We Can Do Better In Our Lives

Note:  I interviewed Sister Mary Hawkins in May 2014. She is a remarkable lady who turned her life into one of service. Sister Mary founded St. Benedict Monastery in Canyon, Texas. This interview reflects on her life, why she became a nun and her experiences of being a teacher. This interview was part of my…

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How Mortality Records Can Provide a Historical Picture of a German Community

Imagine just this moment in time you’re dying of consumption in the High Plains of Texas. It’s August 1906, when the air is at its height of being hot, dry and stale. There might be an occasional breeze, but it does nothing to cool you. You’re coughing up blood mixed with phlegm because your lungs…

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Photo Journal of Great Horned Owl – Part Two

Just last week I photographed a great horned owl at the Nazareth cemetery and I briefly mentioned the ever-present, but mysterious great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) at the Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) near Muleshoe, Texas. Earlier this week this owl became elusive no more to my camera. My friend, Ginny and I have known…

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Photo Journal of Great Horned Owl

Walking in a cemetery to verify names in a database, I kept seeing lots of dove feathers on the ground that I had never observed before in the Nazareth cemetery.  Then I noticed the owl pellets…. I looked up into the trees for the maker of the pellets. What I spotted was the barrel shape…

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