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Field Notes from Santa Ana

by | Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 12:37 CST
A visit to the crown jewel of the national wildlife refuge system, now under threat from Trump's wall, reveals a harsh landscape teeming with life.

Party Time in McAllen

WHEN I WAS 15, WEARING EYELINER and dressing like The Cure, I used to go to “Mex” (Mexico) on Friday and Saturday nights. A lot of other kids from McAllen w...Read More

Cuero Bets on Fracking

In 2008, Petrohawk Energy sank an oil well on Charlotte Krause’s land in the green fields north of Cuero. Drillers bored into the shale layer 8,000 feet below...Read More

Jordan’s Jasper

It’s a clear February morning in the small East Texas town of Jasper, and the Rev. John D. Hardin is looking for something he’s not sure he has. Clad in a b...Read More

Killing the Blues

It’s kind of painful to admit, now that I’ve come to appreciate the late, great blues master. One night in the early ’80s, I pulled the plug on Stevie Ray...Read More

The Last Minstrel Show

Mt. Enterprise Back then, it was still thought ok to blacken your face, whiten your lips, talk in exaggerated accents, play music and tell jokes about how lazy ...Read More

The Drowned Man

In our early 20s, my wife and I didn’t have any money or real jobs. We were going to college and doing day labor in Nacogdoches. What we didn’t have was a h...Read More

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