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November 30, 2010

On the Bright Side – Mary Howell (12/1/10)

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 8:56 pm

On The Bright Side

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day will be observed on Tuesday, December 7, 2010.  The day is an important day in the history of the United States even though government offices remain open and no one gets an official day off from work.

It is a tradition to fly the United States flag at half-mast in honor of the 2400 men and women who lost their lives in the surprise attack of Pearl Harbor by Japan.

On Sunday, December 7, 1941, America’s naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was attacked by the forces of the Empire of Japan.  Eleven hundred others were wounded. The attack sank or damaged many Navy battleships and aircraft.

The day after the attack, the United Stated declared war on Japan and entered World War II.  President Franklin Roosevelt in a speech to Congress, stated that the bombing of Pearl Harbor was “a day which will live in infamy”.

My Dad often talked about hearing the news of Japan’s attack on the radio later in the day. I’m sure that many Sabine County residents were shocked to hear the news.

For Dr. Jim Coyle, who was a long time resident of Sabine County, Pearl Harbor Day was vivid in his memory until his 2010 death.  He was serving in the United States Marine Corps in Hawaii at the time.

In 1980, it was my privilege to go to Pearl Harbor and see the USS Arizona where 1102 bodies remain submerged under water. It was an experience that I will never forget.  I also visited the World War II Memorial and saw the hundreds of white crosses which marked the graves of Americans who were buried in the Punchbowl Cemetery.

Let us not forget to give honor to all living and deceased veterans for serving our country and for making America the great nation it is today.

December 1, 2010                       Mary Howell

November 29, 2010

Doe video from one of our stands

Filed under: Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 7:55 pm
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Hoping and waiting for Rudolph, I watched these doe for about 30 minutes.

Notice the golden corn that I splashed on the ground.   These deer ate a small amount but preferred the rye grass and oats in the food plot.

When it started to get dark and time for me to leave, I began to whistle and sure enough they left.

November 28, 2010

Your opinion on Jimmy Stewart’s Prayer?

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 9:23 pm
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Have you watched the 1965 movie titled Shenandoah staring Jimmy Stewart, Patrick Wayne (John Wayne’s son) and a few other well known actors from that time?

Jimmy Stewart plays Charlie Anderson, a man who owns a 500 acre ranch in the heart of the Shenandoah valley and works it with his six sons and one daughter and, this is key, without any slaves. The film is a sad one and revolves around Charlie’s attempts to keep his family safe from the civil war in which he wants no part. Needless to say people die and tears are shed, both on screen and in front of it. One of the most interesting parts comes at the very beginning of the movie. When Anderson’s wife died, she was very christian while he was not, her final wish was that he raise their children to be good christians. Thus, this is their dinner prayer:

Charlie Anderson: “Lord, we cleared this land. We plowed it, sowed it, and harvest it. We cook the harvest. It wouldn’t be here and we wouldn’t be eating it if we hadn’t done it all ourselves. We worked dog-bone hard for every crumb and morsel, but we thank you Lord just the same for the food we’re about to eat, amen.”

November 27, 2010

Deer Hunting with Grand-son (11/26/10)

Filed under: Family,Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 9:35 pm


November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Lunch with Mom

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November 24, 2010

A Thanksgiving Story

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 9:04 pm

Sarah Josepha Hale’s name is not familiar to the millions of people who sing “Mary had a Little Lamb” a rhyme written by Sarah.

Born on a farm in Newport, New Hampshire on October 24, 1788, Sarah Buell’s desire for an education was apparent from a young age. She went as far as a girl of that time could in gaining an education. With the help of her brother Horatio, she received a Dartmouth education in spite of the fact that she never entered Dartmouth’s hallowed halls. Each day when he returned from school, he would teach Sarah what he had learned and the two would study together. Dartmouth awarded a diploma to Horatio and he awarded a diploma to Sarah in which the Horatio Gates Buell College declared she had earned her degree in the Arts, Summa Cum Laude.

Sarah upset the prevailing wisdom of the world of education when, at the age of eighteen, she founded a private school and taught there as well. At that time, women were not accepted as teachers.  Her faith in God, gave her strength to push ahead against many obstacles.

