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high desert sketches

high desert sketches

October 16th, 2014

(Bride of Terlingua by TIM ROBERTS)

Did art begin in a cave in Gibraltar?

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

The art battle for the souls of modern man has now been proven to have a long history, thanks to a recent discovery. It looks like a game of tic tac toe, but engravings found deep inside …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

October 16th, 2014

I have met math jokes and they are on me

By STEVE LANG

A Roman walks into a bar, holds up two fingers and says, “Five beers, please.” – Anonymous

If pie(s) are truly squared, toss out those round pans.

I remain fascinated by mathematical/geometrical/algebraic jokes, especially since my expertise in those areas remains a ready source of humor.

As …

ACL Day 1

ACL Day 1

October 11th, 2014

(staff photo by SARAH M. VASQUEZ)

Hello from Austin!

I’m attending the Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival this weekend with fellow photographer Lesley Brown of Marfalite Studios and born-and-raised local Junie Sativa.

Day one has come and gone, and we’re getting ready to head over for another day of music.

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

October 9th, 2014

Restaurant tipping tactics by Mexicans

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: Why don’t Mexicans tip decently? I labor as a waitress in a local upscale steakhouse where, unfortunately, many Mexicans eat, and the lousy tips are starting to piss me off! Even blacks tip better! Mexicans are much easier to wait on. And yes: I always give good …

library talk

library talk

October 9th, 2014

Halloween at MPL

By MANDY ROANE

Plans have already begun for the library’s annual Halloween party and costume contest, and we think this year is going to be better than ever!

Everything will be happening at the USO building again this year. The party will kick off on Friday, Octber 31 with registration at 4:30 and the costume …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

October 9th, 2014

Why isn’t nostalgia what it used to be?

By STEVE LANG

“Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days.” – Doug Larson

Nostalgia, defined by Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary as 1) the state of being homesick; or 2) a wistful or excessively sentimental sometimes abnormal yearning for return to or of …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

October 2nd, 2014

Miss Steel, me, and Grim elementary

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

It’s that time of year again when cliches can be substituted for actual words with meaning. The cliche covers the autumn, the beginning of the school year, and a return to football madness from the smallest hamlet to the largest metropolitan areas. Autumn generally means that our …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

October 2nd, 2014

Get a green card or go home

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: Why don’t Mexicans get green cards and come into the United States legally? After talking to people who have, the process is not hard and only takes a maximum of three years to do. By coming in illegally, they are taking the jobs from legal …

dispatch from DC

dispatch from DC

October 2nd, 2014

Remembering Andrew Madrid

By PETE P. GALLEGO

In small towns across South and West Texas, we all know each other. We know each other’s kids. We know each other’s parents. And, when tragedy strikes, we all know it. We feel it. We share it.

Recently, tragedy struck in Marfa with the sudden loss of Andrew Madrid, a freshman …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

September 25th, 2014

The nuanced language of Hispanics and Latinos

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: One of the things I have found enjoyable and profound is the use of language by Chicanos, mexicanos, and Mexican-Americans. Humor and a sardonic sense of history, in my view, are encapsulated in many everyday expressions. Two examples I can think of are the use …

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