Sunday, November 1, 2015
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
This week we will introduce the rest of the entertainers who once called Navasota home. And with any luck with technology, we will let them speak for themselves...
Alvin Ailey- Alvin Ailey Dance theater
Places in the Heart, (ending)
The Secret Garden-
Robert Reed- Brady Bunch
Florence Henderson explains the secret dynamics of the show...
Chuck Norris- Walker Texas Ranger
Sunday, September 13, 2015
The first time I remember being stunned by end of the world scenarios was when I chanced upon some of the notorious “Children of God” on the TCU campus back in 1973. I was a freshman and wet behind the ears and was amazed at so many weird young people confidently ready to kiss the world, as we knew it, good bye. I was just starting my adult life, and was not ready to accept such pessimistic outlooks. I read their wonderfully illustrated tracts and then tossed them on a heap of dorm room curiosities that ended up in the trash can.
Only later did their founder, David Berg emerge as a wolf in sheep's clothing. They were not yet instructing their female disciples to use sex to attract men into the cult... When Berg's apocalyptic scenarios began to turn people off, he began to offer the best and oldest sales tool known to man: Recreational sex. I fell out with his ideas very quickly but probably for the wrong reasons... I still thought America could pull out of her nosedive.
It felt good to dismiss such moronic stuff, like the demonization of the United States, the so-called “Whore of Babylon,” the predictions of great betrayals of Israel, and the conjecture that some world leader was alive then who would eventually emerge as the Anti-Christ. Their would-be prophet named “Moses David,” later exposed as David Berg, turned out to be a seriously messed up person and of course, a child molester. His diabolic theological errors led to a falling away, and even his artist, Daniel McGowan, fled with his children after being asked to illustrate a pamphlet encouraging child molestation and incest.
The devil went to work and in short order absolutely destroyed Berg's life and his credibility. The would-be prophet fell into Solomon's mental traps of fatalism and sexual indulgence. Berg turned out to be a sexual libertine, with few sexual boundaries, and thus not a follower of Christ, a flaming false prophet, but as in many cases a false prophet gains a following by subtly mixing some of his own agenda with truth... And now many of the truths he had discovered in the 1970's may be finally surfacing, but without Qaddafi.
I am afraid “this it it.”
Some of us have been paying attention to the news the media has protected you from. You will know soon enough. The many scandals in the news have been a convenient distraction while American forces have been shutting down radical Islam around the world. And American diplomats, with the aid of the Vatican, have been forging deals with Islamic leaders in every corner of the earth... those who are wise enough to deal... and world peace has been the objective... and along with it, major re-alignments of the world powers and the solidification of a world economy and most of all, a functioning New World Order.
In just a few days the Pope will meet with the President. He will speak to our Congress. He will also speak to the United Nations. Already, in a rare foreshadowing, the flags of Palestine and the Vatican fly over the U.N. The outrageous deal between the U. S. and Iran is assured as the Republicans have yielded to the President like tamed tigers in a behind-the-scenes circus. They will do whatever to get their nibbles, out of our sight and far from our understanding.
[UPDATE: (9-21-15) The ultimate symbol of Naziism and anti-Zionism , the German monolith Volkswagon saw its stocks plummet this morning after they were exposed for systematic cheating.]
“In God we Trust” is just ink on a declining dollar, now despised around the planet. Way back when we (the U. S.) went Liberal (or “Progressive”), we would have been better off to have claimed ourselves to be a pagan country... officially... pretty much as the President has suggested... not a “Christian” country... because in our present national condition, that invites sure Judgment; claiming to be a Christian country and then being lukewarm, or worse, the antithesis of it, even taking His name in vain, is an abomination to our All-Powerful God... He is very concerned about his reputation. About the authenticity of his messengers. About who or what his people worship.
Even God admits in His Ten Commandments, that He is a jealous God.
A good Father corrects His children. These same sins, idolatry, disobedience, and misrepresenting Gods message to his children and the world... were why Moses never saw the Promised Land... why no stone was left un-turned in Jerusalem after the official and popularly mandated rejection and crucifixion of Christ. Why David Berg was reduced to a Hollywood footnote. God's people cannot act on their own, make up our own standards of righteousness, and then claim God's favor or protection. God will not be mocked. Ever stiff-necked, the Jews were dispersed for two thousand years. God will correct his wayward children. He will destroy His enemies.
The lines are being drawn right now. Some will return to God, others will shake their fists at him.
and the hope of this earth.
Of course I would love it if I was completely wrong about all of this... And go ahead and call me crazy... But my hope being in Christ, the risen Savior of the World... I anticipate some day soon Jesus will come back and claim his own... God Bless Him!
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Several years ago I blogged about my search for Ranger Frank Hamer's marshal badge... I am almost convinced now that he just wore his Texas Ranger badge while serving as city marshal of Navasota. Just twenty-four at the time, and the target of skepticism and even retribution, he might easily have found comfort wearing the badge which gave him legal and lethal authority along the Texas border country. The city Council was not likely to have had a badge especially made for him, as he was not expected to last very long, and perhaps even to go down in shame like several of the previous marshals. So he might easily have just worn something far preferable, something he already owned... the most easily identifiable law enforcement icon in the world. But which badge was it?
