Of Kings and Kindness


A Tallis Steelyard Tale
Written especially for us by a popular & prolific author

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Story: © Jim Webster, all rights reserved

Mental Health and Fantasy?

In a blog conversation about his newest Tallis Steelyard tales, The Monster of Bell-Wether Gardens and other stories, author Jim Webster disclosed that he was about to launch a blog tour, sharing stories from and about his protagonist, Tallis Steelyard.

I commented that if he had anything mental health related I’d be happy to participate.

His response was, “I was wondering if anybody else had ever introduced mental health issues into Fantasy Comedy of Manners!”

Quick as a flash, he penned the story that debuts below!
I am honored to be able to host it here.

A little background

This episode picks up our hero following his previous adventure, which those of you who are curious will be able to find on Sue Vincent’s blog (Part I) and Chris Graham’s blog (Part II) — although everything you need to enjoy this story is complete right here, on the page below.

  1. Guest poet and raconteur: Tallis Steelyard – A Family Saga
  2. Playing the Game – Guest Post by, Tallis Steelyard…

I added a bit of formatting to the third part of the story here — for neurodiverse readers who find it difficult to stay focused on longer strings of similarly formatted text, but the author’s words are unchanged (British spellings included).

Let’s not quibble over American and English spellings as we sit back to read this delightful tale.

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Performing before Princes
by Tallis Steelyard

Caucasian Canyon (1893) by Lev Lagorio (1828–1905)

I travelled for a while through an area that was rustic to an extreme. I confess I was torn between heading back to the west and Port Naain, or continuing north along the river and getting further and further from home.

I eventually decided that I would let my muse guide me further north. After all, I was a wandering poet, every man’s friend, and welcome in any friendly home. Not only that travel broadens the mind and the bucolic life is a constant source of poetical inspiration.

Perhaps more importantly, I had left Port Naain in haste, and I suspected that unkind people there still wished to ask me difficult questions for which I had no glib answer that would satisfy them. It seemed sensible to deny the good folk of the city my company a little longer. Thus I continued north along the bank of the River Slackwater, enjoying the pleasant late summer weather.

It must be said that whilst those parts are not heavily populated, the folk there are kindly enough. Any traveller capable of splitting firewood or doing some other task is guaranteed a meal, or perhaps some bread and cheese to take away. A selection from the ‘Assorted verses’ by Quoloen the Indelicate won for me not merely a meal but a stable to sleep in.

Eventually I passed out of the tamer lands, the mountains grew closer. I was promised that before the river passed into the mountains, I would find a road which eventually led west. Finally, with evening falling I came upon Slackwater Ford. It consisted of three low houses and a ruined tower. In the distance I could see flocks grazing.

I approached the first house cautiously, somewhere a dog started barking. Even before I knocked on the door it opened and a burly man stepped out and looked me up and down.

“A good evening to you traveller; have you a name?”

“I am Tallis Steelyard, a wandering poet.”

He looked at me somewhat askance, but had the courtesy not to laugh out aloud. Wearing the battered remains of the kitchen porter’s overall I had donned to avoid being recognised by those who might be seeking me, I was not perhaps the epitome of casual good taste. Certainly I doubt many of my patrons in Port Naain would have recognised me. Indeed in some houses the footmen would already have ejected me. Hence I added,

“Forgive my lowly guise
Fate intervened, careless of my feelings
Dressed me in soiled rags
A poet in a humble disguise
Other fellows strut
Depending on props, needing borrowed splendour
I rub along quietly
My muse stronger than a poor haircut.”

He smiled at me. “A poet is most welcome on this day. You will dine with us?”

I bowed low. “I would be delighted to.”

He led me into the low house. Most of it seemed to be one room with box beds set into the wall and two doors leading off to other rooms.

A woman of a similar age to the master of the house was standing at the stove stirring something in a large pan. One young boy was assisting her, whilst another boy was feeding twin lambs whilst a dog watched them. The lambs were enthusiastic; the boy very serious, the dog wore an expression of weary scepticism.

My host showed me to a chair. Then he went to a barrel in the corner and poured two glasses of beer from it. We chatted about the weather, the roads, and how the flocks were coping with the season. Two older children came in from outside, to be swept up by their mother into taking part in various domestic preparations. Finally we were all called to the big central table to eat.

