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Heila

Heila has written 48 posts for Abilene Observer

Lake Kirby Park

Across from Abilene Regional hospital and the new location for the Sam’s Club warehouse, the expanse of Lake Kirby is visible from some of the upper-floor rooms of the hospital. People like to fish here and there are some nice birds to observe. They like the water, apparently. Who doesn’t? The birds also have a fine … Continue reading

Panel on Poverty

“ONE PERSON determined to help another is a very strong force in our community.” – Norman Archibald This wasn’t your ordinary benefit lunch. It featured a panel which included an excellent cross-section of representatives from across our city. The thoughts, comments and specific data presented were amazingly informative and thought-provoking. Norm Archibald, our mayor, posed … Continue reading

Fresh Cut Flowers in Abilene

I love fresh flowers – a simple bunch of them, or a single stem – different ones for different moods, to occasionally have on the dining room table or next to the sink. But where to find some in Abilene – land of the prickly pear cactus? I tried local florists but they didn’t seem … Continue reading

City University – {Parks, Libraries, Health Center, Civic Center}

Audrey Perry has worked for 44 years (!) at the Abilene Civic Center. She is the manager. We walked around the entire 1970’s facility, including its 1990 conference center addition. It was interesting to see the spaces getting prepared for a show in the auditorium/stage/backstage, an event in the exhibit hall, nothing at the time … Continue reading

More About Abilene Restaurants

Someone asked on social media: “Where do I get pancakes in Abilene?” I would also add, “Where do I meet someone for good conversation and a meal?” Here are a couple somewhat “secret” places to meet and eat, as well as the skinny (the fluffy?! :) on pancakes. The deli at the United on S. … Continue reading

Specialty Food Shopping in Abilene

Cordell’s sells special olive oils and vinegars. When a friend first told me about this shop I was skeptical at first. But she was a much better cook than I, so I went with her to check it out. I knew about olive oil and that it existed, and was different than Crisco vegetable oil … Continue reading

Beating the Heat – My Top 5 Abilene Summer Activities

We moved here in the summer of 2010 and have been experiencing a drought ever since. That’s serious heat, people. Growing up in Colorado I thought any time the temp was over 100 degrees it was a big deal. Here, it’s usual to have it in the 100’s, and that’s hot. So first off….   … Continue reading

Good Secondhand (Furniture) Shopping in Abilene

When I’d been in Abilene a year or so, I met a couple of young airmen at an Eternal Threads event. They had a couple roommates, had just moved into an apartment and were looking to furnish it at a reasonable cost. (They were in the wrong place for furniture, but they did find a … Continue reading

Meet the Enthusiasts — Hot Rod Trucks & Tractors

Linear Speed Wins This Race — “Let’s Go Pullin’!” is the rallying cry of the Texas Truck & Tractor Pullers Association, but Donna Riley, Secretary/Treasurer calls it “Goin’ to the circus,” because of the rows of semitrailers and flatbeds that show up to the West Texas Fair & Rodeo carrying various kinds of hot rod … Continue reading

Featured Blog – Texas Country Reporter

This is the beginning of a series of posts I will be making, where I will feature some of my current favorite blogs around the internet! — First off, is the Texas Country Reporter Blog! — If you haven’t discovered this show yet, you’re about to feel more at home in Texas if you do. … Continue reading

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