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Emma Bentzen Koehler, April 1912
“I do so love the spring season in San Antonio,” says Sophie Wahrmund. “This dedication of the Hermann Sons Home is as elegant as any of the parties we’ve enjoyed throughout Fiesta.”
Otto tucks his thumbs under his lapels. “This is particularly welcome after the Chamber of Commerce’s silly shenanigans at the Saint Anthony Hotel. They handed everyone horns and cowbells and made us parade down the street like fools singing…”
The Colonel bounces as though astride a horse as he launches into song. “She hopped up on a pony and ran away with Tony. If you see her just let me know…”
Otto joins in harmonizing the last line of the popular ditty, “And I’ll meet you in San An-to-ni, San An-to-ni-o.”
“An Ostrich-Plumed Hat: Chapter Twenty-Six”
As 2016 begins, you, once again, have given me an excuse to write about whatever strikes me. Your favorite posts on this blog during the past six months are as random as the thought process of the writer pecking at the keyboard.
I have to admit I love it that you continue to let the
ghost of Helen Madarasz haunt Brackenridge Park, care enough about the future of Alamo Plaza to go back to old rants and are still looking for the cowgirl’s “San Antonio Song.” You care about art and artists of San Antonio, even when the art is tiny, and cherish San Antonio’s Fiesta traditions, even when raucous. And you tolerate family stories and postcards from our travels. All of these are therapeutic breaks for the blogger struggling to complete the story of the Coker Settlement.
The numbers in parentheses represent the rankings from six months ago:
, 2012 (1) The Madarasz Murder Mystery: Might Helen Haunt Brackenridge Park?
, 2015 (2) Artist Foundation unleashes another round of creative fervor
2011 (8) How would you feel about the Alamo with a crewcut?,
, 2015 (10) Weather Forecast: 11 Days of Confetti Ahead
, 2010 (7) Please put this song on Tony’s pony and make it ride away
, 2015 (12) Postcard from Oaxaca, Mexico: Favorites on the food front
Take pleasure in little unauthorized treasures along the River Walk before they vanish, 2015
Playspace of Yanaguana Garden bursts into bloom October 2, 2015
, 2014 (11) Photographs from the 1800s place faces on the names in Zephaniah Conner’s Bible
Cornyation strips down to bare kernels of comedy in current events, 2015
Postcard from Oaxaca, Mexico: More street art and signs of protests, 2015
Postcard from Oaxaca, Mexico: Tattooed Museum Walls, 2015
Thanks for dropping by every once in a while. Love hearing your feedback.
You have done it again. No wonder I wander around flitting arbitrarily from subject to subject. My readers flit, too.
During the past year, you have remained as Alamobsessive as I, particularly focusing on
the guns Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson let be drawn in front of the Alamo. You joined me in remembering my father-in-law, George Spencer, and photographer Rick Hunter. You have demonstrated your interest in photography by two artists, Richard Nitschke and Sarah Brooke Lyons. You have let me take you traveling to San Miguel de Allende, and shown interest in the reign of Maximilian and Carlota in Mexico.
You refuse to let two old posts, one about David Sedaris’ “
Nuit of the Living Dead” and one about Sandy Skoglund’s cheesy “Cocktail Party,” fade off of the top 12 list. It makes me particularly happy that you still show interest in the San Antonio Song and have given life to my true tale providing a ghost to inhabit Brackenridge Park.
The number in parentheses represents the rankings from six months ago:
Please come and take them away from San Antonio, (1) 2013
“They say Sam Maverick forged the bell for St. Mark’s from a cannon used during the Battle of the Alamo. If only the concept proved contagious….” Postcards from San Antonio – No. 12, “Peace be with you.” http://postcardssanantonio.com/other-themes.html
George Hutchings Spencer, 1923-2013 (3), 2013
The State surrenders the Alamo; Run for Cover, (4) 2013
Richard Nitschke: Seeing Agave in a Different Light, (8) 2013
Please put this song on Tony’s pony, and make it ride away (10), 2010
Sarah’s faces more than a thousand times better, (11) 2013
The Madarasz Murder Mystery: Might Helen Haunt Brackenridge Park?, 2012
“Nuit of the Living Dead” (9), 2010
Postcard from San Miguel de Allende: Sun rises again at La Aurora, 2014
The Tragic Rule of Maximilian and Carlota in Mexico, 2014
Cheez Doodles as Art (12), 2011
Rick Hunter lives here. And many other places., 2013
Thanks for hanging out here some and for giving me permission to keep on rambling on about whatever I’m currently pondering.