Pearl Harris August 14, 2011 I was just looking at my calendar and saw that August 14th was V-J Day. I can picture in my mind exactly where I was on that day at 6 p.m. I was working in the Payroll Office of Lion Oil in El Dorado, AR, in the Exchange Building, at … Continue reading Recalling V-J Day
Pearl Harris One of my favorite memories of my mother was watching and being in the kitchen with her. She was a very small lady - less than 5 feet tall and never weighed 100 lbs - but she was a "little Samson". I don't remember her asking for help in picking up heavy objects … Continue reading My Mama’s Kitchen
Pearl Harris Our Gracious Heavenly Father, As we celebrate Mothers's Day, we are grateful for our Mothers and for the privilege of being a Mother. Our Mothers had a great impact on our lives and we are thankful for the sacrifices they made for us because they loved us. They could not have loved us … Continue reading A Mother’s Day Prayer
Pearl Harris It might as well be a big black bear. There is a door from the bedroom that opens into the den - then there's a door that opens from the dining room into the den - and they make a sort of closet. But I had ceiling to floor shelves built in a … Continue reading What’s Behind Those Two Doors?
Pearl Harris As of Sunday, May 27th, the day before Memorial Day I watched television mostly all afternoon. On one station it was about World War II. This man told his story and it was like I had heard so many times from my husband before he passed away. It was a long time before … Continue reading War Memories – WWII
Pearl Harris When I was growing up we all really looked forward to the month of May. It was nearly as "good" as Christmas. First, we got to pull off our "long handles". It didn't make any difference how warm it got in April, they didn't come off until May 1st. Then we always had … Continue reading Things We Used To Do In May
Pearl Harris If my Mother was still living she would shudder at the things we throw away these days. Nearly every day I take a big garbage bad of "stuff" to the garbage pail to be picked up and taken to a land fill. For just one person it seems to be a lot. A … Continue reading A Throw Away World
Pearl Harris You can! I did for just a little while a few days ago, I believe it was the day after New Years Day. It was such a dreary day - it wouldn't rain, the sun wouldn't shine - it just wouldn't do anything. Neither did I want to do anything - I even … Continue reading How Would You Like To Be A Kid Again?
Pearl Harris As we approach the winter season we begin hearing all the things we should do to avoid these germs. I suppose we had germs when I was a kid, but I don't remember us being so cautious. We were considered clean by our standards but I don't know if they would be considered … Continue reading It’s “Germ Time” Again – Watch Out
Pearl Harris I woke up Monday morning and thought about all the work I had to do that day and then I recalled a day of work in my parents home. I got out of bed at 7 am. They arose at 4 am. I switched the light on - they had to light a … Continue reading A Day’s Work – Then and Now!
Pearl Harris I have been wondering why I have all these little aches and pains and I think I have figured it out. If I live until October 29th I will be 93 years old. Do you know how many days that I have lived: I have lived 33,945 days, plus a few more including … Continue reading Aches and Pains – Why?
Pearl Harris A few weeks ago I wrote an article in the Banner about my first friend. Well, this is about one of my oldest and dearest friends. You might say we lost her this week - but she will always be in my best remembrances. Madaline Grier left us to go to a much … Continue reading Another Friend Story
Pearl Harris A few weeks ago a section of Farmerville was without power for about 7 or 8 hours. We've been without power before that long during ice storms - but it seems we made it. I am one who likes to stay busy - but I could not find anything to do without power. … Continue reading Without Electic Power – No Way!
Pearl Harris I received a telephone call from a lady in Junction City a few days ago and it made remember the first friend I had - other than my family. As I've told you before we lived about 3 or 4 miles from Junction City in a community known as Scotland. When I was … Continue reading My First Friend
Pearl Harris I suppose I'm just too sentimental - but I miss a lot of the things that I have seen in my lifetime. Everything is changing and I suppose that has to be and it is for good most of the time - at least some of the time. But I still miss and … Continue reading Familiar Things – Where Have They Gone?
