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Chapter 27: Nick—Down Syndrome

Naomi Scott University of North Texas Press PDF

Chapter Twenty-Seven

Nick—Down Syndrome

At a Special Olympics horse show, thirteen-year-old Nick Hogan, a veteran of many years in the saddle, walked around eating a bag of French fries and visiting folks along the shedrow. Several people teasingly asked him for one of his fries, and he would turn away, protecting his snack. As he walked up to me, he fished out a long, shiny fry, dripping with catsup, and extended it toward me. Nick is somewhat limited in his verbal skills, but smiling, he offered the token. His mother, Sandy Hogan, laughed.

“You should feel honored. He doesn’t share his fries with just anyone.”

Well, I absolutely did. I took that piece of potato from him and ate it, trying not to imagine where his fingers might have been as he played around the horse barn.

Nick has Down Syndrome and a spunky, compelling personality that gets him a lot of hugs—and sometimes, sent to “time out.” Horseback riding is his primary source of exercise, socializing, and self-esteem, while it also helps to teach him communication skills and discipline.

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Chapter 20. Two Tales of My Family: Two Tales of Who I Am

Edited by Francis Edward Abernethy and Kenneth L. Untiedt University of North Texas Press PDF

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TWO TALES OF MY FAMILY:

TWO TALES OF WHO I AM by Charlie McCormick of Radnor, Pennsylvania

The wind can blow across West Texas at speeds of up to fifty miles per hour as it rushes across the empty space to wherever the wind must go. As it makes its hurried journey, the wind scatters dust, tumbleweeds, and the occasional traveler throughout the landscape. Every now and then, though, a cactus or ravine will catch and hold an object from this blowing stream, and settle its capture into the thin, West Texas topsoil. At least, I thought, that is what must have caused my grandfather to root here.

I knew that Grandad—as we kids called him—had started in the North, in Oklahoma, and ended up in no place in particular.

The place had a name, Snyder, but not much more than that. It was just a forgotten little county seat in a forgotten little county that must have seemed, rather than pleasant, a little more tolerable than where my granddad had come from. Why he left home at all remains a mystery, as must every young man’s journey from

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3. The Right Man

Rick Miller University of North Texas Press PDF

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THE RIGHT MAN

J O H N B . J O N E S & C O M PA N Y, partnered by Jones and A.

F. Robbins, described itself as a business of “bankers and exchange dealers,” “general commission merchants,” and “wholesale and retail grocers,” maintaining a “full stock of groceries constantly on hand.”1

To complement the prominence of their retail enterprise, Robbins also served as a Corsicana alderman in the early 1870s. Classified legally as

“second class merchants,” Jones and Robbins also sold liquor in quantities of one quart or more, which brought about a legal hassle. Navarro

County Sheriff S. J. T. Johnson contended that Jones and Robbins owed a seventy-five-dollar occupation tax in addition to an occupation tax in the same amount already paid by the business. Johnson claimed that the right to sell such liquor was a second occupation in that second class merchants were not authorized to sell liquor. The company sued for a temporary injunction against the sheriff on December 23,

1873, and later prevailed when a permanent injunction was granted the following July.2 At the same time, Texas politics were playing out in Austin, and the outcome would affect Jones greatly. In his inaugural address on January 13, 1874, newly-elected Governor Richard Coke pledged that

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Chapter Eleven: Whose conscience counts?

Gloria Feldt with Carol Trickett Jennings University of North Texas Press PDF

We had testified that Congress should not practice medicine and that reproductive health decisions should be made by women with their families and physicians, not by government. In my testimony, I told the stories of several women and their experiences with tragic and catastrophic pregnancies that had necessitated wrenching choices. My testimony concluded with the following:

This bill trivializes women who must make difficult decisions under circumstances that, quite frankly, would soundly defeat many of us here today. In the quarter century since Roe v. Wade,

American women have not had a moment’s rest—not from legislative attempts to restrict their rights, not from violent protesters willing to use any means to interfere with their private and personal decisions. I have personally worked to promote and protect women’s health for all those years, and I am still amazed at those who would say to a woman, “We are not your doctors, we are not your family, but we are going to tell you what to do.”

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Fort Mason

B. W. Aston and Donathan Taylor University of North Texas Press PDF

Fort Mason•105TOURIST INFORMATION(When possible please call ahead to be sure these services are still available.)Fort MasonReconstruction of the officer's quarters stands atop Post Hill, which can be reached from downtown via Post Hill Street. A number of crumbling foundations still show some sites of 23 original buildings that included barracks, officers' quarters, storehouses, stables, guardhouse and hospital. The reconstructed building is on original foundations; double fireplace foundations are original, and rock used was from original building materials of fort.Mason(915/347-5758)Chamber of Commerce, 108 Ft. McKavett, Mason, TX 76856PoJnUtUUm:Poina of it., Nt:2,100Greek Revival courthouseSeaquist Victorian Mansion, 400 Broad Street, built of sandstone, the 22-room house is elaborately detailed with carved limestone. Group tours are available by calling 512-352-6415.EckertJames River Bat Cave Preserve, open fromMay-October, Thursday-Sunday, 6-9, you can visit one of the largest Mexican free-tailed bat colonies known. Call 915-347-5970 for information and directions.

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