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SoCS – Church Fans

Linda has a new prompt for all her fans of  Stream of Consciousness Saturday:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “fan.” Use it by itself or find a word that starts or ends with it. Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!

Fantastic! Let’s get started.


Growing up in the south it was not unusual to see white tents springing up in empty fields throughout the summer. You knew it was revival time!

Visiting preachers would come to town, set up their tents and go about preaching the gospel. I must tell you, after sitting in an empty field on a hot summer day The tent made for a stifling evening, but everybody would gather just the same. Inside the tent were wooden chairs and if you were lucky church fans, usually plunked in a basket for attendees to borrow for the service.

Church fans are made from handles that resemble paint stirrers  and a printed cardboard “fan” stapled or glued to the handle. The fan itself most often had a religious message or image printed on it, and sometimes included advertisements for local businesses on the reverse.

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Neythun, Church fan, CC BY-SA 4.0

Funeral fans were also available at the funeral home or at church to memorialize the passing of a loved one. On the front a photo or a favorite poem or prayer and on the back, often advertisement of the funeral home. Early advertising I suppose. Without air conditioning, any type of church or religious gathering could be extremely hot and humid. The fans were a godsend.

With air conditioning These days, I don’t know if you would see fans tucked in the shelf on the back of the pews that also held hymn books and Bibles for anyone that did not carry their own.

I was quite surprised to see you can still order and personalize church fans online, so I suppose they have not grown out of favor. Custom Church Fans

It always amazed me how a little bit of air made all the different inside small churches or large white tents hastily put up in a field. Currently, people print such fans for use at weddings and graduations as favors.

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SoCS – Charmed, I’m Sure

Linda is changing it up today with her prompt for Stream of Consciousness Challenge:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ch.” Find a word that starts with “ch” and use it as your prompt word. Bonus points if you start your post with that word. Enjoy!

Ch, ch, ch….hmm


Charm, charmed, charming — all lovely, happy, light-as-air words used to describe the delightful things in life. When I think of those words, lots of things come flooding back to me.

The first thing to come to mind was that I had written about charm bracelets in a previous ‘cele’ SoCS post you can find here. Charm bracelets are charming, don’t you think.

Then my mind jumps to Ethel Mertz (played by Vivian Vance), the character in the old “I Love Lucy” show. She often greeted new people with the phrase “Charmed, I’m sure” which I suppose means, ‘I do not know you but I’m sure you are quite charming’.

From “I Love Lucy”, I jump to Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” and the song “Agony” which I have also written about before – it was a day we wrote about duets for Song Lyric Sunday. The song “Agony” is based on the trials of being a Prince Charming. I love this quote by Cinderella’s Prince Charming:

”I was raised to be charming, not sincere.”

Then my mind heads over to visit Elvis Presley for the song “Good Luck Charm” in which he discounts the luck of a four leaf clover, a horseshoe, a lucky penny, a rabbit’s foot (weird what people once did) and…. something else I cannot remember because his ‘girl’ is his lucky charm. Elvis could be charming, too, don’t you think?

There are so many phrases using charm as their base. Charm the pants off, third time’s a charm, works like a charm, turn on the charm, and oh yes – charm school!

I vaguely remember hearing about charm school when I was a kid. I can remember trying to walk with a book balanced on my head. That must have been from some old movie I had seen, or perhaps a suggestion from my very proper grandmother, I’m not sure. YouTube is full of videos from people after the vintage market. Videos including ‘victory roll hairstyles’, vintage clothing and even vintage behavior. Then, of course, there is charm school.

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SoCS – On Being a Cave Dweller

What an appropriate prompt Linda gives us in this time of quarantine. Here is today’s  Stream of Consciousness Challenge:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “cave.” Use it as a noun or a verb. Enjoy!

Let’s give it a shot.


Since my blog title is From Cave Walls, this should be easy for me, right? I mean, my entire concept was supposed to be about creating from the time of cave dwellers to the present. And now, I feel like a bit of a cave dweller myself. And I have not been very creative so there you go.

This morning we kept hearing a strange noise. It took a while to figure out what it was. I was on the phone with my daughter when hubby motioned for me to come and see something. He had a flashlight in hand and that is never a good sign. We walked into the living room and he shined a light into the fireplace and there was a Carolina Wren flying around in a panic. Now, if you have followed my blog for a while you might remember that we have had problems with these little birds in our house before. Hubby decided rather than open the door to the fireplace in hopes he would fly out the sliding glass door, it might be best to darken the fireplace so the bird would fly back up the chimney to the light. We covered the fireplace with cardboard wrapped in a dark grey towel making it rather dark and cave-like. Voila! An hour later the bird appears to have made his way out. Thank goodness.

