Okies with English as a second language.

We were not great communicators. We often responded to others inquiries with volumes of silence. Few words would come from our lips spontaneously. We Okies were slow to think and slow to reply. Mostly because we seldom spoke out loud to say anything. All of which is characteristic of southern Oklahoma red dirt Okies. OurContinue reading “Okies with English as a second language.”

Blind guy reading the Newspaper.

Yes, I am blind and like to read the newspaper and books as well. Millions of blind folks such as me read the newspaper by phone almost daily. We all have access to a dial-up newspaper service called Newsline for the blind. Accessing by phone hundreds of national and international newspapers. But to bring realismContinue reading “Blind guy reading the Newspaper.”

They never spoke of it.

My dad told me he would often visit the local grocery and visit with the produce manager who happened to be Japanese. The time frame was early World War II. My parents had recently moved from Oklahoma to southern California and was living in an area of Los Angeles known as Boyle Heights. On oneContinue reading “They never spoke of it.”

Stories of the south

Book report. Author Rick Bragg, Pulitzer Prize winner for his bestselling book “All over but the shoutin’ has published a compilations of his writings taken from various columns and articles he had written for newspapers and magazines titled, “Where I come from: Stories from the Deep South.”  Where he came from varies between Alabama andContinue reading “Stories of the south”