Be Sure And Get You a Slurpee Today.

I’m thinkin’ I’m bound to get a brain freeze later today. I’m thinkin’ I’m bound to do it intentionally. Here on the 11th day of the seventh month, 7-11 is serving up free slurpees all day. Don’t say I never passed along any crucial information on this blog. Today is 7-11’s 82 birthday, and as […]

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Democratic Muslims and Football-playing Tongans

Texas has never been widely known as a hotbed of progressive thought. This, despite the fact that great thinkers like Barbara Jordan and Molly Ivins came from here. Ann Richards too. This, despite the fact that issues near and dear to the progressive-heart were finally nationally adjudicated in cases that originated here (Roe v. Wade….Lawrence […]

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Why You Never Need to Leave Texas

Haven’t done a “Things to Like About Texas” entry in quite a while. My friends/family in Atlanta added that fair burg to this list. And I added several more to the international category. They’ve got an asterisks by them. (Did I mention that I always loved geography?) If you think of you own, email or […]

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The Dixie Chicks

“I’ve been a long time gone now Maybe someday, someday I’m gonna settle down But I’ve always found my way somehow By taking the long way Taking the long way around” I realize that not everyone is going to agree with this one. But I also realize that for those whom this blog category was […]

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Greenberg Turkeys

What would the holidays be without talk about food? And talk about “Great State of Texas” holiday food would be incomplete without the mention of Greenberg Turkeys. So this morning, I am declaring Greenberg Turkeys to be one of the many things to like about Texas. However, I’m also well aware that most folks –even […]

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Bluebell Ice Cream

It’s made down at what they call the “little creamery in Brenham.” But that’s the biggest understatement of the year. It’s a huge factory. And now, I understand, they have factories in other states too. But they retain that small town sense of being from Brenham…in their ads, their marketing, and in their company ethos. […]

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Barbara Jordan (Yes, she really was from Texas)

These days, when you say you’re from Texas, you’re likely to get a few smirks and comments about politicians from our state. Whether it’s Rick “Good Hair” Perry, or either of the George Bushes, the politicians folks hear about from our state tend to be conservative, and tend to be hated by just about as […]

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The Frozen Margarita: How Tex-Mex Libation Met 7-11 Technology

In the last entry in this section, I waxed about my love for Tex-Mex; and how, if you love it too, then there’s something you love about Texas. This entry is sort of it’s own special subset of the last one. It’s about a special part of the Tex-Mex universe: the Frozen Margarita. Perhaps one […]

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TEX-MEX. Does YOUR State have an entire style of food named after it?

When I was fresh out of grad-school, I took a trip to Washington DC with my sister Dianne and my Dad. While there, I reconnected with an old friend, who was now living in Georgetown. She insisted that we come by her place in and around lunchtime one day, so she could take us to […]

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