When Patti and Mike Morgan built a home on the lake, they decided to rely on their own experience and creativity rather than on outside help. Mike has been in the construction business for forty-six years and is a real estate developer, so the experience was a given.
Montana on the Lake
Giant pine and spruce logs—some of the largest diameter logs in North America—were cut and prepared for construction near their growth site, then transported over fifteen-hundred miles by truck to Lake Texoma.
Animal Sanctuaries: No-Kill Shelters
Martha Hovers has been operating Arfhouse in Sadler for twenty years, ever since she transformed her grandfather’s farm into a “no-kill” animal shelter. “No-kill” means just that. No dogs are ever put down at the shelter. At last count, the facility has 314 dogs that patrol the property and greet newcomers to the gate with an array of barks, howls and wagging tails.
Mama Muriel’s Doll Museum
Dolls of all types imaginable wait in glass cases to catch your eye. Then, out of all the painted faces, you spy a certain doll, one just like a favorite you played with as a child, or one you desperately wanted but did not have, and memories long buried deep come flooding back.
That’s the Ticket
“The most unusual thing was on Crockett Street. I went to mark the tires, and there weren’t any. It was sitting on cement blocks. Later I found out that the driver was renting the tires and had had them repossessed. I kind of laughed, because I was like, I know someone is watching me right now, thinking “Is she going to mark the rims?” Shoot, I thought, I’ll give this driver a break.” Sherman Parking Enfiorcement Officer, Laura Barajas
The Doll Maker
Dorothy Hayes’ home is a one-woman doll factory. Hayes shares her house with grandchildren, great-grandchildren and at least 250 dolls.
Today’s Fine Art
The meaning of fine art is blurred by the use of novel and stylistically unconventional mediums, as well as modern technologies and techniques. Changing views in society, culture, taste and education also skew the traditional meaning. I have a hard time with the term fine art in modern context. Art today goes far beyond idealized classical beauty, pure technique-driven works, and because of that, the meaning of fine art has been blurred.
Matthew’s Christmas Pumpkin
The little green pumpkin was really cute, and if her five-year-old son preferred it to the hundreds of bright orange ones lying in the pumpkin patch, that was okay with Deborah Reece. “It will soon turn orange,” she told Matthew, “and then you can decorate it for Halloween.”
Photo Gallery: Dolls
Photographer Jacki Lee captures the detail and style of Mama Murriel’s Doll Museum in Leonard. Some are stunning and beautiful, others are delicate and fragile. Others are downright, creepy.
Glimmer and Shimmer
When I was asked to create a spectacular room for the cover of Texoma Living!’s first Christmas issue, I wanted to design and share with the readers something entirely unexpected. Keeping my eye on the trends in elegant décor, I noticed that the home furnishings trends were flowing over into Christmas décor’ with clearer color, namely shades of blue and silver.