With Love From Nacogdoches

For the past few years, I’ve spent time “Behind the Piney Veil” of Deep East Texas which includes Nacogdoches. These dense and ever-present forests are home to deer, wild pigs and critters of all shapes and sizes. At night, they are the stuff of nightmares and tales of Big Foot sightings.

I can see that Texas tries to tell her story with relics and old churches out in fields-long ago abandoned. Some are brought back to life with funeral rites, family reunions and homecomings. These old wooden churches probably painted white again and again during active years.

Regional antiques point to a harder time, when the soil was tilled and town was for supplies. Wash boards and hand-held plows stand as relics of the movement of pioneers across the newly forming United States.

One of the best gifts we can do for the next generations is leave them a sense of the history and the struggles that were championed and overcome by ancestors. Bringing anything back to life is a labor of love-a car, an old house, a marriage.

One odd info bit that came up was that pieces of the Space Shuttle Challenger landed all over Nacogdoches County when it blew up in the ’80s. NASA and Houston are just a few hours away. I was also told that arrow heads are found throughout the fields when local farmers plow.

Local artisans paint mostly. I’ve found a few sculpture artists, quilt makers, wood carvers and artists that create wearable pieces. Area antique outlets and estate sales would make collectors drool.

Painters are the major focus of the local art world. Sculpture art comes out of the SFA pool of student art projects. A few galleries in the well-kept downtown have occasional shows. One woman makes chakra necklaces at the Farmer’s Market and hand made ‘hippie’ wearables showed up at the local ‘Trade Days’ outdoor market.

Situated about three hours from a major airport puts Deep East Texas in a pocket that isn’t disturbed by the growth that areas like Dallas and Houston have experienced. People are more influenced by what others are doing, saying and wearing than what is broadcast through media.

More than a few menus in town offer chicken fried steak, grits and sweet tea. Home made pies, cakes, breads, jams and honey show up at area Farmers’ Market. A number of area residents sell at the outdoor market in town which is open Wednesday afternoon and until noon on Saturday.

At the Piney Woods Fair, there were beautifully groomed animals, an impressive local painting and photo contest and a well-attended cheerleader competition. Teens from local high schools built trailers, deer blinds and wood creations for show and competition.

Some of the local accents are so strong that it almost takes a code talker to understand them. The lingo and colloquialisms are charming. The oldest town in Texas, Nacogdoches teems with trucks, farmer’s tans and western hats.

Texas has produced many originals. Rodeo sprang from the town of Pecos many years ago. The sport is now international and the NFR is well attended and widely broadcast. Someone was checking out the movie ‘8 Seconds’ last time I was at the video store.

At its own pace and compared to none, Texas is a place where the wild west, cowboys and good manners thrive. In California, I was deemed ‘too friendly’ but back home in Texas, I blend in due to the shared layers of rules one absorbs through the years.

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Timeline – Miss Universe – The Olympics of Beauty

A chronology of key events:

1952 The first Miss Universe is held in Long Beach, California, with 30 states and regions. Armi Kuusela (Finland) becomes Miss Universe.

1953 There are 26 countries competing in MU. Morocco’s candidate, Colette Ribes, does not compete in the contest.

1954 The second Miss Universe pageant opens in Long Beach, with 33 states and dependencies, including Honduras, New Zealand and Singapore. Miriam Stevenson (South Carolina) becomes Miss Universe.

1955 Surprisingly Ceylon -Sri Lanka since 1972- is second runner-up for Miss Universe. On the other hand, Cuba sends an entry, Gilda Marin, to the global event in the States.

1956 Welcome to California! There are 30 entries. Finland, which had won the title four years ago, does not participate. Carol Morris (Iowa) is elected MU.

1957 At the invitation of the Miss Universe Organization, Joaquín Alberto Vargas y Chavez, Peru’s painter, flies to California to be one of the international judges. For the first time, Martinique sends a contestant.

1958 There are 36 nations and territories competing. Corine Rottschafer, Holland’s representative, wins Miss Photogenic.

1959 Akiko Kojima (Japan) succeeds Luz Marina Zuloaga (Colombia) as Miss Universe. On the other hand, Miss England becomes Miss Photogenic.

1960 MU Organization decides to move the event from California to Miami Beach (Florida).Burma -present-day Myanmar- wins Miss Congeniality.

1961 There are 46 states and territories competing-from Austria to the American Virgin Islands. Greece’s candidate, Eleftheria Deloutsi, wins Miss Amity.

1962 There are more than 50 republics and dependencies in Miss Universe, including Luxembourg, Haiti and Tahiti. Hawaii’s Macel Wilson, Miss United States, is one of the semi-finalists.