We have been on a stay-at-home order since March 30, 2020 – about 40 days in total. Last night the governor allowed Phase I of opening the state. It is hard to understand the logic since the number of infections continues to rise. Did you know there are still 70,000 crew members stranded on cruise ships off various coasts throughout the U.S. Who knows how many people are almost forgotten in all this mess? Talk about cave-dwelling. I cannot imagine what it might be like to be confined to a cabin on a cruise ship while suffering from this virus. And those who remained healthy must worry with every breath they take. No thanks. We are staying put for a while.

I get how some people cave into the pressure of being isolated and really craving being out and about. I just know a lot more people are going to get sick. I might cave in to eating more cookies or baking brownies (and eating them) or taking too many naps or watching too much TV. But I am not ready to cave in to the desire to go out and about with the breathing, sneezing, and coughing public.

Do you remember the comic strip Alley Oop? No? How about this song inspired by the comic:

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SoCS – A Pinch of This, A Pinch of That

Yesterday Linda gave us  specific directions along with this week’s prompt for the  Stream of Consciousness Challenge:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “directions.” Find a household cleaner/bottle of shampoo/something in the freezer/anything you can find with instructions on it, then copy down a single direction (just one) on how to use/cook/etc. your chosen thing, and make it the first line or word of your post. Then keep writing whatever comes out. Have fun!

I picked up a bag of chocolate chips lying on the counter and saw the line I wanted to use.


Stir in morsels and nuts.

If you are creating a recipe for a society living in a pandemic, this would be one of the last lines. Following that then I think you would half-bake a portion of the society and fully bake a portion.

How grateful I am for the morsels! Our blogging community is one, don’t you think? The members are kind, supportive, funny, wise and thought-provoking. Definitely a requirement for a well rounded society.

Our scientific community is another morsel we could not survive without. The doctors and nurses and scientists that help treat and advise us, even though many choose not to listen.

Unfortunately, our leadership is a combination of nuts and morsels, some half-baked and others fully baked. Which you follow might depend on our own individual ingredients.

There are lots of nuts out there carrying guns, marching around demanding the right to expose themselves and all the other nuts and morsels as well.

The thing about the nuts, though is some are fresh and delightful and add to the richness of this societal recipe. Some nuts are bitter and really leave a bad taste in your mouth.

The same holds true for the morsels. Some are sickeningly sweet. You can only take so much of them before you feel a bit nauseous. But some morsels have the perfect balance of  sweetness. It’s those morsels you want more of!

I suppose the balance is why the directions say to add both. It might be a far reach to say we complement one another, but perhaps we do balance each other out.

Just like with all good recipes, in the future, after we have tried the original directions, we tweak it a bit, leaving out certain things, adding others, and changing the temperature of the oven as we bake it to perfection.

We aren’t quite there yet.

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SoCS – The Valley

Yesterday Linda posted our weekly prompt for the  Stream of Consciousness Challenge:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “val.” Find a word that starts with “val” or if you’re not doing the A to Z Challenge, find a word that just has “val” in it, and use that word any way you’d like. Enjoy!


I grew up in a valley nestled in the Appalachian mountains. I say I grew up there, well, that’s half true. We moved away a couple of times, but I kept going home for years. What I can tell you is that it was this place that helped form who I would become in this life. This is where I learned about values and community and living and loving a very simple life. Always referred to as The Valley by everyone who ever grew up or lived there, this is where my great-grandmother, my paternal grandparents, my parents and my two sisters are buried in a cemetery on a hilltop overlooking this little valley.

A big part of my life there was going to church. We had Sunday School and preachin’ at the church every Sunday except Easter Sunday when we met on a hilltop for Sunrise Service. All the kids walked home from church it seemed, especially from spring on through the summer and fall. Most all of us were baptized in the creek – water that was always cold no matter what time of year it was.

I still have favorite hymns from my years going to church there. One of my favorites was always “The Church in the Wildwood” otherwise known as “The Little Brown Church in the Vale”. Here is the song by Dolly Parton:

And since I seem to be on an Andy Griffith kick of late, here’s a scene where Andy and Barney sit on the porch and sing the song. These porch get togethers and singin’s were common place where I grew up. We did a big part of our living on the porch.