Sunday, August 17, 2014

Why I write

Mema - 91st birthday

I write because my grandmother, Ola Mae Hendricks, taught reading. She taught me, or helped me teach myself, long before I headed to pre-school. She helped me become a voracious reader. If writing comes naturally to me now, it's because of the groundwork my grandmother laid decades ago.

I write to accomplish my mission:

I help small town business people prosper so they can help their towns prosper. 

I write. As far as I know, I always have.

Thanks, Des Walsh, for tagging me in this old-fashioned blog meme or blog hop. Here are other people who are sharing their own "Why I write."

Susan Foster, who more or less start this meme on Why I Write
Des Walsh, who tagged me in his piece, Why I Write - Then and Now
Sheila Scarborough, my friend and a ridiculously good writer, with What am I doing here? Why I write

And I invite you to answer this question on your own site. Why do you write?

I'm officially tagging and therefore personally inviting these friends:

Saturday, July 05, 2014

The modern lighting system at Alabaster Caverns is a big improvement

Several years ago, the Alabaster Caverns State Park near Freedom, Oklahoma, got a new modern lighting system. It's a big upgrade over the very old system I remember from when I was a kid. Colton and I finally made the short trip to snap some photos.

The main cavern entrance. It's a long walk with a lot of steps. 

Almost finished! 

The ride back to the main office. 

Get up close with a caged rattlesnake in the back office. 

Friday, July 04, 2014

Little Sahara State Park has a new viewing platform

Colton and I made a trip to the Little Sahara State Park to see the sand dunes, just south of Waynoka, Oklahoma. There's a new viewing platform with history and interpretive panels, binoculars, and a great view of the dunes. It's handicapped accessible, and looks great. 

Don't try driving your street vehicle, even a pickup truck, out on the dunes. Leave that to the specially-equipped. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

2014 #SMTulsa conference summary via Storify

Cheryl Lawson did this terrific story summary of my SMTulsa talks using a tool called Storify. I thought I'd share it here with you.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

What makes us get involved?

Catholic church
Michael Jones left this as a comment on my article Small Town Survival of the Fittest at Small Biz Survival a few months ago. I just ran across it again today, and I think it's worth giving some thought.

"I like your emphasis of getting personally involved. Your post is timely for me. The leader of a small catholic college in our small town (7000 population) gave the invocation at Rotary today . . .he asked God to make us grateful . . .and then explained that being grateful moves us to action and giving back to our community. A good thought to contemplate. Thanks for your post."

Being grateful moves us to action. 

So if we help each other be more grateful, are we helping our communities? 

Worth thinking over.