Monthly Archives: August 2009

Hometown Memories

Grandpa Ela T. Swift was one of the cowboys in the group that hung out with Will Rogers when he came to visit Vinita, Ok. in 1934. He told them, “Have a rodeo in Vinita next year and I’ll come back.” But … Continue reading

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Tearing Down the Old

I stood with the townsfolk at the corner watching the burning building, my heart heavy remembering. I was born there, in Dr. McMillan’s office in that building on the hottest day of the year in 1949. When I was in … Continue reading

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Redeeming the Time

The Hightower family’s year started in September, the day school started when I was a kid. Our mama worked at the school cafeteria. We Hightower kids lived our lives by the school and church schedule If it was October, we celebrated … Continue reading

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Set Apart For Destiny

Grandmother claimed she was a quarter Cherokee, but her family was not on the Indian Dawes rolls of 1894-1914. Grandmother Hightower looked like an Indian—black hair, brown  eyes, high cheekbones, but we were her little blond white grandchildren. We have … Continue reading

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Just a Shell

     My 8-year-old grandson and I found empty cicada shells on the patio, split down the back, with the feet still attached to the columns. “Oh, the poor bug is dead,” he said. “No, he is still alive,” I told him. … Continue reading

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