On Guilt and Elderly Mothers At 96, it appears that Mom has finally settled here in the trailer on our ranchito, but is it more jail than home? She has given up her car and has no way to get to town unless I take her. If I do take her, it exhausts her. If […]
The National Novel Writing Month begins in November and I wonder what on earth I’m doing signing up for it. Is it an inspiration or is it punishment? The point is to write 1,600 words a day for the month of November and come out with a book at the end. Although I am already […]
Thank you JoeLopez for inspiring me to get back on that awful Technology horse! I have to get back to blogging regularly. And thanks to all the wonderful friends, old and new, from the world of Hispanic Genealogy. Abrazos a todos!
Thanks to everyone who made suggestions on Texas Rising for the panel in Austin on Saturday. Consensus from everyone is that it is the usual Hollywood travesty, bad history, incorrect data, and DEAR GOD, since when did Monument Valley wind up in South Texas? The panel provided good input from a variety of sources–Native American, […]
Anthony Startz, our Houston representative for the Granaderos de Galvez, while in Denver, has discovered a new portrait of Bernardo de Gálvez at the Denver Museum of History. Not as elegant as the 1783 Portrait by Maella, but interesting none-the-less.
I’ve just finished listening to Erik Larson’s excellent book “Isaac’s Storm” on Audible. (For which, many thanks to the young lady at the Huntsville, TX Radio Shack who convinced me not to get another CD player but to go Audible). I’ve been meaning to read it for years. Mine is not a review, but a […]
Bernardo de Gálvez, Man of the Enlightenment This unusual young man rose from being a member of small-town Spanish nobility to become Governor of Louisiana, victor over the British during the American Revolution and finally Viceroy over all of New Spain. His military abilities in helping General Washington and the American troops at Yorktown have overshadowed […]
I know you’ve heard about Tracy’s cancer. It has hit all of us hard. She and I started at Sam together 20 years ago. And now, who knows what the future holds for her, or for any of us. So, my recommendation to you is to find people to laugh with. Tell some of your […]
On a happier note, I am just back from Mexico. Went down with a group called the Granaderos de Galvez. The “Granaderos” or Grenadiers were the people who helped fight the British by joining Bernardo de Galvez – yes, that Galveston–to defeat the British along the Mississippi and in the Gulf of Mexico during the American Revolution. […]
Had to share my country mouse experience in the big city of Houston. Terrifying! A sweet, kind friend, Mary Anthony Startz invited me to join her for an afternoon tea for the Daughter’s of the American Revolution in downtown Houston, white gloves required for the receiving line. I’ve spoken to the group before so I […]