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Round Top Christmas

Texas-German Christmas by Lonn Taylor When I lived in Fayette County, the Round Top Christmas was an explosive event. Round Top was a German community, and Germans, at least in Texas, like to hold on to old customs. When I moved there in…

Shooting the Breeze with James Dick

Shooting the Breeze by Katie Dickie Stavinoha Lorie and I began our Shooting the Breeze session with James Dick on the stage of Festival Hill’s Concert Hall, which has been called the “most accoustically perfect performance hall in…

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…

The Seasons of Dorothy Shelby

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV) Dorothy Shelby is an artist, a musician, a pastor and a caregiver. She is 70 years old. Now is her season. “I know God loves…