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Written by Lois Rodriguez

48 49 WimberlyIt has been 3 months since torrential rains soaked a drought-stricken and thirsty state, but in the wake of the Memorial Day weekend downpour was a horrific path of destruction. This mixed blessing, that helped fill waning lakes, had also caused families to lose homes, communities left to pull the pieces back together and, most importantly, there was a devastating loss of life.

Glenna Goodacre 2011What do J. Frank Dobie, Barbara Jordan, Katherine Anne Porter, and Stephen F. Austin have in common, besides that they are all revered Texans?

15 Fredericksburg v2Today, Aug. 7, is International Beer Day (the first Friday of every August since 2007) and, no doubt pubs, bars and breweries around you are planning to partake in the celebration.

blanco flood 6139 21Two months after devastating Memorial Day floods caused significant damage to Blanco State Park, the facility will reopen some areas to visitors on Saturday, Aug. 1.

Thomas Jefferson and Sam Houston probably drank their Madeira straight (and so can you, of course), but the wine—which is fortified, heated, and aged in oak barrels— also makes an intriguing addition to cocktails, as I discovered recently during a series of experiments with friends.

detouraugJust two miles from Seymour, a handful of paleontologists and volunteers meticulously scrape and brush flecks of red and gray dirt away from their latest discovery: a fossilized Dimetrodon that they’ve named Mary.

weekender mammoth site v2It's been a big week in Texas. On Sunday, the San Antonio Missions achieved World Heritage Site status. Today, after years of study and anticipation, the Waco Mammoth Site – one of the most significant Ice Age fossil beds in the world – has officially been designated as part of the National Park System. President Barack Obama made the announcement today and welcomed the new Waco Mammoth National Monument.

missionsanjoseloisrodriguezThe San Antonio Missions have long held a special place in my heart, but today, it was named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) during the World Heritage Summit in Bonn, Germany.

raceforshorelineI’m a NatGeo junkie, and I love seeing the magic of nature – pecking order in the primate world, hunting strategies in the wild, the courting calls and dances. It’s all so fascinating, so I was thrilled for the opportunity to see nature at work as we saw off more than 80 newly-hatched endangered Kemps ridley sea turtles at Padre Island National Seashore yesterday. There’ll be more opportunities this week, so you can check it out, too

shrub-cocktails-outside“Imagine that it’s 1780, and there is no electricity, no railroads, and you’re a locavore because you have to be,” began Austin craft-cocktail guru Bill Norris at the 2013 Austin Food & Wine Festival. “You’ve got to figure out a way to preserve your fruit and vegetable crop.

pralinesOne of the great pleasures of being in Texas (and the South) is the bounty of pecans. Oh, how I love pecans! No matter how they are served, I’m apt to eat more than my share, and on this day – National Pralines Day – I volunteer to eat one … or two.

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