Many times my family and I have hiked the trails at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. I was fortunate to have the conservation area right down the street from where I grew up in Azle, TX. This is one of I don't know how many ancient (can I call things from 1930 ancient yet? I think I will) stone buildings erected in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, during a period of time when the FWNC&R was known as State Park 31. The CCC was part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal during the Great Depression. Between the years of 1933 and 1942, the relief program gave millions of young men employment. Most of whom were unskilled, unemployed and came from families on government assistance. It gave them the opportunity to support their families and some even received basic education--approximately 57,000 illiterate men learned how to read and write in the camps. Roosevelt's "Tree Army" planted over 3.5 billion trees, making the CCC r
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E mergency sirens filled the air. The alarm ebbed and flowed as the horn circled around the pole which it was mounted; the sirens retreated and advanced like ocean waves assaulting a shoreline. The old man bolted upright in bed before his arthritic hips could object. He picked up the robe crumpled at the foot of the bed and wrapped himself in it. His 1937 M1 Garand hung upon the bedroom wall and he grabbed that too. Outside, he surveyed every direction of the sky. It was a nice, clear day, and he neither saw nor heard approaching aircraft. He knew that could be a deceptive assurance, the military technology the younger generation toyed around with could fool advance radar much more capable than the human senses. The new wars were different from the old. Back when the old man wore his country’s uniform, the fighting was amongst men. Nowadays, it’s a race to the best technology. War was cold enough before you could press a couple buttons and