open door

Billy Lee Riley in 1960 sang, “Open the door, Richard; Richard, why don’t you open that door.”  I don’t know who was shut out, but I don’t want to be shut out.  I like “open.”

Open minds

Open books

Open arms

Open spaces

Open hearts

Open eyes

Open meetings

Alas, Alas!  This quarantine thing is getting to me.  It shuts me out and shuts me in!

“Open the door, Richard.”


I like it when I have the choice:  Rev. 3:20 ESV Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.


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About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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21 Responses to OPEN THE DOOR, RICHARD

  1. shoreacres says:

    I suspect you have plenty of company when it comes to preferring ‘open’ and ‘out,’ as in ‘out and about.’ This is an odd time, indeed — I hope you and yours are all healthy in body, even if a little distressed or perplexed in mind!

    • oneta hayes says:

      Sammy and I are taking it with a grain of salt, but …’s only two weeks down. I try not to think ahead. The Senior Center delivers our lunch so our big social event of the day is to say thanks to the person who delivers it. We made a mistake this week of paying for the whole week on Monday, so now we don’t even get to count money during our “event.” I have been walking on our neighborhood street about two miles each day. See neighbors and wave. Occasionally I pass someone on the other side of the road.

      • shoreacres says:

        Well, everyone copes in their own way. For example — there’s this, which a friend captured with her camera last Saturday. There was a guy trailing along behind with a boom box in a little red wagon. We’re not sure what sound track he’d chosen. The sight was too compelling to pay attention to the music.

  2. Om Kulkarni says:

    Nice ..My blogs on quarantine tooo.

  3. Dawn Marie says:

    Great response to the Daily Prompt Oneta! I’ve tagged two posts of mine, as well. (Admittedly they were two recent ones I’d posted within days before the challenge began.) I hope to participate often and regularly – if God allows the time & space to do so. Hugs to you for starting off magnificently as always!! (I do believe this is how we first met in cyber-space many years ago – through a former prompt-challenge. How fun!)

    • oneta hayes says:

      Oh, good, I’ll go see if I can find them. I wish I could get the clue the day before. It stresses me a bit to write on the same day I get a prompt. Most of my reading time will be given to the folks who write these prompts. I will be sacrificing some favorites for a month but I want to find some new people who are on my wave length. I need some more Dawn Maries. 😀 I met some very fine friends during my first Blogging U experience. You might well have been one of them. However you came into my life, I’m glad you did.

  4. gifted50 says:

    Good morning, Love love love that scripture. Stay well.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Yes and besides all that he says he will dine with us if we open that door! Sitting, eating, and talking to Jesus. It’s a door I’m mighty glad I opened. Thanks for your comment.

  5. says:

    Hope you and your hubby are doing well through all this. Paul & I are used to being together 24/7 but I keep thinking this is going to be a way of life for us for how long anyone knows. Our only hope is in God and is omnipotent protection. May He be with us through this and may we learn from it.

    • oneta hayes says:

      It will turn out for good – we have His promise. But we often do not recognize God’s “good” as what we call good. Maybe he has seen us on this treadmill and thinks we need to slow down. I believe he still promises that our needs will be met. Our wants can turn into bondage. I am sad for the people who are turning to alcohol during this trying time. More bondage on bondage. Each is free to open the door of his choice, however. It is harder for some than for others. We all need prayer and mercy.

  6. Faye says:

    Christ has set all believer FREE…..TOTALLY FREE! Above is AN OPEN HEAVEN. Thank God! Thank God! no bolts no doors can ever restrain my upward knowledge of Him.1

    • oneta hayes says:

      There are interesting studies on the need for boundaries for people to really feel free. I haven’t figured out how to do a blog-size opinion on that. But you are right to point out the free/big expansion of our earth and sky. Open heavens above to those who will open the door. Rev. 3:20

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