My Time in the Civil War or The War of Northern Aggression signing books and talking about Essential Tremor
This past weekend I spent Saturday, January 24th and Sunday January 25th at the Frampton Plantation in Yemassee, South Carolina as a guest of the South Carolina Lowcountry Tourism Commission. I was there to raise money for the Diann Shaddox Foundation.
The "Frampton House" property was part of an original King's Grant to the Frampton family in the 1700s. In 1865, General Sherman's troops burned the plantation house and all the farm buildings that stood on this site. In 1868, John Frampton rebuilt the present charming Lowcountry farmhouse and continued to work the land, which is now the home of the SC Lowcountry Tourism Commission.
Saturday morning began rainy and windy with the ground saturated from the storms the night before. I arrived around 9:00 that wet morning to find beige A frame canvas tents dotting the grounds of the old plantation where Union and Confederate soldiers had spent the night. 19th-century cannons made by Lt. Colonel Vernon Terry were placed in front of the old plantation home.
As the morning moved on the rain clouds seemed to be racing across the sky as the warmth of the South Carolina sun began to shine down upon the Plantation. For me though, since my tremors go wild in cold and I couldn't seem to have enough layers of clothes on I sat quivering from Essential Tremor and the cold. The plantation home became busy with soldiers and visitors scurrying and preparing for the Battle of Pocotaligo to take place later that day.
Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans: Charles Jones Colcock Camp 2100 and the 144th New York State Volunteers, whose ancestors fought at the 1864 Battle of Honey Hill In Ridgeland, SC were present to represent Union and Confederate soldiers at the Battle of Pocotaligo reenactment.
In the quietness of the afternoon The Battle of Pocotaligo began with the firing of the cannons echoing across the valley shaking and rattling the old plantation home. The original Battle of Pocotaligo was fought on May 29, 1862 near Yemassee, SC. The Unions objective was to sever the Charleston and Savannah Railroad to isolate Charleston. During that battle, the Union lost 2 & 9 wounded, and the Confederates lost 2 & 6 wounded. The second Battle of Pocotaligo was on October 22, 1862 and once more, the objective was to sever the railroad. In both battles, the Confederate soldiers were able to keep the Union soldiers from the railroad.
Sunday was a picture perfect day that started out cool but warmed into the high 50’s. Each day I was able to meet and talk with so many people to explain about the Diann Shaddox Foundation’s mission to bring awareness for Essential Tremor, the largest movement disorder. I was able to meet Ann, James, Pat, Claudia, Brittany, Bob Rogers, Lt. Colonial Vernon Terry, and so many others.
Not only did I get to enlighten so many about Essential Tremor, I also learned so much about history. I was very pleased that so many young people were there and interested in talking to historians. To witness how people lived sleeping in tents and their entertainment, (not the computer or cell phones) listening to guitar playing and singing at night by a campfire, and reading books or telling stories by the light of oil lamps was wonderful. It was a couple of fascinating days.
To learn more about the reenactments go to: Sons of Confederate Veterans: Charles Jones Colcock Camp 2100 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sons-of-Confederate-Veterans-Charles-Jones-Colcock-Camp-2100/462176950559213?fref=photo & 144th New York State Volunteers,
Diann Shaddox author will be at the re-enactment Battle of Pocotaligo Civil War hosted by the Sons of Confederate Veterans:
Saturday January 24, 2015:
Diann Shaddox Author to raise funds for Diann Shaddox Foundation will be at the 2015 re-enactment Battle of Pocotaligo Civil War hosted by the Sons of Confederate Veterans: Charles Jones Colcock Camp 2100 and the SC Lowcountry Tourism Commission at Frampton Plantation in Point South!
Please stop by, visit and get your signed copy of “A Faded Cottage” a SC love story about an artist with Essential Tremor & “Whispering Fog” a time travel.
The event is hosted by the Charles Jones Colcock Camp #2100 Sons of Confederate Veterans, Ridgeland, SC. Frampton Plantation is part of the Lowcountry Tourism Commission.
For information go to: https://www.facebook.com/pages/SC-Lowcountry-Tourism-Commission/147593725273609?fref=ts
Growing up my grandmother had a huge pink camellia bush/tree in her front yard just like this one in the picture. The camellia would be covered in the most beautiful pink blooms at the end of December/first of January. It was the most beautiful site in the dead of winter.
Many years a pure white snow would fall blanketing the camellia making it look like a beautiful handcrafted lace tablecloth.
I miss seeing that camellia, but I will always have my southern dreams.
Happy memories & winter to all.
