Juneteenth

Today is Juneteeth, the holiday commemorating the announcement of the end of slavery in Texas. Because it was relatively  isolated from the rest of the Confederacy and had not been a battleground, and because word traveled slowly, news of war and politics known in other Confederate states was slow to reach Texas. News of Lee's … Continue reading Juneteenth

Weekly Photography Challenge: Creepy

Finally I have something that fits the category. I posted one of these shots several years ago and promised to say more about it later, but after some thought I realized I didn't know what to say. So I let it go. Now, however, is the time. The photos were taken at the Dishman Museum on the Lamar … Continue reading Weekly Photography Challenge: Creepy

Texas #1! If Football Doesn’t Get You, the Turkey Will

By No machine-readable author provided. Johntex~commonswiki assumed (based on copyright claims). [GFDL,  CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY 2.5 , via Wikimedia Commons   Remember when Murphy Brown and her colleagues cooked and served Thanksgiving dinner at a shelter, and Miles brought in a bunch of live turkeys in his BMW (nobody had specified they were to be ready for … Continue reading Texas #1! If Football Doesn’t Get You, the Turkey Will

Cottonwood School Reunion at the Fentress Resort

The Cottonwood community lay along Cottonwood Creek, Guadalupe County, across the San Marcos River from Fentress, Texas. The photograph above was taken at the Cottonwood School Reunion in--I believe--the 1930s. The people I know are identified in the caption. Some of the other surnames represented are probably Gregg, Rector, Daniels, Ward, and Fleming. I would … Continue reading Cottonwood School Reunion at the Fentress Resort

Minna

Mama was livid. “Judge Dunne proposed and you refused him? Minna, I’ve been sewing your trousseau since Christmas. You said you had him hook, line, and sinker.” I did say that. But during six months of parlor-sitting with Milroy Dunne, I started thinking about Papa. When he was Colonel Veazey of the Texas Militia, he … Continue reading Minna

Day 31: The possibility of light flurries

  Let's get one thing out of the way: The little white flakes you see floating across the screen don't mean a visit to the ophthalomologist is in order. They're snowflakes, courtesy of WordPress. After January 4, they'll disappear. If our weather doesn't change radically, they will be the only snowflakes most Central Texans see … Continue reading Day 31: The possibility of light flurries

Day 8: Connecting

My high school English teacher read the Day 7 post, the one in which I wrote that she told students we had important and relevant things to say. That is the problem with blogging. At some point, you make a remark, a perfectly innocent remark, and the person you remarked about happens across it and … Continue reading Day 8: Connecting