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Mister Blister

This toad is a real prince: Amazing Mr. Blister just wants a place to call home

By Katie Oxford

Toads and I go back. As a kid, I was drawn to a neighbor’s house in Beaumont that had a pond the perfect size for a six-year old. I’d crawl under a barbed wire fence and root around ...


Opening Stuff

All wrapped up: Why is it so #$@&%*! hard to open just about any box, jar, CD, carton or package?

By Katie Oxford

Opening stuff used to be easier.  What once required mostly muscle, now takes muscle, time and tools. Determination helps.   Whether the item comes in the mail or from a resta ...


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 ...


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 from a distance. Someone, walking a ...


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 of these folks and their way of life, but t ...


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.  ...


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 kissed Elmer Fudd. When we got a little o ...


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. A heat that doesn’ ...


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. &nbs ...


Tattered Jeans

The Hairiest Legs Ever?! Woman with incredibly growing hair ruminates on its curses and wonders

By Katie Oxford

Everybody has a talent. Mine is growing hair.  I come by this naturally. Sorta like how a hound picks up a scent and takes off.  All babies come with hair, but mine was in overdri ...


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