Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | April 10, 2015

Chickens, Turkey and Guinea Foraging

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It is a joy to sit outside and watch the chickens, turkey and guinea foraging.  The entire time the roosters are claiming territory, the guinea chases the chickens the turkey struts around making his royal presence known.  In between they eat bugs and seeds.  They listen for noises and possible danger then go back to scratching and pecking.  Who needs television?

Whales Outside the Window uses drama to tackle tough questions – The Collegian.

 

It is an honor to be the parent of  daughter who is working to realize why God has in store for her.  Meagan ‘Meg’ Jones, our second daughter is a graduate student in the performance art department of Bob Jones University.  Over the years, undergrad and now undergraduate, our family has enjoyed attending performance at BJU.  For some Meagan was a performer and others not, for some she was makeup artist. Sadly our schedule and having a vehicle down, prevents us from traveling to see Meg’s first work as director for Whales Outside the Window.  It would indeed be a pleasure to be there but from home we pray, text, call and support her and this new venture,  we also pray for the cast and crew for their hard work and all that goes into the behind the scenes work, from readings, rehearsals set design, makeup, lighting and more to come together to the making of a successful three night run.  May the finale tomorrow be outstanding!

A Valentine’s Day poem performed and. Brought to life by poet Janette IKZ.  Calling singles to wait on God for,the spouse He has intended and I would add for,those of us who,are married to remain  true in our thoughts and hearts.  We certainly must be careful of all the books, movies and songs that seek to lure us away from a faithful, monogamous relation ship with our spouse of the opposite and not the same gender.  Let us not be confused or compelled by offers to be curious about inapropriate relationships. Don’t think its “all about your happiness” when it’s really all about glorifying God in our body. Pleasing Him and accepting his design for physical intimacy is what we are called to not just consider but accept and obey.  Trust and obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, than to trust and obey applies to our relationships; we must trust our Creator.  Trust Him to help us wait, and to overcome good or  desert  times in marriage. Trust him for our emotional wellbeing and joy.  To trust His heart when we can’t see where His hand is leading. Happy Valentine’s Day!

“I will wait for you” by Official P4CM Poet JANETTE…IKZ: http://youtu.be/igCj3jsbcqs

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | January 20, 2015

Child of the Movement: Surrounded by Local Leaders

One of Dr. King's visits to my hometown of Orangeburg SC.

One of Dr. King’s visits to my hometown of Orangeburg SC.

King Jr. Day – Civil rights leader revived efforts with Orangeburg visits

This article from my hometown newspaper, The Times and Democrat, reminded me of what it was like growing up in a town with so many local leaders and just ‘regular folk’ involved in the civil rights movement. As a kid I was surrounded by people involved in the civil rights movement. Meetings at my home church, Trinity United Methodist where my great-grandfather I.H. Fulton and great-uncle Alonzo G. Townsend both served as pastor and where many in my family were members. Speakers at both SC State and Claflin Universities encouraging students and local   citizens in their efforts. Local community leaders like Rev. J.W. Curry, Rev. McCollum, and others led prayer vigils on the town square, students marching and protesting.

 

This was life in Orangeburg in the 1960’s. In ’68 there was what has come to be called, ‘The Orangeburg Massacre’. There were many turbulent events, the National Guard summoned and posted near black neighborhoods, curfews, tanks, no school for a while after the murders. I didn’t quite understand the importance of all that then but over the years as I’ve been more involved in the adult conversations about these important bits of history, it has become clear what all those people who were a part of my upbringing, who were members of my church and teachers in my school, and my neighbors were doing and what was so important to them. They were making history, working for change and providing living examples to me even when I wasn’t paying attention. As a result of this I have such a great appreciation for that movement and those since. I appreciate every meeting my parents took my brother and I to attend at church or on either college campus even though at the time we didn’t really want to go. The voices of the people singing together, “We shall overcome”, and “We Shall not be Moved”. I appreciate the family discussions. Newspaper clippings saved by my grandmother. Photographs of the movement taken by my dad’s friend Mr.Cecil Williams. What a heritage and legacy, my brother and our friends who share the experience have been given! We were privileged indeed, even though we my not have appreciated or even sensed it then.   I hope I have passed on this legacy to my five children and that they are listening to the stories shared by their grandparents and other family members who experienced the movement.  Lessons learned from these local leaders can only serve as stepping-stones as they begin to participate in current movements.  Listen well and learn from those who have gone before.     ‪#‎Orbgmovementleaders ‬ #‎childofthemovement  

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | January 15, 2015

My Poetic Response

 

My poetic response to our poet laureate being omitted from the Governor’s Inauguration ceremony.  When we began watching the ceremony today for school, it had already begun and I wasn’t aware that the poem was omitted until later this evening.  I do not claim great poetic ability but a mere love of the art form and offer this as a response to the decision not to include our state’s own poet laureate, Marjory Wentworth in the ceremony as was expected.

