Wednesday, December 27, 2017



MAY 1ST 2017

By Deborah & Van Langford

Through the end of April and the beginning of May my husband and I had the joy of taking a trip travelling on parts of Route 66 to Colorado to visit my wonderful sweet friend and Facebook sister, Susan Joyner-Stumpf and her husband, Howard. We met their dogs, cats and horses named Beau, Max, Poco, a small bull dog Zorro and several more. We had a ball.

We started out from home traveling via Memphis, Tennessee to take I-40 through Arkansas and Oklahoma to the Panhandle of Texas. It took me on past memories of my father driving us from California to our home in North Carolina when my uncle Bobby Dean had been killed in a car accident. We drove Route 66 like crazy to get home. Those were trying times.

My husband, Van and I explored with delight from one landmark to another. When we arrived on Route 66 in Shamrock, Texas we were so thrilled that we stopped for the night. There in Shamrock we had dinner at Big Vern’s Steakhouse and Saloon.

The restored 40s era Conoco gas station and attached restaurant is now a museum with gift shop and very friendly attendants who provide a history lesson free of charge.


The landmark was on Route 66, we were visiting it now as a museum and gift shop. I could envisioned my dad stopping here for the night at the motel across the street. I was told it had been there since the 40s during the peak of Route66 popularity.We were excited to drive on to our destination of Penrose, Colorado where Susan and Howard live on their ranch. As we took a nostalgic ride on Route 66 we let the golden age of travel whisper to us through brightly colored neon signs, quaint motels, drive-in movie theaters and friendly small towns in the Panhandle of Texas. At Amarillo, Texas we headed north through a section of New Mexico on Hwy 64/87 to get to I-25 traveling towards Pueblo, Colorado. In the state of Texas, U.S. Route 66 extended across the Panhandle from its designation in 1926 to its decommissioning in 1985. Before the U.S. Route system, this route was a system of interconnected highways from New Mexico to Oklahoma. It was considered a part of the Texas highway system from New Mexico to Amarillo and a portion of the Ozark Trails. In Amarillo the Ozark route split off to a more southerly route while general low-grade roads continued east. This entire route closely paralleled the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway. Most construction through the Panhandle was slow and remained low-grade roads through most of the 1920s.

Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower (October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) was a five-star general and Supreme Allied Commander during the D-Day invasion of France in 1944. Also he became the 34th President of the United States from 1953 through 1961. General Eisenhower was in Germany and saw the autobahn and realized the United States needed a better road system. On June 29, 1956 President Eisenhower signed the law that created America’s Interstate Highway System, which is now named in his honor. Eisenhower first saw the need for a network of high-speed motorways in the United States 37 years earlier during a grueling, cross-country road trip that tested the military readiness of America’s roadways. It turned out they were not up to the task so the idea of our interstate system of roadways began to take shape.

The men went to Wal-Mart while Susan and I took off for our own adventure…to Coyote’s Coffee Den where they have poetry reading, plus bands inside and out depending on weather. We were able to sit and enjoy the good timeshad great coffee and a glass of wine. We had so much fun at the Coyote’s Coffee Den. It is the Royal Gorge area’s premiere coffeehouse.

Susan and I had a blast. Coyote’s Coffee Den is a true treasure being tucked away on Hwy 115 in the small town of Penrose. It is a perfect stop for lunch and drinks. Service was fast, efficient and the food was so good. We liked our quiche; salads, coffees and we topped it off with a glass of wine.

Later that week we were delighted to go on the Royal Gorge train ride complete with lunch on board.

The lunch was great and the train ride was exciting as it passed right through the mountain gorge. We saw a few mountain goats that blended into the scenery, plus a coyote or two.

It was a most spectacular rail journey through the Royal Gorge of the Rocky Mountains aboard the restored vintage railroad train. In 1905, President Teddy Roosevelt described it best as, “the trip that bankrupts the English Language.”

“All Aboard” the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway.

