In Praise of Western Songs #SixSentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp #WritingPrompts #Inspiration

When I worked as a registered music therapist with nursing home residents, a favorite song was “Home on the Range.” Even if folks never lived on a ranch, they enjoyed the song because it’s about being in a peaceful place. One verse talks about admiring the stars at night and wondering about their glory.

Now, I’m a writer and no longer practice music therapy. But I entertain at senior facilities and other venues. People still enjoy timeless, classic western songs like “Home on the Range.”

Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above with her six-sentence story prompt for this week in which the given word is “range.” You can click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other bloggers’ six-sentence creations.


Abbie wears a blue and white V-neck top with different shades of blue from sky to navy that swirl together with the white. She has short, brown hair and rosy cheeks and smiles at the camera against a black background.Photo Courtesy of Tess Anderson Photography  

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.


The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.Photo Resize and Description by

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Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?





Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at:

19 thoughts on “In Praise of Western Songs #SixSentenceStoryThursdayLinkUp #WritingPrompts #Inspiration”

  1. Hi Abbie, I’d say you still practice music therapy of a sort.
    Your singing at senior centers, nursing homes and the like gives those hearing you pleasure and makes them forget their problems a while.
    Isn’t that what you did as an official music therapist?
    I think it’s great.

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      1. Sometimes, it’s as simple as realizing while we’re not doing exactly the same work we were, we’re doing it in a different way to meet the need of ourselves as well as those we still serve.

        I had to do that here.

        I had to realize that while I might not be working 12-hour shifts 6 or 7 days a week, I was still helping people and doing good things.

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  2. The horse’s name is T-T-T-Trigger, of course. I wanna be a cowboy…. (I believe the group that sang that song was called Timbuk3). Funny how i can’t recall what I had for breakfast, but i remember 80s hits with ease!

    –Shay/Fireblossom in WP clothing

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      1. Hi, Abbie and all.

        Abbie, it’s nice that you’ve been able to continue doing this on some level via way of volunteerism.

        I too, am finding my way in similar fashion.

        Where once, I took and made calls, with the goal of disseminating useful information so people could help themselves now, I find myself giving the same information, only in person as Blue and I traverse our community each day.

        I love that the universe appears to help us continue doing what we loved, while adding something new such as our writing careers.

        Good on you for continuing this.

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  3. Yes, those shows are comforting and I’m sure bring lots of joy to the folks… wonder what will bring our kids’ comfort considering what’s on tv today!

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