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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

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 …

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 …

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 …

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