I am taking a July break from composing and sending forth The Sunday Letter. The SL began as friends wanted to know how Beth and I were adjusting to our Apri, 2020 decision to return to Fort Worth from our days in Amarillo and Santa Fe. There have been 159 Sunday Letters, never missing a Sunday.
My desire is for the SL to be words of freshness, to continue to appeal to those who open and real my weekly thoughts. Somehow, I want each SL to “touch” your spirit and your heart with 1) information, 2) encouragement, 3) small or odd items you may have missed, and 4) personal updates from our 79- and 74-year-old selves. Beth is my esteemed editor, making each SL clearer and better.
In July, I will broaden my print and online reading, research, have a more consistent opportunity to write, whether short stories, verses, essays, or a retelling from a life and marriage well lived. I hope to have some iced tea with friends.
As I close the 159th Sunday Letter with these thoughts and word.
From my current Fiction read. “Planting a garden is showing your belief in tomorrow.”
I am angry and disappointed so many of the legislative decisions and programs that have been my life’s vocation and faith have been weakened or disappearing.
- I am sad for the residents of Matador and Perryton, Texas. Tornados destroyed homes, businesses, all they owned. Sad for the families of East Palestine, Ohio and the derailment of chemicals creating generations of medical and emotional illness and preventing their return home.
** In France, a police shooting of a 17-year-old, and then the arrest of 1,300 is disheartening. A recommendation to President Macron would be to declare a National Day of Mourning Prayer and Meditation. France has to grieve and find themselves again.
- In this month’s Westover Hills magazine, Beth is so thrilled that two programs she dearly loves were included. The first article is about Project 4031, where she serves as Volunteer Coordinator. The second article and photos are for the Black Arts EXPO at Como Community Center. Beth is teaching us all about marketing and content placement.
July is now before us all. I will send a short reminder each Sunday so all will know.
Roy Carroll Bowen