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“Charlena Chandler of Midland is a retired teacher and a very good writer. I’ve mentioned before how much I enjoyed her collection of Odessa American newspaper columns in Not Far from Dryden. Teachers, young and old, and anyone else who has fond memories of some favorite teachers, will appreciate the experiences and commentaries in this informal memoir. Sections cover literature, football, cheerleading, school publications, extracurricular activities and other topics.”
-Glenn Dromgoole, Texas book reviewer and author

“Captures the essence of small town schools in West Texas – a delightful foray into the relationship of teacher and students.”
-Patrick Dearen, Award-winning Western novelist and Pecos river historian

“Chandler 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

“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.”
-SUEANN WADE-CROUSE, Iraan native, Austin activist, and blog writer – (

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