Barbara Shallue


I remember you, June...

Can you believe it's almost August?...more

Daughters (and other sweet!s)

They grow so fast, don't they? One minute they're crawling around on your stylish-at-the-time-rose-colored carpet, exploring and investigating... picking on their older brothers, trying to stir things up...cuddling in your arms because they're still shorter than you and easy to pick up... ...and then suddenly they're wanting to explore far beyond your carpeted floors. . . ....more

Chuck-Will's-Widows, and other sweet!s

After a long day, I pulled up to my house at dusk and stepped out of the car, my brain whirring with the day's events and to-do's still left on my mental list. Then the chuck-will's-widow sang to me, pulling me back into the moment and the beauty around me... ...the dusky blue horizon ... the glint of our metal roof, peeking out from the hollow, surrounded by cedars and oaks ... . . ....more

It feels so good...

I can't describe how it feels to help someone move closer to their dreams...especially someone you've known for almost twenty years... ... someone who helped you get a job when you needed to pay for kids' braces and drivers education... ...someone who is just one of the sweetest people you've ever met. When I got the phone call this evening letting me know my friend Kim's offer on an adorable home was the one accepted out of a four-offer situation, I really couldn't believe it. . . ....more

Happy Birthday, Long Hollow...and other long overdue sweet!s

Today is life - the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something....more

Ky, my friend

“It was an odd friendship, but the oddnesses of friendships are a frequent guarantee of their lasting texture.” ~Ford Madox Ford ...more

Outrage, blood, and other sweet!s

It might seem strange to count outrage as a sweet! But today I found out another real estate agent approached one of my clients when he was working in his yard and tried to seduce him away from me. Not only is that a huge breach of ethics, but...more

The first Father's Day...

Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes. ~Gloria Naylor ...more

A Sweet Blur

Last Friday...more