Carrot Purée

2 pounds carrots, peeled and diced
1 quart carrot juice
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 sprig thyme
salt to taste (about a teaspoon) 

Sweat carrots with butter, brown sugar, and thyme in large pot until they begin to soften. Add carrot juice, and cover and simmer over low heat until very tender, about 20 minutes. Once carrots are tender, remove the lid and reduce the liquid until almost dry.

Eight Great Trigger Performances

“I’m a Memory” (1970)

Out of the Nashville schmaltz comes an early Trigger solo.

“A Song for You” (1973)

Just Willie and his guitar, singing and playing at their own pace.

“Bandera” (1975)

A soundtrack to loneliness.

“On the Road Again” (1980)

Simple melody, simple riff, simple song.

“I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” (1981)

Willie and Johnny Gimble do their Django and Stéphane Grappelli routine.

Another Tale of Wrongful Conviction?

Richard LaFuente has had plenty of opportunities to leave federal prison and go back to Plainview. All he had to do was confess to a murder on the Devils Lake Sioux reservation in North Dakota, for which he was convicted in 1986, and show a little remorse. The first time he refused was at a 1994 court hearing. “I can’t show remorse,” he told his attorney. “I won’t ask forgiveness for something I didn’t do.” He went back to his cell.

Set Him Free

texasmonthly.com: How did the idea for writing this story come up now?

Michael Hall: I got an e-mail from the Innocence Project of Minnesota about the case last summer. After a little bit of research, I realized this was a great story, one that people in Texas had missed because 1) it essentially takes place in North Dakota and 2) it’s a federal story and nobody hears much about those. I was working on other pieces and so had to put LaFuente off until early this past summer.

A Q&A With Jan Reid

You were friends with Ann Richards. You worked on her campaign in 1990, and your wife, Dorothy Browne, was a close, old friend who went camping with her in the seventies, and worked for her when she was state treasurer in the eighties and governor in the nineties. Is the Ann you discovered in your research the same person you went looking for? Was she the same person you were friends with while she was alive?

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