Here, I'm looking at the history of my grandmother's family, the Bowles. My great-great grandfather was a Union soldier from Tennessee. My great grandparents owned a five-and-dime in the Depression, which they had to close when no one paid them. Then the whole family worked on a farm.

Grandma was a Rosie the Riveter when Grandpa went off to fight WWII. I didn't know that. I can't even get her to talk about the past. I got out the old family albums. My dad was so cute as boy! I loved looking at the clothes and cars. Grandma wouldn't tell me anything. My parents say she might not remember. She met my grandfather at a square dance in Tahlequah, that's all I know. I asked her if I could scan the pictures. She doesn't know what that means, so she said no. I don't think she's ever looked at the Internet.

I am sort of obsessed with downtown Tulsa. There are so many beautiful skyscrapers with elaborate embellishments. Yet more than half of them have been torn down and made parking lots. Everyone who works in a skyscraper now can park on the ground. I guess Tulsa never really recovered from the oil bust. My parents tell me about going to Kress', which was like Macy's, but it had a soda fountain on the bottom floor.

A tour of Tulsa )

This is not far from my grandmother's house, and she lives inside Tulsa city limits. Nearby, there's a convenience store, I kid you not, called Kum N' Go. I would say it's not a coincidence that it's next door to the Foxx Hole gentleman's club. But Kum N' Go is a CHAIN.

OK, we're now up to now. Or May. Last time, I showed you Theta Pond in winter. Here is the pond in summer, with family. Most of the good shots were taken by my brother, because he would yell at me to put my camera down everytime I was going to get a good picture, so he could take one.

Good one, Johnny:

Evie pretending she likes me. She only likes me when I have something she wants - my computer, my camera, my phone or a chocolate covered granola bar.

Duck, duck, goose )
OK, if you missed 'em, check out my first posts here and here, because I took some photos that don't suck.

Anyway, back in December, Mom, Dad and I went to Boomer Lake Park, which is my least favorite park in Stillwater, especially in winter. It's so obviously a reservoir - and an ugly one at that. In summer, it's good for picnicking and flying kites. Or if you're playing on the playground. Or if it's night, and you're an idiot teenager who feels the need to jump in. My parents like it because it has a measured walking trail.

Read more... )

I'm on the left, Denise, my best friend from high school is on the right, and her fiance is in the middle

Short bangs are bad, no? I don't miss 'em!
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Yesterday, I got sucked into the History Channel's The Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History. It totally creeped me out.

Here's the thing. When you think of the Klan, you think of burning crosses and lynchings - horrific acts that any sane, moral person would object to. What got to me about the documentary: In the 1920s, the Klan grew have MILLIONS of members across the United States. And most of them DIDN'T get into it to hang blacks or burn down buildings. They weren't necessarily in favor of terrorism or murder; they saw those acts as the extremist, or perhaps necessary evils.

No, it was much more insidious. It was about exclusion. Excluding blacks, Jews, Catholics, union members. They spoke of lofty ideals about purity, patriotism, chastity, Christianity, conformity. They had members who were highly educated from Ivy League schools. They had members in all ranks of government and authority - judges, police, senators, etc (kind of like "Fight Club"). They marched in Fourth of July parades. Basically, it was our version of Nazism, and it included about 15 percent of the nation's population.

The Klan, of course, had its ups and downs and got more extreme in the '60s. And Klansmen who killed blacks or white civil-rights activists usually got off scott-free on their trials because of sympathizers in the juries. They HATED MLK with a passion. Even as late as 1979 the Klan had the manpower to bring terror upon an anti-Klan protest.

I'll be nice )



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