Monthly Archives: August 2015

Nationally Recognized S.E. Texas Artist-David Cargill

Tucked away in a quiet little “Ole Town” Beaumont neighborhood is a whimsical little piece of property all its own, an island of artistic passion loaded with an eclectic array of sculptures, paintings andCargil 5 stained glass pieces. Who knew that “Nationally Recognized S.E. Texas Artist-David Cargill” was endeavoring to produce such a magnificent repository of his life’s work behind the those architecturally  interesting gates to the entrance of his home.

 

As you step inside the gates, a sudden otherworldly sense of charm begins to permeate the place and you feel as though you’ve entered a foreign land, somewhere in Europe perhaps.  Meandering through the various nooks and crannies of the perfectly staged vignettes, that have been so painstakingly developed over the years, one feels truly blessed to be wandering in such a magical place. Everywhere the eye catches is a secret waiting to be discovered. There were things such as a small child peaking out from behind a bush and a Jesus statue gloriously raising His exceptionally large hands to the sky with a joyous passion that can not help but permeate the soul of its admirers. This place is filled with artistic pieces of every size, shape and caliber, with no one particular theme dominating over another.

One would expect to find mainly large pieces of Bronze statues at the home, similar to his well-known commissioned pieces, such as the Mirabeau B. Lamar head in the quadrangle at Lamar University. To the pathfinders delight there is everything from marble sculptures (like those of Michelangelo) to bronze children playing in the yard with gorgeous green patinas covering their aging bodies. There is even a clay terracotta piece stretched out lazily in a small venue near the house. Also, the artist has included everything from serious pieces like the image of Jesus dying on the cross with the details of that moment piercing through this facial expressions to a large funny camel in the side-yard with Eve standing on it’s back picking the apple. During the entire outdoor adventure the viewers eyes are continually drawn towards a massive plate glass window to catch a glimpse of towering overstuffed bookshelves, just waiting to be discovered inside the artists home.

Cargil 7Once inside the real joy begins as this artist studio and workshop reveals its most prized possessions. A favorite of many is the tall thick tree whose entire trunk is carved with intricate detail to tell a story and was titled “The Garden of Eden.” The artist wife was an amazing painter and artist all her own. The paintings adorn nearly every wall in the home adding a whole other dimension to the experience. One feels as though they have entered a museum. The perusing of the numerous old books, including a ancient hymnal from an old Church or monastery in Spain and an 1829 “Pilgrims Progress” was a great finish to this unexpected, yet momentous occasion.

“Heroes on the Water” Veterans Fishing Nonprofit

Heroes on the Water helps our Nation’s vets, from all military branches, unwind using the therapeutic qualities of fishing from a kayak. What looks like a day trip of paddling and fishing is in fact something much deeper and long-lasting.

This unique fishing program allows the participants a chance to decompress from the stresses associated with combat and the physical rigors of rehabilitation. Warriors enjoy these benefits while on guided fishing trips held in local communities around the country.

Participants receive basic kayak fishing and paddling instruction, angling clinics and paddling classes for participants with skill sets ranging from beginners to the most experienced paddlers.

The program also assists these personnel in adapting these newly developed skills to their new abilities. Adaptive kayaks, kayaking accessories and angling equipment is offered on an as needed basis to accommodate a soldier’s particular needs.

The program is unique in that it is a long-term activity, not a one-time event. We believe that the effectiveness of the program is a direct result of engaging the wounded military personnel for the long-term.

One soldier, at the Center for the Intrepid, called what we do “Triple Therapy” or “all at once therapy.” On post he has to go to the gym for physical therapy, then go upstairs for his occupational therapy, and then go to the psychologist for mental therapy. With kayak fishing he gets it all at once – physical therapy from paddling and fishing, occupational therapy learning a lifetime sport/activity, and mental therapy from relaxing in nature with no distractions or expectations of performance. The organization has been featured in many articles and stories.