I must confess that once food was placed in front of me, I forgot witty conversation and concentrated on eating an excellent orid stew served on a bread trencher. Walking the roads gives a fellow an appetite. Fortunately the family were of the same mind, and there was silence until we’d finished eating.

Then the master of the house drew a jug of ale from his barrel, and one of his sons placed a mug in front of each of us. This our host filled. As he took his seat he asked, “Have you a story for us master poet, or some verses?”

I glanced round the table. Bearing in mind the four children I decided that a story would go down better than verses. So I told the tale of Tittle and the Honest Tax Collector.

In case you don’t know the story, Tittle is fisherman who has had a bad year, he falls ill, then he has an accident, his wife gives birth to triplets, all girls. Then his boat sinks, he looses his net in a gale, and when the tax collector comes round it is to find Tittle shivering at home; virtually naked because he has sold his last tunic to pay the rent on the hut.

The tax collector sits down with four great books of rules, and discovers that Tittle has been so over-taxed, even his good luck has been taken from him.

The tax collector submits a form to reclaim the over-paid tax and in the coming years Tittle gets a repayment of good luck, his boat is blown ashore by a gale along with his net. Then with only a modicum of work he gets them seaworthy, his fishing is better than reasonable, and he slowly works his way out of debt.

On top of this his three daughters grow into great beauties. The oldest marries a young nobleman, the second marries a rich merchant, and the youngest becomes a bandit queen. She eventually captures a tax collector who turns out to be the son of the honest one who saved her father. She falls in love with him and marries him, thus finally balancing the account.

This went down well, but I kept watching the youngest boy out of the corner of my eye. He looked intensely serious, and seemed most put out when his family laughed at my tale. His mother put her arm round him and he seemed to relax a little.

When the tale was finished my host stood up. “A tale like that deserves wine.”

He went to a chest and rooted around in it. He produced a silver drinking cup and a bottle of wine. He passed the cup to me and I examined it carefully. It was large enough to hold most of the bottle.

What intrigued me most were the style and the workmanship. Such cups are rarely seen in Port Naain. A handful of the oldest families will have one, normally with their family crest engraved on it. This cup also had a crest but when I recognised it I looked at my host. “The Royal arms of Port Naain? Is the cup that old?”

He took the cup from me and poured wine into it. “We don’t know when our family acquired it. Family legend claims we are the rightful heirs.”

“But it’s well over a thousand years since the last king left Port Naain.”

He shrugged. “It’s a family legend. Perhaps I am rightful king of Port Naain? Perhaps one of my ancestors was merely an accomplished bandit who stole it. By every year we try and find an excuse to drink wine from it to keep the tale alive.”

Somewhat diffidently I asked, “Have you ever been to Port Naain.”

He winked at his wife. “Like every eldest son for generations, I visited the city. Apparently one was so disgusted with the place he spent less than an hour there. I spent a year.”

His wife smiled back at him. “That’s how long it took for him to convince me to marry him.”

So with great formality my host said, “So I am Rostig, perhaps King of Port Naain, and this is my wife Elisia.” He lifted the cup to his lips and drank. “So Tallis Steelyard, poet and story teller, I wish you good health.”

He passed me the cup. As I held it I said,

“That I
Tallis Steelyard, poet
Should perform before Princes
Fame
They bestow it
Provoking envious glances
Rivals
Seethe, I know it
Still my repute advances.”

With that I raised the cup to my lips, drank, and passed the cup back to him. gravely the cup was passed round the table and all drank. The youngest boy, still solemn, asked, “Should Grandma drink some?”

His mother hesitated briefly,
“You can try her with a little on a spoon when you feed her.”

“Should she meet our guest?”

“If you think she would like it.”

He left his seat and went across to the stove. He took a bowl that had been left to keep warm and went with it to one of the box beds.

Softly his mother said to me, “My mother came with me, now her mind has gone entirely. In a morning we get her up and if it is fine we sit her outside, Jackin our youngest will look after her. If it gets cold we will bring her in and Jackin and I will wash her and get her back in bed. Three times a day he feeds her.”

