Article: Spotlight: Sharon Brown (Sharon): A Wonderful Journey

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Image Spotlight: Sharon Brown (Sharon)
By Nancy Polanski on September 26, 2011

Although the following article is published under my name, it was written for you totally by Sharon. With my apologies to all of our previous guests, I think it's the best article the Who's Who Spotlight cubit has presented so far. Sharon, my friend, welcome to the Spotlight!

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Sep 25, 2011 8:38 PM CST
Name: Becky Capps
Phoenix, AZ 85022
finding joy one day at a time!
Oh Nancy, I'm glad you bribed, I mean talked, Sharon into being in the spotlight! What fun to read all about her and also, how she encouraged you to remain at cubits and create this wonderful cubit. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Zany will be a fun and crazy addition, I'm sure.

(I love cubits Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby )

I just did a quick read, looking at the wonderful photos and now I am going to get a cup of coffee and read it all again. Big Grin
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Sep 25, 2011 10:47 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

I agree and Sharon you go on and experience other paths for awhile. We will be here waiting for your return to let us know about some of those experiences that are waiting for you.

Remember, no matter how far you travel, we are sending our love and friendship along with you.

I, too, will not say goodbye...I will borrow a Hawaiian "until we meet again" Aloha Sister

Tahlmorra lujhala mei wiccan
(The fate of a man rests always within the hands of the gods)
Sep 25, 2011 10:47 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Sounds like your message is for Nap, Boo, but I'll thank you too.
Sep 25, 2011 10:48 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Well thanks, LaVonne.
It isn't that I'm going anywhere, but I'll accept your good wishes.
Sep 26, 2011 12:01 AM CST
Name: Becky Capps
Phoenix, AZ 85022
finding joy one day at a time!
Actually, Miss Sharon, I have some comments that are directed right to you in a little bit. My day got interrupted by a cutie pie baby. Lovey dubby
Sep 26, 2011 12:08 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Cutie pie babies always take first place!!
Sep 26, 2011 12:34 AM CST
Name: Becky Capps
Phoenix, AZ 85022
finding joy one day at a time!
Dear Sharon,

As you recall we first met over at DG when you asked to write about my Watt’s New bulbs. I loved you from the start and I love you even more now. You have spunk, determination and a creativity with words that amazes me!

With my first cursory read, I admit I skimmed because I was short on time. As I looked at all the photos and admired them, it felt like I was in a familiar place since my own black and whites look so much like yours! All of your photos were so much fun because they offered little visual glimpses into your past.

I also loved reading about your life’s journey as you reached today and love how you’ve taught all of us to be ourselves and not try to be anyone else. You are an amazingly strong woman and I felt your grief when your husband died. However, you picked yourself up and started marching forward … just like you always encourage all of us to do!

And I did read every word . . . even how many times you told us you love teaching!!! You would have been my favorite art teacher ever!

And now, I know where the name Ruby came from! Big Grin

I do L O V E you Sharon! Lovey dubby
Sep 26, 2011 1:07 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Becky Boo,

How well I remember that bulb article and I have many of my own decorated light bulbs as a result of it.

We would have had a great time in an art class together, it would have been fun for both of us no matter who was teaching. And that, my dear, is the truth.

Every life is a journey, and every journey is a story, and every journey is a lesson to be learned. That's the beauty of living. When I was putting the pictures together for this article I looked at the two of Ninna. It occurred to me that she was only 43 when I was born, but she looks so much older in the pictures. About 5 years before I was born, her husband, my grandfather had been killed in a slate fall inside a coal mine. He was an inspector or maybe it was called something else, but he had gone in to check the safety before the other miners entered. He didn't come out. So I never knew him, but her grief shows on her face. I never knew her to be anything but beautiful and happy, though. I was her first grandchild, and mom said I brought her out of her grief. So maybe I was as good for her as she was for me. Funny now what we can see in old pictures.

Anyway, thank you Becky. Oh, and yes, my Aunt Ruby. She was my mom's only sister and we lost her just a few months ago. Delightful woman, played the piano like a pro and was so fun. Beautiful woman. She appears in some of my old articles too.

Love you, too, Becky. Lovey dubby
Sep 26, 2011 4:28 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Oh Sharon -

What a gift you have given all of us - not just this awesome story but whether you realize it or not, you do continue to teach. Through your articles, your photos, your posts, your advice, your words. It is what you were called to do and you do it brilliantly.

Your stories always remind me of things that happened in my own life that I had totally forgotten. I read your stories and poof, the light bulb clicks and I remember. The polio for instance. I remember all the way back to when I was about 3, and in the summer, we were allowed to play in the water in a galvanized tub and when I was 5 or so, we got one of those fancy rubber blow up wading pools. Mom would start the hose and say - don't you dare put your foot in that cold water. You'll get polio - and she would add buckets of hot water so the water would be warm. There was a public wading pool at one of the parks but sister and I were never allowed to get in - we might get polio. So yeah, I remember polio. I remember when the vaccines came out too and shots in those days were with needles that were re-sterilized til they were blunt and they really hurt - Ouch!

