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Door Knob with Lock USA

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Today, 2:30 PM North Texas on July 12th

I’m dressed for comfort: t-shirt, swim trunks & barefoot.

Dog wants to frolic. I step out with her.
Got my iPhone & Kindle w/ a cold, icy drink. Im basking in my natural sauna taking it easy.

Only 98 degrees out.

Time to cool off.
I reach for the door knob, yikes!
Locked out no key – not good.

How it happened.
We had just changed the locks. Wife’s been saying the new locks have a problem. I said, I always carry a key.

Here’s what’s different. This door knob opens from the inside even when locked. I knew that but this
impromptu event set me up for failure.

Saved by my iPhone.
Called daughter who bailed me out. Cool and comfy again just minutes later. Wearing a key from now on.

Hope you got a chuckle out of this true story.


July 12, 2011 · 3:03 pm

Three Forks Families Blog at WordPress – John Neely Bryan

In the middle of the nineteenth century my ancestor Isaac ‘Ike’ Story traveled to north Texas with other families from southern Illinois. Prior to that Sam Houston’s Treaty with the Indian Tribes of North Texas at Bird’s Fort had paved the way for settlement of the area. This

Ike Story, Pioneer, entrepreneur and postmaster

area of lush prairies and rivers also had an abundance of timber teaming with game. These features created a natural draw for early settlement.

Trails were being blazed into three forks. One of the earliest settlers and entrepreneurs was John Neely Bryan.

The Texas State Historical Association‘s article on this pioneer gives us an in-depth look into the life of the founder of what is now Dallas, Texas. Their article continues his story.

John Neely Bryan, Indian trader, farmer, lawyer, and founder of Dallas, son of James and Elizabeth (Neely) Bryan, was born on December 24, 1810, in Fayetteville, Tennessee. He attended Fayetteville Military Academy and after reading law was admitted to the Tennessee bar. Around 1833 he moved to Arkansas, where he became an Indian trader. According to some sources, he and a partner laid out the town of Van Buren, Arkansas. Bryan made his first trip to the future site of Dallas, Texas, in 1839. He returned to Van Buren temporarily to settle his affairs, and in November 1841 he was back in Texas. He settled on the east bank of the Trinity River, not far from the present location of downtown Dallas. In the spring of 1842 he persuaded several families who had settled at Bird’s Fort to join him. On February 26, 1843, Bryan married Margaret Beeman, a daughter of one of these families. The couple had five children. Bryan served as postmaster in the Republic of Texas and operated a ferry across the Trinity where Commerce Street crosses the river today. In 1844 he persuaded J. P. Dumas to survey and plat the site of Dallas and possibly helped him with the work. Bryan was instrumental in the organizing of Dallas County in 1846 and in the choosing of Dallas as its county seat in August 1850. When Dallas became the county seat, Bryan donated the land for the courthouse.

He joined the California gold rush in 1849 but returned to Dallas within a year. In January 1853 he was a delegate to the state Democratic convention. In 1855, after shooting a man who had insulted his wife, Bryan fled to the Creek Nation. The man recovered, but although Bryan was surely informed of that fact within months of his flight, he did not return to his family in Dallas for about six years. He traveled to Colorado and California, apparently looking for gold, and returned to Dallas in 1860 or early 1861. He joined Col. Nicholas H. Darnell‘s Eighteenth Texas Cavalry regiment in the winter of 1861 and served with that unit until late 1862, when he was discharged because of his age and poor health. When he returned to Dallas in 1862, he became active once more in community affairs. In 1863 he was a trustee for Dallas Male and Female Academy. In 1866 he was prominent in efforts to aid victims of the flood that occurred that year. He also chaired a citizens’ meeting that pressed for the completion of the Houston and Texas Central Railway and presided at a rally seeking full political rights for all ex-Confederates. In 1871–72 he was one of the directors of the Dallas Bridge Company, the company that built the first iron bridge across the Trinity. He was also on the platform at the welcoming ceremonies for the Houston and Texas Central train when it pulled into town in mid-July 1872.

By 1874 Bryan’s mind was clearly impaired. He was admitted to the State Lunatic Asylum (later the Austin State Hospital ) in February 1877, and he died there on September 8 of that year. He was a Presbyterian.

For more official information about this engagement please refer to Bibliography

John William Rogers, The Lusty Texans of Dallas (New York: Dutton, 1951; enlarged ed. 1960; expanded ed., Dallas: Cokesbury Book Store, 1965). Lucy C. Trent, John Neely Bryan (Dallas: Tardy, 1936).

Cecil Harper, Jr., “BRYAN, JOHN NEELY,” Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed January 14, 2012. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.:


July 8, 2011 · 10:04 am

Drug Abuse and Distorted Perceptions based on “Pop-intellectual myths”

Cover of "On Writing:  A Memoir of the Cr...

