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Native tongue

Domio (Joe) and Annie Watson started school in the dusty southwest Oklahoma town of Elgin, the oldest two children of their part white, part Muscogee (Creek) family. The Elgin area included families with jobs at the nearby Air Force base. … Continue reading

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“Watsons Don’t Cry.”

People handle grief in different ways. Some take dignified comfort in the sympathy of loved ones to make peace with the situation; others wail and howl until their pain finds a measure of relief in expression. Still others maintain a … Continue reading

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Sand for the castle

Christmas is a weird time for me. I knew Christmas had to do with some religious experience people expected me to know but never bothered to explain, and for some reason Santa came into play. In my child world, Santa … Continue reading

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Of sage dressing and dancing birds

Of all the scents that trigger old memories, nothing can send me back in time quite like the smell of sage dressing. Sage dressing was my mother’s signature dish, heavy with the savory spice and accompanying flavors celery and onion. … Continue reading

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