The plan was to watch the re-enactment of the Battle of Pleasant Hill but we got a late start and arrived just as everything ended last Sunday. Determined to salvage the day, we drove up Hwy 175 to Mansfield and along the way we discovered the Mansfield State Historic Site.
The lagniappe was the tip we overheard about where to eat on a Sunday afternoon in Mansfield. The Blueberry Cafe turned out to be a truck stop and casino but the food was great. The head foodie in our group had chicken fried steak and declared "I'll drive down from Shreveport just to have this again."
The gentleman pictured is Dan Buie from Martindale, Texas. The picture was taken inside the museum at the Mansfield Historic State Site. Buie's great-great grandfather perished as a result of wounds recieved during the Battle of Pleasant Hill in 1864.
"I found bliss early. It was reading or thinking in the spread out trunk of a pink flowered mimosa tree in our front yard.
I made my freest art back then. When I was a little kid alone in my room, I danced to music from a tiny record player. I had a built up platform in the bottom of my closet, so I would push the clothes back on either side and dance away in funky costumes I found around the house. Now when I create art, I am seeking to go back to my bliss." Usher May 24, 2010