 

Here is the organization website for those who may be interested………Click Here

Chaparral 203 Vortex VRX

The Chaparral 203 Vortex VRX is an innovative new design that is very well thought out.  It is a jet-drive sporty boat that is built with some of the most cutting edge material on the market today, such as its Kevlar reinforcement. The new model brings many new features to the table. After experiencing the Vortex for yourself the boat lover will see that their is no other viable option to contemplate for a jet powered sportboat.

Key Features

  • Powered by jet-drive
  • U-shaped cockpit seating with crossover switch helm bucket seat
  • Exterior color packages available in Stealth Grey, Blue, Aqua, Lime, Red, and Yellow
  • 4 LED cockpit courtesy lights
  • Removable 25 quart cooler under bench seat
  • Premium Sound System
  • Snap-in cockpit carpet
  • 4 water resistant speakers

Recipe Series: Stone Ledge Ranch Backstrap Delight

The well-known Stone Ledge Hunting Ranch gave us its most popular recipe at the dinner table year after year. Its their Backstrap Delight appetizer.

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Backstrap Delight

  • Clean 1 lb Backstrap and remove all white tissue. Slicer very thinly and rinse.
  • Pat dry. Flatten slices to resemble a pancake. (Do not skip this step)
  • Dip in flour then slightly beaten eggs.
  • Prepare a mixture of 8 ozs. Italian Bread Crumbs, 4 ozs. Parmesan Cheese, 2 tblspns. Salt, 1 tblspn. Garlic Powder, 1tsp. Black Pepper and 1 tsp. Oregano
  • Roll the Venison Backstap slices in the mixture.
  • Drop slices in hot oil for about 45 seconds to 1 minute. Do not overcook.

Garnish for Backstrap

Combine: 4 Tomatoes, 1 Red Onion & 2 Garlic Cloves (sliced and diced). Also add 1 oz. White Vinegar, 2 tblspns. Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1 tblspn. Basil, Salt, Parsley, Pepper and 1tsp. Oregano. Then add a dash of crushed Red Pepper and the juice from 2 Limes.

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Gulf of Mexico Wildlife Series: Pufferfish

Many people around the country have no ideal about the rich diversity of wildlife inhabiting the Gulf of Mexico waters. The Gulf Basin is so large that it is like an ocean, which explains its unexpected variety of species. Its is the ninth largest body of water on planet earth at 617,800 sq miles and up to 14,383 feet deep. This “Gulf of Mexico Wildlife Series: Pufferfish” will be covering the Puffer and many other species, along with their locations to Gulf coastal communities.

The first in the series of unusual inhabitants is the distinguished Pufferfish. Most do not realize the species even resides in the Gulf waters. Its unusual looks come from its ability to inflate itself when it feels threatened. It literally blows itself up like a balloon. It is located mainly in the South and Eastern Gulf of Mexico. It can be found in coastal shallow waters, such as bays and estuaries, near bridges, pilings and piers. Some may be found at depths up to 60 feet, in offshore waters. Its broad blunt head with oversize eyes tapers down toward the tail and it has prickly spikes on its brown skin with  black to grey spots. The male Puffer’s are usually covered in reddish-orange spots during spawning season. These fish tend to be solitary creatures but will hangout together, on occasion, at favorite hotspots, such as a good cover of pilings or a bridge.

Don’t ever try to feed on onePuffer fish in Gulf of these little guys. According to Wikipedia “Pufferfish are generally believed to be the second-most poisonous vertebrate in the world, just after the golden poison frog. Certain internal organs, such as liver, and sometimes the skin, contain tetrodotoxin and are highly toxic to most animals when eaten; nevertheless, the meat of some species is considered a delicacy in places like Japan when prepared by specially trained chefs, who know which part is safe to eat and in what quantity. This fish is just one of the many fascinating creatures out in the Gulf of Mexico making Saltwater fishing an adventure, to say the least.