Highways & Byways: See & Be Scene ::: Seen & Herd in Texas.

Weather Forecast: God reigns & The Son shines.

Stop, Drop & Roll Won't Work in Hell. (Hell is: Sometimes Outta Town.)
Get Your Kicks on Route 66…hard to do now, the legendary Route 66, which
originally stretched from Chicago to Santa Monica, California, was de-certified
on this date: June 27, 1985.
I am lost-I have gone to look for myself. If I should return before I get back,
Please ask me to wait. (Of all the things I have lost, I miss my mind the most.)
When I Let My Mind Wander, it Doesn't Come Back. Stephen Mendonca

Stark Museum of Art, 409-886-2787, 712 Green Ave. Orange, TX. 77630. Stark Foundation.
Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 409-670-9113, 2111 Park Ave., Orange, TX 77630.
Lutcher Theatre, 409-886-5535, 707 Main Ave. Orange, TX . 77630.
Lutcher Theatre for the Performing Arts 409-886-5535, 707 Main Ave. Orange, TX . 77630. It is the largest performing arts series from Houston to Jacksonville, Fla. with annual attendance of approx. 30,000 adults and children. Parking is available at no charge directly adjacent to and surrounding the theatre.
Frances Ann Lutcher Theatre for Performing Arts is a 1,450-seat facility owned by the Nelda C. & H.J. Lutcher Theatre, 409-886-5535.
Orange, TX is located approx.. 110 miles to the east of Houston.
Alabama-Coushatta Naskila Gaming, 15 min. East of Livingston, Hwy. 190.
540 State Park Road 56, Livingston, Texas 77351. 936-563-2946
Gaming action: 24 hour. One hour from Houston, Jackpots Y'All !
Nacogdoches, TX: The Garden Capital of Texas and oldest town in Texas.
888-564-7351. .
Red & White Gallery, 713-818-9766, 102 W. Main, Fayetteville, TX.
Red & White Gallery Blackbird Farm Lodging

Texas Country Music Hall of Fame //Tex Ritter Museum, Carthage, TX.
Tommie Ritter Smith, director of the Tex Ritter Museum.
About 5,000 visitors a year visit the museum in East Texas.

Kathy Kupper, public affairs specialist at the National Park Service,
Wash. D.C.

Attention Cruise Travelers:
Having served as chaplain on many cruises, here are four hints recommended:
Get to the port city one day ahead of time to avoid travel delays.
Buy the cruise lines' air package. If there is a problem with a delay at the end of
the cruise, the cruise line will help re-arrange flights home.
If you want to avoid the expense of excursions, go to one of the taxis lined up at
the port; ask what the fee would be for two hours to see the Best Things in that
port city.
Don't complain ! Some people have one foot on the ship and still have one foot on
the gangplank, and they are already starting to complain. Sit back, relax and cruise. Houston Chronicle Heloise Hints 7-20-17 byline: J.K.C. in Nebraska

