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CULTURE & LIFESTYLE

Vintage Spirit

For Austin-based clothing company Fort Lonesome, the classic Western pearl-snap shirt is all about wearing your heart on your sleeve—or…

Lonesome Dove Revisited

The six-hour miniseries Lonesome Dove first aired in February 1989 while I was taking an evening painting class in Fort…

Liberty Delivered

Remember the Alamo? It was there that William B. Travis penned his famous letter, signed “Victory or Death,” on February…

Gung Hay Fat Choy,* Y’all!

Growing up in Houston in the late Sixties when the Chinese community was much smaller (and inconceivable that Texas’ largest…

Armadillo Day

Pennsylvania will grab some national attention when Punxsutawney Phil, the prognosticating groundhog predicts the timing of spring by the presence…

Adobe 2.0?

I first heard of papercrete 20 years ago, while visiting friends in Alpine who had moved from Austin. My friends,…

Literal(ly) San Antonio

On a 1709 expedition into the unsettled territory north of the Rio Grande, Fray Isidro Espinosa of Nueva España wrote…

Of Pork and Posterity

Like most Texans, I grew up loving pork: bacon, bratwurst, ham, carnitas, chops, loin, hot dogs, baby-back ribs, breakfast patties,…

Songs in the Key of T

A guitar-brandishing fiberglass jalapeño beckons from the sidewalk in downtown Irving. Walk a few paces more and you’ll find a…

Miles of Stylle

Stylle Read took an interest in re-creating old-time Texas with colorful artwork while growing up in Lufkin in the 1950s.…

Stitching the Alamo

The recent bestowing of World Heritage Site status to San Antonio’s five missions—the first attractions in Texas to receive this…

The Great Wacoan Novel

The Houghton Mifflin Company made history in 1952 with the publication of a novel called Sironia, Texas. At 840,000 words,…
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