Monday, October 27, 2008

Now what am i going to do with this cat?

Gravelly News by Glennna Goodson

Eleven people were hanging on a rope under a helicopter., 10 men and one woman. The rope was not strong enough to carry them all so they decided that one had to leave, otherwise they were all gong to fall. They weren't able to choose that person and the woman gave a very touching speech..She said she would voluntarily let go of the rope because as a woman she was used to giving up every thing for her husband and kids or for men in general, and was always used to making sacrifices. As soon as she finished her speech, all the men started clapping. !!

You know I wrote in one of my columns that I wanted to give away my cat, Sister, because I am going to OKC in a few days.A woman called me from Havana last Tuesday and said she wanted my cat and would come get her, Friday. I was so excited that my cat would have a home and the lady did not show up and never called, I was so disappointed. Now what am i going to do with this cat?

I hear that Katie Fickle is working in the lunch room at FV school. Katie, at one time was a chef and i know that she doesa good job.

I have been so sad that this time after the crotozone shot, my leg has not been any better--the other 3 times in about an hour my leg was better A friend called me from oKC that had done a lot of research about he syetic nerve and she said it was as Dr. Sandberg says, just stay off my leg, use heat and eventurally it will heal.But it sure hasbeen a long time.of painand hardly being able to walk. i really wish I had not come home from the hospital.

Michael and Yvonne Workman have been so good to bring me food from their store. I was still in the bed Saturday and Bill was knocking on my door and had brought me breakfast. I was trying to get to the door by using my walker and the walker slid and of course I fell. Bill heard me fall and I yelled and told him where the house key was. He and his granddaughter came in and got me up into a chair. I am so thankful Idid not break any bones and j ust skinned up a knee. But that showed me that Imust get to oKCwith my son and husband so my granddaughter is coming after me in a few days.

My friend Melba Reed of Story called me last week. Her husband, Harrison, killed a deer muzzle
loading season. I got really amused when she told me about her and Harrison hunting a few days ago. Melba said Harrison would sight in the deer and then she would pull the trigger!!Now I call that togetherness. Fred would always get so angry if a woman came into their deer camp. He said that was no place for a woman--that they talked too much and bustled around too much and scared off thedeer. Now I know a lot of women that hunt

A Mrs. Dugger from Plainview sent me a funny story which I will use in my column later.I thank her for remembering me.

My sister has been an angel since I have been almost unable to walk. She came down Satrurday, cleaned my house and kitchen. She fixed me soup and did my laundry. Lacey brought me supper Sunday night. God bless them really good.

Don't tell God how big your storm is, tell the storm how big God is

Monday, October 20, 2008

wonderful walker called Rollators

Gravelly News by Glenna Goodson

A blonde decided she'd like to take up ice fishing. She read a lot of material as to the equipment she owuld need and with excitement purchased all she would need . She took a lawn chair and plenty of coffee and set herself up on some ice. She started making a hole in the ice and a voice from above says, "there are no fish under the ice." The blonde moved farther on the ice, sat down in her chair, poured herself some coffee and proceeded to cut a hole in the ice. Again a voice says, "there are no fish under the ice." The blonde was very frustrated and moved a long ways down the ice. Again she set out to cut a hole in the ice and a voice from above says, "there arer no fish under the ice." the blonde looks up and says "is that you, Lord?" and the voice says, "No, I am the manager of this hockey rink."

I really enjoyed the Steve News last week written by Vickie Crawford. I can tell that Vickie enjoys story telling as I do and i look forward to reading her column every week. I so miss Country Girl that had a column for a long time She was a fovrite of many because she was a master story teller.

Jewelene Putman Benefield came to see me at the hospital Thursday morning. We had a long, happy visit. I have known Jewelene since Junior high at FV. She was my Aunt Alvis Copeland's special friend and they always had so much fun together.

