Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey


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Bursting with Gratitude

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When my sister and I were little, we crammed as much Bazooka Bubble Gum we could handle into our mouths and had bubble blowing contests. The brands varied; Double Bubble, BubbleYum, Bubblicious or Hubba Bubba, but Bazooka seemed to be the least sticky, plus it had the Bazooka Joe comic. The object was to blow the biggest bubble, without having it pop, leaving gum on your face or in your hair.

In 1928, Walter Diemer, an accountant for Fleer Chewing Gum Company, experimented on new gum recipes in his spare time. He considered it an accident when he came up with a formula that was less sticky and more flexible than other chewing gums. This flexibility allowed the chewer to make bubbles. To help sell the bubble gum, Diemer taught the salespeople how to blow bubbles so they could teach the potential customers. This gum was marketed as Double Bubble and for many years was the only bubblegum on the market.

At the end of World War II, The Topps Candy Company introduced the Bazooka Bubble Gum. This was named after the bazooka, a musical instrument created by Bob Burns. The Bazooka Joe comic strips were added as a gimmick along with the baseball cards.

Each brand of bubble gum has its own unique formula and flavor, much like the various blogs I follow on WordPress. My love of writing prompted me to start this blog in October, 2012. It has provided me with the necessary accountability, and it’s all the motivation I need to get something written on a deadline. I never imagined I would connect with so many wonderful people. I’ve discovered numerous blogs that inspire me to be a better writer. I follow blogs that provide writing tips and keep up with the industry. Some of my favorite bloggers make me laugh out loud and some have made me cry. It’s a wonderful community that I’m honored to be a part of.

The past couple of months, I’ve been nominated by fellow bloggers for the Liebster Award. It’s taken me a while to acknowledge these awards, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the recognition.  I know I’m not following the rules of acceptance, but I don’t want to create more work for anyone. I just want to say thank you and give these blogs a shout out. Please check them out; there is a little something for everyone.



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Trifecta

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“Three grand essentials to happiness in life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”   ~  John Addison

It’s a common belief that bad things happen in threes, but I learned at a young age good things often come in threes. A couple of my cherished childhood Little Golden Books were, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and “The Three Little Pigs.” My favorite English nursery rhyme was, “Three Blind Mice.” Then there was the Norwegian fairy tale, “Three Billy Goats Gruff.” As I got a little older, it was “The Three Stooges,” the three-ringed circus, three bean salad, the three minute egg, Neapolitan ice cream and my favorite candy bar, 3 Musketeer.

The number three is significant in the Christian doctrine of the Trinity which defines God as three divine persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Three Wise Men, who came to Jesus after his birth, brought three gifts. Jesus laid dead in the tomb for three days before his resurrection.

In the Western literary tradition, number three is important. Most follow a three act structure, introducing characters and concepts in Act 1, developing the plot through conflict in Act II, and bringing the conflict to a resolution in Act III. A writing principle called the Rule of Three suggests things that come in threes are funnier and more effective than other numbers.

Last week reinforced my belief that good things do happen in threes. As spring in Charlotte became more settled, I saw the first hummingbird of the season. She didn’t stick around long; probably passing through headed north. Soon the regulars who stay throughout the summer will attempt to stake their claim and the battle over the feeder will commence. Hummingbirds are very territorial and don’t enjoy sharing their sweet nectar.

Also last week, the dormant Bermuda grass on the golf course behind our house, came to life. Almost overnight, the lifeless brown grass that’s been present since October is now replaced by a lush emerald carpet. The bradford pears and cherry trees are in full bloom and the azaleas are getting ready to put on their show with a spectacular explosion of color.

Southern WritersFinally, last week I had a big surprise, I’m a runner-up in Southern Writers Magazine Fiction Short Story Contest. My story will be published in their special edition, Short Tales. This news confirmed that good or bad things can happen at any moment in my life. If I continue to actively seek out the positive, there is more evidence that great things do happen in threes.


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Words on Wheels

Original uploader was SimonP at en.wikipedia

Original uploader was SimonP at en.wikipedia

“Memories of childhood were the dreams that stayed with you after you woke.” ~ Julian Barnes

As a child growing up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., I loved the bookmobile. Twice a month a small library on wheels rolled into the neighborhood and parked in front of our house, there was nothing better. Feeling the wallop of arctic air the moment I climbed aboard; it was the perfect escape from the hot and sticky summer months.

Though I loved the library, the bookmobile was like a time-machine. The endless rows of books were friends who transported me to distant places. It was there I was introduced to “The Box Car Children” and “Nancy Drew Mysteries.” One stamp of black ink in the back of the book and it was mine to devour for two weeks.

The concept and reality of bookmobile service started in Hagerstown, Maryland in April, 1905. The Librarian of the Washington County Free Library, Mary L. Titcomb, sent out the first book wagon in the United States from the library.  The book wagon had space for 200 books on the outside and storage space for more books on the inside. The wagon was pulled by two horses while the janitor from the library held the reins. By 1937, the production of bookmobiles in the United States had increased to 60. This increase in production forced the American Library Association to provide guidance for libraries interested in acquiring a bookmobile.

I haven’t seen a bookmobile since my childhood, but they still exist today. There has been a decline in services over the years, but the bookmobile remains an integral part of our cultural landscape in all states with the exception of Maine. At last count, Kentucky leads the way with 98 bookmobiles.

Libraries are still in our communities and offer wonderful programs to inspire young readers. But as I watch public libraries reduce their hours and bookstores close their doors, I’m so grateful to have grown up in a time where bookmobiles traveled the streets of my neighborhood. Those days, my biggest decision during summer vacation was what book to take to the pool.