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First Marker At San Jacinto Battlefield Park Marks Gift Of Cannons From People Of Cincinnati—Self-Reliance Is A Myth

For all the talk of self-reliance in Texas, the very first marker at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Park just outside of Houston—where Texas independence was won—notes the fact that the people of Cincinnati contributed two cannons to the cause in 1836.

These are the famous Twin Sisters. Here is an account of the Twin Sisters from the excellent Handbook of Texas online.

Above you see a picture I took of this marker back in June.

Replicas of these cannons are at Cincinnati’s Burnet Woods park.

Of course we all count on each other to accomplish things in life.

What could be more obvious as we move ahead in life each day?

While we must work hard for ourselves, we rely in so many ways on the labors and kindness of others. There is no such things as complete self-reliance

This is so in Texas and throughout the world.

August 2, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

In Addition To The Grass At San Jacinto Park, Should 1836 Borders Also Be Restored?

Above is a picture I took a few weeks back at the San Jacinto Battlefield State Historic Park that is just outside Houston.

This is the place where the battle that won Texas independence was fought in 1836.

It is great that the grass is being restored to how it looked in 1836.

I’m sure that will be some very tall grass. Here is a report about this grass from Houston public radio station KUHF.

Looking at the sign that told me about the grass, I wondered also if the borders that were in place in 1836 should be restored as well.

Below is a map of Mexico as it was in 1824. (Map by Golbez.)

Now that would be quite a restoration.

Here are some facts and history about the U.S.-Mexico border from the Smithsonian.

June 21, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Houston Ship Channel Is A Bunch Of Things At One Time—Everyday Places Make Life Work

Above is a picture I took of the Houston Ship Channel a few days ago from the top of the Texas Independence Monument at the San Jacinto Battlefield Park.

The Houston Ship Channel is at one time a natural landscape, a landscape imagined and crafted by people, and place of utility for shipping and industry.

Most places have more than one quality at once. It’s not so hard to see if we just look. There is nothing in everyday life that we don’t have the ability to understand.

Everyday life and everyday places are a source are hope, imagination and action in our lives.

We’ve just got to look around and take control of our interpretations and impressions of the world.

If we don’t interpret and imagine the world for ourselves and for the good of fellow everyday people, you can be certain that somebody who does not have our interests at heart will interpret and imagine the world for us.

June 1, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 4 Comments