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Set Sayles for Abilene

Making plans to see a friend’s art gallery show in downtown Abilene, I pounced on the opportunity to make it…

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…
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