She sighed a little. “He seems slow at times, he struggles to play with other children. But no-one is better with lambs or his grandmother.”

I stood up. “Then it seems appropriate that I should meet her.”

I made my way to the box bed. The boy had one arm round the old lady’s shoulders and was speaking softly to her, a string of nonsense words but their tone was affectionate and encouraging. With his other hand he lifted the spoon to her lips.

Mechanically she opened her lips and he spooned a little stew into her mouth. She chewed it lethargically and swallowed. Jackin got a little more stew on the spoon and repeated the process. I looked at the woman’s face. It was slack, there appeared to be no sign of intelligence in the eyes, she fed mechanically.

From behind me Jackin’s mother said, “She was a singer in Port Naain. She was perhaps even famous, she sang the great operas. When she first came to live with us here she would sing them around the house.”

Patiently Jackin fed his grandmother, one small spoonful at a time. Then gently he wiped her lips with a cloth.

Softly I started to sing. I chose the great love duet from Phristus and Cimbu. I occasionally sung the part of Phristus to give one or the other of my lady Patrons the opportunity to sing the part of Cimbu. Apparently I’m good enough not to cause embarrassment but not so accomplished that I steal the show.

The duet starts with Phristus working up the courage to tell Cimbu of his love. It’s actually quite funny at times as he keeps losing his nerve and changes the subject to talk about the weather.

As I sang I would swear I could see life seep into Grandmother’s eyes. Then when the moment comes for Cimbu to come in, she opened her mouth and started to sing.

Initially her voice was small and weak, but as she sung, her voice strengthened and by the time the duet finished I could detect hints of the singer that she had once been.

Jackin gently brought a spoonful of wine to her lips and she sipped, smiled and seemed to sink down into her pillows in a natural sleep. I made my way back to the table where the family sat in silence. As I sat down Jackin stood in front of me. “Sir, you must teach me that song.”

I glanced at my host. He sat there, his eyes damp. He nodded slightly, so I concentrated my attention on Jackin.

“Then Jackin, tomorrow I will teach you the song.”

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From the Author

At this point it seems pertinent to mention that the story of Tallis’s escapades continues on other blogs. They will be reblogged in what may one day be accepted by biographers as the chronologically correct order on his own blog. Thus and so you can easily follow his gripping adventures.

Also, as an aside, the reason for this whole performance, (aside for being ‘Art’ with a capital ‘A’) is that another volume of his anecdotes has been published.

Click HERE for a “look inside” preview or to purchase a copy of the book:
Tallis Steelyard. The Monster of Bell-Wether Gardens and other stories.

Note from mgh: Music has been well documented to remain in the minds of Alzheimer’s patients long after other memories and much of their Executive Functioning capabilities have faded.

Patients often retain memories of well-loved songs, which gives them a great deal of pleasure, and some can still play instruments.

The description of life flooding back into formerly vacant eyes in response to music has been reported repeatedly.

As for the young lad, Jackin, this is perhaps the only description in Fantasy Comedy of Manners of something we see in Aspergers behavior: seemingly “slow” and serious around strangers, good with animals, and kindness personified.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR (in his own words)

Jim is now struggling to pass himself off as fifty something, he’s a farmer, writer and freelance journalist whose work colleagues are almost entirely Border Collies.

Married with three daughters who are all old enough to have got over their embarrassment at his dress sense he lives in the North of England, on the coast just south of the Lake District.

Most of his books are Fantasy, with no elves, dwarves, hobbits or dragons (although he doesn’t dislike them he feels that others have already done them better.)

One reviewer said of his stories, “I love these stories. They are adventurous, funny and have a classic feel to them. Jim Webster writes real women, too. “

With the Tallis Steelyard stories he may just have become the worlds first ‘Comedy of Manners’ fantasy writer.

