Friday, October 14, 2016

Missing Teeth in Downtown Seminole, OK

Parks Drug Store Front Sign
Parks Drug in Downtown Seminole, OK which recently was destroyed by fire. 

Have you ever heard a downtown referred to as a mouth full of teeth? Well, part of those teeth in Seminole, Oklahoma went up in smoke recently. On October 2, 2016 five buildings were destroyed by fire on Main Street in downtown, our old neighborhood. Thankfully, the building we used to live in was not damaged, but our hearts go out to those who lost so much.

We lived on the second floor of an old bank building for two and a half years in downtown Seminole. G and I would walk up and down Main Street almost every day. He loved riding his bike on the bumpy sidewalks. We relished the old charm and community feel of living in a commercial area. There was an amazing thrift store, a delicious bakery, classic sandwich shop, and library all within blocks of each other.

Child riding bike on downtown sidewalk
Bike Riding in Downtown

Sadly the old Park's Drug Store caught fire on Sunday. It took 4 other buildings down with it. Over our time spent there, I would peek inside the drug store window hoping to spot an antique treasure.

My mom told stories about her childhood when she would go to the drug store, sit on the bar stools, and sip her fountain drink. I longed to take my children there to experience the same delight. During our time in Seminole, the drug store was closed which is too bad because it would have been a lovely addition to the downtown experience.

Walgreen Sign in Downtown Seminole, OK
Walgreen Agency sign on E. Oak Ave. in Downtown Seminole, OK

So many downtowns in rural America are going downhill or dying due to the competition of big box stores, online shopping, and the flight of youngsters. I love the idea of living in a place where you can walk to get a fresh cup of coffee or wave to the shopkeepers as you stroll down the sidewalk. Maybe I'm an old soul, but I think that kind of life has much appeal today.

Historic Bus Station Cafe Sign
Bus Station Cafe on E. Broadway Ave in Downtown Seminole, OK 

In recent years, Seminole Main Street, Inc. has been working hard to revitalize the historic downtown, but there is still so much to do and this fire was a tremendous setback. I know the people of Seminole will rise to this challenge, but I also know that it is okay to take some time to mourn the loss of buildings that held so many memories.


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Inspiring Quote

"Evil men do not wait for permission to create what they imagine but good people keep responding to the future as if we have no control over what is coming into the human story. We need to realize it is time for us to embrace our responsibility." 
- Erwin Raphael McManus 

Here is where I heard the quote if you would like to listen. The TedX talk is titled "What Makes Us Uniquely Human?"

If you listen I would love to hear your thoughts. What was your favorite quote?

Monday, October 3, 2016

Book Suggestion: A Memoir about the Beauty of Friendship

Nobody's Cuter than You Book Cover. Two girls swinging on tree swings.

If you experienced any of these things in high school or if any of these things make you happy then read this book:

  • Sonic drinks
  • College football 
  • Enjoyed gas station powdered donuts on your drive to high school 
  • Were consistently late to first period in high school because of your need to stop for donuts
  • Used a personal check to pay for the above said donuts
  • Have a strong desire for cute bangs but can never get them
  • Drove around stalking boy's houses that you had a crush on in high school
  • Road trips are your favorite
  • You have some of the best memories because they were shared with your friends

The book is Nobody's Cuter than You by Melanie Shankle. It is a memoir about the beauty of friendship. I laughed, I cried, I related to her stories and struggles. Feels like you are hanging out with a good friend.

I downloaded the audio book from the library. I love listening to audio books because I can do 2 things at once such as dishes and book, workout and book, walk and book, laundry and book, etc.

What have you been reading or listening to lately?

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Today is the Day to Start Creating

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about creativity and how much I enjoy it. How much I need it. How alive it makes me feel. That is one of the reasons I have started blogging again. A creative outlet.

When both of my boys turned one and a half I started working part time. With my first child, it was for a property management company in Los Angeles. I really enjoyed the job. I had an office separate from our apartment and only one flight of stairs away. 

During that time, I learned the discipline of working during nap time. It was also fulfilling to take G around with me to show apartments, buy balloons for an open house, or just help with paperwork. 

Now that D is 19 months--here I am again. This time, I am thankful for more flexibility. We are more financially secure at this time, thanks to this and a hard working husband, which makes it easier to transition to an unknown path such as blogging. 

I have no idea what will come of these posts, but I have a deep desire to get my thoughts on paper, er screen. For a couple years, I didn't have much of a desire for anything so when God began growing this desire the next step had to be action.

Here we go.

Inspiration for Taking this Leap:

I want a confetti drawer.

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” - William Wordsworth

Blogging impacts your life.

The dark ages are over. 

A fellow twin shows me that dreams can come true.

This community has always encouraged us to create, to love, to do something.

Little girl, you can do anything.

Her work ethic inspires me and shows me how much can be accomplished by working during lunch.

Because I sang this song in high school choir and it has stayed with me all these years. 

"If you follow your dreams, though the road seems lonely 
Follow your dreams, no matter how far. 
Give it your best, you’ll find success 
if you just keep your eye on that star." 

And here is one more. 

"It's not about how fast we get there, 
it's not about what is waiting on the other side, 
it's the climb." 
- Miley Cyrus

What dreams do you have inside of you? I would love to hear.

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