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high desert sketches

high desert sketches

March 16th, 2017

The past, the present, and maybe no future

Jacks(VALERIE HOWARD illustration)

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Few among us have not spent some time reflecting on the days when we were kids and the world was a slower, less hectic, and more understandable. Hundreds of novels have been written about the influences affecting a young persons early life. …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

February 16th, 2017

(VALERIE HOWARD illustration)Marijuana to broccoli

Why does everybody crowd my corner?

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

I do not often criticize fellow writers, particularly those from whom I regularly steal ideas or quotes. However, I must relay my outrage at the joint attack on me by Donald Trump and Lonn Taylor.

Recently, President Trump’s White House flacks were asked …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

February 2nd, 2017

The illustrations make the column

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Valerie Howard

Valerie Howard has assisted me with my column for over a decade. She began illustrating my columns only five years ago when I could no longer do the photo-sketches that gave the column its name, High Desert Sketches. I usually just send her a draft of …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

January 19th, 2017

(Valerie Howard illustration)Richard Rorty and his crystal ball.

The frightening truth about predictions

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

While I have often claimed the gift of prophecy, I also must note that I have also claimed the gift of intelligence, wit, and charm. Sometimes I discover something that is far more clearly stated than the mystical fog that …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

December 15th, 2016

The Christmas Goat (VALERIE HOWARD illustration)

Why I love Christmas . . . in New York

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

It is surprising how many Texans journey to the canyons of New York City for the Christmas holiday. They overcome their fear of all the myths and legends they have heard about the denizens of that mystical …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

November 17th, 2016

It’s all about Artwalk this weekend

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

When I first arrived in Alpine almost 20 years ago, it had been a high desert refuge of artists for decades. In those days, local artists showed their wares at only a few local sites, but one night in the fall and spring the community hosted gallery …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

June 25th, 2015

the dreaded pterodactyl, image by VALERIE HOWARD

Inferno: Revenge of the Pipeline II

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

I am well on the way to collecting my $300 million production cost. An unidentified Alpine merchant gave me a $1 coupon, which I hope to cash in on my next Cowdog. Other funding sources may include Alcazar, …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

May 28th, 2015

 

Big Bend’s many states of mind

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

The Big Bend of Texas is not a region, but a state of mind composed of many little regions sometimes occupied by little minds. That’s why it is occasionally called the Big Bent. Alpine, Marfa, Fort Davis, Presidio, Terlingua, and Marathon are all worlds unto themselves.  Each …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

March 19th, 2015

A said “tail’ of White House power politics

 By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Now that the statute of limitations has run out, I can safely disclose certain well kept, White House secrets formerly known by only the most insider of insiders.

After 20 years in Washington, I can assure you that you can’t believe the media. No longer being …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

September 4th, 2014

Hogzillas run rampant through the greater Big Bend

By GEORGE COVINGTON

I have walked the mean streets of New York City without fear. I have survived numerous battles with the big-mouth yellow-bellied backbiters in Washington D.C. I never thought I might one day have to face 600 pounds of pure meanness in the park across from my …

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