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Camp Barkeley Dog Park

I talked with Lydia Long by phone, to ask about the history and establishment of the Abilene dog park. I had heard that she and some others had made the park happen through grassroots efforts. Camp Barkeley, as it is called, is located out adjacent to the zoo and Nelson Park. Also nearby are the … Continue reading

Zoo [Video]

Enjoy a short music video of animals, reptiles and birds at the Abilene Zoo! It gives you a good taste of the place.

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

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

Featured Book – Straight from Teachers

A series of posts where I feature some of my favorite books! — Education is so important to all of us. Good schools are essential to a healthy community, but often we don’t hear from teachers themselves on the issues. This book provides first-person windows into classrooms across the country, therefore informing about subjects like … Continue reading

Foster Parenting in Texas

Goals of a recent re-design of Texas’ foster care system include keeping kids in foster care a shorter amount of time, accelerating finding permanent placements, and keeping children closer geographically as possible to their home of origin, ideally no further than 50 miles away. According to Alayna Brooks, a local Abilene woman who recently completed … Continue reading

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