Peggy Purser Freeman

Peggy Purser Freeman - Author/Freelance Writer/Freelance Peggy Purser Freeman, former editor for Granbury Showcase Magazine, writes for magazines across Texas. She is author of The Coldest Day in Texas, Swept Back to a Texas Future, Teach Writing Without a Pencil, Dip Street and Other Miracles, Spy Cam One and numerous articles including: Chicken Soup for the Bride, Chicken Soup Teens Talk to Middle Graders, Chicken Soup for the Soul Happily Ever After, Chicken Soup Devotionals. In the past she has written and hosted Kid Talk, a DCTV production and presented for Radio Disney public affairs shows 620 AM. More information about Peggy Freeman: Author – The Coldest Day in Texas, (TCU Press) one of three finalists for The Texas League of Writers Teddy Book Award, presented by First Lady Laura Bush. Peggy has three books scheduled to be released in 2014. Swept Back to a Texas Future – a historical play for children, depicting an overview of Texas history. (Hendrick-Long) Editor – Peggy served for the past ten years as editor for Granbury/Glen Rose Showcase Magazine. Freelance Writer – Peggy writes for major magazines across Texas. She has written columns for newspapers and written and presented for Radio Disney public affairs shows 620AM. Speaker – Peggy’s speaks on: her own work, the writing process, Texas history, responsible behavior, values and finding your own family history. Teacher – Peggy has taught writing classes at the University of Texas at Arlington continuing education and Texas A&M Tarleton’s Langdon Center in Granbury. Student Writing Workshops – Students of all ages love writing when they participate in Peggy’s workshops. Centered on games and fun activities even writing becomes an enjoyable adventure.   Blog and Social Media – Peggy has built up a blogging readership and Twitter list with six different sites. Using the team concept, her social media strategy informs and excites the base. Plus it reaches out and pulls the public into the website.

Nov 272021
 

Libraries have personalities. Some are cold impersonal and seem to say, “These are my books, don’t touch them.” Some tiny and shy, stay tucked in a corner saying, I’m friendly but not important. Lockhart’s Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart, Texas, is one of my favorite. It is one of the oldest library buildings in Texas. It was never anything else. It was built to offer books to enrich the lives of those who lived in the area. When I was taking care of my grandchildren in Kyle, I noticed a historic battle had taken place on Plum Creek in the area. Of course, I had to investigate. I drive down and walked into the hallowed halls of books. The structure is stately and beautiful, but the atmosphere friendly and relaxed. The stained glass window and impressive ceiling, proclaim, “We value knowledge and define it as holy and at the same time, whispers, “Your next favorite book waits around the corner in a cozy nook.”–

Dr.Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart, Texas
Nov 272021
 

The first library where I could actually read will, of course forever be my favorite. The Swisher County Library covered most of the basement in the County Court House. This year it turns 100 years old.

The history copied from the libraries website:

Original Swisher County Court House
Swisher County Court House – today version.

About Our Library

Swisher County Library had its beginnings in 1921. In September of 1921, a committee appointed by the Tulia Civic League met to plan a subscription library. By April of 1922, 56 families had paid a year’s membership fee of $1.00 each. The library started out with a total of 100 books. Some of them came from money donated by local businessmen while others came from book donations from other citizens.

The library was located in a corner of the City Drug Store and was open two evenings a week by the ladies of the Civic League until Mrs. T.L. Brown was elected librarian. She served three days a week from 1922 through 1938 without compensation for 11 years. In 1923, the growing library was moved to a room in the basement of the courthouse. Mr. T.L. Brown built bookshelves for the more than 5,000 books and periodicals that had been acquired. In 1937, about 5,530 books had been cataloged. The number of readers was about 700. The library was moved to the second floor of the courthouse when they outgrew the first room. It remained there until 1941 when space was found on the west side of the first floor.

On July 12, 1940, the Civic League met with 10 members present. Mrs. G.C. Hutchinson introduced the idea that a library board should be formed. The group approved and Mrs. Hutchinson was named president. A committee was named to draft a constitution and by-laws. In January of 1941, the board applied to WPA (Works Projects Administration) and was told that help was not available because the library was not free. A request was made to the commissioner’s court to assist the city in operating and maintaining the library, but no response was received. The board worked from 1941 until January 1, 1949, to make the library free. In June of 1948, the board again asked the commissioner’s court to take over the library. Judge Wallace announced that the city and commissioner court would assume responsibility and it would operate on a free basis starting January 1, 1949.

Mrs. Irene Brown Flynt had hoped the library could become a member of the Texas Panhandle Library System. This would require meeting new requirements. Her tenure as librarian came to an end in 1972 with her resignation due to illness. The next librarian, Mrs. Mickey, and the board accomplished the task of helping the library become a member of the Texas Panhandle Library System in 1973. The library receives consultation services, materials, equipment and training from TPLS through Amarillo Public Library.

