Agate Ranch + Marfa

 early every day that she’s at her ranch, on the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, Kathy Bracewell heads out on foot or by pickup truck to roam her spread. Her favorite times are dawn and dusk, when the light is just right for spotting the dark-gray and black patches of ground that let her know there’s a bed of agate lying there waiting to be discovered.

The Generation Gap

Just after seven a.m. on January 6, as Texans awakened to one of the coldest mornings in years, an email and social media alert went out from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas: “Reduce electric use now. Risk of power outages exist throughout Texas. Power warning in effect.” The last time a hard freeze gripped Texas so tightly, in February 2011, power blackouts rolled across much of the state as ERCOT, which operates the state’s power grid, struggled to meet the demand.

A Long and Bitter Fight

On Mockingbird Lane, just four blocks east of Central Expressway, in Dallas, is an unremarkable row of businesses that includes a Mobil 1 Lube Express and a Walgreens. In February 1970, however, 5734 E. Mockingbird Lane marked the spot of a popular pizza joint called Colombo’s, now long gone, where a homeless pregnant woman named Norma McCorvey first met two young lawyers, Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington.

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