Family

Michell Girard and Chris Barrington
Miss Girard’s Christmas Gift

Dec 24, 2019 By Skip Hollandsworth

When her former student was found wandering the streets a decade after she’d last seen him, Michell Girard immediately agreed to take him in. Then she decided to do far more, including give him the Christmas he’d never had.

Life, in Dog Years

Mar 22, 2019 By Mimi Swartz

My father always pampered his pets. So when he fell ill and moved in with us, it was no surprise that his corgi came to rule our home. What I didn’t expect was for Trilby to care for me after Dad was gone.

Mom, in Touch

Jun 22, 2018 By Abby Johnston

My mom’s handwritten notes were an abiding feature of my childhood. They offered wisdom, encouragement, and comfort—and they continued to arrive long after her death.

Mothers in Peril

Apr 18, 2018 By Ricardo Nuila

A harrowing journey through Houston’s health care system offers an inside look at why so many women are dying after giving birth.

Welcome to the Green Machine

May 25, 2017 By John Nova Lomax

My son was jobless, directionless, and apartmentless. So when he decided to join the Army, we were just glad he was out of the house. What we didn’t know was just how much the military would change him—and us. 

Born to Be Wild

Mar 18, 2017 By Dan Oko

Inundated with homework and distracted by their devices, our youngest Texans (and their anxiety-prone parents) are at risk of losing their connection to our state’s many natural wonders. Here’s how to untame the next generation.

Not Forgotten

Dec 12, 2016 By Marisa Charpentier

For years, Austin drivers have passed by a familiar mural on North Lamar that recalls the fatal consequences of drinking and driving. But Mary Boyd and Bruce David Johnson's story isn't just theirs—it's the community's.

Lost and Found

Nov 23, 2016 By Katy Vine

They have fled war-torn countries, given up livelihoods, and left behind possessions and family for the safety of a foreign world of cowboy hats and Walmarts. But the refugees who land in Amarillo’s Astoria Park have an ally who understands their confusion and loss: a 64-year-old former teacher named Miss Evelyn.

The Spirit of ’76

Oct 19, 2016 By David Courtney

Forty years ago I built forts on Bird Creek, raced at the roller rink, and watched my dad run for mayor of Temple.

Orange Crush

Oct 19, 2016 By John Nova Lomax

Who needs the playoffs? After years (and years and years) of heartache, Houston has fallen for the Astros all over again.

Trash Talk

Sep 21, 2016 By Christopher Hooks

The scion of one of Laredo’s first families wants to build a mammoth landfill on his ranch. But the opposition is fierce and vocal—and backed by none other than his uncle and his cousin.

Patty Shack

Jul 20, 2016 By Brian D. Sweany

My all-time favorite hamburger came from the Country Burger, my family's beloved neighborhood restaurant in Plano.

Off Course

Jun 16, 2016 By Stephen Harrigan

I never knew my father, a decorated World War II pilot who died before I was born. But a trek at age 67 to the site where his airplane crashed brought me closer to him than I’d ever dared hope.

Prairie dogs, Lubbock
Our Town

Apr 20, 2016 By Sarah Viren

How Lubbock’s prairie dogs taught me the meaning of home.

The King’s Palace

Jan 27, 2016 By Skip Hollandsworth

The descendants of Richard and Henrietta King do hereby invite you into the King Ranch with these exclusive photographs of the one-hundred-year-old Main House.