Posts by sonja

New Book Published

New Book Published

My new book, “Saplings, Switches, and Twigs is now available from Amazon in paperback or digital. A quote from the Preface follows. And the old man said, “Before these crowded streets, trees stood here.” This book is not about trees, but about the sturdy roots and branches of a family, similar to a tree and to all tress that grow for short periods or for centuries and give...

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Saplings, Switches, and Twigs

Saplings, Switches, and Twigs

My new book, Saplings, Switches, and Twigs will soon be published. The book is an interesting account of my family, some nice things and some sad things, but all memories that signal a journey into the past, a trip that aging encourages. This picture is of me and my sister-in-law riding in a World War II Leopard tank at the Oxley Ranch in Uvalde County, about an hour away from my ranch. The...

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Predators

Predators in my world are mostly four-legged though the bird predators have only two legs. Unable to raise lambs or even axis deer, I acquired two donkeys to protect the two herds of sheep in different pastures. Last year I raised four lambs, this year I am down to only one surviving and I expect that single lamb to be gone every time I call the sheep to feed them some alfalfa. The coyotes,...

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Christmas Memories

Memories of Christmas past return this cold clear Texas morning. Most of them are of the early years in the lives of my children when we lived in the country outside the town of New Iberia, Louisiana. The Bayou Teche ran along our backyard. One particular year I had three Christmas trees, one on the front porch, one in the living room and one in the children’s play room. I don’t...

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Beware of over the counter remedies

As part of the unpleasant aging process, my hair became thin and my nails tended to shred. I first noticed it when my part widened. I resorted to the internet and my daughter’s advice and ended up with a bottle of Hair Renew, $35 at the health food store. After taking two a day for less than a week, I experienced stomach pains between my breasts and waist. Knowing it was the capsules...

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