Monthly Archives: September 2015

“A very prominent school Teacher…” in East Texas circa 1900

My grandfather, G.M.C. Massey wrote of many memorable characters in his memoirs. One teacher that I met in my teaching Career was very outstanding to me, And I named my first Boy after him. IDAS wood was the Man; His … Continue reading

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Links — from Summer of Love to Alaska Opportunity to NYC Festival

Some links for your Saturday enjoyment: Revisiting the Summer of Love: San Franisco, 1967 Underground comix artist R. Crumb remembers the 60s My favorite book of a look behind the scene from Digger Emmett Grogan: Ringolevio Another summertime opportunity to consider: … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to — ME!

Once upon a time, I was one of those people who hid his birthday. One year in college, my gloomy roomie, Jacque, was feeling depressed and facing some tough times in her immediate future. One of our mutual friends suggested, “Let’s throw her a birthday … Continue reading

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Getting SuperBetter

There’s a new book about a gameful approach to health that’s actually old news to me: SuperBetter. Jane McGonigal, famed game designer and best-selling author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How they Can Change the World, follows … Continue reading

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Preparation, Procrastination, Creativity, and more

Here’s a few links to liven up your weekend with interesting information. 15 suggestions for living up to the Boy Scout motto, “Be prepared“ “The Procrastinator’s Guide to Getting Things Done” — 11 helpful hints 10 Daily Routines for Honing … Continue reading

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On Becoming a Texas Schoolteacher circa 1900

My grandfather, G.M.C. Massey, tells of becoming a teacher in rural East Texas at the beginning of the 20th century. For when I began teaching in the Year of 1900, I had to start on a second Grade certificate, and I … Continue reading

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Kickstarting the “Vagabond Heart”

I’ve lived my life with a vagabond’s heart. — Bobby Bridger, “Stages” Bobby Bridger releases his first new studio album in over a dozen years today thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign to support Vagabond Heart. I’ve talked about crowdfunding before, … Continue reading

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Just Another Day

Some dates jump out at you but most just fall away almost unnoticed. Yesterday’s date, like December 7 or June 6, rings out. Today seems like just another day, pale by comparison. Yet, each day’s history can really prove to be quite … Continue reading

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Schoolboy Games in 1880s Rural East Texas

My grandfather, G.M.C. Massey wrote of his school days in late 19th century East Texas in his memoirs. This excerpt speaks to the diversions of the day for young schoolboys. We had many and various games. Some were seasonable, such as … Continue reading

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Labor Links for Labor Day — Enjoy the Holiday

Happy Labor Day! Between the pool parties, barbecue and football preparations, take a moment or two — or maybe even more — to consider the people we all have to thank for this particular 3-day weekend: the working men and women of … Continue reading

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