History will be forgotten and repeat itself

If we take down statutes that immortalize Confederate Army personnel then we are guilty of  re-writing history.   2017 Race Riots and Bigotry are doing quite well in the United States of America- Land of the Free!  Statues, naming schools, or towns are symbols that change meaning the further you get away from the beginning of history. Politicians run scared of opposition and cow down to fear of what might be rather than stand up and say “Look! It is what it is!” The German occupied people removed statues and other reminders of the Hitler-Stalin years. Children need to see … Continue reading History will be forgotten and repeat itself

I Break for Yard Sales (Across the Southern States)

Historic US 80 Hi-Way Sale Dates and Hours Third weekends of April and October each year Friday through Sunday, except when the sale falls on a holiday 2017 Fall dates: October 20, 21 and 22 2018 Spring dates: April 20, 21 and 22 Hours vary, but typically vendors are operating by 8 a.m. and operate until the evening Shoppers are encouraged to stop and enjoy local cuisine, flea markets, and community events along the way. Check the Chamber of Commerce website in each individual state for more information on the sale and affiliated activities. 411 sale The Route More than 250 … Continue reading I Break for Yard Sales (Across the Southern States)

Adventures of RJ

Adventures of  R.J. the Llama Chapter One p.1 One Sunday morning RJ the Llama and his wife Patches were grazing in the pasture when they heard a truck drive over the cattle guard at the gate and stop. [Pict:  truck and country road scene] p.2  RJ decides he had better go have a look at the new arrivals. [Pict:  A woman who was short and plump with flaming red hair and bright green eyes and doe white skin walked toward the fence.] p.4  A woman strolled up to the fence. She had a quiet calm and smiling kindly face and … Continue reading Adventures of RJ

The Power of Friendship

The class was over, and still I sat, it was 1988. The professor, an old woman asked if she could buy me a soda pop. Her name is Dr. Edythe Leupp, a professor at Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, Oklahoma. I had decided to drop out of college; a dream of mine since I was 14 years old. Dr. Leupp asked me to tell her my story- who am I. In a cantankerous moment, I decided, “what the heck, you want to know, I’ll tell you.” I was enduring a serious depression, later (1993) identified as Schizoaffective Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, … Continue reading The Power of Friendship

Walking in my shoes- a father’s tale

My dear Son, I anticipate the arrival of you birth with wonder. I promise that I will be a great provider of unconditional love. I remember with delight… The joy of hearing “Dah-dah” from your tiny lips. The pleasure of holding your hands as you prance and practice taking your first steps. The excitement of your first day of school And the name of your first girl to love. I remember the agony you felt when you received your first black eye from a bully twice your size, then later, the pride of the victory when you cut him down … Continue reading Walking in my shoes- a father’s tale