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August 15, 2018

Best Spanish Missions tour in Texas! I guarantee it!

Now is your chance to be part of San Antonio’s 300-year-old history. Even if you have seen the missions before, this year is a unique opportunity to learn more than you ever thought possible on our Spanish Missions tour. Check out our new web site This is the 300th anniversary of the founding of […]

July 29, 2018

The Historic Veranda Inn

At 7:00 am, it’s cool here on the porch of the Veranda Historic Inn in equally historic Fort Davis where I have parked myself to type this morning’s blog. It’s something in the neighborhood of 60 degrees. Pleasantly chilly after leaving muggy, hit-you-in-the-face 100 degree temperatures in Houston. We expected it to be boiling hot […]

July 27, 2018

Everything you ever wanted to know about Amtrak

It’s a whole new world out here on the rails. And no, the train is not about to disappear in railroad blues, as the song would have it. There are an increasing number of routes run by Amtrak, although there are no other passenger lines. Considering the increasing number of retirees looking for places to […]

July 27, 2018

All Aboard!

We rock along gently, lurching occasionally, the metal of the train’s undercarriage rattling and groaning, each car jerking as though to separate itself from the rest, the whistle hooting far ahead as we come to crossings.  A rising sun slants in through the overhead windows of the Lounge car where I sit to write. The […]

July 24, 2018

Missions can be Tours Too There is a lovely little church in Corpus Christi with a lovely name, Our Lady Star of the Sea. It sits almost alone, tucked away just north of the Aquarium across the big bridge and surrounded by the construction of the even bigger bridge. I knew it was there, and […]

June 6, 2018

The Foundations

I found this Blog from two years ago.  This was the foundation of Historic Tours of Texas. It was my friends, Teresa Cazort and Lolita Cardenas, who put these thoughts in my head. Nothing like having good friends to help out! Over the years I have led tours of teachers or students to various sites […]

June 3, 2018

This New Advertising Technology

I’m probably not telling you anything you don’t already know. But this new advertising has been a real eye-opener for me. Even Alfred G on CNET, ( evidently a very techie guy, was amazed at how fast Facebook rebuilt his profile. I guess I am not the only one staggered by the new technology. Only […]

May 31, 2018

For Love of Gardening

I went over to my friend Pauline’s yesterday to take her a bottle of Concha y Toro Pinot Noir as a thank you for saving my life. Without her, I would probably have been eaten by vultures or wound up in our Forensic Studies Body Farm. I found her out watering her trees—with a stop […]

May 30, 2018

On Positive Thinking

  It seems one CAN get lost in the Limberlost. Several months back I went exploring on the 300-acre wooded property belonging to our university. It had at one time been a Works Progress Administration fish farm and still had large concrete ponds and canals to channel the water into and out of Harmon Creek. […]

May 28, 2018

Texas Trucks

There is a commercial on TV just now about the battering that trucks take in the course of their lives. Dents from bulls running into them, scratches from barbed wire, gouges from hitting fences. Of course, I should specify, these are ranch trucks. And we have one of those–a 1992 Dodge Ram with a big […]