Anne Dingus

Anne Dingus, a former senior editor for Texas Monthly was born in Pampa in 1953 and is a freelance writer living in Austin.


Making Up Is Hard to Do

How the cosmetically challenged among us manage to save face.

Texas Myth #321

Bluebonnet burglars, beware?

Message In a Bottle

Blondness—natural or otherwise— is even more Texan than Big Hair.

Texas Myth #714

No, you can’t shoot your adulterous wife.

Texas Myth #454

Gene Autry’s reindeer games.


From bullet bras to panties emblazoned with the Lone Star flag, a brief history of women’s underwear in Texas.

A Texas Survival Kit

What to do if you’re bitten by fire ants, lost in the
wilderness, sprayed by a skunk, attacked by a shark,
stuck in a lightning storm, swept away by a riptide, or
caught in any of eleven other worst-case scenarios.

Encyclopedia Texanica

The seven dips on a Texas trip.

Case by Case

What to do in ten more worst-case scenarios, from
getting bitten by a brown recluse to getting caught in a
dust storm.

The Rat Unpacks

I’ve been collecting vintage Texana
since I was ten years old, and believe me, I’ve got loads.
But it’s time to sell.

Encyclopedia Texanica

How high may our flag fly?

Going For the Jiggler

Explaining the enduring appeal of Jell-O can be as challenging as, well, nailing it to a tree.

Encyclopedia Texanica

The myth of the saguaro cactus

Blame That Tune

Why Anne Dingus hates “Texas, Our Texas.”

Siege Mentality

With March 6 fast approaching, let’s doff our coonskin caps to the Serious Alamo Guys, a band of mostly Anglo, mostly bearded, mostly fifty-plus historians who are Bowie-knife sharp on the subject of the mythic battle.