Category Archives: Texas

The ARK: My hillside ecosystem

ARK = Acts of Restorative Kindness. I am relatively certain many might look at this photograph and wonder “Why did she post a picture of a bunch of weeds?”  Truth be told, as a child of relatively pragmatic folks growing … Continue reading

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Rakkasan Nam Viet Earl Grey

Nam Viêt Earl Grey is our own take on the world famous and always popular Earl Grey tea.  The wild black tea and bergamot combination offers an amazing experience where the character of the tea is enhanced by an orange, … Continue reading

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Harmony House “Vintage” and No. 10 Jing Mai Shou Ripe Pu-Erh from 2017

Several days ago, I mentioned doing the pu-erh tasting, and this morning felt like a perfect day for it.  I went outside to see sunshine, blue clear skies, and things that are green and not yellow as the rain last … Continue reading

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Himalayan Black Dragon Oolong in Golden Wheat

Today, I’m pouring Rakkasan Tea Company’s Himalayan Black Dragon Oolong, served in Homer Laughlin’s Golden Wheat pattern with 22K gold trim.  The flat cup and saucer set sell for $5.99 at replacements.com china.  I bought a set of two cups … Continue reading

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2020: The Year of Clearer Vision

Here is that fresh new year ahead of us, just waiting for us to write the stories, the pictures, the music, the learning, the relationships, the fun, the sadness, the opportunities that each moment brings for us to become a … Continue reading

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Randy Bakes “Fancy Party Cookies”

Last year at work, Rand participated in the Christmas Cookie Exchange.  I baked his cookies for him, and scanned my mother’s well-worn and well-loved sugar cookie recipe.  In their exchange, they gift 2 cookies per person of all the cookies … Continue reading

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Perkins-Timberlake on the Decatur Square

Back in 1897, J. J. Perkins opened his first dry goods store on the Decatur, Texas square.  Known as The Red Store, Perkins ‘Shouted the glad tidings’ in the Decatur Wise County Messenger: The reign of High Prices is over. … Continue reading

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New Deal in Texas: Bunger PWA School House

The Bunger school house is in Young County, just a few miles down the road from Graham, my home town.  It was completed in 1936 as PWA project W1255 and is rock veneer.  Miss Fannie Ragland was the county superintendent … Continue reading

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Take me back to dry west Texas

Labor Day weekend and the epiphany: There is a reason for ecosystems.  Not that the realization was the epiphany, but that being raised in the ecosystem of dry west Texas leaves one ill-prepared for moving to Mississippi and the ever-present … Continue reading

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Tonk Valley Cemetery

While I was in Texas May-July, my cousins on mother’s side of the family came up for a week.  We went out to the family cemeteries for Sis and me to show them the family gravesites.  I have found cemeteries … Continue reading

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