APRIL 2021 Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement:   Due to Covid-19, our meeting venues are closed until further notice.  Our next meeting will be on , APRIL 24, 2021, 3:00 p.m. (CT) on Zoom, hosted by the Fort Davis Library.  We will have no time limit and are most grateful for their willingness to host the meeting for us.  Please watch your email for invite to this meeting.  All due paying members will receive the invitation.

Photo Writing Prompts:  Members’ Photos (See description below)

Program:  Tumbleweed Smith, noted author and podcast host, will be discussing some of his writings.  

Moderator:  Robbie Ann Burns

Refreshments:  None

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

From the TMTW Steering Committee

They say April showers bring May flowers.  In this part of the country we are praying for the much needed showers.  Our land is being ravaged by the extended drought in our area.  On the bright side, spring green is showing in our trees, the buzzards and hummingbirds are returning.  We are hoping your writing has been brought to life through these signs of promise. 

We are looking forward to seeing your stories for this year’s Chaos.  Please remember to submit your poems and stories no later than May 15, 2021.

Also, a friendly reminder that dues are due this month.  They remain at $20 per year and include your copy of the Chaos publication published by our group.

We are looking forward to our program this month!  Our special guest will be Tumbleweed Smith who is producer of The Sound of Texas, a radio series that began in Big Spring, TX and became the most widely syndicated feature radio show in Texas.

In doing his daily program for 52 years, this native Texas has gathered the largest private collection of oral history in the United States.  Texas Highways magazine says he has probably recorded the voices of more Texas characters than anyone else.

Tumbleweed taught broadcasting and speech at UTPB for 34 years.  He is a syndicated newspaper columnist.  He graduated from Baylor with a BA degree in English and earned a Master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.  He studied law at Drake University.

He owns an advertising and production company and has won international recognition for his work.  He is a past district governor of Rotary International  and an Admiral in the Texas Navy.  He has a star on the Texas Trail of Fame in Fort Worth.  Both the US and Texas legislatures have recognized him for preserving Texas history.

He lives in Big Spring with his wife, Susan.  They have two sons, two daughters-in-law and four grandsons.

  We hope you will be able to join us for this special presentation via Zoom, April 24, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

Robbie Ann Burns, TMTW Board Member

Photo Writing Prompts – Members’ Photos & Word Prompts

We are excited to announce that we are adding word prompts to our  monthly prompts which will give you a little more encouragement to write.  Remember, your first thoughts are worth jotting down to see where the story might take you.

TMTW members are invited to participate in choosing the monthly Photo Writing Prompts by submitting good quality, sharp ORIGINAL (YOUR photo – not someone else’s) images in JPG format to Jerri Garza.  Do not send anything from the Internet as we would be subject to heavy fines.

Send two to four images no later than the 10th of each month to Jerri at .  Jerri will then send four selections to Robbie for inclusion in the newsletter.  Please have images at high resolution for publication. There is no monetary compensation for TMTW use of members’ images.  Images must be received by the deadline for use in the writing prompts.  It is not required to submit images for writing prompts participation.

The writing guidelines remain at 500 words or fewer, Times New Roman, 12-point font.  If you wish, you may read or have your Opportunity read at the monthly meeting.  You can choose to write about one, several, or all images.  If all images are selected for the Writing Opportunity, then attempt to combine the images into one related assignment.

Use these as they are or use anything they might inspire in you.  You can also choose not to read, but whatever your choice you can always submit it for publication in Chaos.  Black and white versions of members photos may be included in the Chaos if anyone chooses their photo as writing inspiration.  Submitting a photo implies permission to reproduce as TMTW chooses and we will credit the photographer in every instance.  Questions? Email Jerri at .

Word Phrases submitted by Gay Kiser

The history she and Brownie shared was something few would understand.

What had Thoreau thought about while walking about Walden’s Pond?

Sometimes, it’s the simplest pleasures . . .

The last train to Alpine—where was she?

This month’s photo writing prompts are the images below, should you like to use them.

Submitted by Gay Kiser



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