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the rambling boy

July 20th, 2017

Candelaria’s Kilpatrick vs. the U.S. Army

By LONN TAYLOR

Texas has seen some famous feuds, but few have matched in intensity or amount of vituperative language exchanged the one that raged between Candelaria, Texas cotton planter James Judson Kilpatrick and the entire United States Army between 1918 and 1921. The feud had its origins in a clash …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

July 13th, 2017

The Storming of the Bastille(image courtesy Library of Congress)

Vive la French Bastille Day

By LONN TAYLOR

Tomorrow, July 14, is Bastille Day, a holiday that is not normally celebrated in the United States except in French restaurants. It commemorates the seizure of the Bastille, a 14th-century fortress that once protected the eastern approaches to Paris, by …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

July 6th, 2017

The Marfa Airbnb phenomena

By LONN TAYLOR

The fastest-growing business in Marfa may be the operation of Airbnbs. Tom Jacobs tells me that he and Vilis Inde opened the first one in 2006, before there was a name for them. According to a KRTS Youth Media Project program on the subject there are now 75 of them …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

June 22nd, 2017

Public education: worth taking a stand

By LONN TAYLOR

My hero this week is Graydon Hicks, Fort Davis Superintendent of Schools. Hicks recently sent a scathing letter to Governor Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Patrick, raking them over the coals for “the lack of positive legislative action for public schools in Texas” in the most recent session of …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

June 15th, 2017

Agave festival points to plant’s long history

By LONN TAYLOR

Two Sunday mornings ago I found myself sitting at a table under the vine-covered portico of El Cosmico in Marfa telling Tim Johnson and Caitlin Murray what a mind-opening experience the three-day Agave Festival that was just concluding had been for me. Johnson, who operates the Marfa …

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 rambling boy

the rambling boy

May 11th, 2017

(photo courtesy of TEEL SALE) Teel Sale Among the Miniature Zebus

When a ramble inspires a poem

By LONN TAYLOR

I receive a lot of responses to my Rambling Boy columns by e-mail and occasionally even by letter, but a couple of weeks ago I received a poem. It came from Teel Sale, a retired professor of …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

April 27th, 2017

(CHINATI FOUNDATION photo)Chinati staff members Adele Powers and Steven Granado work with Marfa ISD kindergarteners.

A case for cultural agency funding

By LONN TAYLOR

Steve Zeitlin is a distinguished American folklorist, a former Smithsonian colleague of mine who now directs a New York organization called City Lore, which is devoted to preserving the spoken culture of New …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

April 20th, 2017

(MARFA JUNIOR HISTORIAN photo)The Max Cortez Store

Marfa Public Library’s hidden treasure

By LONN TAYLOR

Last week I had occasion to revisit the Junior Historian files at the Marfa Public Library. I have written about these files before, but every time I use them I am reminded what a treasure they are, and this time I got …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

April 13th, 2017

The story of a professional story teller

By LONN TAYLOR

Kim Lehman of Austin is one of the few people in Texas who actually makes a living by telling stories. She is a professional storyteller, telling stories in schools, libraries, retirement centers, nursing homes, and in fact anywhere someone will pay her to tell them. “It’s really …

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