Author Archives: Carol Joy Shannon

About Carol Joy Shannon

A former sailor of the seven seas, living in my beloved Lowcountry, between the blackwater swamps and the saltmarshes, surrounded by pre-revolutionary history.....thinking about current events....painting dinosaurs and other whimsical animals for children, with the occasional abstract or new cityscape for my delightful collectors. The best thing about being a seasoned old salt is sitting down not running around, so...

are you lonesome tonight?

Remember that old Elvis song? It could always touch a chord, and the plaintive melody was memorable. It sort of summed up a time in the early 1960s, when that was question enough. And Elvis was ready to come sit … Continue reading

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pray today (and every day)….

…..for our country There is a lot going on right now. Many people are fearful. There is actually a lot to fear. But we are not going to talk about that here, because we may all be on different pages … Continue reading

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once upon a time….

in a beautiful world, far, far away…. ….words like that could take us all out of our own little worlds and carry us off to imaginary ones. The magic of imagination plus the suggestions of mysterious stories illustrated with colorful, … Continue reading

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other people’s art

I’m having an interesting exchange with someone this week about a painting in his collection that he thought might be mine. It was a good guess. The signature is “Carol Joy” and the colors are colors I adore. It’s a … Continue reading

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Dads…more than just our DNA

My sister and I were blessed with a great dad. He didn’t teach us to hunt and fish — those are our husbands now. He couldn’t strip an engine or build a boat — that was my son’s father. But … Continue reading

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the prickly ones are the most interesting

As a person who prays for more tolerance of stupidity, and more Christian forgiveness towards others and myself (we are often hardest on ourselves, you know) — it was interesting to recently read George Sayers’ biography of CS Lewis (“Jack,” … Continue reading

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Today is D-Day. There is never any “bank holiday” associated with it….but it’s an important day, nonetheless

Today is D-Day. It breaks my heart even now, to think of how brave those young men were for US and our freedom. Think of it. Wading into death for an ideal, values…risking your life to save people you’d never … Continue reading

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“…here we are now, entertain us…”

Big parts of the last 17 months, left us locked into our apartments, houses, neighborhoods, states. Whether we had to work at home, had kids, or were already fully acclimated to 24/7 togetherness like us retired people, there were still … Continue reading

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Memorial Day Weekend…more than just a bank holiday

More than just the official opening of summer….. It’s the day where we honor the men and women who have fought and died to keep our country FREE since it’s hard fought inception. You may not like everything about the … Continue reading

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the way we see things, part deux

I lived in Raleigh, NC for 14 years. Longer than any place except the place I grew up, Portland, Maine. I watched as Raleigh went from being a backwater city trying to entice young artists from the northeast to come … Continue reading

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