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November 13, 2018

What’s Improved Thanks to Texas’ Open Electricity Market?

Things changed for the better in 2002, after the Texas legislature opened the state’s electricity market to competition in most regions of Texas. Since then, competitive market pressures continue to drive retail electricity providers to focus on improving their customer services, customer insight tools, and innovative new products and solutions…

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November 13, 2018

West Texas In A Bottle

Celebrate the richness and history of West Texas with Desert Door sotol. Every bottle contains a unique story and a wild Texas spirit.

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November 7, 2018

South Padre Island Experience

Waves crashing, toes in the sand, a gentle sea breeze–not your typical fall description. Escape the cooler temperatures and experience fall on South Padre Island.

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October 23, 2018

More Corporations Getting Involved in “Giving Back” to Make an Impact.

Corporate-sponsored community involvement is becoming more popular, and one of the most active Texas-based companies in terms of giving-back-to-make-a-difference is Direct Energy. Read more about Direct Energy and other corporations giving back, and watch the video of the opening of the new Direct Energy Patient Floor and Cardiac Patient Care…

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October 18, 2018

The Good Collection

A list of Texas shops that give back to the communities they serve and the people who make their products, curated by the Texas Optimism Project.

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October 9, 2018

Tracking Down Roy Hindes

In South Texas, if a hunter wounds a deer, there is only one person to call: Roy Hindes. Watch as Texas Monthly and Porsche take a trip to South Texas to meet Hindes, his hunting dogs, and hear his unforgettable stories.

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October 4, 2018

We Will Not Be Tamed: Jordan Shipley

As a star wide receiver at the University of Texas, Jordan Shipley’s obsessive approach to the craft won him recognition as an All American athlete. After four years in the NFL, Shipley brings that focus to bow hunting, most recently on the Outdoor Channel show “Bucks of Tecomate,” where he…

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September 28, 2018

How Do You Stay Optimistic?

Thank you to all who voted. Our winner is…LYNNETTE The Texas Optimism Project spotlights extraordinary Texans who embody resilience. Recently we asked readers: What is your advice on optimism? We received many great responses, but a few caught our eye. Out of the three featured in our poll,…

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September 20, 2018

Not Intended for Indoor Use

Lone Star Brewing Co. is proud to support the Texas outdoors each and every year with the limited-edition Lone Star CAMO cans line-up during the fall. This fall, customers can enjoy Lone Star and Lone Star Texas Light in a limited-edition camouflage pattern and TTHA co-branded packaging.

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August 7, 2018

Living the Bold Life: Bogner Stubbs

When Bogner Stubbs found the love of his life, he didn’t waste any time in letting her know it. “I asked her to marry me on the first date,” Bogner says about late wife Willidean. The couple was married for 62 fun-filled years. Read more about Bogner on “Living the…

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August 7, 2018

Living the Bold Life: Hector Garza

Hector Garza didn’t go to college. “It was all street knowledge,” Garza says about how he built his successful career in marketing and sales at Anheuser-Busch. His story is part of our “Living the Bold Life” series with Whataburger from Texas Monthly.

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August 7, 2018

Living the Bold Life: Herb and Carolyn

Herb and Carolyn Gray have a philosophical take on their 65 years together. “Our paths through life have been as good as you can get,” Herb says. Read their story on “Living the Bold Life”, a new series with Texas Monthly and Whataburger.

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August 7, 2018

Living the Bold Life: Dorris McCoy

Retired educator Dorris McCoy works out at a San Antonio YMCA almost every day. Nearly 90, she is currently training to walk her third 5K. Read her story on our “Living the Bold Life” series with Whataburger.

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July 30, 2018

Living the Bold Life: Don and Adana

Adana and Don met during grief counseling in 2006, after both of their spouses passed away. “I called him back, and I was relieved to get the answering machine,” says Adana, who had the first date nerves at 73 years old. Now, after 11 years of marriage, they always kiss…

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July 30, 2018

Living the Bold Life: Thelma Holland

"They taught me how to walk, how to look right. I loved it. I got a chance to go everywhere and see all those pretty clothes." From meeting Bonnie and Clyde to strutting down runways, read Thelma Holland's story on "Living the Bold Life", a new series with Texas Monthly…

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July 30, 2018

Living the Bold Life: Arnold Moede

When Arnold Moede turned 88, he set his driver’s license on fire. "I wanted to protest getting old," Moede says. He doesn't drive anymore, but he gets around just fine. His story is part of "Living the Bold Life," a new series with Texas Monthly and Whataburger.

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July 26, 2018

Retreating To Downtown Alpine

When you visit Alpine, pack your boots and head downtown for days full of shopping and evenings filled with strumming guitars and crooning voices. There’s no better way to beat the heat than in the cool mountains.

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July 17, 2018

Visit San Antonio

San Antonio was founded by Spaniards, ruled by Mexico, settled by Germans and influenced by ethnicities from around the world. Celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2018, the city thrives today as a 21st-century metropolis with intertwining cultures that create living traditions.

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July 12, 2018

Get The GoodNewsletter

Part of the Texas Optimism Project, the Good Newsletter is a bi-weekly dose of optimism in your inbox, curated by Texas Monthly.

