Two of Annie’s Bass Hall volunteer friends are affiliated with Angloville, a company that pairs native English speakers with non-native English speakers to practice their English. It’s an exciting way to learn about other cultures, meet new people, and gain travel experience. Yes, Annie submitted an application for programs in Europe, starting in June.

Here are Angloville’s requirements, copied from its website <>:

“Be 18+ years old
Be Native English Speaker / have native level of English
Have completed High School
Have appropriate personal qualities (maturity, flexibility, good communication skills etc.)
Enjoy talking to people and learning about new cultures
Be in good physical and mental health
Have a clean police record
Have a story to tell; we will ask you to tell us a little more about yourself via an application form
Be ready to dedicate 1-8 weeks of your time to immerse yourself in different cultures”

If you’re ready for an adventure, you may want to apply for the program. Annie just did!


Writing Group Helps You Tap Into Your Creative Side

     There are rumors that Fort Worth has several creative writing groups which regularly meet at city locations. Annie wants to let you know about the one that meets at Fort Worth Library’s Northwest Branch. The next scheduled meeting is December 18, at 6:00 PM.
     For your first visit, you may want to just come and observe to get the lay of the land, or if you’re working on a poem, manuscript, or short story, think about bringing a copy of your masterpiece with you. Annie is told that you’ll be welcome–with or without your work.
      Can’t make it to this month’s meeting? Never fear. Gilbert assures Annie that the group meets on the third Monday of every month. So, you could save January 19, 2018, for your jaunt to the Northwest Library, 6228 Crystal Lake Drive.  Crystal Lake Drive is off of Cromwell-Marine Creek Road, which intersects with Marine Creek Parkway just north of the Tarrant County College Northwest Campus.
     From Loop 820, go north on Marine Creek Parkway. Turn left at Cromwell-Marine Creek Road. The library will be on your left in approximately one mile, next to Parkview Elementary School. Call 817-392-5420, if you get turned around. Writers never get lost. Right?
     There is no charge for membership, and parking is free. If you love writing and hanker for feedback and encouragement from fellow writers, you’ll enjoy being a part of this group.

Annie Ambles to the creative writing group meeting, if not this month, next month


Furry Friends


It seems to Annie that many people decide to add a furry friend to their families at this time of year. Hearts open to animals that need places to live, but before you make that longtime commitment, please think of what caring for an animal entails. In addition to the economics (vet visits, food, grooming, kitty litter, leashes, collars, harnesses, coats, toys, and more), there is the emotional commitment to another living creature.

Caring for and loving a four-legged ball of fluff takes time and energy. Yes, you’ll get a big return on your investment with unlimited, unconditional love from your new family member, so it’s worth the effort and the time it takes to train your pet. Maintain a big supply of patience, persistence, and planning as you walk through life with your newest best ever buddy. And, do walk, not crate, your pet.

The City of Fort Worth is sponsoring several adoption events where you can get a dog or cat for a small fee–$10 on specific days in December. This includes a vet’s health exam, rabies vaccination, spading/neutering, micro-chipping, and city license. Check out the City’s Animal Care and Control Center at 4900 Martin Street, 76119. Call 817 392-1234 to find out dates for the reduced adoption fee. The Center is open Monday through Sunday, 12 noon until 6 PM. If you’re not ready to adopt, you may be able to foster a pet.

The Hulen PetSmart Charities Adoption Center can be found at 4800 SW Loop 820, 76109, or by phone at 817 731-4353, extension 7. Its hours are Monday through Friday, 11 AM until 8:30 P, Saturday, 9 AM through 8:30 PM, and even on Sunday from 9 AM until 6:30 PM. A third adoption location is at 2901 Texas Sage Trail, 76177, at the Alliance PetSmart Charities Adoption Center. Call this center at 817 3927117 or 817 741-7923. It has the same hours as the Hulen PetSmart Center.

If you are renting your home, you’ll want to check with your landlord to ensure that you can keep a pet. You’ll probably need to pay a pet deposit and follow the landlord’s guide rules. Some breeds are not allowed, and size may also be a factor. Good luck; be of good cheer.

Annie Ambles to Pet Smart to get some furry animal interaction

Happy Birthday

The love between a father and daughter


Just a shout out to my wonderful daddy who would turn 121 years young today, if he were still with us. Thank you, Daddy, for giving me unconditional love, practical guidance, and upstanding moral examples. You taught me so many things by practical lessons. Like, there was no car until I could change a flat tire. Yep, my dad stood by me as I did what he told me with that jack, lug wrench, and spare. That little lesson came in handy more times than I can mention.