Click HERE (UK) or HERE (USA) if you want to see more of his writing – especially if you’re in the mood to pick up something new to read. ~ mgh

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119 Responses to Of Kings and Kindness

  1. Pingback: Short Story Winner for October | Stevie Turner, Indie Author.

    • Thanks for the link, Stevie. Jim and I BOTH appreciate it.
      xx,
      mgh

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  2. Pingback: All is in order for the Tallis Steelyard Blog Tour… | Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

    • Good to see you reblogged Jim’s post with the links in order – which included a link here, so thanks a bunch personally as well as for Jim (and Tallis). I added an UPDATE link directly to it from Part-3 on my blog, since I already had a long list of links to the posts themselves. It was great fun reading the wandering poet stories, wasn’t it?
      xx,
      mgh

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  3. Pingback: I would have mentioned it before but I’ve been busy | Jim Webster

    • I’ll bet. Thanks for letting me know – it’s great that it’s up NOW.
      xx,
      mgh

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  4. Pingback: Awakened and Enlightened ..Guest Post by Tallis Steelyard | bridgesburning

    • This was lovely to find – a lovely start to one of the few days when I awakened “early” in the morning. Thank you so much!
      xx,
      mgh

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  5. Lucy Brazier says:

    Fantastic!! Best of luck to Jim with his latest book. I follow his blog and am a big fan 🙂
    xx

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    • Thanks for reading, Lucy. Jim’s an interesting writer, isn’t he? And FAST! He turned this story around super pronto when I asked if he had anything mental health related. I was stunned. Quite a few folks commented that they teared up at the end – as did I. Very touching understanding of dementia.
      xx,
      mgh

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  6. Reblogged this on bridgesburning and commented:
    Heeeere’s number 3. NOT as in third but as in the next chapter (installment with our friend Tallis Steelyard)

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    • Jim, Tallis and I ALL thank you so much for reblogging.
      xx,
      mgh

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  7. I’d read this delightful tale out of order but each of these tales can stand alone so are always delightful. Also, they can be read again and enjoyed just as much. 😀 — Suzanne

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    • I agree, Suzanne. Jim is wonderful about that. Each story in the Tallis journeys is wonderful on it’s own, even as there is a forward trajectory to the journey. Thanks for ringing in here.
      xx,
      mgh

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      • jwebster2 says:

        I think I’ll just smile sweetly and bow 🙂

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        • Love that sweet smile 🙂
          xx,
          mgh

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        • 😄 — Suzanne

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        • Perhaps my comment about my desire to a link to Part-3 of your story on Stevie Turner’s blog ended up in the spam trash – but I’m still waiting to hear back with permission to do so, as per her request.

          Just today she posted a reminder to everyone that her short-story “contest” still has room for new submissions. Let me know it’s okay with you and I’ll link it in.
          xx,
          mgh

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          • jwebster2 says:

            I assume this is to Suzanne rather than me?

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            • Nope – it was for YOU, Jim. I want to “submit” (ie., add a link to) Part III on my blog. I’m sure you others could be added as well, just not by me – she is planning to keep this going.

              But since I am not the *author* of the story, she is not comfortable unless I get your specific okay to share it in this fashion.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • jwebster2 says:

              Ah, I missed it somewhere along the line. I’m entirely happy for it to be shared

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            • ’tis up. Read about it HERE on Update to ‘Share Your Short Story’ Contest
              xx, mgh

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  8. jenanita01 says:

    Another gem from Tallis, I had tears in my eyes at the end!

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    • Me too. I’ve gotten quite a few comments (here and on the Music post) from people who had personal anecdotes to share about the effect of music on their loved ones.
      xx,
      mgh

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      • jenanita01 says:

        Music has that effect on me too, certain pieces will have me in floods or tears… sometimes for no apparent reason…

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        • No conscious reason anyway.
          xx,
          mgh

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          • jenanita01 says:

            No, for a brief moment you are connected to something else entirely…

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            • YES! A lovely and refreshing break.
              xx, mgh

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      • jwebster2 says:

        I confess that I feel blessed that I was tempted to become the first writer to introduce mental health issues into Fantasy Comedy of Manners 🙂

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        • And you blessed us as well. Thank you for taking on the challenge.
          xx, mgh

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  9. jenanita01 says:

    Reblogged this on anita dawes and jaye marie.