This awesome Japonica is the most popular camellia in America. The dense upright plant is covered in masses of the dazzling perfect camellia blooms from late fall to early spring. A superb camellia for the garden!
Today, January 14th, is my father’s birthday, a man I never met.
A strange thing to be able to say you never met you own father. It was fall day that Sunday, November 20th when my father, a pilot, alone flew a stunt plane up into the blue sky for a few of his friends, as they, including my mother and brother stood watching. The plane's motor stalled and dove back to the ground. That one day changed many lives, including my own. Almost a month later I was born. I learned about my father from stories told from friends and family, that he
was a very kind, generous man. This is the beginning chapter in my book of life, a chapter with only memories that have come from others, not my own, a chapter molding me into the person I have become. Happy birthday to my daddy, William.
Predicting the weather
When I was growing up in a small southern town in Arkansas I had an older gentleman who lived next door. We called him PaDud, his name was Dudley. PaDud was able to predict when storms would be moving in. He would study the sky and clouds the night before and forecast the weather for the next day. He knew if it would be a hot summer or cold winter by how animals acted. I have to say he was correct or at least most of the time.
We have heard of old myths, but they are just superstition, old wives' tales, and folklore, right? Or, are they the real way to predict the weather and how accurate are they. Scientists have always been skeptic, but a few weather experts say some superstitions have it right. Some people still use certain signs like rings around the moon, the shape of the clouds, an angry morning sky, a clap of thunder during the winter as weather predictors.
Farmers have always depended on these predictions, clouds, moon, animals, for planting their crops and when it’s time to harvest them. Many farmers have depended on the Old Farmer’s Almanac for years and still talk about the folklore and superstitions.
I did research when I wrote Whispering Fog, about folklore, myths, and superstitions the ones sailors have always believed in. Of course, the captain of the ship and the sailors used the stars to guide them, but they also paid attention to the sky. The color of the sky, the shape, size of the clouds, and which way the wind's blowing would tell them the weather forecast.
Red sky at night, sailor’s delight; red sky in the morning, sailor’s take warning
This saying is known by most sailors even today. If you get up in the morning and the sky has turned red, it’s a good chance the seas and wind are kicking up, a sign that the ocean is going to be choppy.
This means that the sun’s light is reflecting off the clouds and that could mean a storm system is building in the sky, approaching. There is some truth in this wives' tale.
This is another wives' tale that many sailors look for and live by; watching seagulls’ movements. The birds tend to know when a storm is coming in, so if seagulls start to move toward land in flocks, you may want to take a second look at the forecast.
A halo around the moon as a warning of rain or snow
The halo around the moon, the gentle white circle we sometimes see resting around the moon on cold nights, is caused by cirrus clouds. Cirrus clouds, (or seed clouds, that is what PaDud called them), are made of ice crystals rather than the water droplets that form most clouds. The cirrus clouds sit high in the sky and stretch thinly across the moon so thinly, that the moon’s light shines through and scatters, creating a halo effect. It is true that cirrus clouds could be the first clouds to increase in front of a storm system, usually a winter storm.
A round topped cloud with a flatted base, carries rainfall in its face.
Cloud formations, height, size, color and density do predict weather forecast.
Thunder in winter signal snow seven to 10 days later
Have you ever heard thunder in the winter, a strange thing to hear unless you are living in south Florida. Many people have said they believe in this old saying and if you hear thunder you can expect snow, but this is one saying I haven’t seen come true, even though people swear by it. It is uncommon to hear thunder in winter because there’s not a lot of humidity in the air.
Rain from the east, two day wet at least.
Most weather patterns travel from the west to the east, so this is a very interesting weather pattern coming from the east.
If the moon shows like a silver shield you needn’t be afraid to reap your fields.
But if she rises haloed round, soon we’ll tread on deluged ground.
People from the beginning of time have used the moon to predict the weather. According to weather myths the shape, color and location of the moon can predicts weather patterns and how plants will grow. Farmers have believed in planting their crops by using the signs of the moon. They watch for signs of rain and storms. In the fall, farmers have used the harvest moon as the time to bring in their crops.
Native American have many belief in how to predict weather by the moon. One belief is if the moon looks like it is tipped on its back, it is holding water that will not spill. If it is tipped forward the water will spill from it, in the form of rain.
Holly berries shining red mean a long winter, ‘tis said.
This saying is true, or that's what I believe. I have huge Holly bushes in my yard and we had 7 inches of snow one winter and the holly berries were shining bright red in the blanket of white.
More old wives' tales
Mourning Doves will coo waiting for more rain.
Cobwebs in the grass mean rain.
Pink clouds in the west at evening time means rain.
