Sheep or wolf?

Aug 8, 2018–When I owned my first flock of sheep, I learned something about people. One day my wife called me at work to tell me the sheep had escaped from the pasture. This was no surprise, since my fences include sections of uptilted pallets and repurposed fire grates. So I rushed out of theContinue Reading

Magnolia Pearl: Found Experience

Aug 1, 2018–There I was, immersed in what I call a “found experience.” Hovering in breezy shade, buoyed by fellow music travelers. Ten feet away, Max Baca of Los Texmaniacs plucked his bajo sexto. Accordion legend Flaco Jimenez added lilting counterpoint. Asleep At The Wheel guitarist Johnny Nicholas filled in with tasteful guitar riffs. ItContinue Reading

Hye Cider

July 25, 2018–Back in high school, Cherry Graham and her friend Brian Came couldn’t buy alcohol, so they started making it. “Basically, we’re nerds,” said Cherry, who is now one of the “Home Team” of owners of Hye Cider Company, along with high school buddy Came, and her husband, Travis Graham. Six years ago theyContinue Reading

Symphony season a “thing of beauty”

Aug 2, 2018–Spotlight Feature Kerrville’s Symphony of the Hills has announced the concerts for the 2018-2019 season, and according to Dr. Eugene Dowdy, Conductor and Artistic Director, every one is a highlight. “We only get to do five concerts per year, so there is no reason to compromise on quality,” Dowdy said. “Every piece, everyContinue Reading

The Astronaut Maker

SPECIAL: PRE-LAUNCH BOOK REVIEW July 18, 2018–Like many who grew up in the 1960s, I was a NASA nut. I followed every launch, and have vivid memories of the Mercury flights, the Gemini rendezvous, the Apollo moon landings, and the shuttle saga. I memorized the names of the original astronauts, and could tell you theContinue Reading

A-V 101

July 11, 2018–How much of your current knowledge can be traced back to a filmstrip you saw in 5th grade? Anyone old enough to remember watching Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color on Sunday evenings will remember filmstrip Fridays–or “naptime”–in elementary school. Those were the days your teacher dragged out the filmstrip projector. The filmstrips–whichContinue Reading

Suzy Bogguss: Making every song her own

July 4, 2018–The first thing you notice when listening to Suzy Bogguss do a song like Night Rider’s Lament is the bluesy tinge to her strong clear voice. Now I grew up in a small town in the Midwest just 75 miles from the small town in the Midwest where she grew up. And IContinue Reading

License to carry

June 27, 2018–I’m going to write about guns. More specifically, the training to get a license to carry a gun. This is not advocacy. If you have strong feelings about this issue, on either side, you might want to skip this one. For context, I, as did anyone growing up on a farm, became familiarContinue Reading


June 20, 2018–I have a confession: I never absorbed mythology. Lord, I tried. I really did. I read about the travels of Ulysses, and the Minotaur in the labyrinth. And as a curious kid, I started to learn about the pantheon of gods, mainly through comic books. They were all there–Thor and Odin and LokiContinue Reading

Come into the cold

June 13, 2018–In the midst of hellish Texas heat, doesn’t 150 degrees below zero sound divine? You can literally immerse yourself in that thrilling chill at CRYOTHRIVE at root•ology. “We want people to have a great experience,” said Cynthia Kemp, owner of CRYOTHRIVE. “You will feel energized and excited. The treatment releases endorphins, so itContinue Reading