Her teaching career lasted a few years until she met a young lawyer named David Hale. They fell in love and were married. David’s love of learning matched Sarah’s and they spent their evenings studying French and botany. With her husband’s encouragement,support and her faith in God, she wrote short stories and articles which were published in local newspapers. Sarah was pregnant with their fifth child when David died suddenly. After a failed attempt to start a millinery business, Sarah resumed teaching and writing. The young widow struggled in her efforts to support herself and her five children.

However, her life was about to change. In 1827, Sarah’s book, Northwood: A Tale of New England was published. Although it was fiction, it was the first such book to weave the issue of slavery into its plot. Reverend John Blake of Boston planned to publish a new woman’s magazine, the Ladies Magazine. After reading Sarah’s book, he offered her the position of editor. As the first female editor of a magazine in the United States, Sarah used her position to promote American writers. Until that time, many American magazines published the works of British writers. Eventually, the name of the Ladies Magazine was changed to the American Ladies Magazine to reflect Sarah’s editorial policies.

Many female suffragists of the day scorned Sarah because she didn’t support the cause. While she didn’t feel that women should be involved in politics, she was a champion of women’s’ rights. She worked tirelessly to promote her life long belief that females should be granted the same educational opportunities as males. She supported the founding of  Emma Willard’s seminary in Troy, New York.  Matthew Vassar was persuaded by his friend, Sarah, to hire a female administrator and many female instructors for his newly created college — Vassar.

While in Boston, Sarah founded the Seaman’s Society to help feed, house, and provide job skills to destitute women to enable them to support themselves and their children. She also supported a woman’s right to become a physician. She supported Elizabeth Blackwell who would become America’s first female doctor.

Her interests included civic-minded projects. She was instrumental in raising funds to complete the Bunker Hill Monument. In later years, she would begin a crusade to preserve Mount Vernon.

Difficult financial times forced the sale of the American Ladies Magazine to Louis Godey, the Philadelphia publisher of Godey’s Lady’s Book. He merged the two magazines and hired Sarah as the editor. They forged a highly successful partnership that turned Godey’s Ladies Magazine into one of the most successful of its day with 150,000 subscribers. She continued to support American writers and women’s rights. She used her platform as editor to profile successful women who otherwise may have gone unnoticed. She effectively called for the opening of the workplace to women. At the age of 89, Sarah retired and she died two years later.

This woman, child of God, editor, prolific writer, champion of women’s rights, promoter of child welfare, fund-raiser for civic causes, author of “Mary had a Little Lamb” is one of America’s unknown treasures.

When most Americans sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, few think of Sarah Josepha Hale. President Lincoln was the first president to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday at the behest of Sarah Josepha Hale, who had spent 40 years writing to congressmen, lobbying five presidents, and writing countless editorials in her campaign to create an official day of thanks ….an appropriate tribute of gratitude to God to set apart one day of Thanksgiving in each year. This is only one of the many accomplishments of an extraordinary Godly woman, unknown to most Americans, whose name is Sarah Josepha Hale.



Joke from one of our grand-daughters

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 9:00 pm

I had to write this for penmanship.

” Doctor, I still feel miserable. ”

” Did you follow the instructions on the medicine ? ”

” Yes; it said, ‘ Keep tightly closed.’ ”

November 23, 2010

On the Bright Side 11/24/10

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 8:20 pm

On The Bright Side

The residents of Hemphill Care Center have much for which to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.  We are thankful to have such a nice, safe place to call our home.  We are also blessed to have excellent care and loving caregivers to brighten our days and make our lives worth living.

The month of November has been filled with lots of activities which have brought joy to our hearts. Bingo games are one of our favorite activities here and we say a big thank you to our sponsors: Hemphill’s Church of Christ, Parkway Baptist Church and our activity staff.

