Monthly Archives: January 2018

Fantasy Dinner Party

This year I decided it was time for a little pizazz in my dining room. How exciting can a room be if the walls are painted “file folder yellow?” While the paperhangers were busy prepping walls and hanging the paper, … Continue reading

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Go Away Wooshing Weather

WOOSH! It’s cold outside. Words from my childhood I absolutely detested. There were never enough sweaters, mittens, boots, stocking caps, or hot chocolate to keep me warm. I still feel the same way and still live within a hundred miles … Continue reading

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Where People Were Quarantined, Often Died, and Buried in the Yard

With all the foul weather our nation has suffered recently and the near influenza epidemic here in Texas it’s time to look at a 19th century method to control infectious diseases and prevent a pandemic. At such times when medical … Continue reading

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Who Came First?

Okay, here’s the question I’ve wanted to pose for a long time. Who were the first Anglo-American settlers in Texas? If you said Moses or Stephen Austin, you missed it by a long shot. The first settlers to arrive from … Continue reading

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East of the Mississippi

European history is based on countless ruins of antiquity, while American history resides in stories from the natural world.  Early Europeans and their descendants in North America used visual art to preserve images that so overwhelmed them.  By 1839, when … Continue reading

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The Tax Man Cometh

The details of the new 2018 Tax Law have been published.  Accountants, attorneys, businessmen, and everyone fearing the worse read them over the past weekend.  Yet even though the actual law doesn’t take effect until January 1, 2018 Americans are … Continue reading

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