All Texans, rural and urban, should support independent businesses—little shops, eccentric family-run restaurants, small-scale hardware stores—and boycott big-box stores and chains for a week, a month, or a year. As much as possible. This would help the quickly disappearing independent network of shops that is the fabric of our great state. For further info see my teen novel Going Going. I am not just trying to sell books. Many of the places I championed in this novel have vanished in the three years since the book appeared. Save what we can!

Nye is a novelist, poet, and children’s author. She lives in San Antonio, where she grew up.

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