Maggie Sullivan calls the hospital to check on me frequently. She and Thomas lead such busy, productivre, lives. Threy are very active in the methodist Church at Russellville and minister to people in need. Maggie cans and freezes the produce from the three gardens Thomas grows every spring. It has been a long friendship with Maggie and her twin, Marie. They moved to Gravelly when we were in 6th grade, so 7 years of school together and all these years we have kept up with each other and have always been close. You know the Bible says, " a friend loveth at all times" and this is a wonderful promise.

Wednesday a lady named Frankie McBride of havana came into my hospital room to see me. She said she wanted to tell me how much she enjoyed my column. She said a relative in another city subscribes to the Record and cuts out my jokes and take them to the Senior Center.

Before Novalene and Ilene SOUTHARD jump me because their name was spelled wrong last week in the Record,their name is SOUTHARD not Southern. So I hope I'm forgiven.

Well, Cortozone shot number 3 was given to me Thursday morning. We will wait and see if the pain lessens in my right leg. As of Sunday afternoon, I am much better.

I have written about the joy of random acts of kindness, Sarah Light brought me sugar free candy. I love the Werther's Original and sometimes I would be so hungry and eat one of those and feel better--so thanks again Sarah.

Happy belated 6th birthday to Taylor Tippin. Taylor, I know you had a happy birthday. Your Mom, Dr. Shelly tells me about the math game you can work even though it is for 8 year olds. Since you are such a smart little girl, i know you don't like to make mistakes but Taylor it is okay to sometimes make a mistake. The mind set you have, though, of being upset when you make a mistake, will serve you well as you get older. Alex, I hope you had fun at your sister's party.

Ella McCool of Rover was in the Chamber's Hospital last week, for 3 days. She was bitten by fire ants and had an allergic reaction to the bites. Her tongue swelled until she cold not close her mouth and she had trouble breathing. Beda Sue Hogue saw a den of them at my house and sprinkled a lot of self rising meal on them and it seemed to kill them.

Last Friday, Diane Hunnicutt of Nola was admitted to the hospital at Danville. She had fainted several times at her home and thankfully Jay was there and got her to the hospital She is dehydrated and they are giving her fluids. Diane walked to my room to see me and is feeling better.

Friday at noon Jody Sandberg and Bo Hutchison surprised me by bringing 7 of the girls from the Ola Christian Academy to sing for me , Jody. Bo and and the girls sang several songs for me. Such a wonderful group of kids and accoridng to their scholastic scores, they are really learning and they also have the Christain teaching that is so lacking in our publicschools because of Supreme Court Laws. The Sandberg' daughter, Shaleah, is so special to me. Her name' Shaleah, means "messenger from God" and she is truly an angel from God.

I was so glad to have Frieda Banning come to see me Friday and then Saturday nmorning. She told me about this wonderful walker called Rollators that have 4 wheels, a seat and a basket and brakes. Then Dr. Shelly asked Dr. Sandbergcould he get one for me and he gave me a prescription for one. and I am hoping to get one in a couple of days at the medical supply at Danville.

Saturday afternoon my visitors were Peggy and Tom Jeys from Ola. We always have a good visit. Then later Shaleah and Dr. Karl came with a Bible Board Game. It was a very interesting game. Here I have taught Sunday School for over 50 years and I thought I knew a lot of the Word of God and 8 year old Shaleah did not miss any of her questions and I missed 3--I was embarrassed! Just as we finished the game, Aaron and Jennifer Rhoades and and their little girl Gracie came to see me.I appreciated their thoughtfulness.

Brenda Turner came to the hospital Sunday afternoon and brought me home. I told her God would bless her really good. So after 12 days in the hospital, I am home.

Remember life is 10% what you make it and 90% how you take it.

Monday, September 29, 2008

The most beautiful Yucca plant

Gravelly News by Glenna Goodson

A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of the blood. Trying to make the matter clearer she said,"Now class, if stood on my head, the blood, as you know, would run into it, and I would turn red in the face." "Yes," the class said. "Then why is it that while I am standing upright in the ordinary position the blood doesn't run into my feet?" A little fellow shouted, "cause your feet ain't empty."

