For this blog, you need to remember how BeakSpeak's Mixed-Up Chuck uses words that sound like what he means to say. It's true that mostly very young children do this, like toddlers to five-years-old, but, if you go online, you will find that a number of Statesmen have been guilty of malapropisms, as well. The… Continue reading Legacy Gets Her Come-Uppigs and Other Malapropisms
Nine months after the bull arrived, eleven of my twelve heifers became cows. I had trouble with only one really small heifer. When I drove home to buzzards circling over the back of my property, I knew what that meant. I lost both that heifer and her calf because I was at school when she… Continue reading Legacy and “With much difficulty, I barely made out . . . “
The heifers finally arrived and grew so quickly eating all that good grass that I needed to get my first bull to he Double Bar M pronto. All of the cattle were beautiful Red Brangus from the JB L Ranch in Matagorda County. My nephew, Dillon, loved to drive the golf cart through them and… Continue reading The Cows Come Home and Other Cliches
After the coop with its extension was built, the front of the property needed some wooden fencing to protect the buildings; the pen and shoot on the right side of the barn needed clearing and repairing; and the barbed wire fencing around the property and hay field needed some shoring up. I had a couple… Continue reading Fencing and Listing Specific Vocabulary
I moved to Seguin, Texas, in 1990, thrilled to find a place with the same, soft, sandy loam as Leesville's where my horse could go "bare hoof." Since Shelly didn't want to stay with riding, I left Skipper D in Brazoria and purchased another, older mare named Cuban Gold. I would leave her on the… Continue reading Chickens and Achebe
I left St. Agnes Academy after three years because I could no longer survive on only a nine month's salary, and I hated competing with teens for summer jobs. So, I took a job at Alvin High School teaching English and coaching junior varsity volleyball and track and field. I knew a good deal about… Continue reading Alvin
As everybody might have guessed, before there was a BeakSpeak, and a Seguin Farm, and and language classes, and T.Brady, there had to be a transition between my Focused English teaching and Master's classes. Yes, indeed there was. It was a little town with a post office, a small church, a tiny school vacated by… Continue reading The Lazy M Fruit Farm
This little book has taught me that an awful lot is involved in writing, publishing, and marketing a book, and I haven’t even done the brunt of the work, or started the marketing process yet. Though my publisher is guiding me through all of this, and I am eternally grateful for that, I’m still exhausted;… Continue reading Do you plan for more books in this series?
No. Only my chickens inspired my characters, and, truly, most were pleasant, passive fowl. The only ones I would have trouble with were Barred Rocks (which I never kept in my flocks long), after which I patterned All-the-Same Jayne. Besides Jayne, I patterned Short-Cut Sean after an Aracauna, Harriet-the-hair lip. I called her that because… Continue reading Were there any students that you had that inspired a character?
I don’t remember anyone reading me children’s book when I was a young girl. I’m sure someone must have, but, in my home, my father was too busy earning a living and since I was the oldest of five, my mother was too busy tending to my sister, Gail, who was three years younger than… Continue reading What was my favorite childhood book and why?