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“My purpose is to empower students and avid artistic connoisseurs to think for themselves. I will empower students and avid artistic connoisseurs to think for themselves through my performing, teaching, speaking and jovial actions. I will empower creativity in daily life and living and give the artistic connoisseur the feeling it is ok to be creative and push boundaries in their lives and way of living.”

The Homestead

1983 construction. Dated appliances, cracked foundation, exterior siding in disrepair, must be replaced. Fuse box a fire hazard. Pipes need to be replaced, house rewired to bring up to code. 195,000 in immediate repairs needed. In flood plane and floods quite frequently. This is a fixer upper and it will take a lot to fix it up.  The interior has not flooded but the foundation is cracked in three places and will take massive repair before any interior work can be done.

The fuse box is rated as a fire hazard along with the wiring. It has to be replaced at a total cost of 45 thousand.

The plumbing is galvanized pipe and has to be replaced.  There are three leaks that have caused damage to the ceilings and black mold in the house.


The appliances are 1983 model and have not been updated since. The microwave does not work and the oven is in dire need of replacing.  Black mold in kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms.

Bathroom tiles have fallen off and upstairs bath needs a complete rework.  Downstairs Master Bath needs new plumbing, shower and tub. Leaks from upstairs bathroom have caused black mold and falling sheet rock.

Exterior siding is crumbling and there is extensive termite damage on the exterior and interior.

None of this was relayed to us when this bought this house in 2008.  The streets flood on a regular basis and we are 5 blocks from the Houston Water Shed that overflowed during Hurricane Harvey. The house needs new windows and some will not even close due to the foundation moving. The house is splitting apart in three different directions. We are on an active fault line also.

Rebuild cost on this HOA property is 250 thousand dollars.  All the necessary repairs, as I said earlier, run to 195 thousand.  Very little value in this property.

Potty Training 101 in Texas

“Transgender women belong in the restroom with women, and I belong in the men’s room with other men,” Lou Weaver said. “I’ve been going into the men’s room for 20 years, and nothing’s happened. It is not transgender people that are preying on our youth.” A Rockwall Police Department spokesman said he could not recall an instance where a man was arrested in a women’s room and had never encountered someone claiming to be transgender as an excuse for being in a bathroom where they don’t belong.

This has become ludicrous as these bathroom bills take off across the country.  There are other things of note happening such as our infrastructure crumbling, tax evasion, people handling snakes.  Oh wait, that snake handling thing is part of what some people do.  LOL

If You Let Him In Too Fast, Don’t Be Surprised If He Leaves Just As Quickly — Thought Catalog

PexelsYou might think your luck’s come in when a guy falls head over heels for you so quickly, but starting things too fast only makes it more likely that things will backfire once reality sets in. Before putting all your eggs in one basket, beware of the following bad omens: 1. HIS RELATIONSHIP TRACK RECORD…

via If You Let Him In Too Fast, Don’t Be Surprised If He Leaves Just As Quickly — Thought Catalog

The Travels of Anita Duchee’

