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11
Oct
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Faces & Places

Part 7 (Conclusion of Dust Bowl Kids)

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” ~ T.S. Eliot

Arvin Federal Emergency School, the school that Okie children built from scratch, ended in 1944. The district attorney for Kern County contacted the state attorney general in Sacramento, asking about the legal standing of the school. The decision was that an emergency could not last more than five years, which ultimately meant Leo Hart could no longer run his school. In a few short months, the school was absorbed by Vineland School District.

Fri
11
Oct
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2 Cents Worth

2 Cents Worth

CAROL GREENWAY-HOLLAND

Good morning to all of you, it's good to walk at the farm early of morning, the sunrise was gorgeous this morning ,all blues, pinks, and purples, and then all of a sudden the suns rises a little more and in a tinkling of an eye the sky changes. Just wish I could paint that sky like that it is so pretty, and you know I did not realize until I started oil painting so much how different the skies are. Course I think our Texas sky is the prettiest because Texas is what I love, but when I go to Kentucky their sky and clouds are different from ours. Ann and I talked about how different the clouds and the skies are when we would travel to Las Vegas, Nevada to paint. The old double mountains were gorgeous this morning such a pretty morning to walk and enjoy nature.

Fri
04
Oct
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Gongs and Cymbals

I’m going to level with you. This essay has been difficult for me to write. I’ve had it on my heart for several weeks, but every time I’ve tried to write it, I’ve been stymied. I don’t know if it was writer’s block or something in the world just didn't want me to say this, but I’ve had to fight my way through it. Some essays come easy. This one did not. It is about love. But we’re not going to be touchy feely. I hope I make you a little uncomfortable.

I’ve written about my Christian faith a number of times. I never want to preach, but I want you to understand that from which I get my values and my decision-making. I’m a believer in living out my faith and backing it up with my actions. I have no use for merely paying lip service to faith because it’s expedient to do so (whether politically, culturally, or socially).

Fri
04
Oct
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2 Cents Worth

2 Cents Worth

CAROL GREENWAY-HOLLAND

Good morning already been a hetic morning at our house, had to go to the library and write this column, thank goodness for the Aspermont Library. If you haven't gave thanks for our libraries please do so, they are just more than books now they are everything at your finger tips. I'm so glad that Rotan is moving our library, I still say our library, because that library means so much to all of us that have tired to keep it going all these many years. I hope it loves it's new home, and I know all of the ones that are helping with it now will do a good job, go Larry Messick to do it, and Larry always does a good job no matter what he's doing, as you can tell one of my favorite "kids"!!!!!!!

Fri
27
Sep
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Wisdom

On September 11, 2019, the legendary T. Boone Pickens passed away. He was far from perfect (as are we all), but he was inspirational. He was self made. He was a visionary entrepreneur who took daring risks. He was honest about his failures, alongside his successes. He never retired, working hard into his 90s. He improved the lives of countless people, by giving away a majority of his fortune. His foundation recently released his farewell letter. It was powerful, so today, I’m sharing an excerpt:

“If you are reading this, I have passed on from this world — not as big a deal for you as it was for me.

In my final months, I came to the sad reality that my life really did have a fourth quarter and the clock really would run out on me. I took the time to convey some thoughts that reflect back on my rich and full life.

Fri
27
Sep
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2 Cents Worth

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CAROL GREENWAY-HOLLAND

Rain wonderful rain, Aspermont got rain, we got 3 inches here at the house early Friday morning, got 8 tenths at the farm wonderful on that cotton, then south of town they got 5 and 6 inches of rain, those poor old cracks got water. Everyone has a smile on their face, only Joe said, :"Now Carol I will have to mow that yard again the grass is already greening up!!!!!" The men that have been trying to get their wheat land ready, now they can finish it and plant the wheat, they all have a smile on their faces, too.

Fri
20
Sep
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Time

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” — Psalm 90:12

I’m taking a one-week detour from my series on vacant buildings. This topic has been on my mind and I felt compelled to share. It’s funny how the Good Lord’s timing works. As I was preparing a Sunday School lesson on Sunday morning, I stumbled into this verse from Psalms and some great wisdom on using our time wisely. Then, this week hit. It’s been just one of those weeks with too many things to do and not enough time to do them well. The to-do list has had too many tasks that were either unpleasant or necessary drudgery. Sometimes the schedule just lines up that way. Sometimes it’s our own fault for procrastinating those tasks. Sometimes it’s a little of both.

Fri
20
Sep
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CAROL GREENWAY-HOLLAND

Good morning to all of you set and visit with me awhile, I've been baking all morning so I need to set down and rest a minute or two, only sometimes I have to set awhile and then start again, and Joe and the kids can tell you I don't like to set awhile and rest, got too many things I want to do!!!!!! Well we didn't get

Thu
12
Sep
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Faces & Places

“They were hungry, and they were fierce, and they had hoped to find a home, and they found only hatred.” ~ John Steinbeck in The Grapes of Wrath-

The poor and uneducated group of Okie kids was made up of kids from Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, and Arkansas. They lived in the bottom of dry lakes, ditch banks, under bridges and in the fields of weed and rock. Californians were offended at their dirty, desperate-looking faces. One social worker visiting the camps reported seeing children with horribly sore eyes, many cases of cramps, diarrhea, dysentery, fever, colds, and sore throats. The mortality rate was staggering. California was the richest agricultural states in the nation, yet Okie kids were starving. After a child ate a frostbitten orange that was part of family wages, he became sick and was taken to Tulare County Hospital, refused treatment and died because they didn’t treat “Okies.”

Thu
12
Sep
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Ican already tell I like my sun coming up early and it has already started being later and I am out on the porch too early, oh well can't have everything like we want can we!!!!! As you can tell am an outside person, of morning is my best time but I know some of you that winter time, sleep late and all that stuff so I'll give you your time and I'll look forward to my early mornings outside when it's not dark!!! I'll tell you Bob and Nancy Sparks, I loved the Yellow Velvet Recipe, thanks for sending it in, but you made my day Nancy when you wrote about making things from scratch. I laughed and thought so much about my Mother, too, cooked from scratch and a pinch of this and a smidgen of that. In fact last week Joe and I had left over steak fingers and I told him I'd make white gravy from scratch, he is not a salad eater, loves white gravy, and eats it with his eggs of morning I make it.

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