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Month: June 2018

REVIEW: Bright Star Offers Twangy, Toe-Tapping Fun #BrightStar @attpac

Bright Star is a bluegrass musical that first opened on Broadway in 2016 as the result of a creative partnership between renowned comic, writer and banjo player, Steve Martin, and the talented songstress, Edie Brickell. Although set in the hills of North Carolina, it’s worth nothing that this creative duo has roots in the Lone Star State: Edie Brickell grew up in Dallas and Steve Martin hails from Waco. The storyline for Bright Star was inspired by the “Iron Mountain Baby” of 1902, but beyond the inciting incident, it’s pure fiction. I decided not to read anything about the show before seeing…

Historic Cemeteries: Cast Iron Graves by J.R. Abrams #GraveHour

Cast iron grave covering – not mere decoration The photo below shows a child’s grave with a cast iron covering. This type of cast iron grave covering was patented in 1873 by Joseph R. Abrams, and there’s a lot more to it than mere decoration!  It was intended to be better than simply mounding dirt at a gravesite.   Invented by J.R. Abrams in 1873 As J.R. Abrams explains in his patent: “By this construction the sinking of the loose earth in the grave has no effect upon the superposed and hardened artificial mound formed by the cement.” Click here to read…

What’s NEW with: “100 Things to Do in Dallas – Fort Worth Before You Die” #100Things

Yay! I’ve got a new book coming out! I don’t know the exact date yet, but I couldn’t wait any longer to announce that I’ve got a new book coming out this fall. It’s called 100 Things to Do in Dallas – Fort Worth Before You Die. It’s a book meant to inspire people to explore North Texas. It’s chock full of inspiration for day trips, road trips, date nights, family fun, and other outings here in the DFW Metroplex. My publisher: Reedy Press Unlike all my other books, 100 Things to Do in Dallas – Fort Worth Before You Die is being…