Gratitude breaks the spell of Writers Block
Jamál (Beauty), 19 ‘Alá’ (Loftiness), 173 BE - Sunday, March 19, 2017 CE
About My Mother
Today, March 19, 2017, would have been my mother's 96th birthday. Mama was born on March 19, 1921 on a farm somewhere in northern Oklahoma. She was the only daughter of Mary Pearl Chaplin Newland and Frank Spence Newland. Mama was raised a Southern Baptist and, while in Blackwell, Oklahoma, attended the First Southern Baptist church or the First Southern Baptist Mission located in the Smelter Heights in Blackwell. Because of divorce she was a single mother of four children and raised them on a waitress salary (which was below minimum wage at the time).
Sometime in middle to late part of the twentieth century, Mom moved, with the rest of us, moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. It was in Las Vegas that she heard about Baha'u'llah and declared her belief in Him. For many years Mom worked at the Showboat Hotel Casino of Boulder Highway. She worked in the coffee shop and in the employees dinning room until the place closed. It was, also, in Las Vegas that Mom begin to write poetry. She passed into the Abha Kingdom on Thursday, February 29, 2012.