Cover of On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

There is a common misconception in our culture that creative people need a little extra help to be ‘creative’. In the passage below Stephen King debunks that idea. He speaks as one who has been there. Did he need ‘drinking and drugging’ to write well? He answers that question below:

In the middle of the 1980s Stephen King’s life was spiraling out of control, his body saturated with alcohol and drugs. After years of self-denial and an ultimatum by his wife and family, King writes in his book, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft





“The idea that creative endeavor and mind-altering substances are entwined is one of the great pop-intellectual myths of our time.”

“I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to work anymore if I quit drinking and drugging, but I decided (again, so far as I was able to decide anything in my distraught and depressed state of mind) that I would trade writing for staying married and watching the kids grow up. If it came to that. It didn’t, of course. The idea that creative endeavor and mind-altering substances are entwined is one of the great pop-intellectual myths of our time. The four twentieth-century writers whose work is most responsible for it are probably Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Sherwood Anderson, and the poet Dylan Thomas. They are the writers who largely formed our vision of an existential English-speaking wasteland where people have been cut off from one another and live in an atmosphere of emotional strangulation and despair. These concepts are very familiar to most alcoholics; the common reaction to them is amusement. Substance-abusing writers are just substance abusers—”

King, Stephen (2000). On Writing (pp. 91-92). Scribner. Kindle Edition.

Related insight from scripture.

Proverbs 3:21-23 (NLT 3rd ed.)

21 My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them, 22 for they will refresh your soul. They are like jewels on a necklace. 23 They keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not stumble.

Drug Abuse and Distorted Perceptions based on, “Pop-intellectual myths


July 4, 2011 · 2:38 pm

This is a July 4th Weekend Post in honor of Veterans

7 December 1941, America enters WWII

“A day that shall live in Infamy!”

A warm Sunday morning; about 7:45 a.m. to 8 a.m. Church bells, laughter a day of peace and rest. My dad, A.C. Weatherly Jr. is shaving and about to step ashore but on this day that would not happen. Klaxons Sounded, Squawk Box Screamed, Air Raid Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.

A crash of steel upon steel, ripped, screaming from forces not meant to be; Main deck, deck plates, deck after deck and into the mud below. A deafening Roar as the torpedo detonates. The hull rises, falls and lists. USS Raleigh (CL-7) became an early casualty at Pearl Harbor that Day. Round One.

Damage control underway. Gaping holes and torn seams shored for now. Then, impact Two… this time horizontal as the an armor piercing bomb slams through bulkheads. Some survivors there but below decks, not a pretty site. The fight goes on.

Retrospective- Courageous acts by officers and men saved most souls on board. She was kept afloat by jettisoning everything not permanently attached; barges supported, pumps counter-flooded and breaches were shored. Raleigh made it and survived for the duration. Just one ship that day out of many. Our Navy’s greatest loss for a time. Life and Fight go on.
After that we were honored to have dad home again.
Peace is won through strength.

Vigilance must never fail. Thanks to that Greatest Generation, so few now but always honored and yet we pay tribute and go on to fight our wars and win the peace for future generations.

Link below is Raleigh in 1942, ready for action:
USS Raleigh (CL-7) July 1942


July 2, 2011 · 6:39 pm

Independence Day Weekend – This Date in History, July 2nd

Robert R. Livingston

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Brave men chose liberty and freedom on this day once at the start of this nation and again 87 years later.

It took great courage. Please consider:

Notes on the Declaration of Independence
July 1-4

During these four days in 1776 Congress worked to draft the declaration. It was revised and debated over this period.

Did you know, what happened on July 2nd? The the Second Continental Congress made the declaration, the United Colonies to be independent of the British Empire. It took two more days for the formal Declaration to be ratified.

1863 Battle of Gettysburg Day 2

Late in the afternoon Col. Joshua Chamberlain, a seminary graduate and school teacher, is in command of the 20th Main Infantry, V Corps of the Union Army. He has ordered his troops to take a position on Little Round Top at the south end of the Gettysburg Battlefield.

Confederate Gen. Longstreet’s troops had attacked and fought for over three hours as they approached Chamberlain’s position. So far the battle had raged across Rose farm, the Peach Orchard, the Wheatfield, Trostle farm and Devil’s Den.
Col. Chamberlain’s troops now anchor the extreme left of the Union line; his 20th Maine defending their position against Col. William C. Oates and forces from Alabama. His 20th Main has already held off one assault from the 15th Alabama.

Chamberlain’s troops are short on ammunition. Chamberlain orders “fix bayonets.” In his own words:
“At that crises, I ordered the bayonet. The word was enough. It ran like fire along the line, from man to man, and rose into a shout, with which they sprang forward on the enemy, now not 30 yards away. The effect was surprising; many of the enemy’s first line threw down their arms and surrendered. An officer fired his pistol at my head with one hand, while he handed me his sword with the other. Holding fast by our right, and swinging forward our left, we made an extended “right wheel,” before which the enemy’s second line broke and fell back, fighting from tree to tree, many being captured, until we had swept the valley and cleared the front of nearly our entire brigade.”
For his bravery and leadership in this engagement, Joshua Chamberlain was awarded the Medal of Honor.


July 2, 2011 · 3:14 pm

Three Forks Families Blog at WordPress


July 1, 2011 · 6:39 pm