DAY 20 @sharrislaughter #ADayInMyLife #RRBC @RRBC_Org 30-Day #Blogging Challenge 2023

Saturday, JANUARY 21, 2023 @ 12:56 PM ET

DAY 20


I am really late posting today. I joined the hosts of Raters Not Haters only to learn that my release was the topic of discussion. And my niece joined the meeting as well. She was not prepared for what I had done to be recognized; nor that my book was the topic of discussion in this segment. But she was grateful that I sent her an invitation to join us this morning. She plans to write one day. She is a flight attendant for American Airlines. She is flying the family here to be with her Aunt Joyce.

I started trying to do some house cleaning in between the phone calls I was getting. And Carol is keeping the family updated to any new developments with her mom (Joyce). I’m so grateful I still have my health and strength and don’t take anything for granted. I’m glad I always kept an open mind when something new was placed in my path … that I was open to alternative remedies. The odds are against you if you have a malady like cancer, or Parkinson’s disease like my sister. But that’s all the more reason to keep an open mind when you have those kinds of odds. At least in my opinion.

Gwen did … Joyce did a little.

My sister Connie has gone gung-ho into plant-based dieting. Her son, who is a chef, has started cooking with plants too. She even started a Facebook page and I joined. My drawback is having a partner who loves meat. So, I try to buy meat from environmentally friendly places like Whole Foods. Not saying they are perfect, but it’s all I’ve got to work with at the moment. We are on our own when it comes to navigating our way to optimum health. I certainly had to navigate my way through my own health crisis.

I have this worry that while I was saying my goodbyes to Gwen, my sister was in crisis. The last time I spoke to her was by text, on January 6th – the day Gwen passed. Something happened to Joyce sometime after Monday, January 16th, the last time anyone spoke to her. She was in trouble and family was alerted on Wednesday by her home health care worker who didn’t get an answer when she came for her weekly visits. I got the news the next day. I went to see her Friday, January 20th and Clyde stopped over later that day. Here is a picture Carol took when she arrived later that evening …

Carol sent this message with the photo: Corey and I just I just got here and saw this. Tell Clyde, thank you. It means the world to me that he came. The nurse told me he said to her, “I’m her favorite nephew!” And that is so true. ❤❤

That little gesture cheered everybody up.

Oh well, I’m over and out!

Shirley Slaughter

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About Shirley Harris-Slaughter

I love old buildings and history. That's why I ended up writing about the history that surrounded me all of my life - "Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community." Plus our church had closed and the school is torn down, so I felt it was imperative that we preserve the history or it would be lost forever.
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17 Responses to DAY 20 @sharrislaughter #ADayInMyLife #RRBC @RRBC_Org 30-Day #Blogging Challenge 2023

  1. I’m sorry about your sister, and I hope Joyce gets better.


  2. Patty Perrin says:

    Hi, Shirley! What a loving, supporting family you have. Praying that Joyce continues to improve until her health is restored. Speaking of plant-based diets, have you tried an Impossible Burger, yet? I had my first when our Vegan daughter took us out in D.C. It tasted better than most meat burgers I’ve had. We get them frozen from Walmart, and they cook in just four minutes on each side from frozen. Delicious!


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  3. Linda Mims says:

    Shirley, I love that heart-tugging gesture from Clyde! I’m keeping Joyce, you, and the family in prayer. It was so nice to see your beautiful niece yesterday.

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  4. Shirley, you are going through so much with your family, yet you were the consummate professional on the show. Enjoyed meeting your niece, too. Sending hugs to you and your family.

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  5. patgarcia says:

    Hi, Shirley,
    Your son is a precious treasure. I am happy he made his aunt happy.
    Shalom aleichem

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  6. Sending you and your family hugs, Shirley! I know this is a trying time for you all. You are blessed to be surrounded by people who love you and who love your sister. I will continue to pray for her and send healing energy her way.

    Yvette M Calleiro 🙂

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  7. Hi Shirley–I’m so sorry I missed “Raters Not Haters” today. I was at a Red Sox event. I will have to listen to the recording. I hate missing those broadcasts. I hope Joyce is doing a little better. We should all be grateful for everything we have, especially our health. I don’t eat much meat at all, but I haven’t gone full plant-based yet. We are working on it. Would you believe my husband has reverted to the old “don’t eat meat on Friday” Catholicism thing again? I’m not sure what he accomplishes with that, but if it makes him feel better, more power to him!


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  8. pdoggbiker says:

    Still praying for Joyce, Shirley!

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