Posts Tagged ‘ Texas ’

O is for One Arm Dove Hunt

April 17, 2014
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One Arm Dove Hunt in Olney, TX (photo by Tui Snider)

The One Arm Dove Hunt in Olney, Texas In 1972, while hanging out at the local drugstore, Olney residents, Jack Northrup and Jack Bishop, decided to have a little fun with strangers seated nearby who were obviously eavesdropping on them. I should add that around the town of Olney, Northrup and Bishop are known as…

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M is for a Murder Memorial in Texas

April 15, 2014
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Garden of Angels Murder Memorial in Euless, TX (photo by Tui Snider)

Garden of Angels Murder Memorial At their trial, Carolyn Barker was horrified to hear two men not only confess to killing her granddaughter, but remark that they hoped to get famous for the deed. That’s when she decided something is wrong with society’s glorification of murderers, and that it is their victims who should be…

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L is for Larry McMurtry’s Booked Up

April 14, 2014
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Booked Up in Archer City, TX (photo by Tui Snider)

Larry McMurtry’s Booked Up In 1988, Pulitzer Prize winning author Larry McMurtry returned to his hometown of Archer City, Texas with the dream of transforming it into a book-themed town. He even took out ads in literary magazines proclaiming, “Miraculous birth! Visit the newly born book town of Archer City, Texas, and help the endless…

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K is for Kaleidoscopic Koi

April 12, 2014
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Koi fish & reflections at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens (photo by Tui Snider)

Japanese Gardens of Fort Worth A few weeks ago, my husband and I popped over to the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens and wandered through our favorite section, the Japanese Gardens. As usual, I went snap-happy, taking lots of photos. The ones I’m sharing here show bright koi fish swimming beneath the swirling reflections of the…

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F is for Footprints by the Lake

April 7, 2014
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Bird footprints at the lakeside beach (photo by Tui Snider)

Footprints by the Lake Today’s photos were taken while accompanying my husband on a house call. No, he’s not a doctor, but he owns a boat shop, and often visits people’s lakehouses to make repairs. As mentioned in my post for the letter B Bricks that Tell Tales, one of my favorite places to point…

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Download Unexpected Texas for Free!

March 9, 2014
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Unexpected Texas is free today (photo by Tui Snider)

How to Download Unexpected Texas for Free I put many hours into researching and writing Unexpected Texas, but today and tomorrow (3/9 & 3/10) I’ve made the Kindle version of my quirky travel book, Unexpected Texas, available for FREE. Why? Because I can! Please Leave a Blog Comment Here I have one small request: Please…

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Morgan Dragonwillow features Unexpected Texas on International Women’s Day

March 8, 2014
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#UnexTex Unexpected Texas book release prizes (photo by Tui Snider)

Unexpected Texas Climbs the Charts Welcome to Day 7 of the #UnexTex Unexpected Texas Book Release Blog Tour for my quirky travel guide Unexpected Texas. My book is currently for sale as a paperback and eBook on Amazon. I’m also thrilled to report that on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 Unexpected Texas reached #1 on the…

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Unexpected Texas Reviewed on Less Beaten Paths today

March 7, 2014
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#UnexTex Unexpected Texas book release prizes (photo by Tui Snider)

#UnexTex is reviewed on Less Beaten Paths today Welcome to Day 6 of the #UnexTex Unexpected Texas Book Release Blog Tour for my quirky travel guide Unexpected Texas. My book is now on sale as a paperback and eBook on Amazon. I’m also thrilled to report that on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 my book reached…

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Unexpected Texas Gets Reviewed by a Native Texan (spoiler alert: She loves it!)

March 6, 2014
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#UnexTex Unexpected Texas book release prizes (photo by Tui Snider)

#UnexTex is featured on This Eclectic Life today Welcome to Day 5 of the #UnexTex Unexpected Texas Book Release Blog Tour for my quirky travel guide Unexpected Texas. It’s now on sale as a paperback and ebook on Amazon. Yippee! Today, my book is featured on Shelly Tucker’s blog, This Eclectic Life. Not only is…

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Unexpected Texas Review on Victoria’s Reading Alcove

March 5, 2014
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#UnexTex Unexpected Texas book blog tour prizes (photo by Tui Snider)

Unexpected Texas is featured on Victoria’s Reading Alcove today Welcome to Day 4 of the #UnexTex Unexpected Texas Book Release Blog Tour for my quirky travel guide Unexpected Texas. It’s now on sale as a paperback and ebook on Amazon. Whoop w00t! Today, my book is featured at Victoria’s Reading Alcove. Victoria is a deep-thinking…

