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Textile Style

A small bell tinkles as I push open the door and enter the store, worn wooden floorboards creaking beneath my…

Nuts About San Saba

Pecans permeate the shady town of San Saba, emerging in pies, jams, and candies; infusing local coffee, beer, and steaks;…

Reflections on Glass

On my last day of a weeklong stay in Port Aransas, I set off to find a souvenir to remind…

The Smallest Gifts

The 10-minute drive from our house in McAllen to Quinta Mazatlan, one of the most popular sites in the Rio…

Pineapple Express

Over lunch with some new friends from Laredo last spring, I learned of an event in the Gateway City that…

Creating a Legacy

I started collecting travel memories in the form of jewelry when I was about eight years old. In recent years,…

Bowled Over

Most people think to visit Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in the spring, when Mother Nature rolls out her…

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? 
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