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Friday, December 6, 2013

Home on the Range

As I set out to put Doctor Higley on the big screen, one must understand my interest in this project. I grew up in Smith County, Kansas. My mother's country school teacher was the author of the book, Home on the Range. Margaret A. Nelson listened to stories she heard growing up in Smith County about Higley and the founding of the county. My mother, Beulah Black, told me that in the first chapter, Asma Walters was our relation. I read the book when I was in high school. How many people my age have read the book? I guess not many. Maybe it was that fact of mom, dad, and I going past the cabin to visit my aunt and uncle almost up to the Nebraska state line. We would come home about dusk, and never did we see a deer then, and this was in the 60s and 70s. Sometimes to me, the land was so sad, and other times it was happy. Winter in Kansas can look pretty dismal, and I guess winter made it worse. Somehow I felt the land was crying out to me for something. After high school, I attend junior college and college and dabble in drama and theater, and other subjects. I read a lot of plays, saw a lot of plays, and then comes along disco and the movie Star Wars. I just had a feeling after seeing one of those movies that in me was a movie or book. I had often wished I had majored in English, creative writing and the whole package in college, but I always thought my grammar wasn't good enough, so I rejected it. Big mistake. Moving back to Smith Center was a big mistake and also a good move. I began writing... something I had always wanted to do. I entered contests for the historical society in Topeka about true events. So I interviewed my parents and they had nothing, just bits of things that happened. Now I think that I could have written about Margaret Nelson's teaching. Never entered my mind. I begin to delve into old things, and go to historical museums. I started on my first novel. I researched diligently for it. I won a local poetry contest, and have my first short story published. I had lots of inspiration from writers in the area like a minister that wrote two books, and he asked me about punctuation. Me! I was only in sixth grade. Willa Cather had lived up north in Nebraska in the 1800s and on into the 1900s. All this was swimming around in my mind, and I still took visits to the cabin where Doc Higley lived. I was in a western style dress and had my picture taken in the cabin's door. I guess I was a little intriqued with it, and I couldn't understand why he went off and left all his belongings there. But now I know they were placed there by an organization in the 1950-60 years. Jump forward a few years, after reading through Home on the Range, it occurred to me, this would make a good movie. I concentrated on the song, and its creation. I wrote a short screenplay, then rewrote and rewrote. I just wrote frommy imagination, then got more information about the minor characters of the story. I found sites on the internet that let you submit a screenplay and producers would read the logline and synopsis. I found out more true information, talked to relatives of these characters, and began on more of the true story, or facts. The fact that Home on the Range is the state song of Kansas and that I was hearing it in movies, etc., was one motive that I decided it needed to be put on the big screen. I had just tipped the iceberg on the story. The owner of the cabin had passed away, and then relatives took over the cabin site. More publicity came out of it. It was time to save the cabin, and it was in need of repair. A campaign for money came, and more news was in the papers and media. This was my chance to get my foot in the door. Fundraisers were planned and I was there. I offered to help and finally told El Dean Holthus, I had written a screenplay of Home on the Range. Here I was this housekeeper in a hospital in Smith Center, and I have this screenplay that I was shopping to movie companies. Musicians get involved. The Praire Rose Rangers in Benton, Kansas; Michael Martin Murphey holds a concert to raise funds for it; and the project snowballs. There was a concert in Smith Center by the Freestaters from Wichta. They had played music for a film company, Lone Chimney. I looked them up. I don't remember if I emailed them or not. El Dean is introduced to this company somehow, and asks me if I had ever heard of them. No, and I sent them the screenplay anyway. Time goes on, and I forget about that. It seems that I would work on the screenplay every year for a little while, send it out, and nothing. El Dean tells me that they are interested in the story, and we meet. Ken Spurgeon likes my screenplay, but the direction El Dean suggests for the documentary is different. So, a new outline comes... the hours I have spent in the library in the genealogy section, and time spent on the microfiche machine reading the old newspapers, and time on produces a factual account of the story. I found out things that no one knows. So maybe my life was designed to be the one to do this project.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Nigerian Scammers on the internet

WAYN, Yahoo Personals,, Are You Interested, Zoosk, they all are a scammers paradise.Somewhere in Nigeria, women or maybe men, are on a computer, laptop, whatever, and use a name they have found on Facebook or somewhere else. Maybe they have phone books from all over the world.   The picture they put on these sites are anybody's pictures. That's the scary part. What if you were browsing these sites and found your picture on these singles sites and something fictitious written about you. I wonder if that has ever happened? Some pictures are of models.

Really good looking and gorgeous guys wink or flirt with me. These are men who are states away, or just lately, in Kansas. They like you instantly. They want you to put their yahoo ID on messenger so you can chat with them.

