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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

Boutique Lodging in Abilene

Sayles Ranch Guesthouses — Sometimes I like to just click through photos of these houses for fun, because the designs are so amazing & gorgeous. Each one is decorated differently and with various themes. It’s not a ranch, they’re a series of amazingly renovated lodgings. There are 9 different properties, ranging from craftsman cottages to … Continue reading

C.A.L.F. – Children’s Art & Literacy Festival

Visiting the first annual Children’s Art & Literary Festival, a friend and I began at the “nickel” (National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature) to view an exhibit of original rough sketches, preliminary crayon drawings, and final pen-and-ink line art for the book The Lorax, by Theodor (“Ted”) Seuss Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Seuss. The accompanying brochure … Continue reading

The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature

In my opinion “the nickel,” the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (N.C.C.I.L.) on S. 1st & Cedar downtown is Abilene’s best museum. I just love it. I like the layout and look of it, and their exhibits are great. You might say, “Well, I don’t have kids, and it’s for kids, right?” But you … Continue reading

Abilene’s 12th Armored Division Museum

This is a World War II museum, and a surprisingly good one. Its building looks like nothing much from the outside and is easy to drive right by, but is worth going in – and plan for some time to investigate. I’d say about an hour and a half to get a good look. The … Continue reading

Meet Tim James – Ex-Facilities Manager Extraordinaire at Dyess Medical Clinic

Tim James started at the bottom. Literally beginning in the basement mechanical room of the three-story Dyess Medical Center building, he masterminded renovating, painting, adding décor and utterly transforming the entire facility over a period of five years. Tim didn’t miss a spot. This transformational feat was the crowning achievement of his civilian Air Force … Continue reading

Meet Elaine Yielding – China Painting Artist

China painters apply designs stroke by stroke onto the slick surface of china using thin ‘washes’ or layers of paint, mixed with finely ground glass called flux. Participants say they enjoy the artistic outlet and stress-relieving benefits of the process. Studies show the benefits of making art include reduction in stress and anxiety, increase in … Continue reading