I Gotta Wear Shades!!

My future, or at least my day, is so bright I gotta where shades!!

It’s Sunny and 75 here today folks and is suppose to get warmer this afternoon…and I’m loving it! You can bet I am gonna be outside today taking pictures, playing with my grandson and pets too, working with the horses, and enjoying this beautiful day!

Hope you all have a wonderful day! Wishing you warm blessings!

See it right there, there’s the sun on my front lawn!

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GREAT VIDEO SUNNY & 75!!

MY FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT I GOTTA WEAR SHADES!!

(COOL VIDEO)

Preserving Our Past for the Future!

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In the early 2000’s community leaders in Pocahontas joined together to preserve one of the area’s most historic buildings and create the Eddie Mae Herron Center and Museum in honor of a very special school teacher.

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Miss “Eddie Mae,” as she was known, taught students in grades one through eight at the “Pocahontas Colored School” from 1948 until Pocahontas schools were integrated in the fall of 1965. Today, the center features items related to the time when this simple single-story structure was a one-room schoolhouse. Located on Archer Street in one of the town’s older neighborhoods, it was built in 1919 as the MAE Church and later became the school.

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According to Pat Johnson, the center’s board chairwoman, the purpose is to identify, protect, and preserve the history and to foster widespread appreciation of and the respect for the African-American culture, and those goals are being accomplished. The board wants people to be able to come to the Eddie Mae Herron Center and Museum to talk and to go forward, and not be ashamed…black or white people. They want this Center and Museum to be a place where all people feel like they belong, like they are a part of the community.

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However that was not the way it was for African-Americans in this northeast Arkansas community when Pat Johnson was growing into adulthood. In fact according to her people then did not feel like we belonged, “we were here in the community but we were silent. We were skittish about being involved.”

Today this tiny building that once stood as a hub for the small African-American community in Pocahontas now welcomes 2,000 to 3,000 registered visitors per year. Johnson noted that “our lifestyles or our culture may be differ, but we are just people, and we all have so much in common.”

Story and photo’s by Jan Fielder Ziegler who is a Pocahontas-based freelance writer. For more information visit www.herroncenter.org. Article can be found at http://www.aecc.com/arkansas-living-magazine

 

I Think Mother Nature Finally Kicked Father Winter’s A**!!

I can’t believe it…can you believe it…I know I can’t believe it!!

It’s already a blooming 60 degrees outside today, and wait for it…..wait for it….WAIT FOR IT…

It’s gonna be 70 degrees tomorrow and 74 degrees on Tuesday here in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas.

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Gonna have to break out my Dazzy Duke shorts…{#basic-cool.gif}

 

It’s a Redneck Thang!!

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Have a Great Day Ya’ll!!

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“Tales from the South”

I found this very interesting article in our State Magazine. I thought I would share it with the rest of the world. Next time my hubby and me go to Little Rock/North Little Rock area we are going to check this out!

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Tales from the South showcases the art of Southern Storytelling. A native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Mrs. Morell was working as a writer and English professor teaching online classes for a university in Florida when a fellow writer and English professor in San Francisco contacted her about his plans to create a radio show featuring literary work. She then told her writer friends about it and offered to send their stories to him.

Her friends show fell through and suddenly she has 10 really good stories on her hands. According to Mrs. Morell she didn’t want to just thank those people who had submitted their work and let them know that it was all for nothing. So she decided to pick up the phone and call KUAR…Little Rock Radio Station KUAR-FM 89.1…to see if they had any interest in using these people stories, however when she made this call she did it with no plans to start a radio show herself.

She was invited by the radio station to come pitch her idea to the station program manager who liked it so much that she was asked to do weekly show. However by this time her career had moved forward and she was a mother of three small children, a restaurant owner, and the owner of the Temenos Publishing Company (a small literary press), so needless to say she didn’t have time to do a weekly show, but she somehow found the time to do a monthly show.

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Long story short it became a success and eventually Mrs. Morell decided to move he show to the Starving Artist Café where there would be an audience for the program. The popularity of this program grew and three years later the William F. Laman Public Library in North Little Rock offered to provide some funding to make it a weekly program. In the end they agreed to do a 16 week pilot program, which is when the decided to add a dinner and music to the program to make more of an event, and just right off the bat they started selling out shows.

The popularity of the show has also grown on the air waves to being broadcasted and heard worldwide via streaming audio at www.kuar.com and is also carried by World Radio Network (WRN) in Europe, Africa, and Asia. It’s also heard on RTE, Ireland’s Public Broadcasting Service, and now on multiply public radio stations across the United States.