Hints From An Airline Employee: Please Read and Heed.
To avoid hassles on your flight: Please follow instructions issued by the crew.
If you are told to turn off your cellphone or buckle your seat belt: Do It.
Please keep your shoes on your feet. In case of emergency, you may need to
evacuate quickly.
Do not be disruptive. Yelling, fighting or causing a disturbance will not be
tolerated. This includes children who will not stay in their seats.
Do not wear provocative clothing. If in doubt: Cover Up. (Good Advice !)
Heloise/Houston Chronicle 6-2017
Protect Against Lost Luggage:
Arrive Extra-Early at the airport with a well-labeled bag. Watch the gate agent
tag it. Make the bag distinctive with decorations that set it apart from similar lug-
-gage. Choose airlines with good reputations for luggage handling; such as Jet-
-Blue, Virgin America and Delta, instead of regional airlines such as Skywest and
ExpressJet, which tend to lose more luggage. Source: USA Today.
Save On Airline Baggage Fees:
Pack everything you are taking in a carry-on bag. Wear bulky clothes on the plane
to free up bag space. Consider upgrading to a higher travel class or roomier seat-
sometimes that will cost less than the cost of checking luggage and typically waives the checked bag fee. Buy Ultra-lightweight luggage to reduce the chance
of overweight baggage fees.
Source: BottomLinePersonal 9-1-2017
Pack It: By Heloise.
When packing soft-knit items such as t-shirts, place them face down, fold arms back, smooth out ripples and roll. Saves space. Use see-thru bags from cleaner
to individually cover clothes in a garment bag; keeps wrinkling to a minimum.
Carry-on Bag: Make-up, Meds, a change of clothes and shoes. Emergency food:
trail mix, protein bar, etc. A light-weight shawl or small blanket for use on plane.
And finally, work, files and a paperback book in case you may not be allowed to
use electronics !
(Road Warrior Heloise has over 2.5 Million air miles, sharing
her Hints.) Houston Chronicle 8-25-2017
Brenham// Washington County Events.
Unity Theatre: 979-830-8358, Brenham, TX.
Nov. 2-12 The Syringo Tree.
Fall Festival of Roses: Independence, TX.
Nov. 3-5 Antique Rose Emporium presents: Gardening Seminars, Rose Garden
Tours, Food, Shopping and LOTS of ROSES ! Independence was founded in
1835. Home-site of Baylor U. also the oldest Baptist Church in Texas and the
historic Coles Settlement.
Christmas Open House Invitation in Chappell Hill:
Fri. & Sat. Nov. 3-4 Main Street Antiques/Cotton Pickin's, 5084 Main Street in
Chappell Hill, TX: 77426, invites the public to Friday evening Preview until 8 p.
Sat: 10a.-8 p. Our decked out for Christmas store is ready for you, your friends
to stop by for goodies, hot cider and more ! Bring your Christmas List and
enjoy the day with us. Hope you can be here !
Nov. 29-Dec. 3 The Best Christmas Pageant-Ever !
First Sundays: Fundays ! Historic Downtown Brenham.
Live music, Shopping, Arts, Food, Drinks & Specials in Downtown Brenham !
Nov. 4-5 Brenham: Giddings Stone Mansion home tour, holiday decoration ideas
and lunch.
Opry Show in Brenham: Bluebonnet Opry.
Silver Wings Ballroom, 979-451-0816, 4100 Hwy. 105, Brenham, Texas.
Bluebonnet Opry House Band: Duane Wavra, Craig Schmidt, Doug Boggs,
Harris Kubos, Sr. Terry Barnett, John Dujka, John Amelang. Doors open:
5:30 p
. Show: 7:30 p. Tix: $5. Opry every 3rd Thurs. Funds: Donated to Hospice.
Public Welcome !
Downtown Art Gallery: Come see us.
Bed & Breakfast: Puddin' on the Ritz.
Lillian Farm Bed & Breakfast: Private cottages & country serenity.
Texas Seafood and Steaks.
Guadalajara Mexican Food Restaurant: Lunch Buffet.
Brenham: Downtown. Unity Theatre.
Shop: JR's Antiques: 1 block from Courthouse.
Stay: Brazos Bed and Breakfast-2 miles from Washington on the Brazos.
Eat: BT Longhorn Steakhouse & Seafood, Downtown Brenham. Y'all Come !
Bluebird Boutique flew off the Square and is now nesting in a larger, new location: 202 W. Alamo. Come By and Buy !
Hello: Cupcake !
Bliss Candy Co. is now making fresh cupcakes daily. Which is your fave?
Back Lot Gallery: featuring local artists. Great selection of pottery, art, paintings, sculpture, jewelry. Weekends Only.
Chili Throwdown:
Sat. Nov. 25 Brenham: Home Sweet Farm Market. Taste and Vote for your fave
chili. Live music, food and fun for everyone !
More News & Info: Brenham-Washington Co. Chamber of Commerce-CVB
115 W. Main, 888-273-6426/////979-836-3696.
Bandera, TX: Cowboy Capital of the World.
Freddy Fender:
Texas Tornados Band: original members: Flaco Jimenez, famed accordionist &
Texas treasure , & San Antonio native, Augie Meyers, Doug Sahm and Freddy
Fender. Flaco and Augie are still members. The other two are deceased.
Swiss Alp Dance Club :
KC Hall Schulenberg, James Freytag 361-596-4357, dance to music by Donnie
Wavra Orchestra. 3-6 p. Cover: $10. Guests Welcome.
Dances each Sunday in Feb/Apr/May/Aug/Oct/Dec.
Drinking Wine, Spoodie Oodie, Drinking Wine………….
