Celebrating the Holiday Season at Garvan Woodland Gardens

It had been on my “Arkansas Bucket List” for some time:  Holiday Lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens.  I had heard friends and family rave about it – the lights, the music, the holly jolly atmosphere – for years; I have to admit I was a bit green with envy. Last December, wanting more than anything … More Celebrating the Holiday Season at Garvan Woodland Gardens

Grandma’s 100th

It’s hard to wrap my head around this, but last Friday, my Grandmother, Cruz Zubiate, turned 100. Yep, I said 100; that’s not a typo. It’s an amazing feat, though I’m certain that this wasn’t on her bucket list. Selfishly, I’m overjoyed that I’ve gotten to go through my life knowing that I can always … More Grandma’s 100th

Journey to Mexico

Though Mother Nature had constructed a giant wall of her own, on that particular day, at that particular time, I was hell bent on planting my feet on Mexican soil.  All alone, I traipsed across the cool, shallow waters of the Rio Grande, faint memories of stories about Grandma’s childhood in Mexico, actually not too … More Journey to Mexico

Sacred Heart Catholic Mission Church at Shafter Texas

Located in the heart of the Chinati Mountains, on none other than Church Road in Shafter, Texas… is Sacred Heart Catholic Mission Church.  Built in 1890, the exterior is simple, unadorned, complimentary of the sparse, desolate terrain surrounding it. In spite of the fact that Sacred Heart hadn’t the “bells and whistles” of more ornate … More Sacred Heart Catholic Mission Church at Shafter Texas