Irma Leal

In 2015 Foodways Texas honored Irma Leal with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions in preserving and celebrating the culture of Mexican food in Texas. And when you enter Leal’s Mexican Food Restaurant in Muleshoe, you are greeted by a picture of her...

The Third Annual Rose Ball

Saturday night, October 12th, I enjoyed my first visit to the Rose Ball held at the Desert Rose, a fund-raising gala for the American Cancer Society spearheaded by Rhonda Myers, a breast cancer survivor who wanted to do something that would pay it forward, to help...

Draggin’ Main with the Class of ‘69

Draggin’ Main used to be an American teen-age rite of passage, be it in Clovis, New Mexico, or Rosenberg, Texas, or right here in the Shoe. And the Muleshoe Class of ‘69 did their fair share of wasting cheap gasoline making the circle back in the day. I know this...

July 4th in the Shoe

There was absolutely no excuse for being bored this past July 4th weekend. Plenty of activities were going on to help you celebrate our independence, do lots of visiting and eating, and have a good time. My day started early when I arrived at the courthouse to set up...

Amazing Grace and Willie Mae Graves

Willie Mae Graves and Irma Leal were fast friends. They spoke every day on the phone and had agreed that whoever died first should be buried with her cell phone so they could keep in touch. When Willie Mae died in 2018 and her daughter Sandra was seeing to it her...

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