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Into the Light

I have wondered many times what it is about far West Texas that I find both uplifting and settling. Miles…

Daytripper: Mason

Texas is chock-full of mockingbirds (our state bird), pecan pies (our state pie), and armadillos (our state small mammal), but…

Eternal Value

National Park Ranger Marten Schmitz retrieves a palm-sized chunk of Alibates flint rock from the dried short-grass prairie. “Here’s a…

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.…

When dinosaurs (and mammoths) roamed

Curved tusks jut out of red sandy soil. Massive bones scatter around them in the prehistoric burial ground. These are…

Silo Diving

I’ve always considered myself a pretty brave guy. I’ve gone hang gliding, swum with stingrays, and even eaten face-melting ghost…

Where Aloe is King

Luxuriating in the tropically landscaped oasis of Hilltop Gardens, I feel sheltered from the world by palms, hibiscus, and birds…

Staycation Elation

I like to believe that my mother invented the staycation. With a twist.

Daytripper: Houston

More than any other Texas city, Houston is defined by its neighborhoods, helping to break this giant bayou buffet up…

Happy in Harlingen

Harlingen came to life in 1904 as a crossroads on the Arroyo Colorado, garnering the daunting nickname of “Rattlesnake Junction”…

The Accidental Ornament

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