I met a guy named Lionel in Bill Workman's store last week. Lionel said he had worked for Bill and Yvonne off and on for 25 years. In 1981, Bill said he was working in OK. as an electrician. A fellow had Lionel in his truck and told Bill hed was taking him to apply for a job and Billsaid, He has one now from me." Bill and Yvonne brought Lionel back to Young Gravelly to their place. Bill was wanting to go into the chicken business and after a few days, he left Lionel there at Young Gravelly to finish the chicken house and start his chicken business. Thus began a long time of working for Bill. Lionel has been back in Altus , Ok. for a few years but he is back here with Bill now. He tells me he enjoys Gravelly.

Have you tried the new "to go" food place in Briggsville--right near the Methodist church? James and Sherry Metcalf operate the food place. They have good stuff !!!Sherry has an exchange student. You should ask the exchange student to say "Fourche" She says it so cute. I'm sure you have heard the tale that Fred told me several years ago. He said the French were exploring what we now call the Foruche River He said one man was in a boat and the other was in the river. The one in the boat says "Push, Lafave" hence getting the name of Fourche for the river.

I can jusr see the obituary now, "Glenna Goodson killed by a buzzard" Those huge, awful birds just stay in the highway eating their dead prey and you could swear you have driven over one of their wings and then they rise up , right at your windshield. My brother in law says he knew a fellow killed on hwy. 28 cause the buzzard flew into the windshield, causing a fatal accident.

I was walking frm Gravelly to my house last week andI was just struck with the beauty we have here and take for granted. Cindy Clements has the most beautiful Yucca plant at the end of her drive---then you see her beautiful rock house that I remember when Mr. Jabo Clements had that rock brought in to build the house for Mrs. Lily. The yard is so big and beautifully mowed at all times with pretty bushes everywhere. across the road is my parent,s former home--beautiful , over 100 year old Magnolia trees with those beautiful white blossoms. Then next door is Twain Willis' beautiful garden. No place in the city looks this pretty to me. But gee, you get older and your health fails and a specialist is 50 or 100 miles away--and in oKC they would be just a few minutes away---So what to do ? It is a hard decision.

Friday I went by the re-hab center at Dardanelle to see Anna Jewell Fryar. Anna Jewell and I had a very good visit. She has recently had a skin cancer removed from her left arm. There were over 50 stitches required. This is the side that was affected by her stroke. We need to keep Anna Jewell in our prayers. She is going to start writing her column again and that will be good. While I wasat the rehagbcenter I discovered thast Beatrice Garner Yeats wasalso there so I visited with her. Her son, Garry and daughter in law, Sheila were also there. Beatrice has broken a section of her neck and she has a neck brace to help in the healing. She will stay at the rehab center until she is better.

Gracie Holloway, of Rover is having heart problems. She was in the Conway Hospital last week for a short time. Gracie does have a blockage but it was determined it was not bad enough to warrant surgery at this time. Gracie is at home and we need to pray for her.

Leslie Harvey was asked by the Friends of the Library to be at the Frontier Day at Plainview last Saturday with his book that he would autograph for people. Next month , Leslie has been asked to speak at the Danville Library to the Historical Society.and interested public.

Let me recommend a good DVD to you. "The Gospel Road" written by Johnny Cash. The screen play and all the music was written and performed by Johnny and it is really good.

In closing remember this Powerful Women/s Motto: "Live you life in such a way that when your feet hit the floor in the morning . Satan shudders and says, "Oh, no, she's awake. "!!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

I'm here to feed the alligator

Gravelly News by Glenna Goodson

An elderly man in N. Carolina had owned a large farm for several years. He had a large pond in the back, fixed up really nice, along with some picnic tables horseshoe courts, and some apple and peach trees. The pond was properly shaped and fixed for swimming when it was built. ----One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the pond, as he had not been there for a while. He grabbed a five gallon bucket to bring back some fruit. ----as he neared the pond, he heard voices shouting and laughing. When he came closer he realized it was a bunch of young women skinny-dipping in his pond. He made the women aware of his presence and they all went to the deep end to shield themselves.-----One of the women shouted to him "we're not coming out until you leave!"--The old man frowned and replied, "I didn't come down here to watch you ladies swim naked or make you get out of the pond naked, "Holding up the bucket he said "I'm here to feed the alligator."

