How Hot Is Houston?

How Hot Is Houston?

I joined the influx of immigrants to Houston about a decade after our friend, Richard Dixon. We didn’t know each other back then, but comparing notes now makes us laugh. The heat of that first summer we spent in our respective corners of the Bayou City was not for the...
Color These Stories Green

Color These Stories Green

If only I had more willpower, I’d identify and commit to memory the correct common names of my favorite plants. Then whenever I’m asked, “What is that?” I could answer in a heartbeat, rather than hesitating and sheepishly grinning because I don’t have a clue. ...
Texas Newspaperman Leon Hale Lives Up to His Legend

Texas Newspaperman Leon Hale Lives Up to His Legend

Ambling along the backroads of Texas for 60 years, an unassuming, likable Houstonian named Leon Hale wrote about life off the beaten track. On a crisp January afternoon in 2020, this retired master of thousands of whimsical and wise daily 800-word newspaper columns...
Be My (Vintage) Valentine

Be My (Vintage) Valentine

I’m glad I’m not the only one who is sentimental about old valentines. Here are four sweet samples! 1. Denise Woodyard of La Grange, Texas, prizes the elaborate over-sized valentine her 19-year-old dad, Jack, sent his mother from Fort Knox, Kentucky, in 1944, years...
Rag Rug Redemption

Rag Rug Redemption

“You don’t wash handmade braided rag rugs, you beat them,” I explained to my husband.  Emil still turned up his nose at the once-handsome rug sticking out of the plastic sack on top of my luggage. “I don’t care,” he replied. “It’s filthy. It smells, and it’s not...