Honoring Dr. James “Red” Duke, Texas Icon

Houston Chronicle photo - Please see link above

Dr. James "Red" Duke Jr. was a legend in his own time. Born in Ennis, Texas in 1928, Duke began to make his mark with high achievements while still young, not only attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, but winning the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America. He graduated from Hillsboro High School and went on to earn a degree in science from Texas A&M Read more

Special Treat–Author Interview with Renae Brumbaugh

Lone Star Ranger Heartsong

Renae Brumbaugh is a native Texan and a former homeschool mom. She’s also an award-winning humor columnist, a two-time bestselling author of seventeen books, and contributor to many more. Since I’m a "Texas history nerd," one of her recent books caught my eye: Lone Star Ranger, book one in the Texas Rangers series, published by Harlequin’s Heartsong series.   LD: Welcome, Read more

Announcing…

1_How to Teach the Way Your Child Learns_Inner Cover

The Homeschool Parents' How-To Series -Book 1- How to Teach the Way Your Child Learns I'm so excited to get this book into readers' hands! Book 1 is available now on Amazon, and the other three will be out soon. They're based on a popular workshop series I've given at homeschool conventions and book fairs.  Over and over parents responded enthusiastically and asked me to make the Read more

Happy Birthday, Davy Crockett

Davy Crockett

Doncha hate it when you miss an old friend's birthday? And Davy Crockett is a VERY old friend. In fact he'd have been 229 years old last Monday...had he not died at the Alamo in 1836. (Crockett was born August 17, 1786.) In honor of his birthday, you might enjoy reading a few facts about the man. (While I enjoyed this link, it's not a source I usually use, so I can't guarantee Read more

The Pinta Trail

Pinta Trail

I love the stories of the old cattle trails that cowboys used beginning in the mid-1800s to drive longhorns from all across Texas to the rail heads further north, but there are trails even older. The Pinta Trail is at least a century older, used by native Texans who traveled from San Antonio to Presidio San Saba (which was founded in 1757). Our family lives less than 5 miles Read more

Frontier Days at Fort Martin Scott

Fort Martin Scott cannon fire

Big plans are in the works at Fort Martin Scott for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday September 11-13! Friday, September 11th is designated as Education Day. Local schools have been invited, but you could also call about the possibility of visiting with your homeschool group. A Friday evening concert at the new Texas Ranger Heritage Center Pavilion will feature a catered barbecue at Read more

Escaping the Texas Heat in Cascade Caverns

Cascade Caverns_1

So August in Texas is pretty much beastly. Keeps me on my best behavior because it's sorta like a little sample of what "the hot place" will be like, y'know? ;) Anyway, after mowing the lawn last Saturday, my husband was looking for a place to escape the heat, and we found it in Boerne at Cascade Caverns. Turns out, people have been "beating the heat" there for centuries! Lipan Read more

Political Tactics from Texas History_The “San Jacinto” Tactic

The Surrender of Santa Anna, painted by artist William Henry Huddle, has been on display in the first floor south wing of the Texas State Capitol since February 1891.  The painting depicts the morning of April 22, 1836, the day after Texas' victory over Mexico at the Battle of San Jacinto. Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna, in the uniform of a private soldier, was brought before Texas General Sam Houston as a prisoner of war. Houston, wounded in the battle, rested on a pallet under the oak tree while arranging an armistice with Santa Anna. To the right, seated on a log, was Erastus (Deaf) Smith, famous Texas scout; the captured Mexican battle flags were leaning nearby against the tree. To the left and rear of Houston was his Secretary of War, Thomas Jefferson Rusk, who was standing next to Colonel Mirabeau B. Lamar. Over thirty other historical figures were depicted in this painting.

While I was at the 2015 THSC Homeschool Conference in The Woodlands, I had the pleasure of meeting Tom Glass, fellow Aggie and husband of Kathie Glass, who ran as the Libertarian candidate for Texas Governor in 2014. Mr. Glass shared some personal perspectives on "Texas Tactics" in politics which I found humorous and insightful, so with your indulgence I'll pass those along this week Read more

Political Insights from Texas History_The “Goliad” Tactic

While I was at the 2015 THSC Homeschool Conference in The Woodlands, I had the pleasure of meeting Tom Glass, fellow Aggie and husband of Kathie Glass, who ran as the Libertarian candidate for Texas Governor in 2014. Mr. Glass shared some personal perspectives on "Texas Tactics" in politics which I found humorous and insightful, so with your indulgence I'll pass those along this week Read more

Political Insights from Texas History_The “Alamo” Tactic

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While I was at the THSC Homeschool Conference in The Woodlands, I had the pleasure of meeting Tom Glass, fellow Aggie and husband of Kathie Glass, who ran as the Libertarian candidate for Texas Governor in 2014. Mr. Glass shared some personal perspectives on "Texas Tactics" in politics which I found humorous and insightful, so with your indulgence I'll pass those along this Read more