They Were Here First

Schools across the nation are recognizing the importance of honoring the Indigenous Peoples of America over the arrival of the European explorer. After all, the holiday that falls in mid October seeks to remember the early beginnings of human civility in the New World. And, despite a host of conflicting view points, the native people […]

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Horse Drawn to Horseless Coaches

By the end of the 19th century it was becoming clear the automobile would soon wean people off the horse as a means for transportation. Numerous start up ventures harnessing steam powered contraptions rolling on bicycle wheels soon evolved into a host of self-propelled carriages. It was a turn-of -the-century revolution, at first in the […]

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What is Independence to You?

Over the years I’ve asked my students how they define Independence. Many answers abound; “We got out from under a buffoon for a king sitting over in Britain; The Red Coats can’t order us around any longer; I don’t know, but the fireworks are always exciting; We got our own Constitution.” The list goes on. […]

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Who was the Llano Kid?

The origin of the Llano Kid moniker goes back to the 1930s, at which time my father was growing up in rural Texas. In the small town of Burkett, the Kid was considered a neighborhood or “town” bully. It was said that he sought any form of mischief possible to pass idle time. One day, […]

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