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The Houghton Mifflin Company made history in 1952 with the publication of a novel called Sironia, Texas. At 840,000 words, the book’s two volumes made up what was believed to be the longest novel in the English language at the time, dwarfing both Gone with the Wind (500,000 words) and War and Peace (670,000 words).

26 KLEPPER texas horseback adventures

What I love most about this ranch,” says horseback guide Missy Cantrell as a wasp lands on the wide brim of her cowboy hat, “is the stewardship of the land.

camelCamels played important supporting roles in the Christmas story, carrying the storied kings and their gifts to the Christ child. Like all travelers, the entourage presumably paused en route to rest and restock supplies.

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The East Texas city of Tyler has changed since I was a youngster, when only a few places served a bland version of the richly spiced cuisine favored south of the border. An influx of Hispanic families in recent dec-ades, however, has spawned a variety of quality Mexican eateries.


After a vigorous romp around Centennial Gardens in Houston’s Hermann Park, my husband Marshall and I eagerly join a handful of local pals for a refreshing sustenance break at Local Foods. We’re pleased that our friend Mark has chosen a place where my outfit of yoga pants and tennis shoes fits in.

Rockport CrabWhile the bayfront community of Rockport-Fulton is actually two separate towns, it packs a coastal-combo punch unlike any other. And while many tourists flock to the beach during the summer months, a different sort of migration happens each winter, attracting trippers of all types. I decided to join them in going coastal in the cold, and I’ll never be the same again.

Capturing the rich, rich colors of a Texas fall, Texas Highways readers are generous with sharing their beautifull fall foliage photos.

Henderson Sugar Cane 2014 39In the days before refrigeration and air-conditioning, East Texans relished sugarcane syrup for sweet relief from their arduous lifestyle.

Notice there is no category called “Dessert.” No category for cake, cookies, ice cream, or candy. Texans are very serious about one confection, and that’s pie. Give us a good pecan, peach, chocolate meringue, coconut cream, or buttermilk pie, and we’re a happy bunch.


Courtesy NASA

Journey to outer space through the magic of cinema with Houston Cinema Arts Festival’s (November 12-19) new CineSpace short-film competition. The festival and NASA partnered to invite filmmakers to submit short films that are at least 10 percent comprised of NASA imagery and video. Filmmaker Richard Linklater judged the entries, and CineSpace will screen the best of them on November 13 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, along with other space-themed films and a presentation of Marco Brambilla’s Apollo XVIII art installation.

Festival of Texas Fiddling

The fiddle’s enticing lilt, chop, and shuffle play a prominent role in a wide variety of Texas musical styles, from Western Swing to Tejano, Polish, Creole, and others. The Festival of Texas Fiddling showcases this diversity with a lineup of fiddle performances and workshops November 7 at the La Bahia Turn Verein Dance Hall in Burton. Presented by Texas Folklife and Texas Dancehall Preservation, Inc., the festival starts at 11 a.m. and culminates with an 8 p.m. dance featuring Hot Club of Cowtown, masters of hot jazz and Western Swing.

Photo courtesy Stan Williams

Known as the “Father of Texas Botany,” Ferdinand J. Lindheimer (1801-1879) discovered a plant collector’s paradise when he arrived to the Texas frontier in 1836. The German naturalist, who ultimately settled in New Braunfels, was the first Westerner to document hundreds of Texas plants, including many now considered common, such as the Texas prickly pear (opuntia engelmannii var. lindheimeri). In New Braunfels, the Sophienburg Museum & Archives explores the naturalist’s life, times, and legacy in Lindheimer’s Texas, including displays of plant specimens he collected, his herbarium sheets, and period botany tools. Through May 2016.

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