Route 66 and the lost bridge

  “There is nothing in machinery, there is nothing in embankments and railways and iron bridges and engineering devices to oblige them to be ugly. Ugliness is the measure of imperfection.” H. G. Wells   The westbound span of the “Bird Creek Bridge” on Oklahoma 66 near Catoosa, Oklahoma, is gone. We had driven …

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Route 66 and the lost bridge

“There is nothing in machinery, there is nothing in embankments and railways and iron bridges and engineering devices to oblige…

27 August 2014 [01:33 AM]
Making of the pie

After being married for over two months, I knew it was time for me to learn how to bake a pie. What brought this decision on was when my husband casually said after our dinner the night before, “What kind…

27 August 2014 [01:26 AM]
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Jigsaw puzzles are like family

“So now it is time to disassemble the parts of the jigsaw puzzle or to piece another one together, for I find…

22 August 2014 [01:48 PM]
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The Scarf

Of all the school pictures, ironic Mom kept that one! I found it when I was getting her house ready for sale.…

06 August 2014 [12:07 AM]
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Focal Point: Name Dropping

“I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take,…

30 July 2014 [12:07 AM]
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Focal Point: Smiling down from the fence

“An elm tree still stands facing what was once the Murrah Building … The tree signaled the passing seasons: Spring blooms giving…

23 July 2014 [12:26 AM]
The burglary of poor Mrs. Toppings

When I attend community and family gatherings at Manchester, people frequently recall the 1933 burglary of poor Mrs. Toppings. Nothing like it had ever happened nor would ever happen again in the small rural community just eight miles from…

23 July 2014 [12:08 AM]
Life during The Great Depression

Economic depressions greatly affect a society’s mental and social life. Day to day survival was the major goal in most households of my childhood. The Great Depression of the 1920s, 1930s and beyond meant poverty, misery and — worst of…

15 July 2014 [11:31 PM]
Manna From Heaven

My mother was an amazing cook; nothing fancy, just wholesome and tasty Southern cooking. Of all the delicious baked items she often prepared, her specialty, most definitely, was yeast dinner rolls. We just referred to them as “hot rolls,” and…

09 July 2014 [12:11 AM]
Free home safety checklist offered to families

In hopes of keeping seniors independent as long as possible, the Home Instead Senior Care offices serving Tyler is offering a free home safety checklist for area seniors and their families this Independence Day. According to the Centers for Disease…

02 July 2014 [12:16 AM]
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Focal Point: What Do I Owe You?

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas A. Edison I…

02 July 2014 [12:12 AM]
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Focal Point: Never pass up a blue boat

“Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.” — William Butler Yeats…

24 June 2014 [11:50 PM]
July 4th in Detroit 4th in Detroit, Texas, Population 732

His 18-wheeler stops at the traffic light on busy U.S. Highway 82 parallel to Front Street. The curious and perplexed driver honks, smiles and waves as he gets a glimpse of Detroit, Texas, celebrating its 2013 July 4th parade. It…

24 June 2014 [11:48 PM]