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2 Cents Worth

CAROL GREENWAY-HOLLAND

Well, Joe and I decided to take a little road trip down into the Hill Country this past week, and what fun we had. On the way down I have a favorite cousin living in San Angelo, 3 years older than I, always looked up to her she was my idol when I was growing up, some of you will remember the Turnbulls, they were part of my family that were the early settlers of Fisher County.

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Faces & Places

“Never have more children than you have car windows.” ~ Erma Bombeck

Someone else said that a person’s car is another person’s scenery. True that. I’ve driven some of the worst cars in automotive history.

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29
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The Homecomers

Essays from West of 98

Wendell Berry is a writer and farmer, viewed by many as one of America’s greatest living writers. Most of Berry’s writing (both fiction and non-fiction) centers around his home area of rural Kentucky. He is one of the foremost proponents of a connection between people and their place, which is something that I’ve written about several times in the past. Berry coined the term “homecomer,” which he defined for Time Magazine as someone who left home, but then returned to the farm or their local community.

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22
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Faces & Places

"Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope." ~Maya Angelou

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22
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Of High Horses and Donkeys

In Chapter 4 of the Gospel of John, Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at a well. In those days, the Jewish and Samaritan peoples had an unpleasant relationship and did not associate with one another (which is why Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan was so striking). To make matters worse, this Samaritan woman had a bad reputation in her personal life. No self-respecting Jewish man would even acknowledge a woman like this. Jesus, on the other hand, asked her for a drink of water and promptly ministered to her. She went out and told the story to the Samaritans, many of whom came to follow Jesus as a result of this one encounter.

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14
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2 Cents Worth

CAROL GREENWAY-HOLLAND

Wow! What a week, and as usual I wonder where the time went. Every time I think of my day going by so fast I think what my Grandpa Wait Finch told me when he was in the nursing home in Rotan. I would go by the Nursing Home before I went to work and stay just a few minutes and then run to the bank. One morning it had

Thu
14
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Essays The Past, the Future, and the Green Book

I’m not big on the Academy Awards, or awards shows in general. For the most part, whether for movies, television, music, or sports, I find these shows to be overly self-serving, wasteful mutual admiration societies. I usually have better things to do with my time than watch them. Beyond that, my taste in movies rarely coincides with those who select the awards. Of all the Best Picture winners in the last 20 years, I can count on one hand the number that I’ve seen. I still think “Tombstone” was robbed in 1993.

However, this past week, we had the chance to screen “Green Book” at the Grand Theatre in Stamford. As you may know, “Green Book” won the 2019 Academy Award for Best Picture and has been widely acclaimed. I figured it would at least be worth an evening at the movies with a box of Junior Mints (clearly the best movie candy, but that’s an essay for another day).

Fri
08
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Faces & Places

After my column last week about authenticity and vulnerability, I decided it is easier and more fun to write about other people’s stories than my own. The reason is simple; I don’t want to be vulnerable, because it scares me. It’s like letting you see the junk drawer in my kitchen or the garage, it’s kind of like my punctuation – all messed up. In hopes of improving myself, I sent an email to the syndicated columnist, Sharon Randall asking her what program she uses to correct her punctuation, and telling her I want to be as good a writer as she. Her response was gracious, “I learned the basics of grammar and punctuation from my sixth-grade teacher, Mrs. Mary Camp, and have practiced them all my life, including the past 35 years in which I’ve been writing a weekly newspaper column.” Since I was probably talking instead of listening, and busy passing notes during grammar and punctuation class, I missed out. As they say, “for every choice there is a consequence” and I’m still paying.

Fri
08
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Texas, Our Texas

Essays from West of 98

(Editor’s note: this essay was originally published on Facebook on Texas Independence Day, and has been revised and adapted for this space.)

On February 28, 1836, Texas settlers were revolting against Mexico. For the past five months, skirmishes and battles had taken place throughout Texas. 185 men, give or take, led by William B. Travis and James Bowie were holed up in the Alamo in San Antonio and under siege by the Mexican Army. Forty-one delegates arrived at Washington-on-the-Brazos (near present-day Brenham) for a convention to discuss Texas’ independence.

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Harder to Love

Essays from West of 98

“Be nice to someone who is hard to love.” This was the lesson of a children’s sermon I heard at church this past Sunday. The teacher asked the children to love not only their friends and family who are easy to love, but encouraged them to also reach out specifically to someone who is a little harder to love.

I got to thinking about it and adults need to hear this message too. We should all work on reaching out to those who are harder to love. After all, in Chapter 6 of the Gospel of Luke, Jesus says “if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them...But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great...”

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