Monthly Archives: August 2016

I STILL Can’t Draw!

That doesn’t stop me from doodling, though, as I’ve told you before. I’ve been doodling for a couple of years now, usually during various gatherings, conferences, or meetings. By sharing those doodles openly, I also seemed to have gained a bit of … Continue reading

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19th Century School — a Gold Medal Contest

Texas Schoolteacher G.M.C. Massey — my grandfather — writes about motivating students in the late 1800’s.  …from the beginning of the use of the first Grade Certificate and School at Oak Grove, 6 miles East from QUITMAN, Texas I had … Continue reading

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A Sunny Afternoon — and Evening

Final of 3 posts about our recent adventure in England If we’d been treated like royalty back at Peckforton Castle, we were treated even better in East Finchley: like old friends. We relaxed with our hosts, Hank & Kelle, in … Continue reading

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To the Tower!

Second of 3 entries about our recent English adventure The day after the wedding in the castle, we headed down to London. I owed Sara this part of our trip since I had the opportunity to spend a few days … Continue reading

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Once upon a fairy-tale wedding

First of 3 posts about our recent trip to England “We can’t go.” Our friends James & Kara had invited us to their wedding — in an English castle, no less, near James’ hometown of Chester. But our finances basically forbid … Continue reading

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A Bashful Encounter, late 19th Century East Texas

Guest blogger G.M.C. Massey (my grandfather) confesses in his memoirs to an instance of awkward shyness as a youth. I was so bashful that it was pitiful. I remember that when I had gone ever so far to a party, … Continue reading

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On This Day — August 7

Okay, I generally hate posting day-specific lists like this. I’ve long viewed “special” days, such as holidays as distractions, including specific dates. But when I ran across these events from August 7th in past years, I felt compelled to share them —and the … Continue reading

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Continued Dancing Lessons from God

“Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.” from the Books of Bokonen (Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut) Summer — vacation time! I’ve been absent from the back porch this last week while we toddled around England — but that’s another story. … Continue reading

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