Before I write anything else this week I want to try to clear something up about my article last week when I wrote about FV kids were not like other kids and FV was not like other schools. I was NOT comparing FV to any other schools in this district.Did I compare FV to Ola and Plainview I did not.-- I know nothing about Ola and Plainview schools. I do not know anyone that teaches there and no kids that go there to school.Why would I compare FV to schools I know nothing about? I would not do that. You people that complained to my sister about my so called comparsion--read in my column something that was not there. When I say FV is not like other schools I mean because we are a country, isolated school. and country schools are different. Aren't Ola and Plainview country schools too? When I say we are not involved in drugs, I am not implying that others in Yell Co. are-.I read back over my article several times, and I do not understand how you could get that idea.I asked people in Russellville, Little Rock, Tulsa, Dallas, that read my column every week and I asked them what idea they got from that part of my article and they said that I was bragging on my school. And that was all I was doing and i will be doing that until the day I die. When I say FV is not like other schools, I thought of how my children went to a big city school in OKC. My younger son, when he was a senior, was walking down the hall at school and it was the beginning of intergation at our schools. A 16 year old black student shot and killed a white student right in front of Russells' eyes. A few years later, my grandson--Russell's son, was walking down the same hallway, same school and there was a boy holding a gun to a girl's head. The Principal talked the boy out of the gun.When I say FV isdifferent--we are different from city schools where there are shootings, drugs, and the whole scene. o why Ola and Plainview people thought I was comparing my school to yhours is beyoind me. on't look for what is not there---Where there are houng people I wish the best for that school because I love young poeople. i taught 10 year olds 30 years in OKC schools and I taught teen agers in my church for 20 years where I was responsible for 95 kids, so I would never trash young people, nor their schools. And by the way my sister never knows what I am going to write in my column, so don't get mad at her abolut anything I write. Kathy is so close mouthed--she NEVER tells me anything about school. If I ask her anything she just says "Everything is fine" Kathy is like that--she is not like her sister. Since I am honest about what I wrote I hope you will NOT believe I was comparing FV to any other school in Yell County. Are you still going to let me come to your ball games?

Lisa, Davis, F.V."s librarian, asked me to bring one of my little books, that my son poublished on the inter-net for me. I was glad to bring it to the library and I hope Lise and the kids enjoy the book. In walking down the hall Erica Broussard came running to greet me. I was so glad to see Erica back in FV cause she left for a short time last year. Erica says "Are you coming to see me play basketball?" and I said of course I was. She said, Mrs. Goodson are you ging to sub us and I told her I was too old--she says "We would love you Mrs. Goodson--I subbed Erica and that class when they were in 3rd grade for several times and I loved those kids--they still come and hug me and tell me I was such a good teacher to them. I told Erica that I was sure the kids would have me run off before the day had ended.

I am so glad to welcome Bob Anderson as our FV representative on the school board. Bob is very intelligent--keeps up with the law and rules and we can trust him to be a friend to our kids. He says ,"I am for the kids and what is best for them.": Hurrah for Bob--isnt that what it is about --the kids.

Mary Powell called me and I was so glad to hear that the cheer leaders at FV are sponsoring a cook book of receipes to be given by former graduates of FV. Doesn't that sound fun?It is planned for the receipe book to have 150 receipes, Also the person submitting the receipe can print a memory of FV we have. There will be a sheet at the Oct. 11 FV reunion for people to pre-order the receipe book, The book will be $10 and if it is to be mailed, there will be an extra $3 to pay for the mailing. Former graduates of FV get your favorite receipes ready. They would especially like receipes from the 40's and early 50's when Mary says people tell them the cooks at that time had such delicious home made receipes they used. Also I learned from Mary that her daughter Brittany is still in Iraq and here I thought that girl was discharged and going to school at Tech but she had to go back to Iraq. But Mary says she will be back in December and hopefully she can be discharged then .

