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 time, the joys of no demands on it.

Painting for grandchildren

Or, how we segued from dinosaurs to Ghostbusters and back! Thank you to ZUUL – the dinosaur. Young children run through passionate connections like there is no tomorrow. Which probably seems that way for them. A year of dinosaurs of … Continue reading

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the older bits

In July of 2019 I started writing for MEDIUM. It was a little different platform, showcasing articles from big news organizations alongside essays from little people like me. I liked the concept because it gave me a wider audience, almost … Continue reading

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waving for Jesus

Originally published in MEDIUM CJ SHANNON Oct 14, 2019 · 7 min read we have different ways of serving God and we need the freedom to do so Lest my lovely little bad of loyal readers think I have disparaged … Continue reading

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having faith in a faithless world

Originally published in MEDIUM CJ SHANNON Jul 13, 2019 · 6 min read “glimpses of heaven” © 2019 Carol Joy Shannon I didn’t always talk with people about God. In fact, only in the last few years have I been … Continue reading

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what is “safety?”

Back in the 90s, I lived for 7 months on the border of Slovenija and Croatia — and I do mean on the border: I could see the crossing from the house. The Istrian peninsula is an ancient, beautiful place. … Continue reading

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the squirrels called their friends

Honestly, they did. “My” squirrels are so fat they can hardly get up and down the tree. This, because I bribed them with corn so they wouldn’t steal expensive bird seed. They still steal the bird seed, but now they … Continue reading

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it was a dark and story night

“When you walk through the storm, hold your head up high, and don’t be afraid of the dark…walk on, walk on, through the wind and the rain, though your dreams be tossed and blown, walk on, walk on, with [God] … Continue reading

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what is behind door number 2021?

We made it. 2020 is in the rearview. Of course, it’s simply a number, on a calendar designed to best utilize the cycles of the sun, and moon. And, as we always “joke” about the weather: the real weather doesn’t … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving & Black Friday — Our Take — 2020

Thanksgiving is a uniquely North American occasion. A group of Protestants seeking refuge from Catholics in Europe – who were suppressing their freedom to worship as they chose — took the risky option of sailing the unforgiving Atlantic, to attempt … Continue reading

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…my year long affair with Guido Brunetti

It started out harmlessly. A friend in London knew a man who’d lived in Venice. He told her about Brunetti. Brunetti is a native Venetian. Rare, any more. A really good guy, too. Don’t worry – my husband knows. He’s … Continue reading

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