💛 Enjoying my morning, just being my nerdy self~

Gustave Flaubert & I would have gotten along swimmingly. And, all the while, I would have been tugging at his sleeve, whispering, “But your life IS beautiful.”

Flaubert wrote to Chevalier,
“My life, which in my dreams is so beautiful, so poetic, so vast, so filled with love, will turn out to be like everyone else’s: monotonous, sensible, stupid. I’ll attend law school, be admitted to the bar and end up as a respectable assistant district attorney in a small provincial town such as Yvetot or Dieppe.. Poor madman, who dreamt of glory, love, laurels, journeys, the Orient.’

THE ART OF TRAVEL, Alain De Botton

For Pete’s sake, the man lived in Rouen!

2 QUOTES:

“Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.”

“The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.”

Sunday~

Often, we are so caught up in our day-to-day activities and our thoughts that we do not recognize one of the most precious gifts HE gave us. Our senses –

To see the tall oak and watch the leaves and limbs sway against the gentle breeze – cool and delicate when it touches our skin or lifts our hair; the smell of the earth- rich soil tilled in the garden, the mossy spots around the Crepe Myrtle – the delicate decay of leaves, damp at the base of the stately oak; the sounds of birds with birdsong dancing from verdant brush and limb; the exquisite taste of a perfect cappuccino!

Be still. Be silent. Give that time to yourself and HIM each day.

Ashamedly, I admit, I am guilty too.

ElizabethMozley

AlabamaAuthor

WeShareTheSameSky

You can find Elizabeth’s books on Amazon: Elizabeth Mozley 

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/author?ref=dbs_G_A_C&asin=B00J7KJWIU

Signed copies available!

Signed copies of DANCING ALONG THE FRINGES TO THE SIGN OF SILENCE – CENTIPEDE- WE SHARE THE SAME SKY – & FROM HERE TO THERE, THE LONG WAY HOME —— available in Gadsden, Alabama at The Stone Market!

And Available on Amazon ~ https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/author?ref=dbs_G_A_C&asin=B00J7KJWIU

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SOMETIMES BEING BAD is JUST SO… GOOD!

DANCING ALONG THE FRINGES TO THE SIGN OF SILENCE is Southern Gothic through and through.

A subgenre of Gothic fiction in American literature, the story takes place in the American South. The elements of deeply flawed, disturbing & eccentric characters, hoodoo, decayed & derelict settings, grotesque situations, & sinister events stemming from poverty, alienation, crime & violence are knitted like a finely spun web.

Join me in reading Dancing Along THE FRINGES To The Sign Of Silence! (A whole lot of Southern & more than a little wicked.)

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT, MURDER; DEPLORABLE LANGUAGE.

Available for purchase on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/author?ref=dbs_G_A_C&asin=B00J7KJWIU

REVIEW:

“Put down that Harlan Coben or James Patterson book you’re reading and instead pick up this novel by Elizabeth Mozley.

Why? We read to escape, but we also read to connect with characters who are a little bit like us. The distance that words written on a page provide allow us to experience excitement and danger vicariously.

There is plenty of treachery in this novel, and there is an abundance of love. There is something about stories set in the American South like this one is.

Like any good Southern Gothic there are graveyards and bastard children and nostalgia for the past. Through the five women around which this story unfolds, Mozley examines the values of the South such as loyalty and deeply ingrained decorum.

That is not to say that all is well in Memphis. With the mix of strong women and coarse men, violence is never far away and the bonds of loyalty fray. There are entanglements aplenty with the usual culprit at the center…money and sex.

The passages of dialogue ring true and the pacing of the story keeps you turning the pages. There is even travel to a place far away from Tennessee–both distance and culturally–that came as a surprise.

If the old adage to write what you know is true, Mozley knows a thing or two…

I think this book is worth your time reading…compelling dialogue makes an interesting movie.

So what are you waiting for Hollywood? Option this book.

It will be a hit on Netflix…

Seriously, order it today.”

