November 1, 2015
Close up of turtle being released.

Turtles Returned Back to the Wild

One of the things that makes living in Port Aransas so magical is the opportunity to be so close to marine life. We see dolphins, shore […]
December 31, 2014
Juvenile Herring Gull flies across the surf, as a wind surfer has fun in the background

Windy Winter Port A Day

The weather in Port A has been colder than usual the past few days — so I’ve stayed  indoors, building a website for a local nonprofit […]
February 3, 2014
Borealis Rex passing a draw bridge

Maritime Monday: The Borealis Rex

The Borealis Rex navigated the Louisiana waters of Calcasieu River between Lake Charles and Cameron from 1905 to 1930. During the week, the paddlewheel steamer was used to transport mail, supplies and people conducting business along the river. Nights and weekends were for leisure - when the Rex was used for parties, moonlight dances, Sunday afternoon cruises and joy rides.
February 1, 2014
1948 Chester Clipper players

Sports Center Saturday: 1948 Port Chester Clippers

My dad always talked about playing baseball in Florida, Arkansas and Texas, but it wasn't until he was well into his 80s that he told me he had also played other places, including New York. The team was the 1948 Colonial League Champion Port Chester Clippers.
January 29, 2014
Bernadine Rees and the Black Iron Dog

Wednesday’s Child: Bernadine Rees and the Black Iron Dog

Last year, I traveled to Virginia to do some family research in Goochland County, near Richmond. I spent a rainy morning at Hollywood Cemetery, a 150-acre cemetery that is the final resting place of many famous people in US history.
September 15, 2013
Map showing the German Coast of Louisiana

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Do Some Semi-Random Research

I’ve accepted tonight’s “mission” from Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings’ Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. Tonight’s challenge We’re going to do a little bit of Semi-Random Research tonight…what is […]
August 3, 2013
Handmade paper card with an owl sitting on a baseball

Sports Saturday: To Carl Armstrong, Best of Wishes “Rudy” York

My dad, Carl Armstrong, grew up in the Atco Village (Cartersville, Georgia), a mill village established by the Atlantic Transportation Company. The mill was purchased by […]
July 28, 2013

East Meets Tasty at Eastside Cafe

Every few months or so, I get together with a group of friends for lunch and conversation. We recently met at Eastside Cafe for Saturday brunch. Seated in one of the Eastside Cafe's cozy rooms in the front of the old house, we were presented with lots of tasty choices.
March 3, 2013
Come and Take it Cannon

Celebrating Texas Independence Day – March 2

The first shot of the Texas Revolution was fired at the Battle of Gonzales on Oct. 2, 1835. On March 2, 1836, the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico was adopted at the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos. The war ended in April 1836 when Santa Anna was captured at San Jacinto and forced to sign the Treaties of Velasco.
February 1, 2013
Brown pelicans in the surf at St. Joe Island.

Birds of St. Joe Island

San Jose Island is well known for its incredible opportunities for beachcombing and shelling. It is also a place to view shorebirds — Brown Pelicans, Snowy Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Cormorants, Seagulls, Ruddy Turnstones, Royal Terns and more.