In 1977, the library was moved to its present location in the Swisher Memorial Building and was dedicated July 15, 1978. It now has 5,000 square feet.

The library became a member of Harrington Library Consortium in 1992. In 1993, automation of the library was begun. It was finished in 1999 with Mrs. Betty Hobgood as librarian. Mrs. Hobgood was responsible for helping to bring the library into the computer age. She wrote grants to get the first public access computers and worked with the Tocker Foundation to get the Tulia Herald digitized and hosted online for the years 1918-1962. As of 2020, the library houses approximately 12,000 books including graphic novels, 900 audio/visual and five public access computers, as well as two children’s learning computers. We also have eBooks and eAudiobooks available.

Previous Librarians:

  • Mrs. T.L. Brown: 1922-1939
  • Miss Winnie Mae Atkinson: 4/1939—6/1939
  • Mrs. Louise Davis: 7/1939—8/1939
  • Mrs. E.L. Garrison: 8/ 1939—9/1940
  • Miss Thomasine Starnes: 1940—1941
  • Mrs. Bill Williams: August 1941—1942
  • Mrs. Ross Crocker: 1942—1947
  • Mrs. Smith: 1953
  • Mrs. E.W. Stith: 1954—1958
  • Mrs. Irene Brown Flynt: 1958—1972
  • Mrs. Gloria Mickey: 1972—1982
  • Mrs. Jo Alice Garrett: 1978—1996
  • Mrs. Betty Hobgood: 1996—11/2010
  • Mrs. Terri McCasland: 12/2010—current

127 SW 2nd St. • Tulia, TX 79088 • (806) 995-3447
Copyright ©2021 • Swisher County Library 

May 312021
 

I truly enjoy talking about my books with kids in Chicago while I’m in Texas in my pjs. Video for Creative Writing Tips

Writing Tips with high school students in Chicago.

Mar 132021
 

The story of my beautiful wedding has been commemorated in two books. The flowers, the music, our vows, my mother-in-law’s laughter. Now, once again our story has been noted as one of the best. However, After 56 years, I’m not sure how to take this one.

Chicken Soup for the Soul shares the funniest stories it’s ever published from its library of more than 250 books, all gathered in this new collection of 101 humorous tales that will make you laugh out loud

It is to benefit non-profits – Caring Clowns International & Clown Without Borders USA.

A hilarious follow-up to the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul: Laughter Is the Best Medicine! If you are looking to put yourself in a better mood and escape the day’s worries, it isn’t complicated – all you have to do is Read, Laugh and Repeat.

Chicken Soup for the Soul shares the funniest stories it’s ever published from its library of more than 250 books, all gathered in this new collection of 101 humorous tales that will make you laugh out loud

Feb 222021
 

Dear Tweens, today there’s a new book to read and it’s mine. The Paperback and ebook are available on Amazon or you can order an autographed copy here. Join me as we bully-proof our lives and build spiritual muscles to help others, including the bullies.

My Sister the Cheerleader

1. Join me and stroll down memory lane, share pictures of your cheerleaders (with or without pom-poms.)

2. Share a story, a tip, questions, or prayer requests.

3.You can help me by sharing this page with your friends and family.

At thirteen, Makay decides she can no longer wait for the angel Gabriel to pop up with a cosmic plan for her life. No way will she hide in her sister’s shadow. Makay takes her battle for individuality to the beach. When trying to impress the in crowd leads to humiliation, Makay rethinks her plan. That plan includes trying out for a competitive cheer team. Will she survive the mean girls’ sabotage and make the cheer team? Will she ever be special like her sister, the cheerleader?

Feb 142021
 

Join me in February, 2021, for prizes and free books for middle-grade girls as I celebrate my latest book – My Sister the Cheerleader.

At thirteen, Makay decides she can no longer wait for the angel Gabriel to pop up with a cosmic plan for her life. No way will she hide in her sister’s shadow. Makay takes her battle for individuality to the beach. When trying to impress the in crowd leads to humiliation, Makay rethinks her plan. That plan includes trying out for a competitive cheer team. Will she survive the mean girls’ sabotage and make the cheer team? Will she ever be special like her sister, the cheerleader?

Get your autographed copy My Sister the Cheerleader


From the Author:
In this humorous and yet poignant story, Makay’s need for revenge grows stronger than her faith. Makay’s problems may sound familiar. Bullies are everywhere! Chapter devotionals have been added to this book to echo her problems and help the reader find a stronger faith. It’s my prayer that each young reader knows that God’s Spirit cheers for you in each success and each trial. He runs on the field with you in all you do. He whispers guidance and love over you. You are a winner on His team.

Jan 152021
 

Ridge Roberts

At 17 the amazing Ridge Roberts releases his first album to an audience that stretches’ across the US. Having won almost every fiddle title possible, this expectational musician and extraordinary young man launches into the recording industry with the same focus as he did into playing the fiddle as an eight-year-old. We’ve known Ridge as that boy taking fiddle fans in Texas and the rest of the country hostage with his great smile and honest, good-natured kindness. Watching him grow in stature and character has been a blessing.
Now Ridge has fiddled his way into the recording industry with his first CD. It’s available now at ridgeroberts.com/music.

