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“Captures the essence of small town schools in West Texas – a delightful foray into the relationship of teacher and students. Charlena Chandler’s reminiscences and musings provide enjoyable reading and may leave you fondly reflecting on your own school years. Don’t miss this one.”
- PATRICK DEAREN, award-winning Western novelist and Pecos River historian

“Charlena was, first and foremost, an outstanding educator in the Iraan-Sheffield ISD. She coached students in many UIL contests, bringing home numerous honors to her school. She is also a superb writer who brings words to life in her descriptions of our unique but beautiful West Texas.”
- GARY HAMILTON, Superintendent, Terrell County ISD

“If you’ve advised student publications, or if you’ve been a member of a student newspaper or yearbook staff, you will want to pick up this book. It’ll take you back to a simpler time and will remind you of all the lessons journalism teaches.”
- BOBBY HAWTHORNE, former Director of Journalism for the University Interscholastic League

“Charlena Chandler’s writing about my hometown is a charming mix of classical and country, a walk down memory lane, a dose of mom and apple pie. Her style is unique, but her stories are universal. Take a walk on the wonderful side with this book.”
- SUEANN WADE-CROUSE, Iraan native, Austin activist, and blog writer – (

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