You've taught us that just like gardens, life is all about seasons. There are cold and dark days but springtime and flowers and color are always on the horizon. Sometimes later than sooner, but it will come.

Your family is beautiful - thank you for sharing them. I enjoyed each photo.

Cave paintings - who knew? not me...thank you for teaching me. It was so visual, I felt I was right there.

Rose of Sharon has always been one of my favorites Lovey dubby

Thank you for the nod to Dave and Trish. I, too, am eternally grateful for the wonderful friendships in my life because of them.

You're one in a million Sharon. You touch my heart and soul. I'm so blessed and honored to have you in my life.

You have earned your crown in heaven many times over! Angel Angel

Love you dear friend! Lovey dubby Group hug
NATIONAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION Purslane & Portulaca ~ Garden Art
Sep 26, 2011 7:28 AM CST
Name: Marilyn (Mau) Piche'
South-central Missouri-in the
Zone 6b
I agree I agree completely with what Becky and Vicki have said. I read all the way to the end,Sharon, and didn't skip a thing! Hilarious! The pictures remind me of some of my own old photos. You and I come from the same era but I am just a little older--Dec. 1941.
What a wonderful life story you have! Thanks so much for sharing it with us! Group hug
Sep 26, 2011 7:43 AM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
As I wipe the happy tears away, I realize what a truly unique individual you are Sharon. You make and have no pretense and that is rare today. It is a joy to read your words and to remember for ourselves that which has gone before. And then to know that you are still teaching us to make those memories for our own families. Thank you so much for just being yourself...... Smiling
Sep 26, 2011 9:37 AM CST
Name: Brenda
Dolores, Colorado
Dear Sharon, your story touched my heart. I am so glad to get to know you a little more... you are truly a treasure. As you write, I can feel your spirit in your words. What a gift. You are an amazing, talented, brilliant, strong woman, and you personify L-O-V-E.

Love, from me!
Sep 26, 2011 9:40 AM CST
Name: Connie
Corpus Christi, TX
Sharon, what a wonderful Life story you shared with all of us--- Thanks so much! ... and don't wander too far away~
Sep 26, 2011 10:27 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Vic, your words humble me. Thank you.

I reckon the only thing good about polio is that I never had to get one of those shots with the blunt needles! Oh boy do I hate needles.

And I like to think that the friendships formed here are enriching to all of us. We don't really know what's behind that computer screen, but usually we can tell by the words we read. I always enjoy reading your words, Vic. They keep me humble. Thank you!

Marsue, you're right, we have a lot of things in common including our age and our era. I've truly enjoyed getting to know you this year, even while enduring the sadness of losing a mutual friend. I also think that you, just like me, take the hand that's dealt us and move on with a smile.

Barb, Hello. Thank you. It's like I told somebody, everybody has a life, what's important is what they do with it. I love that you are making memories with your grandchildren, and sharing your beautiful quilts with them. They'll always remember you with the same love we have for our elders.

Brenda. Your words touch my heart. And you of all people know how to take what life hands you and make the most of it! I have always admired your spirit. I think those of us who have managed to make it over hurdles are the ones whose smiles are the truest. Thank you!

Hi Connie, don't you worry, I'm not going anywhere! I don't leave old friends behind, I just carry them around with me wherever I go. Thank you.

You all have a real good day!
Sep 26, 2011 11:53 AM CST
Name: Becky Capps
Phoenix, AZ 85022
finding joy one day at a time!
I can see all of us in a pocket in your gardening little elves, just riding along the way!

I'd like to quote Vicki, which brought warmth to my heart! Group hug

You've taught us that just like gardens, life is all about seasons. There are cold and dark days but springtime and flowers and color are always on the horizon. Sometimes later than sooner, but it will come.

I have a mini poster on my desk that says:

"Every story has an end . . . but in life, every end has a new beginning".

I love that you, Sharon . . . and many of us . . . have adopted that motto without knowing it and worked our way through the new season. Lovey dubby
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Sep 26, 2011 11:57 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Yes about the pocket, Becky, that's exactly how it is.
Thank you for the motto, too. One more thing to remember and to hold on to.
Sep 27, 2011 9:37 AM CST
Name: Marie Ortiz
Tolleson, Arizona
Sharon you are a wonderful teacher!! I am so glad to have met you!
I have this theory that chocolate slows down the aging process.... It may not be true, but do I dare take the chance?
Sep 27, 2011 10:15 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Friendships work both ways, Marie.
Thank you!
Sep 27, 2011 2:26 PM CST
Name: Connie
Corpus Christi, TX
Shirt Pocket?--- then I want at the Top so I can see out, and know where I'm venturing next! Whistling Group hug
Sep 27, 2011 2:29 PM CST
Name: Sharon
You got it, Connie!

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