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    Cousins Day

    Did you know that National Cousins Day is this weekend? I didn’t either until one of my cousins tagged me on Facebook a few months ago with a “Happy Cousins Day” graphic. I had never heard of Cousins Day before so I Googled it to find out more. Well, turned out it wasn’t actually Cousins Day when she posted that,…

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    Kodaking in the 1930s

    It’s interesting to me how certain words that start off as nouns become verbs. For instance, we often talk about “googling” something, which means, of course, using the Google search engine to find it. Did you know “kodaking” used to be a verb? Obviously, Kodak is a brand of camera, so kodaking meant “taking pictures.” I came across this term…

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    One Hundred Years

    One hundred years ago yesterday a baby boy was born to Frank and Kate Easley in Jackson County, Oklahoma. They named him Gordon Wilson. He told me once that his dad admired a religious writer named Gordon and that one of his uncles admired President Wilson, and that’s how they chose his name. I just called him Granddaddy.In 1971 I…

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    Celebrating My Grandparents

    I was blessed to grow up with both sets of grandparents. We were close to both sets, as well. It wasn’t until I was grown that I realized what a special privilege that was. In honor of Grandparents Day I wanted to share some pictures of my grandparents over the years. Mother’s parents, Granddaddy and Grandmother Easley, lived in Arkansas.…

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    We are Ezells

    Those of you who are into literature are probably aware of the hubbub and controversy about the release of the sequel to Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird this summer. I blogged about it a little bit a few weeks ago. It was a rambling post in which I mentioned: As it happens, my dadโ€™s people were from the Monroeville…

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    The Granddaddy Tapes

    This coming weekend my parents and their five children, along with in-laws and grandchildren, will be gathering to celebrate my parents’ 50th anniversary which was earlier this spring. In preparation for a day of sharing memories, I’ve been gathering pictures and scrapbooks and all kinds of memorabilia to take along. As I was getting things together I happened to remember…

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    The Antique Buggy

    Imagine, if you will, a young mommy in the late 1960s out for a walk with her baby. In your mind, what does that baby stroller look like? Maybe bright and plasticky, with shiny chrome metal bars and such? Yeah, me, too. (Go ahead. Google “baby stroller 1960s” and you’ll see what I mean.) Whatever you had pictured, it was…

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    The Eldorado Courier

    My grandparents and their children moved away from Eldorado, Oklahoma in 1958. Many of our relatives still lived there, so my grandparents had a subscription to The Eldorado Courier (pronounced “Elda-ray-duh Coo-yer”) to keep up with the happenings in their hometown. Sometimes Grandmother would include a clipping from the Courier in a letter to Mother when I was growing up. When I…

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    The Home Demonstration Club Quilt

    As far as I could tell, downtown Eldorado, Oklahoma only has two or three “inhabited” buildings. There is the community building, where we met for our family reunion Labor Day weekend… an apparently current insurance office… and across the street, the historical museum. All the other buildings are vacant. For such a tiny, dying town, the museum is quite impressive…

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    Tater Mountain

    When we came to the turn-off for the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma last Friday, Mother asked, “Do we want to take a detour and drive through there? We have plenty of time.” Uncle Carlton and I responded, “Yes!” in unison. Mother wasn’t quite sure it was the right road. “Yes, it is,” Uncle Carlton assured her. “See those…