Don Jacobson @BigSurfDon

#THEFRINGES

#ElizabethMozley

#AlabamaAuthor

#WeShareTheSameSky

SOUTHERN GOTHIC, THROUGH & THROUGH

Dancing Along THE FRINGES To The Sign Of Silence is Southern Gothic through and through.

A subgenre of Gothic fiction in American literature, the story takes place in the American South. The elements of deeply flawed, disturbing & eccentric characters, hoodoo, decayed & derelict settings, grotesque situations, & sinister events stemming from poverty, alienation, crime & violence are knitted like a finely spun web.

Join me in the reading of Dancing Along THE FRINGES To The Sign Of Silence! (A whole lot of Southern & more than a little wicked.)
ELIZABETH MOZLEY @ElizabethMozley

Available for purchase on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/author?ref=dbs_G_A_C&asin=B00J7KJWIU

REVIEW:

“Put down that Harlan Coben or James Patterson book you’re reading and instead pick up this novel by Elizabeth Mozley.
Why? We read to escape, but we also read to connect with characters who are a little bit like us. The distance that words written on a page provide allow us to experience excitement and danger vicariously.
There is plenty of treachery in this novel, and there is an abundance of love. There is something about stories set in the American South like this one is.
Like any good Southern Gothic there are graveyards and bastard children and nostalgia for the past. Through the five women around which this story unfolds, Mozley examines the values of the South such as loyalty and deeply ingrained decorum.
That is not to say that all is well in Memphis. With the mix of strong women and coarse men, violence is never far away and the bonds of loyalty fray. There are entanglements aplenty with the usual culprit at the center…money and sex.
The passages of dialogue ring true and the pacing of the story keeps you turning the pages. There is even travel to a place far away from Tennessee–both distance and culturally–that came as a surprise.
If the old adage to write what you know is true, Mozley knows a thing or two…
I think this book is worth your time reading…compelling dialogue makes an interesting movie.
So what are you waiting for Hollywood? Option this book. It will be a hit on Netflix… Seriously, order it today.”
Don Jacobson @BigSurfDon

#ElizabethMozley

#THEFRINGES

Take time to reconnect with who you truly are!

For me ~ I have begun with an early morning walk, followed by a cappuccino & blanket on the front porch, warming in the golden sunlight and fleshing out the second Memphis novel.

Join me for a novel! https://www.amazon.com/Elizabeth-Mozley-McGrady/e/B00J7KJWIU/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

#WeShareTheSameSky

#ElizabethMozley

#TheDonatiFamily

Early Childhood Education in Alabama

This morning, I joined City of Southside Mayor Dana Snyder for Monday Morning Coffee & Conversation; Dr. Barbara Cooper Secretary of the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education discussed the importance of Pre-K programs for Alabama children and the initiatives of 2021.

Alabama’s First Class Pre-K program promotes school readiness in our children by providing a social learning environment that nurtures a child’s enthusiasm for discovery and success, while implementing learning activities which develop the communication and problem solving skills necessary for success throughout their educational journey.

Secretary Cooper stressed a strong focus on a continued effort to increase exposure of the programs available for our children, highlighting the importance of “mitigating poverty” and its effects on children. She also emphasized that “Early Childhood workforce is a priority.” As well as being stage one of Governor Kay Ivey’s “Strong Start, Strong Finish” initiative, the “Pre Through 3” plan prioritizes policies and procedures which support education from pre-K through the third grade level, with an emphasis on literacy skills.

Classes highlighting the importance of Early Childhood Education, and featuring the documentary, “Starting at Zero: Reimagining Education in America” will be available for city mayors beginning March 30th.

Secretary Cooper also briefly discussed the advantages of having a centralized data base for parents where they can utilize services that aid their children.

What We Do

Help Me Grow, “…provides a free, confidential, centralized telephone access point that links every family in Alabama to a care coordinator that will answer questions and concerns about their child’s development, connect them with services in their community, and follow-up to ensure a connection is made.”

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Dancing along THE FRINGES to the Sign of Silence!

