My name is Shirley Murphy. I am a Christ-follower, a wife, a mom, and a Mimi. I’ve lived most of my life in Kentucky but I’ve also lived in Evansville, Indiana, as well as in Richmond, Virginia. I founded Louisville Parent Magazine in 1992, later named Kentuckiana Family Magazine, and served as its Publisher and Editor until 2007. Being a part of a monthly magazine for all those years allowed me ample opportunity to explore my interests in writing and graphic design. I haven’t written much since selling the publication. Now that I am an official empty-nester, I find that I miss “putting words on paper.” I’m hoping that this blog will scratch that itch. It’s a hodge-podge of words and photographs about life and love, family and friends, and a few of my favorite places. I enjoy exploring small towns and historical places, as well as celebrating the seasons and special occasions with my loved ones. I’m simply reflecting on yesterday, celebrating today, and imagining the possibilities of tomorrow. I hope you find something inspiring, useful, or enjoyable. Please leave a comment on my blog posts so I’ll know you visited!
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A bit of useless trivia about me:
I’m left-handed, but I can only use scissors or bowl with my right hand. If I tried to eat with my right hand, however, I would starve.
I love fresh-brewed black iced tea, extra strong, lots of ice.
I have a very creative mind but I can’t draw a straight line and I’m a messy painter. This causes me great frustration.
My favorite flowers are Peonies because they remind me of my mom. I also love tulips.
I love to explore historical, artsy, and eclectic small towns.
I am not of fan of putting chopped up candy or cookies in ice cream. No Blizzards for me, although I did like potato chips on chocolate ice cream when I was a child. Haven’t done that in a while.
I used to own a small business which hosted princess tea parties for children. It was the most fun I’ve ever had while working. The party guests called me Miss Foo-Foo.
I love old photographs. I don’t even have to know the people in the photographs. I create their life stories in my mind.
My favorite things to do with my grandchildren are building forts with blankets, playing in the rain, gazing at the stars, and just sitting and talking with them, one on one. They have such an amazing way of looking at life.
I enjoy making pretty cookies to give to friends. I would eat all of them if I didn’t give them away!
I’m an American history buff. I especially love learning about the private lives and families of our presidents and Founding Fathers.
If I even see a picture of a snake, I will have nightmares about it.
One of my favorite towns is Annapolis, MD. I love the rich history, the cobblestone streets, the Naval Academy, the shops, and sailing on the Chesapeake Bay.
I got my first gray hair at the age of 16.
One of the most embarrassing things that has happened to me is when my skirt fell down when I stood up in front of my class in 4th grade. Even my teacher couldn’t stop laughing. I’m still a bit scarred by that experience!
One of my favorite things about my family is that they make me laugh.