Friday, September 10, 2021

Remembering 9-11

 At the Close of a Day in September

The beauty of the earth and its inhabitants

Grew exponentially

At the close of a day

In September.

After the horror was known

When the greatest fears were faced

While the silence was the strongest

As the smoke still rose

We stood.



We stood.

Less divided and unconquered.

The worst had happened.

The darkest hour had come




And yet, we stood.




Yet measurably

We turned toward what we had not lost.

The earth was beautiful beyond belief

And its peoples were our neighbors.

A guarded sigh was murmured.

Hands touched.

Eyes met.

Hearts mourned together

And together went forward.

The beauty of the earth and its inhabitants

Grew exponentially.        JJ

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My heart rejoices in the Lord;  ...
There is no one holy like the Lord;
There is no one besides you;
There is no rock like our God.

I Samuel 2: 1-2

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Granny's Pantry #66--The Old Shaver School

The Shaver School was constructed of beautiful granite stones in about 1927 during the Depression era by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The land for the school was donated by the Shaver family. It is located in Rowan County on the Corner of Stokes Ferry Road and Reeves Island Road near Gold Hill, NC. The school operated from 1936 – 1950. After that, the old school had a number of lives under a number of owners.

One of those owners was Aunt Ruthie. She bought the school as investment property and kept it for several years before selling it.
There was a caretaker when she owned it, Lamont Shaver, the nicest old man, who lived across the street in what appeared to be a converted wooden church building. He used to go to school with Granny Cole when she lived in Rowan County as a young girl.

*The Old Shaver School, even today, is a grad old building of more than 7,000 square feet of space. I like to think about what fun we could have had turning it into a family compound if Aunt Ruthie still owned it. Dreaming is free!

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 
II Timothy 2:15

*[To read more about the history and the current owner, see:]