Billy Jack Bogle's sister, Detonne of Houston had to evacuate because of Hurricane Ike. Her son and dughter in law are both doctors and have a clinic in Houston. Thankfully there was not much damage to Detonne's home--they got to come back this week.The power was back on and they were working to get the clinic usable for their patients.

I heard on TV about Little Rock getting ready for the State Fair. It made me remember that the year I taught at FV--52--53 I took my 5th graders to the State Fair. The school bus took us.You know I was only 20 years old and obviously had no fear or dread---by the time I started teaching in OKC I would never have been responsible for 13 fifth graders at a state fair. I remember we had a wonderful time--no accidents no mishaps--And I lost no one--except Sammy Turner--and I really did not lose Sam--knowing Sam as I did I knew he had just decided to slip away a bit and would be back in a few minutes--and he was--no harm done. But of course if I had told Mr. Lowe, he probably would have had a fit but since Sam was fine , I did not see any reason to mention it!! I wonder if Sam remembers that day--it was a memorable day for me.

I want to close with a wonderful quote from a book called "See With New Eyes" given to me by Peggy Jeys. "There is nothing more healing to the sinful heart then to be fully known and yet fully loved."

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Kissing that dog right on the lips

Gravelly News by Glenna Goodson

An engineer was crossing a road one day when a frog called out to him and said, "f you kiss me, I'll turn into a beautiful princess." He bent over, picked up the frog and put it in his pocket. The frog spoke up again and said, "If you kiss me I'll turn into a beautiful princess and stay with you for one week." The engineer took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it and put it back in his pocket. The frog then cried out, " If you kiss me I'll turn into a princess and I'll stay with you for one week and do anything you want." Again the engineer took the frog out, smiled at it and put it back into his pocket. Finally the frog asked, "what is the matter? I've told you I'm a beautiful princess and that I'll stay with you one week and do anything you want. Why won't you kiss me?" The engineer said, "Look I'm an engineer, I don't have time for a girlfriend, but a talking frog--now that's cool."

I received an awfully sad e-mail from Terri Brothers this week. I tutored Richie's niece, Karissa Brothers about 3 years ago. Karissa and her Mom and Dad had a chicken house and lived over in the Mulberry Lane, in what I always called the Loyd Harris place. They moved to Texas almost 3 years ago and Karissa's
Mom had a baby boy after they moved. Terri told me that Karissa's Dad had died with a heart related problem. Such a young man and leaves two young children. I am so sad. My prayers are with the Brother's family.

John Meredith told me that last week two guys from Iowa came to Bill Workman's store and were looking around. They were working on their genelogy so I suppose a distant relative was from Yell County. They said Gravelly looked like a movie script. Gee, we might be published!!

Erin Metcalf was my waitress at Fowlers last week and I asked her about her husband Cory and little boy Willy. Erin's face just lights up when she talks about her little boy. He is one year and two weeks old now Erin needs to keep a journal of little Willy's cute words and exploits I wish Ihad done that. I rely on memories--one time we were visiting my Goodson in-laws in Little Texas. We were all standing outside and a stray dog came up into Oscar's yard--Russell was about 4 years old and he started playing with the dog. We went into the house and left Russ outside with the dog. In a few minutes, Russ came in and threw himself into Oscar's lap and kissed him right on the mouth. Oscar thought that was so sweet until Russ said"I just got through kissing that dog right on the lips." !I mean, Oscar spit and spit and ran and washed his mouth out What a good memory!!

Ron Beahm at my Rover Church says I have to put a compliment about him in my column this week because I talked about him making a mistake about the usage of the words, "then, and than. "Now let's see--what compliments can I use about Ron--well I could say he is handsome--he is interesting--he is a good Dad and husband---he's kinda crazy--Oh, I don't think that was a compliment--well there you are, Ron, hope that this is satisfactory !!

It was good to be able to go back to the Adventist Church on Sabbath--the people were so glad I was able to come after my stint in the hospital. Their kindness, love and attention was much appreciated. Then Sunday I got to hear a very good message from Bro.. Shipley and we had a young man make a decision to rededicate his life--that is always a blessing to see that happen.

