Category Archives: Leisure

Summer Schedule — Sporadic

With apologies to Dan Rather for “stealing” his title (“Steady’s Summer schedule“) “Summertime and the livin’ is easy…” Summertime means I’m not nearly as energetic in any effort I make — and we already know I’m basically lazy. The languid … Continue reading

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Sundown on our Front Porch Evenings

Although this blog is titled “Buller’s Back Porch,” I’ve already confessed that we generally spend much more time on the front porch than the back one. That has been especially true through the summer evenings, when Sara & I sometimes … Continue reading

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Shunpiking Home

The shortest distance between points is beside the point. shunpike: a side road used to avoid the toll on or the speed and traffic of a superhighway— Merriam-Webster Dictionary Whenever we can, we shunpike. That is, we deliberately avoid the … Continue reading

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Lost in the Woods — Southwest Texas, 1914

Guest blogger, my grandfather, G.M.C. Massey, recounts a tale from a hunting party. I was a School Teacher in the great Southwest Texas, 34 years of age; And I was very aggressive, I was not a coward; But I was … 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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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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“Go West, Young Dog!” or Brutus On the Road

another chapter from the Book of Brutus, the Wonder Dog Shortly after taking Brutus to Big Bend, I quit my job at the Brown Schools, broke up with my girlfriend, and moved out of the house. Free from those constraints, I … Continue reading

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Weekend Web Wanderings

Here’s some weekend reading for you —  enjoy the links and we’ll see you soon! Paradise ignored as 2 idealists attempt to echo the 19th-century utopian Harmonists…read how Michael Colby and Donald Graves became the Zinzendorfs, curators of the Mahantongo Heritage Center. Raise a glass … Continue reading

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Brutus Goes to Big Bend

“You know your dog’s not allowed on any of the back trails?” said the man on horseback, as he and another rider clip-clopped up the trail past me and Brutus. Great, I remember thinking. After driving hundreds of miles to get to Big … Continue reading

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A Sensational Story of a Dramatic Nature

Another story from my grandfather, G.M.C. Massey, this time from his year in Asherton, Texas. I was 34 years of age, Just 46 years ago; and I was at that time Supt. of the Asherton School, in Dimmitt Co.; near … Continue reading

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