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Land of My Fathers Poetry Club

Mary's Story

Life is a series of ups and downs. You travel over many mountains, through deserts, valleys and plains.

My memories of childhood hold many of those ups and downs. Our family consisted of 2 boys and 6 girls. Personally I don't know how one woman could raise that many children and have them all turn out fine! But my Momma did just that. She was a tiny little lady with a will of iron. A true red head! My father was a hard worker and expected the same of his family.

However he was an alcoholic and like most people with this disease there were many times when he spent every penny, leaving Mom with no food in the house. Many times we went to bed hungry. She did the best she could and she held us together.

I know my childhood has affected my life. I am very over weight and I refuse to go hungry to lose it! I've been married 3 times. Both divorces tore me to piece but like my Momma I hung on and I raised 4 wonderful children before marrying my wonderful husband.

I worked very hard all my life. First as a child in the cotton fields of Arkansas and then as a cashier in a store. I drove an 18 wheel truck for quite a while. When I turned 50 I became disabled and had to quit work.

Now I am in the last phase of my life. I live with my hubby in Kentucky and thanks to the internet, I have a wonderful pair of friends. They are Denny and Ness Baker. They help to make my life so much easier. If I could have one dream answered it would be to come to Wales and meet these awesome people.

By Marylou Peck, Kentucky

Forthcoming Events

Generation Games Exhibition

Date:
27/04/2018 - 28/10/2018
Description:
This exhibition is a history of home computer games consoles throughout the ages

Amanda Denison Jewellery Showcase

Date:
04/08/2018 - 22/09/2018
Description:
Amanda Denison is inspired and intrigued by the traces left behind through decay and dilapidation and by the marks stamped on the urban environment. She is drawn to repeated elements that distort and change; her fascination with pattern and surface textures translates into her jewellery.

Leto & Ariadne Craft showcase

Date:
04/08/2018 - 22/09/2018
Description:
Craft showcaseLeto & Ariadne is the studio label of Nick Ozanne, a handweaver working on hand operated wooden looms. All parts of the process are carried out by hand in the studio, from the initial design and preparation of the warp, through to the final washing and hand finishing of the fabrics.

Portal and One Year On Art Exhibition

Date:
04/08/2018 - 22/09/2018
Description:
Portal and One Year OnFeaturing the work of this year's top UK graduates in the applied arts
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