Happy Juneteenth!

President Lincoln freed the slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation, which went into effect on New Year’s Day in 1863. However, back then they didn’t have CNN or the Internet.

So it wasn’t until two and a half years later, on June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers sailed into Galveston, Texas, to announce the end of the Civil War, that African Americans learned the news. The Union troops read aloud a general order freeing the quarter-million slaves residing in Texas. June nineteenth became the Texas holiday, Juneteenth.

It’s a perfect day for those celebrations in parks across Dallas and throughout Texas. Have fun out there!

Also: My cousin Jay and his sister Jennifer were born on Juneteenth in 1972. Man, how can they be so OLD? Jay is in Europe on a college grant of some sort to design a new museum in Paris. Or something. I can’t remember what my aunt actually said, plus she’s ditzy and doesn’t tell all the right details. Jen is searching for a new house in Norman, Oklahoma, and will hate to leave her job at TCU in Ft. Worth–but her husband is a professor of architecture and is moving to OU/Norman. (“Namron” to you SCA types. Part of The Steppes. I think.)

So everyone who’s celebrating and picnicking today–have a good time out there!

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Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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