I’ve been writing for years, but only for my husband, family and friends. Most of my early writing was done in greeting cards which I drew and painted myself with a very personal message on the inside usually in the form of a poem.
Raising four children filled my life with much material for future writings. When my husband of 38 years passed away in 1998, I sank into a deep depression. At that time, we were raising two of our grandchildren, ages 11 and 12. Life was not easy, yet I continued to function in a semi-zombie state with the aid of medication. This was merely existing, not really living, and this continued until 2001, when I began to write ‘for me’.
I traded my pills for words. Once tapped, a flood of emotions came forth filling page after page, releasing these pent up feelings. This alone, allowed me to deal with them. . . to begin living again and to move on with my life, a life I‘d thought was over.
I began posting on an Internet website. Writers here come from all over the world to share their poetry and stories. The year 2003 brought me in contact with a British gentleman, also a writer, and the rest is history.
We spend most of our time now in SW Mexico just outside the small village of Jocotepec, where our surroundings afford us a very peaceful area conducive to writing with it’s quiet, laid back, and quite serene atmosphere.
Where to find Shirley Hale online
by Shirley Hale
You will find Shirl's Shorts filled with interesting stories often written with a little twist at the end. Some stories came from her vivid imagination and others have a hint of truth in them, yet are embellished for your entertainment. Following each story you will find a poem usually related to the story in some manner.
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