Elizabeth Melton Parsons


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Are Country Folk More Honest – Part 1


will_work_for_foodWe’ve all seen the people with the signs “Will Work For Food”. And of course we’ve wondered if the people are seriously in need or is this how they make a living with no intention of doing any work. A few years ago I was on lunch break and had just picked up a chicken sandwich and drink at a strip mall. As I was leaving the parking lot, a man with just such a sign walked up to my car window. I said, “I have no work for you, but here’s lunch.” And I handed him the bag. Whether he was grateful for the food or angry because I hadn’t handed over cash, I’ll never know. This happened in a smaller town, not a city.

Last fall I gave a stranger the last of my cash. I’d seen him in his old pickup out and about for a couple of days. He was picking up the black walnuts under the trees. I was coming back from a walk and he was parked under the old walnut tree across the street from my house. I said good morning and he replied pleasantly enough. But he seemed lost and I asked if everything was okay. He dropped his head and laughed a little before telling me he’d run out of gas. Since we’re only a mile from the gas station I asked him if he needed a gas can to go get some. He replied that he’d not have any money until he’d sold his walnuts. I then asked if he wanted to use my cell phone to call for help. He said there was no one to call. I said sorry and went across the street and into the house.

I watched him walk up and down by his truck for a few minutes before checking my purse for money, hoping I had a five stashed away somewhere. Nope, all I had was a twenty. I took the twenty and went back across the road. I asked if he’d be offended if I gave him money. He seemed vastly relieved as he took it, assuring me he’d return it as soon as he’d sold his walnuts. I told him no, he didn’t need to do that. I believe this man had a true need. Okay, I’ve been called a fool more than once. As most of you know, I live in a tiny rural town, no city here.



When I was a much younger person I lived in a larger city and not having a car, I had to walk three miles to the grocery store. As I was leaving the store one day with my bag of food and a gallon of milk, I realized I’d left my purse on the checkout counter. Right outside the double glass doors was an enclosed entry with a bench. I am way too trusting. Since the counter was right next to the door, I set the bag and milk down, stepped inside, grabbed my purse, walked back out and voila! My goodies were gone. Five seconds tops and they were gone. I ran outside to see if I could spot the thief, but no. They were gone in a flash.

Part 2 will continue on Monday. I have disabled comments and likes on this post. Please come back and read part two. Then I’d love to hear your opinions. 🙂

Update: Now that I’ve posted part 2, I’ve reopened likes and comments here.

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Happy New Year and New Beginnings!


For the next year my blog will be temporarily veering off course. Over the past years I’ve shared my sorrows, my joys, my poetry, my art and photography, and my books. In the sharing of all the little bits and pieces of me, I hope I’ve managed to inspire and or entertain. I also hope it has given you an opportunity to get to know me as I have gotten to know and love so many of you. As a small thank you:

Beginning tomorrow, I plan to highlight a different blogging buddy of mine everyday for the next 365 days. This will only be a small sampling of all the wonderful bloggers I’ve met and follow, but it’s a beginning.

Because I will be posting everyday, these will be very short posts. A link to the blog of the day and a few sentences about what they’ve brought to my life.

A Very Happy, Peaceful, and Prosperous New Year to all of you! ❤ ((HUGS))


Celebrating Seven Years With WordPress


It’s been seven years since I started this blog. At least that’s what the WordPress message told me this morning. I had lost count and had no idea it had been seven years. So let us have a little party. Have a slice of cake and celebrate with me. Another reason for celebration–All you wonderful blogging buddies. Without your support, I wouldn’t still be blogging away. Thank you! ❤

All my books will be free on Kindle for the upcoming 2014 Thanksgiving holiday. Beginning on Thanksgiving day and running through the weekend. (November 27, 28, and 29) Just a little thank you. 🙂

Don’t have a Kindle, download the free Kindle for your computer.

Beautiful vintage image from The Graphics Fairy


To My Blog Family

Thank you tag

I’d like to take a break from my usual mundane posts to say a serious and heartfelt thank you to all who have visited, liked, or commented on my blog posts. Most especially I’d like to thank those who’ve been visiting regularly over the past year. With the loss of two dear friends and another brother, not to mention my own brush with a near fatal illness, I’ve had a rough year.

Many times I could feel the heavy weight of depression settling over me, making it difficult to rise from the sofa and do even the simplest task. One thing that helped was finding all of you and reading your thoughts on such a large variety of subjects or sometimes just reading about your day, enjoying your art, poetry and photography. I’ve truly loved your posts. Another thing that helped me shrug that darkness off was coming on here and seeing your smiling faces, beautiful or sometimes silly avatars on the like buttons and reading your kind and supportive comments.

Perhaps it’s a small thing, but it meant the world to me because it’s always like a ray of sunlight on a stormy day. It cheers me and may have helped to preserve my sanity. It’s like having a huge extended network of family and friends you’ve never met, but who is always there for you. And what a lovely feeling that gives one. So thank you all so much. Elizabeth 🙂