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Lynn Wyatt

Jan 20, 2013 By Mimi Swartz

I had no clue about the amount of magic Texas held. Texas had a persona all its own, and I was proud to be a little smidgen part of it.

Sorry, Mom

Jan 20, 2013 By Alison Cook

Even your mother can’t top Rex Hale’s light-as-a-cloud shortcake.

Cocina Confidential

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

What did I do when I wanted to indulge my weakness for cooking classes? I put San Miguel de Allende on the menu.

Emergency!

Jan 20, 2013 By Mimi Swartz

Why are the UT regents letting Galveston’s only hospital die?

No Direction Home

Jan 20, 2013 By David Broyles

After four years in Afghanistan and Iraq, I’m finally a civilian again. I thought that was what I wanted.

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The Texanist

Jan 1, 2013 By David Courtney

Is the secret to good healthy actually “Crazy Water”? Illustration by Jack Unruh Q: I am a Texan of advanced age who is hearing all the clamor surrounding health care. I grew up in Mineral Wells, drinking the famed water they merchandise, and I enjoy great…

On the Money

Jan 1, 2013 By Paul Burka

As the Eighty-third Legislature gears up at the Capitol this month, will lawmakers be penny-wise and pound-foolish? Or just plain foolish?

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The Texanist

Dec 1, 2012 By David Courtney

My husband wants to taxidermy our dog when he goes to that big yard in the sky. I don’t. Can I convince him this is wrong? Illustration by Jack Unruh Q: Our family dog is getting on in age, and my husband and I have begun…

The Texanist

Oct 31, 2012 By David Courtney

What’s the etiquette of political yard signs? Illustration by Jack Unruh Q: My housemate and I have very different political leanings, but we’ve never let this get in the way of our friendship. We have an agree-to-disagree policy. Then, without any discussion, she put a…

Hecho en Brownsville

Jul 31, 2012 By Oscar Casares

The grand opening of a new H-E-B in McAllen drew crowds—including several who showed up to hear a native son read from his collection of locally set short stories.

Crane Man

Jul 31, 2012 By Michael Berryhill

Former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Tom Stehn didn’t want to get involved in a lawsuit against the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. But when a U.S. marshal showed up in his driveway, he realized he had one more chance to help out his beloved, endangered whooping cranes.

The Big Test

Jul 31, 2012 By Paul Burka

Before Robert Scott stepped down as the state’s education commissioner in July, he told anyone who would listen that high-stakes standardized exams were ruining the public schools. But is it too late to learn from his lesson?

Right to Strife

Jun 30, 2012 By Paul Burka

In Republican-dominated Texas, the May 29 primary might as well have been the general election. And what it revealed is a party perfectly capable of doing battle with itself, no Democrats required.

Meat, My Maker

Jun 30, 2012 By Sarah Bird

When Dallas’s very own Marvin Lee Aday—that’s Meat Loaf to you—optioned one of my screenplays, he didn’t just offer me a glimpse of paradise by the dashboard lights. He also helped me write a novel.

Goodman Gone Bad

Jun 30, 2012 By ericokeefe

Flamboyant Houston millionaire John Goodman’s trial for vehicular manslaughter was a circus. Somewhere in the middle of it, the guy I used to know was thinking . . . what exactly?

The Party Never Ends!

May 31, 2012 By Paul Burka

You might think they’re invincible, but Texas Republicans could soon find themselves in peril. At least that’s what Steve Munisteri says. And he should know.

Dear Jane

Apr 30, 2012 By Prudence Mackintosh

My mother-in-law knew how to sew, keep an immaculate house, and dress stylishly. In short, she was nothing like the unpolished young woman who married her son. Perhaps that’s why we loved each other so much.

Buyer Beware

Apr 30, 2012 By Paul Burka

Dear Jim Crane, new owner of the Houston Astros: Please don’t screw things up as badly as the last guy did.

A Grain of Doubt

Mar 31, 2012 By Kate Galbraith

For more than 75 years, rice farmers in Matagorda County and elsewhere along the Gulf have shared the waters of the Colorado River with urban residents in the Hill Country. But with city centers booming and an almost-certain drought ahead, the state is being forced to choose between a water-intensive crop and a water-intensive population.

General Admission

Mar 31, 2012 By Paul Burka

Will Fisher v. The University of Texas at Austin help the U.S. Supreme Court decide affirmative action once and for all? Not likely, which is why it's time to let public universities make their own decision about which students to accept.

Power Trio

Mar 1, 2012 By Mark Updegrove

In this excerpt from Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency, letters, interviews, and historic documents offer a revealing glimpse into the stormy relationship between Lyndon Johnson and the Kennedys.

Home Run

Mar 1, 2012 By Oscar Casares

A jogging path along the Rio Grande was a treasured, secret place—until it became part of the front lines in a war I still don’t understand.

Class Warfare

Mar 1, 2012 By Paul Burka

Since 1984, the State of Texas has battled one school finance lawsuit after another. In nearly every case, the system has been ruled unequal, unfair, and unconstitutional—yet it remains largely unchanged. Will this time be any different?

Mappily Ever After

Feb 1, 2012 By Brian D. Sweany

Once again, redistricting has devolved into a bitter, partisan, confusing, chaotic mess. But take heart, voters! There is a better way.

The Swan Song of Ron

Feb 1, 2012 By Nate Blakeslee

This year’s Republican primary will most likely be Ron Paul’s final run for office. And to the surprise of a political establishment that long ago wrote him off, he’s going out on a high note.

His Town

Feb 1, 2012 By Jason Sheeler

In 2004, after Marty Rathbun left the Church of Scientology and settled on the Texas Gulf Coast, he thought he had put his difficult past behind him. Then the Squirrel Busters showed up.

The Bucks Stop Here

Jan 1, 2012 By Lee Hancock

East Texas deer breeder Billy Powell flouted the laws against importing live whitetails, emailing photos of his illegally obtained animals to prospective customers. Then Texas Parks and Wildlife came calling.

Two Hearts

Jan 1, 2012 By Denton Cooley

Conducting the country’s first successful heart transplant and the world’s first artificial heart transplant made Denton Cooley a household name—and turned one of his closest colleagues against him.

The Keys to My Heart

Dec 1, 2011 By Texas Monthly

For decades, I had an on-again, off-again love affair with the piano. Today, my ardor is once more in bloom—to the envy of even my husband.

Enron Ever After

Dec 1, 2011 By Mimi Swartz

Ten years ago this month, the company that once dominated Houston collapsed in a cloud of debt. But its ghost still haunts the city—and America.