Yellow streaks in sunset sky, wind and daylong rain is nigh.
If horses are restless and shake their heads a lot, it means rain is on the way.
Owls will hoot more at night if rain is on the way.
Enjoy your day and look up at the sky.
Diann Shaddox is a Native American Indian and a member of the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma. She’s an author, book-lover, and she has Essential Tremor.
Diann was born on December 18th in a small southern town of Nashville, Arkansas, the youngest and only daughter of William and Mary Ann Shaddox. But, fate had stepped in and William, a crop-duster, at the age of 25, died in a plane crash on November 20th, the month before she was born, therefore, Diann was never able to meet her father. Three years later, Mary Ann, her mother, died leaving Diann to live with her grandparents. At the age of 10, Diann’s Granddad died of a stroke, leaving her Mamow alone to see to her.
When Diann was in her early twenties life changed for her, her hands began to shake when she would do tedious work. No one, not even doctors, could figure out what was happening to her and they, the doctors, believed she was nervous, and just needed to calm down.
One day, standing at the post office window in Louisville, Kentucky changed her world. A simple form containing her name and address, she wasn’t able to fill out. That one day she had to find her answers. A neurologist finally made the discovery that Diann had Essential Tremors.
Not letting anything deter her, she continued life with the determination she had learned from her grandmother. Diann was unrelenting to do tedious work like counted cross-stitch on linen, and playing the piano even with trembling hands. It was as if her mind would relax letting her hands work without thinking. She learned how to hide her hands out in public, how to grip her drinking glass with both hands, and how to use her body for cover as much as possible.
Things seemed to be working for years, but on her birthday, December 18th, 2010 her hands were shaking uncontrollably. 2010 had been a year when many people began to question and stared at her wondering why she was nervous or thinking maybe, she was just weird. Being out in public was difficult, the stares were tough, and once more, the simple feat of filling out forms was devastating to her. Even being in a doctor's office was difficult as they questioned why she was so nervous, giving her stares.
That night of December 18th Diann sat in her office at home, anger grew watching her hands quiver, and for once in her life feeling sorry for herself. The question of why, a question without an answer played in her mind. Being a writer the words began to flow and Quaid Witherspoon, a famous artist, was born. A man who had everything or so he thought, but now his hands had deserted him and his life of painting had ceased, becoming a bitter man. The story of Quaid Witherspoon, the novel 'A Faded Cottage', became an incredible love story, one about strength of mind to fight fate and never accept what life throws at you.
Through this process of bringing A Faded Cottage to life, Diann has learned so very much. Finding ET awareness groups on the web and Facebook, talking, listening to everyone’s stories so similar to hers, has brought calmness to her life. We have to tell others about ET, so they aren’t sitting alone wondering why this is happening to them.
Even though the stares will forever be, she won’t give up. Now, Diann is determined the word will spread about ET and she is going to help make it happen.
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Hey everyone, need a good book to read check out "Whispering Fog"here's a passage from "Whispering Fog" a time travel?
Don't forget still plenty of time to get your signed copy of "Whispering Fog" a time travel.
Belinda scooted back against the side of the wooden box ignoring Jervis. She began to hum softly The Tale of the Black Shadow.
“What’s that yer singing Little Mate?” questioned Santos.
“It’s The Tale of the Black Shadow; it’s about a tall sailing ship that sank near my cliff in the water near Harbor Towne, Maine. I’m surprise you haven’t heard the tale; it happened back in 1765.”
“I remember that tale,” Ernesto called out. “Some mates at the tavern in Harbor Towne were talking about the whispering fog.” His dark eyes swung to Belinda. “The one ya got caught in the other night. They said The Black Shadow sunk in the waters by yer cliff years ago an’ the lot of them onboard the ship died. Now, the crew from The Black Shadow, the ones that drowned, call out ta help ships jes like us trapped in the whispering fog. We did hear some strange voices coming from the dark water…”
Lucky leaned over anxiously, his hands rubbed together in a washing motion. Ernesto shook his head no, but Lucky gave him a look. “The lass should hear the tale.”
Belinda’s eyes were on Lucky. “Lucky, what tale are you speaking about?”
“While we were in town we met an elf-like man. He stood a little over four feet.” Lucky laughed. “Even Jessie was a giant next to him. His curly dark, gray hair hid his aged face and black dotted eyes peered out from under his wild hair. I’d say the man was a hundred years or more. The man at the pub said over two hundred years.”
“Nay, Lucky, this ain’t a tale ta be told,” Ernesto interrupted.
“The lass should hear,” snapped Lucky
“I’ve seen dat man before,” Gerald said abruptly, “he’s called Ebenezer.”