I haven't seen my favorite cop, Jim McCoy, in a while. I'm sure Jim is still on the job. I betcha I know how I could see him really fast--go 50MPH in Plainview--but Idon't want to see him that badly!!!

I think of "the good ole days" when we traveled by horse drawn wagons or horse back. We were a close knit valley and out FVschool was our identity. The kids were taught to respect authority. There were no extra-marital affairs, no divorces, no one getting grandparents to raise their kids. Some of this ethic is still part of our valley. We don't have drug problems nor gangs at FV, you see, we are different then other schools. Our school is US--it's what we have to show our pride, our values. Our parents of this valley stay involved in the lives of their kids in school, But according to a survey I have, compiled by a gentleman at the Univ. of Ar, in Fayetteville, it is proved that when a smaller school is closed and the kids have to go to a consolidated larger school, there is a lot less parent involvement, there are fewer kids graduate--more kids drop out of school before they graduate. And our FV kids are different--the majority are from loving Christian homes. The parents have taught their kids how to work. They are not out seeking drugs or going to a gang meeting after dark. So this type child, and teen-ager is going to find it very hard to adjust to what they do not understand if they have to leave their school where parents and grandparents attended. I get amazed when people seem to think people at FV are just ignorant--have no money, etc. I look around at the crowd at a ball game and I see many college graduates, I see people so wealthy they probably own half of Gravelly and Bluffton and people that pay more taxes then probably the people talking down to us can imagine. So no, we are not a blight on the Valley--we do good things--we raise good kids--and we are proud of our school and Valley.

On a child's science exam the question was asked "How can you delay milk turninng sour? this little boy wrote, "Keep it in the cow. "

Monday, August 25, 2008

they're not biting, let's go

Gravelly News by Glenna Goodson

Two Rednecks were looking at a Sears catalogue; Their eyes got really big when they saw the women modeling the clothes. Number 1 redneck said "boy, look at these pretty women and they do not cost very much. I think I will order me one." Number 2 redneck pats his friend on the shoulder and says "go ahead and order one and if you get yours I will order one because they are pretty cheap. " Number 2 redneck sees his friend in a couple of weeks and says "did you get the woman you ordered"? Number 1 says "not yet, but she ought to be here in a few days--I got her clothes yesterday. "

Loucinda picked me up Thursday morning and we travelled to the Garner pet Registery, past the Mulberry Church, deep in the beautiful woods. Garry has retired and his daughter Susan and son in law Marcus Richmond own the registery now. Garry met us and we went into the Registery and Garry and one of the employees,addressed envelopes, typed and ran off the letters for our FV school reunion.We so much appreciate their help--we realize they are very busy people and it is very kind that they do these jobs for us. We were waiting for the envelopes to be done and Garry and

Sheila invited us to their home to visit while we waited. Garry and Sheila joined a crew of CBN, a few weeks ago for trips to Israel and China. It was so interesting to hear their stories of these two places, so much in the news today. When we got our material from there we travelled on to Waldron--after Loucinda stopped and got Mamie Glover. We met Dortha Putman, Peggy Brothers, Ted Copeland at a Pizza place and ate lunch. We then went to Fred Copeland's Housing Authority Club Room and folded ;letters. stuffed envelopes and stamped them. Lou Ann Copeland also helped us. We finishedat 5 PM and were very tired. But now the invitations to the October FV
reunion are ready to mail. Hurrah!!!

This will be the 50th anniversary of Roy Cost's graduation from FV, Since Roy has Vertigo and cannot drive, he probably will not be able to attend our reunion. Ted Copeland is gathering some of Roy's music together and will play selections of the music at the reunion.

My nephew, Cameron Swaim, moves into his college dorm this weekend at Jonesboro. I wish the best for Cameron.