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July 3, 2018

Texas Optimism Project

Contrary to popular belief, optimism is neither intrinsic nor a passive disposition. In fact, optimism—choosing to look favorably at what’s possible in any situation—is a choice, a way of seeing the world, an active approach to living life that has real and tangible benefits. We know this trait well in…

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June 26, 2018

Post Hurricane Harvey, Port Aransas Comes Roaring Back

Ever since Hurricane Harvey wove a path of destruction along the Texas coast in August of 2017, people across the state and beyond have wondered the same thing: what’s been happening in Port Aransas? The answer comes in loud and clear to visitors the moment they drive off the ferry…

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June 21, 2018

The Laredo International Sister Cities Festival is Coming

It happens one weekend out of the year. The Laredo Energy Arena is transformed into a Mexican mercado where over 200 exhibitors from over 60 Mexican cities converge to sell their native wares at the Laredo International Sister Cities Festival in Laredo, Texas.

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June 20, 2018

State of the Arts: Taos, New Mexico

Visit Taos, New Mexico to see what an art town really looks like. Breathe in the air that inspired the greats and who knows, you just might end up creating your next masterpiece.

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June 5, 2018

Hurricane Season 2018: What to Do Before, During and After

While the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey may seem barely behind many Texans, another hurricane season began June 1 and will run through November. And the good news? According to the Texas Hurricane Handbook, most major storms hit Texas in August and September, which means you still have several weeks to…

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May 30, 2018

Texas Monthly’s Relocation Guide

Powered by Direct Energy, the Relocation Guide provides helpful tips, resources, and information for your move to Houston or Dallas. Both cities are home to unique opportunities and cultures, so we’ve collected and curated recommendations to ensure a stress-free relocation.

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May 30, 2018

The Energy Department

From the oil fields of West Texas to the climate change debates in Austin to the wind turbines in the Panhandle, energy is ever-present for Texans. The Energy Department is a collection of stories, tips, and guides on how energy impacts you, your home, and your community. Find out more…

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May 29, 2018

We Will Not Be Tamed: Xochitl Rodriguez

Xochitl Rodriguez is an artist and El Paso native with deep roots in the mountains of West Texas. Our state’s landscape is part of everything for Rodriguez—from her art to the relationships with the women in her family. Rodriguez is committed to passing the tradition of a wild, untamed spirit…

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May 24, 2018

5 Life Hacks for Staying Safe and Saving Big This Summer

Ah, it’s summertime in Texas. Take that vacation. Take the kids to the pool. And, yes, take refuge from the stifling heat in a home with efficient A/C action. But while you cool down and rest up for more summer fun, ensure that your haven from humidity is also safe…

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May 23, 2018

Direct Energy and Amazon Prove There Are Easy Answers.

Want solutions for saving money and simplifying your life? Just ask Amazon Alexa. Direct Energy has leveraged Amazon’s Alexa Skills and devices to provide customers with an easy-to-use tool that delivers the ultimate control over your home environment — and your electricity bill. “Alexa is Amazon’s voice service and the…

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May 14, 2018

How Indochino Offers Custom Suits at Off-the-Rack Prices

It’s hard to move with confidence in a suit that doesn’t fit you. More than any other piece of clothing, a suit is meant to fit—the issue is that so many of them, like the ones bought from a “one cut fits all” rack, just don’t. An ill-fitting…

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May 11, 2018

A Rising Tide

Whether desiring a lock-and-leave second home, a coastal retirement retreat, or an investment property, look no further than the communities of Palmilla Beach in Port Aransas, or The Reserve at St. Charles Bay in Rockport. Beachside or Bayside—the coastal lifestyle awaits!…

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May 9, 2018

Experience Houston Like a Native

If you’re going to fit in with the locals, you need to first knock a few things off your Houston bucket list. Once the moving truck has pulled away and the boxes are (mostly) unpacked, take a break and go experience some of H-Town’s most popular offerings. Read on for…

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May 9, 2018

Roundup of Houston’s Neighborhoods

For outsiders, the nation’s fourth-largest city can be a daunting destination, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether renting or looking to buy, newcomers will find HAR.com—a one-stop shop for Houston’s available real estate—to be a helpful resource. Shoppers can filter searches by a number of perimeters including price, location,…

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May 9, 2018

“Smart” Ways to Lower Your Electricity Bill

You don’t have to own a new home to take advantage of smart home technology. Whether you’re buying a new build or closing on a resale, there are plenty of ways to incorporate energy-saving devices and apps into your everyday life that will help lower your monthly electricity bill.  …

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May 9, 2018

Moving on to Fun

When the move is done and you’re ready to relax, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex awaits with open arms. The options in this thriving seem endless—laid-back dog parks, pro-sport games in every flavor, the arts, runs, and farmers markets around every bend. The Barking Best NorthBark Dog Park, the largest canine…

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May 9, 2018

Kidding Around the Metroplex

Now that you’re settled in the Metroplex, you and the kiddos can venture out to enjoy the area’s bounty of family-friendly resources and activities. Gone is the pressure to cram as much as you can in a weekend as a tourist. When your new place is close to a world-class…

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May 8, 2018

Dallas Neighborhood Search Tips

You’ve narrowed down the main reason why moving to Dallas is a great decision for you and have decided to make the big move but that was the easy part. Now you have the task of finding the best place to live in a large, sprawling metropolis like Dallas-Ft. Worth.