CAF Hangar Dance: San Marcos.
Sat. Nov. 11 CAF Centex Wing Hangar in San Marcos inside the WWII Vintage
CAF Hangar. With the Sentimental Journey Orchestra bringing your favorites
from WWII for dancing/romancing. Details to follow. Info: 830-895-1535.
Save the Date: New Year's Celebration.
Sun. Dec. 31 New Year's Eve in San Marcos, TX: Dinner Dance with the
Sentimental Journey Orchestra @Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center.
Swing in the New Year with a Party ! Details to follow.
Global Seed Banks:
Natural disasters like the violent hurricanes that recently decimated Puerto Rico
can wipe our entire species of indigenous plants. Outbreaks of disease, like the
blight that killed three-quarters of Ireland's potato crop in 1846, can obliterate vi-
-tal food sources. War, especially nuclear war, can annihilate all living things.
Today, over 1,400 seed banks carry on the responsibility of protecting one of the
world's most precious resources-our seeds. Most seed banks protect a narrow
sub-section of seeds. The World Vegetable Center in Taiwan holds 440 different
species of vegetable seeds collected from 151 countries. The Hawaii Public Seed
Initiative preserves seeds that thrive in Hawaii. Camino Verde in Peru stores over
250 species of Amazonian trees.
Under the right storage conditions, a seed can last for hundreds of years or more.
A 2,000-year-old Judean date palm plant recovered from Herod the Great's palace
in Israel is the oldest carbon-dated seed known to have grown into a viable plant.
Russian scientists successfully regenerated a 32,000-year-old narrow leaf campion
seed found under Siberian permafrost.
Before the start of WWII, the Vavilov Institute of Plant Industry in Leningrad,
Russia (now called St. Petersburg), was the world's largest seed bank. It held over
250,000 samples of seeds, roots, and berries. In 1941, when Hitler's armies in-
-vaded Leningrad effectively blockading the entire city, prudent scientists boxed
up a large cross-section of the Vavilov Instutute's seeds and hid them in the base-
-ment for safekeeping.
As the Siege of Leningrad dragged on, famine set in and 10,000 people perished.
Meanwhile, the scientists kept watch over the seeds, which included samples of
rice, barley, and corn. Even though the seeds could have sustained them the scien-
-tists did not waver in their desire to protect the seeds. By the end of the 28-month
siege, nine Russian scientists had died of starvation. Today, over 1,400 seed banks
carry on the responsibility of protecting one of the world's most precious resources
--our seeds.
Keeping seeds in optimum conditions is neither easy nor inexpensive. Like the
seeds, seed banks themselves are vulnerable to natural disasters and the impact of
war. Only the most well-funded institutions have the resources to truly safeguard
their seeds from large-scale threats.
The largest and most diverse seed bank in the world is the Millennium Seed Bank
in West Sussex England (a part of the famous Kew Gardens). As of Feb. 2017,
the Seed Bank housed 2,200,964,170 seeds from 189 countries in its climate-con-
-trolled, nuclear bombproof underground vault. These two billion seeds represent
just 13% of the world's wild plant species. By 2020, the Millennium Seed Bank
expects to increase its holding to 25% of the world's bankable plants.
Doomsday Vault: about 800 miles from the North Pole, on a small Norwegian is-
-land, is the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Known as the 'doomsday vault' be-
-cause it was built to withstand the ravages of nuclear war, the entrance to Sval-
-bard juts out from the side of a mountain in an otherwise undeveloped area. If
the bleak concrete structure looks too small to house one of the world's largest
seed collections, it's because the heart of Svalbard, the actual vault part, is
actually tunneled 400 feet into the mountain. Svalbard's design, along with the
island's rocky permafrost and cold climate, makes it an ideal place to store seeds.
The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)
provides science-based solutions to improve the lives of those who live in dry areas
of the world. They maintain a vital seed bank of climate-resilient crop varieties,
including barley, fava beans, durum wheat, chickpeas, and lentils. ICARDA estab-
-lished its seed bank in Aleppo, Syria, in 1983. When the Syrian War erupted in
2011, the seed bank and its holdings were threatened.
Seeds representing 80% of the entire collection were packed up and shipped to the
Svalbard Vault. The current situation for the globally important gene bank in
Syria precisely illustrates the purpose of the seed vault-to be a safety net for
valuable seed collections. Safeguarding these genetic materials is a critical
mission for ICARDA, says its director general, Dr. Mahmoud Solh. We are en-
-trusted with the genetic wealth from some 128 countries-a resource we cannot
