It Was All a Big Mistake (2nd Place, 2019 Betty Simmons Short Story Contest)
Why Can't I Be a Ballerina (in Editing)
You Are Too a Bully! (Formerly, Don't Call Me Chung King) (PUBLISHED and listed under Published Fiction)
The Runaway Blue Jay (Children's Story) (In Rewrite)
The Unanswered Prayer
In Another Place and Another Time
My Too Big Nose! (PUBLISHED and listed under Published Fiction)
Don't Hurt My Mommy!
My Mini-Miracles and One-Four-Three (3rd Place, 2019 Edith Battles Non-Fiction Contest)
Thrice a Hero ~ The Biography of Colonel Dayton William Ragland, USAF (research/writing in progress -- see excerpt below)
Thrice a Hero
The Biography of
Colonel Dayton William Ragland, USAF
by MaryAnn Milton Butterfield
Out of the blue, my physical therapist asked, “Hey, didn't you tell me your husband was in the Air Force?” He pointed to the patient on the next table and added, “Because Nettie Anne’s husband was in the Air Force. Maybe you two know each other?”
Judging the woman on the next table to be about my age, I acknowledged that my husband, Bob, had made the USAF a career and had retired after thirty years.
Nettye Anne replied that her husband’s career had ended off the Coast of ME Island,
I was stunned and mumbled my sympathy, as painful memories flooded back to me of all the prayers I’d said those lonely nights hoping that no one would come to MY door to tell me MY husband had been shot down.
Nettye Anne had lost her husband in the same aircraft my husband flew, an F-4, on the same date that Bob had rotated out of
I was especially intrigued by the incredible stories she told about
On one occasion, when my husband and I were attending his 13th Bomb Squadron Reunion at the
With the assistance of Nettye Anne and her daughter Angela (daddy’s little girl, Angie), this is the biography of a black man from
Below: Dayton posing with his F-86 Flight)