Where Have You Been Billy Boy, Billy Boy?

Oh, where have you been, charming Billy?

I have not been idle only absent from posting on this blog while writing regularly on  Mainstreetrockymount.com,  about architecture and preservation, the revitalization of Rocky Mount, NC. that includes the Saving of Main Street. The theme of this blog is Honoring the Past, Building a Future. It has been a wonderful experience that has enriched my life. I’m also finishing a third novel – A Garden of Sweet Disorder. I never forget you, and appreciate that you continue to keep reading what has already been posted. I’m going to renew my efforts to come back ‘home’ to you. Hold that thought and go and enjoy your books. What would our lives be without them?


I wanted to check in with a Churchill quotation that you will enjoy too. It was posted on a Facebook page I follow, The Queen’s English. I am going to follow through with Churchill’s suggestion. As I cast my eyes across the titles and where my books reside, they form the backdrop of my life and tell you a lot about who I am. You will know me by my books!



“If you cannot read all your books…fondle them—peer into them, let them fall open where they will, read from the first sentence that arrests the eye, set them back on the shelves with your own hands, arrange them on your own plan so that you at least know where they are. Let them be your friends; let them, at any rate, be your acquaintances.”
~Sir Winston Churchill.



About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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5 Responses to Where Have You Been Billy Boy, Billy Boy?

  1. As one who realized a few years ago that if I spent the rest of my days doing nothing but eating, sleeping, and reading I would not be able to finish the unread books already in house, and as one who continues, despite that realization, to buy books, Churchill’s advice gives me a marvelous third way. Thank you for sharing it. 🙂 And congratulations on (almost) finishing your novel!

    • Jennifer, I have neglected this blog and not answered your wonderful comment that you left behind. I feel we are instant friends because I could have written what you left. Nothing has changed. I’m still reading and this self-guaranteed time though serious at least increases our reading time. Right?

      • I was hoping to have lots of reading time with all this sheltering in place, but with the whole famn damily home, I haven’t had a moment’s peace. Fingers crossed that things get sorted out soon, either here at home or in the wider world, and that longed-for reading time appears! 😉

  2. Carol Uphoff says:

    Always good to read/see you, Stepheny❣️😘

    • I have neglected this blog by putting tie and energy into Mainstreetrockymount.com about architecture, preservation, renovation, repurposing. Delighted in April to participate in the A to Z Blog Challenge once again. This year I am writing about The Glories of Tea with Stepheny. I hope that will interest you. Never forget you, dear girl. Stay well.

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