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Christmas Decorations from America’s Mansion

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016

2004 Washington D.C. Christmas While visiting family in the Dallas area, my Uncle suggested we attend the opening of a holiday exhibit. The actual holiday decorations used in the 2004 White House are now on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. History and Christmas: two of my all-time favorite topics. Decorations that are planned and approved by each First Lady become part of that Presidential Library inventories and are stored for future exhibits. In 2004,...

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All About Flash, a Rescue Horse

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016

The story behind the true story of a Rescue Horse named Flash. CENTER STAGE Near the end of the outdoor musical, the stage lights dimmed as shooting streams of choreographed water sprays glisten in red, white and blue spotlights. A lone rider on a beautiful blood bay horse emerged from the shadows of mesquite trees. The rider, her horse and the American flag she held were silhouetted against the backdrop of the spraying water and the lighted canyon walls....

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Let’s Go to the RODEO!

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016

Let’s Go to the RODEO (plus a few books you can add to your reading list)! One thing I’ve learned from raising two boys is that they don’t sit idle for very long and everything is a competition. It makes perfect sense that the work done every day by residents of the early western frontier would eventually be turned into a competitive spectator sport. Cowtown Competitions In a previous blog, I wrote about bull riding and how the cowboys...

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The Culture of Bullfighting & Bullriding

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016

We had an interesting discussion at my writers critique group meeting about the ancient culture of bullfighting. A concept that is slightly different from our rodeo culture. (I love how writers are able to greet new subject matter with hyper curiosity.) A member of our group is researching the Spanish Matador for a story and I thought you might be interested in reading about the contrast. Bullfighting The centuries old performance can be traced as far back as ancient Rome...

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