Lone Star Fiddler

Recorded in February 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee, Lone Star Fiddler is Ridge Roberts’ long-anticipated debut fiddle album. It pays homage to his deep Texas roots, the style of fiddling for which he is known, and gives a big tip of the hat to the musical pioneers and legends of the past. If you’re a fan of Texas fiddle music, you’ll love this album—and if this is your first time hearing it, sit back and enjoy this toe-tapping collection of Texas fiddle classics! Featuring championship fiddler Ridge Roberts, legendary rhythm guitar slinger Joey McKenzie, and world-class upright bassist Dennis Crouch, Lone Star Fiddler showcases authentic Texas-style fiddling at its finest!

Grey Eagle    Paddy on the Turnpike    Crafton Blues  
Kelly Waltz    Billy in the Lowground    Sally Johnson   
River Road Two-Step   Gardenia Waltz    Sunnyside 
Big John McNeil   Garfield’s March    La Zenda Waltz  
Apple Blossom    Brilliancy    Lone Star Rag  
Lily Dale   Sally Goodin
Jan 092021
 

2021 begins with me turning three-quarters of a century old.

Last year my birthday person included Diane Munford. This year I want to repeat that birthday choice and add her mom–everybody’s mom–Mom Hamilton.

Diane and I lifted one another up through it all. She kept me playing Pickleball which lowered my A1C levels. And by encouraging her I at better. Durning lockdown she called, texted, Facetimed me and we laughed. I met Diane because her Mom is everyone’s mom. Every year we all gather at Oakdale Park in Glen Rose on Mother’s Day weekend with Mom Hamilton and her delightful family. That’s where I met Diane, her brother, sister-in-law, and hundreds of other dulcimer friends.

Even though we didn’t get to go there this year as a group my pandemic shutdown was still blessed by accidentally camping next to Mom’s great-granddaughter and her mom and dad. Then in the summer we accidentally on purpose camped in a National Park in NM with Mom’s son, Dana, and precious wife Judy.

Not many friends share their mom and entire family with me. I have more reasons this year to say thank you to you, Diane. I so apreciate you for listening to me rant, pray and worry through the year.

Read the story about my Birthday Person below.

Giving Yourself a Birthday Party ~from

Cruisin’ Thru Life – Dip Street and Other Miracles

When I turned thirty-three, I hated my birthday. I found myself in an emotional waiting room, dressed in my party clothes—wondering who would give me a party? Who would bring presents, bake a cake, blow-up balloons? Who would say, I’m of value even though I’m getting older?
“Well, what do you want to do?” my husband asked in an exasperated voice.
“I… I want…I don’t know,” I stuttered, “something special.”
“You want to go to the new restaurant?”
“No.”
“Go out with friends?”
“No.”
“What?”
“Something special, so I don’t just feel old.”
“Hmmmm.” He disappeared into the garage. I’ve always thought garages were built just so men had a place to escape.
With no party in sight, I decided to give my own. How to celebrate? I couldn’t really think of any event that would turn my depression into joy. I had no idea what I truly wanted or needed.
Down through the years, Christmas time had remained my favorite celebration. I loved to give gifts especially to those who had meant a great deal to me. This is where the idea to select a Birthday Person formed.
Now each year I select someone who has blessed my life. I chose my mom first. I was her eighth child. She gave me life and added a great deal of fun and love along the way. Next was my sister, Ouida. We shared everything. Best of all, she shared her faith in Christ with me and many others. She died a few years after I made her my birthday person. We never know how long we have to say thank you.
In the months before my birthday, I think of all the people that have blessed me. I search for a small token–a gift. Then I plan what I want to say. After writing my first rough draft, I get a clean sheet of paper that doesn’t have tear stains on it. And then I create the finished product and mail it with a simple present. There have been many tears involved in writing notes to my Birthday Person, tears of joy, tears of healing—tears shared on the giving and the receiving end.
I’ve chosen a Birthday Person(s) each year, all my sisters, brothers, daughters, youth directors, pastors, grandchildren, family and friends—all have changed my life in amazing ways. Some years it has been more difficult to choose a birthday person and several times I’ve included a group–my Sunday School, Facebook friends and more. It has blessed me beyond any gift I could have received. By focusing on others, I have eliminated the fear of more wrinkles and gray hair looming in my future. I’m amazed when glancing back over the copies of these letters to see many people on my list have now passed away—my mom, sisters, brothers and friends people who changed my life. People who gave me so much, people who I could never thank enough now gone. I’m so glad I thanked them when I did.
Thankfulness feeds a healthy soul within us. My “Birthday Person” celebration has spread to many of my friends. The healing power of saying thank you and praising others can keep you young—that and a box of hair color and really good facial serum.