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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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ImageNEILMUIR1
Sep 26, 2011 2:17 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Sharon, you think you know someone and then you find out some different bits about their life, I have known you on another site, then this one and are my Editor on another one. As you know we live many thousands of miles apart, but strangely enough your history although in another place is very similar in some ways with myself being separated from my parents by my mothers illness. I was sent back to the moors of Yorkshire to stay with my grandma whilst my mother got better, and long for the moors and the heather as it brings back so many wonderful memories.
You have been a true friend and a good teacher to me, that I am most grateful for.
It is never goodbye Sharon, you remember that.
All our love from England.
Neil & Sarah.
+ A cat who loves you, the one and only Phoenix.

ImageSharon
Sep 26, 2011 10:08 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
It's never good bye, Neil, never.

You've enriched my life with the beauty of your history, seen both in your words and in your pictures. And you are right, I've come to love Phoenix, too.

Thanks for reading my story, most of us can relate to our past because it shaped us, formed us; you and I were lucky that our past led us to nature and gave us inquisitive minds.

It is a pleasure to know you, Neil. Thank you.
ImageLance
Sep 26, 2011 12:07 PM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
What a wonderful portrayal of your life, thank you for finally sharing it. I also feel glad and fortunate to count you among my friends. I really have no grand words of wisdom or thoughtfulness as you have already said them so well. Keep having a grand time with all of your adventures, and I look forward to your book as well.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
Dogs; Family Fun Unplugged; Perennials, Annuals, Veggies; Happy Birthday Wishes
Imagenap
Sep 26, 2011 12:14 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Lance, I mentioned that people had asked for a Spotlight on Sharon. I think your request was the most heartfelt! So I thought of you and have been watching for your comment.
ImageSharon
Sep 26, 2011 12:23 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Lance, you know what?
It just occurs to me that my feelings for you are much like those I have for my forever favorite students who are still and always have been a big part of my life. They are the young friends that I turn to when I need my spirit revived. They are the ones I take great pride in learning of their accomplishments. They are the ones who have always encouraged me to open some of those doors.
Thank you for the role you will always play in my life.
ImageLance
Sep 26, 2011 1:18 PM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
What a wonderful compliment from both of you, thank you very much. You have also lifted up my own spirits right now as I continue to deal with some of my own concerns (dissertation top among them, almost done!). Fun, creative writing is an outlet for me, as well, and I look forward to more guidance from my one of my favorite authors.
When my son comes home this evening, I will be sure to let him add to this thread with his favorites.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
Dogs; Family Fun Unplugged; Perennials, Annuals, Veggies; Happy Birthday Wishes
ImageSharon
Sep 26, 2011 2:34 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
And you be sure to tell him that I'm still making Christmas ornaments with all those great little gourds he sent me! Lovey dubby
ImageNEILMUIR1
Sep 26, 2011 7:19 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Lance, when I read this article the song 'forever autumn, now your not here' from war of the worlds was playing and I was taken aback by it. I had to read the bottom bit again and she is not going simply busy with other things now as well. We became friends because of Sharon's love for the mountains and her native plants, and I do not think she could quite work out as to why a man from England knew about them as well. I soon found out that Sharon also has a passion for the protection of her native flora, and a love for the Kentucky Lady's slipper orchid.
I come across these and many other slipper orchids quite regularly, and every time I see one I have to take a picture of it and send it to Sharon, as they are getting rare in their native habitat now.
Now that Sharon is my Article Editor I have had to step up several notches with my writing for Articles, luckily I have not had one sent back yet.
I so hope the family are well? My Niece is going to Oxford University, so I am proud of her, getting into one of the best Universities in the world is not an easy task.
I still carry on telling bureaucrats they are wrong for allowing more building and doing my helping veterans work. But enough for it is Sharon's day and story that has made my day.
Regards.
Neil.

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ImageSharon
Sep 26, 2011 8:06 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Neil, have I told you lately that I love you? You are and always have been a big boost to my spirits.

As for editing your work, I only add the polish that makes an already shining article gleam! That's all I do, and it is a privilege to be able to do that.
Thank you for your forever friendship.
ImageLance
Sep 27, 2011 7:34 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Sharon is only going to be spending more time at what is essentially a companion site to Cubits - I think anyone with a Cubits name is automatically a member of ATP as well. Right now at least, though, I have limited time to keep up with both although I do try and visit each occasionally. I could not miss an article on Sharon, though. I think her editor position is a wonderful position for her and suits her talents very well.
I also came to know Sharon from our mutual love of all things green and glorious! As well as our mutual desire to what is best for our little ones - her grandson and my son at this point, although I am sure she still thinks about her 2 children quite often.
Thanks for the update on your niece, I am always glad to hear about a motivated younger person. There is hope for this world yet!
So Sharon, there were so many aspects of your autobiography that I could comment on, my response would be as long as what you wrote, we seem to have so much in common (including saying what is on our mind to sometimes our own detriment!). My best friends are always outspoken, however.
Skye came home quite late last night, but as soon as I can, I will show him the photos and read some of the article to him. He does enjoy a good story, and that was certainly a wonderful piece. As I tell Skye quite often (he hates hearing it, but oh well), take good care of yourself as no one else can really do it.
When I get a bit more time, I will head over to your new home and check out more of what you are up to.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
Dogs; Family Fun Unplugged; Perennials, Annuals, Veggies; Happy Birthday Wishes
ImageSharon
Sep 27, 2011 10:17 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Group hug to Lance and Skye.
ImageHemophobic
Sep 27, 2011 10:52 AM CST
Name: Angie
North Carolina (zone 7)
If I may step in here to add my own comments, Neil and Lance, I read Shar's article with tears and pride, first as someone who shares her Appalachian memories and longs to return to a place and time that no longer exist, and secondly, proud to be able to call Shar "friend."

