If you know me personally, you know I don’t have a lot of height. Linda will tell you I’m just plain short or petite, if you want to use more polite language. I’m thinking Barbara might have noticed that, too. GRIN

I was always the shortest kid in my class, ALWAYS, even when I became a teacher for 6th grade one year.  A few of the 3rd graders I taught were as tall as I was.

While I was in elementary school, I was a regular little monkey. I climbed trees and played on the “monkey bars”, sometimes called a jungle gym. I hung by my knees and, of course, hung onto bars at all heights. I even stood on the top bars. There were no helmets. I marvel that I never fell!

Boy playing in a maze of wooden bars in a park.

I loved softball, but I hit the best pop fly balls and slung my bat far enough to be an automatic out. I wasn’t a fast runner with my short legs. I did warm a few benches.  Needless to say, I was chosen last for team sports and athletic games at school, too. I did “whup ass” at academic games! I was a little geek.

I was so slow at chasing the cutest boy to kiss him, I was last to get to the group supposedly kissing the boy.  I don’t know what I would have done if I’d caught that cute boy.

HOWEVER, I was the most important person for a certain game! “Pick up Marvella” was a popular game on my school playground. One kid would decide to pick me up and announce it. I was a tiny critter, so almost anyone could lift me from the ground.

“SEE, I can pick Marvella up!” was the challenge. For a while I struggled against being lifted off the ground. I kicked with my dangling tiny feet and managed a few strikes on knees or ankles, but that deterred no one. I finally decided to just be dead weight, for all the good that did.

That was NOT my favorite game, but I was the main person or object. HMMMM.

I decided not to use this story in my comedy routine Saturday!

Sorry I have missed my turn blogging! I’ve just been working 7 days a week and forgot to post! I sent out writing lessons every week this for January and will create a course for February!

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Travel to Ireland for only 99¢!

A Sweet and Wholesome contemporary romance in the beloved Chocolate-Box series!

Colum O’ Brien, a professional ballet dancer, is still hurt from a break-up four decades earlier. All this time, his heart has gravitated toward the woman who left him behind.

Sure, he’s moved on with his life, but he’s never forgotten his childhood sweetheart, Keira Murphy.That is, until he meets her again. Because his father is marrying her mother.

Keira was a famous runway model who moved away from her seaside Irish town with dreams of becoming a superstar. She left everything behind, including Colum.

With her skills as a seamstress, she’s now determined to return and open her own shop. Only she never expected to see Colum again—or to be instantly connected to him, just like when they were next-door neighbors and childhood sweethearts.

But when the pressures of demanding work schedules and living miles apart prevail, will it make their second chance at love impossible?

Or will their individual journeys lead them right back to where it all began?

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New Release! New Year Hearts

Savor the magic of my New Year romances—exclusively in one boxed set!
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Some recipes don’t turn out quite as you predicted…

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A woman who wanted more. A man who wanted her. Can they rediscover their love in the seaside Irish town where it all began?

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Sometimes you need to step away from a relationship, to appreciate true love.

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Free Sweet Romance

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He’s all business. She loves to laugh. When business conflicts with pleasure, what can possibly go wrong?

Maeve Doherty needed a hard-earned break from Ireland’s rainy weather, as well as caring for her younger brother. When the offer from Perfect Match to enjoy a week on an island of her choice arrived, she hesitated.
But not for long.
She’d always wanted to visit Corsica. Besides, who passed up free?
All right, so she’d spend the week with a match. On her dating profile, she’d added that she was a workaholic. Hopefully, so was he.
Edward Newell had one thing on his mind when he reached Corsica, and it didn’t involve meeting a perfect match.

Dating? Love? Romance? Not for him.

He was determined to find the picture-perfect location for his thriving hotel chain.
When unexpected attraction burns for the beautiful Maeve, and business conflicts with pleasure, what can possibly go wrong?

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What Did I Get Myself Into?

I plan to do a standup comedy routine at the end of January. Needless to say, I am wondering if I have lost my mind. Everyone wants me to write the entire 5-10 minutes of jokes. Hmmm

I guess we will see if an audience thinks I’m funny or not. I tend to be more amusing when a smart ass comment flies from my mouth unbidden. I’ll let you know how my planned humor is going next week. I might even share a few of the lines or jokes I plan to use. Or I might not. GRIN!

I posted a lesson for a class I am teaching online this month. Staying busy is good for me.!

Stay warm by our fireplace!

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I share this post every year. It’s borrowed from a friend, and the message never changes.

“I’m walking into 2022 with a clear heart and mind. If you owe me, don’t worry about it-you’re welcome. If you wronged me, it’s all good- lesson learned. If you’re angry with me, you’ve won. If we aren’t speaking, it’s cool (I love you and I wish you well.) If you feel I wronged you, I apologize. Life is too short for all the anger, grudges, and extra pain, and we as people are not perfect. God bless us all! Here’s to 2022!”

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Happy New Year!

May 2022 be your year!

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We Need Small Conflicts

Most good stories have a large conflict that drives the characters and the story. .

Some conflicts are physical and and involve other characters besides our main character. Each of these people wants the promotion at stake. By the end of our book someone will win and the others won’t.

On the other hand, smaller conflicts are needed to keep characters real!

Our main characters need small conflicts. This kid might be failing math. She studies but can’t pass any of the tests. When she finds a copy of the teacher’s answer sheet for the exam, she has a conflict. Should she use the answer sheet or not?

I’ll teach a class in January about adding small conflicts. The course will involve ways to cure sagging middles in any story. Writers who don’t plot can find themselves painted into a corner or wondering what to do next. Even plotters sometimes find that a story seems to be going nowhere. Sometimes the problems are solved, but the book needs to be longer. OOPS!

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Happy Holidays!

Hoping your holidays are filled with love, family and happiness.
Happy 2021! …

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An Early Christmas Gift from Facebook

I’m sharing this Facebook memory because it makes me feel good about my years as a teacher! It’s an early Christmas Gift to me!

I plan to post some photos tomorrow, but I want to thank my kids who tell me I had a positive influence on their lives. Today three of my “boys” told me I introduced a new world to them and that they would never have become successes without my help. Who knew? Being a teacher carries a huge responsibility and offers such blessings!


Melinda Henley Wharton

Ms. Barfield, my 18 year old is a senior this year and want to be a teacher! She has been Blessed with wonderful Teachers in her life and I tell her about you and Ms. Wehunt! forgive my spelling, but You inspire so many people! Her daughter is now a teacher.

·  Robin Ashby- Cheek

Ms. Barfield, you made a huge impact in many lives. Your positive encouragement helped me to survive a less than stellar home environment. Most students have no idea how many of their classmates come to school hungry, unable to have clean new clothes or to have two parents who can spend time with them. Merry Christmas sweet lady!

·  Michelle AndBobby Grant

Please treasure those words in your heart as they are so true and without you and all of our teachers we would have never had such wonderful opportunities. You are so appreciated Mary.

·  Mary Marvella Barfield

Thank you, Melinda Henley Wharton, Robin Ashby- Cheek, and Michelle AndBobby Grant. Talk like that makes me tear up! I Iove my babies! These folks are 55-65 years old now.

·  Teresa Ledbetter

You made a huge impact in many lives. Was a great teacher, always easy going & always had a smile for everyone. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.


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