Creative resilience

With a welcoming smile, “The Tex-Mex Slow Cooker” author Vianney Rodriguez greeted each person. Released on March 6, 2018, this cookbook realized the childhood dream of an Aransas Pass native and with printing beginning immediately following hurricane Harvey, she added a message to her Aransas Pass community.

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”.

A Big Foot footnote

Ingleside on the Bay is a very small, quiet community on the La Quinta Channel in My Coastal World. Residents enjoy a waterfront view and a laid-back lifestyle. The panorama includes fishing boats searching for a trout, kayaks paddling through quiet water, a bay shrimper heading out for the day and the outline of the Corpus Christi shoreline.

The power of one

August 24, 4:34 p.m.(daughter) "What have you decided to do? It’s headed right for you!" 6:12 p.m. (mom) "I’ve been packing. We are going to ride it out in Gary’s house in Ingleside on the Bay." 6:14 p.m. (daughter) "K, let us know when you are there." August 25, 12:36 p.m. (mom) "We are in IOB. First rain bands have reached us."

How dreams became a reality

Towanda Martin dreamed of having a coffee shop thirty years ago. As a little girl, her mother would have several young women sitting around the kitchen table. There was the smell of fresh coffee and a baked treat to enjoy as the group shared conversation and laughter. “When I became an adult, I thought I want that -  a place where people can come and feel safe and encourage people ...

Creating survivors – One at a time!

At the corner of Live Oak and Laurel in Rockport is an unassuming, wood sided house with large red, white and blue wreaths along the side facing Live Oak. The center of the wreaths identifies this as the Veterans’ Outreach Center