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    • How WONDERFUL of you to reblog this post. I think this will turn out to be yet another time when Science CONFIRMS what we have always known – again <=== link, if you're interested, but on another brain-based topic (that animals have feelings).
      xx,
      mgh

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  10. jwebster2 says:

    Reblogged this on Tallis Steelyard and commented:
    And the third part of the story

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  11. Pingback: If music be the food of health, play ON! | ADD . . . and-so-much-more

  12. Christy B says:

    How intriguing for a guest post! This is quite different than your usual posts, Madelyn! I see the mental health links and wow I had to re-read your note about music often staying in the minds of Alzheimer sufferers longer than memories.. ! Good to catch up here xx

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    • Yes – not my usual, but I like that it made you think a bit about the connection to my usual topics. Thank you, Christy, for letting me know.
      xx,
      mgh

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  13. Reblogged this on Die Erste Eslarner Zeitung – Aus und über Eslarn, sowie die bayerisch-tschechische Region!.

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    • Tallis, Jim and I “all” thank you for this reblog, Michael.
      xx,
      mgh

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  14. Nicely written – you chose your guest well! Congratulations!

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    • I agree – Tallis is quite good. Thanks for reading.
      xx,
      mgh

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      • I know Tallis is good, but it was your choice of a guest that impressed me.
        Irma took my refrigerator with her (why would a hurricane need refrigerators, I wonder), so we had to go buy a new one yesterday, and Rosh Hashana is tomorrow, I am cooking up a storm – not a hurricane, mind you! – and there is no dry ice in the stores. Even regular ice is hard to find. No matter, it’s being delivered today, so everything is fine with the world!

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        • Oh my – timing is tight! I hope that fridge comes in the door any minute. Shanah Tovah Umetukah
          xx,
          mgh

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          • It isn’t here yet! Functioning on ice from a liquor store – so far, so good.
            Thank you, and a sweet year to you and peace to everyone!

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            • YES! Sweet peace to all.

              Saying a prayer that it arrives shortly – I believe you are not permitted to cook during the holidays, right? Which means you must prepare enough food today. I’m surprised you have any time at all for comments!
              xx,
              mgh

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            • We are not permitted to cook, and this year it’s three days because Rosh Hashana seamlessly moves into Shabbos. I was up till 2:30 last night, I worked this morning, while some things were cooking in the crock pot, and I grab my laptop while this and that is simmering and/or baking. All is cool!

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            • You have had years to build your cooking habits – except for the lack of a fridge, I’m sure things are running like a well-oiled machine!

              Question: must all be freshly prepared or is it permitted to cook ahead & freeze? I read that “fire” for heating food was allowed – does that extend to using a microwave and/or oven to reheat?
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Yes, we can prepare food ahead of time and freeze, and if it weren’t for Irma, I would’ve done some of that. Fire is allowed for reheating on holidays, but it must be “existing fire,” i.e. lit up before holiday and left on for the duration. Therefore, oven is fine, and that’s what I use, but microwave is not. Shabbos is governed by a stricter set of rules when even reheating is not allowed, yet hot meals must be served. Over the ages, we have developed all kind of strategies to make that happen.

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            • ALL hot, or merely a hot offering? An article about how you cope would be fascinating – and I’ll bet a lot of non-Jewish busy Mom’s would love your “strategies” as well (especially with Thanksgiving approaching).

              I’d love it anyway – and I’ll bet my readers would too, if you’d like to put it together for early November and have me host it here.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Not ALL hot, but the main course. Every Jewish woman employs the same strategies at the core of which is our best friend – the crock pot. I’ll see what I can do in November, and I am honored you’ve asked.

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            • WONDERFUL! Good luck today – and wishing you, again, only the sweetest in the year to come.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Got the new fridge – thank G-d! Thank you so much for your kind wishes! 😻
              I am signing off for three days – be well!

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            • FINALLY – what a relief! Have a wonderful three days.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Thank you – we did! 😻

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            • I knew you would, Dolly. You manage to come through regardless of the challenges life throws – and have fun in the process. You are an inspiration.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Thank you, dear friend! I guess two thousand years of experience meeting challenges head on amount to some collective memory (I do agree with Jung on some points!).

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            • That and the wonderful training your received from your grandmother.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • So true!