My Copeland cousins, Ted, Dortha and Peggy came to see me Saturday. We had such a good visit remembering the "good ole days" when we were teen agers at Gravelly and at FV. Ted told about Ms. Lou Dishogn, their neighbor at Mulberry, and he and his Dad gong fishing one time. He said they had been at the pond about 5 minutes and his Dad said "they're not biting, let's go" and Ms. Lou had gotten into some ticks and she said "let's go home. ': Ted said that fishing trip ended very fast !!Of course Peggy is several years younger than Dortha and me and she remembers when she was about 5 years old a joke she played on Ms. Lou. You know you can take a rubber band and wrap it a certain way around a button and place it in an envelope and when you open the envelope, it will make a strange noise and then jump out at you. Peggy fixed one of those buttons and took the envelope to Ms. Lou and told her it was a letter from her brother who was in service and asked Ms. Lou did she want to read it. Of course when Ms. Lou opened the envelope the button hissed at her and then jumped out at her. She was so scared she almost fainted. Peggy said her mother spanked her for that little trick.

A lady called me with a story she wanted me to pass along in my column. Three high school girls from FV were trying to sell ads for the FV yearbook. They went to a business in Plainview and asked if they would like to place an ad. The manager of the business was very rude to the girls and said "I buy nothing unless it is from Plainview school. "The lady that called me said people of this Valley do a lot of business at this place and spend a lot of money every week in this establishment. She said if the manager lost the Valley's business this person's business would really suffer. So if you own a business, maybe you should be kind to whomever comes in !!

Ella McCool called me to invite me to Plainview Baptist Church's revival this coming week. I was complimenting her on her granddaughter Brittany and she told me this sad story concerning Brittany and her quarter horse she had had and trained since the horse was just a baby. Brittany was training her horse to be a barrell racing horse and she had the horse about ready to compete. A pack of dogs in Rover chased her horse into a fence where the horse got tangled up in the fence and fought the fence which just made her get more tangled. Finally the horse died. Of course Brittany is devastated. Bless her "real good "

A friend that graduated from FV is doing a lot of research as to what the State Board of Education 's Rules are governing the closing of isolated schools. There are a lot of interesting points that will be asked the Dept. of Education in the next few weeks. But one law really got my attention--it says--"The State Board of Education shall ONLY approve a local school board's motion to close an isolated school if the closing is in the BEST interest of the students in the school district as a whole." When the students have to catch a bus before daylight and ride that bus for over two hours to their school and when school is out they ride over 2 hours again and get home after dark. I just don't see that it is in the best interest of the students.

Remember---Life is 10% what you make it and 90% how you take it.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Look at Diana's feet

Gravelly News by Glenna Goodson

Dwight Nelson recently told a true story about the pastor of his church. He had a kitten that climbed up a tree in his back yard and then was afraid to come down. The pastor coaxed, offered warm milk but the kitty would not come down. The tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so the pastor decided that if he tied a rope to his car and drove away so that the tree bent down, he could then reach up and get the kitten. He did, all the while checking his progress in the car frequently, then figured if he went just a little bit farther. the tree would be bent sufficiently for him to reach the kitten. But as he moved a little farther forward, the rope broke. The tree went "boing." and the kitten instantly sailed thrugh the air out of sight. The pastor felt terriable. He walked all over the neighborhood asking people if they had seen a little kitten. No, nobody hadseen a stray kitten. So he prayed, "Lord, I just commit this kitten to your keeping. " A few days later he was at the grocery store and met one of his members and was amazed to see cat food. Now this woman was a cat hater and everyone knew it, so he asked her"Why are you buying cat food when you hate cats?" She replied, "You won't believe this." and told him how her little girl had been begging her for a cat but she kept refusing. Then a few days before, the child had begged for a cat again and the mom told her little girl "Well if God gives you a cat, I'll let you keep it." She told the pastor, "I watched my little girl go out in the yard, get on her knees andask God for a cat, and really pastor, you won't believe this, but I saw it with my own eyes.A kitten suddenly came flying out of the blue sky with its paws out spread, and landed right in front of her. "

