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JULY 20, 2010 7:41PM

Fruity Fun

fruity fun

     We had good rains this spring, and the gardens around here are making bumper crops. I bought about 40 pounds of tomatoes recently, and spent an entire day in the kitchen, blanching, peeling, and stewing them, adding lots of chopped onions, jalapeños, serranos,… Read full post »

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JULY 19, 2010 8:39PM

Painted Gourds - enough already

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     The other gourds I have written of in my last two posts were painted one after another in a long continuous stream. Then my situation changed and my painting went on hold, until I learned to paint without a footprint. Since I had no space to do it,… Read full post »

JULY 19, 2010 2:09AM

Painted Gourds - continued

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     Yesterday, I posted a few images and a little story which introduced some gourds I had painted.  Today, I gathered some notes and more gourds and maybe some wits too. I recalled an earlier incident when my sister's son, Will, gave me a gourd which he had altered… Read full post »

JULY 18, 2010 3:52AM

Painted Gourds - beginning

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     It all started with a simple thing, I saw my mother's painted gourds  which she planned to sell at the annual Septemberfest. They were simple one color bowls or birdhouses. Then I saw, charmingly enough, three little ones: a snowman, a santa claus, and a snowgir… Read full post »

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JULY 15, 2010 2:09AM

Red Hatter Misadventures

red hat misadventures

     I don't think Daddy had been dead a month before the invitations started coming for Mama to join the Red Hat Society. This particular group is for widows, mostly. Mama took an old straw hat and spray-painted it red, found a scarf and some fake flowers and it… Read full post »

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JULY 8, 2010 2:07AM

Racoons in the Yard

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      I looked out the kitchen window and saw them, five all together, in broad daylight, bold as brass. I am not a fan of racoons. If the only ones you've ever seen are animated cartoons or some funny video, then you might change your mind about how cute… Read full post »



     I fell in love one night, a night like this, sultry, sweaty, and free. On the stove, we put the raw eggplant right on the burner, charring the skin until black, waving away the smoke so the alarm would stop. We followed with a bell pepper, then a… Read full post »


Some say the birthday of our land
  Is such a lot of fun.
But if i shoot off half my hand,
  What kind of fun is done?



Some say we mustn't rape the earth
  To feed our empty souls.
We've seen what greed and gain are

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JULY 4, 2010 12:15AM

A Personal Anniversary Shared

   This post highlights a personal history of my boobs.  I introduced the theme in the post, Clueless, during my first month here on OpenSalon. Leave now if you don't want to read about my boobs, okay?  Thanks.

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     I made this self portrait /… Read full post »

JULY 2, 2010 1:27AM

Low Dogs, Horses, and Shelly


    I had gone to the Chamber of Commerce dinner to meet the candidates for the school board election. Two positions were open, and I hoped my sister would get one of them. She approached it in her own way, deadly serious and almost with a… Read full post »

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JUNE 29, 2010 11:48PM

America is Beautiful


Saint Olaf's Kirke

 St. Olaf's Kirke
on Bosque County Road 4145 in Cranfills Gap, Texas
on the occasion of its 125th year and recent renovation.



 Hothouse Flower
on the campus of The College of the Ozarks in Branson, Missouri.


Dirt Road

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JUNE 17, 2010 1:08AM

Places to Go. People to See.


      I have not submitted a father's day story, but I am not going to berate myself about it. I looked back over my posts, and I have at least five stories with him in it in some form, usually a starring role, even… Read full post »

JUNE 14, 2010 7:42PM



     ¡Finalmente! This day has arrived! For the first time in my life, I awake before my mother. My stomach feels strange to me, a little wiggly. In the cool morning, I sneak out of the bed I share with little sister, and I dress myself. So quietly… Read full post »
JUNE 13, 2010 11:50AM

Re-Dedication and 125 Years


      What a day! For June, in Texas, we could hardly have prayed for a better day. Although the skies may look cloudy, the sun beat down quite nicely, thanks. The breeze never let up, and was close to being pretty dang windy at times. Again, God, no complaints.… Read full post »

JUNE 12, 2010 1:01AM

St Olafs Kirke

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      Saturday is a big day here. We will be celebrating the 125th year of Saint Olaf Lutheran Church in Cranfills Gap, and we will be re-dedicating the church as a way to mark its just now finished restoration.

     The lintel over the entrance door… Read full post »

JUNE 11, 2010 12:37PM

Scanner the Birthday Boy


Scanner the Birthday Boy


Happy Birthday, Scanner!
If you post more photos, we can make more art!

  Scanner a la Georges Seurat

 at the suggestion by Matt Paust

photo-art © diana ani stokely 2010 Read full post »




     On March 2, 2010, Mimetalker posted:
"Whites adopting Haitian Children - I'm Worried & a bit scared"

     My friend, Ezra, had read the post and had posted a link on his profile on Facebook. I read… Read full post »

JUNE 7, 2010 1:55AM

Your son, Trygve


Dear Papa, Mama, Gita, and Nels,

   I write to tell you that I am doing good here. The trip was fair. I had food and water. On our third day out from Christianstad the storm and big waves made many others sick, but I kept my food… Read full post »
JUNE 3, 2010 1:06AM


Last year, we had crabapples in our front yard, in June.


    What to write? I could write about the good news I got for my brother this week. After working a whole year getting the right forms filled out, making phone calls and writing letters, the… Read full post »

MAY 31, 2010 12:40AM

Memorial Day Dad

For Memorial Day, I write this to honor my father,
who served in the United States Marine Corps.


     Daddy was not even 18 years old when he joined the Marines. His younger brother, Alan, joined the Navy at about the same time. They posed here in… Read full post »

MAY 29, 2010 11:43PM

Hunting for Catfish


    Today, I saw these carcasses hanging on fence posts along the road. It is my understanding they signal a bounty animal has been killed on the property. Throughout the year, I might see a dozen such carcasses, usually coyotes, hanging on fences along the roads I travel. I… Read full post »

MAY 29, 2010 12:42AM

May I Please Be Excused?


     "Thank you for the nice supper. May I please be excused?"

      With these words, we finished each meal and left the table. Yes, there was a time when we all sat down at the table at the same time and ate a meal together. We… Read full post »

MAY 25, 2010 6:48PM

What Do You See? New Open Call


     I see two men and a dog, stopping to rest on a sunny afternoon near a garden. I see them caught in a moment of simple joy, playing and laughing at that black dog.

      I see that one man wears a military uniform, his shoes are… Read full post »

MAY 24, 2010 6:52PM

Dirndl Skirt's Birthday Sketch

     I wondered what Dirndl Skirt would look like without her cute hat, so I made this little sketch. Dirndl, you can tell me to take it down, it's cool. This is just my way of saying Happy Birthday, and I've said it. Much love.
MAY 23, 2010 1:13AM

What Mama Did




     Mama rang the cow bell. From down in the creek, we heard the clang-clock-clang which meant we dropped whatever was in our hands, and took off running to the house. Dan was the youngest, but he got a head start and was already on the old… Read full post »