“Ya know Ebenezer?” questioned Ernesto.
Gerald stood and moved over to Ernesto. “I know he ain’t a man, but a ghost.”
“Yer talking nonsense, Gerald,” Ernesto replied.
“Yay, de owner of de bar says de man appears then vanishes.”
“Of course Gerald, ya’d believe ‘em,” Santos chimed in.
Gerald nodded his head at Lucky. “`Tis true, take a gander at Lucky’s face; he knows de man ain’t real.” Gerald scrunched his wrinkled face. “De locals say Ebenezer’s an old sailor an’ his ship sank years ago.”
“I agree, the man I met was strange, but a ghost,” Lucky added, “I’m not for sure.”
“Well,” began Gerald, “Santos, y’ve seen ghost ships. `Tis where Ebenezer lives.”
Belinda moaned and stared at Santos.
Santos nodded his head yes. “Yay, I’ve seen tall sailing ships appear on the horizon, but as the strange ship approached us they’d vanish inta thin air. Nonetheless, we’ve felt their breeze an’ seen the ships wake in the water.” He paused. “I’ve heard talking an’ laughter, voices floating in the open sea as the ship seem ta pass by.”
“Then,” Ernesto snapped, “The man could’ve been Ebenezer de ghost.”
“Go ahead,” Santos interjected, “tell us what the man said.”
Lucky sat up straight and his eyes darted to Belinda. “`Tis a dark and misty night in 1764, a mysterious fog crept like a monster crossing the sea eating everything in its path. A tall sailing ship was caught in the fog’s trap. Early that evening...
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Whispering Fog, a time travel, book trailer.
“The Adventure of the Aeolus”
One fall night a mystifying fog captures a young girl from the 20th century and a captain of an old sailing ship from the 18th century bringing them together.
Belinda Brady, a young girl who lives next to a soaring old lighthouse, becomes a part of an old seafaring tale, a tale of a whispering fog, a monster from the sea controlling the destiny of ill-fated ships.
On an unusual foggy night in 1959, Belinda sees an image out in the sea, a ship of years ago with soaring beige sails flapping like bird’s wings. She hears a ship’s lonely bell tolling and begins her descent into the misty vapor climbing down the steep, rocky cliff to help the ship’s crew. She loses her footing on the slick rocks falling literally into the whispering fog.
Did the story end that night for Belinda when she fell down the cliff, or was it a dream of a young girl? On foggy nights, fishermen out in the sea have heard an old ship’s bell tolling and voices whispering Belinda’s name.
5 ✰✰✰✰✰ review on Amazon for Whispering Fog, a time travel
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent writing. July 10, 2014
By Louis Hart
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This is a great read. I recommend this book wholeheartedly. Thank you, Diann Shaddox. I look forward to your next offering.
I love this author! This book is so good that I have read it three times after receiving it. It bring you into the story and you become part of. Easy read great love story and done with class! Most of the romance books now have way to much information if you know what I mean. Can't wait for the next book!! Great work there Diann Shaddox please keep them coming!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great time travel July 13, 2014
By Candace Adams
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This captures you from the first page! Great time travel! A must read!!
Thank you everyone for a wonderful 2014. Had so much fun meeting and making new friends at book signings and fundraisers for Diann Shaddox Foundation and I can’t wait until 2015.
~May the New Year fill your home with family and friends, your heart with love, and your life with laughter~
Folly Beach Wine & Sign 2015 Saturday, April 25, 2015 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. to benefit the Diann Shaddox Foundation. Mark your calendars and come out and join us on the pier at Folly Beach, SC.
DSF is giving hope to millions, including children, living with Essential Tremor, the largest movement disorder. DSF is an accredited Non-Profit 501c(3) organization committed to find a cause and cure for Essential Tremor.
Locklear’s Beach City Grill, Folly Beach Parks & Recreation, Diann Shaddox Foundation, & Diann Shaddox/author Presents:
Folly Beach Wine & Sign 2015
Have fun in the sun on the stunning Folly Beach Pier, Folly Beach, South Carolina. Sip a glass of wine, talk and meet some wonderful authors and artists. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of sandy beaches, cool ocean breezes, and views of the great Atlantic Ocean.
This was a few pictures from Folly Beach Wine & Sign 2014. A great day, blue skies, cool temps and a soft breeze blowing from the Atlantic ocean.
An article featuring “A Faded Cottage” was in a local magazine.
Book Reviews 5 ★★★★★ review for ‘A Faded Cottage’
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, July 13, 2014
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This review is from: A Faded Cottage (Kindle Edition)
When a love letter written by a teenage boy becomes lost after a summer filled with passion, it brings about an incredible love story of two people being reunited, after thirty years.
