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The Alamo Movie With John Wayne

The Alamo with John Wayne Yesterday, I woke with a song running through my head, which then led to thoughts of the movie from which it came. “The Alamo,” filmed in 1960, starred John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Laurence Harvey, Richard Boone, Frankie Avalon, Patrick Wayne, Linda Cristal, Ken Curtis, Chill Wills and a cast of […]

Trump Won’t Go Away

Photo Credit Trump Won’t Go Away America is in another election season, this one for the big guy, the top banana, the President of the United States. Our current President, Donald J. Trump won’t go away. He is up for re-election in 2020, having won in 2016 by Electoral Votes. His opponent Hillary Clinton took […]

Horseback Librarians

Photo Credit Author’s Note: This story, written in the month of March, is about a band of hardy librarians, mostly women, who made it possible for folks in far eastern rural corners of the Appalachian Mountains, to have access to books during the Great Depression years. But the month of March also honors America’s National […]

March: National Women’s History Month

Photo Credit March: National Women’s History Month National Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, corresponding with International Women’s Day on March 8. Perhaps you didn’t realize there is […]

Why Do We Celebrate Independence Day?

Why Do We Celebrate Independence Day? Perhaps you’ve been asked what’s the reason for celebrating Independence Day or the 4th of July. I’m sure most of us say, “That’s the day we received our freedom from English rule,” or something along those lines. It’s true that our nation declared its freedom on July 4, 1776, […]

John Wesley Hardin: Bad or Misunderstoo...

John Wesley Hardin, Bad or Misunderstood? John Wesley Hardin was born near Bonham, Texas on May 26, 1853 to parents James “Gip” Hardin and Mary Elizabeth Dixson. Hardin’s father was a Methodist preacher, and in those days, preachers often had huge territories to cover to save souls, so they were known as “circuit riders.” In […]

Double Life of William Brodie

  Photo Credit Double Life of William Brodie In the late 18th Century, a man named William Brodie was greatly respected in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. Brodie hobnobbed with society and other uppercrust folks of the city. Known citywide as Deacon Brodie, wherever there was a prestigious event, he was inevitably there, holding court. […]

Death of Meriwether Lewis

Photo Credit Courageous Ventures Into The Unknown Captain Meriwether Lewis and 2nd Lieutenant William Clark led an expeditionary group to explore the far reaches of the wild country of the North American continent. In this quest, they became the first white people to cross what is now the Western portion of the United States. Commissioned […]

A Light Bulb Burning For 115 Years?

Photo Credit A Light Bulb Burning For 115 Years? In a Livermore, California firehouse, hangs a bare bulb, now known as The Centennial Light. It’s burned almost continuously for 115 years. Impossible? Yes it is now, but it wasn’t when the bulb was originally made by Shelby Electric. True, it doesn’t shine as brightly now […]

 
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