The Duchee’ name has been associated with a nice warm summer eve in the hills and on the lakes of Tennessee.  I am part of the Duchee’ family of Paris, Tennessee, catfish capital of the world.  It’s something about that summers eve and catfish; I really do not get the connection here.  But anyway, I digest, I mean digress.  I am now claiming my new home as The Trose De Le Mont of Houston…. (for those that do not yet speak Montrosian, that would be The Montrose Area of Houston, right dead in the center of the city. As I was traveling around the Trose, strolling along, and I look in utter amazement at the plethora of architecture, so unlike my own in the woods of Tennessee, and I wander on.  Some gentlemen waved at me, and being the nice genteel southern lady that I am, well, I decided to wave back, and feeling a bit feisty, I did pull my skirt up, above the knee, and I felt so cheap, and superfluous.  In my journey into the Trose, I came upon a nice lil green bar, seeming to be close the middle of the entire city.  I Glided in with a small grand entrance, “I’m HERE!” I graciously said.  The gentleman behind the bar was quite genteel, and very pleasant.  I smelled the wonderful aroma of Coffee, must be fresh made, and I took the liberty of introducing myself to this wonderful man named MS period Jones.  What a name, and I was instantly endeared to him.  (By the way, He/She, whatever, does make a wonderful cup of coffee).  I did inquire (you know, enquiring minds want to always know), if MS Period Jones would know (since it was a Sunday), where the spiritual world of the Trose would be located.  Of course, MS Period Jones, graciously, with all the aplomb of kind southern gentleman, pointed right behind him, and I did see so many spirits, I actually felt the vapors come over me.  I had found the spirits of the Trose.  After a brief conversation, I ventured onward to another venue I had passed on the way to George.  That Big Brown building on the other corner, you know, the Cord De La Rip (that would be the Ripcord, or the Drawstring, as I have heard this venue spoken of before).  As I ventured into this Venue, I noticed that there were some of the butchest (yeah, right Blanche) men I had ever seen in my life.  There was this nice bartender there, very nice.  There were posters and drawings all over the place, and I imbibed in a bloody mary.  I was finally finding more sprits of the Trose, oh what a joy.  I also was told, and observed that this venue is where the butch of the butchest hang out, on those sultry summer eves.  There we go again, that connection between the Duchee’ name and those wonderful evenings.  I did notice, and I heard gossip, of my organizations that gather at this venue, so I was told, to imbibe in various activities, of a hedonistic nature, and other various things.  There was a conversation going on, and you know me, I never listen in on other people’s dialectic exchanges, but I did overhear that, and I quote, “There is no drama in Space!”  Well Well Well, that just doesn’t make any sense to me, so, being the kind genteel woman, of very high (and low) breeding, yes, I have been bred before, I listened further, and did find out there is something very special about to happen in the Trose…I thought they might be talking about my time in the trauma, I mean pshchia, ah ah, Time in the Drama Ward…I guess I’ll find out more later……

After a few wonderful libations at the Cord de la Rip, I decided to venture onward, to a nice little place I saw, when I entered that establishment that MS Period Jones was the bartendress…or is that bartender…..I believe the place is called Barnaby’s.  What a wonderful name, as I did have a beau in the backwoods, named Bubba Barnaby, and well, that’s a whole story until itself….but anyway, the nice waiter recommended the wonderful pesto chicken salad sandwich, without the bread.  I thought that would be a wonderful thing, and I ordered it.  This wonderful thing was served, and I gasped, a sharp intake of breath, and the gentleman I was with, laughingly said, those are Bodacious Tattas……. And well, I thought, there I go thinking again, and that can be dangerous, in certain circumstances.  But anyway, after a wonderful repast, we went back to see MS Period Jones, and further explore the spirits of the Trose…..TATA!


You Wandering Vagabond.

Anita Duchee’ (that’s with a double e, accent ague)


Grace is not your average Lutheran church

There is a great spirit alive in the world today, and it is seemingly beginning to emanate from the very center of our fair city. In this issue of the Gem, I have asked for a meeting with the new minister in town. What I encountered is no less than a brilliant gem with many facets, right here in the Montrose. A wonderful repartee’ ensued, and here it is! READ ON AVID READER!

You have made a very powerful statement from the pulpit of Grace Lutheran, here in Houston, Texas. I commend you on your tenacity and powerful strength of faith in this wonderful action. I also would like to commend the congregation of Grace Lutheran, for their wisdom and guidance in calling you to serve as their minister. In the words of the great Auntie Mame “Open a new window, open a new Door, Travel a new Highway, that’s never been tried before!” From Deutschland to the United States….Let us begin. Have a cup of coffee, we’ll chat and discuss….here are the topics:

From Martin Luther to Henry the VIII, to the settling of the colonies, to the revolution that created these United States of America, it all began with a certain delineation of Church and State. Do you feel we are, perhaps, at the same type of crossroads now? I’m not speaking of a revolution, per say, but a beginning of understanding and acceptance, both from within and without our societal and religious norms.
Martin Luther pretty much established the groundwork for the Protestant Reformation that has affected the entire World, to this very day. With the nailing of his “95 Theses” to the Castle Church Door on what now has become Martin Luther Day (October 31, 1546), challenging the omnipotence of the Catholic Church of the time. From this very act, came a revolution of freedom, thought and will that we still try to adhere to today. How do you feel this possibly impacts Grace Lutheran and Yourself here, in this day and time?