We have been truly blessed by worship services and gospel sing-alongs with our Christian friends from the First Baptist Church, Fairdale Baptist Church, Parkway Baptist Church, Hemphill’s Church of Christ, Little Flock Baptist Church, Bethel Chapel Baptist Church and Macedonia Baptist Church.  Quincy Martindale of Odyssey Hospice tickled our funny bones and brought ripples of laughter with their skits, jokes and lively sing-alongs.

Our Hemphill Garden Club friends helped us plant beautiful pansies so we could enjoy watching the flowers bloom.  We loved delicious treats provided by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 10351, Tiffany Green, our social director and our activity staff who made cute Thanksgiving cookies, dip and chips, nachos, popcorn, hot chocolate and pumpkin pies for us to enjoy. We also enjoyed the homemade cakes and pies made for us to enjoy.  We also enjoyed the homemade cakes and pies made for us by the Macedonia Baptist Church’s Mission Ladies.  We had a great Wednesday afternoon with our craft ladies (Carol and Linda) and the Pineywoods Pickers. We all thought we were country music stars when Marti Bible came and let us sing karaoke with her last week.

In honor of Thanksgiving we enjoyed making our yearly Thankful tree.  We have so much to be thankful for this year!

Our congratulations are extended to Neva Poindexter, our Resident of the Month, Michelle Mohr and Delois Thomas, our Employees of the Month and the Macedonia Baptist Church Mission Ladies, our Volunteers of the Month.

Friends who celebrated birthdays in November were Doris Maddox, Clement McDaniel, Bobby Garner, Gloria Webb, Lavern Mayo, David Ener, Marie Sweeney and Marvin Ketchum

We look forward to a Friday afternoon concert with CJ, the One Man Band and our Saturday night ice cream social with Benton Poindexter.

The residents and staff of Hemphill Care Center take this opportunity to wish everyone a “Happy Thanksgiving”.  We pray that God’s blessings will be upon all.

Mary Howell

November 22, 2010

As a kid did you hear: “Go outside and play?”

News Release
Media Contact: Tom Harvey, 512-389-4453, tom.harvey@tpwd.state.tx.us 

Nov. 16, 2010

Texas Partnership for Children in Nature Calls For “Happier, Healthier, Smarter”
Statewide Conference Dec. 3-4 in Austin to Probe Problems, Solutions

AUSTIN — “Go outside and play.” How many times did today’s parents hear that
familiar phrase while growing up? Studies say kids today don’t hear it enough,
and that it’s time for a change.

Mobile devices and video games have all but replaced the days of playing “Kick
the Can” on neighborhood streets with friends, or just hanging out at a park all
day. In fact, kids today spend just four to seven minutes outside each day in
unstructured outdoor play (like climbing trees), yet more than seven hours each
day in front of an electronic screen.

“If we don’t address this issue today, then what we’re facing in the next
generation is that children will have a much shorter life span than their
parents,” said Dr. Kimberly Avila Edwards, a pediatrician at the Texas Center
for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity at Dell Children’s Medical
Center of Central Texas and chair of the Texas Pediatric Society obesity

Avila’s talking about the link between childhood obesity and sedentary indoor
lifestyles. She’s part of a growing chorus of expert voices from diverse
disciplines, all urging steps to reconnect kids and families with nature and the

The Texas Partnership for Children in Nature will host a conference to address
the problem Dec. 3-4 in Austin. The purpose is to present the partnership’s
strategic plan to educators, conservationists, health practitioners,
policymakers and others who care about the issue and can work to implement the
plan in their communities.

Conference speakers include Carter Smith, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
executive director; Joe Frost, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin professor
emeritus; Kevin Coyle, National Wildlife Federation vice president of education;
Elizabeth Goodenough, Ph.D., creator of the PBS documentary Where Do the
Children Play?; and Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas vice
president and chief medical officer and former Texas Department of State Health
Services executive director.

“As the trend away from outdoor play and learning deepens, we are witnessing
sobering consequences for children’s health and well-being,” said TPWD’s Smith.
“Additionally, this youngest generation is missing out on critical experiences
that lay the foundation for future stewardship of our natural resources.”