So the first time a guy from New York winked at me on, I put his ID on yahoo messenger, we chatted, and the things he said and did were a little girlish. After a while, things didn't add up. Then he had to leave the country to do a job, and when I questioned why he was in some  country he hadn't planned on going to, he got a little growly. When this man called, he said hello, and something else which I didn't quite understand, because of the thick accent. Not a New York accent at all. He answered, "You got a problem with that?"
So I googled things not making sense with guy I met on, and I discovered Nigerian scammers. Exactly what it said was what was going on with this person. So I immediately uninstalled Yahoo messenger.
I learned the hard way. Several years later, I get on I get a wink or flirt from someone out of state.  Bad spelling, bad grammar, going out of the country. Zap. Deleted.
Military man deployed scam. So I get a wink from a guy in Kansas. Great. Makes sense. Then a regular email and he is going to Nigeria to work. Why didn't you just come out and say you were a Nigerian scammer and save some time?

All of the sites I listed are full of scammers. People were fed up with the bar scene on finding someone, now I think they are fed up with the scammers on romance sites. I know I am.

So I guess it's back to the bars again.

 Just lately, I found a Polynesian stud. A few years earlier it was an alpha male. Weird, weird people.

So the scary part is these scammers using YOUR photo. Now my photo is on my ezine. So that wouldn't be hard to save and put on a singles site.  Most photos anywhere can be transferred.

Another scary thing is they could use YOUR name.  When you google that name and town together, there are no results.

So, I can not use anymore singles sites. It's just a joke. Unless you contact someone you know, then what's the use of that? Just call them up instead, save money.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

What shape is your popcorn?: Dumping dogs and cats

What shape is your popcorn?: Dumping dogs and cats: " It happens all the time. People will have an unwanted litter of pups or kittens and just dump them in the country or a secluded place in ..."

Dumping dogs and cats

 It happens all the time. People will have an unwanted litter of pups or kittens and just dump them in the country or a secluded place in town. The solution to that is evident: spay and neuter your pets. The people who do not spay and neuter, are the ones who dump the animals. How would they like it if someone didn't want  you around and took you two hundred miles any direction and just said, "okay, get out," and they left you there. No money, no cellphone, not knowing anyone, not able to talk, no food or water. No bathroom.
 These people don't want to be bothered with finding homes for the animals. So why have a pet in the first place?
These people reason that if they don't feel the animals pain, then everything is okay with what I do with it.
These people are usually using alcohol or drugs and don't want to spare any cash on anything but that.
These people can be from any walk of life. Yes, wealthy responsible people can neglect and abuse animals.
These people can't afford a pet, let alone feed themselves.
These people talk of animals as if they are a trinket
In rural areas, and in small towns where there are no animal cops, the police and sheriff have to deliver the orders on how to take care of pets. They don't want to, but with the more laws on the books and pressure from the public, they have to.
My solution for rural areas is to combine forces between the ASPCA and Humane Society of the United States. They should send out an officer to towns and farms. Look at the pet's living quarters, pen, etc, and rate it. If they feel it can use improvement, they tell them how, and if it is not corrected, then they will get a fine, and someone will go in and fix the problems immediately.
My expertise is from working for a charity for animals. We copay spays and neuters in our county.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Sunday, July 3, 2011

What shape is your popcorn?: Amazing things about Frankincense!

What shape is your popcorn?: Amazing things about Frankincense!: "Working on a part of my novel, I stopped to research tree sap. I began on reading about Frankincense. I found some amazing facts about fra..."

Amazing link between Jesus and Frankincense!

Working on a part of my novel, I stopped to research tree sap. I began on reading about Frankincense. I found some amazing facts about frankincense that we all know was presented to baby Jesus at the manger.
The scientific name for frankincense tree: Boswellia sacra

Almost the word sacrifice.

More research from

Words that can be created with an extra letter added to Sacra


We see the word Caesar.

From Wikipedia:

Frankincense is tapped from the very scraggly but hardy Boswellia tree by slashing the bark and allowing the exuded resins to bleed out and harden. These hardened resins are called tears. There are numerous species and varieties of frankincense trees, each producing a slightly different type of resin. Differences in soil and climate create even more diversity of the resin, even within the same species.
Frankincense trees are also considered unusual for their ability to grow in environments so unforgiving that they sometimes grow directly out of solid rock.

See anything relevant to Christ in that explanation? Solid rock. Also, Jesus was speared or cut on the tree he died on. We also see the word tears in that explanation.

It is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible book of Exodus 30:34, where it is named levonah, meaning "white" in Hebrew.[5]

The aroma of frankincense is said to represent life and the Judaic, Christian, and Islamic faiths have often used frankincense mixed with oils to anoint newborn infants and individuals considered to be moving into a new phase in their spiritual lives.
There is a place on the West Bank called Levonah. I am not sure if Christ had ever been there. So that means that maybe Frankincense was found there. 
I am coming to the conclusion, that maybe, just maybe that Jesus might have been crucified on a Frankincense tree. 
What do you think?
Also, searching frankincense, it may cure cancer.

Sharon Black