold in their laps.  But it's like that old apple tree where you gotta watch what is goin' on or you miss the good things and bad.  And you gotta shake the apple tree once in awhile and watch how the apples may fall.  Some fall on the ground and hit folks on their heads.  Other apples just lay there, lookin' tasty and good so's them folks picks them up when they's hungry.  When we keep our eyes lookin' around at those apples, well we see who needs food and who will get hit in the head.

I'd rather be climbing an old apple tree where my dear Elmer once carved our names and see everyone that I love and watch out for the good and the bad, 'stead of putting then shake that old tree when I know where the folks are hungry 'cause that's what them apples are for.