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The Accidental Ornament

This December, when I string my lights and trim my tree and light my menorah, I have four new friends…

Charting History

It could be worth another look through that musty box of family records before packing it into the corner of…

Crockett's Coonskin Cap

The Alamo. Utter those words and nearly every Texan sees in their mind an iconic image: rugged and defiant Davy…

Back to the Basics

  What do you do when the souvenir you want is illegal? That was the question I asked myself as…

Penguin Picassos

A frequent visitor to Galveston, I’m used to sighting sea turtles, dolphins, wading birds, pelicans, and even penguins. Penguins? 

Eggstraordinary!

It was a case of mistaken identity. I thought I was Wendish, a descendant of that group of Eastern Europeans…

A Foray into the Fray

She was my last purchase of the day, though to say I bought her makes the whole thing sound tawdry…

Canton Trade Days

The flea-market phenomenon known as Canton’s First Monday Trade Days dates to the 1850s, when traders brought dry goods ,…

Silver Rush

I step out of the jewelry store into the sun, quite pleased with my new purchase—a pair of silver teardrop…

Bookshop Memories

Wherever I travel, I seek out independent bookstores. They help define a city’s character for me. That said, I don’t…

Souvenir: Molten, Magical Moments

The same thing happens every year, usually the weekend after Thanksgiving: We unfurl the Christmas lights, unearth our box of…

10 Books Every Texan Should Read

Elizabeth Jordon, a longtime buyer at BookPeople, recommends these titles as 10 books every Texan should read.
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