Thursday, May 7, 2020

A Tribute to Our Pets

Little did I know when I started this blog about the pets in our lives, that we would lose another so soon. Hayley was almost 12 years old and left us on May 5, 2020. Her story is at the bottom of the page....

When Jim and I got together in 1977 we had two animals ~ Gandalf, his German Shepherd (1970-1982) and my cat, Blossom (1970-1978). We lived on a 1929 42' Elco Yacht in Charleston, South Carolina, and of course they lived on it with us. It was amazing that Blossom took to the boat so well. She never fell in, and I guess she went onto land to hunt. As it was such a long time ago, I really cannot recall what she did. I know Gandalf went with Jim everywhere. I think he even took her to work the him, but she may have stayed home with me.  


Monday, May 4, 2020

May 4 Memorial, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

Kent State University was placed into the international spotlight on May 4, 1970, after 13 students were shot by members of the Ohio National Guard at a student demonstration. Four students were killed and nine others were wounded, including one who was permanently paralyzed from his injury. The May 4 Collection, established by the Kent State University Libraries in 1970, includes over 300 cubic feet of primary sources related to the Kent State shootings and their aftermath. The collection is open to the public and is used by researchers from around the world.

May 4, 2020 commemorates 50 years since the deadly shooting at Kent State University. There was supposed to be a get together, but that was cancelled when the China corona virus swept through the United States. There were many people that were at the university at the time, some of whom wrote commentaries about their experiences. The anniversary is also remembered in an NBC news article about the shootings.

IMAGE: Riots at Kent State University

Friday, February 28, 2020

Greater Southwest Historical Museum, Ardmore, Oklahoma

The Greater Southwest Historical Museum we visited in Ardmore highlights life in early Oklahoma with a special emphasis on farm equipment. When you look at this equipment, just imagine how hard it must have been to grow and harvest crops. The museum also tells the story of human settlement from early Native American history to the experiences of farmers, ranchers and townspeople. We met the current Curator, a young man with an archeology degree who has been there for six years.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Fort Worth Stockyards, Fort Worth, Texas

Another tourist attraction that we heard was a must see, so we decided to head there before Jim's doctor appointment which was just a short distance away from the stockyards. The Longhorns run twice a day and we got there just in time to see the tail end of them coming down the street and into their paddock.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Improved Order of Red Men Museum, Waco, Texas

You are probably wondering what the Improved Order of Red Men are. I certainly wondered, and also wondered how they got their name. The rituals and regalia of the Red Men are modeled after those assumed by white men of the era to be used by Native Americans. Despite the name, the order was formed solely by, and for, white men. The Improved Order of Red Men traces its origin to certain secret patriotic societies founded before the American Revolution. It was established to promote liberty and to defy the tyranny of the English crown. The early groups included the Sons of Liberty, Sons of St. Tammany and the Red Men. 

Red Men Museum & Library

Friday, October 4, 2019

Southwest Dairy Museum, Sulphur Springs, Texas

We went to the Southwest Dairy Museum to learn the history of the dairy industry in Texas. There were a lot of exhibits showing the early methods of milking and the production of the milk.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Military Heritage Collection of North Texas, Nevada, Texas

The Military Heritage Museum we went to today had a lot of historical artifacts that have been donated to the museum by people from all over the world. There were some very unique items in the museum and unfortunately, they did not have tags by the items as the gentlemen who runs the museum gave us a personal tour and explained all the items to us as we walked through the museum. (I did mention the tag issue to our guide.)