Shar, much of your story I have indeed read other places, but this article filled in some of the blank spaces for me. Your vivacious and generous spirit shines from your eyes and lives in the lives of all those students you have taught. What a wonderful legacy! And wouldn't Granny Ninna and Aunt Bett be tickled pink to know that what they passed on to you has spread out into the world in those lives and goes on way beyond the boundaries of Webb Holler? You have honored their memories and made them immortal in your stories and I, for one, am skipping along in my mind right there beside you back to the beloved mountains! Well done, Lady!
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

ImageSharon
Sep 27, 2011 11:08 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Your words touch my heart, Angie, my dear longtime friend.

You understand. It isn't so much what my two ladies did for me, it's the knowledge they shared that is important to preserve. And if I can share that knowledge, then I've done my work well. It's what I'm supposed to do. They had that special bond with nature, we all need that.

One time my uncle (the one mentioned in the article) questioned me about not eating meat when I was little. He was a pediatrician, now retired and in his 80s, Mom's youngest brother. I've always been close to him but he was away in med school when I was little and started his practice in 1949. Anyway, I remember telling him that we had lots of green beans and potatoes to eat, lots of corn, just not much meat and not very often. So I didn't get used to meat, nor did I ever develop much of a taste for it. He became a little irate saying that it's a wonder I didn't get rickets. He said I hadn't been fed right. And I said -- 'Oh but there were those beans and those blasted eggs I had to gather!!'

He asked if I hated eggs too. I had to tell him the chicken stories, about gathering eggs and being pecked from head to toe and the chicken that landed on my head and tangled in my hair. He said . . . 'At least you'll still eat eggs.' And I said, 'Only if I don't have to gather them.'

But the point was, they did feed me right, my Mom and my two ladies. Somehow they knew that I needed protein and they made sure I got it. They just knew, because of their bond with nature.

I don't want us to lose that bond. It's a necessary part of living.
That's why I like sharing what I learned.

Thanks Angie.
You are truly a special friend.

ImageHemophobic
Sep 27, 2011 2:12 PM CST
Name: Angie
North Carolina (zone 7)
Crying Aw! Lovey dubby
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

ImageNEILMUIR1
Sep 27, 2011 7:23 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Sharon, mt grandma when I stayed with her as my mother was in Hospital and then recovering for a long period taught me many things. Although she was not religious at all, she used to tell me "don't play God with nature, as it will bite back and it is more powerful than you can imagine." She was right as she was right in everything she taught me. At the age of 81 she had gone almost blind due to diabetes and the Doctor told her she must give up her beloved Scotch whisky, or 'Uisghe beath', which means the 'water of life' in Gaelic. She in most unladylike terms told him where to go and continued having it. I spent many years with her, even when I was injured and came out of the Army, I loved to go up on the dangerous moors and pick the bilberries that grew amongst the heather. She had taught me about nature from an early age, and I loved to see the Falcons and the Grouse, the trout jumping in the crystal rivers and the golden cloak of Autumn over the moors.
I was sent out by her to the off licence (liquor store), with a huge list of unusual things to get for her. When I returned she was in her rocking chair, by her log fire with an empty glass of whisky in her hand, which was strange for a lunchtime, she had passed away, she was 103 and had outlived the Doctor!
Now I have taught my nieces how to cook the way my grandma taught me, for they may be clever at school and with computers but that is not a life skill. They all can grow their own vegetables and Alfie loves to garden, that is an important skill. I miss my grandma a lot, but her knowledge was passed to me and I am passing it on to a brand new young generation.
I just hope they use it wisely.
Love.
Neil.
+ Phoenix.

ImageSharon
Sep 27, 2011 7:35 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
These are beautiful words, Neil: ...the golden cloak of Autumn over the moors

I am so glad you are sharing your knowledge with the youngsters in your life. I think that's so important that they know who taught you as well. You will bring your grandmother to life for them.

Thanks for all you do, Neil. You are important to so many people.
ImageLance
Oct 2, 2011 7:14 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
A busy week with my son mostly gone until it is too late to show him your story. We just now checked it out together while eating breakfast and he enjoyed the photos and the story. The smiley monster finally got a chance to give you a bunch of smileys, as well. He says they are trampling the words because the smileys are on top with his words underneath - he does have a good imagination.
Thumbs up Blinking Ears perked up! Ears perked up! Ears perked up! Ears perked up! Ears perked up! Ears perked up! I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. Drooling Group hug Group hug Hurray! Rolling on the floor laughing Whistling Whistling Hilarious! Angel
Thanks for the story and the hugs. I hope you enjoy all these smileys trampling the words.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
Dogs; Family Fun Unplugged; Perennials, Annuals, Veggies; Happy Birthday Wishes
ImageSharon
Oct 2, 2011 9:45 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Thank you, Skye!!

Those smileys are good word tramplers!
Imageirisarian
Oct 3, 2011 10:03 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Well you all have seemed to use up the smileys, but they are here in my computer, even if you can't see them. Lucky for all of us that you write, Sharon.
ImageSharon
Oct 3, 2011 10:24 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Lucky for me that I have you to read what I write.
Thank you, Lucy, more than you know!

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