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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.  ...


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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 ...


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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’ ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


Oil Spill Aftermath

Not in living colors: Six weeks after the Galveston Bay oil spill, haunting images linger

By Katie Oxford

After the booms were hauled in and the blockades dismantled from the Galveston Bay oil spill, I put my boots on and went looking for what was left. ...


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The pleasures of pickin' pecans: More than it's cracked up to be

By Katie Oxford

Pecans conjure up memories.  All pleasurable and none to do with taste. Every year, around Thanksgiving, my grandmother would keep a bowl full of them out on her coffee table. Unshelled. Y ...


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The ultimate farmers market journey: Visiting with this real farm couple is a laugh

By Katie Oxford

Author's Note:  Every once in awhile, a story will possess me. Like, this one. A trip to the Urban Harvest Farmers Market in Houston sent me on another journey. An hour or more west of Hou ...


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A sun that doesn't burn you: There is something special about this unique delight

By Katie Oxford

Once, basking on the beach at Bolivar Peninsula, Mama said, “There’s something special about the August sun.”  I sorta knew what she meant.  “It doesn’t burn ...


Live Oak Threatened

Barking up the wrong tree: Majestic live oak in Menil Park hangs on through tough times

By Katie Oxford

Recently, when I received an email from an artist friend expressing concern for an old live oak in Menil Park, I wanted to help. Bob has lived near the park for over 43 years and has long admir ...


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