afford to lose as it ensures long-term public welfare
. (Amen.)
Houston Chronicle//Erickson News 11-1-2017 byline: Michele Harris
Fishing in Texas:
Tadpoles, sunfish, alligators and alligator gar, largemouth bass, channel and blue
catfish, gizzard shad and smallmouth buffalo are aquatic creatures Texas fresh-
-water fisheries biologists pretty much expect to encounter in the course of their
work. They are not what biologists and technicians monitoring Texas' coastal
fisheries reckon to come upon as they monitor the state's marine ecosystems.
Hurricane Harvey's flooding rains hit the final week of August and first week of
September, with runoff swamping the bays just as TPWD coastal fisheries staff
were preparing to begin their fall gill net surveys of the bays. What those crews
encountered was quite different from what they usually see.
For the first couple of weeks after the storm, there were no usable boat ramps on
Sabine Lake, they were all under freshwater. That surge of runoff flushed fresh-
-water species into what normally are saltwater environments; or allowed fresh-
water species to range into areas where they normally could not survive.
That freshwater inundation was Biblical, with the plume of 'sweet' water pushing
miles into the Gulf of Mexico. Surface water as far as 10 miles off the coast was
almost wholly fresh: just unheard of. The gill nets were finding alligator gar in
almost every net, tremendous numbers of them. Alligator gar are a freshwater
species found in the river feeding the bays.
The primitive fish, which can grow to more than 300 pounds, can easily tolerate
modest salinity levels; and are commonly found in brackish areas of bays. All that
freshwater pushed the gar into the bays; it also pushed other fresh-water-loving
creatures into the bays, too. Gizzard shad, Snook, a highly sought-after tropical
marine sport fish native to much of the Texas coast but for decades relegated
almost solely to the lower coast, have shown up in sampling nets in all three bay systems.
The Bays' redfish and speckled trout appear to be doing pretty well, considering
the freshwater drenching. That may be because the fish are concentrated in areas
holding favorable salinities.
Houston Chronicle 10-26-2017 byline: Shannon Tompkins
Graceful Beauty of Swans:
Wild swans are not a normal part of Houston's birdlife. They used to be, back in
the 1800s, when massive numbers of trumpeter swans flying on 7-foot wingspans
and uttering deep-throated bugling calls migrated here and, especially, to Galves-
-ton Bay from northern breeding grounds.
Market hunters of the 19th century decimated trumpeter swans to sell skins for wo-
-men's powder puffs and feathers for women's high-fashion hats. Once in a while,
a tundra swan, aka whistling swan, migrates to Houston for the winter from breed-
-ing grounds on the tundra-of Alaska and Canada's Northern Territories.
In the winter of 2014, a lone trumpeter swan showed up at Lakeside Park in The
Woodlands. Swans that people usually see around Houston are non-native mute
swans, escaped from decorative ponds or aviaries, that live principally on ponds
and lakes in suburban neighborhoods, often on golf course ponds.
Swans will mate for life, but not all the time, and mated pairs may separate due
to breeding failure. They do not sing before dying, as in the 'swan song' myth.
Swans feed on water vegetation and aquatic organisms by often up-ending their
upper body, head and neck under water, like dabbling ducks do.
Houston Chronicle 10-28-2017 byline: Gary Clark
Magpie Menace:
Residents of Melbourne, Australia, have been warned of increased attack by
swooping magpies that have resulted in an alarming number of eye injuries; in-
-cluding five in one day, including a penetrating eye injuring that needed to go
to surgery, said Dr. Carmel Crock of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.
A special online map has been prepared to show where the highest number of at-
-tacks have occurred. Officials say that because the birds might be less likely to
swoop if they think people are watching them, people are advised to draw a pair
of eyes on the back of their hats and helmets.
EarthWeek 10-29-2017
Yellow Fever:
The discovery of one dead monkey infected with yellow fever on the north side of
Brazil's largest city has prompted Sao` Paulo health authorities to launch a massive
vaccination campaign. The virus responsible for the disease has been blamed for
at least 261 Brazilian deaths since December, almost entirely in the southeast of
the country.
The mosquito-borne disease originated in Africa and was discovered to be back in
Brazil after hundreds of dead monkeys were found infected in the country's
Atlantic rainforest late last year. Yellow fever is one of the world's most deadly
tropical diseases, causing symptoms such as muscle aches and fever, progressing
to liver damage and kidney failure.
EarthWeek 10-29-2017 178