Shell St. James
Wanderer, but never lost. Reader, writer, teacher and student. The written word feeds our souls, but eat some blackberries now and then, too - they're good for you!
Man or Man's Best Friend?
The Beginning “I have a dog,” I said, on my second date with Jake. We had covered the topics of age, careers, marital history and favorite foods during the first date, and now we were getting into the nitty-gritty.
The Ultimate Thrilling Ride
Summer is about to start sizzling! After being cooped up during most of 2020, folks are ready to have a real vacation this year!
Why the Loons Cry
We were caught in the storm, crossing Rangeley Lake in your beat-up aluminum canoe. At first, we laughed, (we laughed at everything back then) and the rain felt good, cascading over my sun-warmed skin, drenching our summer clothes.
Survivor's Guilt 2021
The pandemic is slowly fading away. The number of Covid-19 infections reported each day in the US is dropping steadily. Almost 40% of Americans have been vaccinated, and we are all hopeful that we'll see a return to normal later this year.
Sherlock Holmes and the Cottingley Fairies
Over a hundred years ago, in the small village of Cottingley, England, two young girls embarked on a silly prank that led thousands to believe in magic. It would not be fully debunked for over sixty years.
Stop Waiting for Your Soul Mate!
The One As a young girl, I recall dressing up like a bride with a cluster of giggling friends. We all took turns wearing a sheer lace curtain panel as a veil, secured by a headband, parading down the "aisle" (hallway) as the "bridesmaids" tromped along behind, pretending to hold up the invisible train.
Change Your Perspective
My cat, Minnow, is a unique individual. I've had cats my entire life, and Minnow doesn't behave like any of them. There are several things that set him apart from other felines I've known. I sometimes think he's lived all his past lives as a dog and is having trouble adjusting to his "cat suit".
Ship's Cat "Unsinkable Sam" was a tuxedo cat who led a charmed life. He served as SC (Ship's Cat) aboard warships on both sides in World War II, German and British, surviving three separate ship sinkings.