July 2004 Issue

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Peace Be With You. And Also With You. Unless You’re Gay.

The battle for the soul of the Episcopal Church, being waged aggressively in this state, is not only about the ordination of homosexuals. It's also about the future of the denomination.


Them’s Fightin’ Words!

All over the world, and all over this country, the Texas stereotype is mocked and maligned (so what else is new?). Does it matter, really, if everyone thinks we're fat, violent, prudish yahoos?


Letters Home

Seventy-five Texans—sons and daughters, brothers and sisters—have died in Iraq since last March. Here are some of their final words.


Michael Ennis

Apocalypse Now

What sets Dallas apart from other sophisticated American cities? Its unique end-of-the-world industry.


Criminal Justice

Greg Ott, Free

Greg Ott, the philosophy graduate student who was convicted of killing a Texas Ranger in 1978, has finally been released and is getting on with his life.


Restaurant mogul Tilman Fertitta means to redevelop Galveston into what some say will be a Gulf Coast version of Atlantic City. No wonder he's making waves.


Hill Country Growers and Producers

Goat Cheese: Wateroak Farms, 8187 Water Oaks Lane, Bryan; 979-279-2373. Call for hours. Also available at Bryan-College Station and Austin retailers.Herbs: Generation Farms, 1109 N. McKinney, Rice; 903-326-4263. Call or go to susantaylortours.com for hours. Also sold at many supermarkets.Honey: Lone Star Honey/Walker Honey Company, 8060 E. U.S. 190,


Honey-Mustard Lamb

LAMB2 boneless Texas lamb loins, about 1 pound each, trimmed salt to taste 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1 teaspoon dried herbes de Provence 1 teaspoon Texas honey 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon whole-grain mustard 2 tablespoons Texas extra-virgin olive oilCut lamb into 8 equal portions, and rub


Mesclun, Fennel, and Candied-Pecan Salad

LEMON-BASIL DRESSING1 bunch fresh basil 1 shallot, coarsely chopped 6 tablespoons champagne vinegar 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 eggs 3/4 cup salad oil 1/4 cup Texas extra-virgin olive oil salt and white pepper to tasteIn a food processor, purée first 5 ingredients. Slowly add oils and process until incorporated.


Goat Cheese Sampler with Texas Tapenade

2 cups pitted niçoise olives or other French black olives 1/4 cup Texas extra-virgin olive oil 1 anchovy filet 1 teaspoon capers 1 teaspoon pickled nopalitos, available at many supermarkets, including H-E-B and Central Market (or omit and double amount of capers) 1 sprig fresh thyme, leaves only, chopped 1

Pat's Pick

Nice Ice, Baby

Forget sorbetto, gelato, and ice cream. Our new favorite summer cool-me-down is the paleta, Mexico’s answer to the Popsicle. It’s frosty and fruity and comes in dozens of flavors both familiar and exotic. Little known north of the border until fairly recently, the paleta was invented—according to legend—sometime in the

Pat's Pick

Julia’s Bistro

On the outside, this Houston newcomer is black and white. Inside—no joke—it’s red all over: cherry, fire-engine, magenta, crimson, electric pink, and burnt orange. If that caffeinated color scheme doesn’t wake you up, the menu will: With stops in Latin America, Asia, the Mediterranean, and other culinary ports of call,

Happy Trails

Happy Trails

What are the farms in The Hill Country like? After visiting three on a recent Sunday, I discovered they're anything but ordinary.

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New School

Garza High School principal Vicki Baldwin talks about the daily assault on public education, President George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind policy, and what a non- traditional school like Garza has to offer kids.

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World View

Executive editor Mimi Swartz on Texas bashing and the return of the cowboy stereotype.

Texas History 101

Texas History 101

From World War II to Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fort Hood has remained a stalwart structure in U.S. military history.

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Cave Clan

As Natural Bridge Caverns celebrates forty years since its dedication, its patron family looks back on three generations of cave life.


South Texas Ratatouille

1 white onion, diced 1/2 cup Texas extra-virgin olive oil 6 medium cloves garlic, minced 1 large eggplant, peeled and cut into batons (sticks) 1/4 inch by 1/4 inch by 2 inches 1 small zucchini, cut into batons (as above) 1 small yellow squash, cut into batons (as above) 1

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Great Divide

Executive editor S.C. Gwynne on the controversy among Episcopal leaders and the future of the Anglican Church.

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Grieving Process

Writer-at-large Cecilia Ballí, who wrote this month’s feature “The Unknown Soldier”, discusses reporting a story about death and the need for media sensitivity.

Texas Tidbits

Texas Tidbits

The Olympics bring fame to medal winners, but sometimes the luster fades and names are forgotten. Here's a list of a few Texas-born sports heroes who may not have made it on your radar screen.

Books That Cook

Books That Cook

Members of the Houston Astros Wives Organization know that peanuts and Cracker Jacks are likely to strike out at the dinner table, so they’ve put together a playbook for cooking called From Home Plate to Your Plate! Even if you’re prone to major-league errors, you’ll be batting one thousand with



George Lopez

What was your first act like? I did my first act the night of my high school graduation. I was embarking on a profession where you had to be entertaining and charming, and I wasn’t equipped to take it all in. I couldn’t take compliments. I was negative. I read



In 1960 four students from St. Mary’s University, in San Antonio, were caving in Comal County when one of the boys felt an unexpected draft. A crawl through a narrow corridor led them to a network of caverns filled with breathtaking formations, and four years later, NATURAL BRIDGE CAVERNS—named for


Coming Attractions

Go FishIf you’ve ever tried to reel one in, then you know the struggle between fish and fisherman can be quite a challenge and a thrill. From July 8 through 11, some seven hundred people will test their strength, know-how, and guesswork (you gotta figure out where the fish will

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