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Texas: Myths, Legends, and The Real Deal

Part 1 Texas is one huge state, second only to Alaska. It boasts 254 counties and 268, 597 square miles. Indigenous peoples lived here...

The Joys of Old-time Newspapers

When I’m researching for a new novel, some of the best places to get information are newspapers from the targeted era, especially the...

Bringing Them into the Mainstream

Students at Carlisle Indian Industrial School in 1882. The man in the center is identified as American Horse with his daughter Maggie...

Great Books Countdown — Number Six

Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry A shaggy young burro lay asleep in the gray dust of the canyon trail. Except for the slow...

The Magi, The Star, and The Real Story

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the...

Great Books Countdown – Number Seven

Texas by James Michener At three-thirty in the cold morning of Sunday, 6 March, Galba Fuqua reached over and nudged his friend Zave...

Great Books Countdown – Number Eight

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë . . . I started awake on hearing a vague murmur, peculiar and lugubrious, which sounded, I thought, just...

Great Books Countdown – Number Nine

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote I was first introduced to this story in the fall of 1966. It was in the form of a one-hour tv movie...

Great Books Countdown – Number Ten

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase It was dusk – winter dusk. Snow lay white and shining over the pleated hills, and icicles hung from the...

Great Books Countdown – Number Eleven

Third grade was a good year. My teacher was Mrs. Butte, a forty-ish woman with dyed red hair. She was mild-mannered, never raised her...

Great Books Countdown – Number Twelve

The Bear That Wasn’t by Frank Tashlin Once upon a time, in fact it was on a Tuesday, the Bear stood at the edge of a great forest and...

Saver's Treasure–1918 and Beyond, Part 2

In the summer of 1918, the Great War in Europe was finally grinding to a dismal end. But unknown to people around the world, a new and...

A Saver’s Treasure Trove — Postcards

My Grandmother Stoddard was a Saver, not to be equated with Hoarder, someone who keeps everything, important items as well as junk....

Unforgettable People — Bob

His full name was Robert Willis Jones, but of course, he went by Bob. He was bald on top, wore glasses, and had strong, muscular arms,...

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