The snow was still deep during the last week in April.  It was so deep we could not travel any further. We were at the halfway point and had a rest stop for 30 minutes before travelling back down the mountain.
Roosevelt described it best as “the trip that bankrupts the English languag

Cave of the Winds

    You wind your way through nearly a half-mile of Colorado caverns, experience total cave darkness and explore the wonders of the underground. Cave of the Winds Mountain Park is one of the highest show caves in the country at an elevation of 6,000 feet! It was beautiful and dark and cold, Susan and I had a hard time climbing up steep small stairs into a winding cavern that literally took our breath away. I think between exhaustion (we are not young any more ha, ha) and being claustrophobic we had to turn around and go back. We loved the gift shop though!

Our last evening in Colorado was our 19th wedding anniversary and the Stumpfs took us out for dinner at the “Black-eyed Pea” where the food was great but we were a little sad. The next day we would be leaving Colorado to travel to Branson, Missouri.

Two nights before leaving we encountered a snowstorm that dropped about 3 inches at Penrose so Van had to sweep our car. 

When leaving the ranch I looked back waving at Susan who had tears running down her face. It broke my heart that I was leaving my Facebook sister of seven years. Also, my parents would have loved Susan and Howard with all the animals on their ranch.

As we left Colorado we headed towards Dodge City, Kansas on Route 50 because we wanted to see Boot Hill. However, along the way in western Kansas we saw 18 inches of snow still there from the night before. There were cars and trucks alongside the road that had been buried by snowplows in drifts up to 6 feet. Plows were still clearing parking lots of businesses as we drove by.

The snowline ended before we arrived in Dodge City where the weather was warmer. We arrived outside the Long Branch where Miss Kitty entertained Matt Dillon on “Gunsmoke.” No, we didn’t see them but I got a picture of the Long Branch and a few other reconstructed storefronts.

The exciting and unique story of early Dodge City is told daily along Front Street at the Boot Hill Museum. The area is rich in history that dates back to the Native Americans who thrived off the land and the buffalo. The establishment of the Santa Fe Trail brought settlers to the area and introduced the potential of what is known as the Great American Desert. The arrival of the U. S. Army prompted the building of Fort Dodge and soon to follow was the establishment of a rough and rowdy cattle town known as Dodge City. Through the efforts of Wyatt Earp and other peace officers, law and order was finally recognized and Dodge City became a civilized frontier town and a center of commerce on the prairie.

It was time to hit the road again so we were off to Branson, Missouri, which is one of my favorite places to visit.

We have done so much in Branson and We have Zip Lined.

No that’s not us, ha ha.

The Missouri Ozarks and Table Rock Lake combine to provide a beautiful backdrop for one of the golf world’s truly unique events at The Big Cedar Lodge.

BRANSON YACHT CLUB is where we stay.

Our favorite place to visit near Branson is the Ye Olde English Inn in Hollister, Missouri.

Back In May 2011, I had the pleasure of meeting Janet Dailey when she had just opened the Ye English Inn.

In 2010 Janet and her partners bought the then-closed Ye English Inn and began its renovation. Janet, a best-selling Author, renamed it Ye Olde English Inn, which opened on April 1, 2011. The restored twenty-one-room inn has preserved one of the major historical structures in the Branson area and has fueled the resurgence of Downing Street.

Here is Janet and I at the Old Rock Fire Place in the Inn.

“It is just beautiful,” Janet says. “We don’t have anything else like this in Hollister or Branson. We had to save it.”

Janet appreciates the craftsmanship of the rockwork, the hanging balcony, and other architectural details. Especially noteworthy are the art pieces built into the rock walls, including a fish, a ship, and a crest. She incorporated the crest into the hotel’s new logo.

During renovation, she didn’t discover any old guest books or records, but according to local lore, Harry S. Truman stayed at the inn as did Cary Grant, Bing Crosby and Clark Gable. Many celebrities came to the area for fishing vacations. Only two historical items were found: the old fishing reel in the inn’s Riverstone Restaurant and the Austin Moore ferry poster that now hangs in the inn’s Black Horse Pub. Janet says that the inn is believed to be haunted by the ghost of William Johnson, the original owner. A man in a hat and long coat is said to be seen in the lobby or on the staircase.