He’d say, “Your word is your bond.” For him, it was. It’s been a lifelong lesson in keeping my word, no matter what. Couldn’t always do it, but I tried. He didn’t travel much, but he told me that I needed to get as much education and travel as I could because “These are things of the mind that you’ll always have with you.” No Alzheimer’s in his future.

“See your own country before you travel to foreign places.” I did that, Daddy, visiting all 50 states, but also exploring 39 countries. Such wisdom you imparted to your family. Wisdom that I miss when I need advice, so, Daddy, thank you for being my dad, loving me, sheltering me, and sending me out into the world with grace and persistence. And yes, for the lessons on guns, shooting, and safety. After all, we are Texans.

If you’re still lucky enough to have your dad, please give him a hug and tell him you love him. If he’s not within reach, think about calling, emailing, texting, or sending a card. No special reason; just a thoughtful action for a special man.

Annie Ambles misses her daddy on his birthday

“There’s No Place Like Home”

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What an interesting place to explore–the shop that can save you about half off the high retail prices of beautiful high end furnishings. “There’s No Place Like Home” has lovely things for every room in your home. It’s open seven days a week at 855 Foch Street, just off 7th. Street in our wonderful city of Fort Worth. If you find something that you like, no matter what, take a photo or get the web site, share either or both with “There’s No Place Like Home” staff. They can order the piece or pieces for you. It’s better than an online dating site the way they can match you up with the exact thing your little heart desires.

Annie thinks the best time to pay a call is on Sunday afternoon when you can share some refreshments with the staff. On Sunday, drop by at 12 noon or anytime within the following five hours; the shop closes at 5 PM. It’s open on weekdays at 10 AM and closes at 9 PM.   Browse until your heart is content. Warning–there are so many wonderful things that you’ll want to make yours.  Give them a home, not only for the holidays, but for the years to come.

Annie Ambles to look at furniture and dream a little of House Beautiful

Fort Worth’s Historic Cemeteries (Class and Tour)

Oakwood Cemetery

You’ll probably visit Oakwood Cemetery on the tour, but Annie can’t guarantee it. It’s sometimes called the Westminster Abbey of Fort Worth. Founded in 1879 by John Peter Smith, one of Fort Worth’s first settlers, who donated 20 acres to the city of Fort Worth, the cemetery was later enlarged to 100 acres. The burial area consists of three cemeteries: Oakwood, Calvary, and Trinity.

The Center for Texas Studies and TCU Extended Education present a classroom session this Thursday evening, April 28, 6:30-8:30 PM, followed by a motorcoach tour and lunch, Saturday, April 30, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. You’ll make some interesting stops and gather more historical data about Fort Worth and its dearly departed residents.

From nearly forgotten pioneer burial grounds to the mausoleums of cattle kings, this adventure explores the rich history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County through the stories of the city’s historic cemeteries. Annie did the historic cemeteries with Leadership Fort Worth way back in the 80’s. Fascinating!

The two-hour evening lecture combined with a six-hour Saturday tour, including lunch, will feature the lives of the soldiers, statesmen, former slaves, immigrants and extraordinary people whose efforts to build a great city resulted in the diverse and vibrant Fort Worth we all share.

Historian Quentin McGown leads this course organized by the Center for Texas Studies for TCU Extended Education. Discounts are available for seniors ($25 and change off the regular fee) and for TCU faculty, staff, and students. The Thursday evening class will probably be held on the TCU campus. The tour, more than likely, departs from and returns to the TCU campus on Saturday. You won’t get exact locations until you register. What fun!

Unfortunately, this adventure is not free; it will cost you $130. Call 817-257-7132 to register or go online <;. The code is 16SCT529. You’ll want to confirm, too, where the class meets and the bus departs. As of yesterday at 4:00 PM, there were still 15 available seats.

Annie Ambles shares information

Early Voting

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It’s an exciting time for us Tarrant County registered voters. The polls open today, Monday, April 25, for early voting that runs through May 3. We can cast our ballots in local city and town councils, school boards, library and water districts, and city charter elections. If you don’t do early voting, please be sure to vote in the May 7 election. Yes, dear heart, your vote does count and your voice needs to be heard.

There are 11 amendment changes to the 1924 Fort Worth city charter. To make Fort Worth’s charter current with state law, there are seven propositions we need to consider. The other four will affect the pay, term lengths, and council size of our Fort Worth City Council.

If you can’t make it to a polling place, you can download an application for a ballot by mail from the elections website. This must be submitted by tomorrow/Tuesday, April 26. As Annie often remarks, “If you don’t vote, you can’t complain.” Well, you know that we can always complain, but voting makes it legitimate, doesn’t it?

Annie Ambles to the Tarrant County Plaza Building to cast her ballot