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Naomi Scott University of North Texas Press PDF

GLOSSARY tion with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, offering competition for mentally and physically challenged riders. The name comes from the term “Top Hand,” an honor bestowed on the best ranch cowboys in the Old West.

Tourette’s Syndrome: A neurobehavioral disorder in which classic symptoms are uncontrollable facial and vocal tics. It affects about one in two thousand people, is three to four times more common in boys, and usually begins before the age of seven.

Transverse Myelites: A neurological disorder caused by spinal inflammation, part of a spectrum of neuroimmunologic diseases of the central nervous system. It can damage or destroy myelin, the fatty substance that insulates nerve fibers, resulting in varying degrees of paralysis.

Vaulting: Therapeutic vaulting is a modification of traditional vaulting.

The basic positions are taught, in an environment where the vaulters can progress at their own speed, while still being part of a group working together.

Vestibular System: The organ of the inner ear, containing several sets of three semicircular ducts at right angles to one another, which helps keep the body balanced. Also involved are the outer ear and the pull of gravity, which play a large roll in sensory integration. Over stimulation can cause motion sickness.

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Hang On to Your Hat

Joyce Gibson Roach University of North Texas Press PDF

Hang on to

Your Hat


It’s March and, as the windy saying goes, “It’s in like a lion.”

The weather is typical—unpredictable and unreliable.

The weather here in Texas has a lore all its own, and trading information about wind, rain, and the growing season takes up a right smart of our time. An old verse comes to mind: “Whether it’s cold or whether it’s hot /

There’s gonna be weather, whether or not.”

Since it’s windy, I may as well start you off with a

“windy” about Texas wind. It’s best not to get scientific about wind lore. Most of it is delivered by word of mouth, not written down, and even if given with a straight face, intended to tickle the funny bone.

For example: “Between Texas and the North Pole, there’s only a barbed wire fence with one strand, and the wind blew that down!”

“Fences here lose their barbs because the wind’s so strong that it keeps untwisting them.”

“A handy device for measuring wind is to hang up a log chain: at a forty-five degree angle, you have a fair breeze. When the chain stretches straight out and starts snapping off links, well, you can say it’s beginning to blow a bit.”

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Addie’s Household Helpful Hints? Ask Watkins

Joyce Gibson Roach University of North Texas Press PDF

Addie’s Household

Helpful Hints?

Ask  Watkins


After Addie put in her two cents’ worth about poke sallet,

I knew she’d be just the one to offer helpful hints about household issues, health, ailments, and more. She gave me quite a surprise when she said in a very confidential tone,

“Ask Watkins.”

“Ask Watkins what? Who is he?” I whispered back to her, although it was only us sitting at her kitchen table.

“You know. The Watkins man, Mr. Parker, who used to come ’round every month, knock on the front door— not the back door because people might talk. He’d have a bag of stuff to show you, and his car was full of stuff in case you wanted any of it right then and there.”

“How could his name be Mr. Parker when you said his name was Watkins?”

“No, no. You don’t get it.”

“No, I don’t,” and I was getting just as testy about it as she was. One of us didn’t understand, and it was me!

“Mr. Parker sold Watkins products, named after

Mr. J. R. Watkins. And there was a Watkins Cook Book and a Watkins Household Hints. I have both books. They were published in 1941 and sold for one dollar and fifty cents.

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What Kept Us Going

Eddie Stimpson, Jr. University of North Texas Press PDF

What Kept Us Going

It strange to look back in the past whin work were all sweat and muscles. Every job were strait from the body muscles.

Some of the work strain every vein in your body. Even tears roll out of one eyes. I can remember men and women say, She or he work ther poor soul to death.

Now that I've been through some of that blood and sweat for a living, I understand why they said this. I been one of any where from ten to twenty peoples out in a field chopping cotton with grass as thick as hair on a dog back. Some time bending down for hours pulling grass from around cotton you could hardly see for weeds, with a row a mile long and take all day, some time two day, to chop one row.

It would been nice, chopping the cotton, if not for the ups and downs. The cotton were so bad that every time you make one whack with your hoe you had to bend over to pull the grass from around- the cotton. It was like bending over doing three whack down to one whack standing. One would think in grassy cotton like this you would never get from one end to the other, the rows being one mile long. By the time you get to the top of the hill and a half day gone you look down the row and say,

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