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Unexpected Texas Mini-Interview at Byteful Travel

March 4, 2014
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#UnexTex Unexpected Texas book release prizes (photo by Tui Snider)

Unexpected Texas is featured on Byteful Travel today Welcome to Day 3 of the #UnexTex Unexpected Texas Book Release Blog Tour for my quirky travel guide Unexpected Texas which is now for sale as a paperback and ebook on Amazon. Yee haw! Today, Unexpected Texas is featured at the home of fellow author and travel…

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Unexpected Texas Meets Cowboys, Aliens & Patricia Lynne

March 3, 2014
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#UnexTex Unexpected Texas prizes for Day 2 (photo by Tui Snider)

#UnexTex is featured on Patricia Lynne’s blog today Welcome to Day 2 of the #UnexTex Unexpected Texas Book Release Blog Tour for my quirky travel guide Unexpected Texas, which is now selling on Amazon. Whee! Today, my book is featured at the blog of fellow writer Patricia Lynne, Independent YA Author Like me, Patricia is…

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Unexpected Texas Book Release & Interview on StoryDam

March 2, 2014
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#UnexTex Unexpected Texas blog tour prize (photo by Tui Snider)

Welcome to the #UnexTex Unexpected Texas Book Release Blog Tour Welcome to the #UnexTex Unexpected Texas Book Release Blog Tour! My quirky travel guide Unexpected Texas officially launches today, which means it’s now available as both a paperback and eBook on Amazon. To get the word out, I organized a week-long book release blog tour.…

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Are Pick-up Trucks the State Vehicle of Texas?

February 24, 2014
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Texas sized pick-up truck (photo by Tui Snider)

Here in Texas we have everything from an official state cooking vessel (Dutch oven) to an official state dinosaur (Pauluxysauras Jonesi.) We don’t yet have an official state vehicle, but if we did, it would surely be the pick-up truck. One in four Texans owns a pick-up truck, and they are often customized. Pick-ups aren’t…

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Unexpected Texas: Building Made of Salt

February 17, 2014
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Salt Palace in Grand Saline, Texas (photo by Tui Snider)

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming quirky travel book, Unexpected Texas: Salt Palace in Grand Saline While the French equivalent of “window shopping” translates as “window licking” this is something that literally occurs every day at the Salt Palace in Grand Saline, Texas. The unusual building, which houses a visitor center and museum…

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Cowtown’s Rooftop Jackalope

February 10, 2014
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Rooftop Jackalope in Fort Worth, TX (photo by Tui Snider)

What is a Jackalope? Jackalopes are mythical rabbit/antelope hybrids that frequently appear in folk tales from the southwestern United States. Why is there a Jackalope in Fort Worth, Texas? In the 1980′s, Fort Worth artist Nancy Lamb was commissioned to create an eight foot tall jackalope sculpture for a garden and pottery shop. Rooftop Jackalope…

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Mary Martin: The Original Peter Pan from Weatherford, Texas

January 27, 2014
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Statue of Mary Martin as Peter Pan in Weatherford, Texas (photo by Tui Snider)

Talented Texan Makes it Big on Broadway Mary Martin, the performer most strongly identified with role of Peter Pan, was born in Weatherford, Texas. This talented singer and actress was also the first to play Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music, as well as Nellie Forbush in South Pacific. In 1976, the artist…

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Photo Bombed by a Nude Dude

January 24, 2014
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I got photo-bombed by a nude dude! (photo by Tui Snider)

For today’s Friday Photo, I’ve decided to post the most popular photo from my 2013 Instagr.am feed. (If you’re on Instagr.am follow me, @TuiSnider, and say hi. I will definitely follow you back!) Here’s the story behind the picture: My husband and I were on a tour of the Caribbean island, St. Maarten, when our…

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Turning Basin Riverboat Tour in Jefferson, Texas

January 20, 2014
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Reflections along the Jefferson Texas bayou tour (Tui Snider)

Beautiful Reflections along the Bayou Today’s photo essay features shots I took with my iPhone while floating down the Big Cypress Bayou in Jefferson, Texas. It was hard to restrain myself to only sharing six pictures with you because I could not stop taking photos. It was that beautiful! If, like me, you enjoy dreamy…

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Fort Worth Beer Can House – Art or Eyesore?

August 27, 2013
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Fort Worth Beer Can House (photo by Tui Snider)

Fort Worth Beer Can House While a visit to Houston’s Beer Can House is on my quirky travel to-do list, I was excited to discover a similarly decorated abode up here in north Texas. It’s always beer-thirty over at 2901 Whitmore Street in Fort Worth, Texas. That’s where Louis Torres began stringing up empty cans…

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