Memoir: Chaney

In 1950, Chaney arrived at the
grand-old house on Hampton Street,
deep in the low-country of South Carolina,
to work for my great-grandmother.

In 1960, when my twin sister and I arrived,
our great-grandmother sent Chaney
next door to our grandparent's
home to care for us. 

And there Chaney remained,
year after year.  She cooked
and cleaned and fussed over us as
if we were her own.

She was family and we loved her.

Chaney hummed when she ironed
and starched the sheets.
She made a savory macaroni pie
and perfectly sweet iced tea.

She called me "Miss Suzy."
I simply knew her as "Chaney."
I never knew her last name.
No one did.
Mama said, "No one thought to ask."

And therein lies the pickle of my Southern roots. 
Chaney M. Gruber 1903 – 1975
Digital Art by Sue Viseth
In memory of Chaney, I found her last name by searching the cemetery directory of my hometown. She passed when I was a teenager, but I never knew her age. She will forever be timeless to me.

New WordPress Theme

Hello Friends,

It was time for a change so I’ve updated my WordPress theme! It’s a work in progress and I still have some kinks to work out, so please let me know if you see anything out of place. You’ll have to “visit” my blog to see the new look.

I chose the Libretto theme and went for a softer visual look. I’m also playing around with the new block editor – what a pain in the tush!

On the publishing front, I’m working on a second book of poetry! It has a darker edge than my first book. Currently, I’m thinking the title will be, Reflections from the Darkness. More to come as I may test some of my ideas here for your review and input.

Yours under the stars, ~ Sue

A to Z Encore and NaPoWrimo Rap

AtoZ finale FINAL

WooHoo! Another Blogging from A to Z in the history books along with my first attempt at posting a poem every day for NaPoWriMo. As the Playful Poet, I attempted to match two contradictory words, using alliteration, and then craft a poem to express how such a paradoxical pairing might play out in the real world.  It required my left and right brain to play nicely together and I truly enjoyed the challenge! I hope y’all did too.

In the A to Z category, Obliviously Obtuse: a blissful state of mindlessness,” received the most likes. As for my Sunday NaPoWriMo poems, Raven’s Lore was a fan favorite.

A big “Thank You” to those who stopped by and to the many new friends I made this year. I continue to be amazed by your creativity and talent. Y’all are inspiring!

And now for an encore performance with a little number I call …

~ Rapping Rhyme ~

One more trip around the blogs
a few more clicks to share my thoughts
thirty days from A to Z
let’s write a poem for all to see
let’s mix it up and make it tough
alliteration is not enough
a paradox should do the trick
throw NaPoWrimo in the mix
let’s tell stories and have some fun
thirty days this challenge’s done
until next year when we meet again
farewell dear writers, poets, and friends

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