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tour Reggie Rivers’ house in Denver!

[An aside:  Reggie Rivers is one of my favorite ex-Bronco players!  His parents were living in our Seguin neighborhood when we first moved here and it was obvious after meeting them, why Reggie is such a Man of Character.]

Reggie Rivers (born February 22, 1968 in Dayton, Ohio) is a professional broadcaster working in Denver, Colorado. From 1991 to 1996, Rivers was a professional American football player who played running back for the Denver Broncos.

golf in the 1980s

Click on the photo to see the entire picture.  A lot of golfers!!

Good Times!

Alley Art

Bound by Design Alley Art (photo courtesy of Brad)

my husband’s musical family

Dear Husband’s family has musical talent!

Hubby’s nephew Christopher Hudson and his wife Shawntel Royale perform with the Blue Recluse Band.

Oh Yeah!

Blue Recluse featuring Shawntel Royale plays a wide range of blues, rhythm and blues and soul music from the ‘40s to the present day. This two guitar band is an electric blues lover’s dream, combined with a hard-groovin’ rhythm section and powerful, sultry vocals. Put on your dancing shoes, because this smokin’ blues band will rock your soul with its unique brand of rare and classic songs by the likes of Koko Taylor, Etta James, Big Maybelle, Ike and Tina Turner, Mavis Staples and Irma Thomas. Blue Recluse has played a variety of clubs and festivals in the mountains and on the Front Range including The Greeley Blues Jam, The Island Grill Loveland and Greeley as well as private and corporate functions.


remembering Colorado – with love

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The Tattered Cover

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I wish the Tattered Cover had another location – right here in Seguin, Texas!

I MISS the Tattered Cover!

Joyce Meskis began her career in the book industry during college working in a university bookstore. In the intervening years she became the owner and President of the Tattered Cover Book Store, establishing it as one of the industry’s preeminent independent bookstores. During her tenure she has worked with the multitude of diverse publishing companies throughout the United States and beyond. Ms. Meskis is the recipient of many awards for her service to the book community, as well as in recognition for her work on behalf of the First Amendment. Awards include the Walter J. Brennan, Jr. Award from the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, the American Booksellers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, and the American Library Association’s Freedom to Read Foundation Role of Honor Award.

Bring me sunset in a cup . . .

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Bring me the sunset in a cup
by Emily Dickinson

Bring me the sunset in a cup,
Reckon the morning’s flagons up
And say how many Dew,
Tell me how far the morning leaps —
Tell me what time the weaver sleeps
Who spun the breadth of blue!

Write me how many notes there be
In the new Robin’s ecstasy
Among astonished boughs —
How many trips the Tortoise makes —
How many cups the Bee partakes,
The Debauchee of Dews!

Also, who laid the Rainbow’s piers,
Also, who leads the docile spheres
By withes of supple blue?
Whose fingers string the stalactite —
Who counts the wampum of the night
To see that none is due?

Who built this little Alban House
And shut the windows down so close
My spirit cannot see?
Who’ll let me out some gala day
With implements to fly away,
Passing Pomposity?

Picture of the Day

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Wordless Wednesday

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado

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snap of the day

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Will Spring ever arrive??

Early Spring in Denver, Colorado

We have not had snow in Seguin, Texas (although other parts of Southwest Texas were hit with snowstorms this winter).

These snapshots were taken April 1967 when we moved from Houston to Denver.  Hubby had been in Denver for a year before the kids and I arrived (waiting until the Houston house sold and it was the end of a school year).  He wrote about the beautiful tulips that lined the walk of our new home.  On the trip from Houston, we ran into snow from Amarillo until we arrived in Denver.  Our beautiful tulips were frozen.  Spring in Colorado!!

COME ON, SPRING!

