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Thursday, November 15, 2018 – Ring! Ring! Hello?

Thursday, November 15, 2018 – Ring! Ring! Hello?

Question? Why is a Texas Aggie’s hand like a lemon pie?

Answer: Because it has ma rang on it.

And I my hand does have my Aggie ring on it. I could also wear rings from Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston. The Universities – not the actual people. I was not acquainted with either.

The ring ceremony at SFA is called The Big Dip. Participants receive their ring then dip their right hand into a vat of water colored with purple dye. The water comes from the SFA Fountain. I did not realize fountain the SFA waters were that special. In fact, I do not even remember an SFA Fountain. Supposedly, the purple dye fades after several days, but the ring and you’re your memories stay forever. Oh futures, bright with hands purple and white…

I was unable to find a great deal of information regarding the ring ceremony at Sam Houston State. I did read that “your ring must be ordered in time to spend the night at Sam Houston State prior to the ring ceremony.” Maybe there is a Giant Dip and all of the rings are dipped into a vat of orange dye. Maybe the rings spend the night at Sam Houston’s grave.

There is an official ring ceremony at Texas A&M University. Of course, the original (and best) unofficial ring ceremony belongs to Texas A&M. While at the local intellectual salon, The Dixie Chicken, the ring is placed into a vat of beer and one chugs the beer and tries not to swallow their newly purchased ring.

Photo by me

My official ring ceremony consisted of me going to the Post Office and picking up my ring. I have never had an unofficial ring ceremony at The Dixie Chicken or anywhere else. Perhaps, I need to Uber a select group of friends and head down to The Chicken. I’m sure my friends will go for that much quicker than watching me dip my hand in purple dye.

Monday, June 19, 2017 – The Symphony of Alpha Chi Omega

Monday, June 19, 2017 – The Symphony of Alpha Chi Omega

Believe it or not I was in a sorority when I was in college. Granted this is difficult to discern at times today when I am dressed like a 10 year old in shorts, T-shirt and baseball cap. I was an Alpha Chi Omega “… and I look like a dream; I may be funny Honey, but I’m not what I seem, I drive a Cadillac car and have a big diamond ring…You really ought to see me in my black bathing suit.”

OK Sorority song and humor!

One of the requirements for a pledge was to memorize The Symphony of Alpha Chi Omega. When you are 20 years old it is just sixty-eight words and the goal was to be able to recite them in front of your pledge trainer with flawless diction and enunciation.

Only when you become older do the words take on meaning and significance. Then goal becomes to live the words of The Symphony of Alpha Chi Omega. This is the hard part.

The words become even more beautiful when you are surrounded by those you made you the woman you are today. Here’s to my EE sisters from AXO from SFA, Dorm 18 “On the Wing.” Today life has made us real, strong women. Thank you sisters and AXO for the support.

Together Let Us Seeks the Heights

Love, hugs and red carnations.

PS – I think you really ought to see us in our black bathing suits! Dang we look good.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 – Do You Believe in the Hereafter? Laugh-In. Sock It to Me!

Thursday, February 23, 2017 – Do You Believe in the Hereafter? Laugh-In. Sock It to Me!

This is for all of my Alpha Chi Omega sisters from Epsilon Eta – Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas 1969-1971. And to those GDIs who were harassed in Dorm 18 after curfew.

I hope you laughed as much as I did when this Laugh-In couple flashed across the TV screen the other night during NBC’s celebration of 95 years of TV broadcasting.


Artie Shaw: Do you believe in the hereafter?

Ruth Buzzy: Yes.

Artie Shaw: Then you know what I’m here after…

Sock it to me! Sock it to me ! Sock it to me!

Friday, May 28, 2015 – Texas Rising – Where? In the Southern Texas Alps?

Friday, May 28, 2015 – Texas Rising – Where? In the Southern Texas Alps?

I was glad to see on FB that I was not the only one who is having some issues with the History Channel’s Texas Rising.  Issues were shared from individuals with a solid knowledge of Texas History to those with advanced and academic knowledge of the topic.  I am somewhere in between.

Granted the beginning credits offer a disclaimer that it is a dramatic interpretation. And it is based on Stephen L. Moore’s book by the same name. Mr. Moore is a native Texan, whose Texas roots go way back and he is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin University – Ax ‘Em Jacks! So he must have Dr. Archie P. McDonald channeled into him for accuracy. He could even be Dr. Archie P. reborn, recycled, updated, Version 2.0 or however you want to look at it.

I think the musical score is great and I really like the kaleidoscope opening of each episode And I do like many other aspects of the series so far.