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“Tales from the South” must be Southern to the extent that writers must currently live in the South, which includes Texas, Missouri, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida or be from the South originally.

The district Southern art of storytelling is rich in language and detail, and the voice is alive in all of them according the Mrs. Morell. Mrs. Morell also states that no stories are ever rejected, however she may spend hours editing to help the author get it ready to present so that the author will have a good reaction from the audience.

“Tales from the South”

Starving Artist Café

411 Main Street

North Little Rock, AR.

501-772-7602

www.talesfromthesouth.com

Admission for the show is $7.50

Article provided by K.D. Reep of the Arkansas Living Magazine

http://www.aecc.com/arkansas-living-magazine

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Wild Horses in France…Who Knew???

The Camargue horse is an ancient breed of horse indigenous to the Camargue area in southern France. Its origins remain relatively unknown, although it is generally considered one of the oldest breeds of horses in the world. For centuries, possibly thousands of years, these small horses have lived wild in the harsh environment of the Camargue marshes and wetlands of the Rhone Delta, which covers part of the departments of Gard and Bouches-Du-Rhone. There they developed the stamina, hardiness and agility for which they are known today. Traditionally, they live in semi-feral conditions in the marshy land of the region. The Camargue horse is the traditional mount of the guardians, the Camargue “cowboys” who herd the black Camargue Bulls used in bullfighting in southern France. Camargue horses galloping through water is a popular and romantic image of the region.

 

Article and Information By: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camargue_horse

Kitty From Heaven!

Our Preacher gave an interesting sermon last Wednesday. He began telling us that God does work in mystery ways, and that he also has a sense of humor. He says he knows this because of something that happened to him yesterday, Tuesday. He told us that his kitten had once again climbed up into that small Sapling tree in his front yard early that morning, and the kitten was too scared to climb back down the tree. His cat meow and meow for hours. The preacher told us that he has already called the fire department 3 times in the past week and half to get his kitten out of the tree. He told us that he would have gotten his kitten out of the tree but he has trouble with high places and vertigo.

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So after hours of listening to this kitten meow such pitiful cries of help he got an idea. He got his truck out of his garage and some long tough rope. The tree he stated was a small Sapling of about 6-8 inches in diameter, and about 12-14 feet high. He said he made a lasso and through the rope onto a top branch. Our preacher said it took him many tries to get the rope on a good high branch, he stated to us that he would have sucked as a Cowboy.

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After he got the rope onto the tree he tied the other end of the rope to the back of his truck. He then got in his truck and started it and began to drive forward very slowly bending this tree over. His idea was to get the tree low enough that he could reach his kitten. He watched as the tree bent, just as he got it low enough for him to reach up and get the kitten, the rope broke and the tree flung back up into the air and the kitten went sailing. Our preacher said all he could do was stand there and watch his kitten disappear into the sky. He told his that he said God I leave the fate of my little kitten in your hands.

Meanwhile about four blocks over where one of our church members lived, was at home with her little girl. Now her little girl had been begging her for a kitten, and the mother used every excuse she could think of telling her daughter why she could not have a cat.

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Finally she decided to tell her little girl this, I tell you what Sarah, if God wants you to have a cat then God will send you one, OK? Sarah just sighed as she went outside to play. Her mother watched her child sitting on the ground playing through her kitchen window while washing dishes. The next thing that she saw was the kitten come flying out of the sky and right into Sarah’s lap. She could not believe her eyes. Sarah came running in with the kitten screaming, “Mommy, Mommy look God must have thought I needed a kitty, he sent this one to me.” A little freaked out the mother could do nothing but agree with her daughter. So she got her purse and car keys and she and Sarah headed to the market, after all they needed to get cat food.

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While at the market they ran into our preacher and Sara’s mom ran up to him and began telling him the above story. The preacher just grinned knowing it was his kitten, but he did not tell Sarah’s mom this, because he saw the enjoyment on Sarah’s face, as well as the look on the moms face. You see she had not been to church in many months, saying she had lost her faith, but on that day she found her faith once again. So all the preacher said to her was God does work in mysterious ways. Sarah and her mom just smiled.

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This past Sunday Sarah and her mom were at Church, Sarah holding her kitten, and her mom looked peaceful as she found her strength once again in God.

This is a story that has been told many times, our preacher has used it in his sermon to spread the message that God does work in mysterious ways. He does answer our prayers…sometimes literally and sometimes in ways we do not see. I love this story and its message. I laugh each time cause I can visualize that little girl playing in the yard and the mother watching her through a window and all of sudden a kitten comes flying out of the sky…I too would be a little freaked out like Sarah’s mom was.

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Be careful what you ask for…