1963 Richard Henry Sellers, also known as Peter Sellers, is one of the judges. Miss Israel, Sherine Ibrahim, wins the Best National Costume in the pageant.

1964 Colombia’s Luz Marina Zuloaga, 1958 Miss Universe, is one of the judges in Miami Beach.Manuela Stramana, Italy’s contestant, becomes Miss Photogenic.

1965 Welcome to Florida! Fifty-seven republics and dependencies send entries to Miss Universe in the U.S. The Kingdom of Thailand, a nation in South East Asia Region, wins Miss Universe!

1966 There are 58 states and regions,including four former British colonies competing as independent nations-Guyana, Trinidad Tobago, Singapore, and Jamaica. Miss Sweden (Margareta Arvidsson) defeats Miss Finland (Satu Charlotta Ostring) in the final.

1967 Venezuela’s Mariela Perez Branguer, MU’s favorite delegate, does not win the title. Bonaire, a Dutch territory in the Caribbean, competes at MU for the first time.

1968 Welcome to Miami! Entries from 65 republics and dependencies competing for the crown of Miss Universe. For the sixth time, Okinawa, an American possession between 1945 and 1972, sends a contestant.

1969 New Zealand wins Miss Photogenic.Argentina’s Norma Nolan, who had been MU 1962, is one of the judges.

1970 There are 64 states and regions. Marisol Malaret (Puerto Rico) Contreras is the new Miss Universe. Miss United States, Debbie Shelton, places second at the global event.

1971 Lebanon’s Georgina Rizk, a model from Beirut, wins the world title, and Miss Philippines, Vida Valentina Fernández, crowns Miss Photogenic. Georgina speaks French, Italian and Arab. On the other hand,Yugoslavia, a Communist nation in SE Europe, does not participate.

1972 MU is held outside of the Continental United States for the first time with Puerto Rico the host country. A panel of international judges elects Kerry Wells, Miss Australia, as MU 1970. The judges are: Mapita Cortes (actress/PR), Earl Wilson (journalist/America), Kiyoshi Hara (businessman/Japan), Jean-Louis Indican (businessman/Belgium), Lynn Redgrave (actress/Britain), Sylvia Hitchcock (MU/Alabama), Arnold Scaasi (designer/United States),Edilson Varela (journalist/Brazil), Line Renaud (singer/France), Kurt Jurgen (actor/Germany), Fred Williamson (actor/USA).

1973 Welcome to Greece, one of the world’s oldest nations. Bob Barker opens the 21 st Miss Universe, with 61 delegates from around the world. Maria del Rocío Martín of Spain wins the Best National Costume.

1974 Manila, Philippines. The government announces the termination of Folk Arts Theater,venue of Miss Universe 1974.

1975 Miss Universe is held in El Salvador, regarded as perhaps the most successful of the modern era. Micronesia, an American territory in Oceania, makes its international debut.

1976 World-famous filmmaker Roman Polanski arrives in Hong Kong to be one of the international judges. Liberia -the second black republic in the modern history- competes at MU for the first time.

1977 Eighty nations and dependencies in MU in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, by far the most countries ever to participate. New countries/regions in Miss Universe: Saint Lucia (Caribbean), French Guiana (South America) and Saint Kitts (Caribbean).

1978 Miss Universe in Acapulco, Mexico. According to El Sol (Mexico’s newspaper), there are 12 favorites: Dorik Jellinek (Israel), Guillermina Ruiz (Spain), Alva Margarita (Mexico), Olga Zumaran (Peru), Maribel Fernández (Costa Rica), Iris Yvette Mazorra (El Salvador), Elizabeth Ann Jones (Wales), Solange Castro (Curacao), Judy Andersen (Hawaii), Margaret Gardinier (South Africa) and Lesotho (Joan Libuseng Khoali).

1979 At the invitation of the MUO, Julio Iglesias flies to Perth (Australia) to be one of the international judges. Venezuela’s Maritza Sayalero, who has Spanish origin, wins the title. Belize, a former UK dependency in Central America, qualifies for the semi-finals.

1980 The MUO holds its 28 th global event in Seoul, Korea. Semi-finalists in 1980 are Scotland, Sweden, PR, NZ (MU’s favorite), Panama, SK, Canada, Tahiti, Colombia, USA (winner), Philippines, and Iceland.

1981 Lucia Isabel Vinueza -she looks a lot like “Madonna”- is Ecuador’s first contestant to make the semi-finals in Miss Universe in New York City, USA. She is an American-educated woman.

1982 Cuzco, Peru. In the summer,Irene Saez, Miss Universe 1981, accompanied by Gladys Silva, Miss Peru 1981, travels to Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world.