When we went back I was hoping to see Janet again but I found out she had passed away. I was so sad. We had lost a great lady.

The Black Horse Pub is part of the Ye Olde English Inn.

We spent a week in Branson. What a great two weeks traveling from Memphis via Route 66 through Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and finally back through Kansas to Branson. By then we were ready to head back home to Covington, Tennessee.

All had a great time.

Thank you, Howard and Susan Stumpf for showing us your section of the world. There are so many memories we have to keep. Now it’s your turn to visit us. We have your room ready for you here in Covington.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Look for The amazing New Author ....

Author H. Bennett Hubbard and his new book

Ben, how long have you been writing?

Debbie, I have been writing 30 years, It took first five years to develop the voice I have now.
I had explored  with a lot of rhyming and decided it was not for me.
I do use rhymes for satire.

Ben, are your excited about your first new book? And tell me about this book?

Debbie, I am so excited about my new book, the title "Tales From Dystopia",  dystopia is a word you don't hear a lot of.. it is really the opposite of's basically poems and prose's that express my vision of a dystopian future. It covers aspects of a dystopian vision of our personal lives. Our work lives and family and even our sex lives. How it relates to neighbors we no longer know, and in general our alienation from ourselves.

Ben, what started you writing?

Debbie, I started writing in my mid twenties. I met a woman other than my wife that I was very much attracted to and I wanted to have an affair with her. I was torn, between my attraction for this other woman and my love and my devotion to my wife. I turned to poetry to help me resolve that conflict. I decided after writing many poems about this, and that I could not have an affair with this woman..
I learned from that process that poetry and writing creatively was a powerful tool for resolving internal conflict. I started looking around in my life in general I found other conflicts that I could use poetry to help me resolve. This blossom out into an understanding in expressing conflict even though I couldn't resolve them. The more I wrote and the more I thought I realized that life is full of conflict and that poetry in writing creatively touches all aspects of life.  Because life involves conflict. 

Debbie, my wife Barbara has believed in me from day one. She supported me and believed me from the beginning and that goes back 39 years. There is no way, as a poet, humble as I am, without her support, and her belief in me be where I am today.  

You can find Author H. Bennett Hubbard Facebook and Lulu.Com, Kindle Fire and his fan page on Facebook.

Thank you Ben, for that great interview.. 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

My Radio Interview

Author and Poet, Deborah Brooks Langford, was born in North Carolina. She lived in Germany, Spain and Turkey.  Her father's side of the family comes from Cherokee North Carolina and her mother's families are English.
Deborah loves working for her country. She is very passionate about that as she works with the veterans. Her father is a veteran from Pork chop in the Korean War and two tours in Vietnam. Deborah married her sweet husband from high school, and he is now retired from the Navy.
Deborah has been writing poems all her life. When she was in school she would write instead of listen and dream of different poems and stories. If she doesn’t write then she feels very depressed as writing her poetry and stories helps her emotionally. 
Deborah has written two poetry books
“My Heart I Give” & “Silenced Hearts
She just published her first novel entitled “Brooke” and she is currently working on the sequels along with children’s books and a cookbook.
She dedicates everything she does in the memory of her wonderful sweet mother and to Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Deborah's Store

Deborah's Store

Deborah's store

Deborah's children's books

Aaron's Monkey World

Jessica's Dog Word

Ms. M&M and the Princess Franchesca

Madison ^n Zusie the Zebra

Deborah's Children's Collection

Deborah's Cookbooks

Cooking the World Over

Poet's recipes

Christmas Delights

Valentine's kisses



Brooke and Nick


Dream Your Dream

One Day Soon

Silenced Hearts

My Heart I Give

Break of a New Dawn

The Trilogy