The Drifter – A poem from Folly Beach Dances

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Since it’s National Poetry Month, I’d like to share a poem I penned for my 2015 Da Vinci Award Winning book, FOLLY BEACH DANCES – THE INFINITE RHYTHMS OF A SOUTH CAROLINA SEASHORE, inspired by the sea’s rhythm and my lymphoma journey, and endorsed by Karen White, NYT bestselling author.

It’s titled “The Drifter”, on page 5 of this ‘healing’ coffee table book of lyrical poetry and gorgeous photography, with reflections by 5 award-winning women authors, and my husband.

“The Drifter”

Not far in the distance I notice an old tree,

now driftwood,

with branches reaching out to a cornflower blue sky and white-streaked cotton clouds.

The image of a beach bungalow appears in my head,

with sounds of laughter,

lazy days in the sun,

peaceful ocean breezes,

smoky barbeques at dusk

and a warm crackling fire at night.

Except from Return to Folly Beach, Sheree K. Nielsen

Folly Beach Dances, copyright May 2014

Peace out and love,



Karen White – a NYT bestselling author’s thoughts on our book, Folly Beach Dances

No emotions can describe the feeling I have right now, but I’ll try with some cliche catch phrases….

Over the Moon, Flippin’ Awesome, Crazy Happy, On Cloud 9, Rapturous, In 7th Heaven….

That’s how we felt when Karen White, NYT bestselling author of the Tradd Street Series and endorsed our book, Folly Beach Dances, and then shared her thoughts on facebook with more than 8,000 other followers!

I’d have to say it looks lovely on her table, doesn’t it?

Follow us on facebook   Folly Beach Dances and twitter @follybeachdance

Click on Karen White’s LINK for her review.

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A round of thanks, some Bestselling endorsers, and a new book – Folly Beach Dances


Well, a dream of mine is coming to fruition.  Folly Beach Dances is going to print.  I’m so happy. Thanks for all who helped in the process.

Thanks to all my endorsers –

New York Times bestselling author, Karen White – Her book, Return to Tradd Street debuted at #6 on the NYT bestseller list couple weeks ago. Thank you for always dedicating time to your fans, and being so gracious.

Joe Palazzolo, reporter for the Wall Street Journal, is a prolific writer and a wonderful cousin, as well. I enjoyed our holiday talks at the dining room table, always keeping an ever-watchful eye on Beatrice, the border collie.

Craig Burhart, Indepth Watersports –  Craig, you’re my favorite divemaster of all time.  You took me to the depths of Bloody Bay Wall in the Caymans. But my best memory is your lyrical underwater ballet with Spot, a wild dolphin (who befriended us all.)

Deborah Marshall, Founder Warrior Arts Alliance; Past president of Missouri Writer’s Guild, is a positive force in the life of many.  Deb’s dedication to our unsung heroes and veterans is commendable.  Always encouraging, she assists developing their voice through writing, art, and photography programs.  I’m indebted to Deb; she’s a wonderful friend.

Sandra Carrington Smith, bestselling author of The Book of Obeah, my mentor.  I thank you for her advice and wisdom over the past two years. You’re a sweet soul.

Max Gersh, staff photographer for the Rockford Register, is an exceptional photojournalist I met through Saturday Writers. Max, I’ll never forget your whimsical journalistic video on the St. Louis Clydesdales.

Dianna Graveman, MFS, Editor, Author and Educator, spent several hours mentoring me on social media at a local Starbucks. It was pouring rain outside, and there was no better place to be….Thank you.

Tracy Hoobyar, Living Hope Health.  You’ve always been like family to me. Thanks for interviewing me on my very first podcast!

My award-winning women friends Pat Wahler, Mary Horner, Patt Hollinger Pickett, Marcia Gaye; and songwriter friend Tina Solomon, who wrote poetry and prose for the book. I love you all.  Thanks to my hubby, Russell, who collaborated with me on the photos. He even penned a poem, although he doesn’t claim to be a writer.

My book designer, Kristina Blank Makanski.  What can I say? You’re indescribable.

Thanks to Debbie Kersting, Director Gateway Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, for writing the foreword for the book, and understanding my mission.

Thanks to Jan Morrill who helped organize the website for Folly Beach Dances, which is still a work in progress.

I’m sure there’s someone I missed. And if I did, thank you…