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Wednesday, December 4, 2013 • Posted December 5, 2013
I believe in Santa Claus. I have to for the sake of my grandchildren. They are convinced that Santa and Mrs. Claus, who appeared recently at the lighting of the Old Blanco County Courthouse, are the real thing. All the other Santa’s are just their helpers. I have to believe in flying reindeer; stockings stuffed with candy, nuts and toys; Christmas trees twinkling with bright lights topped by angels or stars; and I believe that if I don’t behave as I ought, Santa just might give me a lump ...
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 • Posted November 27, 2013
It was time to pack it up or throw it away. We were moving from El Paso to Blanco and I was delving into the darkest most remote recesses of the garage in an attempt at separating the wheat from the chaff. In so doing, I came across a dusty plastic bag filled with what appeared to be ashes.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 • Posted November 15, 2013
Over the Veterans Day weekend I drove into San Antonio with a friend to listen to 93-year old Gail “Hal” Halvorson tell a story about two sticks of chewing gum that changed his life and the lives of countless others following World War II. As a young pilot Halvorson had flown cargo planes into Berlin during the infamous Soviet blockade of 1948-1949.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 • Posted November 7, 2013
Most of us have heard the story about the little boy who was tossing back into the sea a starfish he found stranded on the beach. A man asked him what he was doing. He replied that he was saving the poor stranded starfish. “But,” said the man, “there must be thousands if not tens of thousands of starfish lying on this beach.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 • Posted November 1, 2013
I have had the pleasure of assisting my wife in documenting the graves in the Blanco Historic Cemetery. Each headstone has a story to tell. We are often struck by the sadness that must have been experienced by parents who had to lay to rest the bodies of their precious little ones.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • Posted October 24, 2013
“Dippy eggs,” said I. My uncle was cooking breakfast over an open campfire. He asked me what kind of eggs I wanted. I told him I wanted dippy eggs. Now, I suppose what I really meant was eggs sunny-side up, but how was a little kid supposed know? I just wanted to be able to dip my bread in the yolk.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 • Posted October 18, 2013
A year ago I had the pleasure of volunteering to work during the First Annual Western Showcase that was sponsored by Carriage Hills Ranch and the Buggy Barn Museum right here in Blanco. Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show couldn’t have been any more fun than that. The three-day event featured knives, tomahawks, archery, atlatl, mounted action shooting, precision bullwhips, chuck wagon cooking, music, storytelling, buggy rides, old west costume judging, food booths, vendors and much, much more.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 • Posted October 10, 2013
From 1989 to 1997 I served as the Director of Fine Arts for a large El Paso school district. Other than holding credentials as a school administrator I had few actual qualifications for the position. I knew that if I were to be successful I would have to gather around me a team of individuals, each of whom would have to be proficient in skills and abilities that I lacked. As principal of a rapidly growing high school I had presided over the construction of a beautiful state-of-the art fine art ...
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 4, 2013
I wasn’t quite eight years old when my maternal grandfather passed away. John H. Price was 82. He was found one cold fall morning slumped against a cedar fence post with a pitchfork in his hand. As usual, he had gone out to tend to his dairy cows and failed to come in for breakfast. After the funeral services, his descendants, including my mother, gathered at the old homestead to discuss the disposition of his property and meager possessions.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 • Posted September 27, 2013
When my wife and I travel, we like to frequent the “Mom & Pop” restaurants in the cities and towns we visit. In doing so, we meet some very interesting people along the way. About ten years ago we were passing through Gallup, New Mexico, and stopped at such a place to eat.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 • Posted September 13, 2013
When I became principal at Socorro High School in El Paso, there were 1,660 students housed on a campus designed for half that many--I don’t remember how many portable classrooms there were. When it was decided to expand the facilities the superintendent held out for first class all the way.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 • Posted September 5, 2013
Have you heard of TOMS shoes? Back in 2006 Blake Mycoskie was traveling in Argentina and witnessed the hardships of children growing up without shoes. His solution to the problem was simple yet revolutionary: create a for-profit business that was sustainable and not reliant on donations. Blake founded TOMS shoes.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • Posted August 30, 2013
Across the street from where I grew up was Trudy and Owen Frame’s little café and ice cream store, the White Spot. I remember one hot summer day my cousin and I decided to find out just how compassionate the proprietors might be toward two overheated and underfunded little street urchins.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 • Posted August 23, 2013
Van Horn, Texas, 1982. I had made it through my first year as a high school principal—almost. Now I had to get through graduation. As the end of the year approached, the senior class sponsor handed me a paper and said, “This is the program for this year’s commencement exercises.” I thanked her and told her I would look it over.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 • Posted August 16, 2013
Like most youth groups, the “Magnet STAR” kids needed to raise some funds in order to carry out their high school theatre activities. They came to me, their principal, for some ideas and, most of all, for permission. There had already been countless student sales of popcorn, cookies, knick-knacks, discount coupons, chocolate bars, car washes and cupcakes.