Prudence Mackintosh

Prudence Mackintosh is one of a circle of writers closely associated with Texas Monthly. A contributing editor from the magazine’s inception, in 1973, Prudence’s work has continued to appear in its pages for four decades. She gained a loyal following through the years with her observations on social rites of passage for Texas women and her essays on the rearing of three boys. In 1976 she received a Penney-Missouri Award for excellence in lifestyle journalism. Her work has appeared in several national magazines and is frequently anthologized in college writing texts. She is the author of four books: Thundering Sneakers, Retreads, Sneaking Out, and Just As We Were. She co-authored Great American Suburbs: The Homes of the Park Cities. Born in Texarkana, Prudence grew up in the newspaper office of the Texarkana Gazette & Daily News, where her father was the editor and her mother, a reporter, proofreader, and women’s editor. Her older brother became a television journalist. She attended Texarkana public schools and graduated from the University of Texas in 1966. Prudence continues to live in Dallas with her attorney husband. Their three grown sons now live in New York, Los Angeles, and Austin. Each spring semester she and her husband decamp to Austin, where she teaches a nonfiction writing class for Liberal Arts Honors students at UT. She continues to write for Texas Monthly sporadically as a writer-at-large.

Stories

The Ice Cometh, Man

Trees came crashing down, power lines writhed on the ground, the lights went out, and the heat went off. It was Dallas’ trial by ice.

My Life and Hard Times in the Junior League

“In the League, you’ll run into a little tradition, some nobles oblige, and a lot of talk about diets, dyslexia, designer dresses, and divorce.”

My Life and Hard Times in the Junior League

“In the League, you’ll run into a little tradition, some nobles oblige, and a lot of talk about diets, dyslexia, designer dresses, and divorce.”

Free Agent

Nostalgic daddies think of schoolboy football as good, clean fun. But kids soon realize it’s more like corporal punishment.

True Confessions of Fathers and Sons

What is a man to his boys? Fiend, antagonist, taskmaster, hugger, educator, realist—put them all together, they spell “father.”

Downhill All The Way

Our Colorado skiing vacation thrilled the men in my life, but all it gave me was bruised feet and a battered ego.

Downhill All The Way

Our Colorado skiing vacation thrilled the men in my life, but all it gave me was bruised feet and a battered ego.

She Followed Me Home, Mom, Honest

The dog that the family fell in love with was beautiful, well trained, and friendly. The only problem was, she wasn’t theirs.

Kids and Money

Children today understand brand names like Izod and concepts like “rip-off,” but they don’t understand that some things—the best things—can’t be bought.

Kids and Money

Children today understand brand names like Izod and concepts like “rip-off,” but they don’t understand that some things—the best things—can’t be bought.

The Way To A Woman’s Heart

Just say these three little words: “Shall we dance?”

The Way To A Woman’s Heart

Just say these three little words: “Shall we dance?”

And What Exactly Is A Joist?

Remodeling is hell.

And What Exactly Is A Joist?

Remodeling is hell.

…And To All A Good Read

Reading aloud at Christmas charms the wiggliest kids and takes the humbug out of anyone.

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