When my son Ellis was here, Diana O'Bryant brought me Okra, pepper and tomatoes. She said she told her husband that if he planted another big garden like this one, he would have to hire migrant workers to harvest it !! Diana loves to go barefoot. When she is in Gravelly and just around here, she is always barefoot. She told me about one time when Aleene O'Bryant had the Gravelly store, Diana was in the store barefoot. A nicely dressed couple were passing through and were in the store. The lady noticed Diana's bare feet and she kept nudging her husband to look at Diana's feet. Finally the husband said "What do you want,?" to his wife. Diana said ""Sir, your wife wants you to look at my bare feet, they must offend her. " The woman said "Well, to me it denotes intelligence or the lack of it. " Diana says "REALLY!" " I have two degrees in the Sciences. What is your degree?" The woman says she doesn't have one. Diana tells the lady she needs not to equate intelligence with the way people dress--or don't dress--Yea, for Diana!!

Jessica and Justin Homan are expecting their first child. So Janice and Joe James will be first time grandparents. They are really excited. Jessica and Justin live in Aden, N.C. They are very active in their church there where Justin is a deacon. Janice and the people in Jessica's church are already calling the baby, "peanut".

My friend, Melba Reed, has a birthday the 18th. NOW Melba is as old as me--ancient!, We started to school at FV together when we were in the 7th grade and graduated together in 1949.

I was so glad to see the picture of Clay Beggs in the Record and the great article. Clay is great in many sports but of course I love to see him play basketball. To me he is just another Larry Bird. And I am so impressed that Clay is a Christian young man and has a tender, compassionate heart. . I congratulate Eva Lynn and Clint for raising 3 good kids. When parents realize that their kids should be top priority, God will bless.

My favorite part of the Sunday Gazette is the Ozark edition cause I enjoy the adult profiles and the high school student interviews. The August 10th edition profiled Brittany Mcool as the high school student. It was a beautiful picture of her and a very good interview. I was impressed when Brittany was asked "What is the best gift you haver ever received" and Brittany says "My salvation." Best answer, ever !

I traveled to Waldron Friday for Bobbie to fix my hair. My beautician,Janet, at Plainview is on vacation. I knew if Bobbke could fix my hair I could see my cousin Dortha Putman. Dortha and i met at the Charbroiler and had lunch and a good visit She and I both are excited because we'll see our cousin, Billy Highfill, next Thrusday. He is coming to Waldron to the club room at the Waldron Housing Authority, where Loucinda, Peggy, Dortha, Billy and I will meet and"stuff" envelopes with the letters concerning our FV reunion, October 11th. Last year, we had over 200 people that came to our reunion and we expect as many or more this year. We will all greatly miss Charles Daniel that always worked so hard for our FV reunion. He was such a good M.C. Margaret Bogle will be the M.C. this year and I know she will do a good job. Our tables will be set up differently this year for the registration and selling of tickets, which we hope will help us register more people. Loucinda has worked very hard, as always, on the reunion, so we sre hoping things go smoothly. Just remember, the ones she has ASKED to register are responsible for that job. --those that are ASKED to be greeters are to be greeters, and the seller of ltickets and M.C. and the musicians have been selected. We are to do the jobs that have been selected for us to do so our reunion will just be the greatest ever !.

There's a guy at my Rover church that is on the look out for mistakes in grammar in the newspapers. He told me I made a mistake in grammar in last week's Record. I said "No way " because I am very particular about my grammar. Anyone that had Ms. Jessie Buford for an English teacher at FV has no excuse when they use bad grammar. My pet peeve that you see a lot in the newspaper is people that are talking and saying a sick person is doing "good." Remember "good" is an adjective that describes. An apple is good, but a sick person is doing WELL, But Ron said I used "then" instead of THAN/ I looked back at my article and I was talking about Ellis going different places and I said "THEN he went to the Lake."I want to inform Ron that THEN was used correctly. Gosh, Ron I have a degree in English which does not mean I do not make mistakes but I do not think I make very many in Grammar. Now you watch him, he will be looking very closely at my column to see if he can find mistakes !!I do not care--it's okay. When i taught 4th graders I gave an assignment one time that they were tp spend one week looking for mistakes in the newspapers and also on signs in the city. It isamazing at the mistakes they found.

Remember Christian---This world is NOT our home and this world is NOT our friend.