No pictures have been discovered which might shed light on this question, and to add to the mystery, his son sold off most of his personal possessions to Raymond Brown who in turn liquidated them at a Tom Keilman & Son auction in 1986, including the materials Captain Hamer had saved from his service in Navasota.. Sold were his guns,
his Stetson hat, even his spurs... (and 602 above: Clyde Barrow's Colt auto)
his certificates, his badges,
Hamer's famous Colt six-shooter he called "Old Lucky"...
AND in the pile was his first Ranger badge, what was purported to be a brass "handmade" badge...
This design, authenticated as "handmade" but at least partially machine-made, of bronze or brass, seems to have been related to a whole generation of "fake" badges which were presumed to have been totally without a basis in history. Still, they sport the EXACT FONTS and curly-cues. AND some strange yet persistent arcs on either side of the circle.
Military style cartridge belt buckle of thin, pressed brass, thought by some to have been made by U.S. Government contractor Anson Mills. (And marked accordingly, and PATENTED FEB 1, 1881) Anson Mills, a former Union General, based his operations in EL PASO, TX. The origin of this design???
Over the years I have seen and purchased the same or related design on a solid cast copper badge, a solid cast brass badge, and an "Anson Mills" cartridge belt buckle (above). The S scroll design work is unmistakably the same on several of the badges. And now a solid-cast silver badge...
Supposedly found in a jewelry box from an "old estate" and sold to me by an Ebay dealer... No one seems to know where it came from or whether it is authentic. Either way, it will go great in our Frank Hamer display at Blues Alley. I believe you are looking at the best facsimile of Marshal Frank Hamer's badge... no doubt handmade and faithful to the Brown Collection badge. It might even be from the period, and a brother to Hamer's first Ranger badge. We will never know.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Having tons of fun and I have some more new videos... a nice short one called A Face in the Forest, featuring a gorgeous waterfall I have been commissioned to paint: (click on link)
A more lengthy video about the Conroe oil field, George W. Strake and baseball... "Stitching the Conroe Story"
And a two-part series about my favorite Texas Ranger, Frank Hamer.. each part is fifteen minutes of Texas Ranger action!
Artist Kendal Bevil has made this beautiful collector's stamp envelope... using my sculpture of Frank Hamer!
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Sunday, April 19, 2015
I have made a video about the most controversial man, the most controversial sheriff, and perhaps the most controversial couple to ever live in Grimes County... the whole story, especially the details and politics, can be found in my blog called Blues Valley... (@ brazosvalleyblues.blogspot.com) but watch this music video first.. it will save you a bunch of time! This is a true story...
For a short intro video, CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
I have combined my love of history, photography and my daughter Raegan's fabulous original songs to create six "digital stories."
Here are the titles and the links...
UNDELIVERED: A Valentine for Joan of Arc: A look at Joan of Arc and her relationship with the Duke of Orleans, the man behind the scenes during the short military career of Jehanne D'Arc. Featuring Raegan's song "Riot."
TEMPLAR: A love song by Raegan about a Knight Templar and the lass who loves him...
Take It Back: A saucy song by Raegan and a saucy story about the feud between the Governors Ferguson and Ranger Frank Hamer... and Bonnie and Clyde, who brought them together!
Rachel's Unspeakable Saga: The story of the captives taken by Comanches from Fort Parker and their battle for survival. The story worked well interwoven with Raegan's "A Song About Zombies"!
The Pathfinders: George W. Durant, The Father of Alvin: Soldier, Inventor, nurseryman... The life of my great-great grandfather encapsulated. Raegan's "PIONEER" fit it like a glove, even though her song is about something else entirely.
Having lots of fun- And there is more to come!
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
In the path of possible destruction: Beautiful high ground on HWY 90 between Anderson and Navasota- I have dubbed Holland Pass, above the bottoms of Holland Creek. Tapley Holland was one of the heroes martyred at the Alamo.
Jesse Grimes was an early pioneer, friend of Sam Houston and signor of the Texas Declaration of Independence.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
We are planning a benefit concert for Molly Bee and her father Leon on January 24, 2015. Tubie and the Touchtones and Brickyard Kain have offered to play at a benefit concert and auction at The Dizzy Llama. Things will kick off at 6:30.
If you want to donate to the LIVE Auction, let me know!
The Collin's house burned down a couple of weeks ago. Leon lost everything but his Bible. All of his money and paintings and clothes...He's going to need a lot of help. They have moved into a new place on Church Street.
Leon's tragedy reminds us that life, our mission in life, is more important than we might think. There are great things at stake while we indulge ourselves in philosophical questions, often unanswerable. Sometimes life demands that we step up to the challenges at our feet, think of the greater good. And jump in.