Entries by Randall Franks

The differences within 100 years

The other day I realized I am now living 100 years beyond my grandparents’ key time in their lives. In 1920, my grandparents Bill and Kitty Bruce had been married for four years. My grandfather had spent his youth in the west, returned to Tennessee and found himself a bride half his age, bought land […]

Is 2020 the year I dreamed upon?

OK its 2020, that is suppose to be significant in our lives right. Well, we are here, breathing and have every opportunity that life within the United State of America affords. There are so many significant dates that have passed in my life. Let’s see, when I was in school, we read a book called […]

The Christmas Doll

The winter of ’34 in the valley below the Gravely Spur was an especially hard one. A Christmas snow had blanketed the valley, making travel through the mountain passes treacherous, even if taken by foot. With one false step, even those who knew the routes by heart could find themselves slipping into a snow drift […]

Finding choices for a positive life

If circumstances have set out a path for you in life, sometimes your senses become dulled to the cherished moments that surround you. You might become busy with meeting the demands of the day – keeping a family fed or meeting the demands of one’s job. You may find yourself in a race to achieve […]

Warsh and wear

Today most folks don’t give a second thought if they get their clothes dirty to go and change into another outfit. In the valley below the Gravelly Spur, an abundance of clothes in the closet was not something that most folks experienced. The Woods boys, like everyone, were often faced with limited things to wear. […]

A leaf  of strength

The leaf swayed hanging on to the lonely limb tightly.  As if, to say to the world “I am not done and you are not going to make me fall down no matter what you throw at me.” All of its fellow leaves had given up the ghost blowing in whatever direction the wind desired […]

Let’s turkey trot through November

It is always heartwarming to me as the calendar turns to November! For me, my favorite holiday is always Thanksgiving. Perhaps it was all the great food that my late mother prepared while I was as a kid that solidified the experience at the top of my list. Perhaps, it was the neighbors who would […]

The colors of things yet to be seen

As I drove through the mountains of Arkansas looking at bright yellows, deep reds and variety of greens and browns, I felt a warmness coming over me beckoning back to my childhood riding in the back seat of my parents blue 1964 Chevy Malibu as we made our way through the mountains heading to who […]