But some things are stretched beyond imagination and in some cases– just made up, inaccurate stuff.

Including thoughts on FB postings regarding the first episode that aired on Monday, Here’s What I’m Thinking:

One comment said the opening was too sensationalized and went to on question March 7 as the day the bodies were buried. There is some truth to both of those. But I disagree with the sensationalism.  Santa Anna riding through the streets around the mission and the following scenes resembled media footage of villages today conquered by tyrants and ruthless dictators. The scenes are violent, but unfortunately accurate.  Spoiler alert – if you thought the scenes of the Alamo aftermath were violent, wait until you see aftermath of The Battle of Coleto – aka The Goliad Massacre.

As to the March 7 and waiting until the next day to bury the dead –  That is plausible and possible, depending on what time the walls of the mission were breeched, a search, executing stranglers, the smoke clearing, etc.  If it were shortly before midnight, the Mexicans might have waited until daybreak to begin.  Hell, as crazy as Santa Anna was, he might have ordered them to wait until he could see it.

THE GEOGRAPHY and THE GEOLOGY!  When I first saw Houston’s camp in Gonzalez, I thought to myself – where the hell is that? I learned that there is a small geologic formation in Palmetto State Park near Gonzales that does have a drop-off and a cliff.  A similar geologic shape exists in nearby Smithville. So with a stretch of the imagination I could believe this.

Today there are views (at least on the parks’ websites) from both parks that might have resembled Texas territory in 1836.  Unfortunately today, May 29, 2015, both parks are underwater due to the recent flooding.  This is probably why the park in Gonzales is named Palmetto State Park.

As the rangers and soldiers move around, I can imagine some of those really high hills, and maybe some of the large rock formations and even the sandy soil with sparse vegetation.  The CCC planted vegetation in that area during the 1930’s. Much of the landscape would have been destroyed with urbanization.  But with an imagination stretch, maybe.

But those cliffs and mountains?  Get me a confirmation from a geology nerd, but NO WAY did Texas have those types of geologic formations except in some geologic time zone like the Third Ice Age or the Mesozoic or Paleozoic Periods in that part of Texas. Since our grand state does have it all, there are places where beautiful scenes like those do exist but not in that geographic designated area.

Several of the really key watchers picked up on some questionable comments.  For example, when Sam Houston says to Emily West post Alamo “Texas is not a slave state.”  Well, first of all – technically was not a state, but a territory. Depends which side you are asking.

State or territory? Whichever it was, it was a slave one. Slavery was the issue in the overall problems with Mexico.  Mexico’s laws outlawed slavery. And wasn’t Sam Houston a slave owner? Or had been at one time?

And Mexico was having serious issues with Americans immigrating to their country, not learning their language, bringing their slaves, putting their white children in their schools and bringing their traditions and customs. See reverse today.

And the relationship between Sam Houston and Emily West?  Taking comments now! I am speechless and highly doubtful. Has anybody checked on the Daughters of the Republic of Texas? They are probably still passed out in a dead faint.

Monday, May 25, 2015 – Set Those Recording Devices and Remember the Alamo!

Monday, May 25, 2015 – Set Those Recording Devices and Remember the Alamo!

Set those recording devices! Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!

“Texas Our Texas” – All hail the mighty state…Texas Rising is on TV tonight!

Texas Rising is a five-night series event which details the Texas Revolution and the rise of the Texas Rangers on the History Channel at 8:00 PM Central Time.


Remember when we all rushed home to watch the mini-series Roots? Note: to techno generations – There was no technology. VCRs were still fighting over VHS and Beta formats and had not reached yet critical mass. We were literally still watching television when the program was aired. But I digress.

Here is a little something, I bet you did not know. My sister and I have no idea the reason our father, HB, received this. BTW – Oh Sister, Where Art Thou?

HB Texas Ranger Badge (800x600)

Special Texas Ranger Badge, two ID cards and card from Texas Ranger Museum

When I took it to the Texas Ranger Museum in Waco, they were unfamiliar with it, but verified its authenticity as a product of the Texas Rangers.


The two cards are signed by Homer Garrison, Jr. Colonel Garrison became director of the Department of Public Safety and chief of the Texas Rangers in 1938.

A Google of Colonel Garrison takes you the Texas State Historical Commission’s site.


In looking at the site the bibliography caught my attention.

Ben Procter, “The Texas Rangers: An Overview,” in The Texas Heritage, ed. Ben Procter and Archie P. McDonald (St. Louis: Forum, 1980). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin

How many Lumberjacks took history from Archie P. McDonald?