Martin Luther, on or about March 9, 1522, in his Invocative Sermons, asked the question:
“Do you know what the devil thinks when he sees men use violence to propagate the Gospel?” There is more dear reader; I recommend you seek it out!
These sermons dealt with issues of Love, Patience, Charity and Freedom, how does the Lutheran Church, and Yourself, feel this is vital in today’s world?

From the Lutheran German Mass, 1526
Changes in the Eucharist Itself, Martin Luther
“For I don’t want to deny, in any way, that God’s power is able to make a body be simultaneously in many places, even in a corporeal and circumscribed manner. For who wants to prove that God is unable to do that? Who has seen the limits of His Power?”
Martin Luther, leading into the Book of Concord and the Formula of Concord, which also pull together the three creeds of the Christian Faith, the Apostle’s, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds. How do these statements, and the creeds themselves, apply and have relevance in today’s chaotic world? As we come to the Lords Table, for the sacrament of communion, aren’t we all coming and committing our souls and spirits together, as one people, by His Will and Grace?

From the fugues and chorales of J.S. Bach and the various composers of the church, there is a great Lutheran Hymn of Faith, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”. In our world, we seem to build fortresses around ourselves. Isn’t it about time we, as a world, break down those individual walls and trust in God’s Fortress, and begin communicating on a free and open level? “Love, Patience, Charity, Freedom”

As a community, we have been “thumped” many times from pulpits around the world.
There is a wonderful scripture, that kind of sums it all up for me, if I may take the liberty of quoting it,
“For God so loved the World, that He gave His only Son. That whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life!” This is a basic tenant of the Lutheran/Christian Faith. There have been questions raised, in various parts of the world, is this scripture and the belief in it, unconditional, or is it interlaced with certain conditions?

Coming forward to 1772, the undercurrent of the times were led by certain principles and philosophies, among them were certain methodologies pertaining to basic rights and freedoms. From a paper submitted by Samuel Adams, on November 20 of 1772, “The Natural Rights of the Colonists As Men”, and I quote:
“Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: first a right to life, second, to liberty, third, to property, together with the right to support and defend them in the best way they can. These are evident branches of, rather than deductions from, the duty of self-preservation, commonly called the law of nature.”
Do you see the role that Martin Luther and the Lutheran church have played in the actual founding of the United States of America? The free thinking and freedom of will, so prevalent in Martin Luther’s writings and life, have changed and created nations and even have a great validity today!

In the traditions of Native American Culture (shamanistic), as well as the Essenes, Coptic Christians, and jumping ahead to the Miracle of Lourdes, is it possible that we all that we all have healing and curative powers within ourselves?
The precepts laid down by Martin Luther even carry forward to this day. As an example, free thought, free will – MCC Church (Rev. Troy Perry) and the work they have done within our community. The body has many parts, each one essential to the other. One body, many parts! How do you see this in the world today?

In the City of Houston, there are miracles that happen on a daily basis. We have a plethora of organizations, such as Legacy Community Services, Aids Foundation Houston (Camp Hope), Montrose Counseling Center, services through Bering Omega, as well as a wonderful medical community that tends to be a part of healing the world. Where do you feel Grace Lutheran takes its place among these?

Through the gifts of teaching and healing (among others), we transmutate to the powers of acceptance and forgiveness. There seems to be a cadential point in the scripture “But of these, three remain, Faith, Hope and Love, but of these, the greatest is Love.”

Jesus loves the little children,
All the children of the world!
Red and Yellow, Black and White,
They are precious in His sight,
Jesus Loves the little children of the World.
And everything is beautiful, in its own, very special way!

In the wonderful tradition of Beethoven, I feel the need to delay the final cadence of this wonderful, enlightening conversation. In closing, I would like to add…..
In the words of another Martin Luther of our time, Dr. Martin Luther King:
“I Have a Dream, That One Day All God’s Children will be Free! Praise God, Praise God Almighty!”
I have felt today like Doubting Thomas, questioning, but with good reason gentle reader. Again, I applaud the Congregation of Grace Lutheran, with their wisdom and guidance, in calling you to be their Minister.
Thank You.

It only takes a spark, to get a fire going
And soon all those around, can warm up to its glowing
Can YOU be that spark in YOUR COMMUNITY?
Acceptance for All, rejection for none!
I believe maybe we ought to go visit MS Period Jones at George!

