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In recent years, we’ve been hearing a lot about the possible demise of shopping malls in America­, and in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation seems particularly dire - especially for us nostalgic dweebs of the 1980s who depended on malls for our embarrassing fashion choices and futile dating rituals. Well, I say it’s time to take a stand, and I’m proud that my three daughters (and my Visa card) are doing everything in their power to keep malls alive and me in debt. more
Last week’s Musings included Charlotte Barrett’s memory of Bailey’s Pool. The Museum sells “A Pictorial History of Madison County, Texas,” a brown book about the size of a school yearbook and published in 1994. A photo on Page 60 is captioned “Mr. and Mrs. Ben Bailey, pictured here in 1935, owned Bailey’s Swimming Pool on Highway 21 west of Madisonville. Summertime found young and old alike enjoying and sharing the fun at the pool! What a delightful way to cool off! The pool was opened in approximately 1932 and was enjoyed by people from Madison and surrounding counties until it closed in 1969.” more
Gov. Greg Abbott didn’t predict that the number of COVID-19 cases would fall as the state allowed businesses and cultural centers to reopen. In fact, he said allowing more people back into public places could increase the spread of infection. more
Nearly every conversation that I have with friends, about the proposed "high speed rail" between Houston and Dallas, starts off with them saying something like "I thought that was dead". I wish it was, but sadly it is like a nagging cold...it won't go away. more
Madison County Museum markets some items, including a small blue paperback entitled “Madison County Memories Vol. 1.” Published in 1994, it contains short essays that were submitted, including the following: more
I don’t know about you, but the next time I hear someone refer to the “new normal,” I think I might scream into my middle daughter’s unacceptable new bikini bottoms that I plan to confiscate and turn into a coronavirus face mask. If adjusting my daily activities according to COVID-19 protocol is now the norm, I’m ready to declare myself an official freakazoid, which is how most people (especially my family members) see me, anyway. more
Madison County Historical Commission’s two books of local history are treasure-laden! I wish we could compile another; it would make us a third prize. If we don’t do it soon, some stories and facts will be lost forever. more
If you are a newspaper subscriber or you pick up a copy at a local retailer, you pay for the news and information you receive in your paper’s print edition or digital outlets. more
The swarm of Texas politicians snarling at one another about how to run elections turned into a lawsuit — bringing hope, maybe, that some panel of wise judges would sort things out, make things clear, save the day. more
To the Editor: more
I have written these Musings for five years this month, but current events have reminded me that I haven’t done much with local Black history. more
Dear Editor, Thank you for all your hard work writing the paper and doing your job. Make sure, stay safe. I’m in the sixth grade going to the seventh. I really miss school. I miss my friends, … more
It’s high time Americans accept a first-world side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, and I don’t mean those blasted directional floor stickers I can’t navigate in the aisles at Walmart. No, I’m referring to male-pattern corona hair. more
Recently I discovered two collections of interesting old newspaper clippings about the Madisonville area. more
“Conviction at Madisonville,” in the June 21, 1905, edition of The Houston Post, included “Madisonville, Texas. June 20. Seth Harrell was convicted in the county court for selling whiskey in a local option precinct, and was assessed $25 and twenty-five days in jail. Quite a lengthy docket is before the court. Ranger Captain McDonald and Ranger Dunnway are here attending court.” more
Ever since our local mayor issued a COVID-19 shelter-in-place-and-go-completely-cocoa bananas order, my family and I have found ourselves cooking more than we have for our entire lives. We’ve even been following recipes and using the actual stove/oven thingy, much to the relief of our exhaustipated microwave. And considering the Mad Max-wasteland conditions in the “cooking-stuff-from-scratch” aisle at Walmart, we aren’t the only ones. more
Recently I discovered two collections of interesting old newspaper clippings about the Madisonville area. more
I’ve found that when doing research, it takes a miracle to find three sites that totally agree on spelling of names and on dates of births and deaths. I do lean strongly towards believing a good copy of a birth or death certificate. I use Findagrave.com often, but it is not perfect. Don’t hold me to exactness. History is often not exact. I do my best. more
A recent Musings focused on Terrell family members and ended with information about Walter and Ottie Terrell Gooden. When I wrote it, I vowed to soon relate more about other Gooden family members. I pulled the information below from essays written by Gooden family members for Volume 1 of our local history. more
Across our community, there are parents and caregivers who may be struggling with balancing the stress of daily life alongside caring for a child. Whether it is working multiple jobs trying to put food on the table, grappling with a substance use disorder, wondering where the next month’s rent will be coming from or figuring out how to deal with a major financial setback, balancing these pressures with parenting and running a household can at times be very difficult. more
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