A Faded Cottage music composed by John Vaughn Aiken, SC
A FADED COTTAGE, a South Carolina love story, music composed by John Vaughn. When a love letter written by a teenage boy becomes lost after a summer filled with passion, it brings about an incredible love story of two people being reunited after thirty years. What if you were able to relive your life, if only for two weeks, and rediscover you teenage love?
The Mom’s Choice Awards Names “A Faded Cottage”Among the Best in Family-Friendly Products (or service)
The Mom's Choice Awards Names 'A Faded Cottage' Among the Best in Family-Friendly Products (or service)
For Immediate Release: April 23, 2014
For More Information Contact: Diann Shaddox
The Mom’s Choice Awards Names “A Faded Cottage”
Among the Best in Family-Friendly Products (or service)
Summary: Eagle Quill Publishing is honored to announce that “A Faded Cottage” has earned the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award®. Having been rigorously evaluated by an MCA judging panel, “A Faded Cottage” is deemed to be among the best products / services for families.
The Mom’s Choice Awards® has named “A Faded Cottage” as among the best in family-friendly media, products and services. The MCA evaluation process uses a propriety methodology in which entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal, and cost.
“We are thrilled to earn the Mom’s Choice Awards Honoring Excellence Seal of Approval,” says Eagle Quill Publishing. “We know all the great things the MCA does to connect consumers, educators, and caregivers with the best products and services available for families. What is especially important to us as a company, is that the Mom’s Choice Awards Team views us as part of the MCA family—not just “yesterday’s award cycle.” Thanks to the MCA Support Team, “A Faded Cottage” will have lifelong marketing and promotional support—helping us get the “A Faded Cottage” to the people who value it the most.
To be considered for an award, each entrant submits five (5) identical samples for testing. Entries are matched to evaluators in the MCA database. Evaluators are bound by a strict code of ethics not only to ensure objectivity, but also to ensure that the evaluation is free from manufacturer influence. The five evaluations are submitted to the MCA Executive Committee for final review and approval.
“Our aim to introduce families and educators to best-in-class products and services,” explains Dawn Matheson, Executive Director of the Mom’s Choice Awards. “We have a passion to help families grow emotionally, physically and spiritually. Parents and educators know that products and services bearing our seal of approval are high-quality and also a great value. The MCA evaluation program is designed incorporate the expertise of scientists, physicians and other specialists; but we also engage parents, children, educators, and caregivers because they are experts in knowing what is best for their families.”
With the evaluation now complete, the testing samples of “A Faded Cottage” will be donated to schools, libraries, hospitals and nonprofit organizations.
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One fall night a mystifying fog captures a young girl from the 20th century and a captain of an old sailing ship from the 18th century bringing them together. Diann Shaddox Author
WHISPERING FOG is a Time Travel, One fall night a mystifying fog captures a young girl from the 20th century and a captain of an old sailing ship from the 18th century bringing them together.
On an unusual foggy night in 1959, Belinda sees an image out in the sea, a ship of years ago, begins her descent into the misty vapor climbing down the steep, rocky cliff to help the ship’s crew, and falls literally into the whispering fog.
Did the story end that night for Belinda when she fell down the cliff, or was it a dream of a young girl? On foggy nights, fishermen have heard an old ship’s bell tolling and voices from the fog whispering Belinda’s name. http://www.diannshaddox.com/whispering-fog Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Whispering-Fog-Diann-Shaddox/dp/0991280539/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1419937695&sr=1-1&keywords=whispering+fog
Merry Christmas Eve
I have a little Santa Claus and every Christmas Eve
he watches over my house.
And during the night, he doesn’t make a sound; he’s quiet as a mouse.
Little Santa as he is called isn’t very tall and actually, he is very small.
Little Santa began his watch so long ago, sitting in a window with his round body all aglow.
My little Santa Claus is very special to me,
And he is a memory I will always treasure from all my Christmas Eves.
I wish for you a wonderful memory from your Christmases of the past,
And I hope your memories of Christmas will grow and forever last.
So from Little Santa and me, I wish for you a very Merry Christmas Eve.
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Hi I'm Diann welcome and join me on my adventure. I'm the author of "A Faded Cottage" & "Whispering Fog" and Founder of Diann Shaddox Foundation. I'm a member of the Wyandotte Nation & I have Essential Tremor (ET). I love to travel, cook, which leads to eating and I love wines. Chardonnay is my favorite unless I'm eating steak then I'll take a glass of Cabernet.
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