Make someone smile

Begin with a scavenger who loves to walk on the beach or in a park as he searches for treasures. Add a gypsy who adds her creative touch to these treasures, so they become prized possessions. Together Sandy and Mike Ley are bringing smiles to residents and visitors in the Coastal Bend and Colorado.

Broken hearts

As February 14 arrives, cards, candy, flowers and special gifts have been purchased to give to a friend, sweetheart or soul mate. This modern day celebration in the middle of February began as a celebration of the beginning of bird mating season in the western world and evolved into what it has become today - a celebration of love between a couple.

Who is the mentor?

As students at Charlie Marshall Elementary School in Aransas Pass listened to the morning announcements on Friday morning, they received a challenge, “Learn something new this weekend!”. Ten-year-old Emmadacie O’Campo was excited about going to the Fulton Mansion to paint on slate, Saturday, January 26. Although, she knew how to paint, she had never seen the mansion and did not know what slate was so Emmadacie was sure she would be able to tell her teacher she learned something new.

Fertility, murder or love?

Whether it is called the Christmas season, the festive season or the holiday season it generally is considered to begin in late November and end in early January. City streets, businesses and homes announce the season with decorations and lights, but even without illumination, pine trees, poinsettias and even the lowly mistletoe add their touch.

‘Twas the night before Christmas…

As a child in the early 1950’s, Christmas Eve was full of anticipation as my sister, brothers and I pinned the stockings to the back of the couch before pouring a glass of milk to set beside the homemade cookies we chose for Santa Claus. We chose the largest socks in the house – our father’s socks.

The Gifts Before Our Eyes🎁

Christmas is coming; it’s almost here. Most people and places are filled with holiday cheer. Folks bustling around shopping for family and friends. The ever-present gift buying and the playing of “Jingle Bells” never seems to end. Maybe we should all just stop and reflect on the gifts before our eyes. The most beautiful and valuable of any kind of prize.

A thousand points of light

As the nation remembers, honors and says a final farewell to President George H.W. Bush, we were reminded of the phrase “a thousand points of light”. Used first in his speech at the 1988 Republican National Convention, President Bush repeated it in his 1989 inaugural address as he compared America's clubs and volunteer organizations to brilliant stars in the sky.

November 11,1918

It was 100 years ago on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month the Allies and Germany put into effect an armistice which ended the fighting of World War I. Even though the official end of the war occurred when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, November 11, 1918, was considered the end of “the war to end all wars” and became known as Armistice Day.

An adventure on stage

History comes to life on the stage of the Rialto Theater in Aransas Pass for the next three weekends. But, Men On Boats is not a documentary even though theater goers may learn about the Powell Geographic Expedition of 1869. Aransas Repertory Theatre’s cast of ten women adds the comedic twist. Can you imagine how women would react and what they would say while exploring the Colorado River and seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time?

Are you ready?

Do you love spending quiet time with a line in the water, enjoying the Gulf breeze while waiting for a bite? Maybe you’ve thought about meeting other anglers or even fishing competitively.

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The Davilas returned to their Bahia Bay home in Rockport after Hurricane Harvey to see utter destruction. After salvaging what they could, they began the process of rebuilding their lives. Their pieces of art which they had enjoyed seeing in their home were stored for the time being.

The birth of a relief camp

With Mermaid’s Kitchen gone but their home still standing, J.P. and Samantha McCrary and their family switched into recovery mode. As a young couple, the McCrary’s came from different religious backgrounds, but they agreed they were to show Christ to others through their actions or simply stated, “show love”.

Courtesy at the boat ramp

Courtesy? Whether it is in the workplace, in the home, in the community or while participating in recreation, we have a choice about how we behave. At this time of year, the parking lots of North Bay boat ramps are filled each weekend. Boaters and fishermen arrive with smiles and plans for a fun day on the water. It’s not unusual, though, for these happy faces to disappear during the launching experience.

Brass Turtle returns as lodging

Are you planning a trip to the coast and searching for a place to stay? Even though a few of the hotels in My Coastal World have not been restored and reopened, it is possible to find a special place. It might be a vacation home, fishing cabin, or bed and breakfast but there are many places to explore and MCW will share some of them starting with The Brass Turtle Lodging.

Hearts of warriors

Each year, beginning in 1999, the National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM) is celebrated in May. NMAM honors the active and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those whose lives were lost while serving their country. Throughout the state of Texas, events and ceremonies are held to express support for those who serve now or served previously to protect the United States of America. In Rockport, TX a new retreat opportunity for veterans, active duty military members and their families was launched on May 11, 2018, showing the founders’ appreciation for the military.

Chasing a dream

On August 25, 2017, Carolyn Sloan-Thibault was in Austin helping her grandchildren get ready for the new school year. She had been there for a week and had carefully followed the tropical weather forecasts for the Rockport area. When hurricane warnings were issued for Rockport, she called her husband, Ron Thibault, who said, “Don’t come home!”.

Suzy, Russ and Ripcord

Act I  Boy meets girl then disaster A young blonde woman from England, named Suzy, was a front desk manager at the Tres Rios Resort in Glen Rose, Texas. Russ Walker was providing internet technology services and Tres Rios was one of the companies he serviced. She kept breaking the internet, computers and phones and things so Russ had to visit the resort and repair them.

Whooping Cranes leaving soon

The Whooping Crane Festival is over and the 30th Annual Whooping Crane Strut will be happening Saturday, March 10. These are two signs the whooping cranes will soon be leaving to begin their spring migration in late March or early April as they return to their summer home in Wood Buffalo National Park, Canada. If you have not yet seen this large majestic crane, there are a few weeks left to make it happen.

Finding beauty and hope after Harvey

The rocking chairs on the front porch of the Aransas County History Center bring to mind prior days when people strolled along the sidewalks while greeting neighbors on pleasant evenings. This is the kind of friendly welcome visitors can expect as they enter the front door of the frame house which withstood Harvey and other hurricanes including the one in 1919. Used as a temporary courtroom following the destruction of the Aransas County Courthouse on August 25, 2017, the History Center reopened on February 24, 2018, with a special Living History Exhibit, “Aransas County Strong: From Debris to Creativity & Hope”.

Why celebrate?

As we look behind us at the end of 2018, there were smiles and tears. This poem was written by Joy Beth on December 29, 2017, just four months following Hurricane Harvey. So many lost everything. So many suffered losses. So many were struggling. Each year brings new challenges to all of us…some lose a loved one...some lose a job…some search for a reason to live. So, why celebrate?

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