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The Crown Pearl

Like many urbanites, my daily grind includes too much traffic and too many frazzled nerves. After one recent particularly hectic…

The Blanco Bounce

I was sitting in an Adirondack chair on the back porch of my rental cabin at Blanco Settlement, feet up…

Secrets of the Sands

The first time I saw the Monahans sandhills, I thought I had been taken in by a mirage. What else…

Waxahachie Wonderland

Have you ever noticed that, come December, we tend to focus on pursuits like buying and baking for those we…

Icing on the cake

M.L. Edwards & Co. mercantile on Mount Vernon’s downtown square could double as a museum. Wooden cabinets that once displayed…

Pining for Crockett

For a city-dweller used to noise, there’s nothing quite like waking up under a colorful quilt in an antique bed…

Viva Big Bend!

If there’s a description that comes up repeatedly when people talk about the Marfa lights, it’s the way they dance.…

Helotes High

The waiter gave me a puzzled look when I asked that my chalupas be made with whole beans instead of…

By Lake and by Land

On a late spring day in a quiet corner in south-central Texas, wispy clouds saunter across a stark blue sky…

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.…
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