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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 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 a […]

Damned If We Did….

… damned if you do and damned if you don’t​!  The phrase above is used to say that you cannot escape being criticized, whatever you do. This is the story of my life in my early days of being wife, mother, factory worker, cashier, member of the Women’s Army Corps, and how it all came about. 1968, Me and the Vietnam War […]

Bitter Tears by Johnny Cash

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Judy Schweitzer Bitter Tears by Johnny Cash In the 1970s, Johnny Cash’s interest and compassion for the stories of the American Indian (as they were called in that era) grew, as the public became more aware of an activist group known as AIM ( American Indian Movement). Johnny recorded an album […]

Things You Might Not Know About Frank Si...

  In The Beginning There Was Francis… Francis Albert Sinatra, born on December 12, 1915, in an upstairs tenement in Hoboken, New Jersey, would grow up to be a force to be reckoned with in America’s music industry. No one knew that yet and his birth certainly didn’t signify that kind of success. He weighed […]

Bessie Smith ~ Empress of the Blues

Photo Credit Bessie Smith ~ Empress of the Blues Bessie Smith would have been the first one to laugh at the title “Empress of the Blues.” Not because she didn’t think she deserved it, but because her childhood and upbringing had accustomed her not to expect much. She was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on a date […]

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 […]

 
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