The good news: experts say the problem is solvable. Unlike complex environmental
or economic problems, getting families and children back to nature is relatively
straightforward and inexpensive. “We can reverse this trend,” Smith said. “We
can restore our children’s well-being and their relationship with Texas’s rich
natural and cultural heritage.”

The partnership’s roots trace to fall 2009, when a bi-partisan group of Texas
legislators asked TPWD, the Texas Education Agency, Texas Department of State
Health Services and Texas Department of Agriculture to form a public-private
partnership and develop a strategic plan. Over 80 professionals answered the
call, including representatives from state and federal agencies, non-profits,
businesses, and health, education, natural resource and community organizations.

Their discoveries include some sobering statistics:

Children ages 8-to-18 spend an average of 7.5 hours a day, over 50 hours per
week, connected to a television, computer, video games and other electronic
A child is six times more likely to play a video game than ride a bike.
Texas is home to three of the five cities with the highest obesity rates in the
In the 2009-2010 Fitnessgram school year report, only a little over 8 percent of
12th grade girls and boys were deemed physically fit.
Today’s children may be the first generation at risk of having a shorter
lifespan than their parents.
Conversely, experts found children who play and learn in nature are:

Healthier. Active nature play improves physical conditioning and has a positive
effect on emotional well-being and child development. Outdoor play has been
linked to reduced risk of myopia and vitamin D deficiency.
Happier. Nature play increases self esteem and reduces stress. Children learn
self-discipline and are more cooperative with others. Children feel more
capable, confident and connected to nature.
Smarter. Nature play stimulates creativity and improves problem solving. Schools
using environmental themes report improved academic performance. And, children
who play in nature are more likely to become tomorrow’s conservation leaders.
Author Richard Louv coined the term “nature deficit disorder” to describe the
situation in his best-selling book “Last Child in the Woods” (Algonquin Books,
2005). While the term isn’t a medical diagnosis, it cites evidence of
psychological, physical and cognitive costs associated with the lack of outdoor

Experts have responded with practical solutions for parents and schools. For
example, the Texas Pediatric Society has developed a Childhood Obesity Toolkit
for health care providers that encourages limiting the time children spend on
TV, video games, and computers and promoting physical activity, including a
“healthy lifestyle prescription” that recommends an hour of outdoor play every

The National Wildlife Federation recently released a comprehensive report “Whole
Child: Developing Mind, Body and Spirit through Outdoor Play” that details how
the benefits of playing outside are essential to not only physical wellness, but
also mental health. The report notes family time can be a child’s best bet to
connect with nature.

November 21, 2010

Brett’s visit

Brett was  a visitor on November 20, 2010 and he was a busy fellow.  We got up at 5am and in the deer stand before daylight.  Very foggy, no chance of seeing a deer.  Prior to his visit, I had put my dummy deer near a feeder that he would be watching.  About 8:30am, the fog began to disappear and he noticed the dummy.  “Papaw, I see a deer.  Ok shoot him.”  He put the cross hair of 22.250 on his shoulder and fires.  “Did you get him?”  Brett looks at me and says, “he’s a fake”.  We go to check the dummy and sure enough, the bullet was a killing shot.

Then to nursing home to visit with mother until her lunch time.  He did not care to discuss the deer that he shot.

From the nursing home it was off to Milam Settlers Day 2010.   Brett enjoyed visiting booths with handmade hunting items.  He just had to have a homemade small cross bow.  Then to learn how to throw a ‘tomahawk’ at a log.  From there, he watch the making of lead balls used for the older black powder rifle and then to join a cowboy with ‘lariat spinning’.  We wandered til about 2pm and back home to get short rest.

By 3:30pm, we were back in deer stand.  To past the time, he did some whittling on a sword.  We stayed til dark and saw nothing other than a big bright moon.

On Sunday Brett passed out a big bag of bananas to staff /residence.  They named him the ‘little banana man’.  Then Brett and I joined Ma for a 9am church service.


(Brett feeds Kacy the Parrot)


(Brett pushed several wheel chairs into and out of the church service)


And then we joined Nanna for services First United Methodist Church and lunch after the service.

And finally Brett loaded up with Nannie for trip back to his home.

A good time was had by all.

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