“Tick Tock” by Shirley Ballard (86 years young)


the mystique

of noise

white and otherwise

and optical illusions

of day & night

and in our minds

when silence

becomes too oppressive

take time to

hear the


Shirley Ballard

(Miss Calif. 1944)



S.B. 11/17/10

Foto by L. K. Thayer

© 2010


  1. Lordy · November 22, 2010

    A star even in her jam jams……..

    • lkthayer · November 22, 2010

      yes! It takes one to know one darling! 🙂

  2. lkthayer · November 22, 2010

    I bought her the Hello Kitty robe she loves and made her the white feather head band!! I love you Shirley!! Love your poem! BFF Lisa 🙂

  3. Lordy · November 22, 2010

    You two are glam errrrrrrrrrr ouuuuuuuuussssss

    • lkthayer · November 22, 2010

      We are your glamour kitties…Hello!

  4. Lordy · November 22, 2010

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Jason Evers
    Born January 2, 1922
    New York City, New York
    Died March 13, 2005(2005-03-13) (aged 83)
    Los Angeles, California
    Occupation Actor: Wrangler and Channing
    Jason Evers (January 2, 1922 – March 13, 2005) was an American actor.

    Evers was born Herb Evers in New York City, New York. After quitting high school to join the United States Army, Evers was so inspired by stars like John Wayne (whom he would later appear with in The Green Berets) that he decided to try acting. A stint on Broadway led to Hollywood, where his first big break was the 1960 television series NBC series western Wrangler. In 1963-1964, he starred as 41-year-old Professor Howe in the 26-episode ABC drama Channing, based on life on a college campus, with co-star Henry Jones (1912-1999). Evers’ most enduring role derived from the 1959 B-movie classic The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, which was not released until 1962.

    In 1966, Evers appeared on the episode “The Insider” of NBC’s The Road West starring Barry Sullivan as the patriarch of a family of pioneers relocated to Kansas. From 1967-1969, he appeared sporadically as James Sonnett, the missing son sought by the Walter Brennan character, Will Sonnett, in ABC’s The Guns of Will Sonnett. Dack Rambo co-starred as Evers’ son and Brennan’s grandson, Jeff Sonnett.

    Evers continued to garner parts in films and television, having guest starred with Bruce Lee in the Green Hornet episode “Eat, Drink and be Dead” (1966), but they were of an increasingly minor nature. His final film appearance was in 1990 in Basket Case 2. He returned to New York in his later years. He was married to actress Shirley Ballard from 1953 until his death in 2005.

    Evers died of heart failure in Los Angeles, California. He was survived by a sister and a cousin.

    Lets put the star back in Shirley… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shirley_Ballard

    • lkthayer · November 22, 2010

      Thank you Mitch for helping me squeeze!
      Sent on the Now Network from my Sprint® BlackBerry

  5. paul mckay · November 22, 2010

    What a sweetheart! Nice poem too.

  6. Lordy · November 22, 2010

    Indeed and lets hope we hear much more from her

    • lkthayer · November 22, 2010

      I just spoke with her and she said she will give us more! She hasn’t written since her husband Jason died….so happy to have inspired her to pick up the pen!!

  7. paul mckay · November 22, 2010

    Yeah, Lisa–put the “squeeze” on her for more poetry. (Lord help me, you’re rubbing off on me, L.A. woman. Every time I see a mention of a fruit or juice in a poem or anything else I think of the Juice Bar now.)

  8. Alexis Rhone Fancher · November 23, 2010

    Terrific poem. Inspiring lady! Brava, Shirley!

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