Monthly Archives: May 2018

May 17, 2018

Mom and Mother’s Day

It’s the silence, the unending quiet that reminds us of our loss. Last week, in celebration of Mother’s Day, our church sent out cheerful, kindly invitations to a Mother-daughter luncheon. For the first time in my life, there was no one to go with me. It surprised me that I felt the loss so deeply. […]

May 14, 2018

On Genealogical Societies

Why spend hours on the Internet to find your ancestors? Last week, I sat down with a friend who is helping me complete my application for membership into the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. She was fascinated, and it wasn’t even her own family. Hunched over the keyboard, fingers flying, she scurried from site […]

General, Historical
May 10, 2018

Red pens and Final Exams

It’s end of the semester and time for the dreaded red pen. My U.S. History class at Lone Star Community College in Conroe ended last night. All the exams are given, papers corrected, grades posted, students gone. Have they actually learned anything? All I can do is hope. Maybe, a few things. I feel like […]

May 8, 2018

On Teachers and Teaching

“I touch the future. I teach.” A quote in one of the applications for the Excellence in Teaching Awards. Teachers are on strike in many areas of the country. And justifiably so. I began teaching in 1965. There had just been a teachers’ strike two years earlier. The county had finally come up with the […]

May 7, 2018


The descendants said it best themselves. The English at Jamestown were the first Illegal Immigrants. Recently, a friend with whom I share membership in the proud Granaderos de Gálvez asked me to speak to her Jamestown Society. As a topic I suggested the impact of the Spanish on Jamestown, a rarely mentioned topic.  The speech […]

May 4, 2018

On Friendships

It is easy to become a recluse in retirement. Flatbottom has done it successfully. He says he spent all his working life being sociable and he won’t do it anymore. He enjoys my brother-in-law but has lost touch with his own brother. He will go to Dalia’s Christmas Party, but it’s the only party he […]

May 3, 2018

The Addictions of Technology

A number of years ago, when we first arrived in the United States, wide-eyed and amazed at the wealthy new world around us, a friend bought us our first television. Thank you, Mario Gottfried. Or not. We could lie on the couch or lounge in the arm chairs and watch hours of TV at a […]

May 2, 2018

On Immigration and Immigrants

Yesterday a dear friend, Raul Avalos, and I spoke about Immigration to the ladies of the United Methodist Women. Not a topic one would normally associate with them, but they were game, and curious, and willing to try to understand. Like Marines in Afghanistan, however, if you’ve been there, you don’t need an explanation. If […]

May 1, 2018


There were 180 of them. One hundred eighty seventh and eighth graders from our local Middle School. Short, tall, thin, fat, happy, sad, friendly, unfriendly, walking in clumps or alone. Verging on adulthood, staring at high school in the Fall, and after that, who knows? And we volunteers had agreed to help entertain them for […]