October 2004


I Hate School!

Sep 30, 2004 By Texas Monthly

Of course I want to help my son get a decent education. But the demands placed on parents these days are almost too much to bear—which is why I'm in danger of flunking my life.

Conventional Wisdom

Sep 30, 2004 By Texas Monthly

This summer, Texas Democrats and Republicans traveled to Boston and New York to cheer and jeer alongside their party brethren. And we have the pictures to prove it.

A Texas Survival Kit

Jan 20, 2013 By Anne Dingus

What to do if you're bitten by fire ants, lost in the wilderness, sprayed by a skunk, attacked by a shark, stuck in a lightning storm, swept away by a riptide, or caught in any of eleven other worst-case scenarios.

Continental Rift

Jan 20, 2013 By Cecilia Ballí

As U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Tony Garza was supposed to be the right man in the right job at the right time—someone who would promote a new era of cooperation between the two countries. If only external events hadn't intervened.


Arlington’s Team

Sep 30, 2004 By Gary Cartwright

Why isn't the new Dallas Cowboys stadium going to be in, er, Dallas? Blame the collision of an irresistible force (Jerry Jones) with an immovable object (Laura Miller).

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Party Crashers

Sep 30, 2004 By Karen Olsson

If we had more than two big-time candidates, maybe we could have a genuine presidential race in every state. Even Texas.

Behind the Lines

Sep 30, 2004 By Paul Burka

The politics of the high-school dropout rate.

The Cowboy Myth

Sep 30, 2004 By Michael Ennis

The idea that U.S. policy bears an indelible made-in- Texas stamp is a rare point of bipartisan consensus. But there's nothing inherently Texan about the president's leadership style.


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Mrs. Feelgood

Sep 30, 2004 By Patricia McConnico

Executive editor Skip Hollandsworth on getting Burleson's Joanne Webb to talk about her sex-toy business.

Texas Tidbits
Texas Tidbits

Sep 30, 2004 By Lori Fradkin

Four notable stadiums in Texas have hosted professional football over the years.

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Party Time

Sep 30, 2004 By kategetty

Platon, who took the images for this month's photo feature, "Conventional Wisdom," talks about being at the Republican and Democratic national conventions, capturing the chaos, and getting arrested.

High and Mighty

Sep 30, 2004 By Suzy Banks

Every once in a while, when I come across something so outrageous, so over-the-top—like Grapevine's new Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center—I can't help myself. I just have to be snotty.

Eating Around

Sep 30, 2004 By Courtney Bond

Slow Boat With China How does this sound? A three-day float down the Rio Grande through a majestic Big Bend river canyon with periodic stops for gourmet camp cuisine: eggs Benedict in the morning; meats, cheeses, and pâtés on the riverbank at lunch; and in the evening, a hearty feast,…

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Coming Out

Sep 30, 2004 By Caroline Harper

The night I made my debut into society was the most wonderful night of my life.


Sep 30, 2004 By Patricia Sharpe

I sat down at George and immediately started thinking of words to describe the pristine surroundings—words like “ice,” “light,” and “silver,” not to mention “minimalist,” “pure,” and “serene.” At this new Dallas restaurant from husband-and-wife chefs George and Katie Brown, all the color is in the artwork, the flowers,…

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Flour Power

Sep 30, 2004 By Stephen Saito

Bill Crawford, who wrote a book about former Texas governor W. Lee "Pappy" O'Daniel, talks about flour, campaigning, and the mass media.

Baked Lemon Custard

Sep 30, 2004 By Texas Monthly

Chef George W. Brown Jr, George, Dallas 6 yolks 2 eggs 1 cup sugar 3/4 cup and 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 1/2 cups heavy cream zest of 1 lemon Whisk the eggs with a whip until they are broken. Add sugar, lemon juice, and…

Books That Cook
Books That Cook

Sep 30, 2004 By Erin Gage

Barbara Beery scored a homerun this year with Batter Up Kids: Delicious Desserts, a cookbook that features bright colors, numerous photographs, clear explanations, and straightforward recipes to help children prepare tasty treats. Getting little ones interested in cooking is something Beery is all too familiar with. In 1991 the Austinite…

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The Natural

Sep 30, 2004 By Stirling Kelso

Artist Brad Holland, who illustrated this month's cover story, "A Texas Survival Kit," talks about inspiration and tornados.

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Love Thy Neighbor

Sep 30, 2004 By Patricia McConnico

Writer-at-large Cecilia Balli on U.S. ambassador to Mexico Tony Garza and the two countries' post-9/11 relationship.

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Case by Case

Sep 30, 2004 By Anne Dingus

What to do in ten more worst-case scenarios, from getting bitten by a brown recluse to getting caught in a dust storm.

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I Will Survive

Sep 30, 2004 By Stephen Saito

Senior editor Anne Dingus, who wrote this month's cover story, "A Texas Survival Kit," talks about Skunk Shampoo and the best way to deal with almost any worst-case scenario.

Texas History 101
Texas History 101

Sep 30, 2004 By Lori Fradkin

Nominating presidential candidates in Texas seems like conventional wisdom for Republicans, but so far it's happened only twice.

Happy Trails
Happy Trails

Jan 20, 2013 By Claire Canavan

On a recent trip to Waco, I discovered that this Central Texas town isn't anything like I thought it would be. It was better.


Mike Judge

Sep 30, 2004 By Evan Smith

“You can’t make all of TV and movies kid-safe. If you do, we’re all going to be watching the Care Bears. I think there should be things that are just for adults.”

Gather ‘Round

Sep 30, 2004 By Texas Monthly

OKIE DOKIE STOMP-A-THON The blues took hold of the Beaumont­Port Arthur area back in the day when gambling and prostitution houses were abundant and bars were open round the clock. Not that the outside world noticed much. In time, the scene died down and Houston, with its well-documented blues history,…

48 Hours

Sep 30, 2004 By Texas Monthly

A MEMORABLE SEASON Long known for its innovation, the Houston Grand Opera goes back to its roots for its fiftieth season-opener, Madame Butterfly. Puccini’s perennial launched the company in 1955 and has been its top draw ever since. What sets this production apart from the fourteen previous ones, however, is…


Sep 30, 2004 By Stacy Hollister

So what if Smarty Jones opted to spend the rest of his days at Three Chimneys Farm, near Midway, Kentucky, thereby forgoing an appearance at this month’s BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD THOROUGHBRED CHAMPIONSHIPS. Pleasantly Perfect, Birdstone, and Perfect Drift, along with dozens of other horses, will be competing at the event,…


State of Emergency

Sep 30, 2004 By Jim Atkinson

As more and more children fall off the health-insurance rolls, chaos reigns at Children's Medical Center Dallas, which used to have the best pediatric ER in Texas, and the quality of care for everyone suffers.