Pearl Harris What has happened to time? I can't believe it is the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays again. I have been writing articles for about two years for "The Banner". Mostly it has been about "How Things Used to Be". I suppose our mind is our computer. Things are stored in it that we do … Continue reading What’s Happened to Time?
Pearl Harris In a way I'm off the stories of my memories - but in a way I'm not. You cannot read the morning paper or listen to news on Television without hearing that someone in our city, state or national administration has "misused, mistaken or some other nice word" our tax money. I would … Continue reading What Has Happened to Honesty?
Pearl Harris We know that we live in the greatest country in the world. We have the most freedom of any country - but we must be vigilant or we might lose it. In my short life span it seems that we are gradually being told what we can and cannot do.When I was in … Continue reading Be Vigilant!
Pearl Harris I was going through some old pictures and I found one of my Mom when she was young. She had on high-top shoes to cover her toes and ankles, a long dress to cover her legs, long sleeves to cover her arm, a high-neck dress collar to cover her neck. I'm glad we … Continue reading Covered or Uncovered??
Pearl Harris I love music. I'm talking about real music. I've always loved music and I believe the old saying "Music soothes the savage soul". When I was a little girl I wanted to play the piano, but had no piano and could not afford to pay for piano lessons. For a while all the … Continue reading Music, Music, Music
Pearl Harris As I was watching the news of the weather being the cause of closure of some schools in our area, I noticed Junction City Schools was one of them. I began to recall some of the memories during my twelve years at that school. Of course, I do remember the first day - … Continue reading My Old School – Junction City
Pearl Harris I saw some sweet potatoes (now called "Yams") in the market the other day and it made me remember when the sweet potatoes got ready in the fall. My Dad would get a pitch fork and go out and dig up the potatoes so that we could reach down and pick them up … Continue reading It’s Sweet “Tater” Time Again!
Pearl Harris This nice cool fall weather makes me want to get out and hike in the woods. But the last time I did that I found out I was allergic to something. So, I haven't done that - but it isn't because I don't think about it and wish I could. It reminds me … Continue reading Let’s Take A Hike In The Woods!
Pearl Harris Have you heard on the news that New York and other places are being invaded by Bedbugs? Well, that's just what we need in the good ole USA - another pest. They even have the audacity to invade the upscale hotels, they say, Well, when I was a kid- I guess, 7 or … Continue reading Bedbugs! Again!
Pearl Harris How long does it take you to go to the supermarket and pick up a gallon of milk and a pound of butter? If you don't have to spend too long at the check out, it will probably take you 10 or 15 minutes. Well, I can tell you when I was growing … Continue reading A Gallon of Milk and A Pound of Butter
Pearl Harris I was just reminiscing about how we spent our summer after we got out of school. We had chores to do even when we were small, but we did not seem to mind doing them - I guess we knew the consequences if we didn't. But I remember the long hot days - … Continue reading The Good Ole’ Summertime!
Pearl Harris How may times have we seen those signs on lawns, both residential and commercial lots? I wonder how much we spend just to keep our lawns pretty and green -- I expect it is a "pretty penny". When I was growing up it was all together different. If you had grass in your … Continue reading Keep Off The Grass
Pearl Harris It seems as if I spend a lot of time buying groceries these days. When I was a child I never remember my mom going grocery shopping. Oh, she went in the fall to buy material to make our school clothes, but I never knew her to buy groceries. All that we had … Continue reading Grocery Shopping vs. No Grocery Shopping
Pearl Harris I am sitting here reminiscing about last week at our church. We had Holy Week Services each day Monday through Friday from 12 noon until 1 o'clock. Thirty minutes was devoted to a message leading up to the crucifixion and the resurrection. A different speaker spoke to us each day and each message … Continue reading Slow Down and Enjoy Our Blessings
Pearl A. Harris One morning a few weeks ago I waked up feeling somewhat "Lousy". I had not slept well, and I thought, well, I wonder what frustrations are in store for me today. So I pulled myself out of bed, put on my robe and slippers and thought I would go out on the … Continue reading How To Make Every Day A Great Day!