Eleventh Day, Eleventh Month, Eleventh Hour, Armistice

Eleventh Day, Eleventh Month, Eleventh Hour, Armistice

It has been a long time since the Armistice was signed in 1918. My mother, Susie Latty Day, was a little girl at the time but she remembered it vividly, always, and what a time of rejoicing it was. This was The Great War, the War to End All Wars, the world would be at […]

Does Monotonous Rhyme With Homogeneous?

Does Monotonous Rhyme With Homogeneous?

  Happy Columbus Day! I know that it is actually October 12, but a decree has gone out to turn Mondays into official government celebration days. Who made the decree? I don’t know. Remember the rhyme we learned in school, “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue?” Remember the names, the Nina, the Pinta, and […]

The Eclipse of 1918

The Eclipse of 1918

Back in 1992, I published the second book about my mother’s childhood at Etta Bend, Cherokee County, Oklahoma. Mom told me these stories and I was privileged to write them to be published, first of all, in The Tahlequah Daily Press, and then gathered into a couple of books. Mom was the middle child of […]

A Day Gone By

A Day Gone By

Yesterday was a typical Arkansas summer day–hot, with bumble bees in the flowers, birds at the bird bath. The house with its refrigerated air got to be a little much, so I went to the deck to soak up the sun, look at the blue sky above me, and breathe some fresh air. Nemo went […]

My Dad, My Rock

My Dad, My Rock

His character was as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar. ┬áHe was stubborn and he could be stern. He didn’t talk an awfully lot but he had a keen sense of humor and liked a good joke. And whatever he said, I knew was the truth. The whole world might be wrong, but not my […]

Thank You and God Bless You

Thank You and God Bless You

How can I write about Memorial Day and the importance of honoring those valiant young people (yes, for the most part, they were young) who stood between their beloved homes and freedom? A simple thank you to these courageous men and women seems completely inadequate. If I knew nothing at all about freedom, if I […]