Cafe’ Barron’s

When I was home over the Christmas holiday, I stopped by one of my favorite restaurants with some of my family. My sisters and I had the intention of doing a little bit of shopping and then stopping to eat for lunch. We wanted to pick out some books for my sister Janie’s elementary school library. The teachers at her school had donated money in our mom’s name to purchase books.  She wanted the younger girls in the family to participate in picking them out.       Since Kilgore doesn’t have a bookstore of its own, we headed over to the big city of Longview. It has a … [Read more...]

Our White Christmas in Kilgore

We drove to Kilgore after spending Christmas Eve in Dallas. The candlelight service we attended with Nana was magical. This year, more than any Christmas before, we wanted to be with family. And the magic wouldn’t end in that historic cathedral amid the candles and singing of Silent Night. Although the weather forecast had predicted snow, we weren’t anticipating it on this Christmas Day.  Snow in East Texas is pretty rare and even more so on Christmas. Late in the afternoon, snow flakes starting falling from the sky. We all ran outside to see for ourselves. We all stood there is … [Read more...]

The Music City Texas Theater

The first time I heard Jackson Browne’s voice was along the back roads of East Texas. My sister Liz was determined to expose her younger siblings to a variety of music. I immediately became enchanted by his distinct voice and beautiful lyrics. His style of writing left ample room for different interpretations. While driving under those tall pine trees, I became a life long fan of Jackson Browne. My friend, Cheryl Manker, whom I have known since elementary school reached out to me to let me know that Jackson Browne would be performing at the Music City Texas Theatre in Linden, Texas. She had … [Read more...]

Eternally Grateful Journal

As I was driving to my hometown of Kilgore, Texas to help make funeral arrangements for our Mother’s funeral, a sense of calm came over me. I don’t know if it was because I knew what to expect since this was our third funeral to plan. Can this process possibly get easier? It seemed so absurd. This was the matriarch of our family so shouldn’t it be the hardest thing we have ever done? What I then realized was that our Mom prepared us for this moment our whole entire lives. There wasn’t a day that we didn’t feel loved. She would sing praises of our accomplishments every moment that she could … [Read more...]

A General Store to Remember

If you have been a Livin’ Sassy reader for very long, then you know how much I love to bring you places and events that are slightly off the beaten path. Family time doesn’t always have to involve the megamall or theme park. We have lived in San Antonio for almost fourteen years and I thought that I knew about most of the places to take your kids for fun. I recently took my family to a place that has been around town for a very long time. I just wish I had known about it when my son was a baby.       My neighbor Stella had been telling me about taking her kids to … [Read more...]

Sassy’s Sister is Sixty

Today is a milestone for someone in my family. I usually don't use my blog for birthday wishes but this is a special one! Our oldest sibling turns sixty. 60. Six zero. The Big Six 0.  Sesenta in Spanish! Where did the time go?               I guess being the oldest of nine kids isn’t the easiest job in the world.                   We tagged along on too many dates to count and embarrassed her at her teenage job at the Dairy Queen on a daily … [Read more...]

In Love with Garner State Park

Some places never quite live up to their hype and leave you disappointed.   We just spent the day at a place that not only lived up to the accolades from many friends, but had us clearing off our schedules for more visits in the near future. One day is not nearly enough to soak in the unforgettable Frio River. My family is undeniably in love with Garner State Park.       I thought that the Frio would be an experience much like tubing on the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers. I have  visited both of these rivers many times over the years but never with my … [Read more...]

My Big Hair: A Historical Perspective

I was born with naturally curly hair. I used to hate it when I was growing up. I finally appreciated it by the time I reached high school. I was looking through some old photos while I was cleaning out my guest bedroom closet. I could almost give you the exact date simply by seeing my hair style in the photograph. My hair style has changed over the years but one thing I couldn't help but notice was that I have really big hair. I mean, really,really big hair. I thought it would be fun for you to see a little historical look at my life of big hair. Let's call it, "Sassy-A Historical Look … [Read more...]

Shopping and Eating Under the Oil Derricks

There were squeals of delight when I contacted my high school friends to meet me over spring break so we could show off our hometown of Kilgore, Texas. We all currently live in various parts of the state so I had to juggle travel and busy schedules of all these Sassy Mom models but we finally had a date and time to meet so I could take their pictures for the website. We are so proud of the new look and feel of downtown. We couldn't wait to share with you the transformation our town has gone through the last few years.  I knew there were lots of places to shop and eat but I didn't realize … [Read more...]

Our Love Note to Downtown Kilgore

In 1955, soon after graduating from Southwestern Medical School and interning at Baylor Hospital, my Daddy set out to find a town to set up his practice and raise his growing family. His father was a successful neurosurgeon in Fort Worth. He desired a different experience for his new career in the medical profession. He wanted a much smaller town environment so he could get to know the families a little more in his general practice.  When he drove into the town of Kilgore, he quickly knew that this would be the place. He loved the tall pine trees and the vibrant downtown that was sprinkled with … [Read more...]

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