In the process of helping my mom clear out stuff from her house (she does not want to leave my sister and myself with a huge house full of things to go through when she passes) I have been privileged to see scrapbooks and hear tell the stories behind the pictures. I have also been given old typed poetry and the saved cut-outs of those poems and writings that were published a few generations back.

My Great-Grandmother was an incredible woman ahead of her time. She divorced her husband in 1941, invested in properties in KC and fulfilled her desire to write and publish her works in the process, all while running for public office and holding a seat in the Missouri house of representatives. I love that legacy! Here is a short poem from her typed pages of possibly unpublished work:


Speech is silver and silence is gold, so it was said by them of old.

But when there is something that should be said, and said with courage,

then silence is lead.

Clara Aiken Speer

#history #wisewords #remembering



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