In one moment…..life can change forever. 3:17 PM, March 18, 1937, New London Texas

My mother, Barbara Delabano remembers that faithful day: We moved to Kilgore in 1931 or maybe 1932. My grandparents lived in Kilgore where my grandfather Taylor was the superintendent for Gulf Oil in the East Texas oil field. I imagine that current generations would think it odd that it was quite a thing to own … More In one moment…..life can change forever. 3:17 PM, March 18, 1937, New London Texas

Back in 2017 I published a post on removing Confederate memorials, today I rewrote it.

When I originally published this posting in 2017 I wrote,  “Foolish me……I’m going to weigh in and say yes, Confederate monuments should be moved from places of honor in our public forums and moved somewhere they can be given a context and studied for what they were and why they were erected in the first … More Back in 2017 I published a post on removing Confederate memorials, today I rewrote it.

Local lineage and the “Texas Tree of Art”…….is it important anymore?

Some time ago, I was at a meeting of early Texas art collectors and I was introduced to this real nice man.  After a little small talk and as I walked away I heard the host of the party tell the person, “His father was Barney Delabano who studied with members of the “Dallas Nine,” … More Local lineage and the “Texas Tree of Art”…….is it important anymore?

I think enough time has pass that I can now tell this story

Ashes I have written several times about different elements to this story, my father’s passing and my piece of sculpture, “Family Portrait:1963, but I’ve always left out this little nugget. I think enough time has passed that I can now tell this story. In August, 1997, my father passed away and he was cremated.  My … More I think enough time has pass that I can now tell this story

Ray’s Ornamental Gardens, Stephenville Texas

When I was a child my family took a family vacation to San Antonio, Texas to see the Alamo of course.  While on our trip we drove through Stephenville, Texas because Texas artist Jerry Bywaters had told my father about a strange and wonderful place called Ray’s Ornamental Gardens. Much later while in college my … More Ray’s Ornamental Gardens, Stephenville Texas

A good death

I remember getting the phone call in my classroom from my wife Jill;  “Martin, we need to go to the hospital.  Your dad has taken a turn for the worse.  We drove to the hospital as my brain started to realize that this was probably the start of the end.  My father had been diagnosed … More A good death