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Urban Spark

Visiting my Houston cousins a few years ago, I joined them for a late-afternoon trip downtown to sip wine at…

Creative Country

Sitting in the light-washed front room of his Salado gallery, artist Ronnie Wells shapes a small clay sculpture of two…

The Pulse of Port Arthur

For a music fan like me, one particularly good reason to visit Port Arthur is the blues-rock singer Janis Joplin.…

Happy in Harlingen

Harlingen came to life in 1904 as a crossroads on the Arroyo Colorado, garnering the daunting nickname of “Rattlesnake Junction”…

Take Comfort

Shoppers browse clothing racks inside a 19th-Century drugstore. Diners feast in a repurposed post office that was built in 1910.…

The Bastrop Aesthetic

Instead of pigeon-holing Bastrop as a place to stop for a piece of pie and a poke around the shops,…

Water, Water Everywhere

It is nearly dusk on the lower Guadalupe, one of those incomparable evenings when skies are clear, humidity is low…

The Fruits of Mission

The beauty of Mission wasn’t lost on Tom Landry. In his 1990 autobiography, the legendary Dallas Cowboys coach reflected on…

Curl Up in Cat Spring

Cat Spring must have seemed like a dream come true for the German immigrants who settled the community in the…

Granbury Gumption

On a stormy night last May, a tornado packing winds of up to 200 mph cut through the North Texas…

Boerne's Bounty

It’s a dicey proposition, living in a picturesque, easily accessible town in the Texas Hill Country—in my case, Boerne. On…

Gather 'Round

The cowboy rides in from the West,mulling stanzas, lines and words.Winter delivers a fleeting restfrom the fences, trenches and herds.…
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