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            • 🙂
              xx, mgh

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      • jwebster2 says:

        Tallis, modestly, merely comments that he strives always to match the excellence of his surroundings 😉

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        • lol – I had no idea you had that much Irish blood in you – kissin’ the Blarney Stone, are ya’. THANKS!
          xx,
          mgh

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          • jwebster2 says:

            tis but the purest poetry that comes pouring out of him 😉

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            • 🙂 Indeed!
              xx,
              mgh

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  15. This is a beautiful story Madelyn. What a writer to learn from.

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    • So glad you enjoyed it. A bit different here, but we like change, right?
      xx,
      mgh

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      • Change is always good! It keeps us on our toes.

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        • Strong toes here – lol.
          xx, mgh

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          • That sand sure did feel nice squishing though my toes but it was chilly.

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  16. M T McGuire says:

    I also have a longer Tallis story which Jim gave to folks on my mailing list. I doesn’t tie in so well with your neuro diversity theme so feel free to delete this comment if you would prefer. Otherwise, if any of your readers would like to download that they can get it from bookfunnel for the next month or two. They can find it here: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/srmqalxdy8

    Cheers (again)

    MTM

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    • Thank you so much for sharing the link. None of the linked “Relateds” are mental health related either – s’okay!
      xx,
      mgh

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  17. -Eugenia says:

    This is wonderful share, Madelyn. I am now following his site.

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    • He will be thrilled, Eugenia. Thanks for letting me know.
      xx,
      mgh

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      • jwebster2 says:

        He is thrilled 🙂

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  18. M T McGuire says:

    My Dad has Alzheimers and that nearly made me cry. Thanks for sharing and for the mention of Jim’s or at least Tallis’s post on mine.

    Cheers

    MTM

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    • You’re welcome, MTM. Enjoyed your About page. I’ll be back.

      I’m sorry to read about your father. The child’s kindness and the grandmother’s response to the song was quite touching, wasn’t it?

      I recently ran across some “breaking news” about a possible cause of Alzheimers on one of the science-reportage sites. Will be sharing once I run it down further – can’t take it as gospel because the site used a title intended to get clicks vs. the normal cautious language that science journals publish, so I’m not sure how seriously to take it.

      It’s not responsible to mislead — because so many people don’t read beyond titles, erroneous info can spread like wildfire. Don’t want to have to run a retraction – lol – even tougher to get folks to read those. 🙂
      xx,
      mgh

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    • jwebster2 says:

      MTM, your blog is rapidly becoming a resource for those who are dealing with family members with Alzheimers

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      • So many people are eager to find others dealing with this heartbreak. I doubt there could ever be too many resources.
        xx,
        mgh

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        • M T McGuire says:

          Agreed. There’s a fantastic book called The Contented Dementia Sufferer which gives you a really good feel for how a person with memory loss might think. Really helpful.

          Cheers

          MTM

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      • M T McGuire says:

        Vos is das? If I click the link I just get a page of code.

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        • Annoying, isn’t it? Now that your attention is brought to it, you will note it on other comments as well – always the same link, always polldaddy, and always garbage when you click it – so just don’t, unless you want to put some attention on making it go away on SOME comments only.

          It’s a wordpress thing on YOUR end. I went through this with another reader and jumped through some hoops “backstage” to get rid of it — but folks who have not done similar still see it and display it (it’s on your comments, btw), and will occasionally click and ask about it.

          Chris (StoryReadingApe.com) has a post on his blog that explains how to do it — he does NOT see it on my comments since both of us have done it, but I still get the question from time to time from bloggers who don’t follow him or missed that post.

          How To Get Rid of Polldaddy Link: if the Polldaddy link on your comments are annoying you, here’s how to get rid of them

          Hope this helps. Save the link (light grey above if you are reading on my site) for when someone asks you. It will happen.
          xx,
          mgh

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          • M T McGuire says:

            Ah ha … thank you. I will ignore it studiously from now on and follow Chris’s instructions!

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            • You’re welcome. Chris is an amazing source of helpful information on a number of topics. I use his site-search before google many days – lol.
              xx,
              mgh

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          • M T McGuire says:

            Like you, mine was already unclicked so I had to click and then unclick a few times, we shall see if anything happens.

