A Savage Wisdom. By Norman German.
The interview from Hel:
Professor Norman German of
How could a young, sweet,
There is a co-dependent relationship between
If you care to hold hands, for a small price, with a love-starved, addict-prostitute during her murder trial, you'll be rewarded by German's coverage. It's stark and rich in that
Monday, November 30, 2009
Savage Wisdom - German
Midian, Marshall, & Me - Davis
Midian, Marshall & Me. By Jerome Davis. edited by Dee Davis and Richard J. Davis, cover design Chelsey Tatum. Trafford, 2008. Paperback, 130 pages, size: 5 ½ x 8 ½ , ISBN: 9781425136543, $14.49.
If you've wondered where Martin Luther King's words "I have a dream …" came from, they came from
Jerome, a retired communications professional of print, radio, and TV, authors his personal memoirs of growing up in
As it turns out, both boys got good educations there (there's a whole story in that which
Midian went on in a successful career and, decades later, recently returned home to
Rarely do these small, modern memoirs carry much of broad value beyond the details of a life, but
Both Davis, now retired in Colleyville, and Johnson are recognized on
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Reviews of Texana databases
As part of a Syracuse University Information Science Technology class assignment, various digital databases are reviewed at http://ist677-f2009.blogspot.com/ Some Texas content databases are considered, e.g.,
Portal to Texas History - University of North Texas Library
Texas Constitutions - University of Texas, Tarleton Law Library, Jamail Center for Legal Research
Museum of History (a virtual museum)
Journey Through Deaf Texas
DOCUMENTARY FILM ON THE HISTORY OF TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF NOW AVAILABLE FOR THEATRICAL EXHIBITION:
The news release states in part "JOURNEY THROUGH DEAF TEXAS chronicles the history of TAD since its inception in 1886 and its historic accomplishments that have had an impact on deaf and hard of hearing Texans. The film was co-produced, directed, and edited by David H. Pierce who has worked in the television industry for 24 years.
Stephen C. Baldwin, Ph.D., past president of TAD, co-producer, writer, and researcher of the film, says that "the film is not all about politics and legislative endeavors, but it has sentimental moments about leadership, failures, triumphs, ignorance, apathy and the need to continue to work on making lives better for the Texas Deaf Community."
Friday, November 27, 2009
Texas State Travel Guide - It's free
The Travel Guide is really a grand volume to have - sites all over Texas. Get a recent edition with a telephone call.
"For a FREE packet containing the Texas State Travel Guide, Texas Accommodations Guide, and Texas Official Travel Map, call 800-8888-TEX (839) in the US and Canada,."
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Texas Quilts and Quilters - Kaylakie
An excellent investment. You'll find yourself touching the 11x11 inch pages to feel the fabric and stiching. This chronological presentation begins in the 1860's and progresses through 32 named patterns with stories pulled from the towns across
A "Cattle Brand" quilt, sure, and a "Gone With the Wind" quilt, sure, but who could have imagined that the dirt and filth of the "Oil Field" could be converted into a bright quilt design; apparently Katherine Hervey did so in
The "Rainbow Quilt" at the Gage Hotel is so striking, I'm tempted to allege they stole the one I once had, but, really, they didn't. Allie Burkett's "Blue Lone Star Quilt" is memorable first for its blue theme, without the usual red splash, and now I notice the publishers' chose it for the jacket cover. Good choice! But, oh, the 2001 "Traveling Stars Quilt" also commands my attention, nothing bright, but the maroon, black, and rosy cream tied together and bordered by the concentric diamonds.
A 3 to 4 page narrative accompanies each of the quilts and once the festival of page-turning slows, you'll the reading worthwhile.
Texas Wineries - Esco
As a Master Gardener and occasional fermented grape drinker, Esco found herself writing a "Small Book" for TCU Press. She lifted the topic, studied its clarity, sipped, and wrote.
We're treated with pleasant, short chapters on history, business, grape growing, wine making, and survey of many of the wineries in
We've almost all heard how Texas grapes virtually, completely almost saved the entire French wine industry during their late unpleasantness, but the book's outdoors photos of valley fields and vines come to rest grapely upon the mind with a suggestion of muscadine. Salúte to Melinda.
