Tag Archives: Texas

Picture Postcards from the Past

Summer brings vacations and vacations mean photos. These days, we all share those instantly on social media and we can vicariously travel along with friends. Vacations used to mean postcards from family friends visiting distant places. Not to downplay instant … Continue reading

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Brownsville Raid of Sept. 28, 1859

The people of Brownsville, Texas awakened hours before the dawn of September 28, 1859 to the sound of gunshots, thundering hooves, and shouts of “Viva Cheno Cortina! Viva la República Mexicana! Viva Mexico! Mueran los gringos!” A band of over … Continue reading

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Back Porch on the Road

You haven’t heard much from the back porch this past week since we’ve been traveling. We are on our way back from Colorado now, so the back porch posts will return soon. Meanwhile, enjoy our view from the road…

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Texas Schoolteacher circa 1900

In recognition of Teacher Appreciation Day and the many teachers in my family, here’s another excerpt from the memoirs of my grandfather, G.M.C. Massey from his early days as a school teacher at the turn of the 20th century. NOW … Continue reading

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My unforgettable friend, Robert Vignaud, had one of the sweetest souls I have ever known. I first met Robert when he and Suzanne moved in next to me on Christopher Street with her 10-year old, Eric, back in the 80s. … Continue reading

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