Elated, I received a call from fellow writer friend, Debbie Marshall, of the Warrior Arts Alliance and Missouri Humanities Council, to inform me I’d won First Place in the Warriors Anthology competition. I cried tears of joy. The winners in the anthology will be honored at a presentation on November 15, at the University of Missouri St. Louis. Here’s a link to the SEMO Press website with more information.
My photo title “Dear Kindred Spirit” is very personal to me. This is the back story I included with the photograph.
“My husband Russell Nielsen who served in the Air Force for eight years writes his thoughts in one of many journals that are kept safe by the Kindred Spirit mailbox. He mentioned that when he was through writing, he thought of all the veterans that served our great nation, and all the people touched by this special place.
The legend of the Kindred Spirit is that an anonymous person close to 40 years ago, placed the mailbox and bench for passersby on Bird Island to leave their thoughts and prayers. Over the years, hundreds of journals have been filled by people near and far. Once the journals are full, local Kindred Spirit ‘helpers’ send the writings back to the secret originator.
Recently a flagpole was erected from donations. The flag is changed out on Memorial Day weekend in honor of all the veterans that served our country past and present.
The Kindred Spirit location on Bird Island, North Carolina is only accessible by foot or bicycle.”