Sunday, May 20, 2012


Tinney Chapel Brings Worship Service To Whispering Pines

Tinney Chapel Conducts Worship Service For Residents Of Whispering Pines Care Center

In the absence of  Rev. Sue Gross, Certified Lay Speaker Joe Dan Boyd gave the sermon, "Growing Love," based on 1 Corinthians 13 (The Love Chapter), with credit to Charles Johnson, Joe Dan's fellow journalist friend who is Pastor of Campground UMC at Townsend, TN in the Smoky Mountains. (Charles and Joe Dan worked together at Farm Journal Magazine for several years and enjoy discussing theology and/or swapping sermon ideas from time to time.)

Since today's sermon dealt primarily with love, Joe Dan kicked off his remarks by singing "The Glory Of Love," accompanying himself on the 8-string tenor ukulele. 

Pat Hollingsworth, former pianist at Tinney Chapel, has also spent much time coordinating activities at Whispering Pines Care Center, and facilitated today's worship service near downtown Winnsboro.

Tinney Chapel Lay Leader Roger Schneider asked "Junior" to assist by serving as song leader for today's service.

Tinney Chapel provides worship services for Whispering Pines once each month.

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Friday, May 18, 2012


Two New Poets @ Live Poets Society Meeting 05-18-12

Click on any image above to view it in larger format. Or click on the arrow below the narrative to view a video of a part of tonight's Live Poets Meeting.

Two new poets joined us tonight: Doc Davis, who writes about cowboys & Skip Hughes, who is partial to limericks. 

Signed copies of Skip’s new book, A Pot Of Message, subtitled “Zingers & Stingers,” are available exclusively at The Winnsboro Emporium. 

Skip says this book contains the best of his poetic efforts of the past few decades and is hot off the press. 

If you can't visit the Emporium, contact Skip Hughes via e-mail at and arrange for purchasing his new book which is $14 (including shipping) if mailed, or a flat $11.95 if purchased on site (no shipping required) at Conrad Wolfman's Winnsboro Emporium on North Main Street in beautiful downtown Winnsboro. 

Doc’s poem about a cowboy buying a bra for his wife was the night’s highlight. Skip’s “Comedy Of Eros” was a close second. Part of Doc's poem and all of Skip's are on the video located at the bottom of this narrative post.

Ellie Voth read “Love” & “Live Poets Meet Tonight.” 

Angela Wylie read “Fire” (inspired by her recent completion of the East Texas Wilderness Survival School taught by Renae Williams) & two other new poems, all of which she composed today. 

Present but not reading were Conrad Wolfman and Joe Dan Boyd. 

The Society meets every 3rd Friday at 6 pm in The Winnsboro Emporium on North Main Street of beautiful downtown Winnsboro.  In addition, on June 1, Art & Espresso (on Market Street in Winnsboro) will also host a poetry reading, open to the public, at which you will likely find at least some members of the Live Poets Society in performance. For more information on that event, call Marilyn Arnaud @ Art & Espresso (The Market Street Coffee Bar) at 903-342-3343 or check out their website at:

Live Poets Society is always open to the public, either for reading or listening, or both.

Below is the incomplete video. Apologies for not getting all of Doc's poem or any of Angela Wylie's reading in this clip:

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Sunday, May 13, 2012


The 1900 Fowler Incident as reenacted by Legends Of The Crossroads

Click any of the photo files, above, to view  in larger format and/or click the video file, below, to view the entire reenactment of The 1900 Fowler Incident, a turn-of-the-Century shootout resulting from a ruckus between 20-year-old Shelby Fowler and merchant prince R. G. Andrews, owner of the stately Andrews Building, which occupied more than an entire block of retail space in downtown Winnsboro, Texas, at the time.

The incident involved an alleged cutting of Andrews (with a broken hot sauce bottle) by the 20-year-old Fowler, and an unsuccessful attempt to arrest the young man (after a $50 reward is posted) by a Winnsboro deputy, who is ultimately slain with a shotgun by Frank Fowler, father of young Shelby.

Later, both Fowler men surrendered and the father was tried for murder, found not guilty and then freed.

Legends of the Crossroads, a newly formed group of Winnsboro dramatic re-enactors, is led by the unique Doc Davis, who plays a bartender in this re-enactment, during which he warns the ill-fated deputy that he is asking for trouble and should "leave those Fowlers alone."

To view this event, The 1900 Fowler Incident, please click on the video file below:

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Saturday, May 05, 2012


Let's Help Mary Louise Middleton Celebrate Her First 100 Years Today @ Tinney Chapel

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Celebrate with Mary Louise Middleton (mother of Mollie Stanton) today from 1 pm to 3 pm in Tinney Chapel's Family Life Center as we help her observe her first 100 years.

"Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life." --Burton Hillis

"Love calls life's cadence."--Joe Dan Boyd

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