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Round Rock, Texas

His skull had split and broken away from crown to the base of his neck. A Cuban, pottery, speak no evil monkey that had stowed away in Sue Anne's purse across Canada, Grand Cayman, Europe and the US before meeting a terrible fate at the ball park in Round Rock, Texas. Just nights before, Willie Nelson, John Melloncamp and Bob Dylan had...

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Earth Month!

We wonder why poetry gets a whole month and the earth only gets a day. So, we are declaring May Earth Month!

And to celebrate Earth Month here is a photograph of a family of gorgeous tigers for you to enjoy.


OK, we know these are only stuffed tigers but there are so few real ones left, we had to settle for these.

Add your Earth Month story to Story Chip. Tell a story about taking care of the earth or how your backyard or neighborhood or pond has changed. Are you losing your village, island or beach front property due to climate change? Have you noticed fewer fish or birds or trees? Are you suffering drought where you live or terrible storms? Tell your stories.

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Extension to Horrors Of War

As Frank and I were bringing food to these sad people, our use of the main highway became a problem. The problem was the crowds of people. This highway was the broad road going East to West through the middle of the Ruhr Valley. On both roadsides German solders were surrendering with hands over heads. As they were trained, not one word was uttered. I later learned that they were intent to be prisoners of the Allies and the not the Russians, who were advancing from the...


Winter Activities

I grew up in the City, so don’t remember doing much of the fun stuff of winter like sliding and outdoor skating but once I was married, we lived in the country and took up skiing. I really never got very far off the novice slopes, but had fun watching my husband and 3 sons zipping by while tending to our small daughter and we all enjoyed the “apres-ski” routine. It was a good family sport which I loved but then I always liked winter. It makes me feel more alive and...


Clothing In The 1940s

When I was in high school in Perry Iowa, we were never allowed to wear pants!!! I did walk a mile to school so in the winter my mother brought me a snow suit (wool) to wear. I was very warm. However I always had to take my skirt to wear after I got to school. Horrors!!! I forgot my skirt one day and had to wear my wool pants all day. How embarrassing!!! Girls just didn’t wear pants then!!! However saddle shoes were “in” - but they had to be dirty! I wore my cardigan...


A Warm Memory of Cold Winter Nights

ca - mid-1930s Although Marilyn, Buddy and Jeannie were only summertime “country kids”, there were occasions during the colder months when we would visit our grandparents in Purdys — Thanksgiving and Christmas most notable, but other weekend visits as well. Either snowfalls were a lot deeper back then, or perhaps it was just that I was a whole lot shorter, but I remember snows well above my waist. I also remember sitting in an unheated car under a shedding leopard lap...



I was your friendly disaster man. I called myself the Roof Dancer. Usually I was on one of the first planes in after the hurricane or tornado, the earthquake or great balls of hail. We grew the home insurance of the little company from Bloomington to the largest in America by convincing them that an angry insured told all of his friends and neighbors that he or she had just been screwed out of $50 or $150 or whatever. Since all of the companies did the same thing it was...


Women's History

Debutante circa 1970 Girls bake cookies, boys build furniture. That was the way of things in my home growing up. That also meant that girls spend time with mom and boys spend time with dad. That was so unfair! Even as a little girl I knew it was a man's world and I wanted in! I wanted to build furniture so that I could spend time with my dad. He worked long hours and so his time at home was minimal. I never had hours of cutting and sanding and painting that my brothers...


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