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high desert sketches

high desert sketches

October 30th, 2014

La llorona(Valerie Howard illustration)

Halloween in the High Desert

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Halloween is full of rich cultural diversity in the happy hills of the High Desert. Kids here are not frightened by the usual ghosts, goblins, or witches, most of which can be found throughout the year on many Big Bend school boards …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

October 30th, 2014

Mexican machismo lives!

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: Why do Mexican men think all gabachas are like the girls in Bikini Car Wash? I am married, a conservative dresser, frankly not very good-looking at all (but I do have blonde hair, so maybe that counts for something, and I speak karate-choppin’ good Spanish. In fact, that’s my …

library talk

library talk

October 30th, 2014

Halloween at the library

By MANDY ROANE

The Friends of the Marfa Public Library will be hosting their annual Halloween Party and Costume Contest on Friday. We’ll be at the USO Building again this year. Registration starts at 4:30pm and judging begins at 5pm.

This year the costume categories are Best Homemade Costume, Funniest Costume and Scariest Costumes …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

October 23rd, 2014

Should Mexicans fear the narcos or the cops?

By GUSTAVO ARRELANO

Dear Mexican: What do Mexicans in the United States think of the violent drug cartel problem currently in Mexico? Do local Latinos cringe with disgust or fear when they hear another drug cartel story on the news, or do they feel a sense of disconnect because …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

October 23rd, 2014

Yard sales pass the hats and bring smiles

By STEVE LANG

“I ain’t no cowboy, I just found this hat.” – sung by Bill Aken and Del Shannon

This is a story of passing (on) a hat and receiving a grin, but it will take me some time to get there.

Growing up, my town was too small to …

guest column

October 23rd, 2014

Mexico’s energy potential is a game changer

By CHRISTI CRADDICK 

During the summer of 2014, it was impossible to turn on the TV or look at social media without seeing mention of the border crisis related to an influx of immigrants from Central America. Passions ran high as one side focused on unaccompanied children, calling border-security advocates …

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 …

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