1983 Switzerland’s Lolita Morena, Miss World 1982 ‘s favorite candidate, is third runner-up for MU 1983. Abbey Scattrel Janneth of Gambia becomes Miss Congeniality.

1984 Eighty-one republics and territories in Miami, Florida. However, four countries don´t compete- the Bahamas, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Transkei. For the second time, Guatemala, Julieta Urrutia, qualifies for the contest.

1985 Miss El Salvador, Julia Haydee Mora, is one of the favorites to win the MU title in Miami, Florida. However, ES, a war-torn country in Central America, does not qualify for the first round. Meanwhile, Miss USA & Miss Texas, Laura Herring-Martinez, is one of the 10 semi-finalists. Laura, who was born in Mexico, studied in Switzerland. Unlike America and ES, Dominica, an English-speaking island in the Caribbean, competes at MU for the first time.

1986 Welcome to Panama! Miss United States & Miss Texas, Christy Fichtner,is first runner-up for Miss Universe. Zaire (present-day the Democratic Republic of the Congo) qualifies for the semi-finals.

1987 Miss Universe is held at the Singapore World Trade Center.Semi-finalists in 1987 are Italy, PR, Philippines, Venezuela, Peru, America, Singapore, Sweden, Turks Caicos, and Chile (winner). Miss United States & Miss Texas, Michelle Royer, is second runner-up. Curiously Colombia -Miss Photogenic- and Uruguay -1 st runner-up to Miss South America’87- don`t qualify for the second round.

1988 Thailand’s Portip Nakhirunkanok, who studied at Pasadena City College, wins Miss Universe. For the second time, Greenland, a Danish territory in the Arctic, sends a delegate. Miss USA & Miss Texas, Courtney Ann Gibbs, is one of the semi-finalists.

1989 Miss United States & Miss Texas, Gretchen Polhemus, is third runner-up for MU. Sharon Simons, Miss Turks & Caicos, becomes Miss Congeniality at the 37th Miss Universe in Cancun, Mexico.

1990 Miss Thailand, Passaroporn Chaimongkol, wins Miss Photogenic , but she does not qualify for the semi-finals at the MU in Los Angeles, California.

1991 Romania´s Nadia Comaneci, one of the world’s greatest athletes of all time, is one of the judges in Las Vegas, Nevada. For the third time, Yugoslavia -Serbia in the 21 st century- qualifies for the contest.Bulgaria makes its international debut

1992 Welcome to Bangkok, Thailand. Semi-finalists in 1992 are Australia, Sweden, India, Netherlands, NZ, USA, Colombia, Namibia (winner), Venezuela, and Belgium.

1993 Brazil’s representative, Leila Cristine Schuster, is compared to Jacqueline Onassis-Kennedy, who was First Lady of the United States (1961-1963). For the first time, the Kingdom of Swaziland sends a national delegate.

1994 India becomes dominant power in MU. Semi-finalists in 1994 are: India (winner), Venezuela, Greece, Switzerland, USA, Italy, Sweden, Slovak, Philippines, and Colombia. Zimbabwe -a name taken from the stone ruins in the southern part of the nation- makes its international debut. Namibia -ex South-West Africa- is the favorite to host the 1995 Miss Universe.

1995 Welcome to Windhoek, Namibia (Africa).The highest number of countries in MU history: 82 republics and territories, including 8 African nations-Egypt, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria (Miss Amity), Seychelles, South Africa (semi-finalist) and Zambia.

1996 Las Vegas, Nevada.Aruba is runner-up for Miss Universe.Miss Philippines, Aileen Leng Marfori Damiles, wins Miss Photogenic. Japan and Gibraltar, a British territory on the Iberian Peninsula, don`t compete.

1997 Semi-finalists in 1997 are: India, Venezuela, PR, TT, USA/Hawaii (winner), Italy, Sweden, Curacao, Panama & Estonia. Croatia -on June 25, 1991, it declared independence from Yugoslavia- makes its international debut.

1998 Eighty-one states and regions in Honolulu (Hawaii), including Angola, Guam, and the Northern Marianas.Miss Slovak Republic, Vladimira Hrenovcilova, becomes Miss Photogenic.

1999 America’s boxer Evander Holyfield, 4-time heavyweight champion, arrives in Trinidad Tobago. He is elected as one of the judges…

2000 Cyprus, birthplace of Aphrodite, hosts the Millennium Miss Universe pageant. Delegate from host-country Cyprus, Christi Groutidou, does not qualify for the semi-finals. Chile’s actor,Christian de la Fuente, is one of the judges. On the other hand, Hong Kong -the former British colony controlled by China since 1997-competes at MU.

