Stories from the Slow Lane 

Mysteries at the Arnim Museum

Mysteries at the Arnim Museum

The E.A. Arnim Museum and Archives in Flatonia, Texas, has some unusual artifacts. Here are some of curator Judy Pate’s favorites and one that she needs your help to identify. How many of the 12 antiques pictured in this story do you recognize? The answers appear...

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A Story for the Birds

A Story for the Birds

“Pretty postage stamps? Oh yes, this sheet of ‘Birds of Prey’ is especially nice,” the helpful postal office worker told me. “No birds,” I murmured. Glancing up, she did not comment, but I think she was wondering, “Who doesn’t like birds?” That would be me Before I...

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Wanted: Another Extraordinary Dog

Wanted: Another Extraordinary Dog

I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve recently visited the animal shelter so often that I know some of the dogs awaiting adoption by name. Yet, Emil and I haven’t felt a connection, that inexplicable spark convincing us a certain dog has been waiting just for us. In the last...

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Old Home Goes From Jaded to Jewel

Old Home Goes From Jaded to Jewel

When the fierce February winter storm of 2021 spread a pristine coat of snow across San Antonio, Texas, a grand Victorian home on Guenther Street never looked more striking. Three years before, however, the house didn’t glow in the sunshine. Back then, the once...

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Bitten By the Auction Bug

Bitten By the Auction Bug

When I was a child, Daddy would occasionally load up and haul a few weaner pigs or several skim milk calves to MacLean’s Auction Mart on a Saturday morning. I was always thrilled when he invited me to tag along as he transacted business at that time-honored...

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