Monthly Archives: March 2022

Songs of Will T. Massey — “Half as Lonely”

This tune comes from Will’s second cassette release, “Kickin’ Up Dust.” By the time he recorded that in 1988, Will had moved from his home in San Angelo to Austin, but he returned to West Texas to record this album. … Continue reading

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5 Years Here…

Last Monday marked 5 years since we closed on our house here in Cañon City. I already shared how our trajectory towards transformation lead us here. I told you how Casa Dexter relocated to Main Street as part of the … Continue reading

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G.M.C. Massey, Rural Texas Educator, 1900-1918

My grandfather, G.M.C. Massey, worked as an educator in rural Texas over a hundred yeas ago. I’ve shared a number of his stories here on the blog, including the early episode that earned him a reputation as an effective disciplinarian, … Continue reading

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Austinites harbor a deep-seated love-hate relationship with SXSW, similar to some NOLA residents and Mardi Gras. The crowds and the creators bring music, movies, fun, and money — lots of it. But when several hundred thousand extra people arrive in … Continue reading

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Dewey Winburne: Dreamer & Doer

SXSW season is upon Austin and even from afar, my thoughts return to Dewey Winburne, instigator and inspiration for SXSW Interactive. In December 1993, Dewey announced that SXSW would add a “multimedia” track to their planned first film festival that … Continue reading

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Songs of Will T. Massey — “Always Working”

Will played this tune regularly for several years but never recorded or released it — like a number of other songs he wrote during that time. He was performing frequently and trying out new material, perfecting songs, and eventually recorded … Continue reading

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SXSW Edu 2022 — View from Afar

Usually about this time, I’d be getting registered and ready to attend the Early Bird Reception before tomorrow’s opening day of SXSW Edu in Austin, Texas. Not this year. I’m not attending this time. I think back two years ago, … Continue reading

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Granddad Stranded on the Road to Sonora

Granddad often wrote more than one account of the same incident in his memoirs. As he explained, he just wrote whatever came to mind when it came to mind, so some repetition is to be expected. This is another instance … Continue reading

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