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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 …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

April 6th, 2017

The Bay Lights

Lighting the bridge that spans the bay

By LONN TAYLOR

My wife, Dedie, and I returned last week from a four-day ramble to San Francisco. My last sustained visit to San Francisco was in 1947, when I was 7 years old. My mother and I were on our way to the Philippine Islands to …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

March 30th, 2017

Sam Houston’s Texas by Sue Flannagan

Falling in love with one man’s Texas

By LONN TAYLOR

Sometimes inspiration produced by complete absorption in a subject will result in a superb book, but after the book is published and lauded the author sinks into obscurity. This was exactly what happened with Sue Flanagan’s Sam Houston’s Texas, published in …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

March 23rd, 2017

(photo by Lonn Taylor)The torii gate by Dionicio Rodriguez.

The Japanese Garden of Alamo City

By LONN TAYLOR

On a recent trip to San Antonio I paid a visit to the Japanese Garden in Brackenridge Park, one of San Antonio’s hidden treasures, so well hidden that in 50 years of living in and visiting San Antonio I …

rambling boy

rambling boy

March 16th, 2017

Move over, St. Patrick, for St. Urho

St. Urho’s statue in Menahga, Minnesota

By LONN TAYLOR

The whole world knows that March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day, the feast day of the patron saint of Ireland, a day that is celebrated with parades and the excessive consumption of alcohol wherever the Irish diaspora has taken Irishmen, from …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

March 9th, 2017

Good fences, good neighbors, good grief

Barbed wire fence

By LONN TAYLOR

Fences and fence lines have caused so much trouble in the Big Bend over the years that I was pleased to receive from my friend David Langford a beautiful little 30-page booklet called Five Strands: A Landowner’s Guide to Fence Law in Texas, just published …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

February 23rd, 2017

The celebration and lore of George Washington

By LONN TAYLOR

Monday was Presidents Day, a federal holiday designated by Congress to be celebrated on the third Monday in February by a law passed in 1968 called the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, a law which reshuffled most of our holidays to create three-day weekends. When I was a …

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