            Cheers

            MTM

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            • Nope – still see that darned link on your comment. Maybe I need to do mine AGAIN? (or maybe we both need to simply ignore it). 🙂
              xx,
              mgh

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            • M T McGuire says:

              It’s ok. I know not to click it now. 🙂

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            • NOW – if we could just spread the word to everybody else. LOL 🙂
              xx,
              mgh

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            • M T McGuire says:

              🙂 mwahhahaaargh. Yep.

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  19. Breathtaking story, Madelyn and I was completely hooked. What a fantasy and the author sounds such a humble and kind person too. Awesome words so well written. Beautiful for words. Thanks for the great share. Loved it.

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    • What a wonderful comment. I’ll make sure he sees this, Kamal. He’ll be thrilled.
      xx,
      mgh

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      • Oh I would be so happy if you could show the comments cause he looked such a wonderful fellow, Madelyn and what a writer and the poems were awesome too.

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        • You would probably enjoy his *many* books – and certainly his blog. He has a great sense of humor too (as you could probably tell from his bio)
          xx,
          mgh

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          • Oh ya for sure will definitely enjoy his books. I will definitely check online and get to read them. So nice to read light books too they are so fun loving too. Thanks.

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            • He will certainly be happy to read THAT comment – lol.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Yes and one small request. Just tell Jim to add me to his blog, I am not that very savvy and will not know how to so tell him to include me as a friend. The old lady singing with the music was so beautiful and music is like that can make you feel from one’s heart the soul that sings to the beat.

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            • I don’t think he can do that, Kamal — I think you can only add yourself.

              Here’s how:
              ===========
              Click the link below – when you land on his main page you will see a “follow” prompt at the bottom right corner. All you have to do is click that and his blog will show up in your Reader.

              THEN, if you scroll toward the top of his sidebar (stay right) you will see a place to “join” by email. Just type your email there, and you will get notifications of new posts from him at whatever email address you enter.
              xx,
              mgh

              Click HERE to get to Jim’s site

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            • Oh K let me try Madelyn. Thanks.

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            • Good luck. I think you’ll find that it’s really not difficult. Just read every word carefully and do exactly that.
              G’nite.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Thanks once again.

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            • You are most welcome. Thanks for hangin’ in to get it done.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Welcome Madelyn.

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            • I knew you could do it, Kamal! Technology is a bit of a headache sometimes, but we eventually figure out how to do what we want to do (until they change it again – lol!)
              xx
              mgh

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            • Yes absolutely thanks to u I could do it.

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            • And now that you’ve done it once you know how. How cool is THAT?
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Yes absolutely a cake walk, Madelyn.

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            • Yay! So good to hear, Kamal.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Yes

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            • jwebster2 says:

              glad you managed to master the technology boundlessblessingsblog 🙂 Welcome aboard
              I hope you continue to enjoy Tallis and my other writings

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            • Kamal will be happy to see your comment, Jim – especially since she will now be following you from India.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • jwebster2 says:

              One of the posts in the tour will actually be made from a blog in India 🙂
              It’s a small but somewhat fantastic world

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            • Oh that will be perfect for Kamal – I am just about going to bed as she starts her day, so she’ll be happy to have one of these in her time zone.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Thanks so much and yes will definitely continue reading your stories they are wonderful.

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            • I’m thrilled you saw Jim’s comment, Kamal – and I know you’ll enjoy visiting his blog. This is a lovely compliment that I know he appreciates.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • Thanks Madelyn and for sure will do so. He writes so beautifully and interesting. Loved reading the post that you had put up in your blog.

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            • Thank you so much, Kamal. I can take no credit, of course, so I’m free to say that I loved it too.
              xx,
              mgh

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            • True Madelyn.

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      • jwebster2 says:

        trust me , he is 😉

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        • 🙂 Somebody once told me to never trust a man who says, “trust me.” Any truth to that? lol Thanks for ringing in again, Jim.
          xx,
          mgh

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          • jwebster2 says:

            That probably comes into the ‘three great lies’ category of wisdom 🙂

            If you don’t know them, the three great lies are

            The cheque is in the post
            I’m from the government and I’ve come to help you
            Of course I’ll still love and respect you in the morning

            😉

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            • VERY funny! I’ll add a fourth, “I’ll call you.” 🙂
              xx,
              mgh

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