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the rambling boy

the rambling boy

June 8th, 2017

(photo courtesy Roxa Robison)Roxa Robison as Indian Emily, 1954.

How the (fake) legend of Indian Emily saved Fort Davis

By LONN TAYLOR

When my wife, Dedie, and I first started coming to Fort Davis 25 years ago there was a café on State Street called Indian Emily’s. The café took its name from a legend first published …

the money man

the money man

June 8th, 2017

The ‘Chindia’ bomb

By TOM JACOBS

The United States has an estimated 326 million inhabitants, third in the world. China is number one, with 1.4 billion, and India follows with 1.3 billion. About 36% of the world’s 7.5 billion people live in those two countries. India had the highest percentage GDP growth in 2016 at 10.1%, with …

correspondence

correspondence

June 8th, 2017

Editor:

Re: Marfa Agave Festival;

Lavish praise to Tim Johnson and the other organizers of Marfa’s first annual Agave Festival! I rarely choose to visit Marfa, yet was compelled to re-arrange my schedule and drive 50 miles each of the four days to learn about the anthropology, archeology, mythology, and botany surrounding this mega plant which is …

correspondence

correspondence

June 1st, 2017

Editor:

Dear Fellow Texans:

On Memorial Day, we honor the servicemen and women who have given their lives in defense of this country.

Today we remember heroes like Staff Sergeant Michael Cinco, a Mercedes, Texas native assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, 11th Field Investigations Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. Sgt. Cinco enlisted after marrying …

golliver – streamlining

golliver – streamlining

June 1st, 2017

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

June 1st, 2017

MacArthur Wheeler (VALERIE HOWARD illustration)

“The Trump Syndrome”

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Although I am a former college professor I have never been one of a didactic or even pedantic nature. Even though I have been told by more than one former girlfriend (notice the word former) that all they wanted was an answer to their question …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

June 1st, 2017

Luther Evans(photo courtesy Library of Congress)

The lone Lone Star State Librarian of Congress

By LONN TAYLOR

There have been 14 Librarians of Congress since Thomas Jefferson appointed the first one in 1802. Only one of those was a Texan. His name was Luther Evans. He was from Sayersville, a rural community in Bastrop County, and he …

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