A trip to the Pioneer Woman Museum in Ponca City, Oklahoma, with two of our granddaughters was an enjoyable experience. The girls got to see two weaving looms in use, and learned lots of new things about pioneer women who helped settle Oklahoma. A rainy day during a week of RV camping gave us a good excuse to get out and spend an afternoon at the museum. The museum itself is simply chock-a-block full of information about the life and experiences of early white settlers in OK. The areas covered: Fiber Art, An Oklahoma Woman – A Patchwork in Time and Space, Coming to the Cherokee Strip, Small Blessings, Heart of the Home, Living the Good Life, Out of the Kitchen, Into the Fire, A Cultured Life, Help from the Past, Hope For the Future, Breaking News – Oklahoma Women Journalists, Bending the Rules, Bound to Please, A History of Corsets,and last, but not least, there is the Education Room with a small display of artifacts. We all enjoyed the time spent, and each had a particularly favorite display. The older of our two granddaughters was very interested in the weaving demonstration and posed many articulate questions to the docent. She also liked the Breaking News, Oklahoma Women Journalists section. Her interest there was perhaps sparked by her father’s work as a journalist. The younger girl really liked three of the areas – a Cultured Life with it’s fine collection of musical instruments, Bending the Rules with it’s list of preposterous etiquette rules and the adage that “well-behaved women seldom make history.” That really appealed to her. She also liked the gallery’s four flipbooks which gave information on the times and trends of notable Oklahoma women. T-shirt souveniers rounded out their educational and fun day. Hooray for camping with kids and a chance to share their enthusiasm and curiosity. If you get a chance to visit Ponca City, OK, make sure to include a visit to the Pioneer Woman Museum. There are many other sites of interest in and around this small city – The Standing Bear Museum, the Marland House and the Marland Mansion are just a few, and all worthy of a day each. If you can manage to visit the Standing Bear Museum during a Pow-Wow, the scope and pleasure of the experience will be greatly amplified.
A 12-week hiatus away from media. Wow, almost unbelievable. We spent most of the time in Chesapeake, VA, caring for an ailing family member. Have never seen so much traffic and was struck by how much development has taken place in the 12 years since we were last in that area. Must say, I prefer the slower life pace of the Western Plains area. Amenities such as a veritable smorgasbord of shopping opportunities were definitely nice, but that positive attribute was greatly weighed down by the frantic pace of everything. We got to visit numerous family members and units and attended some nice community affairs, but it’s definitely NICE to be home! Our two Siamese kitties and six birds also agree. They all made the trip, some 5,500 miles, with us.
The Earth Organization is asking for help to provide food for starving animals in the Nikolaev Zoo in Southern Ukraine. Government funds for the zoo have dried up, as I reported in this blog on April 11. That story was originally posted by Igor Purlantov. The beleaguered zoo, in a country in turmoil, has about 8,000 animals, and they are in desperate need of help. The Earth Organization is a non-profit which actually purchases the needed food and medicines or supplies for the recipients, instead of randomly sending money. A reader of my blog kindly passed along this website address where you can make donations to The Earth Organization for those zoo animals: https://www.causes.com/actions/1769110-donate-to-earth-organization. I will always carry the memory of the terrible destiny of the zoo animals in Kuwait at the hands of an invading army. Let us pray that these unwilling Ukraine animals will not suffer a like fate.
NO! to the Keystone XL pipeline. On April 22, 2014, a large group of farmers, ranchers and tribal community members will arrive on horseback in Washington, D.C. That group, called the Cowboy Indian Alliance, will be bringing a message to President Obama to reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Their message is called “Reject and Protect.” They are concerned about the impact that pipeline would have on sensitive waterways if there is a pipeline break, such as happened in Arkansas and several other states last year. They are also concerned that the transmission of the toxic tar sands oil, destined for southern refineries and shipment to foreign markets, will have a significant negative impact on our national economy, our land and the well-being of future generations. More information about this unusual Alliance, their message, and their concerns can be found at http://www.greenpeaceblogs.org. It takes such alliances, with people speaking out about their well-founded concerns, to make a difference! This group will be joined by thousands of other individuals during the week April 22-April 27 to bring the message: “Stand for our people, for our water, for our climate, for our lands!”
Fracking is a controversial procedure that is being increasingly used in the quest for natural gas. There are too many questions and questionable procedures to allow this proliferation to continue without considered oversight. Water source contamination, earthquakes, questionable land grabbing, explosions at well sites, unregulated proprietary chemical use and disposal, etc., etc., etc. The list goes on and on. Yes, we need the domestic energy source. But, at what cost is it reasonable? The public needs to seriously consider this, speak up, and require legislators to get off the oil and gas company payrolls!