About Bessie

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Bessie Senette has published her first book, Cutting the Clouds: a Bayou Mystic’s Poems, Musings, and Imaginings – an autobiographical collection of poems and essays about the life and culture of her bayou upbringing and the spirituality that informs her traditional healing gifts.

A high-spirited, creative, solemn, and above all joyous woman, she celebrates her birthday for the entire month of August, otherwise known as the Besstival. Anyone born in August is welcomed as a Besstivite. The High Feast day of the Besstival (Bessie’s actual birthday) is known as the Besstiva. 

When her Muse is not in the mood to muse, she cooks. Bessie’s home is an oasis of hospitality, and yet her husband, Tom, calls it a fortress of solitude. Somehow it works. She works as a supplemental grandmother and primary Mimsie to Eden and Noah.

As an ordained minister, she officiates an ecumenical liturgy for a small congregation of like-minded and just “slightly” wacky folk who are lovingly referred to as the Bessbyterians.

Bessie is a polydactyl poet, born with six toes on her left foot. Some of her friends think she should have a reality TV show but she insists that it would have to be an UnReality show. All are certain the ratings would be astronomical.

15 thoughts on “About Bessie”

  1. Life has it’s journeys and thanks to you mine are not scary. You have taught me so much and I am very thankful. Big hugs. Darlene aka Queen Gator…

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      1. I probably look 9 1/2 months pregnant. That boy was 8 #s at birth.
        Trust me you will be notified when I am published.

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  2. Bessie, I can’t believe someone else celebrates their birthday for the entire month of August!! Mine’s even a holy day – August 15th! I enjoyed seeing you at lunch last week!

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