From Birdwomen - Erisman
From Birdwomen to Skygirls: American Girls' Aviation Stories. By Fred Erisman.
Erisman's survey demonstrates TCU Press' service to the children and young adult market beyond the topic of Texana. The author, already having covered the same topic for boys, analyzes a three-threaded topic – girls series books about aviation, technological changes in aviation, and female roles in real life – especially the aviatrix group. Somebody oughta write a young reader about Texas flying women - maybe begin with Bessie Coleman.
If you've read Hardy Boy books, as I did, or Nancy Drew, you already have a handle on Erisman's adventure in flying adolescent literarture.
La Junta de los Rios - a new thesis by Folsom
Readers of La Junta history may wish to consult a new thesis from UNT.
SPANISH LA JUNTA DE LOS RIOS: THE INSTITUTIONAL HISPANICIZATION OF AN INDIAN COMMUNITY ALONG NEW SPAIN'S NORTHERN FRONTIER, 1535-1821. By Bradley Folsom. A Thesis Prepared for the Degree of MASTER OF ARTS UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS August 2008.
His chapters are topical
2. THE INDIANS AND THE ENVIRONMENT..............................................16
3. THE CONQUISTADOR...........................................................................32
4. THE SPANISH CIVILIAN SETTLER........................................................50
5. THE MISSIONARY..................................................................................66
6. THE PRESIDIAL SOLDIER.....................................................................82
It should be interesting in light of Morgenthaler's two recent volumes.
La Junta de los Rios - Morgenthaler
La Junta de los Rios: The life, death, and resurrection of an ancient desert community in the Big Bend region of
La Junta is a comprehensive history of the early period, up to the 1800's, of the region along the
La Junta is often overlooked in the history of early Spanish Texas, in favor of
Morgenthaler develops the influence of Mendoza, Retana, and Sabeata. A rebellion failed in the 1680's, and the
Morgenthaler adds more fully clothed characters to the
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
River Has Never Divided Us - Morgenthaler
The River Has Never Divided Us: A Border History of La Junta de los Rios. By Jefferson Morgenthaler.
Down on the border, near Ojinaga and Presidio, a
He first draws your attention to the death of Esquivel Hernandez at the hands of U.S. Marines in 1997. Then Morgenthaler backgrounds readers in the
You have Doniphan's Expedition, land transfers, Ben Leaton, Jay Hayes, Lt. Whiting drawing the line, the 49ers on their way to
There was smuggling, then as now, and lots of silver. Railroads arrived and the spread of ranches and military posts increased. Greed and murder laced with revenge. There was Ortega's Rebellion, followed by Orozco and Huerta, and Pancho Villa, chased by Black Jack Pershing. Smuggling revived with liquor contraband, and drugs would derive from there.
Morgenthaler uses many sources, many of which are primary, and his interesting narrative of discovery is yours for the purchase.
Waco - Ames
Young Mr. Ames has done a remarkable job of collecting the names and "assistance" of noted local and state historians for this photographic compendium. And he was lucky that the Baylor University Library Texas Collection's Fred Gildersleeve Collection was made available to him. The volume is divided into simple chapters: Waco Spirit, structural landmarks, scenes, recreation and play, and news headlines.
Folks probably know
For a town whose existence was keenly dependent on early agricultural success, there are only a few photos of African Texans, but the
Some remarkable shots include Gildersleeve's improvised tower from which he captured photographs, the bird's-eye-view of the Masonic Grand Lodge building, the sweeping panoramas, and the 1953 tornado images.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Bulldozed: Kelo by Main - with comments by George Will
Columnist George Will, in his Washington Post filing, explores the ghastly attempt to suppress a Texas book and to suppress critical approval on that book, and the stunning question of the state government's successful attempts to take by eminent domain your personal real estate and give it to other commercial interests. The city of interest is Freeport, Texas.
Bulldozed: 'Kelo,' Eminent Domain and the American Lust for Land by Carla Main
Read Will's commentary at the Washington Post August 19, 2009.
A related question was on the November ballot.
Or see Carla Main's homepage http://carlamain.com/
Where her site describes her book as: "Bulldozed: 'Kelo,' Eminent Domain and the American Lust for Land is a book for any American concerned about the future of property rights and the American Dream. For those interested in urban affairs and the law, Bulldozed provides an in-depth account into the way an eminent domain battle affects a family and a town.
