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December Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our December CHRISTMAS PARTY POTLUCK will be held on Tuesday, December 15, 2009, in the Fiesta Room at the Hallmark Apartments in Alpine at 6:30 pm.

See Party Details Below!

From the Atelier of Our Prez:

Happy holidays!  This season my family combined my parents’ 60th anniversary, Thanksgiving, and Christmas all in two days’ time in Natchitoches, Louisiana.  I drove, which is a 12-hour push to the wall one-way drive.  Going over I broke up the trip and stopped at a friend’s house close to Dallas; but coming back I checked in on the predicted weather for Alpine, and when the woman at the Texas Tourist Center right across the Louisiana line outside of Shreveport told me that Alpine was expecting three days of snow, I put the pedal to the metal and pushed as hard as I could to get back to Alpine before the “blizzard.”  Two wrecks and one huge traffic jam caused by road construction on I-20 delayed me by three hours.  So it took 15 hours to drive from Natchitoches to Alpine.  I got home at midnight; needless to say I was worthless at work the next day (but probably not more than usual).

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November Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our November meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2009, in the Fiesta Room at the Hallmark Apartments in Alpine from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

Our speaker will Dr. Ira Blanton, Associate Professor of English at Sul Ross who specializes in folklore.
Writing Asssignment by Darrell White: Your assignment for the November meeting is to write a Thanksgiving story involving all five senses and keep a tally on how many times the senses are used in the story.  The person who refers to the senses  the most times will receive a gift.    The story should be two pages long.

From the Atelier of Our Prez:

Greetings Book worms.  We’re preparing once again for our spring conference.  The dates are April 9-11, 2010, at Paisano Baptist Encampment.  We’ve already sent our deposit in to lock up the dates.  That’s the weekend AFTER Easter.  Dan Dunagan said to let him know if we’d like for him to prepare a meal for Saturday night again.  Duh!  Yes, I think we’d enjoy that little bit of heaven one more time!

Now all we need to do is twist some arms to get our conference committee leadership together.  Let’s seriously talk about it Nov. 17 at our next meeting in Alpine.  Be checking on names of possible presenters.

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October Newsletter Update

From the Editor

Thanks to everyone for your responses to the October “Log of the Trail”! Here are some updates and clarifications:

From Jean  Hardy-Pittman at Front Street Books:

Thank you for sending me this newsletter each month. I want to personally invite all TMTW members to come to Edy’s […]

October Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our October meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2009, at the Fort Davis Public Library in Fort Davis, TX, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. If you wish to carpool from Alpine, meet us in the Big Bend Telephone parking lot before we depart at 6:30 pm.

Refreshments will be provided by Sharon Oates.
Writing Assignment by Darrell White: Encounters with Ghosts. All of us have a ghost in our past or someone in the family has seen one, or a friend. Like this story: a customer in the paint department told me that her first encounter with a ghost was one night when she woke and someone or something was sitting on her bed. She couldn’t see anything but she felt its presence. That gave me the shivers. So no making it up. It must be something that you seen or felt. Have fun!

From the Atelier of Our Prez:

Happy Pumpkin Season!

I’m enjoying our rains, but am looking forward to frost on the pumpkin.  Good hiking weather!

During our last meeting Reba Cross Seals presented a talk to us on her journeys to China this past summer.  She was thrilled to go; and we were thrilled to get her back.

We were glad to have visitors at our September meeting and look forward to seeing other new faces.  One of the visitors, Sharon Oates, jumped right in and volunteered to bring the refreshments for our next meeting, Oct. 20, in Fort Davis.  Please remember to invite your neighbors or new acquaintances; joining a group is a good way… Continue reading October Newsletter | “Log of the Trail” →

September Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our September meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2009, in the Fiesta Room at the Hallmark Apartments in Alpine from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

Refreshments will be provided by Donna Greene. Edy Elfring will talk about her book. And Reba will give first talk about her trip to China.
Writing Asssignment by Darrell White: What I Did For Summer Vacation and Why

From the Atelier of Our Prez:

Hello, gang…time for us to herd up again!  We’re gathering on September 22, 7 PM, at the Hallmark Apartments in Alpine.  Our normal meeting date is the third Tuesday of the month; but this first fall meeting will be held the 4th Tuesday.  We look forward to seeing all your smiling faces again; please remember to invite your neighbors or interested parties to attend.  It’s my turn to provide refreshments; I promise not to kill anybody.

I know you’ve all been busy with traveling, visiting, working, and I hope some writing.

Darrell White, our worthy Vice Prez, was one of the authors featured at the WOW Texas Book Festival this summer held at Sul Ross and I asked him to send a synopsis of his experience there not realizing that it was not a good one.   Continue reading September Newsletter | “Log of the Trail” →

July Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Remember: There will be no meetings during the summer. Join us on Tuesday, September 15, for our next meeting. In the meantime, we’ll be sending monthly newsletters with summertime information!


From the desk of the Editor:

Who said summer is slow? Take a look at our July newsletter and see that things are hopping this summer with all sorts of news and activities.

And bless the gods above for all of the rain! Makes for cool days perfect for inspiration. So get out those pens and let us know what you’re up to!

Kip Piper

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June Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Remember: There will be no meetings during the summer. Join us on Tuesday, September 15, for our next meeting. In the meantime, we’ll be sending monthly newsletters with summertime information!


From the Atelier of our President:

The sun is out, hip hip hooray
It’s time to run and laugh and play
Pet the dog, comb the cat
Put on shorts and fishing hat

Years ago I wrote this little ditty for Vacation Bible School curriculum to mark the end of the school year.  And, it’s the end of our “school year” as well since we more or less follow the school schedule.  Time to travel, Continue reading June Newsletter | “Log of the Trail” →

May Newsletter :: “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our End of Year Pot Luck  will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at the home of Edy Elfring in Alpine from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. See below for more information and directions.


From the Atelier of our President:

Remember the commitment I made at the beginning of this year to get in shape and work toward being “svelte” instead of “swelt”?  Well, I would like to renegotiate my contract.

In the first place, it took me three months to put together the Golds Gym workout bench I bought at Christmas.  In all fairness, it involved reading instructions and patience…two of my weakest areas.  And secondly, life got in the way…

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April Newsletter :: “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our April meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 21, 2009, in the Fiesta Room at the Hallmark Apartments in Alpine from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

Refreshments will be provided by Phyllis Musgrove. Jackie Siglin provided the writing assignment (see below).

From the Atelier of our President:

Whoever says there’s nothing to do out here must not really be here.  I remember thinking that when I first moved here, but it was because I didn’t know anybody.   When I finally got tucked into a friends fold, I got so active I didn’t have time to think that anymore.  I moved here from a big city and of course that kind of busy was detrimental.  Lots of built-in tension goes with maneuvering from home to job to home when living in a crowded metroplex.

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