First Page – Awakenings from Then ’til Now

A grave price is being paid every moment of every day of the year for all the freedom America has to offer. Let us not forget those who have fought or are fighting for our nation; they are the epitome of the human spirit called freedom!


Embrace the Past, Empower the Present, Enrich the Future 

“History is a mighty dramos, enacted upon the theatre of times, with suns for lamps and eternity for a background.”
—Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881)


Sharla Lee Shults

            What is life without history? Isn’t life itself history in the making? Every word we say, everything we do, becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history to be boring, think again; it is who we are, what we do, and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds, but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

            Our life’s blood stems from our fathers whose fathers’ fathers lived and died to make this country free. And their mothers endured pain and suffering beyond our imaginations. Do we just accept life and look only unto ourselves as mere individuals, or do we examine our ancestry and learn from experiences deemed successes as well as failures?

“It is the calling of great men, not so much to preach new truths, as to rescue from oblivion those old truths which it is our wisdom to remember and our weakness to forget.”
—Sydney Smith (1771–1845)
From me…
Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers
Lived and died laying a firm foundation
Blood, sweat, tears, labors, even fears
Paved the way for future innovation
Generation upon generation
Of caregivers and caretakers
Ensure longevity of our nation
From carpenters to boot makers
Vivid stories and recollections
Allow us to peer into the past
Sense the emotion, discern the pain
Echoing memories to last and last
Past events dominate present-day life
Through traditions, beliefs and religions
Surviving countless ravages of time
Regardless of conflicts and afflictions
To you…
Turn the page, awaken to timeless treasures from then ’til now.
Embrace the past, empower the present, enrich the future
See yourself not as an isolated individual
But part of a thread binding life together like a suture
Begin your footsteps…

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13 thoughts on “First Page – Awakenings from Then ’til Now

  1. Beautifully written and smacks the truth that “no man is an island.” Sharla, you bring to light what so many take for granted–the freedom we enjoy every day! What a precious gift. Trish, thanks for featuring the first page of “Awakenings From Then 'Til Now”. What a great teaser to what is surely a brilliant novel!

  2. This is a beautiful teaser to what is undoubtedly an inspired work by Sharla. She speaks universal truths but in a uniquely 'Sharla' writing style. I can't think of another book to compare this to but I have it in my kindle and will dedicate some time to read it without interruption. I appreciate you Sharla and respect your talent immensely.

  3. Sharla, I do love your style. You are so amazing with your words of wisdom, hope and truly inspire those around you to look into their own lives and be grateful for all that is there. You have nothing but success ahead of you with a profound future.

    Love Ya and thank you both Sharla and Trish.

  4. Thank you, Trish, for featuring the first page of Awakenings. I have such deep feelings for our country and especially our military. Comes from my dad who served in the Navy during WWII. He was the radioman who sent our troops ashore at Iwo Jima. Most of all, thank all of you for your wonderful comments! I feel so proud to part of such a wonderful and talented group of writers!

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