The Waxahachie Journal is introducing a new blog; following a friend's experiences taking an epic road trip to reground and rediscover. Read along as our friend travels up north and out west, hitting some of the typical sightseeing locales as well as seeking out some of the lesser known fun and interesting people and places along the way. In keeping with the trip, the blog will be unregimented. Entries will be made as seen fit so check back often to stay up-to-date as our friend moves on down the road.
HI! Don't know how this Blog will turn out. But the best way to find out is to start. A little about me. I'm older than 61 but less than 99. I remember the Viet Nam War and President Kennedy being shot. Born in the best state and have lived in a couple more. Wonderful parents, a hero for an older sibling and one child. I didn't have a Beaver Cleaver childhood; my Mother didn't own pearls.
Escape the fast pace of everyday life with a visit to The English Merchant's Inn which is located on picturesque Main Street in Waxahachie, a short 30-minute drive south of downtown Dallas. Immerse yourself in the relaxing ambience of this unique property and this historic Texas town.
We are fortunate to be the custodians of this beautiful historic mansion located at the doorstep of Dallas. The home was built circa 1915 by the English cotton merchant, James Wright Harrison, for his new bride at a time when Waxahachie was at the center of one of the leading cotton producing areas in the world. Your host, Mary Baskin, has many years of experience in interior design, hospitality, and small group European travel. In addition she has worked for and produced interior design articles for such publications as Traditional Home, Country Home, and Better Homes and Gardens. She brings with her many years of travel experience with a wealth of knowledge and an educated eye for interior design.
If you fancy a romantic getaway or a traditional country house party where you can gather friends and family, let us organize the details, giving you the opportunity as host to kick back and relax for an evening of fun and fellowship. At the end of the night, you can retire to one of our luxurious ensuite rooms. In the morning, a complimentary breakfast will be served.
Our area is home to so many talented individuals with all sorts of gifts and artistic ability that I get excited when I discover one. Dixie Dodd, of Midlothian, is one of those talented people. Her medium is wood, and she is a custom furniture designer and builder of the first order! She not only designs her creations but she actually builds them.
She is a petite young mother of 5 children and looking at her you would never imagine that this young lady is a powerhouse furniture designer and builder. This reporter has seen her furniture creations and designs and they are unique. Her studio and work area are located in her garage where she creates some amazing pieces of custom furniture and millwork. From dining tables, cabinets, to doors, she seems to come up with unique designs that are marvelous. How she juggles this artistic energy and talent and at the same time take care of her family is just amazing.
The Catastrophe that Brought the US to a Standstill
Most people would agree that failure of or loss of electricity, gasoline,or the computer network that keeps America running would be catastrophic. Something akin to that happened in 1872 - The Great Epizootic. The Great What?
Before the automobile was invented and before electricity was commonly used, most people and businesses depended heavily on horsepower.
Horses were not used just to pull a buggy or wagon. Horses pulled trolleys, fire wagons, construction equipment, and pulled loaded barges along canals such as the Erie Canal in New York State. Horses were essential for carrying loads away from ships docked in our harbors, carrying produce to market, carrying coal to the train yards, and delivering goods to merchants and homes. Horses were used in just about every aspect of American life. Without horses to move raw materials to manufacturers, goods were not being made or delivered to market.
The Great Epizootic, or equine influenza, entered the United States through Canada and spread in a matter of days to infect thousands of horses, causing cities and farms to come to a standstill. Even the military cavalry came to a halt as their horses were severely affected by the disease.
Filmed on location in Waxahachie, May Pearl and surrounding area the movie is set in 1935 Waxahachie, Texas, PLACES IN THE HEART tells a story -- not unlike the familiar story told by the film "It's A Wonderful Life" -- of the delicate balance one life can exert upon so many others.
When Sheriff Royce Spalding is accidentally killed by a drunken gunman, his wife, Edna, is suddenly thrust into the role of provider for her two small children, Frank and Possum. Then "Mose," an out-of-work black man begging for every meal in the racist South of the Depression era, happens along with a scheme to plant cotton on her forty acres. It is the only chance Edna has to keep her family together.
Meanwhile, Mr. Denby, of the bank which owns the mortgage on the farm, is quick to extend a "hand of charity" to Mrs. Spalding by depositing his blind brother-in-law (Mr. Will) with her for safekeeping. Margaret, Edna's sister and a local "beauty operator," is unable to provide much help; her beauty shop is all that stands between herself, her philandering husband, and a small daughter on one side and poverty on the other. A tornado offers their first challenge. Emerging from the storm cellar, blind Mr. Will asks "How bad is it?" "Well," Mose responds, "everything's a little bent, but it's still here."
Meals-on-Wheels: “Stuff Legends are made Of” - Local man recounts his family’s ties with the infamous couple Bonnie and Clyde. Sit back and read a tale of just one of many regarding the remarkable people who make up the Meals-on-Wheels family of Johnson and Ellis Counties. At the tender age of 12 Ray Cavender ambled out of the woods and into a clearing grinning from ear-to-ear. It was the early 1930s in Ovilla, Texas, and the farm boy was proud to emerge from the under bush with a veritable feast for his family – two large swamp rabbits that he landed with his shotgun.
But from his peripheral vision on a hill to his right he saw a familiar sight to some of his family members in his small community, though no one talked publicly about it. A Ford V-8 idled from its vantage point as the occupant eyed the boy wielding the weapon.
Ray knew who it was immediately. He put down the rabbits, held out the gun for the driver to see and removed the shell from the gun’s barrel. He held up the shell and then deposited it in his shirt pocket.
I have worked for the USPS for 17 years as an auditor and have seen from the inside how the Postal Service works and what miracles it performs every day. Yes, it is deep in the red, but that is primarily because of burdens placed on it by the Congress plus a severe drop in mail volume—over 53 billion pieces since 2007. Yes, we have some mismanagement, but show me a major corporation that doesn't.
According to a Postal Service publication, the Postal Service is the only organization in the country that has the manpower, network infrastructure, and logistical capability to deliver to every residence and business in the U.S., its territories, and military personnel stationed across the globe almost every day.
Except for our financial situation, the Postal Service is not "broken" as some people allege. All of us still get our mail six days a week,1 and we can almost always count on our letters and packages getting delivered to the right address in a couple of days. Most of us feel cheated if we don't get at least one thing in our mailbox each day. Most of us also know and like our mail carrier.