My Barton Ancestry

My Barton Ancestry:

Quite likely my Barton family descends from a David Barton, who, with his brother Abraham came to America from England in 1672.  Abraham settled first in Maryland, and subsequently in New England.  David settled on the James River, Virginia, and his descendants continued to live in northern Virginia.  The ancestors of the Keyes/Kees/Keys family were early settlers of Virginia of Revolutionary stock.  [However, this supposition is difficult regarding the dates of a Thomas Barton, who is undoubtedly my first known American ancestor . . . the search continues!  Hoping a Barton researcher happens upon this Aimless site!]

MY BARTON LINE:

I. – THOMAS BARTON and Unknown Wife

II – THOMAS BARTON, JR. and wife, Grace (perhaps surname is Drummond)

III – THOMAS BARTON II and wife Mary Willoughby

IV. – DAVID BARTON and wife Ruth Oldham

V. – SUSAN BARTON and husband John Thrasher

VI. – DAVID THRASHER and wife Mary “Polly” Hughey

VII. – ELIZABETH SUSAN THRASHER and husband Robert W. Sammon

VIII. – ROBERT WALKER SAMMON, SR. and wife Maria de los Santos Leal

EVERYONE seems to have Texas connections.  In my Barton family is one CONWAY OLDHAM BARTON, son of Conway Oldham Barton, Sr. who was born in South Carolina and lived in Mississippi and Louisiana.

CONWAY OLDHAM BARTON
1856-1941
Conway Oldham Barton, Jr., son of Conway Oldham Barton, Sr., from North Carolina, and his wife, Martha Cox, from South Carolina, was born June 7, 1856 on his father’s plantation in Milam County, Texas, near Calvert, which consisted of three leagues of land with 157 slaves, He had three brothers: Lemuel, John Harold, and Frank, all of whom served in the Confederate States army.
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Said Conway Oldham Barton was educated in a private school at Port Sullivan, Texas Military Academy at Austin, and University of Virginia, 1876-77, taking a course in law, and began to practice at Cameron, Milam County, Texas, and married Mary Blanche Crow, who died in 1882, and had two daughters by her, Manda Galen, who married Felix E. Smith, and Ann Caroline, who died in 1924.
His second wife was Carrie Moshen of Buda, Illinois, whom he married at Las Animas, Colorado, on January 4, 1887. Six children came to this marriage: Raymond O., born at Granada, Colorado, August 22, 1889; Percy O., born Pauls Valley, Indian Territory, February 11, 1897, and the other four children died in infancy. Raymond O. graduated from West Point, and is now stationed with the rank of Colonel at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Conway Oldham Barton moved from Granada, Colorado, to Wellington, Collingsworth County, Texas, where he was elected and served a term as county judge in said county in 1892. In 1895 he came to Pauls Valley, Indian Territory, where he practiced law until the establishment of the United States Court at Ada in 1902, when he removed to Ada and continued the practice of law until his death. In 1910 he was appointed county judge of Pontotoc County to fill out an unexpired term. In the general election that year he was elected to said office and served that full term. He was mayor of Ada in 1906-08.
As a devoted husband and father, he was appreciated and so remembered.
—R. L. Williams

stories in snaps

Photography is a way of feeling,

of touching,

of loving.

What you have caught on film is captured forever . . .

it remembers little things,

long after you have forgotten everything.

Aaron Siskind

remembering Denver winters – brrrrr!

There is so much I love about Denver.

The people.

The mountains.

The Arts.

The museums.

The fantastic Denver Library!

The Tattered Cover – browsing through all of the books; a cup of coffee in the TC’s coffee shop.

Racine’s Restaurant (oh yes!).

LoDo.

And more.

It was so peaceful and lovely to be warm and cozy during a gentle snow.

BUT, I don’t miss shoveling the snow or driving on icy roads –

or dangerous snowstorms.

Again, BUT,

the marvelous things about Denver outweigh shoveling snow

and being very very cautious while driving on icy roads.

However, after living in Seguin, I certainly do notice the Mega-Traffic when we visit!