A-Z: Ozark

They moved to a mountain to be closer to God,
leaving behind the world with a nod;
no luggage or baggage, no worldly possession,
virtue their only goal of obsession.
Back to basics, souls purified;
their vision of heaven sanctified.
Seeking perfection through self-sacrifice,
surrender their key to paradise.
They welcome others into the fold,
who eagerly believe whatever they’re told.
A preacher, a teacher, a prophet, a sage;
the blending of spirits he hopes to engage.
He calls to all, a message to preach,
their trusting souls in evil’s reach.
He preys upon what they hold dear,
and in their hearts, he strikes pure fear.
“One for all, and all for me;
only my truth will set you free.
Do what I do, do as I say;
the rewards you seek you’ll receive today.”
They didn’t find God in the man on the hill,
they didn’t gain heaven by doing man’s will.
He laid them down in one final control;
his kingdom bought with their mortal soul.

~McGuffy Ann Morris

Life is a journey, a mission of mysteries. We all seek purpose and meaning in our own journey. As a teen, I had friends who left family behind to join communes in hopes of finding a purpose. Some of these communities were of a spiritual nature. Others seemed to attract lost bodies and minds. I was intrigued by the idea of people coming together for common goals. However, I was very cautious about the actual reasons.

It was about this time that the Jonestown tragedy hit the news. There have been other communes that have come to similar catastrophic ends. Ruby Ridge, Waco, and Heaven’s Gate were sadly misguided groups of people who seem to have never found meaning.

I never heard from my friends who set out to find purpose in an unknown community. I hope and pray that they found real answers, and that they are safe in body and spirit.


“My Writeful Heart”:
A= Acknowledgments
B= Believe
C= Camouflage
D= The Drought
E= Exist
F= Final Departure
G= The Guardian
H= The Horologist
I= Impasse
J= Joseph
K= Knowing
L= The Loan
M= Mirror
N= Number

A-Z: Joseph

Joseph came to America as a young man and followed the family trade as a cabinetmaker.  He had worked hard all of his life and was proud of his life’s work.

Retired for many years, Joseph now finished a special piece. This was the first piece he ever kept for himself.

Putting away his tools, Joseph was pleased with the results of his craftsmanship. The pine coffer was finished just in time; he was ready for his final journey.

~McGuffy Ann Morris

This was written as an exercise in flash fiction. Joseph is another one of my character-people who needed his story told. I was happy to share him.


“My Writeful Heart”:
A= Acknowledgments
B= Believe
C= Camouflage
D= The Drought
E= Exist
F= Final Departure
G= The Guardian
H= The Horologist
I= Impasse


Thank You!


This is just a thank you note to everyone who reads, comments, and follows McGuffy’s Reader. We appreciate each of you, your kindness, and your prayers. The A-Z Challenge, sick furkids, my own health, have all made for a complicated schedule. We are human, so we get behind, get overwhelmed, but we never quit trying to get things right. I plan to visit everyone this week. Please know that I truly appreciate you all. Thanks…and hugs!

A-Z: The Drought

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No one could remember when the last rain came. It doesn’t matter anymore.

First, the crops withered. The corn never developed. Then, the stalks shriveled and dried up, standing right there in the field.

Once the crops were gone, there was no feed, either. No one would buy the cattle. After they died, the horses did, too. The dogs all ran off, probably to find water, since the creeks all dried up.

That’s when the well went dry. Ma and Pa both passed away then. I think they just lost their will. I don’t know why I am still here.

~McGuffy Ann Morris

I wrote this 100-word story as an exercise. I drew on my personal experience of stories told to me by elders who farmed. I come from a strong lineage of farming. Consequently, I have tremendous respect for those who farm. They live their job. It affects their very existence. And, it does ours, too. This story is for them.


“My Writeful Heart”:
A= Acknowledgments
B= Believe
C= Camouflage

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 98

We are happy you are here for another week of friendly sharing! As always, you can find the fill-ins here and at 15andmeowing.com each Thursday. On Fridays, we post the link for sharing. Please link your post as directed. You can answer in the comments if you need to. Remember to visit other blogs. There is no rush, and it is worthwhile.

I did not visit much this week, but hope to read more this coming week. I read blogs, but just never had the thoughts to comment. Please understand. I spent a lot of time at the vet or just sitting, caring for a very sick little BabyCat.

You may have read about Chloe Jo’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. She is struggling quite a bit right now. As always, her health history complicates things. Her bloodwork is way off what it should be. Her kidneys are not stable. Her intestines are very compromised, especially her transverse colon. If she was otherwise healthy, this latest diagnosis (Gastrointestinal Lymphoma) might be more manageable. But, with her entire system so fragile, it is very difficult for her. She has an excellent vet team who loves her as much as she loves them. We will all do whatever is best for Chloe Jo, and she will let us know what that is. Right now, we are working on keeping fluids up and regaining an appetite. Time will tell if the chemo works for her.

We honestly appreciate all of the prayers, support, and understanding. Sometimes, when it rains, it pours. I thank every one of you who have put up their umbrella to help shelter Chloe Jo from this storm. There are no words to adequately express how meaningful this is to me. Chloe Jo is my squeaky wheel. She is special, perhaps because she needs so much. 

Have a wonderful first-weekend-of-Spring doing what you love. I will see you soon!

1. I am the proverbial “black sheep” in my family. Considering all of the water under the bridge, and the many moons that have passed over it, I am okay. Yes, I was different than the rest of that flock, but sometimes different is good. Perspective is everything, I believe.


2. I have two siblings. Life can be complicated. You can be raised in the same house, but be very different from your siblings. The paths out usually vary, too. Sometimes, in order to keep yourself, you have to let go of someone else. This is especially true when they were not holding on to you.

3. I am looking forward to seeing John Prine in concert this Spring. It is a privilege to be able to see and hear this master storyteller live and in person. If you are not familiar with him, check out Angel from MontgomeryHello in ThereParadise, and other classics on YouTube. In the 2017 A-Z, we referred to John Prine and his connection to our area with his song, Lake Marie.

4. The first sign of Spring this year was the initial stirrings of wildlife. Seeing the baby skunks and beavers, the return of the Sandhill Crane, Robins, Red-winged Blackbirds, Swans, Pelicans, and many others has been encouraging. I believe Mother Nature is the best weather forecaster.


~Spring is in the air! Enjoy!~

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