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high desert sketches

high desert sketches

April 3rd, 2014

Buzzards, bugs, and other signs of spring

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

We have a number of signals that announce the coming of spring in our little parched parcel of paradise. Buzzards, bugs, and dry weather are the events that tell us the season is changing.

We all know that swallows return to Capistrano every year to mark the …

A letter from Joe (9171977)

A letter from Joe (9171977)

March 28th, 2014

March 27, 2014

Well the Prada Marfa, or should I say the “Toms Marfa” installation has received some attention to this faction of society we recognize as the art world. I am glad to see a dialog opening, beyond the stereotypes of vandalism, graffiti and guerrilla artist. My installation is shameful to real graffiti writers and artist, and …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

March 27th, 2014

Searching for lemons in Mexico

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: Can you help me unravel the citrus dilemma? When I am in Mexico or a Mexican restaurant or market I am unable to find lemons (yellow, egg-sized, tart-tasting fruits). Whenever I ask, I get green-colored fruit, which looks and tastes to me like limes (green, smaller than …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

March 27th, 2014

Higher education’s
endearing/enduring values

By STEVE LANG

Having read or heard numerous observations regarding reincarnation, I now ignore all but my first encounter.

Some 45 years ago, when I played amateur baseball in Minnesota, a local booster vented his rage over our forfeiture of a game due to a shortage of players.

“Ashby forfeiting a game? That’s unheard of! They …

dispatch from dc

dispatch from dc

March 20th, 2014

Taking care of our children – through nutrition – a national priority

 By PETE P. GALLEGO

 No child should attend school hungry or malnourished. Nor should our children learn poor eating habits in our school systems. With child obesity rates in Texas nearly doubling to 16.8 percent since 2009, we should exercise caution …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

March 20th, 2014

Mexican pastries are oh so bland

 By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: What’s the story with Mexican pastries? Like most cultures, Mexicans seem to be cribbing from the French, but pan dulce just winds up tasting like a dinner roll with a little icing on top. So many other parts of Mexican cuisine emphasize strong flavors. Why must …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

March 20th, 2014

Advice for spring break visitors to Big Bend

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

To insure your safety and well being on your visit to our prickly pear part of paradise I suggest you first visit Fort Davis’ famous Rattlesnake Museum on Hwy 118. This is to insure that while you are wandering around our scenic landscape that earthworms …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

March 20th, 2014

March into these special observances

By STEVE LANG

“I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up – they have no holidays.” – Henny Youngman

Spring break afforded me the opportunity – unlike a vampire – to reflect.

That reflection in the mirror suggested more carrots and fewer candy bars.

Aside from an …

Sarah@SXSW

Sarah@SXSW

March 17th, 2014

Adios, SXSW. See you next time, Austin.

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

I’m back in Marfa and SXSW is officially done. I am beat but I felt like I owe you one more blog post since I left my last post on a somber note.

Well, the show did go on. SXSW attendees continued to have fun and check …

Sarah@SXSW

Sarah@SXSW

March 13th, 2014

Wake Up Call

By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

For those that haven’t heard the news yet, two people died and 23 are injured after a driver sped down Red River Street last night in front of the Mohawk in Austin. The street was closed off, but the driver broke the barrier to escape from the police.

Since …

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