Category Archives: Leisure

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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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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Overnight at the Oasis

  Miles and miles of nothing but miles and miles stretch out ahead of us down this long, desolate highway slicing southeasterly across New Mexico — and we haven’t even gotten to the Texas state line yet. Traversing these flat, … 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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Red Rocks in the 80s “…at least I’m enjoying the ride…”

4th in the series about my road to the Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary “Fare Thee Well” shows “I’m freaking out, man” Albert said, “We still don’t have the tickets.” It was the Friday before Labor Day and the Red Rocks shows … 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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