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Texans love their bluebonnets, and I can see why. This year, with lots of rain in the Hill Country, we’re enjoying a parade of bluebonnets, though I’ve been told that they can be even better than this.
Bluebonnets are, in fact, in the Lupin family (Lupinis). The Lupinis texenis is the favorite of Texans, though any […]
A couple of days ago we had some unusally chilly weather in Central Texas. Where I live, in Boerne, the temperature dipped below freezing for fifteen hours. The low hit 23 degrees. That’s two degrees lower than last winter’s low.
Now folks in colder climes, like my friend Dave in Minnesota, won’t be impressed by 23 […]
Yesterday, my family and I visited the Texas Capitol, the center of the state government in Austin, the capital. We were there for my daughter to be reconized for getting second place in the National History Day competition last summer. (She was second in the Junior Division, Individual Performance.) So, yesterday, the State Board of […]
A couple of pictures I’ve snapped in the last week.
First, the Guadalupe River as it passes through Mo Ranch, a Presbyterian conference center near Hunt.
Cibolo Creek in the Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne.
No, not the Alfred Hitchcock movie. Rather, an invasion of Grackles in Kerrville, Texas.
One time I left my car in the San Antonio airport, cleverly parked under a tree for shade. Or so I thought. I turns out that was a favorite tree for Grackles. When I got back from my trip, I literally could […]
On Wednesday evening, all hail broke loose in Boerne, Texas. For a brief time, we had a stunning hail storm, complete with deafening thunder and blinding lightning. The photo below shows the result. No, this is not snow in winter. It’s a collection of one-inch sized hail in 80 degree weather.
Now I realize that some […]
My mother and my dog enjoy a spring afternoon in Texas . . . .
A Redbud tree blooming at Laity Lodge . . . .
Thank you, Lord, for springtime!
“The Grassy Knoll.” Now there’s a phrase that has made it’s way into American culture and history. There are grassy knolls all over our country, but only one gets to be called “The Grassy Knoll.” And I’m quite sure that no other grass covered hillock in America draws so many tourists and conjures up so […]
On Saturday I put up a picture of the Dallas Morning News building in Dallas, Texas, focusing on the inspiring inscription on the front wall. I explained that this statement was adapted from a speech by George Dealey, who had been a leader of the newspaper a century ago.
The name, “Dealey,” seemed strangely familiar to […]
During my recent sojourn in Dallas, I was surprised to see a giant inscription on the wall of the Dallas Morning News building.
BUILD THE NEWS UPON
THE ROCK OF TRUTH
CONDUCT IT ALWAYS
UPON THE LINES OF
FAIRNESS AND INTEGRITY
ACKNOWLEDGE THE RIGHT
OF PEOPLE TO GET
FROM THE NEWSPAPER
BOTH SIDES OF EVERY
According to the Dallas Morning News website, […]
A couple of weeks ago I spoke at the Texas Capitol Fellowship, a gathering of Christians who work in the Texas state government. The Capitol itself looked beautiful as spring has just begun to dawn in Austin. In the photo below you can see the Redbuds blooming . . . one of my favorite spring […]
One night this last week it snowed in Boerne. Now if you’re from places like Minnesota or New England, you’ll probably find it odd that I’m excited about a half-inch of snow. But even a dusting of snow is a big deal in the Texas Hill Country. And it’s even a bigger deal for transplanted […]
A ranch in the Hill Country, not too far from Vanderpool. The “cattle” you see are actually American Bison (buffalo).
The Medina River as it runs through Bandera City Park in Bandera, Texas, “The Cowboy Capital of the World.”
Leaves of an oak tree in our back yard. The tree is known by various names: Spanish Oak, Red Oak, or Texas Red Oak. We don’t have many trees in the Texas Hill Country that turn red in autumn, but the Spanish Oak is one of the most common (along with the stunning but relativelty […]
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