It is good to learn new things and good to be here…

After much work and anticipation, Real is a reality! It has been an honor to work on this project, especially to share the photos and stories of so many impressive people.  Enjoy these excerpts from our pages! Shelley and Terilee



 Real isn’t how you are made.  It’s a thing that happens to you . . . Generally by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all because once you are Real, you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams


It was with a bit of daring and whim that we decided to get the cartilage of our ears pierced.  Of course the potential for pain was a factor, but the intimidation I felt about going to a tattoo parlor was another obstacle for me to overcome.  My three daughters insisted that this shop was the best in town. . . .

-Woody and Kay-

 It was a surprise romance . . .

Woody had just lost his beloved wife of six decades to a chronic illness.  His love was so great and enduring that, as wise and faithful as he was, it was the hardest thing he’d ever done, continue on without his Marguerite.

Along came Kay. . . .


“Pistol was for sale,” she says, speaking of the beautiful sorrel gelding in the pasture, “He was being sold for dog food, and Rosie needed a stable mate.”  Certainly, Diane had been one of those children who would come home with stray cats or dogs and beg, “Please, can I keep him?”


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