Squeeze Box Charley

When I first met Chuck Hamsa, he was delighting children with his demonstration of twisting string into rope while his wife Sara fretted that he was so involved that he was not eating or drinking enough water. When he wasn't making rope, it was helium balloons or telling the wonderful stories of his life in Louisiana. Chuck is Santa Claus for Austin Steam Trains Christmas rides with Santa Claus largely because he needs no make up and just the padded costume to create the perfect image of St. Nick. He and Sara are a charming couple who will spin stories of their lives with enormous joy. The difficult part for Story Chip is getting him to slow down long enough to record them for our pages.

The Pasty Society at the famed Flora-Bama Lounge

I call some multi-cultural set of high rollers whom I have had the pleasure in meeting as the the pasty society. They are a no color, set of high rollers, who don't really care about race, creed or color. You will *not* find them at low priced,...

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Start of Fall in the North Woods

Small, white butterflies appear,Slowly flying here and there,To add to the duet of dragon fliesand eternally battling humming birds, They all scurry to the wooded safety,When dark clouds appear.And they return when the sun reappears, While leaves...

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Squeeze Box Charley

When I first met Chuck Hamsa, he was delighting children with his demonstration of twisting string into rope while his wife Sara fretted that he was so involved that he was not eating or drinking enough water. When he wasn't making rope, it was...

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Early morning pastorial scenes

2010 August 12 Baag Farm House at Settler's Crossing, near Fredericksburg Texas It was an early morning delight to sit in an old, white wicker rocker on the small, covered front porch! I knew that it would soon be a rather hot and humid day so I had...

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An eagle in our tree

It's like we are in a distant land, far away from worldly concerns Lovely morning with sun shining at lakeside in northern Minnesota. Yesterday afternoon an eagle landed in one of our close by pine trees. The bird was checking the waters here and...

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Story of Possum Hunting in Austin

It all started when I first came to the Austin, Texas area and sat down to read the following in the Austin American Statesman: Monday, March 03, 2008 My neighbor has purchased a crossbow with the intent of killing opossums in his backyard. And he...

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Santa Claus on the Santa Fe Railroad

Yes, I am Papa Noel on the Austin Steam Train, whose rail yards are in my home town of Cedar Park, Texas, only some four miles from our home. This is my last weekend. I have enjoyed the opportunity to give spirit to both young and old. But I will...

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Papa Noel had to continue to spread cheer and such

Papa Noel had to continue to spread cheer on his steam train runs in Cedar Park, Texas The show had to go on with the day after one second made a big difference in a recent football contest. I had to continue to spread cheer on two, separate Sunday,...

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