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Slipping, sliding, and shopping: Small Business Saturday

Barbara Brannon - Saturday, November 28, 2015
So it’s Small Business Saturday soon at sensational stores and specialty shops across the Texas Panhandle, and you see, I’d speculated on shopping in Shamrock, along Route Sixty-Six. I had some simoleons to spend.

I was supposed to stay at a splendid little inn within spitting distance.

Since the first ice storm of the season suppressed my swing through that swath of the state, I’m still sitting here well south of the starting point. Sure, I have sustenance, snug shelter, and all services.

But outside, surfaces are slicker than . . . well, scroll swiftly down a list of Southern sayings, and sundry scurrilous similes will show up. Mostly using s-words suggestive of salacious or scatological substances. I’ll select a more suitable one, short and simple: Slicker than sin.

Which is to say, stay settled in your sanctuary, be it shed, shack, shanty, or chateau (yeah, I know that last one was cheating) until the sleet, snow, or whatever species of slippery stuff is spread over your streets and sidewalks has subsided.

So as soon as it’s safe, sally forth, Shop Small, and support your select sellers. They’re what make your specific spot special. See you shortly.

From the top to the tip of Texas, Nov. 27, 2015

Barbara Brannon - Friday, November 27, 2015

Yep, this morning, Fri., Nov. 27, I was expecting to tell you all about the fascinating history and culture of Texas communities north of the Canadian River.


Later in the afternoon, I was planning to talk with a couple who've collected art from Bouguereau to Rockwell, and a doctor who's chosen to practice and raise his family in a city of fewer than 3,000. And by nightfall, to photograph the newly installed LED lights that grace an Art Deco service station many will recognize from the animated hit movie Cars. It's all part of a week-long journey down the longest highway in Texas, U.S. 83, from Perryton to Brownsville. With the aim of sharing my stories with you via daily blog, social media, and photos.


Don't worry - the weather's due to clear within 48 hours, and I'll be back on the road on a revised schedule. In the meantime, coming to you from here in gray, icy Lubbock: stay warm, stay safe.

Barbara Brannon, PhD, Executive Director, Texas Plains Trail Region * Facebook * Twitter @TxPlainsTrail

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