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Katie Oxford

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Houston-based writer Katie Oxford has a unique way of looking at the world, which she details in her "Tattered Jeans" column for CultureMap. Oxford was born and raised in Beaumont, where her memoir-in-progress, Broken Bowls and Wooden Spoons, is based. She has twice been a juried poet in the Houston Poetry Festival. Recently, one of her poems was honored at the Jambalaya Writers' Conference in Houma, La., and will be featured in an anthology.

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Tattered Jeans

Big Bolivar mystery: Where is the oil seepage coming from? Answers are hard to find

By Katie Oxford

Two and half weeks after Tropical Storm Bill made landfall in Matagorda, the Galveston Daily News published an article written by reporter John Wayne Ferguson — "Oil seeping onto Bolivar beach ...


Hurricane Fascination

Hurricane fascination: Living on the Gulf Coast, storms remain etched in our minds forever

By Katie Oxford

So for Houston, Tropical Storm Bill turned out to be a dud. Good. That’s how we like em'. But deep down, I gotta admit, I was a little disappointed ...


New Galveston Museum

New Galveston museum makes history of Texas and the Southwest come alive — thanks to one man's passion

By Katie Oxford

The Galveston landscape has changed over the years, and so have the houses. History, hurricanes and in some cases, new owners have seen to that.   One home in particular though ...


Tattered Jeans

Looking for Buster: Memories of beloved dog stay alive - even in the face of a coyote reminder

By Katie Oxford

It’s funny how the faces of loved ones long dead fade with time, but Buster’s face I could draw right now. Sometimes, I see a resemblance of him ...


Tattered Jeans

After the oil spill: Still looking for answers 5 years later amid Louisiana beauty and hidden concerns

By Katie Oxford

I love the Gulf of Mexico like my Mama. Almost. Louisiana and the people there are close to my heart too. When they hurt, I hurt too. People make fun ...


Tattered Jeans

Why Galveston's seaweed is anything but gross: It's time to embrace this beach gold

By Katie Oxford

Seaweed is “gross” to some people. Others go, “Pee-U.” But, in my mind, it conjures up sweet visions of summers spent along Bolivar Peninsula . . . with salt on top.  When I ...


Blessing Of Animals

Blessing of the Animals grows by leaps and bounds — dogs, rabbits, birds & miniature horses, too

By Katie Oxford

Leave it to animals to remind us of the important stuff. Animals, that is, and some caring folks. Starting with Connie Richards, Founder of Faithful Paws (a pet therapy program ...


Tattered Jeans

Rodeo highlight: Future Farmers uphold the spirit of what makes America great

By Katie Oxford

Being the youngest of four, I was tolerated as the tag along. But my brother, Kit, was kind. When we were toddlers, Kit used to kiss me like Bugs Bunny ...


Tattered Jeans

Long live letters: Finding a hidden treasure trove of handwritten messages proves to be priceless

By Katie Oxford

I went looking for something, feeling anxiety grow. It was a notebook full of information I’d accumulated over five years. In it were names and numbers of folks in ...


Tattered Jeans

How tipping nice changes lives in big and small ways: This ex-waitress has never forgotten her kind tippers

By Katie Oxford

Being a waitress isn’t easy. I know from experience. Once, I spilled coffee on a woman who’d decided to leave her coat on at the table. Mink. I ...


Tattered Jeans

For the love of pencils: Why simple still matters in today's overspecialized world

By Katie Oxford

Simple is hard to find. I was reminded of this when I went looking for a pair of Patagonia pants I’ve been wearing, now shredded at the bottom of ...


Tattered Jeans

Reveling in the Christmas Cusp: Soak in those precious moments before reality returns

By Katie Oxford

Ahhh . . . the Christmas Cusp is here.  Again.  That precious piece of time that starts December 26th and goes for maybe a week.   If you’re really lucky, longer.   It’s ...


Tattered Jeans

Stirring the pot: Kitchen cookware conjures up magical memories fresh as the smell of gumbo

By Katie Oxford

These last few years, I’ve takin’ to cookin'.  My current weight is a sign of this but never mind food. Something else draws me to my kitchen too. Chi ...


Tattered Jeans

Saving orphaned animals: Wildlife Center of Texas' dedicated volunteers do it all — with a smile

By Katie Oxford

Saturday was overcast and grey, but inside The Wildlife Center of Texas, it was anything but. The Wildlife Center of Texas (WCT) was hosting its Annual Open House Fundraiser celebrating ...


Tattered Jeans

Celebrating everyday people who care just because . . . The true spirit of Thanksgiving gets revealed

By Katie Oxford

I was chewing the fat with Lisa Black, the chef at Modica Market in Seaside, Florida. Chef is my word, not Lisa’s. Lisa says, “I’m a cook. Plain ...


Halloween Wrap Up

Impact boos: Houston's best haunted house is an under the radar neighborhood treasure with a building legacy

By Katie Oxford

Some say “Halloween is for kids.” Friday night at 2051 Claremont — it was all about the kids . . .  and one heck of a haunted house.  Julie and David Shannon started hosting ...


Tattered Jeans

Halloween haunted houses have come a long way, but there's still delight in fright

By Katie Oxford

A while back, a friend told me about this museum that he’d visited — the National Museum of Funeral History. Huh? I wondered. I googled www.nmfh.org and to ...


Tattered Jeans

A Long and special life: Festival honors the Mother of Texas — and so much more

By Katie Oxford

If you love Bolivar Peninsula and Texas history, you’ll love this event. Come Saturday, Oct.11, Bolivar Peninsula will be all abuzz, celebrating the Fifth Annual Jane Long Festival ...


Tattered Jeans

The most magical sunset in the world makes itself known — and the kayak man in the moon isn't far behind

By Katie Oxford

Along the Florida panhandle, if the green water and white sand don’t scratch something deep, stick around for the sunset. There’s more. Around 7 p.m., folks start ...


Tattered Jeans

Houston's own secret Garden of Eden: Retired engineer turns an esplanade into a green wonderland

By Katie Oxford

Going to the post office has become downright pleasurable. On the way home, I make it a point to turn on Bonnie Brae Boulevard and drive west. The esplanade there ...


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