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November 28, 2016

Touring Europe

Amazing how naïve and innocent we are in our early twenties. What could be more fun than taking high school juniors and seniors to Europe for six weeks in the summer? I guess I hadn’t learned anything from the St. Augustine trip. Back in those idyllic 70s, my husband and I corralled 7 students from […]

November 13, 2016

On the joys of finding a Password.

In my retirement, I have launched into a new business: Historic Tours of Texas (more about that in a later Blog) but I am now wading into the terrifying cold, deep waters of “SOCIAL MEDIA.” And I can’t do anything without the dreaded Password. And if, heaven forefend, I should forget a Password, the agency, […]

May 10, 2016

The Importance of Water

One rarely appreciates something until it is gone. Last week a pine tree fell on our water storage tank and squashed it to bits. Since we live in the country, we survive on water from a well pump, a 500 gallon storage tank and a 100 gallon pressure tank. If a pump goes out, the […]

May 8, 2016

Historical Tidbits – Pulque, Mezcal and Tequila

Me and José Cuervo were a little overly chummy last night; one too many Margaritas. So, when I had my hero Rodrigo drinking Pulque in my novel, my Woodland’s Writers’ group asked what Pulque was.  I had to dive into a study of the difference between pulque, mescal and tequila. Especially since my amigo Eduardo […]

May 5, 2016

Bernardo de Gálvez Museum and Conference Center, Malaga

Hallelujah! They’re in the money! The mystery of the Spanish Deputation from Malaga, Southern Spain, is, at last, explained.  They came, they saw, and they didn’t have to conquer at all. They handed out very nice informational pamphlets,  and they didn’t come begging for money! The Province of Malaga, and a variety of other groups, […]

May 3, 2016

Making History Fun

Once again, it is a pleasure to find that we do have inspirational students and teachers.   This past weekend, the Texas State Historical Association held its annual state-level competition for students from around the state. As part of National History Day, students compete on the local, regional, state and, finally, the national level by […]

April 29, 2016

Of Pressures and Paralysis

  Have you ever had so much to do that you stare at the piles and do nothing? A blogger on writing recently commented on the many projects she had tackled. Blogs and guest blogs, articles and agent queries, outlines, edits, rewrites, chapters, and on and on. She sounded frantic. I wish I didn’t feel […]

April 27, 2016

Inspirations from Ariana Baer

I hope this story of young Ariana will inspire everyone to help their young cousins, granddaughters, nieces and grandnieces to develop their talents and watch their potential grow. Watching a young woman learn new skills and develop her talents yields immense returns: pleasure, joy and lessons for a distant future. I had that opportunity several […]