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I wrote another E Rock story. When is enough, enough?

I was invited by Joe Houde to write a brief essay on Enchanted Rock for the Hill Country Visitor Magazine.   I always strive to write a different story from any you have read.  Give it a look, it is under 500 words and the first story in the magaine.

Did I succeed?

Secret Country Drives

I visited some of the most beautiful places in the Texas Hill Country on Monday, and we were the only people there.

I wrote an article on fashion. Yeah, me.

I never thought I would write a story about fashion, but this one jumped out at me.  Last Sunday I was walking around the Texas Wine Revolution event with a glass of 100% Texas Rose wine saying, “Do you mind if I take a picture of your boots?”  By the way, rose isn’t what it used to be, and it is wonderful.

Frio River Magic

I went to the Frio on a Sunday afternoon with these two guys.  Here is a photo essay of sorts about this special river.

Night Lights

Now and then I slip a little ‘dull but important’ in front of readers.  If you hang around me for long you will know I’m passionate about dark nights and reversing the trend to lighting up the night.  It turns out that humans were made for dark nights, and night lights create health problems and sleepless nights, and there is science on that. This is a short piece on the subject:  Are Your Streetlights Killing You?

The Texas Hill Country is Disappearing

The unique ecosystem we call the Texas Hill Country is disappearing before our very eyes.  In writing this story about Jacob’s Well I learned once again how quickly we are losing the place we love. David Baker (Wimberly Valley Watershed Association) is one of my heroes.

http://texashillcountry.com/jacobs-well-endangered/

Joni Mitchell noted this many years ago in Big Yellow Taxi:

They paved paradise

And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They took all the trees
Put ’em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see ’em

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Hey farmer farmer
Put away that DDT  now
Give me spots on my apples
But leave me the birds and the bees
Please!

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Late last night
I heard the screen door slam
And a big yellow taxi
Took away my old man

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Hear it here.

 

Beware the black cows at night

http://texashillcountry.com/wildflower-scenic-drive-fredericksburg/

My favorite bicycle ride!