Country Home for Rent

Country Home for Rent

2788 Peanut Trail, Hendrix (Kemp), Oklahoma

Less than 90 miles from Dallas, this two-bath, three-bedroom house is perfect for a family seeking a safe, clean rural setting or for a weekend get-a-way. Located along the Red River, the unspoiled country community is in easy driving distance of Denison, Texas (15 miles) or Durant, Oklahoma (18 miles), and Lake Texoma, one of the finest fishing lakes in the nation.

Thoughts About Confederate History Month

“Why We Remember the Confederacy”
Published: Sunday, March 29, 2009 3:27 PM CDT
Stephenville Empire-Tribune
by Joyce Whitis

Texas Senate Resolution No. 628 was adopted on March 30, 1999 and recognized the month of April as Confederate History and Heritage Month in the State of Texas. The resolution encourages all Texas schools and citizens to join the effort to become more knowledgeable about the role of the Confederate States of America in the history of our country.

So, does anybody out there care? Well, the Sons of the Confederate Veterans care. The United Daughters of the Confederacy care. But does anybody else out there really care that their ancestors, if they lived in the south, rallied to fight for their beliefs that states have rights not delegated to the Federal Government. The common term for the war that split this country apart and took the lives of hundreds of thousands of young men, is known as the American Civil War. But, in fact, a Civil War is an uprising among the citizens to overthrow the government. The South did not attempt to overthrow the government of the United States but was invaded by the North and simply fought back with everything that they had. In reality this war that took so many lives was an attempt by eleven states, all Southern, to withdraw from the Union and to establish their own government. The North did not want this to happen.

Because they had entered the United States on their own, Southerners believed that they could leave on their own. This was opposed by the Northern states. The North was industrialized. The South was almost entirely Agricultural. This was hardly one nation but two parts with very different trails set for the future. There was a clear separation in 1860, which exists to some extent to this very day.

It is a fact that Texas is generally thought of as a

Poetry from Mississippi School of the Arts

Last week, I presented creative writing sessions and Celtic music to the Mississippi School of the Arts. I met so many wonderful and talented teachers and students. One student I met was Jamy Barnes, a fine poet. This post is devoted to her and is the first of several posts I’m going to devote to the students and faculty of the Mississippi School of the Arts.

Song Lyrics and Chords: “Tomorrow Night” as performed by Patty Griffin

As I was driving to my parents house in Kemp, Oklahoma, a small town on the banks of the Red River, I was listening to 1,000 Kisses, a CD by Patty Griffin. I had heard one of her songs on the Americana station some time ago and more out of curiosity than anything, I purchased this CD. The song I’m posting is not the one I first heard, but it is the one I like best on her CD and the one I want to learn and add to my little music show. Here are the lyrics to this song (some sites on the Net say it was written by Bob Dylan). I follow the lyrics of each stanza with the chords. As most musicians can play songs they like by ear, you can hear when the chords change.

The Lost Arts of Survival

I’ve thought about this subject many times. Since I read and reread Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, and since I’ve watched the TV programs of Edward (Bear) Michael Grylls (Born Survivor), I’ve thought about it even more. The subject is the lost art of survival.