Obviously Missing, by Belinda Jones (Palmettoislandgirl)
Did she think we wouldn’t notice, did she think we wouldn’t care
Our state poet laureate wasn’t there to share
Her words of careful expression, with deep interpretation of our past and present state of affairs?

A rhythmic description of our history and culture, our living and dying
Economic conditions, racial injustices, successes and failures,
Here banners of heritage overshadow our state, waving freely and still encourage division and debate.
Words of truth and courage were penned to declare with our citizenry and dignitaries there
To witness electorates take solemn oath of allegiance to those of one river one boat!

But Governor we noticed and it’s obvious we do care that our state poet laureate wasn’t there to share
We acknowledge the power, wisdom and depth of her work, held dearly by citizens who know she would not shirk, but was clearly punished, censored, and banned
The honor and duty her office commands were expressed by the lyrical words that she wrote
To inspire and offer, information and hope to those of us of one river and one boat!

For S.C.’s Poet Laureate, An Inauguration Poem Without An Inaugural Audience

 

 

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | January 2, 2015

All in a Day’s Work

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We began the new year doing much-needed chores.  There were bushes and trees in need of pruning, flower beds that still needed cleaning, areas in need of raking, and so on.  The day was bright and beautiful, and invited us to come out and enjoy it while accomplishing chores.   The chickens, guinea and turkey not to mention the dogs and cat, seemed to enjoy our presence all the more today as we worked around them.  The chickens scratched and pecked as we raked and moved plants, dead grasses and pulled weeds that caused insects and all sort of bugs to move and scurry about.  They followed our movement and found spiders, grasshoppers, seeds, and grubs

Friendly, free-ranging fowl.

Friendly, free-ranging fowl.

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Buff Orpington pullet in forefront.

While pulling dead plants from a flower bed two little pullets std nearby enjoying a sunny day out of the coop.  Our new and first ever domesticated turkey, now named Duke, strutted around his new surroundings, calling and listening for calls of any turkeys that might be able to hear him.  Today he wandered quite a distance calling and listening, he is quite the adventurer.

By the time dusk moved in we were ready to go in but a couple of pullets couldn’t quite find their way back in their coop.  One young Buff Orpington pullet was still out after the others were    in at least thirty minutes. We were quite exhausted after getting her inside.  Tomorrow will bring a few more chores and a certainly a few more stories.   Thank God for work that keeps us busy with productive things to do and doesn’t leave us idle.  Thank God for work that can even be done in such a way as to give Him glory and honor.

It is exciting to be a small, family owned and operated homestead that practices sustainable agriculture methods to raise healthy crops and animals. May we always be a place ‘Where Faith, Family and Farming Flourish’!

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | December 30, 2014

Turkey’s First Day Roaming the Grounds

After being on the homestead a few weeks now, was very interesting to watch how the new turkey would react to his first day out ranging with the guinea and some of the chickens. He kept close to them as I’d hoped and went back in with them at dusk. Great first day!

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Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | December 29, 2014

Friendly Homestead Fowl

The newest member of the homestead is a Royal Palm Turkey.  After two weeks fenced in, today was his first day of free ranging with the chickens and guinea. We kept an eye on him throughout the day to see if he would stay near the flock and he did.  Just checked again to find him in for the evening along with the others. It seems we can trust him to stay with or at least near his friends and follow their lead.

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Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | December 12, 2014

Chickens Growing Up

Well the chicks are two months old and I moved them to a larger location before they join the adult chickens. This is the juvenile hangout.  They are so curious about everything, I enjoy watching them to see their gestures. 

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Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | November 28, 2014

Thankfulness

This year my family gathered for two special occasions Thanksgiving the celebration of my parents 55th Wedding Anniversary!  I thank God for His living kindness and grace and mercy upon my parents life and their marriage.  I am ever mindful of the brevity of life.  To continue to have my parents alive and well enough to travel and spend the day with those of us gathered together to ask the Lord’s blessings is indeed in itself a blessing!

As we gathered we allowed the wonders of creation to remind us of our loving Creator and all He has provided.

 

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