DANCING ALONG THE FRINGES TO THE SIGN OF SILENCE is now available on AMAZON in paperback & Kindle editions: https://www.amazon.com/Elizabeth-Mozley-McGrady/e/B00J7KJWIU/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Dancing along THE FRINGES to the Sign of Silence is an adult, Southern novel.

The novel opens in Memphis, Tennessee. Marilyn’s husband, Hudson Donati – born of old money and a powerful name- has died. In an attempt to retain the family estate, Marilyn has become a keeper of many men. She and her loyal friend Odessa Barnes are set to experience a passage they never expected.

THE FRINGES is the collective story of five women – white, biracial, and Creole -and the loyalty between them, a bond which allows strength against an often heinous and brutal world. Together, they move against the expectations of society.

How much disappointment and hardship does it take to get to the truth of who a person is? What is salvation without sin?

A Southern spring is a capricious thing. Cerulean skies darken quickly, mottle like variant hues of paint spilled onto slick glass. Surreal, warm winds suddenly chill, then growing in strength lift the skirt, steal away a hat; pull new tulips from the stem, dogwood blossoms from tender trees to toss them about like a child on the verge of a tantrum. Often arriving unheralded, sinister storms reveal a vein of indifference found in most Southerners, whom overly accustomed to foreboding go about paying no heed. And yet, unpredictable as the storm, these same unconcerned people may turn callous at a moments notice, thus revealing a commonality found among the inhabitants of an area where the untamable blood of its earliest settlers -English, Scotch-Irish, German, French, Spanish and African -continues to concentrate, coagulate as passions of the heart, or desire for retaliation. Like those in nature, personal storms surprise the careless. But, only because people act without thought of repercussion and those who take, and take, and take suddenly turn.

For some, life is the result of a preconceived plan, objectives set and attainment contrived. For others -such as Marilyn Abbot Donati -life was revealed, born perhaps, like unpredictable seasons.

And yet, Marilyn chose.

The theme of the novel is the satisfaction of loyalty and the suffering born of it.

The novel is harsh. It is meant to make one uncomfortable, and begs the reader to question ‘right’ and ‘wrong.’

I hope you will join me in ~Dancing along THE FRINGES to the Sign of Silence.

ELIZABETH MOZLEY

THEFRINGES

ElizabethMozley

DANCING ALONG THE FRINGES TO THE SIGN OF SILENCE is now available on AMAZON in paperback & Kindle editions:

How much disappointment and hardship does it take to get to the truth of who a person is?

This is Marilyn Abbot’s story. A once small town, Southern girl, poor and neglected, forever tied to a childhood love – Frank Livingston, now sheriff of Shelby County; a man who represents all that is good in the world, yet a man who refused to claim the woman he loves and the child they conceived.

The novel opens in Memphis, Tennessee. Marilyn’s husband, Hudson Donati – born of old money and a powerful name- has died. In an attempt to retain the family estate, Marilyn has become a keeper of many men. She and her loyal friend Odessa Barnes are set to experience a passage they never expected.

There are lessons in everything, every situation. It does not matter if one is following the path they are meant to or not; there are always difficulties, opportunities for learning the lessons well. And it’s just this- the further one strays from what is ‘right,’ the longer it takes to get back to what is ‘good.’

THE FRINGES is the collective story of five women – white, biracial, and Creole -and the loyalty between them, a bond which allows strength against an often heinous and brutal world. Together, they move against the expectations of society.

The novel is harsh. It is meant to make one uncomfortable, and begs the reader to question ‘right’ and ‘wrong.’ And yet, I hope you will join me in ~Dancing along THE FRINGES to the Sign of Silence.

ELIZABETH MOZLEY

When the mail brings a smile ~

Joe Wood & Susan Stone Evans guess what came in today~ the proof! “Dancing along THE FRINGES to the Sign of Silence” is in hand. Thank you, Joe for the gorgeous cover & Susan, thank you for interior layout.

I couldn’t have done it without you.

After a final proofing, the novel will be available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Elizabeth-Mozley-McGrady/e/B00J7KJWIU/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

#ElizabethMozley

#TheFringes