Ray Spitzenberger

The Power Of The Needle And The Sewing Machine

This article by Ray Spitzenberger first appeared in IMAGES for April 23, 2020, East Bernard Express, East Bernard, Texas.             My Wendish great grandfather was a tailor in Saxony, Germany. My Wendish grandmother was known for her tiny stitches, her beautiful, hand-pieced quilts, and her superb mastery of the treadle sewing machine. And so was …

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Wends, Aztecs, And The Conversion Of Pagans

This article by Ray Spitzenberger first appeared in IMAGES for April 16, 2020, East Bernard Express, East Bernard, Texas.             The Resurrection of our Lord, which we Christians just celebrated, was the beginning of a spiritual movement that spread all over the world. After the miraculous manifestation of the Holy Spirit at the first Pentecost, …

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Easter Customs, Ethnic Foods, And The Resurrection

This article by Ray Spitzenberger first appeared in IMAGES for April 2, 2020, East Bernard Express, East Bernard, Texas.             For most Christians, Easter Sunday, the Resurrection of Jesus, is the most important festival of the Ecclesiastical Year, varying in intensity and kinds of celebration from one ethnic culture to another. Here in Texas, where …

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Texas Wildflowers Bring Renewal To Troubled Hearts

This article by Ray Spitzenberger first appeared in IMAGES for March 26, 2020, East Bernard Express, East Bernard, Texas.             During this time of the “new normal” we are living in, I have found some solace in working on my collection of poems, soon to be published as a book entitled Open Prairies. We have …

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Remembering Polio In These Days Of The Corona-virus

This article by Ray Spitzenberger first appeared in IMAGES for March 19, 2020, East Bernard Express, East Bernard, Texas.             This week began with numerous updates on the coronavirus and its effect on our lives, from empty grocery store shelves to a plunging stock market. As I began planning this week’s column, I wanted to …

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Bushy-Tailed, Backyard Rodents Worth Two Pecan Trees?

This article by Ray Spitzenberger first appeared in IMAGES for February 27, 2020, East Bernard Express, East Bernard, Texas.             When we bought our home here in East Bernard about 45 years ago, there were oak trees in the front yard planted by Dr. Schuhmann, who developed this residential area, but no trees in the …

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A Longing For Hog Headcheese And Souse

This article by Ray Spitzenberger first appeared in IMAGES for February 20. 2020, East Bernard Express, East Bernard, Texas.             Hog headcheese is a delicacy, salivatingly longed for by some of us and disgustedly despised by those who don’t appreciate real gourmet eating. First of all, for those of you not familiar with this culinary …

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February Is Often Full Of Surprises In Spite Of Punxsutawney Phil

This article by Ray Spitzenberger first appeared in IMAGES for February 6, 2020, East Bernard Express, East Bernard, Texas.             February 2 is Groundhog Day, and when Punxsutawney Phil failed to see his shadow this week, folks who swear by such things announced that we would have an early Spring, and with Super Bowl Sunday …

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