By Jerry Flemmons
"We are a wordy bunch, regularly were, and for nearly centuries, outsiders, intrigued by means of all of the commotion down the following within the Southwest, have come to examine, dissect, cuss and compliment. . . . Texas is a heroic tale, the stuff of goals and myths. Born of an very unlikely revolution, settled via peoples from in different places, Texas engendered the epic American inspiration of freedom and independence, of self-sufficiency and derring-do. Texas, notably else, has been a non secular adventure-and the entire grand chronicle is there on library cabinets, in newspaper clippings, previous letters, written stories. there is little approximately Texas that hasn't already been acknowledged or written, and Texas Siftings is one of those social catalog to a lot of it." So wrote Jerry Flemmons within the creation to the 1st quantity of Texas Siftings, which has been learn and precious via Texans, expatriate Texans, and would-be Texans from coast to coast. Now he is again with extra Texas Siftings, an both enticing and engrossing choice of tales either funny and dramatic, letters, recipes, snippets of Texas language, outrageous compliment and offended condemnation for the Lone big name kingdom and its population.
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Nothing happened. The train arrived and after the last wheel was on firm ground, we all climbed back and proceeded with our journey. Grandmother and I did this three times. I wonder what became of that bridge. Katherine Anne Porter, Atlantic Monthly, March 1975; A new bridge was built in the mid-1940s and the old bridge torn down soon after. <<<<<<>>>>>> The [Pecos] river would give a killdee that flew over it diarrhea. Assessment of the Pecos' sour water by an early rancher, quoted by Dee Brown in Wondrous Times on the Frontier, 1991 <<<<<<>>>>>> Page 11 3.
Those had a more grinding sound, as of teeth being set on edge. We took cover whenever possible. We had to light our lamps. But I do not recall any work accomplished while the wind blew except cooking, and that in covered pots. Nova Blair, from her letter, July 11, 1985, quoted in Blessed Assurance, 1987 <<<<<<>>>>>> WINDY TALE I arrived in Dalhart just before sundown. Pebbles as big as the end of my thumbthat's no liestruck me in the face, and the wind blew for three days and nights. I had to shovel my way to bed at night.
Putty preached to us. We could not read nor write but we loved to hear him read the Bible. "Ole Massa would let us dance and have a good time when the work was laid by. We had a man who could play the fiddle and we had a good time. Sometimes he would give us a 'black and white' [a furlough pass] and let us go to the adjoining plantation. If we did not have this paper the patrol would whip us and take us back home. "Ole Massa was getting ready to go enlist in the Confederate Army along in '63 when he died.