Monthly Archives: February 2015

Stevie Ray: the One That Got Away

One wedding photographer I knew included this phrase in every contract: “I will miss the ‘shot of the day’.” Spend enough time behind a camera lens and you know you can never capture every moment on camera. No matter what you do, some … Continue reading

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Warning: Totally Unsolicited Parental Advice

Congratulations, new parents! You didn’t ask for it, but you’re going to get it anyway: unsolicited parental advice — from me, your family, your friends & neighbors, co-workers and total strangers on the sidewalks, in parking lots and in stores … Continue reading

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John Vandiver — 30 years gone

Thirty years ago today, we lost John Vandiver, Texas bluesman — gone, but not forgotten. The big man with the big voice made a big splash in the Texas folk music scene of the 70s and 80s. Whether playing solo or with … Continue reading

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“Omigod, I Killed Your Dog!”

Late one night in the 80s, I was waiting for my friend, Albert, to drop by and visit when I heard Brutus shrieking in pain out front. I burst through the door just as Albert was popping out of his VW in the driveway, shouting, “Omigod! … Continue reading

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Paid for Dreaming — Granddad Wins a Dollar

G.M.C. Massey returns as guest blogger with more about his early days of schooling in 19th Century East Texas, with this tale of learning, dreaming and problem-solving. When I was about 14 years of age, and was in the advanced class … Continue reading

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Granddad Goes to School — Part 2

G.M.C. Massey, my grandfather and our “guest blogger,” continues the story of his early school days in late 19th Century rural East Texas. I was not expected to read till I had learned everything that was in the old blue speller. When I … Continue reading

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Granddad Goes to School: East Texas, 1886

Once again, our guest blogger — my grandfather, G.M.C. Massey — will take us on another Texas Time Travel, reflecting on his first days of school in late 19th Century East Texas. About this time, the first school in our neighborhood was begun … Continue reading

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