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Fri
03
Apr
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Endurance

Last time, I encouraged each of us to make time during our ongoing national shutdown to find some good books to read. I had just started “Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Journey.” It didn’t take me long to finish. It was simply that good and that meaningful.

Sir Ernest Shackleton was an Irish explorer who attempted the first land crossing of Antarctica. With 28 men and his ship Endurance, Shackleton sailed into Antarctic waters on December 5, 1914. Two days later, his expedition encountered pack ice. They fought on, until becoming trapped in the ice in January 1915. For eight months, they drifted in the ice until their ship was crushed in October. What came next is almost impossible to imagine. The men camped on the ice floes and hiked towards land for six months. In April 1916, they set out across the violent sea in tiny lifeboats. In August, 22 months after leaving South America, the entire expedition was rescued. Shackleton hadn’t lost a man.

 

Fri
03
Apr
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2 Cents Worth

2 Cents Worth

When will this nightmare we are living in end? I have never seen anything like it and I hope we will never see anything again like it, and our hope our kids never have to go through anything like it again. But you know there is hope all along, I talked to one of my senior citizen friends, they live in a small town like Aspermont, have to go to the doctor like us when we have bad troubles like Abilene, or Lubbock, so they don't go often and buy groceries. They are kind of house bound so when they went to the doctor last week, they were in a shock to see what has happened at the grocery stores. They were trying to buy them some groceries, and she said we wondered why everyone was standing by the meat market.

Fri
27
Mar
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Governor takes actions to slow down deadly virus

Governor takes actions to slow down deadly virus

Governor takes actions to slow down deadly virus

AUSTIN — Texas is more invested every day in promoting increased and thorough hand washing, disinfecting surfaces and social distancing to reduce cases of the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

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Fri
27
Mar
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Repairs underway for Rotan water storage tank

Director of Public Works Rodney Denton reported that work on the city’s water storage tank was proceeding but would exceed the original bid. Nevertheless, the repairs would still be within projected cost ranges, and Denton expected the tank to be back in operation soon.

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Fri
20
Mar
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2 Cents Worth

2 Cents Worth

Good morning to all of you, let's set awhile and visit. Joe's garden is full of water again, I told him if water makes those onions grow boy they are going to be big this year. Everytime it rains his garden catches all the water and it stays full until it soaks it all up. I wish I had more barrels my water barrels are full and running over, we got so much rain over the weekend, and south of us going some hail. We don't want that. The day the signs were right Joe and I transplanted flowers and with all this rain, they didn't even know they were transplanted. HIs bulbs that I brought back from Kentucky are up, they said, "Carol you have enough rain for me to live in Texas, now "maybe" I will bloom for you!!!!!" They sure are pretty in Kentucky but I've never got them to bloom in Texas garden.

Fri
13
Mar
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Faces & Places

Banjo — Part One

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” ~ Anatole France

Our day started at first light. Momma fed the belly of the cookstove with wood to make biscuits to go with the squirrel gravy. Ray headed to the woods with his .22 to get the squirrels. We were as poor as dirt under our bare feet. Mice gnawed up knotted crumbs stuck between the planks of the kitchen floor and stopped by once in a while to check on things. Momma swatted at them with the broom, but they were too hungry and tired to run. Beggars.

When Christmas came, we didn’t get our hopes up because we knew we might not get anything. At birthday time, Momma would ask what we wanted. Ray always said, “The only thing I want in the whole world is a dog; I’d never ask for anything else.” I told her, “All I want in the whole world is a dog for Ray.”

Fri
13
Mar
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2 CENTS WORTH

2 CENTS WORTH

CAROL GREENWAY-HOLLAND

Wow we got more rain, I know the ranchers are happy, their cattle will think they have died and gone to heaven with all this rain. The grass will grow as high as them, and they will have tanks full of water. Yes I may be married to a Kentucky Man, but a tank is a tank not a pond, and you can not change an old Texas Girl to say pond for a tank. The wild flowers in this part of Texas will be gorgeous this year with all this rain. The purple flowers are already beautiful, course they are all in our yards, Joe mowed them down Saturday, but in the pastures they will be gorgeous with all the other flowers that bloom in our area of Texas. I heard yesterday because of this weather some of the blue bonnets are already blooming in the hill country, and with all this rain the hill country should be as pretty as it was the year Ann and I went down there and come home with 5 Rolls of Hill Country pictures to paint by.

Fri
06
Mar
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Faces & Places

"We don't just sing; we are the song" ~Louise Penny, The Beautiful Mystery.

There's been a term rolling around in my brain for a few weeks: "a new song." I keep asking myself what I'm supposed to do with it. Lord knows we need a new song to drown out the political rhetoric, shootings, stabbings, tornadoes, fires, volcano eruptions, men's consistent hatred of man, or it would seem at times.

This week, Tuesday to be exact, looking for inspiration to write and time alone to read, I tucked a book and journal into my purse and headed for anywhere I thought I might find it; many times, it shows up at a mall.

The Mall of Abilene was calm, not like how it usually is on a Saturday afternoon when everybody and their dogs (literally speaking of course) are running around. My husband tells me I am an impatient person because I don't like lines or waiting rooms; I remind him that God is using him to teach me patience.

Fri
06
Mar
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2 Cents Worth

2 Cents Worth

CAROL GREENWAY-HOLLAND

CAROL GREENWAY-HOLLAND Good morning to all of you, beautiful day here in Aspermont, Texas, and I'm glad I'm tired of all this weather we are having, ready for bright sunny days. I have had a good week all week, been painting all week. I Nearly have the kitten done setting on a fine satin pillow, just like the pillow, and I am pleased with her. I told her she looked so pretty and the young lady I'm painting her for loves cats, in fact I think she loves cats better than kids!!!!! I have started on the old man driving an old farm wagon with his grandson, hopefully get it done before we leave for Kentucky, it will be pretty on the walls of the old farm house, but who knows.

Fri
28
Feb
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Faces & Places

“The most beautiful voice in the world is that of an educated Southern woman.” ~ Winston Churchill

Winston wasn’t at the gas pumps in Lubbock last week, but I think if he had been, he might have enjoyed the exchange. But who knows?

It’s been many years since I was face to face with a bully, but there he was, right in front of me, staring at me over his steering wheel. He looked like an older version of Harry Potter (HP), glasses, and all. He in his shiny new white luxury car that starts with an M and ends with an S. Nothing at all wrong with having a car like that, but how you treat people is more important than the kind of car you drive. There I was, in my GMC farm truck with a cracked windshield and mud on the wheels and fenders.

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