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Columnist, Sheila Moss, is humor writer from  Tennessee. She writes  a weekly human interest column about daily life and the funny things that happen to everyone.

   She has written for  the Daily News of Kingsport,   Griffin Journal, Oakridge Now, Atlanta Woman Magazine, Aberdeen Examiner, Angleton Advocate,  and Smyrna AM, a supplement of the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal. She has been published by Voyageur Press, McGraw Hill, and the good folks at Guidepost Books.  Her articles have appeared in numerous anthologies and other publications, both in print and online.

    She is a former board member and past  Editor of  the Columnists.com, website of  the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, the oldest and largest professional organization for columnists. She is the Web Editor of Southern
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Firefly Articles & Links....
 



"Lightning Bugs"- A Watercolor 
2000 Trudy O. McConnell 

Firefly Articles on this Website 

Bit About Fireflies
 General Info

Plight of the Firefly

Bug Bytes 
Reader's Comments

Stories from Site Visitors

A Shining Moment
Special Fireflies in East Tennessee

The Lighting Bugs

Things I have learned from Fireflies
Firefly Humor

Firefly Cartoon
Courtesy Steve Langille


Fireflies 

A Poem by R. Louis Carroll

Where have all the fireflies gone; 
those earthbound stars of night?
Do they hide from our eyes beneath grass as it lies?
Or has their beauty just faded from our sight?

I remember as a child when nights were short and days were long,
when the dusk was to me a time to be free,
and I'd dance with fireflies playing their song.

I'd take a jar, poke holes in its lid then seek out their light.
I'd run through tall grass with my jar made of glass,
hoping to capture these stars of night.

What wonders they bring to a youthful child's heart,
a smile on my face as I try to keep pace,
and in this joy they too played their part.

When the day was done, the fireflies released and free,
I'd lie in my bed with thoughts in my head,
of fireflies playing in the fields with me.

Now as I age and those days slip into the past,
I look out in the night seeking their light,
and remember the nightly spell they cast.

But as I look out into the night seeking some sign,
I see no light, no stars in the night,
and miss the joy that was once mine.


Original Poem by R. Louis Carroll
Preamble to "The Gift: A Christmas Story" 
2000 All rights reserved - Used by permission


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Fireflies Seen in a New Light
Harvard University Gazette

NO Idea
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Firefly Fact Sheet
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Summer Night Lights
Environmental Information for Kids


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