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Gary E. McKee Remembers….

Gary E. McKee attributes his love of road trips to the long treks his parents made between California and Texas on U.S. Highway 90 in the throes of a corporate relocation in 1953. His mother was pregnant with him, so McKee…

Real Estate in the Roundtopolis

Real Estate in the Roundtopolis As the population in urban areas grows, the footprints of cities cover more land making open space just a little more scarce. As urban areas grow so do the crowds, making elbow room just a little more…

Rural Real Estate Buyer Advice

Expert Advice for Rural Real Estate Buyers Collectively, our panel of experts (Roger Chambers, Cathy Cole, Grover Hillbolt, Pam Langord and Sandy Reed) has 125 years of experience connecting buyers to their dream properties in the Round…

The Secrets of Jeep Menking

The Secrets of Jeep Menking Lorie says: Associated Press style dictates that Eugene “Jeep” Menking should be identified by his last name. After meeting him, his surname alone seems too impersonal, and “Mr. Menking” is too formal. In the…

The Secret to Marriage According to Jeep

The Secret of Marriage According to Jeep Menking When he opened the door for me, Mr. Jeep was standing in his sock feet. The freshly vacuumed carpet was light beige and spotless. I offered to remove my boots. He took one look at them…

Round Top in 1970

Life was simpler in Round Top when I moved there in 1970. The Antiques Show took place on one weekend in April and consisted of 20 or so dealers who showed their wares in the Rifle Hall. There was no Royer’s Cafe with people waiting on…

Shooting the Breeze with Rick Perry

I sat down with Rick Perry under the oak trees on the Round Top Town Square. Black Cat Choir was playing for the first-ever Fried Chicken Throwdown. We were joined by Perry's long-time friend and fellow Round Top citizen Tommy Orr…

Anita Joyce: City House, Country House

Anita Joyce has a city house in Houston, a country house near Shelby and a flair for French style. The former engineer is the wife of her college sweetheart, Kevin, and mother to two daughters: Elise, 21, and Evangeline “Evie,” 19. She…

More from Anita Joyce

Anita Joyce is a self-taught photographer, interior designer, blogger and online entrepreneur who founded cedarhillfarmhouse.com in 2011. Today, that site alone, which is dedicated to French country style, has 80,000 unique visitors per…