Have a great day!
We Are!

As a postscript to this wonderful event in my life, I would like to say, on behalf of my family and myself, a very warm and gentle Thank You, to the community, for your expressions of sympathy, condolence and compassion, on the passing of my Step Mother and My Mother, over the past year and a half. I had two very special and wonderful Mothers in this life, and I know they are waiting on me to join them in the next life, much later on, I hope…..

“When The Roll is Called Up Yonder I’ll Be There!”

Jere Kizer Douglas

Xenophobia, Megalomania, and all kinds of ruts….

To begin with, the topic of the sermon for Sunday, July 19, 2009 was extremely thought provoking. One of my prayer partners had a wonderful conversation with me about the meaning of the word itself and how it is applicable to church. Well, hang on heathcliffe, what an awareness of not only our attitudes as Christians, but also our attitudes and perceptions of others that we feel are different from ourselves.
In doing research on the topic itself before church, I came across many cultural and societal differentiations as well as spiritual. The most comprehensive statement was found on the MOST website and is as follows: “An attitudinal orientation of hostility against non-natives in a given population.” After much thought, meditation and prayer, I have reached a conclusion in my life that perhaps I need to work on better understanding various cultures even within Houston itself.
The feelings that I am having are of a migrant worker status, very transitory here in Houston, and not to be taken seriously. In other words, I to shall pass on to the next job, the next adventure, the next whatever, and will no footprint here in Houston, because it is not the way things have been done. I hear the demeaning way people talk about each other, IE: Wetback, Spic, Kike, Tennessean, Californian, Northerner, among others, and here I have concluded that being an outsider with different ideals, norms, situations, that I am not allowed to express these ideas, because of some preconceived notion that I and people like me will take over and change things. A great fear here in Houston, perhaps founded or perhaps unfounded, this remains to be seen.
In my feelings, growth does not mean destruction, knowledge leads to wisdom, communication with understanding leads to a melding and appreciation of various cultures and societal norms. Perhaps we are all afraid of the realities that surround us, varying ideologies, varying ways of doing things, each one not superior, but just a way of doing things. In my way of thinking and feeling, there is not a right way or a wrong way, there are just many ways to do anything and everything.
Without creating alarm, perhaps the question could be “What Would Jesus Do?”. We tend to leave that question as a stand alone question, however, I do see things a bit differently, and follow up with the question, “How Would Jesus Do It?” Just another way of looking at a very popular question in our Christian way of life. Are we Acting as a Christian should Act (by perception), or are we putting our Christian way of live into Action itself? Acting a part is exhilarating, to say the least, but actually living the life is a whole different concept perhaps, that many are not familiar with. Acceptance and understanding are majors parts of feeling and sharing love. Going on the premise that we are all sinners and are save by grace, are we not all equal in the eyes and sight of God? The bible speaks in Romans as well as throughout the New Testament of the differences that already existed in the Christian Faith, and the acceptance/understanding issues of the day. Perhaps we have not learned yet that in our cultural diverseness, there is a great strength and power for learning other ways, and while we may not adhere to them personally, they are all valid ways of expressions of faith, hope and love.
I believe for now, these are enough questions to approach a situation in all our lives and carry forward from here…

Beef and Sausage Gumbo

Way down yonder in New Orleans, the gumbo be good! I been making this gumbo for a long time and it good. So good in fact that it don’t take no hot sauce because it be plenty spicy.
There is a difference between Creole and Cajun cooking. The Creole is a combination of French, Spanish and American Indian cuisines and was developed in New Orleans. The Cajun style is from the bayous of Louisiana.


Way down yonder in New Orleans, the gumbo be good! I been making this gumbo for a long time and it good. So good in fact that it don’t take no hot sauce because it be plenty spicy.
There is a difference between Creole and Cajun cooking. The Creole is a combination of French, Spanish and American Indian cuisines and was developed in New Orleans. The Cajun style is from the bayous of Louisiana.
First off, for any good Creole or Cajun dish like this one has to make a good roux. The standard is one to one on the oil and the flour. I use everything from bacon grease, corn oil to butter and even use some of the fat from the roast in this one to give it an extra punch. To make the roux, I use a black cast iron skillet on medium to medium low heat…

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