2001 Welcome to Puerto Rico! For unknown reasons, 8 states and territories don’t compete-Barbados, Britain, Cook, Denmark, Guam, Hong Kong, Mozambique, and the People`s Republic of China.

2002 Albania -a former Maoist state in SE Europe- makes its international debut! Venezuelan-born Natasha Vanessa Borger, Germany’s representative, is one of the 10 semi-finalists. Miss Russia, Oxana Federova, defeats Miss Panama, Justine Pasek, in the finals. On September 24, 2002, Miss Panama succeeds Federova as MU. Justine is a Ukrainian-born Panamanian fashion model.

2003 Japan’s representative, Miyako Miyazaki, who is from Kumamoto,is fourth runner-up for MU. Antigua & Barbuda, a small island-state on the Caribbean Sea, wins Miss Congeniality at the Miss Universe in Panama City, Panama.

2004 Semi-finalists in 2004 are: PR, Norway, Trinidad Tobago, Ecuador, India, Australia, Angola, Jamaica, Colombia, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Chile, America, Paraguay, and Mexico. Amelia Vega (MU 2003) crowns Jennifer Hawkins from Australia, Miss Universe 2004.

2005 Entries from 82 republics and dependencies compete in Thailand, including four former Soviet republics competing as independent states-Latvia (semi-finalist), Russia, Georgia, and Ukraine.

2006 Venezuelan-born Francys Mayela Barraza Sudnicka, Miss Poland, one of the favorites, does not qualify for the semi-finals.She speaks five foreign languages-Spanish, German, Polish, Russian, and English.For many years she had worked as a fashion model in Europe. In 2003, she participated in Miss Venezuela, where was semi-finalist.

2007 Semi-finalists in 2007 are: Venezuela, Thailand, Denmark, Nicaragua, Angola, Slovenia, America, Brazil, India, Mexico, Japan (winner), Ukraine, Tanzania, South Korea, and Czech Republic.For the first time, Tanzania, Flaviana Matata, qualifies for the contest in the United Mexican States.

2008 Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam. There are 80 countries and regions, including five former Yugoslav republics-Kosovo (semi-finalist), Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia. Dayana Mendoza Moncada becomes the fifth Venezuelan woman to be crowned Miss Universe.

McKinney Texas Luxury Homes

 The cliche that “Everything is bigger in Texas” rings true in the Collin County suburb of McKinney where you can find spacious family homes and estates on sprawling acreage. You can find luxury homes fit for a king for a price that’s less than many other luxury home areas in DFW because McKinney is a newer area that’s farther from downtown. The great thing is, the location of McKinney is still ideal, being convenient to the metroplex and all the big city conveniences, yet you still feel like you’re tucked away in the country with less traffic and commotion. McKinney homes are bigger in size, but smaller in price than comparable homes throughout Big “D.”

The areas of McKinney where you’ll find the most expensive homes include:

  • Sloan Samuel
  • Provine Farm Estates
  • Searcy Lang C
  • Estates of Craig Ranch
  • Settlement at Craig Ranch
  • Kings Lake
  • Stonebridge Estates
  • Isleworth
  • Bluffs Of Winding Creek
  • Chancellor Creek

Types of Luxury Homes in McKinney, Texas
Here’s an example of the type of deal you can find in McKinney for a grand estate:

  • 6 bedroom,
  • 6.2 baths
  • 9,591 sq ft
  • 5.16 acres
  • $3.5 Million 


  • 3 bedroom,
  • 2.1 baths
  • 2,189 sq ft
  • 30 acres
  • $2.5 Million

The amenities requested by upscale buyers are still increasingly opulent. The richest of McKinney homes offer these types of exterior design elements:

Exterior Amenities:

  • Guarded and/or private gated entries
  • Automatic iron gate entries
  • Extended views of wild life preserve
  • Texas-size swimming pools
  • Full outdoor kitchens
  • 5 car garages
  • Horse Stables & Equestrian Barns
  • Wooded creek lined property
  • Golf course lots & membership

Luxury Home Design Styles:

  • European flair
  • Kronberg Castle in Germany Replica
  • Palazzo Toscana design

Interior Amenities:

  • Reception hall
  • Multiple living areas
  • Maids quarters
  • Party pavilions
  • Pool Houses
  • Mother-in-law suites
  • Elevators
  • Gym
  • Climate-controlled wine room / cellars
  • Media rooms
  • Saunas
  • Indoor equestrian arenas
  • Wine grotto
  • Libraries
  • Men’s retreats with private card room

McKinney Custom Home Builders

  • Sheldon Robinson Custom Homes

McKinney Schools

The public schools serving the well-healed children of McKinney are an option. Depending on where you live in McKinney, you may be served by either McKinney ISD, Prosper ISD or Frisco ISD.
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