Category Archives: Things Ancestral

Comfort Food

The annual mega-caloric holiday baking frenzy is over and I am left with one fruitcake, a few extra pounds, and half a jar of shelled pecans. Every year, I swear that this will be the last time I send seasonal … Continue reading

Posted in Being Human, Enlightenment, Things Ancestral, Things Historical, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Fun and Games

As often happens now, the conversation flowed around me.  The others in it were all young enough to be my children or grandchildren, but I was no one’s kin.  When courtesy requires, the young will make token attempts to include … Continue reading

Posted in Being Human, Enlightenment, Things Ancestral, Things Historical | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Fun and Games

Fame

David Bowie handled being famous about as well as anyone can in a hyper-nosy and envious age. Staying ahead of his own curve probably had a lot to do with it; he never held still long enough for anyone to … Continue reading

Posted in Birds and Beasts, Botanical Issues, Enlightenment, Things Ancestral, Things Historical, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Fame

Fine and Quiet Part 2

The solstice has officially arrived, but the bright days of late autumn lingered here until as lately as a week ago. This is frequent in North Texas; well into December, we often enjoy a muted but pleasing echo of the … Continue reading

Posted in Being Human, Enlightenment, Faith, Hope, Things Ancestral, Things Historical | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Fine and Quiet Part 2

Fine and Quiet

Tim Burton, so I’ve read, grew up in a house that was immediately adjacent to a cemetery. That explains a lot. I used to think that my own taste for picking through necropoli started at the age of five when … Continue reading

Posted in Being Human, Enlightenment, Things Ancestral, Things Historical, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Fine and Quiet

Things That Go BANG! in the Night

Normally, by the first week of July, everything in North Texas that unfolded leaf and petal in the spring is looking spent and thirsty. But not so in this year of seeming monsoon; under the influence of a lot of … Continue reading

Posted in Roadside Attractions, Things Ancestral, Things Historical | Tagged , | 7 Comments

Floral Archaeology

Abandoned house sites speak to my inner archaeologist. This might have started when I was around five, and amazed my mother by sitting wide-eyed and fascinated through The Ten Commandments, then in its first run. It’s certainly the case that … Continue reading

Posted in Botanical Issues, Roadside Attractions, Things Ancestral, Things Historical | Tagged , | Comments Off on Floral Archaeology

A Show of Hands

I was raised on stories of the Depression, most of which came from my mother, and I did not for a long time find them interesting. This was not surprising, considering that my mother’s memories of making dresses out of … Continue reading

Posted in Being Human, Enlightenment, Things Ancestral, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Comments Off on A Show of Hands