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Let’s Not Forget Why We Celebrate Memorial Day

This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day, a single day set aside each year to honor those many thousand of men and women in our Armed Forces who have given their lives for our freedom and way of life here in the United States of America. So while you’re busy with family activities, travel and Bar-B-Qs,…
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A very non-Texan-like rejection letter

A very non-Texan-like rejection letter… All y’all who know me are familiar with my conversational style of writing by now I imagine – and I try not to take myself too seriously (sometimes successful — sometimes not so much) so keep that in mind and check this out: I’ve had my share of “rejection letters”…
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This Day in Texas History: Killer Tornado Presages Town’s Demise

This Day in Texas History: Killer Tornado Presages Town’s Demise April 27, 1907 On this day in 1907, a tornado hit Hemming, Texas, killing seven people and wiping out all but one of the town’s buildings. Hemming, in southern Cooke County, was established in 1889 and named for the donor of its school land. A…
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Come See Us at the Ennis Bluebonnet Festival

Here’s another opportunity to see my work live, large and in-person. We will have a small selection of large framed limited edition prints, plus a large collection of matted 16×20 prints on hand.  We also have a display of fine art note cards that  has been hand-tailored to this event. We’ll be showing new and…
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Today’s Notable Texan: Gene Autry

Today’s Notable Texan: Gene Autry Gene Autry (1907–1998), the movie star known as the “Singing Cowboy,” was born Orvon Gene Autry in Tioga, Texas, on September 29, 1907. He was the first child of cattle rancher Delbert Autry. A few years after his birth, the family moved to Ravia, Oklahoma. At age five Gene began…
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This Day in Texas History: Railroad Crew Founds Valentine, Texas

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Railroad Crew Founds Valentine, Texas February 14, 1882 On this day in 1882, the town of Valentine, Texas was founded and named when a Southern Pacific Railroad crew building east from El Paso reached the site. Valentine, in Jeff Davis County, is thirty-six miles west…
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2/5/2013 Daily Image: Frisco Jail and Grain Elevators

2/5/2013 Daily Image: Frisco Jail and Grain Elevators A view of the “pillbox” jail against the backdrop of Frisco’s historic grain elevators. Total interior space of the original jail is only about 120 square feet. Imagine being locked in here during a Texas summer.. Frisco Jail and Grain Elevators Original Frisco Jail in foreground Frisco,…
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This Day in Texas History: Texas Votes to Secede

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Texas Votes to Secede January 29, 1861 On this day in 1861, the Secession Convention of the state of Texas voted overwhelmingly to secede from the United States. South Carolina had seceded in December 1860. The election of Republican Abraham Lincoln precipitated the fall of…
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1/25/2013 Daily Image: Through a Green Fence

1/25/2013 Daily Image: Through a Green Fence Hot, parched, dry and cracked, the drought-ravaged landscape of a North Texas prairie as seen through a green iron fence. Through a Green Fence Prosper, Texas Find this on page 135 of Texas As I See It Order your signed / personalized copy of Texas As I See…
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This day in Texas History: “Tri-Cities” Finally Unite as Baytown

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) “Tri-Cities” Finally Unite as Baytown January 24, 1948 On this day in 1948, the former “Tri-Cities” of Baytown, Goose Creek, and Pelly united to form the city of Baytown. The area had been largely undeveloped until the opening of the Goose Creek oilfield in 1916.…
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