The Ghosts In My Life

by Julia Robb Reading one of my novels will take you on a ride through a supernatural theme park. That might seem odd because neither novel is about the supernatural. Scalp Mountain is an historical novel set on the Texas frontier in 1876. Saint of the Burning Heart is about relationships between Anglos and Hispanics in 1960’s Texas (and an obsessive romance). But in Scalp, Texas Ranger Captain William Henry witnesses the angel of death, and in Saint, a character watches his dead parents fight. My characters experienced these events for one simple reason. Because supernatural events happen to me. […]

Real Heroes

By Jon Williams I’ve heard it said that Axl Rose, member of the band Guns and Roses, said that to become famous one has to only offend as large a group of people as possible. In the 1980s, his band did exactly that. Songs like “One in a Million” rose to the top of the charts, bewildering many while enchanting the poorly dressed 80s generation. Guns and Roses became icons, heroes if you will, for a certain segment of the population. At the same time, Madonna was paving her own path in popular culture by shocking and offending as many […]

Shame Shame Shame

Michael Parks, CEO Crescent Capital Finance Group 11100 Santa Monica Boulevard Suite 2000 Los Angeles, CA 90025 Mr. Parks, August 18, 2013 Shame on you. Shame. Shame. Shame. As the Chairman of the Board of Directors for El Paso Electric Company, I am very sure that you are aware of the Santa Teresa to Montoya project currently underway in El Paso in which we homeowners are up in arms. We are up in arms because El Paso Electric Company, in its greed, failed to procure the proper permits and licenses; it failed to conduct the required Environmental Impact Surveys, and […]

The Great Dust Bowl of the Texas Panhandle

Hey! I wanted to come y’all that I had to write a college paper the other day of my favorite place. I currently live in Missouri, but I was born and raised in Texas. I thought I would share my essay paper with you! — By Amy Barnes Jordan The great dust bowl covers a wide range from eastern New Mexico, Kansas, the Oklahoma panhandle and the Texas panhandle. I was born and raised in the Texas panhandle. It is my favorite place to be. From the wide open range to the never ending sky, the Texas Panhandle is not […]

Colors of Texas

by Robin Sallee Texas isn’t usually the place that comes to mind when thinking of beautiful scenery, especially West Texas, but Texans are unique in their ability to see beyond the obvious. Texas has an extremely wide array of browns, yellows and greens with fields, pastures and open ranges sprawling out as far as the eye can see (literally). Don’t forget all those pump jacks dotting the horizon, what would Texas be without those? Now look closer…. One of the most beautiful sights in Texas is the Purple Sage that springs up along the highways and in the fields and […]

Need a Push at 3 AM

Author Unknown . A man and his wife were awakened at 3:00 am by a loud pounding on the door. The man gets up and goes to the door where a drunken stranger, standing in the pouring rain, is asking for a push. “Not a chance,” says the husband, “it is 3:00 in the morning!” He slams the door and returns to bed. . “Who was that?” asked his wife… “Just some drunk guy asking for a push,” he answers. … “Did you help him?” she asks “No, I did not, it’s 3am in the morning and it’s bloomin’ well […]

The Wrong Funeral

by Kimberly Pardue I was at the funeral of my dearest friend,­ my mother. She finally had lost her long battle with cancer. The hurt was so intense; I found it hard to breathe at times. Always supportive, Mother clapped loudest at my school plays, held the box of tissues while listening to my first heartbreak, comforted me at my father’s death, encouraged me in College, and prayed for me my entire life. When mother…’s illness was diagnosed, my sister had a new baby and my brother had recently married his childhood sweetheart, so it fell on me, the 27-year-old […]

The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez

Gregorio Cortez and his brother Romaldo were working as ranch hands at the W.A. Thulmeyer ranch in Karnes County one day when they saw County Sheriff W.T. Morris and his deputies riding toward them. It was June 12, 1901, and life for Cortez would never be the same. Within five minutes Cortez, 25, became a martyr, folk hero and central figure in a corrido (Hispanic folk ballad), one famous to this day. The sheriff and his deputies, John Trimmell and Boone Choate, were at the ranch searching for a horse thief. Sheriff Morris questioned the Cortez brothers and Choate acted […]

The Voters “can go to hell and I will go to Texas.” David Crockett

by Julia Robb   . . David Crockett Don’t call him Davy. David’s political enemies called him “Davy” to make him seem boyish. They never convinced anybody. Dying at the Alamo was just the final scene in David’s dramatic and impressive life. David Crockett was six-foot and handsome, an expert shot with his rifles (he always named them “Betsey”), a three-term U.S. congressman and an American folk hero who wrote a popular memoir titled A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, of the State of Tennessee. He grew up in the wilderness, could hit a target at two hundred […]