Pocket Lady Short Story

The Pocket Lady: A Short Story in Her Own Words

“They call me ‘The Pocket Lady.’ I’m not sure who came up with that name, but it fits. You see, I am the featured attraction at the Children’s Museum. Yes, they come to see dinosaur bones, learn about the Milky Way and all the planets…

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How a Newspaper Ad Saved My Life: And Other Miracles

photo credit: Frits Ahlefeldt – FritsAhlefeldt.com Sometimes the media is right on time via photopin (license) A Boring Sunday Afternoon It’s June in Florida, hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk, and we’re holed up inside the house with nothing to do. Bored,…

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Hurricane Irma Damage

Surviving Hurricane Irma: Part 2

If you missed Part 1, you can read it here. Sunday, September 9 5.6 million—around a quarter of Florida’s population—have been ordered to evacuate. Many joined the mass exodus. We decided to stay put. Read more here. I woke Sunday morning to these words blaring from…

How to Live Through a Hurricane: The Prep Part

Most of Florida and Georgia felt the brunt of Tropical Storm Irma’s 65-mph winds and torrential rains Sept. 11. (©2017 photo courtesy of NOAA) It’s been a month since Hurricane Irma blew through the our part of the state (near the Gulf of Mexico), so…

chicken name contest

Hurricane Irma, Chicken Contest Names, Votes Update

Post Hurricane Irma Hello everyone! I’ve been off the internet for 2 weeks due to Hurricane Irma and her lousy temper, so I’m extending the “Name the Chicken Contest” until October 15. I’ll be writing about our experience through the storm in an upcoming post. In the…

Suwannee River Cypress

Florida Travel Way Down Upon the Suwannee River

“Way down upon the Suwannee River…..” Those lyrics are from the Florida state song, “Old Folks at Home,” written by Stephen Foster in 1851. You can listen to the song performed by Pete Seeger as part of his historical “American Favorite Ballads”. Sit back, close…

A Tribute to My Uncle Ronnie

Ronald Eugene Harrison was born to Oscar and Gladys on the old Gregg Mill Road farm, August 26, 1943, in Ohio. Youngest in a family of seven, he arrived after Delores, Jim, Theresa, and Larry. Crazy in love, his parents married when Gladys was a…

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My New Home and a Clucking Good Chicken Contest!

Welcome to the grand opening of the new Penelope Silvers blog! PhilosBooks.com was my home for several years, but I’m going to kick off my shoes and rest here for awhile. More importantly, to kick off this momentous event (sans balloons or hors d’oeuvres), I’m sponsoring a…