Blanco County News
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013 • Posted May 1, 2013
The little red bicycle was beautiful and I was more than excited when Santa Claus gave it to me for Christmas. Living in Utah, I had to wait for the snow and ice to melt from the sidewalk so I could ride it. When I finally got the chance, Dad lugged it out of the garage and helped me climb on.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 • Posted April 25, 2013
After graduating from high school, I spent the summer with my parents in Mexico City. We had had a parrot for several years that would sing, say “piojitos” (fleas) when its head was scratched and, with a little encouragement, would repeat some words and phrases as well as whistle and sing.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 • Posted April 17, 2013
As a youngster in elementary school I was a shy one. I seldom got into trouble because I was afraid to. The teaching staff put a label across my forehead that said I was a good boy who madegood grades and seldom needed discipline. That label earned me the coveted position of School Projectionist.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 • Posted April 10, 2013
While attending a recent meeting in Bulverde, Texas, I found myself sitting next to Dean and Betty Dowd. They informed me that they were Family History consultants and would be staying after the meeting ended in order to help people interested in tracing their ancestry. I informed them of my interest in tracing my family tree but that I had no information with me.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 • Posted April 5, 2013
A story has long been circulated that has been attributed to several sources including Aesop and his fables. It goes something like this: A young girl was trudging along a mountain path trying to reach her grandmother’s house. It was bitter cold, and the wind cut like a knife. When she was within sight of her destination, she heard a rustle at her feet. Looking down, she saw a snake.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 • Posted March 28, 2013
Theodore Tilton penned a poem entitled, “Even This Shall Pass Away”: Once in Persia reigned a king Who upon his signet ring Graved a maxim true and wise, Which, if held before his eyes Gave him counsel at a glance, Fit for every change and chance. Solemn words, and these are they: “Even this shall pass away.” Trains of camels through the sand Brought his gems from Samarcand; Fleets of galleys through the seas Brought him pearls to match with these.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Posted March 22, 2013
Robert “Bob” Smith was my sophomore biology teacher at the American School of Monterrey, Mexico. He was also my scoutmaster. Sitting around the campfire one night during a backpacking trip into the nearby mountains, he told his young charges stories about rattlesnakes and other denizens of the wild. He explained that because snakes are cold-blooded, they have been known to escape the cool of the night by crawling into the warm bedding of unsuspecting campers.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 • Posted March 14, 2013
It was but a small descent from the original settlers of the beautiful Heber Valley in Utah to Aunt Ruby’s front door. As a child I loved our Sunday afternoon forays from Salt Lake City to the frequent family gatherings in her living room. The men would talk deer hunting and dairy farming while the women would catch up on quilting, weddings and recipes.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 • Posted February 28, 2013
I was fresh out of college, had earned a teaching credential and was in search of a job. I decided to see if teachers were needed at the high school from which I had graduated seven years earlier. The Academia Juarez is a small bilingual school located in the foothills of the Sierra Madre in Chihuahua, Mexico.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 • Posted February 21, 2013
One of the most memorable of my Boy Scout adventures was when I, as an adult leader, along with others, took fifteen Scouts to explore an underground river deep in the heart of Mexico. We, in turn, were led by an experienced guide who was well acquainted with the terrain.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 • Posted February 15, 2013
“Offered help stinks!” declared my great grandfather to his new daughter-in-law. When I first read that I thought it was pretty harsh, especially since she had just offered to help with something that needed to be done. But as time has gone by I have learned the wisdom of that which he said.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 • Posted February 7, 2013
According to researchers, 20,000 square-mile Lake Bonneville was once the largest lake in North America. It had no outlet to the sea and covered much of central Utah and parts of Idaho and Nevada. In some places it reached a depth of 1,000 feet. Today, some of the beaches of the two thousand mile shoreline can be seen on the sides of some Great Basin mountains.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 • Posted January 31, 2013
It seems like only yesterday that my family consisted of seven individuals: my mom and dad and their five sons. It was devastating for my parents when the brother, just older than I, passed away suddenly at age seven. Children aren’t supposed to die before their parents. If that isn’t a rule, then there ought to be such a rule.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • Posted January 25, 2013
Following the recent publication in the Blanco County News and Johnson City Record Courier of a Mustard Seeds article entitled, “And Some in Disgust Walked Away,” I received an email from Denise Christopher who expanded on the aftermath of General Houston’s victory in the Battle of San Jacinto. With her permission I will quote from her correspondence, some of which is taken from the files of Texas A&M University.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 • Posted January 17, 2013
Over the years I have been surprised many times by people who have had special experiences or who seemed to possess certain unusual skills or gifts. One such person was E. LeRoy Hatch, M.D. “Doc” Hatch was a country doctor who practiced his medical trade in and around the little Mormon settlement of Colonia Juarez in northern Mexico.