Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sping Park and Friends

Saturday was a busy day with friends and family and it is so good to get together.
Irene Latham had a book signing at Coldwater Bookstore in Tuscumbia, Al and it so nice there.
Just down the hill is Spring Park and the Helen Keller Festival was going on with live music and artisans.

Some things that are permanent fixtures are the man made waterfall.

The Indian carved out of the tree and Bronze statue portraying the removal of the Indians known as the "Trail of Tears"

There's lot to do and see in our area and a lot of history to write about.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Writing what you "think " you know

I wrote a short characterization of of a girl playing basketball. Now I played basketball in the the 70's and some how I got confused as to the number of players of on a team. There are 5 players on the girls team now but for some reason I put 6. Now where did I get that? I had to find out was I crazy was there ever 6 on a team? There was but it was when my MOTHER played basketball, not me. Funny how your mind plays tricks on you like that. So I learned a very valuable lesson: When you write you know, may sure you know what you are era you are writing in.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Time Flies

I can't believe it has been April when I last posted. Having four or five jobs couldn't be the problem. I just don't know how to slow down.
But I just got back from vacationing in Fairfield Glade, TN and that is a good place to learn to slow down. We made it there around midnight Wednesday night so we didn't see the beautiful hills until the next day. We just took it easy and looked around, then the next day we went horseback riding. Thanks to my good friend Pat and her horseback riding lessons, I didn't fall off my horse Tattoo. In fact it was all I could do and the horse behind me to get that animal to move.He would trot for like half a second. Even getting bit by the horse behind me didn't make him move any faster. But Pat knows that is about all I could handle anyway. Then Saturday we visited a water tower that was built in the 1930's during President Roosevelt's term. I've always heard of the New Deal and knew that my granpa helped build a school, but this was different. Two hundred fifty two homes were built close to Crossfield, TN. The families grew crops and made buttons and ornaments out of walnut shells. The guide told us that two thirds of the crops the families raised were given back to the government. They had special coins that were to be used in the general store. They had HS cut in them and could only be used at this particular store.
The tower is octagon shaped and if you are ever between Nashville and Knoxville go by and check out this unique nugget of history.
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