Set in East Texas, Bulldozed tells the story of Pappy Gore. Born into poverty, he grows up to found a successful business, Western Seafood, and become a pillar of his community. But then things change in town. The city of Freeport decides to build a commercial marina on the river and moves to take Pappy's land in eminent domain. The city wants to turn the land over to Western Seafood's next-door neighbor -- a descendant of a great Texas oil family -- who will build the marina. Long-standing neighbors and friends take sides as the marina controversy brings to the fore deep-seated differences over values, justice and fair play, eventually splitting the town down the middle.
Against this backdrop, Bulldozed examines the history of eminent domain from the Revolutionary War and the drafting of the Bill of Rights by James Madison, through the behind-the-scenes intrigue that transpired in New London, Connecticut leading to the Kelo case. Bulldozed addresses the all-important question: How did we get here in America?"
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Texas Tribune - new newspaper
The Texas Tribune is described by the Texas Community College Teachers Association:
The TCCTA description begins: "A new approach to Texas journalism is getting cranked up, and you may want to have a look. It's the Texas Tribune, calling itself a "non-profit, nonpartisan public media organization," with promises to "promote civic engagement and discourse on public policy, politics, government, and other matters of statewide concern."
So far it looks like the effort will devote considerable energy to legislative and education issues."
Or go to the new Texas Tribune, headed by the former head of Texas Monthly, Evan Smith
Check its parts
Moonlight Desperado - Hamilton
|The Seduced by History blog carries notes about Moonlight Desperado, by Jeanmarie Hamilton |
Weaving History with Shapeshifters
The author's commentary begins: "Even shape shifter stories can revolve around historical facts.
In my werewolf western historical, Moonlight Desperado, soon to be published by Siren-Bookstrand Publishing, the hero's original goal is inspired by Texas history.
The inspiration for the story came from a family story that happened after the Civil War ended. Raiders passing through Texas demanded bedding to sleep on outside my great great grandmother's home. Of course the characters have been changed in my story, Moonlight Desperado."
Read more about this erotic paranormal if you dare:
Interview at Siren Publishing
Roswell, Texas - Smith
If you know what Roswell connotes, you'll enjoy this science ficiton. A review by NM Boliek of Roswell, Texas by L.Neil Smith, Rex F May, Scott Bieser and Jen Zachis at
The reviewer enjoyed the book but complains that there's too much history, not enough fiction, he thinks that the up-coming Cowboys & Aliens will solve that concern.
Lone Star / No Country
|Steven Thomas compares Lone Star and No Country for Old Men|
Lit - Karr
Mary Karr's third memoir, Lit: A Memoir is reviewed in New York Books at
and the Christian Science Monitor at
and National Public Radio
and New York Time Out
and the Los Angeles Tlimes at
and her Poems at New York Times
She starts writing, wiiving, mothering, and drinking. The she sobers up, more than her mother, finds God, and settles down. You recall her first work was Liars Club about her childhood in East Texas.
Mike Cox - Interview
Ed Blackburn at the Texana Review interviews Mike Cox on his new (second installment) Texas Ranger book, Time of the Rangers.
Monday, November 9, 2009
H.G. Bissinger Inteview
Friday Night Lights author H.G. Bissinger is interviewed, partially about last year's banning of FNL in Beaumont schools, in the annual report of the Texas ACLU review of Texas schools' recently banned books. McCarthy's The Road and Sandra Cisneros' Woman Hollering Creek are on the lists.
Page 8 reports "Where were the Most Challenges?
Stephenville, Houston and Irving school districts reported the most challenges for the 2008-2009 school year. Stephenville ISD led the charge this year with 11
challenges, all of which resulted in bans. Houston ISD and Irving ISD tied for the second most this year with six challenges each. This marks quite the improvement
for HISD, as the district reported 20 challenges last year. Unfortunately, only one of HISD's six challenges resulted in the book being retained without restriction.
While Irving ISD experienced just as many challenges, five of the six books challenged were retained without restriction: a sole book was restricted to the reference library. Tying for third was Seguin ISD and Klein ISD, each with four challenges."
National Banned Books Week September 26 – October 3, 2009